Nature a real beauty

December 30, 2017

Lightening strike over Mount Isa, Queensland. Photograph by Grant Szabadics.

Changing skies above Capital Wind Farm near Bungendore, NSW. Photograph by Seenivasan Kumaravel.

A cold front brings powerful waves to Mornington Pier, Victoria. Photograph by Jennifer Erlandsen.

Sunset through fog at Mount Hotham, Victoria. Photograph by Jon Bagge, My Light Images.

The annual Bureau of Meteorology calendar showcases 13 stunning images contributed by photographers all around Australia.

This year’s calendar features pages of spectacular Australian images including a crack of lightning over the Kimberley, a single plane dwarfed by an altocumulus cloud and the mosaic effect caused by torrential rain on a windscreen on a busy Sydney street.

Chief executive officer and meteorology director Andrew Johnson said he was excited about the collection of images featured in this year’s calendar.

‘‘Every year the Australian Weather Calendar stands out due to its exceptional quality and detail, with every image accompanied by a scientific explanation of the phenomena featured,’’ Dr Johnson said.

‘‘This year’s calendar also highlights the bureau’s focus on delivering impact and value for all Australians and driving excellence in everything we do for the community, businesses and the environment.’’

The calendar will be hanging in about 70000 homes and offices around Australia and the world.

Photographers can enter the competition for the 2019 calendar now.

The judges will be on the lookout for photos that capture weather in a unique, spectacular or visually appealing manner.

Previous winning images have shown the rich diversity of Australian weather in a huge variety of ways — including creative interpretations of frost, lightning, rainbows, sunshine, clouds, rain, wind, snow and ice.

You can order the 2018 Australian Weather Calendar from the bureau’s online shop at or phone 1300 798 789.

Normal weather information will resume next week. The usual charts were not available for our earlier printing times.

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