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Cyclone-prone community gets weather radar

Matt Brann, Monday April 22, 2013 - 10:54 EST
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The remote community of Warruwi has its own weather radar - ABC

The Bureau of Meteorology has installed a weather radar in the remote community of Warruwi on South Goulburn Island in the Northern Territory.

Situated off the coast of Arnhem Land, the Goulburn Islands are a real hot spot for cyclones, and were severely damaged by Cyclone Monica in 2006.

However, the region has been a black-spot in terms of coverage and monitoring for the weather bureau - until now.

Warruwi Elder, Bunug Galaminda, says the official opening has been a day of celebration for the community.

"The school kids are dancing, there's plenty of clap-sticks and didgeridoo... we're celebrating and very grateful that the weather people have chosen Warruwi to set up this radar," he said.

"With the radar set up now, I think we'll have quicker and more accurate information on cyclones every year now."

Angeline Pressard from the Bureau of Meteorology says the radar is a state-of-the-art tool, which will help the bureau during all sorts of weather events.

"Not only for the community of Warruwi, it's great for the entire north coast of the Northern Territory," she said.

"It's a great tool for the bureau and its forecasters (because) it gives us better monitoring capability to provide better forecasts for the people of the Top End."


© ABC 2013

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