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Wednesday August 15, 2018

Wind gusts not seen in years in TAS

16:14 EST
A vigorous frontal system has brought some of the strongest wind gusts in several years across the Apple Island.
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Thousands of Tasmanians without power, Ben Lomond ski lodge evacuated after wild weather overnight

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Ben Lomond ski lodge staff faced a harrowing night as wild winds lifted part of a roof and sent corrugated sheets of iron flying.
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Warm dry gusty winds fueling fires in NSW

14:58 EST
Dry gusty winds and unseasonably warm temperatures are leading to Severe Fire Danger in the Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney and Illawarra/Shoalhaven fire areas.
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Drought could cause vegetable prices to skyrocket if Australia's salad bowl doesn't get summer rain

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Farmers in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane, are warning shoppers the price of vegetables like lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower could soar next year if the region does not get a decent downpour this summer.
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Heatwaves are more deadly for residents in Melbourne and Adelaide — here's why

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Adelaide and Melbourne are among the most dangerous Australian capital cities to live in during the summer months, with residents more at risk of death during an extreme heatwave, a recent study has found.
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Tuesday August 14, 2018

Wetter than average August for Perth

17:03 EST
Even though we are not yet half way through August, Perth has already recorded higher than average rainfall.
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Southern Annular Mode: The climate 'influencer' you may not have heard of

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In the world of climate drivers El Nino is the big name.
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Weather warning for Tasmania as winds of up to 120kmh predicted for coast

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The earth is so wet in Tasmania, authorities are warning the high winds forecast for Wednesday morning could push trees over, as gusts pick up across the state.
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Big chill on the way

13:40 EST
Another burst of frigid air is going to push across southeastern Australia this weekend and into early next week.
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Do you know what goes on behind the scenes to keep Australian ski resorts open?

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Australian alpine areas have enjoyed bumper snowfalls this week, but little is known about all the work that goes on behind the scenes to keep ski resorts in good shape throughout winter.
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Monday August 13, 2018

Drought relief convoy of trucks carrying hay leaves WA bound for stricken NSW farmers

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A huge convoy of about 20 road trains laden with 2,000 bales of hay is en route from outback Western Australia to drought-stricken farmers in New South Wales.
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NSW Government changes allow more hay to be transported per truckload to drought-affected farmers

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As New South Wales farmers are , the State Government has announced a suite of changes to freight dimension allowances.
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School holiday dates would be pushed back under plan to avoid summer heat

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Many Queensland school students still sweat it out in steamy classrooms across the state, but this could change under a proposal to move the dates for the summer holidays.
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Dry season downpour in the Tiwis

15:18 EST
A moisture-laden trough on Sunday night has produced a rare dry-season downpour over the Tiwi Islands.
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Chilly start for NSW and QLD

12:49 EST
Bone-dry air with calm winds have brought parts of northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, their coldest morning in over a decade.
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Smiling in the snow: Young Australian refugees see snow for the first time

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It was predicted to be wet and windy, but that didn't matter to a group of young people from refugee backgrounds on their first trip to the snow.
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Sunday August 12, 2018

Cold front rips through Tasmania

12:40 EST
Another cold front has crossed Tasmania continuing what has been a wet and windy winter.
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Defying the drought: Farmers who have braced for the big dry

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There is a drought spreading across eastern Australia and while it is severe it is not our worst.
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Sydney's winter weather differences

09:52 EST
Australia's largest city can see some distinct differences in weather between its different suburbs.
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Saturday August 11, 2018

Why does Australia waste its recycled water when it could be used to irrigate food crops?

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Australia wastes the majority of its recycled water that could be used on food crops — and farmers and local councils say it is a disgrace and want it made available for agriculture.
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Understanding the drought in NSW

10:18 EST
The word drought is a such an emotive word- but what does drought mean? According to the Bureau of Meteorology, "drought is a prolonged, abnormally dry period when the amount of available water is insufficient to meet our normal use." This is especially significant as it affects many industries and businesses, not to mention its toll on the environment as well as communities.
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Tasmanian farmers sending truckloads of feed to drought-stricken farmers on mainland

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Michael Perkins still remembers the help he got from people around Australia when he was on the brink two years ago, after floods ripped through his dairy farm in Tasmania's north-west.
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Perth's run of cold mornings coming to end

09:36 EST
Perth has just had its coldest pair of mornings this late in the season in eight years but the next few are looking progressively warmer.
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Urban Forest Fund helps turn concrete common areas into apartment block oases

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Apartment residents in Melbourne's inner-west have united to transform their stark, concrete communal areas into green oases to help combat the effects of climate change.
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For the first time ever, Dennis has run out of hay for drought-stricken graziers

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On the journey from northern Victoria into western New South Wales, the landscape changes.
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Friday August 10, 2018

Dry conditions bite into Top End, with NT's 'prime beef country' selling off stock

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While continue to battle tough conditions, the 'big dry' is creeping into the Top End, with cattle stations in the Northern Territory's Barkly Tablelands seeing one of their driest periods in decades.
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Winds ease in Tasmania after damaging property, disrupting flights

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Wild winds which had lashed Tasmania causing some property damage and delaying Hobart flights have eased.
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BOM: Is it cold enough for a jacket? Here's why you should check the 'feels like' temperature

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You've checked the temp on your phone and it reads 13.5 degrees Celsius, but the "feels like" temperature says it's 6.7 degrees.
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Sydney Water network cracks under pressure of drought; leak jobs taking weeks to resolve

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Sydney Water says it is drowning in leaks across the city due to the NSW drought, with some pipes spurting water for weeks before being repaired.
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Smiling through the dry: Drought-hit schools work hard to keep students happy

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Tiny schools in drought-ravaged regions are finding creative and practical ways to help kids and their families stay positive.
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Perth weather: City braves coldest morning in a year, wettest start to August since 1945

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Perth awoke on Friday to its coldest morning of 2018, with the temperature plummeting to just 3.2 degrees Celsius.
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Windiest day of the year

12:39 EST
Parts of southern Australia are having their windiest day so far this year due to the passage of a powerful cold front.
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Christmas tree farmers warn the festive tree may be poorer quality due to drought

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The drought is impacting upon a wide range of industries, including one that is not usually in the limelight just yet — Christmas tree production.
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Australia's foreign aid budget called into question when farmers face drought

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Social media has been flooded with memes and posts calling for the Federal Government to cut foreign aid spending and use that money to help struggling farmers instead.
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Bumper snow season continues

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Australia's ski resorts are enjoying one of their best snow seasons in recent years, with even more fresh powder on the way this weekend.
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Hay stolen from Shoalhaven beef farm as farmers face another threat from worsening drought

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A South Coast farmer has been left in limbo after the hay which was supposed to get her cattle through until summer was stolen.
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Drought takes an emotional and physical toll across New South Wales

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This week a young truck driver was admitted to hospital suffering from exhaustion, having driven tens of thousands of kilometres in four weeks carrying hay between South Australia and New South Wales to help farmers feed their starving stock.
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'It's scary': experiencing the drought crisis from boarding school

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While farmers face what some are calling the worst drought in living memory, many of their children grapple with the dry from boarding schools hundreds of kilometres from their homes.
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King tide warning issued for southern Tasmania as wild weather batters state

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Tasmanians are being advised to brace for what could be the highest tide of the year, with a king tide forecast for the state's south-east tonight.
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Thursday August 9, 2018

Properties under threat by NT bushfires

14:19 EST
Emergency warnings have been issued for separate fires burning out of control in the Northern Territory's western Top End today.
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Damaging winds across southern Australia

13:51 EST
A strong cold front sweeping across southern Australia has prompted severe weather warnings for damaging winds in four states.
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Arnhem Land community awaits housing rebuild three years after Cyclone Lam destruction

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More than three years after category 4 Cyclone Lam smashed into the Arnhem Land community of Galiwin'ku, some residents are still waiting for their homes to be rebuilt.
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Wednesday August 8, 2018

Wintry weather continues in WA

15:36 EST
A strong cold front may cause severe weather and flooding in parts of Western Australia during the next 24 hours.
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NSW Government says entire state in drought, new DPI figures reveal full extent of big dry

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The NSW Government says "100 per cent" of the state is now in drought.
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Kangaroo culling laws relaxed by NSW Government on day state declared 100 per cent drought affected

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As drought across the whole state is officially declared, the NSW Government has implemented its relaxation of laws around kangaroo culling first announced in June.
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Why has it been so windy in Melbourne this winter?

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Winter in Melbourne is always windy but this year has been a little unusual.
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ABARES report shows water market could cope in repeat of millennium drought

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Australia's commodity forecaster says water market prices in the southern Murray-Darling Basin are unlikely to be higher if faced with a repeat of the , despite a boom in almond and cotton plantings.
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Adelaide reservoirs receive inflows during flood watch but dry times are ahead

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A flood watch may be in place for Adelaide's Upper Onkaparinga catchment following the first decent rains of winter, but don't get used to it — dry times are ahead.
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Drought drives demand for feed grain, forcing up prices and creating new transport routes

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Demand for hay and grain in Australia is headed for "uncharted waters" as farmers struggle to find feed for their livestock.
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El Nino does not always mean dry weather

10:51 EST
El Nino is synonymous with drought in Australia.
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Wind gusts not seen in years in TAS

16:14 EST

A vigorous frontal system has brought some of the strongest wind gusts in several years across the Apple Island.

Thousands of Tasmanians without power, Ben Lomond ski lodge evacuated after wild weather overnight

15:41 EST

Ben Lomond ski lodge staff faced a harrowing night as wild winds lifted part of a roof and sent corrugated sheets of iron flying.

Warm dry gusty winds fueling fires in NSW

14:58 EST

Dry gusty winds and unseasonably warm temperatures are leading to Severe Fire Danger in the Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney and Illawarra/Shoalhaven fire areas.