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Work underway for Rainbow Radar

Article Category  Current News
Date Published  Friday, June 28 2019
Photo  Dimboola Courier

Work underway for Rainbow Radar
Preliminary site works have started for the Wimmera’s weather radar to be located near Rainbow, and there will be a public information session in Rainbow next week about the project.

The new radar – which has been built in Germany – will deliver real-time weather information, including short-term rainfall forecasts, to residents of the Wimmera Mallee who are currently in a ‘blackspot’ between the Mildura and Mount Gambier radar sites.

Dr Andrew Tupper, Bureau of Meteorology State Manager, said that this is an important project for the region’s primary producers who depend so much on accurate rainfall forecasts.

“The data available through the radar will help growers make informed choices about harvesting, tillage and the use of chemicals and fertilisers.

“It will also provide critical information for emergency services.

“This project has been the result of great cooperation between the local community, Wimmera Development Association, Agriculture Victoria and the Bureau of Meteorology.”

Preliminary site works are underway ahead of the arrival of the radar unit from Germany. The project is due for completion in April next year.

Open Information Session in Rainbow next Thursday

A public information session will be held at the Rainbow Bowling Club in Park Street from 1.30pm to 3.30pm next Thursday, 4th July.

The Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes will be at the forum which will include presentations from Dr Andrew Tupper from BoM and Agriculture Victoria Seasonal Risk Agronomist Dale Grey.

Dr Tupper will provide insight into the capabilities of the new radar and how the data it collects is used by Bureau of Meteorology forecasters.

Dale Grey will follow Dr Tupper’s presentation with an update on what the climate models are predicting for the rest of winter and spring.

He will also provide information on how to interpret climate models and weather data and how this information is best used when making decisions on-farm.

All community members are invited to this forum which will include plenty of opportunity to ask questions about the new radar and what we can expect for the remainder of the growing season this year.

Afternoon tea will be provided. To assist with catering please RSVP to Justine Severin, 0436 674 804 or justine.severin@ecodev.vic.gov.au.


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