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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Bureau of Meteorology

Major upgrade to weather forecasting for Tasmania

Media release
28 June 2011
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The Bureau of Meteorology is today releasing a major upgrade to its forecast and warning services for Tasmania.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said the new service would effectively bring towns and regional centres in Tasmania into line with a level of service previously available only in major cities.

"Tasmanians will now see an increase in the number of forecast locations, from six towns to more than 30, and the amount of information available," Senator Farrell said.

"The range of town forecasts will also be extended out to seven days, a new benchmark for most towns."

Bureau of Meteorology Tasmania-Antarctica Regional Director Steve Pendlebury said the upgrade would not only provide more information, but also make it easier to understand.

"The online weather tool has been designed to be more user friendly and visually engaging, enhancing text-based forecasts with graphic weather icons," Mr Pendlebury said.

Some of the major improvements for Tasmania include:

  • Thirteen major centres to receive 7-day forecasts which include weather, wind speed, temperature, fire danger (during fire season) and UV information.
  • Other towns and regional centres to see the introduction of 7-day précis forecasts.
  • District forecasts to look out to four days, with new districts of King Island; Furneaux; Midlands; and Upper Derwent Valley added to the list of districts, totalling 11.
  • The south-east inshore waters forecasts extended to look four days ahead and include four separate areas - Derwent Estuary, Storm Bay, Channel and Frederick Henry & Norfolk Bay.
  • The lakes forecasts to have two discrete sections: the South West lakes and the Central Plateau Lakes, and extended to four days ahead.

Tasmania is the third state to come online as part of a national roll-out of the new weather forecasting service, following Victoria, and New South Wales which adopted it last year.

For more information on these changes visit www.bom.gov.au/NexGenFWS