MetEye app catches eye of landholders
A recent presentation by the Bureau of Meteorology’s Senior Climatologist Darren Ray saw 30 KI landholders and science students from KICE Parndana Campus learn about the predictions for good rain during May and how the MetEye tool can be used to provide a range of weather predictions at the user’s fingertip.
Agriculture KI Chairperson, Carly Bussenschutt said that the presentations included a review of last year’s season and predictions for this growing season.
“The presentation was definitely worthwhile and I didn’t realise how much information was available on the BOM website,” Ms Bussenschutt said.
“One of the weather communication tools demonstrated was the BOM’s MetEye, which I will use for more local accurate data monitoring to help manage my farming systems.”
The MetEye tool has a smart phone App, which can be downloaded from the BOM website http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/.
The app is an online mapping tool used to visualise weather data including temperature, winds, wave height and rain predictions on three hourly intervals.
Mrs Bussenschutt said the weather presentation highlighted changes in local weather for the upcoming winter.
“Using the app, we could see that this winter is likely to be warmer than average with some good rains.
“International models are indicating that El Nino will be weakening to neutral conditions.”
This event was supported by the Kangaroo Island Resources Management Board with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
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