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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
13 July 2004
A part of South Australia's largest grain growing region now has access to high quality local weather data in real time.
Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said an Automatic Weather Station had been installed at Lameroo, in South Australia.
"Knowing what the local weather holds is important for the agricultural sector of one of South Australia's most significant grain regions," Dr Stone said.
"Weather conditions in this part of the Mallee region include drought and frost and the impact of both of these can be devastating. While you can't always avoid the outcome of weather conditions, with adequate warning, you can plan to cope with these conditions.
"The new weather station will record air temperature, rainfall, humidity, wind speed and wind direction and observations will be taken every hour. This information will be freely available from the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au/products/IDS65013.shtml along with observations from the Bureau's comprehensive network of Automatic Weather Stations."
Dr Stone praised Mr Patrick Secker, Federal Member for Barker, for his commitment to ensuring that Lameroo benefited from improvements to the Bureau of Meteorology's extensive observational network.
"Lameroo is part of the Bureau of Meteorology's network of more than 500 Automatic Weather Stations nationwide. Mr Secker understands the importance of being a part of this network and he has worked hard to have Lameroo included," Dr Stone said.
Mr Secker welcomed the news and said the new AWS would be a benefit for the entire community.
"For many years, local co-operative observers Tony and Faye Johnson have done an excellent job in recording Lameroo's weather history and I thank them for their continued service," Mr Secker said.
"The new AWS will provide enhanced weather data, in real time, which will be of considerable value in monitoring local weather and climate conditions in the future.
"During 2002, drought parts of the Mallee region were declared to be experiencing 'exceptional circumstances'. The new AWS will be a huge benefit for the many grain growers in the district and for the local community in general and demonstrates the Bureau's commitment to providing quality meteorological services to rural and regional Australia."