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Joint Media Release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
&
Kay Hull MP
Federal Member for Riverina

11 February 2005

Temora now has access to local weather every hour, every day


Mr Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Mrs Kay Hull MP, Federal Member for Riverina, today announced that a new Automatic Weather Station (AWS) at Temora airport will give local people more access to improved weather information on a daily basis.

Mrs Hull said the AWS would be a real benefit to the local agricultural community with its mixed farming interests including wheat and sheep.

“The AWS would provide accurate readings of temperature, humidity, pressure and wind speed and direction as well as rainfall every hour, 365 days a year,” Mrs Hull said.

“Having access to local weather conditions is important for local farmers, graziers, industry and the community. The addition of a soil temperature sensor fitted to the AWS will be particularly valuable for farmers, especially during spring frosts and in the first weeks following seeding.”

Mr Hunt said the new AWS would give local aviators greater certainty in coping with changing weather conditions.

“Temora is a popular regional airport. It was recently upgraded to make it suitable for commercial jets and will be the new emergency alternate landing location for Wagga Wagga airport,” Mr Hunt said.

“Next month it will host the annual NSW gliding championships from 12 to 19 February. Information from the AWS including wind speed and direction will be vital for the championships and local aviators and in the day-to-day operations of this growing regional airport.”

The AWS will be solar powered and data will be transmitted first by radio to the Temora aviation museum and then on-forwarded to the Bureau's NSW Regional Office. A real-time data display will be set up in the museum.

Temora is part of the Bureau of Meteorology's network of more than 500 Automatic Weather Stations across Australia. All observations of weather from the Temora Airport AWS can now be seen on the Bureau's web site at: www.bom.gov.au/products /IDN73151/IDN73151.95722.shtml.

Media enquiries:
Fiona Murphy (Mr Hunt's office) 0423 577 045
Katie Brunskill (Mrs Hull's office) 0428 214 600

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