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A light, warm breeze. Derived from Zephryros, the personification by the ancient Greeks of the warm west wind that was thought to prevail around the time of the summer solstice.

Zonal flow

Large-scale atmospheric flow in which the east-west component (i.e., latitudinal) is dominant. The accompanying meridional (north-south) component often is weaker than normal. Compare with meridional flow. Weather systems tend to move past quickly in a zonal flow regime.


Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Centred on zero degrees longitude. For scientific purposes this time zone is also known as Universal Time (UTC). All meteorological observations worldwide are reported using this time (for ease of comparison and computation). This timezone is commonly suffixed with 'Z'.

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Narrow storms cause flash flooding and damage on farms near Wondai in Queensland's South Burnett

19:15 EDT

A South Burnett landholder says a series of narrow storms flattened fences, uprooted trees and damaged infrastructure at the weekend.

Southern Queensland storm chasers reflect on 'bittersweet' storms

18:02 EDT

A regional photographer says weekend storms brought "awe inspiring" images, but his thoughts were with the farmers who experienced massive damage.

Fire and dust storms in South Australia

17:47 EDT

A cold front is directing a gusty change across South Australia, whipping up dust and pre-existing fires.