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Release of review of the Bureau of Meteorology's Automatic Weather Stations

Published: Thursday, 7 September 2017

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The Bureau of Meteorology’s review into Automatic Weather Stations has been completed. It was conducted with the assistance of three independent external experts.

The review was commissioned after equipment at two locations, Thredbo and Goulburn, failed to record the temperature when it dropped below -10.4 degrees Celsius in July 2017.

The review found that hardware was unsuitable at very low temperatures. It also found that Thredbo and Goulburn were the only locations affected.

When the Bureau detected the unsuitable hardware, it was replaced as a matter of urgency and the situation was rectified.

The Bureau will be implementing all of the review's nine recommendations to strengthen its observation network and data collection processes.

This includes taking a highly precautionary approach and ensuring any location that has recorded below -5 degrees Celsius in the past has equipment capable of recording down to -25 degrees Celsius.

Importantly, the review has confirmed that the data used to measure Australia’s climate record was not compromised in any way and that the network and quality of the data it collects is sound.

There are 695 automatic weather stations in the Bureau’s network, collecting approximately 2.5 million temperature measurements each day.

The Australian people have been well served by the Bureau and can continue to rely on the excellent services it provides.

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