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Jeff Brislane

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Hunter Weather Warning System
« on: 28 February 2006, 11:58:39 AM »
Hey, does anyone know what this is supposed to be? Saw this story on the ABC.


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Hunter gets new weather warning system

The NSW Hunter Valley is one of the first regions in Australia to get a new online early warning weather system to help people be better prepared for severe storms.

The computer-based, storm tracking system being launched today is part of a $62 million national upgrade of weather radars by the Federal Government.

Greg Hunt, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Environment Minister, says the new technology will save lives and property.

"The first is they can see where a storm is likely to head in the next 24 hours so they can track what is likely to occur," he said.

"Secondly, they can get pretty much real time updates so they can see if a storm is just half an hour or an hour away from their area, the intensity, and that means that people can make urgent plans."

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Re: Hunter Weather Warning System
« Reply #1 on: 01 March 2006, 11:51:09 AM »
I wonder if it is to do with the introduction of detailed warnings to the Hunter Valley for the first time as I noticed that they issued a Sydney style warning for them on Sunday afternoon.
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« Reply #2 on: 02 March 2006, 10:13:08 AM »
Or is it another Doppler?
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Re: Hunter Weather Warning System
« Reply #3 on: 02 March 2006, 11:35:48 AM »
Hi,

Jeff didn't you suggest there would be a doppler radar installed neat Terry Hills region aimed at the Central Coast?

I am not sure what the new warning system would mean but the increased population the influence of the wine industry and other industry should warrant such a service.

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Re: Hunter Weather Warning System
« Reply #4 on: 02 March 2006, 12:33:49 PM »
Here is the extended cut& paste from the BoM

New weather services for lower Hunter Valley

The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Bob Baldwin MP, Federal Member for Paterson today launched a new weather service that will give residents of the Lower Hunter Valley area better online access and more frequent updates to thunderstorm warnings.

The new service is an extension of the year old Sydney service ? making the Lower Hunter one of the first regional areas to benefit from the new computer based forecasting system.

Mr Hunt said one of the benefits of the new system was how easy it was for households to access information in real time about a pending severe thunderstorm and what action to take to protect home and property.

?The new graphical warnings complement existing text warning and ensure people receive as much detail as possible, in as short a time as possible, about severe weather warnings, Mr Hunt said

?This will enable residents to better prepare for impending severe weather and prevent emergency situations.

?I congratulate Mr Baldwin, the Federal Member for Paterson, for his commitment to improved weather services in the Lower Hunter area,? Mr Hunt said.

Federal Member for Paterson Bob Baldwin MP said he was pleased to see a regional area benefit from the same forecasting technology that is in use in larger cities.

?Local communities in the Lower Hunter Valley will now be able to receive hourly updates online in severe weather conditions,? Mr Baldwin said.

?When logging on, the site will show maps of areas likely to be affected and also indicate the direction of the severe storms.?

The system was developed by the Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre in Melbourne in conjunction with Bureau forecasters in Sydney, and the NSW State Emergency Service. The system in Sydney is now operational and has proved useful to both local communities and the Emergency Services.

The new services, available from the 23 rd of February, are made possible by imagery from the Newcastle Radar at Lemon Tree Passage, installed in 2003 under a Federal Government-funded $62.2 million upgrade of Bureau radars nation-wide.
Online services available at www.bom.gov.au/weather/nsw.
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