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BoM MetEye system live nation-wide earlier than anticipated

by Cameron Gooley •
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The MetEye component of the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) Next Generation Forecast and Warning System (NextGen) is now live after the Northern Territory’s roll-out was completed in late November 2014.

MetEye enables access to map-based representations of seven day weather forecasts for every seven square kilometre patch of Australia. Within the one system viewer, users can access comprehensive, consistent and accurate forecasts covering everything from humidity and temperature, to rainfall and wind speed.

"With the addition of forecast information for the Northern Territory this milestone project has been completed, providing a consistent level of service for all Australians," said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment.

Emergency service agencies can download geospatially-referenced forecast information to input into their GIS-based support systems.

MetEye was funded through the Bureau’s $30.5 million NextGen five-year plan launched 2010.

CEO and Director of Meteorology, Rob Vertessy, told Intermedium in August that the Bureau is looking to build upon its successes with an ICT transformation that will establish the key meteorological infrastructure for the future, allowing the agency to expand into the use of BI platforms, for example.

He also said that the NextGen system has allowed the agency’s 400 weather forecasters to “concentrate on the high end intellectual reasoning work that reduces modelling bias that exists in the various numerical weather prediction models the Bureau uses”.

“Due to the improvements we have already made in modelling, today’s seven day forecast is as good as our three day forecast was just a decade ago,” Vertessy stated.

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