Weipa weather radar replaced, Doppler capability added

Weipa radar, at Weipa Airport 2015

Weipa radar, at Weipa Airport 2015

The Weipa weather radar has been replaced with a new, upgraded radar. Information from the new radar will be available on the Bureau of Meteorology's website from Tuesday, 25 August 2015.

Enhanced with Doppler capability, the new radar will provide sharper images, scan at six minute rather than 10 minute intervals and have an additional 64km range view.

Located at Weipa Airport about 360m from the former Weipa radar, the new radar is part of a dedicated weather watch system and will boost the Bureau's ability to monitor severe weather.

Doppler data from the radar will provide forecasters with improved 'nowcasting' capabilities and the ability to more accurately monitor severe weather events including floods, thunderstorms and tropical cyclones.

Upgrades have been made to a significant part of the Bureau's national radar network in far north Queensland. The upgraded radars will provide enhanced services to emergency services, bauxite mining and graziers in the northern Cape York region with more detailed real-time information to track local weather and plan for severe weather.