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Olivia Garnett, Wednesday June 26, 2013 - 15:26 EST
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MetEye is expected to be able to better predict weather in Western Australia - ABC

A new interactive weather website has been unveiled by the Bureau of Meteorology which allows users to get a seven-day forecast anywhere in Western Australia.

MetEye was developed as part of the Next Generation Forecast and Warning System, a $30 million upgrade of weather services through the Bureau of Meteorology funded by the Australian Government.

The new resource brings together the most popular elements of the Bureau's website into one platform, displaying forecasts, satellite and radar imagery to enable users to combine layers of weather information such as temperature, rainfall, cloud cover and wind speed.

The Bureau's manager of media and community relations Neil Bennett says it's a massive improvement to the 63 forecast locations previously available.

"Now people are able to get the forecast for the area they want and not where we say they can get a forecast for."

"You're going to be able to click into a level of six kilometres across the whole of the state, providing information on things such as temperatures, winds, rainfall, both the amount and the probability, humidity, even things like fogs and frost as well, we're providing forecasts for that right down to that very very fine level."

MetEye doesn't just cover the land based areas, it also extends 60 nautical miles off the coast.

"That'll include information about the swells and the seas as well," Mr Bennett said.

For farmers using it on a day-to-day basis, each day is broken up by three hourly time steps.

"That will be served up either as a graphic, you can see the wind arrows moving around, or you can bring it up as a table and it will say at 3pm, 6pm, 9pm, 3am, 9am what the wind speed and direction will be at that particular point."

For more information go to www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye.


- ABC

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