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Media Release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders

2 November 2005

Weather boffins calendar cult hit with punters


Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, will today release the 22nd edition of the Australian Weather Calendar, which has been a coveted cult item for many years – and not just by meteorological boffins but the general public as well.

Mr Hunt said the calendars had developed a cult following, surprising the Bureau of Meteorology who had been swamped with Christmas orders in recent years. He added that the photographs are spectacular and it was only a matter of time before the public found out about the calendar’s quality.

“The twelve photographs are chosen by the World Meteorological Organization and this year’s offering showcases Australia’s landscape in the midst of storm, cyclone and lightening attacks,” Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt said the cover photograph is a panoramic view of thousands of trees near Darwin stripped of their foliage by strong winds that illustrates the awesome power of tropical cyclone Ingrid which passed a mere 100km to the north of Darwin on 14 March 2005.

The calendar also includes a photograph by Kane Quinnell of a lightning bolt illuminating a Sydney backyard and Paul Bainbridge’s photograph of a mammatus cloud over Perth. Dawn Walter’s photograph of a rainbow against the Flinders Ranges and Peter Olsen’s bushfire-generated pyrocumulus cloud in WA are also used in the calendar.

Many of the hundreds of images submitted came from ordinary people reacting to a fleeting skyscape, others were taken by dedicated skywatchers.

(Photographers’ details on www.bom.gov.au from Wednesday 2 November.)

The bureau produces the weather calendar in collaboration with the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Of 45,000 printed, 7000 complimentary copies go to volunteer and cooperative weather observers in recognition of their essential work.

The calendar will be available from Wednesday 2 November either over the counter for $12 at selected bureau offices, or by mail-order for $16 (posted within Australia). Overseas orders are also available. For mail orders, telephone 1300 798 789 (local-call cost) or send the order form available at: http://www.bom.gov.au/calendar

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Kristy McSweeney 0415 740 722

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