Every year, the Bureau of Meteorology (ugh, let’s stick with BOM!) moves beyond the forecast and releases a calendar celebrating breathtaking moments of Australian weather from the previous twelve months. 


This milestone edition of the calendar is the 40th edition from BOM and is a celebration of weather events that deserve to be shared. BOM invited submissions for the publication and from over 500 entries, 13 winners were picked. 

‘The calendar is a fantastic opportunity to further explain the science behind weather events and other phenomena, all the while admiring spectacular and uniquely Australian imagery,’ senior meteorologist Andrea Peace said.


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The Photographs

The calendar showcases weather from every state and territory in Australia. You can expect to see magical mountain sunsets, lightning, a smoke-filled willy-willy, and close-ups of ice crystals. If double rainbows and auroras have you grabbing your phone for a photo – or hitting up Google for explanations – it’s likely you’ll get a kick out of this.

‘Every page provides an insight and explains the diversity of both the striking visuals and the severe weather conditions in Australia,’ senior meteorologist Andrea Peace said.


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It’s Raining Calendars

At a very reasonable $18 for a small A4 copy, the BOM weather calendar is a great Christmas gift option for the person in your life who loves commenting on the weather. (We all know one!) This should keep them occupied for a minute or so each day, for an entire year! 

Order your copy of the calendar before the 8th of December to give the elves at Australia Post the best chance of getting it into your hot little hands before Christmas.


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Header image shot by Nick Fitzgerald

Photos supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology

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