Weather station is wanted

By Alana Christensen on April 01, 2017
  • Weather station is wanted

    Mr Ross said he’d had no luck in speaking with the bureau and so had approached Federal Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell (pictured) to explore the issue.

Seymour resident John Ross is calling on the Bureau of Meteorology to install an automated weather station in the town to ensure accurate weather information.

Mr Ross said he kept a rainfall record, but the measurements he recorded in Seymour and those reported at the next closest weather station at Mangalore Airport, 15km from Seymour, were often different.

Mr Ross said he’d had no luck in speaking with the bureau and so had approached Federal Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell to explore the issue.

‘‘We’re just going to have to sit on our hands until they decide it’s worthwhile,’’ Mr Ross said.

A spokesperson for Mr Mitchell’s office said Mr Mitchell would make a representation to federal Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg on behalf of Mr Ross.

The Bureau of Meteorology, which decides where automated weather stations are positioned, said at this point there were no plans to install an automated weather station at Seymour.

‘‘Typically automated weather stations have been located near airports and major towns or as required by industry, such as the aviation, fire, agricultural, science and marine industries,’’ a spokesperson said.

‘‘At this point in time there are no plans to install an automated weather station at Seymour. The Bureau of Meteorology may look into installing an automated weather system at another location if funding for the installation and maintenance is provided by a local council, or other organisation.’’

The bureau said a number of other factors would need to be considered, including securing a lease of at least 20 years for the property on which a potential automated weather station would be located, as well as exposure requirements.

By Alana Christensen on April 01, 2017

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