Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment
Weather in Melbourne has found a new home at Olympic Park
26 November 2013
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment Senator Simon Birmingham today launched a new and upgraded weather observation site for metropolitan Melbourne.
Senator Birmingham said the Bureau of Meteorology's new Olympic Park site represents a big improvement in the quality of meteorological information available to a capital city renowned for its changeable weather.
"The Bureau's new weather station is situated in an excellent location for taking high quality meteorological observations, and will measure air temperature, wind speed and direction, air pressure and rainfall as well as humidity," Senator Birmingham said.
"Melbourne loves sport, so it is fitting that this new weather station is located in the city's famous sporting precinct, which showcases events such as the Australian Open for tennis fans, the AFL Grand Final for footy fanatics, and the Boxing Day test match for cricket enthusiasts," he said.
"Data from the site will be used in the Bureau's weather forecasting, and will keep residents and visitors to Melbourne informed about what is happening with the minute by minute changes to Melbourne weather.
"Significantly the new site will record wind speeds, enabling the Bureau to include measures of apparent temperature, which explains not just the temperature, but how it feels. This is important for sporting events, both for athletes and spectators," he said.
The new site will replace the current La Trobe Street weather station, which has been the Bureau's official site for observations in Melbourne since 1908.
"I acknowledge the new site has been made possible by a cooperative partnership between the Bureau of Meteorology and the Melbourne and Olympic Parks, and I congratulate all parties involved," said Senator Birmingham.