Skywatch

Cold snap deepens with snow in Queensland!

17 / 07 / 15

***UPDATED Friday 17th July 2015*** People across southern QLD and northern NSW are waking up to RARE SNOW and their coldest morning in 30 years! If that’s not enough an east coast low is expected to bring heavy rain and damaging winds to Sydney, the Illawarra and Hunter this morning!   East coast low hitting Sydney Friday …

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Cold and frosty…with more snow on the way!

14 / 07 / 15

Another burst of chilly Antarctic air is moving across southeast Australia now, bringing cold temperatures, brisk winds, showers, small hail and more SNOW! The cold front is currently crossing Victoria and will move across central NSW during today and then out to the Tasman Sea on Thursday where it will spawn into an east coast low. …

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Coldest snap in years this weekend!

11 / 07 / 15

***UPDATED Saturday 11th July, 2015*** The COLDEST SNAP IN YEARS is coming to most of southern and eastern Australia this weekend– with up to 1 metre of snow for the ski resorts! Sleet and snow flurries could even reach as far north as the as the peaks in northern NSW and southeast Queensland on Sunday …

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Winter kicks off with snow!

01 / 06 / 15

Winter has kicked off with snow and shivering subzero temperatures right across southeast Australia! Ski resorts saw plenty of fresh flakes with 30cm at Perisher, 20cm at Mt Buller and Falls Creek, and around 10cm at Mt Hotham. There were even flurries reported around Braidwood and Captains Flat near the ACT and low lying villages in …

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It’s official: El Nino is here…

13 / 05 / 15

El No No…much of southern and eastern Australia is in for drier and hotter conditions, with a worsening drought situation likely for already ravaged farming areas. Queensland is already suffering from its worst drought in modern history with 80% of the state drought declared, the largest area on record. An official El Nino has just …

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East coast low hammering NSW!

20 / 04 / 15

The NSW coast is getting pounded by one of the worst storms in years, almost as intense as the system that grounded the Pasha Bulker in Newcastle in 2007. A cold pool of air has combined with warmer sea surface temperatures to help develop the intense east coast low, which has been bringing very heavy …

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Taste of winter for the southeast!

08 / 04 / 15

*UPDATED* Southeastern Australia is experiencing its coldest weather so far this year with a strong cold front and east coast low moving over the region and leaving behind very cold air. It’s time to get the winter woolies out with chilly temperatures, heavy rain, blustery winds and snowfall! The heaviest rain has been affecting eastern Victoria …

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Your Easter long weekend forecast!

02 / 04 / 15

*UPDATED* This year, Easter is shaping up to be very wet for many parts of QLD and NSW with inland troughs and an offshore low bringing widespread rain and storms. Over the next few days, most parts of the NSW coast and adjacent inland should see at least 20mm of rainfall. The southern half of the country …

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Planet to Plate

12 / 03 / 15

I’m so excited to reveal a project that I’ve been working on for months…the Earth Hour Planet to Plate cook book is finally here! I’ve been an Earth Hour ambassador for a few years now and one of the reasons why this book is so special to me is that brings together my passions for …

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Hello Autumn

02 / 03 / 15

It’s hard to believe that Autumn is already here! The first day of the season was scorching hot in Sydney with 36 degrees, a massive 11 degrees above the March average. The heat was accompanied by wild storms and wind gusts up to 100kmh. On the other extreme, Melbourne reached a cool 21 degrees with …

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Cyclone Marcia- Everything you need to know!

20 / 02 / 15

*LATEST UPDATE* Marcia has been downgraded to a category 4 system as it heads towards Yeppoon and Rockhampton! 9.38am: Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia is crossing the Queensland Capricornia coast near Shoalwater Bay now! Over the last 24 hours the system has rapidly intensified from a Category 1 packing wind gusts up to 125kmh, to …

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Live Cyclone Marcia updates from Byron Bay!

18 / 02 / 15

*UPDATED* While I’ve reported on many tropical cyclones, this is the first time that my own property is being threatened by the path of a cyclone. Like many others in Northern NSW and Southern QLD, Darren and I are preparing for power outages, flooding and possible isolation due to inundated roads. As long as I …

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From Fire to Flooding

08 / 01 / 15
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New Year Forecast: Severe heatwave hitting southeast!

31 / 12 / 14

South Australia and Victoria in for a scorching start to the New Year with a severe heatwave hitting the southeast! ADELAIDE: While New Years Eve in Adelaide will be a pleasant 29 degrees today with dry skies for the fireworks, New Years Day is another story. Hotter temperatures will reach western parts of South Australia …

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Big soaking for southern QLD and northern NSW

28 / 12 / 14

Almost 300mm of rain has drenched parts of northern NSW is just the 24 hours to 9am Sunday- and there’s more to come for already soaked parts of southern Queensland and northeast NSW which is likely to lead to localised flooding! In the 24 hours to 9am this morning, top rainfall totals include: Clothiers Creek 299mm, Tweed Heads 292mm, …

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Australian Christmas Day Forecast

23 / 12 / 14

The question that I’m getting asked the most right now is: “What’s the weather going to be like on Christmas Day?” So here it is! I’ll be updating this forecast every day in the lead up to Christmas. CHRISTMAS DAY WEATHER: Queensland: Patchy showers and possible storms over western, southern and central areas but the …

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Heavy summer rain drenching Eastern Australia!

10 / 12 / 14

More widespread heavy rain and severe storms are on the way for eastern Australia…and it’s going to be heavier than anything we’ve already seen so far this summer!  At the moment there are three troughs over Australia and they’re going to merge and deepen into one large area of low pressure across the eastern inland, …

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Sydney’s record 7 days of storms!

08 / 12 / 14

***UPDATED*** Sydney and much of eastern Australia are feeling tropical with hot and humid days exploding in severe thunderstorms every afternoon! It’s day 10 of storms over eastern Australia, and for Sydney it’s now seven days straight which is a record! The previous record was five days in a row. So why are we getting …

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It’s Official: Spring 2014 was our hottest on record

05 / 12 / 14

The figures are in and the news isn’t good- spring 2014 was Australia’s hottest on record and for the second year in a row! In fact, nine of the ten warmest springs on record have occurred in the last thirteen years. Maybe there’s a bit of a pattern forming here… The national mean temperature anomaly …

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Stormiest week of the year for eastern Australia!

05 / 12 / 14

*UPDATED* A large of eastern Australia has been battered by severe storms- and there’s plenty more to come with some places set to see over 300mm of rain! Storms are expected every day this week in eastern parts of Victoria, NSW and QLD. It’s turning out to be the stormiest week of the for NSW …

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This summer’s set to be a scorcher

02 / 12 / 14

Australia’s in for a scorcher of a summer. And 2014 could end up the world’s hottest year on record.   Hot days and nights… Most climate models are predicting hotter than normal summer days across much of Australia, except for western Western Australia, western Victoria and Tasmania. The odds are particularly high for inland Queensland and the …

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Summer’s kicking off with a bang!

01 / 12 / 14

It’s a very sticky and stormy start to summer. A large part of Australia will be uncomfortably humid with widespread rain and storms all week! The worst affected capital cities for storms are Sydney and Canberra with both getting rattled by thunder and lightning every day. Melbourne and Adelaide’s most volatile days will be mid-week, while recently battered …

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Gustnado hits Brisbane!

20 / 11 / 14

Brisbane was hit by severe thunderstorms yesterday but contrary to most reports the widespread damage wasn’t caused by a tornado, it was actually a gustnado. You hardly ever hear about gustnadoes and that’s because they’re often mistaken for tornadoes since they can be difficult to tell apart. Both tornadoes and gustnadoes are violently rotating clouds …

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Severe storms hitting southeast Queensland

18 / 11 / 14

Thunderstorms are firing up across southeast QLD every afternoon from today until Friday – and they’re likely to be severe. The storms are expected to affect the Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Wide Bay and Burnett, Sunshine Coast and inland parts of Brisbane.  Brisbane city and the Gold coast may be affected too, particularly on …

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Old Havana Harbour

04 / 09 / 14

Dreaming of a holiday? November to April is the best time weather-wise to go to Cuba. Today, the sun is out with a lovely 27 degrees in sexy and eclectic Havana. Rum cocktail anyone?

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