This booklet commemorates the Bureau’s century of service to the community and highlights significant New South Wales weather and climate events.
Here are summaries of particularly damaging Southerly Busters, East Coast Lows and tropical cyclones; the creeping catastrophe of drought; the brief violence of a tornado; massive fires; the Hunter floods of 1955, which resulted in the Bureau being given flood forecasting responsibilities; and the devastating Sydney hailstorm of 1999.
We should look back to remind us why, and how, we must prepare communities for weather extremes like flooding, fire and storm; we must also look forward to prepare for even greater extremes projected under climate change.
Regional Director for
New South Wales
Australian Bureau of Meteorology