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Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
&
John Cobb MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport & Regional Services
Federal Member for Parkes

5 July 2005

New automatic weather station for White Cliffs


Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, and John Cobb MP, Federal Member for Parkes, today announced the installation of a new Automatic Weather Station (AWS) at White Cliffs Airport, approximately 300kms north east of Broken Hill.

Mr Hunt said the AWS will provide valuable weather data on a 24-hour basis for the local community.

"The AWS will provide hourly measurements of wind speed and direction, air pressure, temperature, humidity and rainfall which will prove valuable for the local opal mining and tourism industries as well as the community in general," Mr Hunt said.

"This continuous real-time weather data will also help support the provision of accurate weather forecasts and warnings for the White Cliffs area .

"I thank John for his ongoing support and encouragement to deliver quality meteorological services to regional New South Wales. He has worked hard to secure this new AWS for White Cliffs and knows how important it will be to the industries and communities associated with the region."

Mr Cobb said White Cliffs had a proud history of recording the weather and the new AWS will help to continue the longevity of this region's climate record.

"The Bureau has received rainfall observations from White Cliffs Post Office since 1901 and synoptic weather observations since 1907," Mr Cobb said.

"Because of this long-term record, it is vital to preserve the climate record for future generations. The new AWS will supplement this existing data and begin a new chapter in the weather record of White Cliffs."

The White Cliffs Post Office will continue to provide synoptic observations for a number of years so that a meaningful comparison can be made between the Post Office observations and the AWS observations

The AWS is solar powered and data will be transmitted by telephone line to the Bureau's NSW Regional Office. The new AWS is part of the Bureau's network of some 500 AWS across Australia and its data is publicly available from today at http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDN65091.shtml

Media enquiries:
Fiona Murphy (Mr Hunt's office) 0423 577 045
Jennie Geerdink (Mr Cobb's office) 6882 0999

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