Improvements in the Bureau of Meteorology’s automated observation systems are delivering more frequent observations to rural and regional Australians. Many observations which were taken daily or once every three hours are now taken continuously, and the number of forecasts and other products will continue to increase once the Bureau’s new supercomputer comes online in mid-2016, enhancing data analysis capabilities.
Due to advances in automated observations and improving technology, the Bureau undertook an internal review of its observations network and field offices around the country. Through this review, the Bureau identified duplication between manual and automated observations in several locations, as well as several types of observations which have few or no users. As part of improving its practices, the Bureau has ceased manual recording of observations which are also taken by automated system from April 28th 2016.