WEATHER WITH YOU: A workshop in Gayndah will help better explain the tools available through the BOM website and how weather is forecast.
WEATHER WITH YOU: A workshop in Gayndah will help better explain the tools available through the BOM website and how weather is forecast. Monique Preston

Weather wherever with BOM workshop

QUEENSLAND Farmers' Federation project manager Ross Henry concedes finding the right information on the Bureau of Meteorology website can be difficult for farmers and service providers.

This is why the federation has teamed up with the bureau, AgForce Queensland and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to bring a climate and weather workshop to Gayndah on Wednesday, February 13, which will delve deeper into the process of weather forecasting and have hands-on demonstrations of the models and tools available on the bureau's website.

Mr Henry said there is a wealth of information available from the BOM, it is just a matter of "navigating the website and interpreting the information.”

For instance, Mr Henry asks, have you heard of MetEye, the bureau's forecasting tool?

"It's widely unknown,” he said, "but it's really detailed and reasonably specific.”

"Farmers might be 20-50kms outside of town, but they just use the town's forecast,” Mr Henry said.

With MetEye, however, you can narrow in on a much smaller location, forecast out to seven days.

Bureau meteorologists and senior forecasters Rick Threlfal and Michelle Berry, "fantastic communicators” says Mr Henry, will address the workshop to share their knowledge of the forecasting process and enable users of the bureau's website to gain greater understanding of how to harness the tools at their disposal.

Another guests speaker will be the department's senior extension officer Damien O'Sullivan, who will explain how to understand long-term climate forecasts, what drives the Queensland climate, and what to expect for the season ahead.

RSVPs for the free workshop, held at the Grand Hotel Gayndah from 8.30am-1.30pm, close on Friday, February 8.

Lunch will be provided.

Head online to bit.ly/BOMWorkshop to secure your spot.

The workshops will also be held at Rockhampton and Taroom.


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