Service Announcements

  • Weipa Weather Radar replaced, Doppler capability added

    Scheduled Release Date: 25th August 2015*

    The ageing Weipa weather radar has been replaced with a new, upgraded radar as part of the Bureau of Meteorology's ongoing program to deliver higher quality radar data to North Queensland communities.

    The new radar has been installed and is located 360m from the previous radar at Weipa Airport. It has uninterrupted 24 hour weather watch coverage updated at six minute intervals and Doppler capability to provide additional wind information.

    Systems testing is being finalised and public release of the radar's images is expected in late August 2015.

    More detail on the Weipa radar upgrade.

    * Subject to operational requirements at the time.

  • Changes to the Cooperative Observer Network

    Scheduled Date: Commencing 1st August 2015

    From 1 August 2015 a number of manual observation sites will record a single, daily observation and will no longer have 3pm observations. The majority of sites are unaffected by this change.

    The Bureau's observations network includes a broad range of meteorological observations equipment to meet the needs of its forecasting and severe weather warning services, and provides data for the National Climate Record.

    The Bureau continually assesses its network of meteorological observations to ensure the most effective and cost efficient network is in operation. As the availability of automated observations has increased, the number of manual observations has decreased.

    In some cases data from nearby Automatic Weather Stations may be accessed on the Bureau's website as an alternative.

  • Updates to précis forecasts

    Scheduled Date: During week commencing 20th July 2015*

    Rainfall information is being added to all 679 metropolitan, town and précis location forecasts:

    • More detailed 'possible rainfall' amount information across Australia for the week ahead.
    • 'Chance of any rain' added across Australia for the week ahead.
    • A new, more relevant, ‘chance of any rain for the rest of the day’ reported in the current day's forecast.

    * Release timing is subject to technical and operational requirements at the time.

  • Doppler data from Cairns and Townsville Weather Radars

    Scheduled Date: 20 July 2015

    The Cairns and Townsville (Hervey Range) radars will provide Doppler images on the Bureau website from Monday July 20th 2015.

    More detail on the Cairns radar upgrade.

    More detail on the Townsville radar upgrade.

  • Decommissioning of Tennant Creek Radar

    Scheduled Date: 30 June 2015

    The Tennant Creek radar is scheduled to close on Tuesday 30 June 2015, when funding for the two-year recommissioning of the radar, announced by the Australian Government on 1 February 2013, comes to an end. The Bureau of Meteorology is continuing to modernise and automate its observation systems to deliver better services to remote and regional communities throughout the Northern Territory.

    More detail on the future of weather services for Tennant Creek and the Barkly district.

  • EMERGENCY FTP Server Transition Outage

    Scheduled Date: 11 June 2015, 10 am AEST*

    The Bureau of Meteorology is migrating its FTP server to its offsite Secondary Data Centre. An outage of approximately one hour is expected with the cutover.

    Services affected

    Anonymous FTP, Registered User FTP.

    Specific details

    Cutover is currently scheduled to commence at 10.45am, with an anticipated outage period of 30 to 90 minutes.

    There will be no changes to user access or products associated with the transition.

    For further enquiries, please contact webreg@bom.gov.au

    * Release timing is subject to technical and operational requirements at the time.

  • Updates to the Australian Digital Forecast Database

    Scheduled Release Date: 17th March 2015

    More gridded data will be added to the Australian Digital Forecast Database (ADFD) including:

    • daily weather icon grid;
    • 3-hourly weather icon grid.

    These additional gridded datasets will be available to subscribers via FTP. A User guide is available via http://www.bom.gov.au/other/charges.shtml

    Price on application via email to webreg@bom.gov.au

  • Weekly Rainfall Update web address change

    Scheduled Release Date: 31 March 2015

    The web address and format of the Weekly Rainfall Update will be changing. Content will remain consistent, however links to old state rainfall tables will be replaced.

    The Weekly Rainfall Update is linked from the Climate homepage, Rainfall deficiencies, Reports and summaries and the climate RSS feed.

  • Updates to the Australian Digital Forecast Database

    Scheduled Release Date: 19th May 2015

    More gridded data will be added to the Australian Digital Forecast Database (ADFD) including:

    • daily weather icon grid now available at any location, including within marine zones, out to day 7

    MetEye™ (including its text views) and the mobile website will be further improved by adding weather icon graphics at every location across Australia, including in marine zones.

    These additional gridded datasets will be available to subscribers via FTP. A User guide is available via http://www.bom.gov.au/other/charges.shtml

    Price on application via email to webreg@bom.gov.au

  • Updates to the Australian Digital Forecast Database

    Scheduled Release Date: 17th March 2015

    More gridded data will be added to the Australian Digital Forecast Database (ADFD) including:

    • daily weather icon grid;
    • 3-hourly weather icon grid.

    These additional gridded datasets will be available to subscribers via FTP. A User guide is available via http://www.bom.gov.au/other/charges.shtml

    Price on application via email to webreg@bom.gov.au

  • Melbourne (Latrobe Street) observation station closure

    Scheduled Release Date: 9th December 2014

    On Tuesday 9 December 2014, the Bureau of Meteorology's weather observation station at Olympic Park will replace the Latrobe Street CBD station as Melbourne's official weather observation and forecast location.

    The new station was commissioned in November 2013. It is an excellent location for taking meteorological observations and meets the international observing standards of the World Meteorological Organization. The station will provide upgraded weather observations including wind, rainfall and temperature.

    See further details of this change.

  • Cairns (Saddle Mountain) Radar reinstalled

    Scheduled Release Date:15th December 2014*

    The aging 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.

  • MetEye extended into the Northern Territory

    Scheduled Release Date: 20th November 2014

    The Bureau is completing the roll-out of its award-winning interactive weather viewer MetEye with the release in the Northern Territory on 19 November 2014.

    MetEye will provide Territorians with a whole new way to view their local weather, giving the latest weather and forecasts out to 7 days ahead for any location.

    MetEye also offers a local weather overview on a single page for any place in the Territory.

    MetEyeTM

  • Updates to the Australian Digital Forecast Database

    Scheduled Release Date: 20th November 2014

    Along with the Bureau's release of the Northern Territory maps in MetEyeTM, more gridded data will be contained within the Australian Digital Forecast Database (ADFD) including weather forecast grids generated by the NT Regional Forecasting Centre.

    These additional gridded datasets will be available to subscribers via FTP. Price on application via email to webreg@bom.gov.au.

  • 165 additional forecast locations for Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland

    Scheduled Release Date: 10-14 November 2014

    In mid-November, the Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland Regional Forecasting Centres will add a total of 165 locations to their forecast suites. This includes 49 locations in Western Australia, 71 locations in New South Wales and 45 locations in Queensland, as part of the planned expansion of the Next Generation Forecast and Warning System. Each location will have a short text forecast that includes a brief text description (up to 30 characters), weather icon code, and forecast maximum and minimum temperatures.

    Forecast Summary for Western Australian Towns

    Forecast Summary for New South Wales Towns

    Forecast Summary for Queensland Towns

  • Weather phrase now included routinely on marine forecasts

    Scheduled Release Date: 8th October 2014

    The Bureau has made its marine forecasts more useful for people planning to spend the day on the water boating by routinely adding more information about the expected weather conditions. Instead of just including significant weather information, such as thunderstorms or fog, the Coastal Waters and Local Waters forecasts will include details about whether it will be sunny, cloudy or rainy.

  • Bureau of Meteorology changes rainfall terminology

    Scheduled Release Date: 6-9th October 2014*

    From early October we will no longer use words such as isolated, scattered, patchy and widespread in many of our routine weather forecasts, which some people found ambiguous.

    Instead, we will describe the chance of rain as slight, medium, high, or very high, with a percentage equivalent in brackets.

    And if rain is only expected for part of the day, we will provide that information in the description.

    Read more in our blog article

    Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the change

    * Release timing is subject to technical and operational requirements at the time.

  • Northern Territory's improving weather services

    Scheduled Release Date: Wednesday, 8th October 2014*

    From early October 2014, the Bureau of Meteorology is upgrading forecasts and warnings in the Northern Territory. These changes include:

    • 96 locations in the Northern Territory will get a 7-day forecast.
      • The Darwin and Alice Springs forecasts will include a forecast of the probability of any measurable rain and a forecast of the likely rainfall range.
    • Improved presentation on the website.
    • Changes to forecasts and warnings for Coastal Waters.

    More detail about all changes for the Northern Territory.

    Technical details about product ID's for the Northern Territory forecast and warning services.

    * Release timing is subject to technical and operational requirements at the time.

How the Bureau announces changes to its services

The Bureau has a range of processes to inform the public, industry groups and other service providers about changes to our routine information and services.

Frequently services are created, removed or altered in line with community feedback and advances in science and technology. Nominally the Bureau provides a minimum of 30 days notice prior to implementation of service changes.

Unexpected interruptions to routine services will be reported whenever possible.

Notification of changes are communicated in a number of ways including:

  • Announcements in this page and other related web pages
  • Service announcements on respective telephone, fax and radio services
  • Announcements in relevant magazines and newspapers.
  • Details within the specific routine product that is to be changed
  • Correspondence with established consultative groups and other weather service providers