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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

31 August 2004

Improved weather satellite images now available


There's a change in the way we can view the weather on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's website.

Dr Sharman Stone MP, Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said an upgrade to the Bureau's website will now make it easier for people to interpret satellite data.

"Most of us are familiar with the 'cloud pictures' used on many television weather segments," Dr Stone said.

"We understand how a cyclone in the Coral Sea looks different to a cold front moving across the Great Australian Bight.

"Now, that same imagery is available from the Bureau's website in a new format that uses infrared cloud imagery overlaid on a colour topography background.

"The result is images are easier to see and interpret. The added bonus is that file sizes are smaller, cutting costs to users and the Bureau by reducing download volumes and times."

Dr Stone said the technological upgrade of the Bureau's website is part of a continual enhancement of one of Australia's most popular websites.

"The Bureau's website regularly records between 300 and 400 million hits a month," Dr Stone said.

"This new service is another example of the Bureau applying the latest technology to improve services to the community.'

The new cloud images can be found on the web at http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/satellite/

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