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Tennant's beloved weather radar repaired

Caddie Brain, Wednesday November 27, 2013 - 13:20 EDT
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The Tennant Creek weather radar has been offline over the last week. - ABC

After weeks of patchy service, the Tennant Creek weather radar is back and beaming across the Barkly.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the motor which allows the radar to rotate had broken, and parts needed to be flown in from interstate.

But local resident Mike Nash, who fought to save the radar last year, says the necessary repairs were carried out yesterday.

"We've had a couple of problems with it, particularly power failures," he said.

"Just the other day I went out there and fixed up the generator that was letting the side down.

"But the Bureau boys have been there working feverishly on the motor.

"There's no permanent issues [which is] good for the station people, they look at it every day you know?

"If it's not working they wonder what the hell to do!"

While the repair team was on site, the Bureau of Meteorology also took the opportunity to perform a routine calibration of the radar.


- ABC

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