Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment
A new way to look at weather in Queensland
16 April 2014
The Bureau of Meteorology today released the full suite of MetEye services in Queensland, combining the most popular elements of the Bureau's website in one convenient location, for easy to access, real-time weather information.
"The launch of MetEye will change the way Queenslanders look at their weather," said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment.
"MetEye is a graphical forecasting viewer that brings together seven day forecasts, satellite and radar imagery and near real-time weather data such as temperature, rainfall, cloud cover, humidity and wind speed.
"Forecasts are presented in a graphical map, showing forecast rainfall and temperature in colour bands which can be 'played' as a seven-day animation.
"While warnings will continue to be issued on the Bureau's official warning pages, MetEye can display significant weather such as thunderstorms, tropical cyclones, rainfall, fog and frost – all the diversity of Queensland's weather.
"Emergency services will be able to use real-time river observations updated every six to nine minutes, useful in operational planning. This information will indicate where a river is rising, and whether the river is at minor, moderate or major flood level," said Senator Birmingham.
MetEye is part of the Next Generation Forecast and Warning System (NexGen) rolled out nationally over the past five years. NexGen was delivered in Queensland in October 2013 and is scheduled for delivery in the Northern Territory at the end of this year, completing the nationwide project.
"This new forecasting system represents a major investment in improving the services the Bureau provides to the Australian public, which has already seen an additional 67 towns in Queensland receive a 7-day forecast," Senator Birmingham said.