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

1 November 2006

2007 BoM weather calendar set for release


Stunning skies over Antarctica feature in the new edition of the popular Australian Weather Calendar which is set for release tomorrow.

Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Greg Hunt, said nearly 50,000 copies of the calendar have been printed.

Mr Hunt said the calendar had earned a strong following among weather enthusiasts and the public.

"The 2007 edition will not disappoint with 12 striking photographs complemented by information on polar meteorology and data on monthly weather conditions," Mr Hunt said.

"The calendar includes important information about the heroic period of Antarctic exploration and the work of Cooperative Research Centres that report on this cold world.

"Many of the hundreds of photographs submitted for the calendar come from ordinary people reacting to a fleeting skyscape. Others were taken by dedicated skywatchers."

Mr Hunt said of the 12 large photographs featured in the calendar, some were dramatic, such as Margaret Brown's lenticular clouds over the Antarctic Peninsula. Others were surreal, like Michel Le Bars' swirling clouds over Perisher Valley, NSW. There were traditional weather pictures, like Geoff Wheeler's storm cloud over Dubbo, NSW; and meteorologically intriguing images, like Steve Strike's cumulonimbus cloud over the West Macdonnell National Park, NT.

The Bureau of Meteorology produces the weather calendar with the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Of 48,000 printed, 7000 copies are provided to volunteer and cooperative weather observers in recognition of their essential work.

The calendar will be available from Wednesday 1 November either over the counter for $12 at selected bureau offices, or by mail-order for $17.50 (posted within Australia). Overseas orders also available.

The 12 pictures can be viewed on the bureau website: http://www.bom.gov.au/calendar/

For mail orders, telephone 1300 798 789 (local-call cost) or send the order form available at: http://www.bom.gov.au/calendar/orderform.shtml

Media contact:
John Deller (Mr Hunt's office) on 0400 496 596

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