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Better weather forecasts for boaties

4 November 2011

Weather map

More weather forecasts and more detail are now available for mariners following the implementation of a new forecast and warning system by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

Forecasts are now available for double the number of coastal zones in the waters off SA offering:
• smaller coastal zones resulting in more detailed wind forecasts
• seas and swell for the entire forecast period
• weather description included when relevant.

The Adelaide Metropolitan Waters, Goolwa and adjoining lakes graphical forecast service has been revamped to include:
• 3 hourly graphics of winds and combined sea and swell
• graphics extend to 72 hours ahead
• can be animated
• simple tables of data will be available next autumn.

The improvements for South Australia follow the implementation of the Next Generation Forecast and Warning System on October 26, which has also been introduced in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

The new system allows meteorologists to create more detailed forecasts for more locations, including:
• 7-day forecasts for 28 locations
• 14 individual district forecasts.
• coastal wind warnings will included in the written coastal waters forecasts and issued up to two days in advance of strong wind, gale or storm force winds.

A ‘Warning Summary’ product is now available on the Warnings List on the BOM website.

During autumn 2012 BOM expects to further enhance services by releasing a map viewing system for more weather elements and including a point and click feature. This feature will mean you can generate a 7-day forecast, or a 4 day marine forecast for any location on the map.