WA - Information: Upgraded Halls Creek Weather Radar is live

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    Start 12/08/2022
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    Bureau of Meteorology

    The Bureau of Meteorology (the Bureau) is committed to providing an outstanding service to the Australian community. As part of this commitment, the Bureau is pleased to advise that images from the newly upgraded Halls Creek weather radar in Western Australia are now live on the Bureau of Meteorology's website and BOM Weather app. 

    The issue

    • Images from the upgraded Halls Creek weather radar are now live on the Bureau of Meteorology's website (http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR393.loop.shtml#skip) and the BOM Weather app.
    • The upgraded weather radar gives improved coverage for the Ord River catchment, the Sandy Desert-Mackay Basin and the upper catchment of the Fitzroy River, and benefits communities in Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing and remote communities through the central Kimberley. 

    Proposal

    The community, emergency services and local industry, including aviation and resources, will benefit from more reliable and up-to-date weather information, clearer images and improved radar stability provided by the new digital receiver and control system.  

    The upgraded weather radar gives improved coverage for the Ord River catchment, the Sandy Desert-Mackay Basin and the upper catchment of the Fitzroy River, and benefits communities in Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing and remote communities through the central Kimberley. 

    The benefits of the upgraded radar include: 

    new capabilities that track of the location and strength of wind changes using Doppler technology 

    • improved rain image quality 
    • improved severe storm prediction by detecting weather systems such as tornadoes and intense rain during storms that can cause damage 
    • enhanced information for emergency services with better fire plume height estimation and detection of fire-generated thunderstorms  
    • increased accuracy and reliability of the radar.  

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

    The Halls Creek radar is one 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. 

    As a key stakeholder of the Bureau of Meteorology, we appreciate any support you can give to advise your colleagues or networks about this new radar.

     

    Submitted by

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