Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Australian Weather Bureau page tools

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology, which just about everyone calls "the Weather Bureau", has some very useful pages that are worth going into any Aussie's bookmarks.

For example, you can check the animated loop page http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDE00902.loop.shtml any time for a satellite's view of the continent. Today is a good time to check it out as you can see Tropical Cyclone Hamish just off the coast of Queensland and moving south-east. It's a pretty dramatic scene, as the above static screenshot shows.

http://www.bom.gov.au/watl/ has lots of choices, such as forecasts of wind and frost, and weather warnings (on that page, you can Click More Links for more), while http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/watl/rainfall/pme.jsp, brought to my attention by Colin T from north Queensland, is a nifty computer-modelled rainfall forecast map.

As a shortcut, you can put this page http://wilsonsalmanac.blogspot.com/2009/03/australian-weather-bureau-page-tools.html in your Favorites and have the lot at your fingertips any time you like.

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