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Somewhere over near Rainbow: the Wimmera's weather radar

13/11/2018 - VIC

The people of north-west Victoria are a step closer to having real-time weather information at their disposal following today's announcement of the site for a brand new weather radar in the Wimmera.

The site for the new installation, near the town of Rainbow, 105km north of Horsham, was chosen after an extensive and detailed process to identify a location that would best serve both the Wimmera region and the wider Australian weather radar network.

Weird, wild and wonderful weather in BOM's 2019 Calendar

07/11/2018 - National

From Antarctica to the Top End and lightning to icicles, climate extremes and everything in between are on display in the Australian Weather Calendar for 2019.

Published jointly by the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS), the weather calendar can be ordered from the Bureau's online shop at or purchased at selected Bureau offices.

The Bureau's CEO and...

Improved BOM Heatwave Service for the Summer of 2018/19

31/10/2018 - National

With a burst of heat forecast for several states this week the Bureau of Meteorology has activated an upgraded Heatwave Service.

This service identifies and maps heatwave conditions throughout Australia, giving authorities and the public the best chance of planning for extreme conditions before they arrive.

The Bureau's Acting General Manager, Public Safety Services, Jeff Perkins, said a heatwave is defined as three or more days of high maximum and... read more...

Bureau launches its 2018/19 Antarctic expedition

24/10/2018 - National

Fourteen excited Bureau recruits are heading to Antarctica from today as part of the Bureau of Meteorology's 2018–19 Antarctic expedition.

Four of the recruits boarded the first flight of the season this morning as part of the annual expedition that sends meteorologists, weather observers and technical engineers to the icy continent to undertake key operational functions, including identifying trends for short and long-term forecasting.

"The work we do in Antarctica is...