Australia


Australia: Stormy weekend in southeast Queensland

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Showers and thunderstorms will affect parts of central and southeast this weekend, with severe storms likely in some areas.

An upper trough passing over eastern Australia will combine with warm, moisture laden air and a low pressure trough to trigger storms on both Saturday and Sunday.


Late-season chill also grips southeastern Australia

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It feels like spring hasn't started in parts of southeastern Australia, with some places registering their lowest September temperatures in years during the last couple of mornings.

A cold air mass combined with clear skies and light winds is producing unusually cold mornings in parts of South Australia, Victoria, NSW and the ACT this week.


Oz snow: One of the best seasons this century

Australia's snow season looks to have passed its peak depth for the season. So how did 2018 stack up to past years in Australia's alps based on snow depth?

After this week's natural snow depth of 176.5cm at Spencers Creek in NSW, it's likely that the peak of the 2018 season was 224.6cm back in late August.


Longer days to follow spring equinox

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Australia and New Zealand have made it through the depths of winter and will experience more daylight than darkness for the next six months.

The spring equinox occurs in Australia and New Zealand this weekend, marking the moment our sun appears to pass over Earth's equator after spending the last six months positioned above the northern hemisphere.


Australia: Snow depth dipping into spring

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Australia's natural snow depth is starting to show signs of declining, although the season isn't over just yet.

The natural snow depth at Spencers Creek in the NSW alps was 188.7cm on Thursday, which is a 22.5cm drop from last week and the first reading below two metres at the site since mid-August.


Australia: Record September rain for Ballina, NSW...and before the first week is even done

A deluge of rain in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday saw a number of records broken for Ballina, all within the first week of the month. 

The start of this September is a stark contrast to those of the last decade with record breaking rainfall in the first 5 days. 


Australia: Snow on the way this weekend

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A strong cold front will cross the alpine region on Friday, bringing a good amount of snow for those heading to the resorts this weekend.


New Australian Prime Minister leaves climate change debate for 'another day' during drought trip

Standing in front of the microphone in the searing bare heat outside the Tully family's house paddock, the Prime Minister holds up a message of hope.

It is a photo of a lush green paddock, taken on the same barren earth where politicians and the media pack are standing. The image was taken just two years ago on the same land.


Australia: Rain falls in drought hit NSW, but will it make a dent? (+2 Maps)

A trough over southeastern interior Australia is advancing eastwards today bringing showery rain and thunderstorms over a wide area, including drought areas in New South Wales. This wet weather will persist until this morning, then eases today as the system moves east to the coast and out over the Tasman Sea.


Australia: Snow depths just keep on rising

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The 2018 snow season has been one of the best since 2004 for this point of the season, with more of the white stuff on its way.

A new official average snow depth of 224.6 cm was recorded at Spencers Creek in the Snowy Mountains on Thursday 23rd. This makes it one of the best snow season since 2000, especially given that more is on the way from Sunday.