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Bureau welcomes release of Technical Advisory Forum report

08/09/2017 - National

The Bureau of Meteorology welcomes the Technical Advisory Forum’s third and final report on the operation of the Australian Climate Observations Reference Network – Surface Air Temperature (ACORN-SAT) dataset.

The Forum once again found the dataset to be well maintained and an important source of information on Australian climate records.

The Forum has again noted the importance of adjusting data through the process of homogenisation to maintain... read more...

Bureau welcomes findings of Automatic Weather Station review

07/09/2017 - National

The Bureau of Meteorology has today released the findings of a Review into its Automatic Weather Station (AWS) network.

The Review was conducted by a Panel made up of three internationally recognised independent experts and two senior officers from the Bureau. The Panel was commissioned to evaluate the integrity of the AWS network following equipment failures in Goulburn and Thredbo which caused the loss of some temperature data below minus 10.4 degrees celsius.... read more...

Spring outlook points to warmer temperatures for the north and southeast

31/08/2017 - National

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its official spring outlook today – indicating a mix of climate conditions for Australia’s season ahead.

The Bureau’s Climate Prediction Manager, Dr Andrew Watkins, said that while spring days and nights are expected to be warmer than average for the north and southeast of the country, clear nights mean the risk of frost will continue—particularly in areas with drier soils.

“The rainfall...

Sydney's weather radar to go offline for an upgrade

29/08/2017 - NSW

Sydney's weather radar at Terrey Hills will go offline at the end of this week for an upgrade that will increase its ability to detect hail and better assess rainfall.

Terrey Hills is one of four Bureau of Meteorology S1 Doppler radars to receive this upgrade. The others are in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.

The addition of dual-polarisation scanning will provide a capability that sends out both horizontal and vertical pulses to provide a more detailed... read more...