Service Announcements - 2013 Archive

  • New Product - Thunderstorm Tracker trial service for Southeast Queensland

    Scheduled Release Date: from 3 December 2013

    Thunderstorm Tracker shows maps displaying the location of thunderstorms and their expected position 30 minutes into the future. The maps are an experimental automated Bureau of Meteorology product that will be trialed in South East Queensland during Summer 2013-14. The Thunderstorm Tracker maps aim to complement the Severe Thunderstorm Warning Service.

    Thunderstorm Tracker - Southeast Queensland Pilot

  • New observation weather site for Melbourne located at Melbourne Olympic Park

    Scheduled Release Date: 26 November 2013

    A new fully equipped weather station will now provide current temperatures, winds and rainfall readings for the City of Melbourne. This new site was launched at Melbourne Olympic Park on the 26 November 2013 in the heart of Melbourne's sporting precinct.

  • Changes to forecast services in Victoria

    Scheduled Release Date: from 23 September 2013

    Weather forecast services in Victoria will change from Monday 23rd September 2013. A number of major regional towns will for the first time receive a specific weather forecast service.

  • Queensland's improving weather services

    Scheduled Release Date: 2 October 2013

    From October 2013, the Bureau of Meteorology is upgrading forecasts and warnings in Queensland. These changes include:

    • 67 locations in Queensland will get a 7-day forecast.
      • The Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast forecast 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 Queensland.

    Technical details about product ID's for Queensland forecast and warning services.


  • Forecast Explorer Replacement

    Scheduled Release Date: 14 August 2013

    Forecast Explorer has been replaced by the new interactive weather viewer MetEye from 14 August 2013.

    See the Information sheet (PDF 2.4MB) for more details.

    MetEye™

  • Upgrade to the Tide Prediction portal

    Scheduled Release Date: 1 August 2013

    The Bureau has upgraded its tide prediction portal.

    The portal extends the availability of 7 day forecasts for daily high and low tides from around 100 to almost 400 locations, and improves the ability to look up tide times at more than 300 supplementary locations. It uses new navigation (either interactive zoomable maps, or state-based location lists). The tidal times are automatically adjusted for daylight savings time in those states where daylight savings time is implemented.

    Tide Predictions for Australia, South Pacific and Antarctica

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

    Scheduled release date: 10 July 2013 *

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

    * Subject to technical and operational requirements being fulfilled at the time.

  • Upgrade to the Agriculture and Marine winds webpages

    Scheduled Release Date: 30 May 2013

    The webpage for the Marine wind forecast maps, and Water and the Land: forecast wind maps, have been upgraded to include a new and easy to use timeline feature.

  • Canberra Radar Upgrade

    Scheduled commencement date: 13 May 2013

    Canberra radar data will be unavailable from 13 May whilst system components are upgraded. The exact period of the outage will depend on the weather but we anticipate a return to service by 24 May at the latest. A few weeks following the completion of the upgrade, communities in and around the ACT will notice a number of improvements on the Canberra radar page of the Bureau's website. The frequency of radar scans will increase and new displays showing rainfall accumulation and wind speed and direction will become available.

    Media Release - Canberra weather radar upgrade

  • Upgrade to the Interactive weather and waves maps, and the Agriculture and Marine winds webpages

    Scheduled Release Date: 30 April 2013

    Interactive weather and wave maps:

    The maps in the Interactive Weather and Wave Maps viewer are now generated from the Bureau's APS1 ACCESS and AUSWAVE computer models. Maps for Asia and the tropics are now available for seven days. Maps for mainland Australia and adjacent waters are now available 3 hourly for three days.

    Marine wind forecast maps:

    The marine wind forecast maps are now generated from the Bureau's APS1 ACCESS computer model.

    Agriculture winds forecast maps:

    The forecast wind maps are now generated from the Bureau's APS1 ACCESS computer model.

  • Newcastle Radar Upgrade

    Scheduled commencement date: 22 April 2013

    Newcastle radar data will be unavailable for periods of several days up until 3 May 2013 whilst system components are upgraded. In the weeks following the upgrade, communities in the Newcastle region will notice a number of improvements on the Newcastle radar page of the Bureaus' website. The frequency of radar scans will increase and new displays showing rainfall accumulation and wind speed and direction will become available.

  • Seasonal Climate Outlook update

    Scheduled Release Date: 22 May 2013

    The Bureau of Meteorology is updating the model it uses for its monthly Seasonal Climate Outlook.

    The 3-month outlooks will be based on a dynamical model, which uses the physics of the atmosphere, oceans, land and ice interactions to calculate the probability of above (or below) normal rainfall and temperature. Previously, outlooks were based on a statistical model, which uses history as a guide to the next season's rainfall and temperature.

  • MetEye: A whole new way to view your local weather

    Scheduled Release Date: Mid 2013 *

    From mid 2013, the Bureau will release its new MetEye map viewer and Local Weather web pages as an experimental trial service (beta).

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

  • Wind Warning Changes for New South Wales

    Scheduled Release Date: 10 April 2013

    Mariners in New South Wales will be able to see when wind warnings are current for up to 42 hours ahead. They'll also be able to get statewide overviews of the warnings. The wind warnings will say which day is affected, and will be included within the Coastal Waters forecasts. The forecasts will be updated every 6 hours whenever a warning is current.

    Wind Warning Changes

  • Change to Latest Coastal Weather Observations issue frequency

    Scheduled Release Date: 10 April 2013

    The issue frequency of the Latest Coastal Weather Observations will change from half hourly updates to 10 minute updates.

    Marine & Ocean

  • Tennant Creek Radar Recommissioned

    Scheduled Release Date: 18 March 2013

    The Weather Watch Radar at Tennant Creek Airport, NT has been recommissioned and is operational from 18 March 2013.

    Tennant Creek Radar

  • Wind Warning Changes for Victoria

    Scheduled Release Date: 13 March 2013

    Mariners in Victoria will be able to see when wind warnings are current for up to 42 hours ahead. They'll also be able to get statewide overviews of the warnings. The wind warnings will say which day is affected, and will be included within the Coastal Waters forecasts. The forecasts will be updated every 6 hours whenever a warning is current.

    Wind Warning Changes

  • Updates to the Australian Digital Forecast Database

    Scheduled Release Date: Late February or March 2013 *

    Along with the Bureau's release of its latest on-line mapping tool called MetEye™, more gridded data sets will be contained within the Australian Digital Forecast Database (ADFD). These will include:

    • Forecast grids for Western Australia: weather forecast grids generated by the Western Australian Regional Forecasting Centre will be added to the ADFD;
    • two (2) additional rainfall forecast grids—3-hourly Chance of any rainfall and 3-hourly Expected rainfall amount—will be added to the ADFD;
    • three (3) additional forecast grids—dew point temperature, forest fuel drought factor and mixing height—will be added to the ADFD.

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

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

  • New Bureau homepage scheduled for release

    Scheduled Release: Late February or early March 2013

    The Bureau of Meteorology is redesigning its website homepage to align business and user needs. Due for release in late February or early March 2013, the redesigned homepage will provide visitors with a more balanced experience and improved visibility of core Bureau products and services.

    For enquiries regarding the redesigned Bureau homepage contact Channel_Management@bom.gov.au

  • Upgrade to Auswave wave model grids

    Scheduled Release Date: 30 January 2013

    From January 30, 2013, grid files from the Bureau's wave model (Auswave) will now include more time steps. The Global model grids will now include time steps every 3 hours (instead of every 12 hours) for the next 7 days. The Regional model grids will now include time steps every 1 hour (instead of every 3 hours) for the next 3 days.

    Weather Maps

  • Queensland Telstra Outages Repaired

    Scheduled Release Date: 28 January 2013

    The Telstra outage affecting communication in Central and North Queensland has been repaired.

    Bureau radar images and observations in the region have therefore been restored.

    Our thanks to Telstra staff for their efforts.

  • 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.

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