Rockhampton's weather station will be automated
The Bureau of Meteorology's Rockhampton Field Station will be the latest to be equipped with new technology that will automatically fill and release weather balloons.
BOM expects to automate observation and data collection at 24 field stations – opting to establish eight larger operating hubs in capital cities and Cairns.
The Weather Bureau said the technology will provide more accurate data and observations under a plan to automate regional operations.
The Rockhampton field station is expected to close its doors by December, and permanent staff will be relocated to a larger hub in Cairns.
BOM's Peter Stone said the technology will make forecasts more accurate and staff will be dispatched quickly if there's a problem with automation.
I wouldn't expect that grass to remain green for very long. Even after the couple hundred milimetres here, there are still patches where the grass hasn't grown back because of how dry it had been leading up to it. And since it appears our regions are immune to broader-scale pattern changes that are clearly affecting southern QLD and the rest of eastern Australia, you'd probably expect more of the same around here until next Feb-Mar rolls around.
That long high pressure could just be a fluke not to be repeated, but it seems to be back in the current forecasts, so maybe it is a pattern change. And even better there are hints of a decent system approaching the central coast, so even an interruption to that first pattern of troughs peaking over NSW.
gone. Never fall into the trap of trusting these incredibly inaccurate computer models anything more than a few days out let alone a week for this region. The only thing they get right for this region is when it's DRY, but when it's wet, it almost never comes off. I'm sure others up here can back me up on this that rain events often just get shifted south, north, east or west when events gets closer. How many times have we seen people post rainfall charts 9 days away of a major rain event over CQ only for it to be either gone completely or shifted down to the Gold Coast or out to sea? Happens endlessly.
The season is over, we had one decent month, and now it's back praying for more rain for the next 9 months while SEQ and NSW continues to be hammered by upper troughs and ECLs.
Well GEM is going for 300mm for Rockhampton in the next week..
For sure, still very sceptical of losing this to the ocean though.
Just dropping in to say that the potential for rain in coastal areas of WBB and CQ region over the next week is probably the best chance in a long time - albeit I appreciate still significant uncertainty on whether low pressure trough will stay off shore or get closer to the coast.
Either way enough interest - so started an event thread for it here: https://www.ski.com.au/xf/threads/e...possible-heavy-rainfall-2-9-april-2021.89332/
Looks like its going to skip CQ/WBB like all the rest do.
It was always going to go south, that’s what systems do, miss Rocky completely and go south. With the very rare exception it’s just always the same scenario.Does not look like this upcoming rain event is going to do much for the CQ region hope I am wrong. It looks to be more WBB orientated.