Extreme weather in 2011: A Scientific Perspective

Monster cyclones in Queensland, floods in Victoria, bushfires in Perth, heat waves in Russia and snow storms in Europe were a few of the extreme weather events that prompted a recent public talk on the scientific perspective of current extreme weather. SEARCH researchers Karl Braganza (Bureau of Meteorology), Neville Nicholls (Monash University) and David Karoly … Continue reading Extreme weather in 2011: A Scientific Perspective

Public Talk: Finding early weather data for central NSW

University of Melbourne Federation Fellow, Professor David Karoly, will hold a public talk in Bathurst to outline the SEARCH project's landmark research into the climate history of south-eastern Australia. Professor Karoly will also be calling for assistance to identify local sources that may be of use to the project, such as early instrumental weather records … Continue reading Public Talk: Finding early weather data for central NSW

International Palaeoclimate meeting in The Age

Over 70 palaeoclimate scientists from across Australia and around the world were in Melbourne last week for the Aus2K regional workshop. The meeting was an opportunity for scientists to present the latest palaeoclimate reconstruction data for our region; information that will feed into the fifth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, due in … Continue reading International Palaeoclimate meeting in The Age

Discovering Australia’s first weather record

As a young American researcher working in Australia in the late 1970s, Robert McAfee made a startling discovery that would have a huge impact on Australian Climate History research, the weather diary of Lieutenant William Dawes. This is his story. When I was a grad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison I received a telegram … Continue reading Discovering Australia’s first weather record

In the media: First settlers battled weather extremes

Australia's first European settlers had good reason to complain about the weather, according to a landmark Australian climate history project. Lead academics on the SEARCH project, Dr Joelle Gergis and Prof David Karoly recently conducted an analysis of the journals of Lieutenant William Dawes, outlining temperature conditions at Sydney Harbour in the early days of … Continue reading In the media: First settlers battled weather extremes