The ENSO Outlook status has moved to El Niño WATCH.

This means there is now a 50% chance of El Niño developing in 2017.
El Niño typically increases the chance of below-average winter and spring rainfall over eastern Australia and above-average daytime temperatures over southern Australia.

Read more in our ENSO Wrap-Up: [ Bom.is Link ]
Happy #PancakeDay (Shrove Tuesday)! These pancake-shaped lenticular clouds can form on or downwind of elevated areas such as mountains: When moist air is forced to rise over an obstruction, water in the air condenses, forming cloud. As the air descends down the other side, the water evaporates again.
Photo: Mount Walker, Queensland, 13 November 2016 by Rob Crutcher Photography.
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Twilight storm, Port Macquarie, NSW, by Will Eades Photography on 26 February ⚡
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Our March–May 2017 #climate outlooks are now available.
Below-average rainfall is likely over much of Australia;
days and nights are likely to be warmer than average over much of Australia; and #heatwave and fire risks remain raised in many areas.
Details at [ Bom.gov.au Link ].
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You know what they say about the early bird Thanks to Glenn Adamus Photographer for getting up early to catch this tropical storm breaking at dawn!

Emu Park Main Beach on Qld's Capricorn Coast, 13 February 2017.
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Weather bureau's tech chief rises to the top.

Supercomputer CIO wins Fed Govt Benchmarks gong

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02/22/2017 at 23:20. Facebook
WATCH: Climate and Water Outlook for March–May 2017.
Summer has seen record-breaking heat in eastern Australia, but also record-breaking rainfall in the north and the southwest. Above-average temperatures are likely to continue in autumn, and the start of the southern cropping season is likely to be drier than average.
More at [ Bom.gov.au Link ].
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Imagine 54 consecutive days of 35 °C or above... this is what Moree, NSW, has endured this summer!

Our Special Climate Statement takes a look at the prolonged and extreme heat that affected NSW, southern Qld, SA and northern Victoria in January and February, including all the temperature records: [ Bom.is Link ]
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Sunset storm in Pannawonica, WA Pilbara region, on 18 February by Snappermiles photography
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The Bureau has issued a Special Climate Statement on heavy rainfall and flooding that affected southwest Western Australia in late January and early February 2017.

The event saw significant rainfall totals including:

- Yorkrakine—140 mm on 29 January
- Perth Metro—114.4 mm on 10 February
- Ravensthorpe—240.8 mm from 1–14 February (wettest month in 116 years of records).

The rain led to...
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It’s a scorching hot summer day, so you head to the beach for a swim, jump in the water and it's… freezing! ❄ Yet the week before the ocean temperature was perfect, so what’s going on?

One reason could be the Ekman transport effect, which causes cold water to well up from deep in the ocean. Find out more in our BLOG: [ Bom.is Link ]

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02/21/2017 at 02:28. Facebook
Severe thunderstorms affected NSW over the weekend, bringing giant hailstones to northern parts of Sydney and the Illawarra.

Did you know large hail is most common during spring and early summer in Australia? This is because surface temperatures are warm enough to promote the development of strong thunderstorms, and the upper atmosphere is still cool enough to allow the formation of stronger...
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SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE: Tropical Cyclone Alfred in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Video current at 12pm CST Monday 20 February 2017.

For latest tropical cyclone advice visit our website [ Bom.gov.au Link ] and follow advice from emergency services Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - QFES ABC Emergency
Nope, we're not in Kansas... this funnel cloud was spotted over Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne on Sunday 19 February!

The same day Melbourne recorded its coldest February day since 2005, with a maximum of 17.3°C, while a weak tornado was reported in the eastern bayside suburbs of Bentleigh/Hampton. The cold snap also produced thunderstorms and hail in southern parts of the State, and light...
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SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE: Developing tropical low in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Video current at 1pm ACST, Friday 17 February 2017.

For the latest tropical cyclone advice visit our website and follow advice from emergency services.

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What do you like to do in your spare time? Watch a movie? Go to the beach? Take the boat out for an iceberg cruise?! ❄❄❄

For our staff living and working in Antarctica, an iceberg cruise is just one of the many highlights! Calling all electronic engineers—if you'd love to work in Antarctica get your skates on ⛸ applications for 2017–18 season positions close this Sunday 19 February! Apply now...
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A magical morning in Warrnambool, Vic, captured in all its 360° glory!

Credit: Hangingpixels Photo Art, 15 February 2017.
Severe storms affected parts of South East Queensland on Monday, bringing lightning, heavy rainfall, damaging winds, and hailstones
Colours nailed to the mast: A rainbow runs through rigging at the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart, Tasmania, on 12 February 2017 - snapped by Peter Ford Catering. ⛵
#Bushfire behaviour is heavily influenced by weather conditions, so the Bureau keeps an eye on humidity, wind, rain and lightning in fire danger periods to help keep Australians safe. Read more in our blog: [ Bom.is Link ].
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