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Joint Media Release
The Hon. Dr Sharman Stone MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
&
Mrs Sussan Ley MP
Federal Member for Farrer

28 July 2004

What mix makes a thunderstorm?


Have you ever wanted to unlock the mysteries of how a cold front can quickly change conditions at Albury from hot northwesterly winds to cooler southerly winds? Or what conditions are needed to make a summer thunderstorm?

On Thursday, 29 July, you have an opportunity to expand your knowledge of weather forecasting and your skills at interpreting radar and unlock some of the mysteries of what makes the weather one of our favourite topics.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology will conduct a free weather radar workshop on 29 July 2004 at the Henry Nowik Theatre, Charles Sturt University, Guinea Street, Albury from 7 pm to 9.30 pm. The public is invited to attend.

The workshop will focus on weather forecasting and how to interpret the daily weather from the comprehensive data used by Bureau forecasters. It will also include a look at the radar images available on the Bureau's web site www.bom.gov.au and how to get more out of this form of weather data.

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said the forum offered people an insight into the process of our daily weather reports.

"Every day, Bureau forecasters analyse and interpret a comprehensive volume of data to determine if the sun will shine on your afternoon barbeque," Dr Stone said.

"Australians love talking about the weather but are unaware of what goes into interpreting the weather. This workshop provides that opportunity."

Mrs Sussan Ley, Federal Member for Farrer said the free public workshop would suit those with a professional or recreational interest in the weather.

"Albury has one of Australia's busiest regional airports. Understanding how a cold front can dramatically transform conditions will benefit aviators and many local businesses and industries that rely on knowing more about the local weather conditions ," Mrs Ley said.

Dr Stone praised Mrs Ley for her ongoing commitment to have quality meteorological services delivered to rural and regional Australia.

"Mrs Ley understands the importance of this workshop and she works hard to ensure that services meet the demands of the local Albury community," Dr Stone said.

If you are unable to make the workshop but are interested in a free brochure on severe storms, please contact Mrs Ley's electorate office on (02) 6021 3264.

The Bureau's web site is consistently voted one of Australia's most popular web sites and regularly records between 300 and 400 million hits a month.

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