Service Announcements - 2011 Archive

  • Upgrade to design of your state pages

    Scheduled Release Date: 16 December 2011

    From December 16, there will be design changes to the Weather and Warnings pages for each state and territory to improve the look and feel.

  • Name change for Fraser Island Offshore Waters forecast in Queensland

    Scheduled Release Date: 15 December 2011

    From 15 December, the Bureau will change the name of the Fraser Island Offshore Waters forecast in Queensland to Fraser Island Waters, removing the term "offshore". This change will help avoid confusion with the location of the Fraser Island Waters and its proximity to neighbouring coastal waters zones.

    Southern Queensland Coastal Waters Forecast

  • Willis Island weather station and rain radar back in action

    Scheduled Release Date: 11 December 2011

    One of Australia's most remote weather stations is back online after repairs and upgrades following cyclone Yasi in early 2011. The four staff took up their posts on Willis Island last week.

    The Willis Island radar is therefore functioning and available online. For further details, see the Bureau's media release.

    128 km Willis Island Radar Loop

  • Changes to the NSW and ACT Daily Weather Summaries

    Scheduled Release Date: 8 December 2011

    From December 8th, the Bureau will summarize recent weather events around NSW and the ACT with one product, the Daily Weather Review for NSW and the ACT.

  • Release of Forecast Explorer for Tasmania and Marine areas

    Scheduled Release Date: 7 December 2011

    The Bureau of Meteorology continues its roll-out of the Next Generation Forecast & Warning System ("NexGenFWS"), adding the Forecast Explorer for the Tasmanian region.

  • Website enhancements

    Scheduled Release Date: 17 November 2011

    From November 17, the Bureau of Meteorology is updating the look and feel of the web site.

  • South Australia's improving weather services

    Scheduled Release Date: 26 October 2011

    From October 26, the Bureau of Meteorology is upgrading forecasts and warnings in South Australia.

    More information on NexGenFWS

  • Additional Rainfall Forecast Information for Melbourne, Albury-Wodonga and Mildura

    Scheduled Release Date: 21 September 2011

    From September 21, rainfall information for the Melbourne, Albury-Wodonga and Mildura forecasts will be presented as chance of any rain and rainfall amount for day one of the forecast.

  • New Townsville radar at Hervey Range

    Scheduled Release Date: 11 August 2011

    A new radar has been installed for Townsville at Hervey Range replacing the radar at Mount Stuart.

  • Release of Forecast Explorer for NSW and Marine areas

    Scheduled Release Date: 27 July 2011

    The Bureau of Meteorology continues its roll-out of the Next Generation Forecast & Warning System ("NexGenFWS").

  • Upgrade to the Notes on the Satellite Image

    Scheduled Release Date: 13 July 2011

    The Bureau of Meteorology upgrades its Notes on the Satellite Image. This product, IDY28000, is issued every 6 hours and provides a summary of the conditions observed over the Australian region, based on the satellite data at the issue time. This product will eventually replace other notes products from each state/region.

    The Notes on the Satellite Image appears at the bottom of the Integrated Satellite Viewer and is available on the Bureau's FTP server.

    Integrated Satellite Viewer

  • Upgrade to the Satellite image viewer

    Scheduled Release Date: 13 July 2011

    The Bureau of Meteorology upgrades its satellite image viewing and animation (looping and stepping) web pages, to better integrate common data types and improve the viewer's usability. The number of images available in the Satellite loop has been extended to 24 (giving a 24 hour loop for all data types).

    Help pages and descriptions of satellite images and satellite products have been reviewed, to remove duplicated and out-of-date information.

    Integrated Satellite Viewer

  • Tasmania's improving weather services

    Scheduled Release Date: 28 June 2011

    The Bureau of Meteorology continues its roll-out of the Next Generation Forecast & Warning System ("NexGenFWS"). From June 2011, the Bureau of Meteorology is upgrading forecasts and warnings in Tasmania.

    More information on NexGenFWS

  • Changes to Bass Strait and Approaches forecast web page

    Scheduled Release Date: 28 June 2011

    A map interface will assist mariners in selecting the appropriate marine forecast within Bass Strait. Each forecast will presented in a new layout, including a map interface to display forecasts for adjacent areas.

    Bass Strait and approaches Forecast

  • UV forecasts for more towns in Tasmania

    Scheduled Release Date: 7 June 2011

    An additional six locations have been added to the forecast UV service in Tasmania. The new locations are: Ulverstone, Smithton, Scottsdale, Campbell Town, Queenstown and New Norfolk.

    Ultraviolet (UV) Index Forecast

  • Design changes to forecast pages for NSW, ACT and VIC

    Scheduled Release Date: 1 June 2011

    The Bureau of Meteorology implements design changes to the District Forecasts, Snowy Mountains forecast district (NSW), all Coastal Waters forecasts and various other forecast web pages in response to user feedback and based on good design principles. These design changes are currently available in NSW, ACT and Victoria as part of the national roll-out of the Next Generation Forecast and Warning System and will soon be implemented in Tasmania.

  • Changes to Ocean wind warning area for South East High Seas area of MetArea X

    Scheduled Release Date: 1 June 2011

    The Adelaide and Melbourne Ocean Wind Warning areas will be combined to create a single warning product for the South East High Seas area of MetArea X.

  • New Radar maps for Wollongong

    Scheduled Release Date: 4 May 2011

    A new radar has been installed for Wollongong, to replace the Letterbox Radar. This radar will now provide both Doppler wind flow and rainfall intensity via the Bureau's website.

  • Improved swell information for coastal observation tables

    Scheduled Release Date: 13 April 2011

    Improved swell information is now available on coastal observation tables. Swell height is now displayed in metres (in decimal), and swell period will replace swell length.

    Marine and Ocean

  • Changes to the AUSWAVE interactive wave maps

    Scheduled Release Date: 12 April 2011

    Forecast wave model maps were extended from 5 days to 7 days on the Interactive Weather and wave maps webpage. New zoomed-in maps for 4 Regions around Australia will provide finer details for the next two days.

  • New Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay Maps

    Scheduled Release Date: 7 April 2011

    A new graphical marine forecast service will commence for the Melbourne Local Waters areas of Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay on 7 April 2011. The service will provide maps of official forecast wind and combined sea and swell at three-hour intervals for the next three days, providing users with a more detailed forecast than ever before.

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