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The Bureau of Meteorology’s 2023 Australian Weather Calendar is now on sale, showcasing some of the nation’s most spectacular weather phenomenon.

The calendar features images from a national photographic competition that received more than 1000 entries from professional and amateur photographers. The images captured a stunning array of weather-related events from lightning strikes to dust storms and icebergs.

Millions of Australians turn to the Bureau every day for information on our unique weather systems. The calendar captures the beauty of weather across Australia through all 4 seasons, from capital cities to country towns, and highlights the important role the Bureau plays in capturing and sharing data.

Cloud events are a common theme across the winning images with Asperitas clouds, mammatus clouds and Kelvin–Helmholtz clouds all featuring in the calendar. Asperitas clouds are one of the newest types of clouds, having only been officially recognised as a type of cloud in 2015.

A magnificent space weather event is also featured in the calendar with an aurora australis photographed at the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in Tasmania. Auroras are a result of events that occur millions of kilometres away from the Earth. Electrons and protons escape from the sun’s gravitational field and interact with gases in our atmosphere, causing beautiful colours to appear across the night sky.

The 2023 Bureau of Meteorology Australian Weather Calendar can be ordered online now at There are options to send to multiple locations domestically and internationally.

This year’s calendar features an image from each state/territory and the following weather phenomena:

  • Cover photo: Lightning over the Gold Coast, Queensland – Ant Brown
  • January: Fog at the Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria – Wayne Alexander
  • February: Sunset at Casuarina Beach, Darwin, Northern Territory – Louise Denton Photography
  • March: Tabular iceberg near Davis Station, Antarctica – Jeff Miller
  • April: Dust covers the snow in Kosciuszko National Park, NSW – Gavin Kellett
  • May: Sun pillar, Maatsuyker Island, Tasmania – David Ellis
  • June: Kelvin – Helmholtz clouds at Thredbo, New South Wales – Don Fuchs
  • July: Asperitas clouds over the Elder Range, Ilkara-Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia – Jeff Miller
  • August: Hoar frost on a tree branch in Rubicon, Victoria – Aaron Stanley, APS Photography
  • September: Mammatus clouds following a storm near Euroa, Victoria – Jack Kirszenblat
  • October: Lightning strike at Wannanup, Western Australia – Laura Deacon Photography
  • November: Thunderstorm cloud, outskirts of Melbourne, Victoria – Vicki Johnson
  • December: Aurora australis, D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania – Shan Karunathilake

For more information about the calendar visit

All photographers have agreed to their images being published only when accompanied by editorial coverage about the calendar. The photographers retain all rights so please credit images to them.

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