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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

New generation weather forecasting for South Australia

Media release
26 October 2011
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The Bureau of Meteorology is today releasing a major upgrade to its forecast and warning services for South Australia.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said the new service would see 28 locations in South Australia benefit from a level of service previously available only in major cities.

"This investment in the Bureau's forecasting technology will have real benefits for communities, with towns such as Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Renmark and Mt Gambier receiving 7-day forecasts for the first time.

"The number of district forecasts has more than doubled, up from 6 locations to 14, providing more detailed information on rainfall, winds and fire danger.

"The Adelaide metropolitan area will receive a forecast which includes both the chance of rainfall and the predicted amount, while surrounding coastal waters will also receive four days of wind and wave information for ten smaller zones," Senator Farrell said. Bureau of Meteorology South Australia Regional Director Andrew Watson said the upgrade will not only provide more information, but will present this in a way that is easier to understand.

"Marine wind warnings will be issued for the current and following day, with warnings added to the coastal waters forecast for those days," Mr Watson said.

"Metropolitan waters including Goolwa and adjoining lakes will have an improved graphical forecast which shows winds, and combined sea and swell.

"Key agricultural regions will also benefit from a 7-day forecast in rural locations, with more detail about wind, rainfall, and overnight temperatures to assist in frost mitigation.

"A new frost warning for the Mid North, Murraylands, Riverland, Mount Lofty Ranges and Lower South East will provide warning for moderate or severe frost conditions for the overnight period."

South Australia is the fourth state to come online as part of a national roll-out of the new weather forecasting service, following Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

To access the new forecasting service visit www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/adelaide.shtml

For more information on these changes visit www.bom.gov.au/NexGenFWS