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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

27 June 2004

Not happy with your latest reading? Forget fortune telling, try a forecasting forum instead!


Have you ever been perplexed when a sudden cold spell hits Townsville for no apparent reason and is gone in a matter of days? Or why a clear morning can turn into a thundery afternoon?

Tomorrow [29 June 2004] 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.

A free forum by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and hosted by Mr Peter Lindsay, Federal Member for Herbert, will be held on 29 June 2004 at the Mercure Inn, Woolcock Street, Townsville from 3 pm to 5 pm. The public is invited to attend.

The forum will include two presentations. The first presentation will focus on weather forecasting and how to interpret the daily weather from the comprehensive data used by the Bureau's forecasters. The second presentation looks at the radar images available on the Bureau's website 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 forum provides that opportunity."

The Bureau's website www.bom.gov.au is consistently voted one of Australia's most popular websites and regularly records between 300 and 400 million hits a month.

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