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Media Release
The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

15 December 2006

New cyclone tracking map

Sample cyclone tracking map

The Australian Government is today unveiling a graphic new cyclone tracking map which doubles the forecast period of a predicted storm system to 48 hours.

Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for the Bureau of Meteorology, Greg Hunt, announced details of a new Tropical Cyclone Forecast Track Map.

"The colourful visual on the Bureau website will make it easier for people to see where the cyclone has been - and where it is forecast to go," Mr Hunt said.

"People living in cyclone-prone regions will also welcome the advances in science that allow the forecast period to be doubled to two full days.

"The new, enhanced graphic combines features from the original cyclone tracking map launched in 2002 with a separate forecast track, trialled last cyclone season, which showed the 24-hour forecast movement.

"The trial received favourable community feedback. Discussions with emergency agencies and other parties, also helped refine the new map-based product.

"Another feature will make it easier to print out black and white copies for community use. Conventional text-based tropical cyclone warnings will continue to be available from the Bureau’s warning centres, and through the media," Mr Hunt said.

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