Paper summary: historical extreme rainfall events in southeastern Australia

Most instrumental weather data that we use to study rainfall in Australia only extend back to 1900, which makes it hard to capture the full range of our highly variable climate. In a new study we have used historical rainfall observations in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney to add an extra 60 years of information to […]

Australia’s meteorological anniversary

Today is the anniversary of the First Fleet’s arrival in Sydney Cove, only 228 years ago. A defining moment, certainly, although more and more people agree that the 26th of January is not the right day to honour all things Australian. To commemorate the date, let’s have a look at Australia’s earliest weather observations. Their history, funnily […]

28 June 1836: Snowfall in Sydney

My PhD was on the past climate of southeastern Australia. This involved looking at lots of different sources of old weather data from the 1800s. Newspapers, government records and farmer’s diaries: each source an important clue to the history of Australia’s climate. While my work focussed mainly on quantitative data (numbers) rather than qualitative descriptions […]