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Climate & Nature in Western Australia

Climate and forces of nature in Western Australia. Here are a few photographs extracted from various pages to illustrate to some natural phenomena. These includes weather and measuring the weather, cloud formations, precipitation and even a few pictures illustrating the Meckering earthquake of 1968. Be sure to visit the main locality pages, particularly Meckering if you're interested in seeing more


Cloud Formations
 
 

Thunder Clouds at North Dandalup

Leaden thunder clouds roll in from the Mandurah area threatening this paddocks and the dead tree. Shortly after this picture, the heavens opened including some hail falling. Photo - October 2011

 

Heavy Clouds near Burekup

Very heavy clouds form a blanket across the sky. The road is the South Western Highway and this is taken looking south, from near Burekup. Photo - July 2015

     
Earthquakes
     
 

Robb Fault Line at Cadoux

A few kilometres east of the Cadoux townsite, on the Koorda Road, is this sign indicating the location of the Robb Fault which caused the 1979 earthquake. Nothing of the earthquake is evident here now. Photo - April 2012

 

Earthquake Fault Line Sign near Meckering

On October 14th, 1968 an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 struck Meckering, destroying just about all of the town. This is the fault line, where it crosses the Great Eastern Highway a few kilometres to the west of town. Perhaps a lesser known fact is that Meckering was rocked by earth tremors on 9th December, 1916. Photo - June 2011

 

Earthquake Display at Meckering

Buckled rail lines show the might of the event. However, photos taken at the time, in the display, show remarkably more buckling of the rail tracks at the site. Photo - June 2011

 

Earthquake Destroyed Farm House at Meckering

A couple of kilometres north of the present townsite is this farm house wreckage which has been preserved as an earthquake memorial. Photo - June 2011

     
Erosion
     
 

Underground Rock Formation at Hyden

Wave Rock. A rather incredible rock formation and well-known tourist attraction. Children on the rock face might help show some size perspective. The rock is some 15 metres high and 100 metres long. It is thought to be about 60 million years old and was formed underground. The rock stratum is vertical. Softer soil and rock would have been washed away over the aeons leaving this spectacle. Photo - April 2015

 

Rock Erosion at Rockingham

Towards to end of the Cape Peron in Rockingham is this island that looks a little thin around the bottom. One day, one wave too many will cause this to tumble into the sea. This is called Mushroom Rock. Photo - June 2011

     
Optical Illusions
     
 

Mirage at Bunbury

Looking out to sea. Off to the right is the Casuarina Lighthouse. Cape Naturaliste is visible on the horizon. A mirage effect distorts the cape image with the landmass seemingly being inverted and placed above what is real. You can see some top sections of the image jutting back so that what looks like cliffs are just an optical illusion. December 2013. Photos Ref: BUNB052

 

Rainbow at Kelmscott

Albany Highway looking south, The rainbow arcs over the rain falling in perhaps Armadale or Roleystone, or even closer. The Darling Scarp is in the background. July 2008. Photos Ref: KELM001

     
Rain, Hail and Mist
 
 

Coomberdale - Trees in Mist

A line of trees appears to fade away into the morning fog. Photo - September 2014

 

Duncraig - Hail and Sleet

Hail or sleet is rare in Western Australia. One afternoon in June 2010 a hail storm moved through Duncraig whitening the ground. This boy marvels at the ice seen in the Glengarry Shopping Centre carpark some time after the storm had passed and still piles of ice remained. Photo - June 2010

 

Fairbridge - Rain

Rain tumbles off the roof of Hudson Cottage at Fairbridge Farm near Pinjarra. Photo - July 2009

     
Sea Levels
     
 

Mosman Park - Buckland Hill Sea Level Sign

This sign is located at Buckland Hill in Mosman Park and illustrates how the sea level has risen so much in the last 10,000 years that whereas once upon a time you could have walked to Rottnest however these days you'd get your feet a little wet if you tried. February 2010. Photos Ref: MSPK004

 

Pinnacles - Formations

The pinnacles are limestone obelisks formed tens of thousands of years ago as shells and other marine debris coalesced and grew higher on what was then the ocean floor. The sea eventually receded leaving the wind and weather to work away at eroding away the surrounding sand thus exposing the structures to how we see them today. January 2013. Photos Ref: PIND003

     
Weather - Observing and Measuring
     
 

Weather Station at Corrigin

The Corrigin weather station measures maximum and minimum temperatures, wind speeds and evaporation rates. This is right next to the footpath on Watson Street. Photo - June 2013

 

Weather Station at Cape Leeuwin

The Cape Leeuwin weather station on a rather exposed place over-looking the ocean. I'd bet some decent wind speeds are recorded here during the winter. Photo - December 2013

 

Weather Station at Hillarys Boat Harbour

A rather unobtrusive weather station at the head of one the the boat harbour jetties at Hillarys. Anyone considering heading out to sea would take special note of the wind speed and direction plus the prevailing barometric change trend. Photo - December 2013

 

Weather Radar at Serpentine

Up a track behind the Serpentine Airfield is the Bureau of Meteorology weather radar which services a radius of some 256 kilometres including the Perth Metropolitan area. This is what tells us rain is coming. Photo - October 2013

 

Weather Radar at Serpentine

This is the base station and base of the radar tower. Warning signs advise of a potential radiation hazard. The radar tower resembles a lighthouse with that doorway at the bottom. Photo - October 2013

 

Weather Vane at Yanchep

Here is a weather vane which is situated outside the golf club in Yanchep National Park. Photo - December 2013


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