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Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
&
Ian Causley MP
Federal Member for Page

14 June 2005

Rain on the radar?


The Australian Bureau of Meteorology will conduct a free weather radar workshop on 16 June 2005 at the Lismore Workers' Club, 231 Keen Street, Lismore from 7.30pm to 9pm. The public is invited to attend.

The workshop will include a look at the radar images available on the Bureau's web site www.bom.gov.au and how to get more out of this form of weather data. Topics covered in the workshop will include what makes it rain, how radars work, and how to use the web images effectively.

Mr Greg Hunt, Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said the forum offered people an insight into the process of our daily weather reports.

"Weather Watch radars are very effective tools for the detection of rain. Bureau forecasters can interpret the patterns and intensity of the radar images to provide warnings of major weather events such as severe thunderstorms, tropical cyclones and areas of heavy rainfall," Mr Hunt said.

"The Grafton radar has a very good view in all directions and is the primary weather radar for the Lismore area. This workshop will give insight into what the radar's images mean. I thank Ian Causley for his support, he understands the importance of this workshop and works hard to ensure that services meet the demands of this local community."

Ian Causley, Federal Member for Page said the free public workshop would suit those with a professional or recreational interest in the weather.

"Australians love talking about the weather but are unaware of what goes into interpreting the weather. These workshops provide that opportunity," Mr Causley said.

"Lismore has a diverse range of industries including beef, sugar, macadamia nuts and fishing and light industry and horticulture. These industries, as well as local sporting and recreational groups will benefit from knowing more about the weather including what an east coast low off the New South Wales coast can mean to local weather conditions in and around Lismore."

The radar images on the Bureau's website show the location of rain in relation to local features such as the coastline, with different colours used to depict rainfall intensity. There are fifteen levels of rainfall intensity shown. The Bureau's web site is consistently rated one of Australia's most accessed web sites and regularly records between 300 and 400 million hits a month.

It is recommended that those interested in attending book by calling (02) 9296 1555.

Media enquiries:
Fiona Murphy (Mr Hunt's office) 0423 577 045
Graham Orams (Mr Causley's office) 02 6621 9909

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