The Bureau of Meteorology provides Data Services for a number of real-time forecast and observation products that can be used for ingestion by computers. These products are made available on the Bureau ftp site ftp://ftp2.bom.gov.au/anon/gen/fwo/.
A product catalogue is also available.
Secondary distribution of Bureau of Meteorology information currently freely available on the Bureau's website and ftp site requires formal permission. Correct attribution of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology as the source of Bureau information is an important component of any secondary distribution permission that may be granted. Where Bureau information is to be used on a website, permission for use of that information should be applied for by the website owner.
The ADFD contains official weather forecast elements produced by the Bureau of Meteorology, such as temperature, rainfall and weather types, stored in a gridded format.
Text forecasts and warnings are available in XML for Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory.
Forecasts for locations are available in both short and long form.
Forecasts are also available for land districts and coastal waters zones - Maps of the area boundaries.
Weather warnings are available in:
Forecasts and warnings are only available in text and html for South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory.
Registration is required to access the forecast grids in NetCDF or Grib2 formats. Grids are available for a number of weather elements for the next 7 days. Each grid has forecasts at a 6 kilometer spacing.
The ADFD user guide (.doc | .pdf) contains further details on how to access the database.
Sample grids from the ADFD.
The following products are both shown on the Bureau's home page.
The Bureau provides its observational data in a number of formats for use as a data feed. The 72 hour station based observational products are available in 4 file formats.
To get the URL of a data feed for a weather station -
Table of available product styles for each state
|Australian State||State Coastal Waters||State - All Observations||State Capital City Area|
|Canberra Area||Not applicable||Not applicable||Canberra area|
|New South Wales - Sydney||http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/observations/coastal.shtml||New South Wales||Sydney area|
|Victoria - Melbourne||http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDV60700.shtml||Victoria||Melbourne area|
|Queensland - Brisbane||http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ60700.shtml||Queensland||Brisbane area|
|South Australia - Adelaide||http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDS60700.shtml||South Australia||Adelaide area|
|Western Australia - Perth||http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDW60700.shtml||Western Australia||Perth area|
|Tasmania - Hobart||http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDT60700.shtml||Tasmania||Hobart area|
|Antarctic Area||Not applicable||Antarctica||Not applicable|
|Northern Territory - Darwin||http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDD60700.shtml||Northern Territory||Darwin area|
A summary of observations across Australia is compiled every 15 minutes and files for the last 24 hours are available on the ftp directory.
|Real-Time Synoptic Observations - Australian Region (IDY03000)||Data (.axf), or Shape file (.shp)||IDY03000.YYYYMMDDTTTT||File format
|Real-Time METAR Observations - Australian Region (IDY03100)||Data (.axf), or Shape file (.shp)||IDY03100.YYYYMMDDTTTT||File format
where YYYYMMDDTTTT is a date-time stamp in UTC (add 10 hours for Eastern Standard Time).
Agricultural bulletins containing a summary of agricultural type observations on a daily time scale are available in XML for each State. Click on the state name for the corresponding XML version of the Agricultural Bulletin.
|NSW & ACT||Vic||Qld||WA||SA||Tas||NT|
Radar images are available from the ftp site. The filename contains the unique ID code for the Radar, the projection and date/time in UTC. The map layers used on the Bureau's radar viewer are available in .png file format.
If you have any further queries please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: 15/09/2011