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Media Release
The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

15 November 2006

Improved weather radar images for Qld

Weather radar images on the Bureau of Meteorology's popular website are being further improved with people now able to select additional map and topographical backgrounds.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Greg Hunt, said overlays of roads, railways, rivers, lakes, catchment areas and weather forecast districts could now be switched on or off with a simple click of a button.

"The improved imagery is available from today from Brisbane's new high-tech Doppler radar at Mt Stapylton," Mr Hunt said.

"The new look features enable people accessing the web pages to gain a better understanding of the rainfall patterns in relation to local features. The measures are also expected to offer benefits to the community through improved water management and flood warnings."

"The radar, located between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, is the primary weather watch radar for the southeast corner of Queensland. It has an excellent view to the north as far as Tin Can Bay, and southward to Evans Head (NSW), and provides coverage of the inland areas of Stanthorpe, Karara, Dalby and Kingaroy, plus Casino and Tenterfield in northern NSW.

Brisbane's Doppler radar enable forecasters to "see" the wind flow and the rainfall intensity associated with weather systems. This information can provide valuable clues about the potential severity of thunderstorms and other hazardous weather affecting Greater Brisbane and its surrounds.

Mr Hunt said the improvement is part of a series of planned upgrades to the Bureau's weather radar services under a five year, $62 million investment by the Federal Government.

"The community is clearly enjoying access to current radar images available on the Bureau website and I am pleased to see new improvements continuing to be rolled out.

"Users are expected to benefit from further enhanced pictures in mid 2007 when displays of accumulated rainfall over fixed periods of time are due to be introduced."

For more information on the Bureau's weather radar network, go to: Go to 'Brisbane' and click on 'Loops'.

The Bureau of Meteorology's website continues to be ranked in the top ten Australian websites.*

* Based on statistics from web ratings agency Hitwise.

Media contact:
John Deller (Mr Hunt’s office) on 0400 496 596

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