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What's the weather like out there?

What's the weather like out there?

Author: Anthony Florido
Author Role: Secondary Teacher - Geography

Senior Geography students have been learning about natural hazards, the risks they pose, and the vulnerabllity of our landscapes and communities.

To consolidate their understanding of geographical skills, Michael Paech, Senior Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) Forecastor, addressed students in Mrs Devonshire and Mr Florido's classes. Not only was he able to reinforce the Geographers' ability to interpret and analyse synoptic charts and satellite imagery, Michael also provided students the opportunity to witness the important role played by BOM in preventing hazards from becoming disasters. Focusing on contemporary and real case studies, we explored the warning systems put in place as Tropical Cyclone Oma approached our coastline. We also examined the response to the monsoonal trough that recently flooded parts of Townsville, and the emerging threat to inland regions such as Birdsville and Mt Isa. In addition, students were provided an invaluable insight into The El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

For our students, Geography is not about learning from a text book, but also about learning what has, is happening and may happen, and how communities respond.