Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 406. Updated Tuesday, 22 April 2014

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Keeping a MetEye on the weather

The Bureau of Meteorology has released the full online suite of MetEye services in Queensland.

MetEye brings together seven-day forecasts, satellite and radar imagery and near real-time weather data such as temperature, rainfall, cloud cover, humidity and wind speed.

The service is part of the Next Generation Forecast and Warning System (NexGen) rolled out nationally over the past five years and is scheduled for delivery in the Northern Territory at the end of this year, completing the nationwide project.

Bureau rolls out Queensland services

Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Simon Birmingham said the new forecasting system represented a major investment in improving the services the Bureau provides to the Australian public, which had already seen an additional 67 towns in Queensland receive a seven-day forecast.

"The launch of MetEye will change the way Queenslanders look at their weather," he said.

Forecasts are presented in a graphical map, showing forecast rainfall and temperature in colour bands which can be played as a seven-day animation.

"While warnings will continue to be issued on the Bureau's official warning pages, MetEye can display significant weather such as thunderstorms, tropical cyclones, rainfall, fog and frost - all the diversity of Queensland's weather," Senator Birmingham said.

"Emergency services will be able to use real-time river observations updated every six to nine minutes, useful in operational planning.

"This information will indicate where a river is rising, and whether the river is at minor, moderate or major flood level."

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