Service Announcements - 2012 Archive

  • Upgrades to the Norfolk Island Tropical Cyclone Warning Service

    Scheduled Release Date: 20 December 2012

    The Bureau of Meteorology today upgraded the Norfolk Island tropical cyclone warning service to match that provided to the other remote islands around Australia.

  • New Warruwi radar at South Goulburn Island

    Scheduled Release Date: 12 December 2012

    A new Weather Watch radar has been installed at Warruwi. It will provide detailed information over a large part of the north coast in the Northern Territory, linking up with the coverage currently afforded by the Gove and Darwin (Berrimah) radars.

  • Discontinuation of JSN observations data files

    From mid-December, data files provided for the Bureau's Latest Weather Observations files ending with .jsn will be discontinued for all Observation stations.

    • These are very similar to the JSON files also produced (row major order), the content is the same but in a slightly different format.
    • Please note that other JSON (row major order) and AXF files will remain unchanged.
    • All data users accessing these data files will need to adjust their scripts to instead use the JSON (row major order) or AXF formats.

    Example of products affected:

    This data file will be removed:

    JSON (row major order) and AXF files will remain unchanged.

  • New radar at Mount Isa

    Scheduled Release Date: 12 November 2012

    A new radar has been installed for Mount Isa. New radar loops will be made available on the Bureau's website on this date.

  • Western Australia's improving weather services

    Scheduled Release Date: 31 October 2012

    From late October 2012, the Bureau of Meteorology is upgrading forecasts and warnings in Western Australia.

  • Eucla and Tennant Creek site automation and radar decommissioning

    Scheduled Release Date: 8 October - 12 December 2012

    The Eucla (WA) Meteorological Office will not be staffed after 8 October and the meteorological radar will cease operation from 12 December 2012.

    The Tennant Creek (NT) Meteorological Office will not be staffed after December 2012 and the meteorological radar will cease operation from 1 December 2012.

  • Changes to Marine & Ocean site

    Scheduled Release Date: 26 September 2012

    The Bureau of Meteorology makes changes to its Marine & Ocean webpage.

    The changes aim to make it easier to access all products, such as 7-day wind maps, wave model maps and tide predictions. It also focuses on the need to Check the Weather before you go, giving 5 vital checks before heading out on the water.

  • Changes to Product ID Codes for Western Area High Seas Forecast and Ocean Wind Warnings

    Scheduled Release Date: 18 September 2012
    * Subject to technical and operational requirements being fulfilled at the time.

    The Bureau of Meteorology is planning to change the product ID for the Western High Seas forecast. Changes to some Ocean Wind Warning product IDs associated with the Western area will occur at the same time.

  • 31 additional forecast locations for South Australia

    Scheduled Release Date: 25 July 2012

    In late July, the South Australian Regional Forecasting Centre will add a further 31 locations to its forecast suite. This is 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.

    South Australia Forecast Area Map
    Forecast Summary for South Australian Towns

  • Updates to Rainfall grid forecast periods in Australian Digital Forecast Database

    Scheduled Release Date: 24 July 2012

    From te 24th of July, the maps showing Rainfall on the Forecast Explorer are being updated, in order to change the start times of the 24 hour forecast period. The 24 hour period of the Rainfall forecast data will now start at 1am EST/12:30 CST (equivalent to 15 UTC).

    This rainfall data is visible in the Forecast Explorer and available in the Australian Digital Forecast database.

    Rainfall forecasts will be unavailable during the upgrade. Please refer to the Computer Model Rainfall Forecasts on the Water and the Land website during the downtime.

  • Changes to your state Weather and Warnings pages

    Scheduled Release Date: 12 July 2012

    From 12 July, 2012, many of our web pages, including the main page for your State or Territory and pages which list all of the forecasts and observations, will have a new menu layout and functionality. The main body of the pages will remain largely the same, only the menu system is changing. The Bureau home page and other pages will keep their existing left-hand panels.

  • Changes to the Bureau's website

    Scheduled Release Date: 12 July 2012

    Over the coming weeks the Bureau will be updating some pages to introduce a new advertising presence. This is in response to the Federal Government's 2012-13 Budget announcements to conduct a 12 month trial of commercial advertising on the Bureau website. These ads will promote our highly regarded services while the Bureau conducts an evaluation of Advertising Networks to manage commercial advertising on behalf of the Bureau.

    Minimal changes have been made to make space for the advertising. Advertising will appear on the right hand side of some pages. The Bureau's intention is not to place advertising on pages dedicated to warnings. Load time of pages is not expected to be affected.

  • Upgrade to rainfall forecast maps on Water and the Land

    Scheduled Release Date: June 2012

    From June 2012, the Water and the Land (WATL) computer generated rainfall forecasts will be upgraded to show more detailed information for your state and more precisely show the influence of topography and local effects on the rainfall in your area.

  • New Hobart radar at Mount Koonya

    Scheduled Release Date: 27 April 2012

    A new radar has been installed for Hobart at Mt. Koonya. New radar loops will be made available on the Bureau's website on this date.

  • Changes to Latest Mean Sea-Level Pressure Analysis

    Scheduled Release Date: 5 April 2012

    From 5 April 2012, the Bureau of Meteorology will no longer include rainfall areas on the Latest Mean Sea-Level Pressure Analysis Map.

    Colour version
    Black and White version

    This applies to one map per day: the 1800 UTC map.

  • Release of Forecast Explorer for South Australia

    Scheduled Release Date: 27 March 2012

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

  • Upgrade to design of your state pages

    Scheduled Release Date: 26 March 2012

    From March 26, there will be design changes to the Weather and Warnings pages for each state and territory to improve the look and feel.

  • RSS feed for the Australian Capital Territory

    Scheduled Release Date: 8 February 2012

    The Bureau's RSS Feeds have been extended to include a feed for the Australian Capital Territory (land only), separate from New South Wales. The New South Wales feed will remain unchanged.

    Catalogue of RSS Feeds

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