Bureau talks on weather data service

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Picture: PAUL CARRACHERA NEW Bureau of Meteorology supercomputer and how it can help Wimmera farmers will be the focus of an information session in Horsham.
Nanjing Night Net

Wimmera Development Association will host a weather services information seminar with bureau staff on Wednesday night.

Association project officer Mark Fletcher said the session would update people on new technology the bureau used in weather forecasting and reporting, including an overview of Japanesegeostationary weather satellite theHimawari 8.

“The session ismainly forfarmers, but anyone is welcome to come along,” he said.

“The bureau’sacting regional director for VictoriaTed Williams andbusiness development managerTom Butcher will discuss a new supercomputer the group is using for better modelling and forecasting.

“They are alsogoing to discuss advances withseasonalforecasting.The biggest thing about it is that they arelooking to get more information out there about improvements inforecasting with new technologies that are available.”

Mr Fletcher said two weather workshops would follow on Thursday.

“We have invited regional leaders in agriculture to get together to workshop building on a business case we have put through in the past to improve real-time weather forecasting in the region,” he said.

Wimmera Development Association started a campaign for an upgraded Wimmera weather radar in 2013.

Mr Fletcher said the campaign was progressing.“The biggestthing that we need to focus on now isthe economic benefits and impacts of having thatgood-qualityinformation available,” he said.

“If we don’t have it, it is costly.

“If chemicals are being applied to crops at an incorrect time, for example, that can damagecrops.It’s all aboutgetting everything lined up to get the best out of crops we put into theground.”

Mr Fletcher said there was no doubt it had been a challenging growingseason so far.

“Thefeedback I’m getting is fairly mixed,” he said.

“The impacts across the region are quite different from one area to the next, and the amount of rain has differed quite a bit. In some areas it has come at the right time.

“Itwill be interesting to see how season unfolds. It has a lot to do with thedifferent soil types in our area.

“Everyone is hoping for a bit more moisture.”

Mr Fletcher said the weather session would run from 7pm to 9pm at the Federation University auditorium in Horsham.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Mr Fletcher asked people to RSVP by [email protected]论坛 or by calling 5381 6505.

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