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

15 November 2006

Improved weather radar images for SA


Weather radar images on the Bureau of Meteorology's popular website are being further improved with viewers now able to select additional map and topographical backgrounds.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Greg Hunt, said overlays of roads, railways, rivers, lakes, catchment areas and weather forecast districts could now be switched on or off with the click of a button.

Mr Hunt said the improved imagery is available from today thanks to a new high-tech Doppler radar at Buckland Park on the northern outskirts of Adelaide.

"The radar is ideally positioned to monitor weather across Adelaide and the Mt Lofty Ranges and has an excellent view of the Mid North, Yorke Peninsula and Murray regions," Mr Hunt said.

"The new look features enable people accessing the web pages to gain a better understanding of the rainfall patterns in relation to local features.

"The measures are also expected to offer benefits to the community through improved water management and flood warnings."

The Buckland Park Doppler radar allows forecasters to "see" the wind flow, as well as the rainfall intensity, associated with weather systems. This extra information can provide valuable clues about the potential severity of thunderstorms and other hazardous weather affecting Adelaide and its surrounds.

Mr Hunt said the improvement is part of a series of planned upgrades to the Bureau's weather radar services under a five year, $62 million investment by the Federal Government.

"The community is clearly enjoying access to current radar images available on the Bureau website and I am pleased to see new improvements continuing to be rolled out," Mr Hunt said.

"Users are expected to benefit from further enhanced pictures in mid 2007 when displays of accumulated rainfall over fixed periods of time are due to be introduced."

For more information on the Bureau's weather radar network, go to: www.bom.gov.au/weather/radar/. Go to 'Adelaide' and click on 'Loops'.

The Bureau of Meteorology's website continues to be ranked in the top ten Australian websites.*

* Based on statistics from web ratings agency Hitwise.

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

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