The ageing Cairns (Saddle Mountain) was replaced as part of the Bureau's ongoing program to ensure service continuity through equipment renewal. Decommissioning of the previous model commenced in mid-August and the new radar was installed 14th November at the same location as the previous model. Testing of the data and downstream systems is being finalised with release of the radar images to the public expected in mid-December 2014.
The new radar will be a dedicated Weather Watch system, allowing for uninterrupted 24 hour coverage, updating at 10 minute intervals.
*Subject to operational requirements at the time.