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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

New eye on our Weather and Environment

Media release
26 June 2013

Environment Minister Tony Burke, today unveiled a new state-of-the-art, interactive weather resource to help people access real-time, user-friendly weather information.

Mr Burke said MetEye was developed as part of the Next Generation Forecast and Warning System, a $30 million upgrade of weather services through the Bureau of Meteorology funded by the Australian Government.

“Every day people make decisions based on the weather forecast,” Mr Burke said.

“Access to accurate and clear information is crucial to those decisions we make every day.

“This new resource brings together the most popular elements of the Bureau’s website into one convenient platform, providing a better way for the public to explore the local weather.

“When the roll out is complete MetEye will display forecasts, satellite and radar imagery, as well as other observations for any location in Australia, enabling users to combine layers of weather information such as temperature, rainfall, cloud cover and wind speed.”

Mr Burke said MetEye will also benefit the emergency services community.

“MetEye will assist with planning and response for severe weather events. It includes real-time river observations, upgraded every six to nine minutes.  These indicate where a river is rising and whether it is at a minor, moderate or major flood level. Users can overlay satellite and radar imagery which, together with forecasts, will help inform their decision making.

“MetEye will also display significant weather forecasts up to seven days in advance, including the likelihood of thunderstorms, snow, rain, fog and frost. These elements can be ‘played’ in an animation that covers the seven day forecast period for the whole of Australia or a specific location, helping emergency services prepare for significant weather events.

“Importantly, MetEye includes detailed text-based information ensuring the website is accessible for everyone, including those with lower speed internet access.”

The full suite of MetEye services is now available in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia. Queensland and the Northern Territory have access to all MetEye information except forecast services, which will become available once the roll out of the Next Generation Forecast and Warning System is completed next year.

For further information go to www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/