Weather forecasts will soon become easier to understand with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) changing the way it gives information to consumers. In a bid to make weather announcements simpler and clearer, the BOM has announced that it has revolutionised its system.
With rainfall for each day predicted in percentages and millimetres, consumers will now get a stronger idea about whether they should pack their brollies before leaving the house. Terms such as ‘chance of rain’, ‘rain at times’ and ‘isolated showers’ could be replaced by the simpler terms – ‘slight’, ‘medium’, ‘high’ or ‘very high’ to mark the likelihood of rainfall.
National public weather manager Vernon Carr said of the old system, “We did some research with people and we found that some of the terms we used weren’t specific enough. Now we’re changing to what we hope will be a more meaningful presentation.”
The BOM was able to adopt this new change thanks to its new Meteye autographic information system. Whereas some weather forecast websites and smartphone apps already offer rainfall information using the percentage and millimetre system, the modernising of the BOM’s technology makes it better-suited to meet consumers’ needs.
The new rain forecasts were implemented in Tasmania and Western Australia on Monday 6 October, with Victoria, NSW, the ACT and Queensland switching to the new format on Tuesday 7 October, and the Northern Territory on Wednesday and South Australia on tomorrow 9 October.
Read more at the Courier Mail.
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