New weather radars announced for Victoria and North-west Tasmania

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Two new state-of the-art weather radars have been announced for much-needed areas of rural Australia, adding value and growth to these rural regions whose farmers desperately seek accurate and efficient weather data.

West Takone gets an beneficial upgrade

In West Takone (NSW) a radar that will receive images every six minutes has been installed, replacing the previous radar that had less capabilities.The announcement, which was made by the the Bureau of Meteorology on the March 6, is welcomed by all stakeholders, especially in light of the bushfires this summer. 

The radar will provide uninterrupted weather watch transmissions and more frequent images of rainfall -greatly benefit farmers. These images also contain more details, and provide additional Doppler wind data. This new radar technology will disseminate upgraded and higher-quality information that is beneficial to the mining and agricultural sectors in Northwest Tasmania and local communities alike.

Wimmera receives funding

Additionally, Wimmera has been allocated funding from the government to the tune of $3.25 million to improve forecasting capabilities within the Wimmera region. According to Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford when speaking to ABC Rural, farmers had long wanted more than "gut feel" approach to their weather forecasting.

The Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt stated in the press release that for over 12 months the Bureau of Meteorology had been working closely with the Wimmera Development Association to make the radar happen.

"Increasing radar coverage over the Wimmera region will deliver significant local economic benefits and deliver comprehensive coverage of Doppler weather radar to Victoria." said Minister Hunt.

The lack of any reliable weather information in the region has long plagued farmers, and with the radar brings the bountiful potential economic benefits. Providing all approvals go ahead within the planned time, the delivery of the new radar is planned for the July 1, 2018.

Accurate weather data is only half the solution – to be completely prepared every farmer needs a solid rainwater capturing solution in place to ensure their completely covered in all situations. Get in touch today to see how we can help.

by David Francis

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