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Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
&
Barry Wakelin MP
Federal Member for Grey

8 July 2005

New Automatic Weather Station for Yorke Peninsula


Greg Hunt, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Barry Wakelin, Federal Member for Grey, today announced the installation of a new state-of-the-art Automatic Weather Station (AWS) at Kadina Airport on the Yorke Peninsula.

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 agricultural and aviation industries as well as the community in general," Mr Hunt said.

"This continuous real-time weather data will contribute to accurate weather forecasts and warnings for the Kadina area."

"I thank Barry for his ongoing support and encouragement to deliver quality meteorological services to the Yorke Peninsula. He has worked hard to secure this new AWS and knows how important it will be to the many industries associated with the region."

Mr Wakelin said information from the Kadina AWS will be invaluable in monitoring local weather conditions.

"Kadina is the largest town on the Yorke Peninsula and the chief commercial centre for the region. The new AWS will help provide certainly for aviators in understanding local weather conditions and assist pastoralists and agriculturalists in their day-to-day activities," Mr Wakelin said.

"This will be instrumental in providing a consistent data record of the changing conditions of weather fronts as they move across the Yorke Peninsula. Later this year high quality rainfall data, including data from the Kadina AWS, will be combined with information from Australia's first new high-resolution radar currently being built in Adelaide, to produce accurate maps of the distribution of rainfall."

The AWS will be solar powered, and data will be transmitted by CDMA technology to the Bureau's SA Regional Office. This AWS will become part of the Bureau's network of over 500 Automatic Weather Stations nationwide. The data will be publicly accessible via the Bureau website from today at: http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDS65111.shtml

Media enquiries:
Fiona Murphy (Mr Hunt's office) 0423 577 045
Leonie Lloyd-Smith (Mr Wakelin's office) 08 8633 1744

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