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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray

10 December 2002

Weather Site Goes Global


Ever wondered what the weather was like in that favourite town overseas? Want to know what the temperature is back home when you are abroad? Well now you can easily find out.

The World Meteorological Organization is establishing a one-stop shop web site for official weather information supplied by the National Meteorological Services of over 110 countries.

Dr Sharman Stone, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage said, "The Australian Bureau of Meteorology would be a major contributor to the web site - providing up-to-the-minute Australian climate information and forecasts up to 4 days ahead for 157 Australian cities and towns".

The World Meteorological Organization web site containing the Australian and overseas climate and weather information can be found at http://www.worldweather.org. This web site also provides links to the web sites of the world's other National Meteorological Services.

"In these times of drought and bushfires, global families and investments, easy-to-access information about the world's weather is keenly sought and probably more useful than ever" Dr Stone said.

Media enquiries:
Office of Dr Stone: Andrew Cox 0408 057 226
Bureau of Meteorology: Dr Ray Canterford, Assistant Director (Weather and Ocean Services) (03) 9669 4087

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