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Joint Media Release
The Hon. Dr Sharman Stone MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
&
Mr Gary Nairn MP
Federal Member for Eden-Monaro

22 July 2004

What's a southerly buster?


Have you ever wondered why Eden is a key location for detecting a cool change along the New South Wales coast or how that change can affect weather conditions at sea and inland along the Great Dividing Range?

On Saturday, 24 July, you have an opportunity to expand your knowledge of weather forecasting and your skills at interpreting radar and unlock some of the mysteries of what makes the weather one of our favourite topics.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology will conduct two free weather radar workshops on 24 July 2004 at the Eden Fishermen's Club, 217 Imlay Street, Eden at 9.30 am - 12.30 pm and again at 2.30 pm - 5.30 pm. The public is invited to attend.

Marine weather will be a feature of the workshops that will focus on weather forecasting and how to interpret the daily weather from the comprehensive data used by the Bureau's forecasters. The workshops will also include a look at the radar images available on the Bureau's web site www.bom.gov.au and how to get more out of this form of weather data.

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said the forum offered people an insight into the process of our daily weather reports.

"Every day, Bureau forecasters analyse and interpret a comprehensive volume of data to determine if the sun will shine on your afternoon barbeque," Dr Stone said.

"Australians love talking about the weather but are unaware of what goes into interpreting the weather. These workshops provide that opportunity."

Gary Nairn, Federal Member for Eden-Monaro said the free public workshops would suit those with a professional or recreational interest in the weather.

"Many local Eden industries, including the fishing and forestry industries, will benefit from knowing more about the unique Southern Coast weather, such as the famous southerly buster, which is a common local indicator of a cool change in summer," Mr Nairn said.

Dr Stone praised Mr Nairn for his ongoing commitment to have quality meteorological services delivered to rural and regional Australia.

"Mr Nairn understands the importance of these workshops and he works hard to ensure that services meet the demands of the local Eden community," Dr Stone said.

The Bureau's web site is consistently voted one of Australia's most popular web sites and regularly records between 300 and 400 million hits a month.

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