A new national centre will be set up to deal with extreme weather forecasting.
A new national centre will be set up to deal with extreme weather forecasting.

Bureau review places it at cutting edge of weather extremes

A NEW national centre for extreme weather, an increase in the number of frontline forecasters, new forecasting systems and the delivery of infrastructure upgrades will form part of an Australian Government response to a review of extreme weather forecasting.

In July 2011 the government commissioned an independent review of the capacity of the Bureau of Meteorology to respond to future extreme weather and natural-disaster events and provide accurate and timely seasonal forecasting services.

The review was carried out by Chloe Munro and examined the Bureau of Meteorology's capacity to respond to future extreme weather and natural-disaster events and provide seasonal forecasting services.

It proposed a suite of priority actions to address risks requiring attention and additional options for further consideration by the bureau and thegovernment.

In response, the government announced measures to improve the bureau's capacity to respond to future extreme weather and natural-disaster events, such as floods, fires, storms and tropical cyclones, particularly when these events occur simultaneously and in multiple locations.



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