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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 Kay Hull MP
Federal Member for Riverina

29 July 2004

What makes a rain band over the Riverina so special?

Have you ever wanted to unlock the mysteries of rain bands over the Riverina? Or what conditions are needed to make a summer thunderstorm?

On Friday 30 July 2004 and Saturday 31 July 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.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology will conduct free weather radar workshops open to the public at the following times in Yanco and Wagga Wagga:

YANCO - Friday, 30 July 2004, from 2pm - 4.30 pm at the Murrumbidgee College of Agriculture, Narrandera - Leeton Road, Yanco

WAGGA WAGGA - Saturday, 31 July 2004, at 10 am - 12.30 pm and again at 2 pm - 4.30 pm at the Industry Training Centre, National Wine & Grape Centre, Charles Sturt University (enter from Junee Road)

The workshops will focus on rainfall and how to interpret the daily weather from the comprehensive information available on the Bureau's website They will include a close look at the radar images 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. Australians love talking about the weather but are unaware of what goes into interpreting the weather. These workshops provide that opportunity," Dr Stone said.

Mrs Kay Hull, Federal Member for Riverina said the free public workshops would suit those with a professional or recreational interest in the weather.

"Yanco and Wagga Wagga have a diverse range of industries including agriculture, horticulture and viticulture and Wagga Wagga is one of New South Wales busiest regional airports. Understanding how a cold front can dramatically transform conditions for example will benefit aviators and many local businesses and industries that rely on knowing more about the local weather conditions," Mrs Hull said.

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

"Mrs Hull understands the importance of these workshops and she works hard to ensure that services meet the demands of the local Riverina community," Dr Stone said.

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