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It’s getting hot in here: how El Nino is messing with the program

Sydney “missed out” on winter last year after experiencing its hottest on record, and it looks like winter may elude the city for a second year in a row with strong signs of further warm and dry weather ahead, writes meterologist Magdalena Roze

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Hot enough for you? A meteorological explanation of the heatwave

Bit hot, huh? So what’s going on with the weather patterns? Crikey asked our favourite meteorologist, Channel Ten presenter Magdalena Roze, to explain. You better get used to it.

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Madre MIAH, it’s no heatwave, just getting hot in here

The hot temperatures took a long time to build and will take a long time to disperse. So is it climate change? Or El Nino? And was Sydney’s scorcher a heatwave? Channel Ten weather presenter Magdalena Roze clarifies.

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2012: Australia’s year of weather contrasts

The influence of extremes is a key talking point, with maximum temperatures on the rise and minimums on the decline. That’s one takeout from the latest data, writes Climate Spectator’s Daniel Palmer.

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It’s getting (increasingly) hot in here, but our response is poor

Research shows that heatwaves are increasing in severity and some say government policy is still woefully inadequate globally, writes Liam Mannix at InDaily.

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The Excessive Heat Events Guidebook

How do you survive the heat, besides sucking down box loads of lemonade icy poles? Try consulting the Excessive Heat Events Guidebook…

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The Weather

Be afraid, very afraid…

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Weather

There is a hole at the centre of things

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China Daily | ASIA-PACIFIC|

No-one will rain on China’s parade, especially not the weather!

China’s air force has conducted the largest ever “weather modification” project in time for the Republic’s 60th anniversary. 18 planes sprayed “environmentally-friendly” chemicals at clouds to force them to rain. Ouch.

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Dust storm 1: chaos, mud, lightning. Oh my!

It no longer looks as blood red as at dawn. No Dorothy, no Tin Man, no wicked Witch, so far. But the dust storms sweeping NSW have brought red snow!

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Dust storm 2: a health hazard beyond comparison

Particulate pollution has soared to levels never seen in Australia in recent hours as the red dust storm intensifies over much of the top three quarters of NSW.

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Crikey Blogs | NSW|

Are dust storms hazardous to your health?

Dust storms, like the one affecting Sydney this morning, can contain everything from plant pollens to dried animal faeces and chemicals, says Ben Harris-Roxas, a health impact assessment expert. Should people stay inside?

The potential health impacts of dust itself are important – usually by exacerbating existing asthma.

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The Independent | ENVIRONMENT|

Get ready for another El Niño

Meteorologists say a new El Niño has begun and may result in 2010 being one of the hottest years on record.

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Boston Globe | UNCATEGORIZED|

PHOTO ESSAY: Crash! Boom! World lightning.

It’s like thunder, lightning, the weather around the world is frightening. An amazing collection of lightning photos.

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Mother Jones | ENVIRONMENT|

The new El Niño: same same but different

Unlike the old El Niño, the new El Niño Modoki means more Atlantic hurricanes for the Americas.

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Weather Graphics | UNCATEGORIZED|

Air France Flight 447: a detailed meteorological analysis

Tim Vasquez tries to isolate the aircraft’s location against high-resolution satellite images from GOES-10 to identify any association with thunderstorm activity.

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Stormy weather: is this climate change?

France’s Champagne region may relocate their crops, farmers in the Cook Islands dive two metres to harvest their Taro crops and Russia anticipates a greater crop yield. Amanda Gearing tours the globe.

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