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Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) officers and Council’s Bowen work crew have begun installing the$120,000 Bowen Automatic Weather Station (AWS) at the Bowen Aerodrome.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said this week BoM officers were on siteassisting Council workers with the pouring of concrete to install the infrastructure for the newweather station.
“Council expects the new automatic weather station will be fully operational early in the New Year to provide the Bowen community and the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group with frequent, automatically updated, weather data including wind speed and direction, temperatures, humidity and rainfall amounts near the Bowen township,” she said.
“This constantly updated local data will be invaluable during a localised flash flooding event suchas was experienced in Bowen through Cyclone Ita, 13 April 2014 and on 23 November 2013.
“The weather data will be recorded in real time by the new AWS and provided to the Bureau ofMeteorology (BoM).
“The information from the new weather station will be easily accessible by anyone in thecommunity through the BoM website.
“Earlier this year Council was successful in gaining $110,000 of funding from the StateGovernment for a $120,000 Automatic Weather Station at Bowen Aerodrome.
“Council is providing $10,000 in kind support for the AWS including site works and projectmanaging the installation of the equipment.
“Council is very thankful for the State Government funding for this project which will providesignificantly better and faster data than is currently available for the community and theWhitsunday Disaster Management Group which will assist in the preparation, recovery andcommunity resilience in future flood events,” she said.
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