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BOM's 2019 Wild Weather Calendar

19November NSW MauricioBacchi

Two Tasmanian photos have been included in the Bureau of Meteorology's Australian Weather Calendar for 2019.

Stunning images from Tasmanian photographers Bob Brown and Leanne Osmond have been chosen for October and December respectively (photos featured below).

The Bureau's CEO and Director of Meteorology Dr Andrew Johnson said hundreds of photographs are submitted each year, so it is a tough task narrowing them down to just thirteen.

"The calendar's arrival is always eagerly awaited by weather watchers, while for those behind the camera, having one of your shots included is a real feather in your photographic cap," Dr Johnson said.

"The 2019 edition features images from every state and the Northern Territory, plus one from Davis Station in the frozen Antarctic, so it's geographically as well as visually diverse."

Among the photographs featured in the 2019 line up are:

  • A partial halo and light pillar over Prydz Bay, Davis Research Station, Antarctica
  • Wet-season thunderstorm at Legune Station, Northern Territory
  • Sea fog at Phillip Island, Victoria
  • Sunset over the Clarence River at Yamba, New South Wales
  • A supercell thunderstorm looming over Sydney's Manly Beach
  • Sunset-lit lightning over Gulf St Vincent, South Australia
  • A spectacular thunderstorm near Warwick, Queensland
  • Lightning over Middleton Beach, Albany, Western Australia.

To order the calendar, go to the online shop at shop.bom.gov.au or phone 1300 798 789. Calendar prices start at $15 for the small version and $17 for the traditional A2 size (excl. P&H) and can be sent to friends and family anywhere in the world.

October

Photograph: Halo seen from Bathurst Harbour, Melaleuca, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Tasmania, 29 February 2016—Bob Brown

19October Tas BobBrown

It was a call to volunteer in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area that led ex-politician and lifelong environmentalist Bob Brown to this angelic sight. Monitoring the wild population of the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot at Melaleuca during an intensive two-week program, Bob was keeping an eye on the sky and quickly grabbed his camera when he spotted this halo. 'It's such a magnificent thing to look at, and yet most people don't even look up,' he says. Bob says he has always watched the weather with keen interest, and even has a Stevenson screen shelter for meteorological instruments and rain gauge at his bush property in Tasmania. After using his mother's ‘box Brownie' camera as a kid and then receiving his first camera in his teens, he has been taking photos of nature ever since. 'I never use a tripod and set the camera on automatic to make sure I get the shot before it goes,' Bob says. 'Some of the most dramatic weather shots are going to be fast-moving—whether it's a sunbeam sweeping a mountainside, a lightning flash, or a wind squall—and if you're busy setting up you're going to miss it.' In other words, he says, shoot with wild abandon! 

December

Photograph: Icicles hang from branches, Liffey, Tasmania, 11 June 2016—Leanne Osmond, Leeo Photography

19December Tas LeannaOsmond

Moving to Tasmania from South Australia three years ago, the magical tones of the rugged landscape during winter certainly struck a chord with Leanne Osmond. 'I have loved weather photography for many years, with a passion for capturing fog and mist back in SA, but after moving to Tasmania I have definitely added capturing snow, frost and ice to that list!' It was back in 2015 on the road up to the Central Highlands, near the Liffey Falls State Reserve, that Leanne first came across this outcrop of rock dripping with icicles. The following year after experiencing heavy rain and record flooding, followed by a cold snap that produced some snow, she hoped the conditions would produce a similarly spectacular scene. Her hunch proved right, and although it was bone-chillingly cold, Leanne says it was certainly worth the drive. She remembers water constantly dripping down the icicles. Occasionally they melted and snapped off, making beautiful 'tinkling' sounds as they fell. Leanne says despite wearing gloves her fingers were aching with the cold, but it's being able to capture such remarkable sights—and sounds—that make her weather photography all the more noteworthy.

TOP PHOTO: A supercell thunderstorm looms over Manly Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, 5 December 2014—Mauricio Bacchi Photography