Service Announcements

  • Radar upgrade – Update

    Scheduled Release Date: 17 August 2017*

    The Bureau of Meteorology is upgrading and extending the operating life of four radars (in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney) in 2017. Each radar will be offline for approximately six weeks.

    The upgrade for Adelaide was completed on 9 June. The remaining radars will be offline through August - October 2017. The table below sets out the planned outages and nearby radars that will be available during the outage:

    City Radar Scheduled Outage Alternative Radar
    Brisbane Mt. Stapylton 22 Aug 17 – late Sep 17 Marburg (70 km west)
    Gympie (200 km north)
    Grafton (200 km south)
    Melbourne Laverton 25 Aug 17 – early Oct 17 Broadmeadows (25 km northeast)
    Sydney Terrey Hills 31 Aug 17 – early Oct 17 Wollongong (80 km south)
    Newcastle (100 km north)

    *Subject to operational requirements at the time.

  • Adelaide's official weather forecast now at the city centre

    Scheduled Release Date: 3 August 2017

    The Bureau of Meteorology's official weather forecast location for Adelaide will be relocated from Kent Town to the City Centre. This is in response to the Adelaide official observation station move in June 2017. The official name of the new station will remain Adelaide.

  • Changes to frost reporting in forecasts

    Scheduled Release Date: 31 July 2017*

    In response to customer feedback, the Bureau has revised how frost is reported in forecasts. From 31 July 2017*, frost (if forecast) may appear in the short form (précis) and long form forecast for all seven days. The frost daily weather icon will no longer appear, giving users a more representative icon for the day's weather.

    *Subject to operational requirements at the time.

  • Update to state-based observations summary rainfall data

    Scheduled Release Date: 17 July 2017

    The State and Capital City observations summary data (XML data files) is being updated to remove the reporting of the word 'Trace' for the Rain elements. A rainfall observation that is less than 0.2mm, but greater than zero, will now be reported as 0.1mm.

  • Automatic Weather Station at Point Avoid, Coffin Bay National Park, SA

    Scheduled Release Date: 14 July 2017

    Following the decommissioning of Coles Point automatic weather station, the Bureau relocated to a new site at Point Avoid, within the Coffin Bay National Park. The new site gives an improved exposure for the instruments and will provide forecasters better observations of weather systems coming across the Great Australian Bight.

    To view observations from Point Avoid, go to the South Australian latest weather observations.

  • Lightning Observation Service

    Scheduled Release Date: 27 June 2017

    The Bureau of Meteorology has developed a lightning detection service which is now available through the Bureau's Himawari-8 satellite image viewer (http://satview.bom.gov.au/).

    This service allows users to view lightning observations across all of Australia including areas outside of radar coverage. Lightning observations corresponding to frequency of strikes in a 10 minute period are displayed, and can be selected by clicking on the "Layers" feature of the satellite viewer.

  • Hazardous Surf Warning (NSW & QLD only)

    Scheduled Release Date: 30 June 2017

    In NSW and southern QLD coastal waters a Hazardous Surf Warning will be available when hazardous surf conditions are present. This new warning alerts the community when the surf may appear gentle, but can still be hazardous for activities such as swimming, rock fishing and boating. Caution statements will continue to be included in the relevant NSW and QLD forecasts when hazardous surf conditions are expected to occur.

    See the latest warnings on the Australian warnings webpage.

  • Adelaide's official weather observation station is returning to its original location

    Scheduled Release Date: 14 June 2017

    The Bureau of Meteorology's weather observation station at West Terrace will replace the Kent Town station as Adelaide's official weather observation location on 14 June 2017.

    The new station was commissioned in early 2017 and will provide upgraded weather observations including wind, rainfall and temperature. The move has occurred due to the increasing effects of urbanisation at the Kent Town site. The official name of the new station will be Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira).

    See further details of this change.

  • Falls Creek forecast extended

    Scheduled Release Date: 9 June 2017

    The Bureau of Meteorology will produce a Town Forecast for Falls Creek from the start of the 2017 snow season. Town forecasts are available for major and tourist centres and include a longer text forecast out to seven days. The forecast will provide more detailed information including the forecast for wind and other phenomena (such as snow) over the next seven days.

    See the extended Falls Creek forecast on the Australian Alps Weather webpage.

  • Decommissioning of Coles Point, SA Automatic Weather Station

    Scheduled Release Date: 23 May 2017

    This station ceased reporting from 23 May 2017. The site lease expires on 31 May 2017 so the Bureau has taken this opportunity to relocate to a new site 33km south on Point Avoid in the Coffin Bay National Park. The new site affords an improved exposure for the instruments and will provide forecasters earlier surface observations of weather systems transitioning across the Bight. The new Automatic Weather Station is expected to come online mid June 2017.

  • Changes to the update time for UV Index forecast products

    Scheduled Release Date: 23 May 2017

    From 23 May 2017 the Bureau’s UV Index forecasts will be updated only once per day (instead of twice). The UV forecasts and Sun Protection Times will therefore update once per day at around 9 pm AEST / 7 pm AWST.

  • Radar upgrade

    Scheduled Release Date: 10 April 2017*

    The Bureau of Meteorology is upgrading and extending the operating life of four radars (in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney) in 2017; each radar will be offline for approximately six weeks.

    The upgrades will occur during April–September 2017. The table below sets out the planned outages:

    City Radar Scheduled Outage Alternative Radar
    Adelaide Buckland Park 10 Apr 17–29 May 17 Sellicks Hill
    Brisbane Mt. Stapylton 02 Aug 17–08 Sep 17 To be decided
    Melbourne Laverton 02 Aug 17–06 Sep 17 To be decided
    Sydney Terrey Hills 24 Aug 17–28 Sep 17 To be decided

    * Subject to 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