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://ftp.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.
Text forecasts for locations are available in the following formats.
Forecasts are also available for land districts and coastal waters zones. Refer to the zone boundary maps.
Weather warnings are available in:
The Australian Digital Forecast Database (ADFD) contains official weather forecast elements produced by the Bureau of Meteorology, such as temperature, rainfall and weather types, presented in a gridded format and covering the next 7 days. The forecasts in the ADFD are quality controlled by the Bureau’s Operational Meteorologists.
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