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Stunning images highlight Australia’s weather diversity

Beef Central, 06/12/2011

Storm front over Brinard Station, Julia Creek, Queensland. Photographer: Gina Harrington.The 2012 Australian Weather Calendar showcases a carefully selected portfolio of images representing the diversity of Australia's highly variable weather and climate.

Published by the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and now in its 28th year, the calendar attracts leading photographers from around the world.

Each month has detailed information on the calendar's broader theme: A Wider Environmental Perspective, which reflects the Bureau's expanded role as a leading provider of environmental information across oceans, air, land, water and space.

The Bureau of Meteorology Australian Weather Calendar project manager, Robert Kershaw, said approximately 50,000 copies were sold each year making it one of the Bureau's most popular publications.

"It's always an extremely challenging and rewarding task to select the images which capture the breadth of our vast country and the Bureau's expanded role in forecasting services to meet the needs of business and the community," Mr Kershaw said.

"This year's cover shows a broad swathe of green light at Australia's Mawson base in Antarctica, a space weather phenomenon known as aurora australis.

"Other highlights include a double rainbow over Wombarra beach on Australia's east coast, a dust storm in remote northwest Australia, an aerial view of flood plains in Queensland, and a storm approaching the coast in southeast Victoria.

"Of the more than 700 images received this year, often it comes down to some tough decisions in selecting those that are visually stunning, but also represent the broadest possible range of weather phenomena across our land, sea, rivers and skies," he said.

For further information on the calendar and how to order click here



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