About MetEye™ and Graphical Views

The Bureau is upgrading its weather forecasting services across the country as part of its roll-out of the Next Generation Forecast and Warning System (find out about the latest state roll-out).

 

New services include graphical, map-based representations of forecasts. For the first time in Australia, quality controlled weather forecasts provided by the Bureau are available in graphical or map form out to 7 days, for anywhere over the land and in coastal areas.

MetEye™

MetEye™ is one of the products developed as part of the Next Generation Forecast and Warning System, a $30 million upgrade of weather services funded by the Australian Government.

MetEye montage

MetEye™ — our new interactive weather resource, helps you view real-time weather observations and seven day forecast information. Using your mouse or tapping on your tablet you can now view different weather elements such as real-time temperature, rainfall, radar images, cloud cover and wind speed for one location. It's a new way to view local weather. When the roll out of the Next Generation Forecast and Warning System is complete, MetEye™ will display forecasts, satellite and radar imagery, as well as the Bureau's weather observation sites.

Some useful tips on how to use the viewer are linked from the Help tab above the maps.

PDF Icon MetEye™ brochure (PDF 2.4Mb)

PDF Icon MetEye Simple User Guide (PDF 5.6Mb)


Next Generation Forecast and Warning System (NexGen FWS)

The Next Generation Forecast and Warning System (NexGenFWS) is underpinned by a database of forecast weather element grids, quality controlled by forecasters out to 7 days ahead.

NexGen Team Members

Each weather element, for each forecast time, is stored in the Australian Digital Forecast Database (ADFD) on an high-resolution 6 kilometre by 6 kilometre square grid and maps are generated for display in the Bureau's web interfaces.

The NexGenFWS is a completely new method of forecasting operations for the Bureau of Meteorology. Forecasters are able to interact with the weather grids using specially designed grid editing tools. Information stored in the weather grids is also used in the creation of text forecasts provided to the public utilising automated text generation software. These can be edited by Bureau forecasters if required.

PDF Icon Next Generation FWS system brochure (PDF 2.8Mb)


Benefits of the new system

  • Provides state-of-the-art forecast services based on a high-resolution digital forecast database and semi- automated text forecast production;
  • Ensures equity of service for city and rural communities, with more frequent and detailed services for everyone, not just those living in major cities;
  • Provides graphical weather forecasts, with the ability to generate a forecast for any location via a simple 'point- and-click' of a mouse;
  • Extended forecast outlook period, so that forecasts cover more days;
  • Improved accuracy, detail, consistency and presentation of forecast and warning information, including for high impact events such as heavy rain or bushfires;
  • Provides digital datasets of geospatially-referenced forecast information, available for users such as emergency services to download and ingest into standard GIS-based decision support systems and weather presentation software; and
  • Is an efficient and extensible platform for producing forecasts and warnings, including industry-standard formats such as XML.

Service upgrade schedule

State/Region NexGen FWS rollout Graphical Views - MetEye
Victoria October 2008 Early 2010 (land only)
Victoria October 2008 July 2011 (marine)
New South Wales & ACT August 2010 July 2011 (marine and land)
Tasmania June 2011 December 2011
South Australia October 2011 March 2012
Western Australia October 2012 July 2013
Queensland October 2013 April 2014
Northern Territory Late 2014 Late 2014