NT - Information: Darwin (Berrimah) radar upgrade

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    Closed advisory
    Start 12/07/2022
    AEST 10:05
    End 25/08/2022
    AEST 11:05

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    To advise members of an upgrade to the Darwin (Berrimah) radar.

    The issue

    • From Thursday 21 July  2022, subject to any unforeseen delays, upgrades to the Darwin (Berrimah) radar will commence.
    • The radar will be offline for approximately 8 weeks for the upgrade; however the Bureau's warning services and forecasts will continue to be provided through an extensive observation network that includes other weather radars, satellites, automatic weather stations and flood warning networks.
    • During this time, the Darwin Airport Weather radar will provide images and observations. Katherine weather radar will also be available.

    Proposal

    The Berrimah weather radar, the main radar for Darwin, is set to undergo a significant upgrade to provide the local community and industry with more reliable and up-to-date weather information. To make the changes, the radar will be offline for up to 8 weeks.

    During this time, the Darwin Airport weather radar will provide images and observations to the community. Katherine weather radar will also be available.

    From Thursday 21 July 2022, subject to any unforeseen delays, the Bureau of Meteorology will commence installation of a new digital receiver and control system for the Berrimah weather radar.

    The upgraded radar system will improve the tracking of winds, quality of rainfall images and predictions for severe storms.

    Warnings and forecasts will not be impacted and will continue to be published on the Bureau's website bom.gov.au and on the BOM Weather app. The Bureau's forecasts and warnings are informed by observations from a range of assets including other available radars, satellites, upper atmosphere monitoring and automatic weather stations.

    During the outage period, those seeking situational awareness of weather can use a range of alternative sources.

    • warnings and forecasts – on the Bureau's website (bom.gov.au) and the BOM Weather app
    • temperature, rain and wind graphics – via MetEye on the Bureau's website
    • satellite images that show cloud cover and lightning strikes - from the Himawari satellite on the Bureau's website

    This radar upgrade is part of the Bureau's ongoing work to enhance and improve the Australian radar and observation network.

    The Darwin (Berrimah) and Darwin Airport radars are part of a comprehensive weather observation network of more than 11,000 assets including satellites, upper atmosphere monitoring, automatic weather stations, ocean buoys and flood warning networks.

    Submitted by

    Cathy  Kingston
    Bureau of Meteorology
    cathy.kingston@bom.gov.au

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