Meteorology

  • Bombs, lows and other cyclones

    Wild weather can beget wilder naming systems.

    Earlier this week, we saw reports about a “bomb cyclone” off the east coast of Australia. It’s an exciting name for a...

    Australia August 26, 2021
  • What’s the difference between climate and weather?

    If we’re to make the changes that are needed, we need to find ways to get everyone – not only the...

    One of the first things I get asked when I talk to school students is: “What’s the difference between weather and cli...

    Climate April 23, 2021
  • How to jet power wind turbines

    Fast lower-atmosphere winds have a complicated effect on wind power.

    Wind farms and their turbines have been growing over the past decade – both in area and in height. The larger a tu...

    Energy February 24, 2021
  • Planes can intensify rain and snow

    Finnish research confirms a meteorological quirk. Natalie Parletta reports.

    Airborne planes can increase precipitation from clouds by around 10-fold, and under certain conditions can increase r...

    Climate February 3, 2019
  • Superstars of STEM: making light work of heavy weather

    Sue Barrell uses satellites and supercomputers to improve weather forecasting. Dion Pretorius rep...

    The way we understand and apply meteorological information is ever-changing and Australian researchers are at the for...

    Climate July 9, 2018
  • El Niño is back – better get used to it

    As a new El Niño event takes hold, Cosmos explains the mechanics of this extreme weather event an...

    Basic climate change science is simple: rising CO2 levels trap heat and warm the planet. The devil is in the detail –...

    Climate May 18, 2015