Bombs, lows and other cyclones

Earlier this week, we saw reports about a “bomb cyclone” off the east coast of Australia. It’s an exciting name for a dramatic storm, but what does it actually mean – and what does it have to do with other cyclones and storms? What is a cyclone? When we say “cyclone”, we’re usually thinking of … Continue reading Bombs, lows and other cyclones

What’s the difference between climate and weather?

One of the first things I get asked when I talk to school students is: “What’s the difference between weather and climate?” The answer – that climate is the statistics of the weather – doesn’t bring a lot of excitement to the classroom, so I use an analogy from a friend at the Bureau of … Continue reading What’s the difference between climate and weather?

How to jet power wind turbines

Wind farms and their turbines have been growing over the past decade – both in area and in height. The larger a turbine, the more complex its interactions with the atmosphere. Small variations in local meteorology can have a big effect on the power generated by a wind farm. One thing to pay attention to … Continue reading How to jet power wind turbines