The weight exerted by the atmosphere. Also called air pressure or barometric pressure. Atmospheric pressure drops as altitude increases.
An instrument used to measure air pressure.
A type of cloud that forms at high altitudes that looks streaky and can be described as 'mares tails'. In Latin cirrus means hair.
Steps taken by organised community groups for the protection of life and property in the event of a natural disaster.
Long term weather patterns.
A type of tall, white cloud with a wide, flat base and rounded shape. In Latin cumulus means heap.
A serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.
The steps to take to reduce risk to yourself, your family and your property in the event of a natural disaster.
The public organizations that respond to and deal with emergencies when they occur, especially the ambulance service, the police, and the fire brigade.
A package of basic tools and supplies prepared in advance as an aid to survival in an emergency.
A flood is an overflow of water that submerges land which is usually dry.
The boundary between two different air masses marking a change in weather and or wind direction.
Gale force winds are winds that reach a speed of 62 kilometres per hour for at least 10 minutes.
The basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g. buildings, roads, power supplies) needed for the operation of a society.
Movement of soil, rock and debris down a slope.
National Emergency Management Agency. Provides leadership in reducing risk, being ready for, responding to and recovering from emergencies.
A disturbance of the atmosphere that can cause strong winds, rain, thunder, lightning, heavy snow and rough seas.
A rising of the sea as a result of wind and atmospheric pressure changes associated with a storm.
A type of cloud that forms at low altitudes over large areas often bringing rain or snow. In Latin stratus means layer.
A series of powerful ocean surges caused by a large volume of the ocean floor being displaced – often by an undersea earthquake or landslide.
The state of the atmosphere at a particular place and time in regards to heat, cloudiness, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc.
When a low pressure system intensifies with air pressure dropping rapidly - with a drop of 24hPa or more in 24 hours.