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The Bowen Automatic Weather Station was officially opened by Whitsunday Regional CouncilMayor Jenny Whitney at 4pm today.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the new Automatic Weather Station is already reporting constantweather data to the BoM who are providing it to the public via their website.
“The weather data is recorded in real time by the new AWS and sent to the BoM, who provide 30 minute updates via their website.
“The information from the weather station is easily accessible by anyone in the community through the BoM website,
Mayor Jenny said that this was an exciting day for all who have worked on this project and all who will benefit from this project.
“This is a fantastic facility and one that enables the instant tracking and automatically updatedweather data including wind speed and direction, temperatures, humidity and rainfall amounts for the Bowen region,
“The benefits of this station are far reaching, especially as they apply during extreme weatherevents such as the localised flash flooding we experienced here during Cyclone Ita in 2014,
“Automated and real time updates of rainfall can assist our disaster management teams inapplying the best planning and preparation for such weather events.
“None of this would have been possible without the $110,000 State Government’s disastermitigation and resilience funding and we are very thankful to the State Government for approving that.” Mayor Whitney said.
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