Weather Glossary - Q
QFE is calculated by adjusting the station level pressure for the difference between the barometer level and the aerodrome reference level, assuming International Standard Atmosphere(ISA) conditions. An Altimeter set to QFE will read zero when the aircraft is on the runway.
The pressure setting used by aircraft altimeters to give an indication above MSL. The QNH pressure calculation assumes a standard ICAO atmosphere.
A front that shows little or no horizontal movement. By convention, the term applies to a front this is moving at 5 knots or less. The slow horizontal motion combined with considerable vertical motion of the warm air, often gives rise to persistent and sometimes severe amounts of precipitation leading to local flooding.
A western Queensland family has been overwhelmed by the generosity of a stranger who volunteered to help on a drought-stricken station.
Queensland forecasters have named Raquel as their first ever recorded July cyclone, which has formed this morning north of the Solomon Islands.
Vanuatu president's decision to leave country as Cyclone Pam approached criticised by Save the Children
The decision by Vanuatu's president and senior disaster officials to fly to a conference in Japan as Cyclone Pam bore down on the Pacific nation in March made response efforts more difficult, aid group Save the Children says.