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Environment

Spring break from a wet August tipped

Weather conditions are looking up.

PATRICK BEGLEY After the wettest August in 16 years, Sydney can expect "plenty of sunny days" through spring, weather forecasters predict.

Beach warning for swimmers and fishermen as dangerous waves hit coast

Huge waves dwarf Bondi Iceburgs in the past few days.

MICHAEL KOZIOL Dangerous surf conditions will prevail along the NSW coast today and Saturday as a low pressure system over the Tasman Sea whips up strong wind and swells.

Sunny conditions ahead for Sydney this weekend

Heavy rain hits Sydney commuters on Thursday morning.

LISA VISENTIN Sydney is over the worst of the miserable weather that has blanketed the city in early-morning fog and showers for several days, with conditions set to clear this afternoon.

Sydney weather: rain makes for wet trip home

A bride and groom look for the bright side in the Sydney Botanic Garden.

PETER HANNAM Sydney commuters can expect another soggy journey home as the remnants of an east coast low continue to bucket coastal regions of the state.

Canberra to see warm, dry end to August after rainy Monday

Spring is in the air in Canberra

BEN WESTCOTT Winter will close on a high note for Canberrans, as Monday's mild rainfall gives way to clear skies and warm days.

Glowing ocean points to arrival of spring

Dinoflagellates off Manly.

PETER HANNAM Beach wanderers may be in for a treat these evenings as a “flowering of the oceans” including a bloom of Sea Sparkle heralds the arrival of spring.

Sydney's wet weather continues to muddy the waters for sporting events

Frank Forbes, after playing for East Bulldog Reds Under 11's semi finals AFL match at Five Dock park. Photo Supplied

PATRICK BEGLEY Sydney's rain is set to continue this week, with showers predicted Monday to Friday.

Frosty Pelican Sheep Station a hot spot for Japanese export market

Newborn lambs frolic around their mothers at Pelican Sheep Station.

JOHN THISTLETON Bright export prospects for lambs if they can survive fierce frosts across the Southern Tablelands.

Taking the guesswork out of predicting the weather

Dr Rob Vertessy

Trevor Clarke The Bureau of Meteorology’s chief executive says the Bureau isn’t just a weather forecaster. It’s an “environmental intelligence agency”.

Worst of wet spell over but keep the brolly handy

Running out of winter: Sydney can expect drier days from here on.

PETER HANNAM Sydney's wettest three-day spell in 14 months will make way this afternoon to calmer, drier conditions that should hold for most of the rest of winter.

Warm seas keep world on track for a hot year

Oceans remain particularly warm.

PETER HANNAM Global sea-surface temperatures in July tied with 2009 as the warmest on record for that month, keeping the world on track for one of its hottest years, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Weather warning cancelled, but another wet start to the day for Sydney

The wettest weather is behind Sydney after Monday's deluge.

MEGAN LEVY Sydneysiders still drying out from Monday's deluge can expect another soggy and windy start today, but there is the prospect of a little sun on the horizon by the afternoon.

Sydney lashed by wild weather with more to come

Wild weather in the middle of Sydney.

PETER HANNAM Parts of Sydney and a swathe of south-eastern NSW continue to mop up after the region's most significant rainfall event in at least a year, and more wild weather is possible later in the week.

Wild weather in Sydney

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Alexandra Back, Sophia Phan Wet weather and strong winds could make the impending commute home one of the more unpleasant journeys this year.

Severe Sydney weather warning for heavy rain, damaging winds

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Wet weather in Newcastle. Picture shows a couple huddle under a umbrella. The breakwall, near Nobbys Beach.
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MEGAN LEVY Sydneysiders have been warned to brace themselves for days of wild weather, with heavy rain striking the metropolitan area during the morning peak followed by an afternoon of damaging winds.

Rare wet weekend, but it's not about to wash Sydney away

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MICHAEL KOZIOL Sydney is experiencing a rare wet weekend but will avoid a torrential downpour, with moderate falls of 30 millimetres to 60 millimetres expected over the 24 hours to Sunday evening.

Canberra tipped to receive average monthly rainfall in 48 hours

Heavy rainfall is expected in the capital this weekend.

HENRY BELOT Meteorologists have urged Canberrans to make the most of balmy conditions with the territory tipped to exceed its monthly rainfall average within a 48 period from Saturday evening.

Rain and storms to make it a wet weekend in Sydney

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ROSE POWELL Sydneysiders should brace themselves for a very wet weekend that will heralded by thick dark clouds rolling across our skies on Saturday, ready to rain for days.

Renewed signs of an El Nino event in 2014

El Ninos play a big role in the global climate.

PETER HANNAM An El Nino remains a possibility in 2014 after renewed signs of the weather event were detected in the Pacific, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Sydney hit with coldest day of the year as rain pours

Sydney wakes up to the wettest day since April.

LUCY CORMACK If you thought Monday felt particularly chilly - you were right. At 12 degrees Monday was the coldest day of the year for Sydney and overnight rainfall was the heaviest since April.

Dense fog covers Sydney, flights delayed

Sydney disappears: Thick blanket of fog covers the city.

LUCY CORMACK Sydney has woken under a thick blanket of fog, with visibility in the parts of the west at less than 50m.

US joins Australia in cutting odds of El Nino in 2014

Pacific conditions are being watched closely.

Brian K. Sullivan The odds of an El Nino forming in the equatorial Pacific have fallen to about 65 per cent through the end of the year, the US Climate Prediction Centre said.

Drought bites deeper across eastern Australia

Lightning Ridge sheep farm, last November.

PETER HANNAM A large swathe of eastern Australia, including coastal regions from Coffs Harbour to Bundaberg, is in the midst of its worst dry spell since the Federation Drought more than a century ago, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Sydney weather: Frosty starts before mercury climbs

Icy morning with minus-8 at Michelago, south of Canberra.

PETER HANNAM Residents across south-eastern Australia are loading up the woolies to cope with another unusually brisk morning.

Melbourne marks coldest consecutive mornings in 17 years

Cold morning

Robyn Grace Melburnians have trembled through their coldest consecutive mornings for 17 years.

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Sydney wakes up to coldest morning in four years

Rug up: A chilly start to August means gloves and scarves are still a must.

LUCY CORMACK If you thought it was particularly cold when you got out of bed this morning, you were right.

Sydney weather: chilly start to August but little rain in sight

Snow falls on Govetts Leap Road at Blackheath on Friday night.

PETER HANNAM Sydney’s run of above-average warmth will be broken on Saturday - but only briefly before temperatures start picking up again.

Bushfire danger period starts early for much of NSW

Castlereagh blaze.

PETER HANNAM The threat of another early fire season in NSW has prompted the Rural Fire Service to bring forward its bushfire danger period for a large part of the state.

Canberra's severe weather warning cancelled but cold snap set to hit

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Enjoying the snow near Corin Forest  (l-r) Craig ,Amy and Fiona Gilmore of Isobella Plains.
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HENRY BELOT Many Canberrans kept a close eye on the territory skyline on Friday afternoon amid wild speculation of snowflakes, snow flurries and the occasional confusion between sleet and snow.

Sydney weather: Record warmth caps a mild, dry July

Late July feels more like late spring.

PETER HANNAM Sydney basked in its warmest July weather in almost a quarter of a century on Thursday, with the city enjoying conditions more like late-spring rather than mid-winter, meteorologists say.

Flood risk 'doubled' by greenhouse pollution

Deborah Smith, SCIENCE EDITOR Scientists have shown for the first time that human activity has made extreme rainfall and floods around the globe worse in recent decades.

We have technology to warn of flash floods

Paul Tatnell A leading weather expert claims technology is available to predict a flash flood similar to the one that devastated Toowoomba last night.

Floods steal precious topsoil

Paul Sheehan Australia reminds me of an injured person, gushing blood. Others gather around, concerned, yet nobody mentions the gushing blood, or appears to even notice.

Flood terminology misleading: academic

Describing a severe weather event as a "one-in-100-year flood" is misleading and the term should be dropped, a Queensland academic says.

Jet stream stops and causes disasters

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Glenda Kwek The devastating Russian heatwave and Pakistan floods are caused by one unusual weather pattern - the static jet stream, meteorologists say.

How to survive a 530-metre wall of water

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Paul Tatnell So you are the captain of a boat and you are faced with a 530-metre wall of water, the size of the World Trade Centre, and you only have seconds to act - what do you do?

Call for more seasons

Dr Tim Entwisle

Nicky Phillips, SCIENCE To an amateur, the eruption of flowers around Sydney in the past few weeks might suggest spring has already sprung. But the flowers are not early, the seasons are just late, says botanist Tim Entwisle.

There's a mini ice age coming

Piers Corbyn not only predicted the current weather, but he believes things are going to get much worse, says Boris Johnson, London's mayor.

50% more tropical cyclones on the way

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About 15 tropical cyclones are predicted to form within Australian waters this year with about half likely to cross the coast.

First Fleet insight on climate changes

Illustration from a book by David Hill of the first fleet.

Jessica Mahar For those aboard the First Fleet, sailing towards Australia, the journey was rough, squally, often treacherous and had them praying for their lives.

Sydney turns red: dust storm blankets city

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Arjun Ramachandran Sydney residents have woken up to a red haze, as the sun struggles to pierce a thick dust blanketing the city this morning.

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Features

Moree and Taree worst hit by floods

Thousands of people have spent the night in evacuation centres.

Europe hit by snow

Rome is shut down by snow while extreme cold hits central and eastern Europe.

Deadly cold snap

Freezing weather sweeps through Russia, Poland, Italy and France, causing disruption.

Cold snap kills dozens

Rescue helicopters airlift supplies and evacuate dozens of people from snow-covered villages across Europe.

Serbian zoo animals enjoy winter weather

An unusual cold spell in Serbia brings seals and lions out to play while the zoo takes precautions to keep its animals warm.

Dust storm hits Phoenix

Raw vision: A giant wall of dust turns the sky brown.

Cyclone Larry destruction

Category four Cyclone Larry struck Queensland's north in March 2006.

The most striking photos

As the biggest floods in decades swamped Brisbane and Ipswich, photographers captured it all.

Pain for Brisbane's south

Southern suburbs of Brisbane were among the worst hit by flood waters with private properties and businesses totally swamped.

Readers' photos

brisbanetimes.com.au readers share their photos of the floods that have devastated Brisbane.


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