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Joint Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
&
Senator the Hon. Paul Calvert
President of the Senate
Senator for Tasmania

27 June 2004

Continuing meteorological history at Grove


Meteorological history is being made in Grove this month with the installation of a new Automatic Weather Station (AWS).

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said the new AWS would continue Grove's historic participation in the Bureau's network of Reference Climate Stations and its delivery of important weather services to the Huon Valley community.

"Since 1952, meteorological observations have been made at the Grove Research Station and those observations will now include more frequent measurements of temperature, humidity, wind and rainfall," Dr Stone said.

"The installation of a new AWS at Grove will enhance the weather observations already taken in this important agricultural area and continue a tradition established in 1952. The Grove Research Station is an important part of the Reference Climate Station network, which includes approximately 100 sites around Australia and is used to support high quality, long-term climate monitoring, particularly with regard to climate change analysis."

Senator the Hon. Paul Calvert welcomed the news and said the enhanced weather forecasts would be a boost for the local community, in particular, primary producers and fire-fighting authorities.

"Observations from this site are considered to be representative of much of the Huon Valley and will be used in the preparation of forecasts for the area," Senator Calvert said.

"The more frequent measurements of local temperature, humidity, wind and rainfall will be a significant benefit for local primary producers and fire-fighting authorities who rely on local weather information for their day-to-day activities."

Dr Stone praised Senator Calvert on his commitment to ensuring that the local community of southern Tasmania benefited from improvements to the Bureau of Meteorology's extensive network.

"Grove is one of eight Reference Climate Stations in Tasmania and part of the Bureau of Meteorology's network of more than 500 AWS stations nation wide. Senator Calvert has worked hard to include southern Tasmania as part of this network," Dr Stone said.

All observations of weather from Grove will be displayed on the Bureau's web site at www.bom.gov.au as are observations from all other Automatic Weather Stations across the country.

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