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™ 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™ — 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.
MetEye™ brochure (PDF 2.4Mb)
MetEye Simple User Guide (PDF 5.6Mb)
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.
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.
Next Generation FWS system brochure (PDF 2.8Mb)
|State/Region||NexGen FWS rollout||Graphical Views|
|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|
|Northern Territory||Late 2014||2015|