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Joint Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz
Special Minister of State
Senator for Tasmania

27 June 2004

Taking some of the wonder out of the weather

If you wonder what the weather will be like in southern Tasmania, then you can now wonder with a greater degree of confidence.

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said two new Automatic Weather Stations had been installed at Point Lesueur on Maria Island and at Grove in the Huon Valley.

"Automatic Weather Stations (AWSs) capture wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, pressure and rainfall every three hours," Dr Stone said.

"This detailed weather information will enhance monitoring of the local weather situation at both Maria Island and Grove and improve the accuracy and reliability of weather forecasts for parts of southern Tasmania."

Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz welcomed the announcements and said the new AWSs would assist with planning for weather contingencies.

"Knowing what to expect from the unique wind conditions of the Mercury Passage will take some of the guesswork out of planning a boating trip along the southeastern Tasmanian coast," Senator Abetz said.

"While the enhanced weather forecasts for Grove and the Huon Valley will be a significant benefit to primary producers and fire-fighting authorities."

Dr Stone praised Senator Abetz on his commitment to delivering improved meteorological services to Tasmania.

"Maria Island and Grove are part of the Bureau of Meteorology's network of more than 500 AWSs nationwide and Senator Abetz has worked hard to ensure that southern Tasmania is included as part of this extensive network. " Dr Stone said.

All weather observations from Maria Island and Grove will be displayed on the Bureau's web site at as are observations from all other Automatic Weather Stations across the country.

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