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Marine safety - check the forecast first

If you go boating, you need to check the weather forecast before heading out on the water. This BOM video will help you make the right choice about where and when it's safe to go boating.

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Marine weather safety: 5 vital checks

If you go a boating, find out the five vital weather checks you should do before you head out on the water. These checks will help you to make the right choice about where and when it's safe to go boating.

What is a thunderstorm?

Thunderstorms are associated with very tall clouds called cumulonimbus that produce turbulence, lightning and thunder. This video from the Bureau of Meteorology explains what causes them, and what's really going on up there?

What is a cold front?

A cold front is a feature we see every day on weather maps, particularly through southern parts of Australia. This video explains the meteorology behind a cold front and typical impacts, including abrupt changes in temperature, wind speed and direction, and rainfall.

What is an East Coast Low?

East Coast Lows are intense low pressure systems that occur off the eastern coast of Australia, often bringing damaging weather conditions. This video explains how they form, including how they differ from tropical cyclones, and why they can be dangerous.

What's that cloud?

This video takes you through the ten main cloud classifications, helping you get a sense of what weather conditions may be on the way.

Understanding tropical cyclone categories

Improve your understanding of tropical cyclone categories and their impacts. This Bureau of Meteorology video explains what the different tropical cyclones categories are, the hazards involved and the potential damage a tropical cyclone can cause.

How do tropical cyclones get their names?

Tropical cyclones are named to provide ease of communication between the Bureau of Meteorology and the community. Names also raise the profile of the tropical cyclone, heightening public awareness and helping reduce confusion if multiple cyclones occur at the same time. This video explains the history of naming tropical cyclones, beginning in 1887 with colourful character Clement Wragge.

How is temperature measured?

What's in those big white boxes at weather stations? The Bureau of Meteorology opens the door on how temperature is measured across Australia.

What is 'feels like' temperature?

There's the air temperature, and there's what it 'Feels like'. Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Jenny explains how we calculate and forecast 'apparent temperature, taking into account wind chill and humidity.

How to Read Weather Maps

Weather maps, also known as the synoptic chart, are an example of an isoline map. Isoline maps are made up of lines that join points of equal value. This video shows you how to understand and read weather maps.