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Zephyr

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.

Zulu

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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Tropical Cyclone Owen heads for Cape Shield and Groote Eylandt, BOM issues warning

16:52 EDT

A Tropical Cyclone warning has been issued for parts of the north-east Top End, including Cape Shield and Groote Eylandt.

Health expert warns residents are at risk from high sodium in water in drought-stricken NSW town of Walgett

15:45 EDT

Walgett has always been a river town, perched near the junction of the Barwon and the Namoi rivers.

Stormy end to the week in southeastern Australia

11:12 EDT

Widespread showers and thunderstorms will affect Australia’s southeastern states and territories during the second half of this week.

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