Weather Observing Program

The real-time observations from the automatic instruments at Truganina Weather are routinely provided to numerous third parties. We also take two manual observations each day, one in the morning and one in the evening, using both the automatic and manual instruments. We are a registered Storm Spotter for the ABOM and report incidents of severe weather caused by thunderstorms.

All significant disruptions to the normal observing program, not including problems experienced by third parties, are recorded in our PWS Operations Log.

Real-Time Observations

The real-time observations from the automatic instruments are submitted about every 5 minutes to Twitter and these national and international weather exchange networks:

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Manual Observations

weather observer reading the screen instrumentsThe morning observation is nominally taken at 9.00am to coincide with the end of the meteorological day in Australia and involves manually recording:

The evening observation is nominally taken at 6.00pm and involves manually recording:

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Storm Spotter Reports

Bureau of Meteorology Storm Spotter logoAn important component of the Severe Thunderstorm Warning Service provided by the ABOM is a national network of registered volunteer Storm Spotters who provide "on-the-spot" reports of severe weather caused by thunderstorms.

Storm Spotter reports are submitted if any of the following are observed:

Established in 1989, the Storm Spotter Network is based on similar networks implemented in Canada and the United States of America and accounts for a large proportion of severe weather reports received by the ABOM. The timely information helps forecasters to prepare and update severe weather warnings and also impacts on Australian research into severe thunderstorms by providing a better picture of the frequency and distribution of violent storms.

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