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Clouds, thunderstorms and climate change

Fly into a massive thunderstorm with pilots and scientists as they study how global warming could affect storms. Learn how changes in ice clouds due to climate change could provide clues to future weather patterns. See scientists capture data on the beginning of an unusual cyclone. This excerpt is from a documentary on ...

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Surviving the extremes

What would you do if a natural disaster was heading for you? Would you panic? Dr Jonica Newby and the Catalyst team stage two disaster scenarios and throw them at two Australian families who know only that a disaster of some kind is coming. How will they cope? And how would you?

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Seeding clouds to make rain and snow

Imagine if we could control the weather. Find out how scientists are already at work making clouds rain when and where they want. It's called cloud seeding. Watch this clip to understand how cloud seeding works, and where it is being used in Australia.

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Cyclone Yasi

Imagine your house being battered by 285 km per hour winds! That is what happened when Cyclone Yasi, a category 5 cyclone, hit far north Queensland in 2011. Watch this clip showing Yasi unleashing its fury. Find out about how the locals prepared themselves, and what they found in the aftermath.

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Super cyclones in Queensland, 2001

Far North Queensland is accustomed to tropical cyclones but what about super cyclones? Watch this clip to find out how often super cyclones occur, what kind of damage they cause and when the next one is expected. Discover how coral reveals the history of Queensland's cyclones.

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Life on our ever-changing creek

Imagine if you lived near a creek and it began to rain heavily. What might be the possible consequences of rising water levels?  How might you go about preparing to deal with it? How did the family in this video deal with a bridge getting destroyed?

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Tropical cyclones

This is a Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) web page about tropical cyclones. The resource explains what tropical cyclones are and includes a diagram showing the parts of Australia where they occur, indicating which months of the year each region is affected. It describes the impact of tropical cyclones on Australia, using Tropical ...

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Modelling tropical cyclones

This teacher resource is a Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) web page containing a lesson plan on modelling tropical cyclones. The resource clearly sets out lesson objectives and provides detailed notes about the outcomes expected. It includes a link to in-depth background material on a tropical cyclone's life cycle and development ...

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Snow drifts and hikers at the Great Dividing Range, c1900

This is a full silver gelatin plate glass negative called 'Snow drifts, the Main Divide, Kosciusko' taken by the Australian photographic studio Kerry and Co, Sydney, at some time between 1884 and 1917. The negative shows snow on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range near the summit of Kosciuszko. A group of hikers in the ...

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Cyclone track data of Australia - SpatialGenie map layer

This is a map showing the location and tracks of tropical cyclones across Australia between 1914 and 2006. Students use the spatial visualisation tool, SpatialGenie, to explore the map as spatial data. They can investigate this map alone or add other map layers. Students use shape tools to measure area and distance, and ...

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Interactive weather and wave forecast maps

This is a Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) web page providing weather and wave forecasts for up to seven days displayed as a computer-generated map. The wide range of options available via drop-down menus includes the type of weather or wave information to be displayed, level (altitude), area (region), time zone and period (duration). ...

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Where does rain come from?

Rain comes from clouds but do you know how rain gets into clouds? This clip shows how clouds are formed (made). You will see how important the Sun is in making it rain.

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Tornadoes

What sounds like a freight train and can pick a house up off its foundations? Tornadoes! These ferocious weather events can leave a trail of destruction for kilometres. Watch this clip to find out how they form, where they occur, and how their intensity is measured. You will also see incredible footage of real-life tornadoes ...

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Life-threatening tropical storms

Do you know the difference between cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons? Watch this clip to find out about these violent storms, what causes them and where they occur. Discover more about some of the world's biggest storms and their impact on places like Bangladesh, the USA, and Darwin in Australia. This clip includes an animation ...

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Tully and Yasi: the sequel

When tropical cyclone Yasi hit north Queensland in 2011, the small town of Tully suffered severe damage and the region's banana and sugar cane crops were devastated. Discover how this crop damage impacted farmers, the local community and people throughout Australia. Find out how the town has since recovered.

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Devastation by cyclone

Cyclone Namu caused widespread devastation when it struck Solomon Islands in 1986. View this 1986 news report to witness the cyclone's impact on life, crops and housing, particularly on Guadalcanal, the largest island in Solomon Islands. See the challenges confronting the relief teams.

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Impacts of a cyclone: days or decades?

Cyclone Namu struck the nation of Solomon Islands in 1986. In this news report from the scene, see the immediate devastation it caused and hear about the then expected long-term impacts on the already troubled Solomons economy. As you watch, you might wonder how much has changed since then. Are Solomon Islanders just as ...

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What a disaster - unit of work

Students investigate and explain how the landscape is shaped by nature, and the difference between a 'harmless' event and one that is termed a 'disaster'. They investigate the cause and effects of a particular phenomenon and offer an explanation of these. They also develop advertising materials for implementing emergency ...

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Damaged aircraft after Cyclone Tracy, 1974

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a damaged aircraft hanger and a wrecked twin engine aeroplane blown into the hanger door by winds from Cyclone Tracy. Debris litters the ground.

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Aerial view of Wagaman after Cyclone Tracy, 1975

This is a colour photograph showing a low aerial view of Vanderlin Drive in the Darwin suburb of Wagaman after Cyclone Tracy inflicted massive destruction.