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.
The new radar will be a significant addition to the Bureau's national radar network, and it will provide critical information to the cyclone prone north coast of the Northern Territory. The enhanced weather and warning information will service the remote Northern Territory communities of Arnhem Land and the local and tourist population of north-eastern Kakadu National Park.
The Warruwi Radar will have Doppler capability which allows the display of wind flows associated with weather systems as well as rainfall intensity on the Bureau's website. This information helps forecasters and the community to see, in greater detail, upcoming weather including severe weather such as tropical cyclones.
The new radar will also help improve forecasts for the region by providing forecasters with additional information on rainfall from storms and tropical cyclones. These improvements include better:
- community access to all real time radar imagery via the Bureau's website.
- short term forecasts of rainfall and warnings of severe weather, including damaging winds from tropical cyclones
- estimates of rainfall rates for use in flood warnings
- detection of clear air boundaries which are vital for groups like bushfire management agencies and the aviation industry.
The radar location is on South Goulburn Island, just on 290km east-north-east of Darwin. The radar site is 19m above sea level with the tower an additional 22m above ground level.
The new radar was installed as part of the Strategic Radar Enhancement Project (SREP). The SREP initiative will deliver four new radars over the next few years to close significant gaps in the existing weather radar coverage for Australia, and develop the underlying science to enhance the capability in warnings and forecasts.
The following pages will be available from 12 December 2012.