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Whitsunday Regional Council and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) have completed theinstallation of the new $120,000 Bowen Automatic Weather Station (AWS) at the BowenAerodrome.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the new Automatic Weather Station is now reporting continuousweather data to the BoM who are providing it to the public via their website.
“The weather station is now providing the Bowen community and the Whitsunday DisasterManagement Group with frequent, automatically updated, weather data including wind speed and direction, temperatures, humidity and rainfall amounts near the Bowen township,” she said.
“This will assist in providing real time weather information to assist in preparation, recovery andcommunity resilience during future flood and severe weather events,” she said.
“The weather data is recorded in real time by the new AWS and sent to the BoM, who will provide 30 minute updates via their website.
“The information from the new weather station will be easily accessible by anyone in thecommunity through the BoM website.
“The Bowen AWS was made possible through Council successfully gaining $110,000 of fundingfrom the State Government last year for a $120,000 Automatic Weather Station at BowenAerodrome.
“Council provided $10,000 in kind support for the AWS including site works and projectmanagement of the installation.
“Council is very thankful to the State Government for funding this project which is now providingsignificantly better and faster data than was available to the community and the WhitsundayDisaster Management Group.”
To view official data, visit http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ60801/IDQ60801.94383.shtml
An official opening of the Bowen Automatic Weather Station will be held in the near future.