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Environment

Bushfire danger period starts early for much of NSW

Castlereagh blaze.

PETER HANNAM 11:36pm 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.

Weather warning issued for Canberra as cold snap hits

Corin forest

HENRY BELOT 5:59pm A severe weather warning of destructive winds and blizzard conditions has been issued for the Canberra region.

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.

Sydney weather: Warm July but threat of El Nino recedes

Dawn at Dee Why as warm weather continues this winter.

PETER HANNAM The threat of an El Nino weather event is receding with atmospheric conditions over the Pacific largely failing to respond to warming ocean waters, the Bureau of Meteorology.

Tuesday blows wind in, Thursday a blowout with 110km/h winds forecast

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DEBORAH GOUGH Melbourne is winding itself up for a windy mid-week followed by a frosty Friday, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned.

The science behind a spectacular Sydney sunset

LUCY CORMACK Sydneysiders have been treated to two impressive sights in less than 24 hours. So what's really happening when the sky melts?

Instagram and Twitter go crazy for Sydney's sunset

bevan's sunset photo

Alexandra Back Sydney turned on the charm on Monday night with one hell of a sunset.

Enjoy the warmth because it could snow in Canberra on Friday

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HENRY BELOT Canberrans have been urged to make the most of an unseasonably warm start to the week.

Worst of winter likely over as warming trend begins

Winter looks likely to be a short one for much of the country.

PETER HANNAM The worst of the winter is likely to be over with the outlook pointing to warmer and drier than normal weather over coming months, conditions that may set up another early fire season.

Sydney weather just the tip of a warm world

PETER HANNAM Last month was a scorcher for global temperatures, with warmth over land and sea breaking records for June while sea-surface temperatures posted their largest departure from long-term averages for any month.

Perth rainfall still well short of average

The wild weather sets in overnight as seen from Hillarys.

CHENEE MARRAPODI If Perth is getting sick of the rain, we shouldn't be complaining - we are well below our annual averages, according to the bureau.

June a global scorcher as records melt

April, May, June - matching or breaking records for warmest temperatures worldwide.

PETER HANNAM Last month was a scorcher for global temperatures with warmth over land and sea breaking records for June while sea-surface temperatures posted their largest departure from long-term averages for any month.

Melbourne wakes to second-coldest morning of year

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Robyn Grace If you felt the need to crank the heating this morning, you probably weren’t alone - Melburnians woke to their second-coldest morning of the year.

Blue Mountains traffic blocked by snow and ice

Calves sheep during very cold weather and snow in the Central Tablelands near Jenolan Caves.

PETER HANNAM Heavy snow and black ice have triggered accidents and caused the closure of major routes in the Blue Mountains.

Britons brace for a (sort of) heatwave

Britons enjoy the warm weather in St James's Park, London.

Sarah Knapton Keep out of the sun, eat salad, turn your printers off and stay calm Britons. It's about to get "hot".

Warmth across the Pacific stalls brewing El Nino

Stirred up: Satellite image of Typhoon Rammasun approaches the Philippines.

PETER HANNAM Expectations of a strong El Nino weather event in the Pacific are being pared back but warmer-than-usual conditions are likely to persist, meteorologists say.

Deadly typhoon hits Philippines

A fisherman tries to secure his boat at Imus.

LINDSAY MURDOCH The first typhoon of the year smashed into the Philippines with winds gusts up to 185 kilometres per hour, killing at least five people.

Strong El Nino seen unlikely by Australia as Pacific cools

The most recent El Nino (2009-10).

Phoebe Sedgman The odds of a strong El Nino, which brings drought to the Asia-Pacific region and heavy rains to South America, are increasingly unlikely after the tropical Pacific Ocean cooled, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Rain and a mid-week cold front hits Canberra

Wet and windy weather awaits.

HENRY BELOT A bright start to the week in Canberra has been replaced with wet, windy and gloomy conditions with a series of cold fronts expected to pass across the territory and bring further snowfall to the NSW alps.

Pacific warming doesn't meet El Nino threshold yet, US says

The most recent El Nino (2009-10).

A weather-changing El Nino has yet to develop in the Pacific Ocean, according to government forecasters are who maintaining a "watch" initiated in March.

As climate changes, world weather agency calls for new baseline

Australia has set many records for unusual heat over the past 18 months.

PETER HANNAM The World Meteorological Organisation says it’s time to shift climate baselines because global warming is increasingly setting a new “normal” for weather conditions.

Wintry blast headed for Sydney

Blizzards on some peaks.

PETER HANNAM A vigorous cold front will bringing a wintry blast to Sydney this afternoon and extend snow showers further across the state.

Global warming requires more frequent rethink of 'normal' weather, WMO says

What's 'normal' weather is less so.

The baseline for "normal" weather used by everyone from farmers to governments to plan ahead needs to be updated more frequently to account for the big shifts caused by global warming, the UN's World Meteorological Organisation said on Wednesday.

Thredbo and Perisher planning for best weekend in years

A half-metre of snow on Wednesday night has set up a weekend labelled the best of the season at Thredbo and Perisher.

HENRY BELOT Fresh snowfall on the Snowy Mountains overnight has led meteorologists and excited resort managers at Thredbo and Perisher to declare this weekend for skiing in many years.

Half a million told to evacuate as typhoon Neoguri approaches Japan

Typhoon Neoguri in the Pacific Ocean, approaching Japan on its northward journey.

Japan is bracing for one of its worst storms in years as typhoon Neoguri heads towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with the national weather agency issuing its highest alert and nearly half-a-million people urged to take shelter.

Wild, chill winds set to lash Melbourne

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI Strong winds will batter most parts of Victoria before a cold front sets in at midnight, bringing with it rain and potential gusts of up to 100km/h.

Chill winds set to hit Melbourne

Windy weather in Melbourne.

Caroline Zielinski Victorians are being told to brace for damaging winds on Tuesday, with a severe weather warning issued in central and western parts of the state.

Canberra limps through coldest morning of the year

Dew laden grass.

HENRY BELOT Canberra has limped through the coldest morning of the year with temperatures dropping to -3.9 degrees around 5.40am.

No need for umbrellas as Sydney's sunny days roll on

The only umbrellas needed for now.

PETER HANNAM Sydney’s long spell of crisp mornings, mild days and a lack of rain is set to run another week with the city now in the midst of its driest run since September.

Sydney weather: Indian summer stretches into winter

Salute to the sun: Yoga instructor Stephanie Kelly makes the most of the Sydney weather.

AMY MCNEILAGE Don’t be deceived if you take a peek out the window at Sydney this week.

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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