ESRL Global Systems Division

ESRL's Graphical Forecast Editor Extended to New South Wales, Australia

Thanks to collaboration with ESRL's Global Systems Division (GSD), Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) announced in a press release on September 1 that it has improved forecast services for its most populous state, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory, which it surrounds. For many locations, this means an upgrade from a 1-day forecast to a 7-day forecast and a better warning system.

Staff from GSD have worked with the BoM since 2006 to adapt the Graphical Forecast Editor (GFE) for use in Australia. Supported by the NOAA-BoM agreement, the GFE, used operationally by NWS forecasters to prepare and maintain a database of forecast weather element grids, was implemented by BoM in Victoria State in October 2008. This initial work proved so successful and was received so well by end users that BoM decided to continue the work to roll the technology out to the rest of the country.

GSD's recent work has focused on helping BoM customize the "local effects" and text generation functions in the GFE. The ongoing relationship with BoM has allowed the GSD team to continue making improvements to GFE during this otherwise rather static period as NWS concentrates efforts on developing its new forecast-support system, AWIPS II.

View the new clickable interface for New South Wales local forecasts at http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/map7day.shtml.

Contact information
Name: Joe Wakefield
Tel: 303-497-6053
Joseph.S.Wakefield@noaa.gov