This post is really for my Australian viewers, or for those with an interest in the weather in Australia. With all the rain, floods & cyclones recently, it’s good to have a place to go to see what might be coming up in a particular area, or in the country generally.
I’m not sure exactly how long these interactive weather and wave forecast maps have been available, but since I only found out about them recently from my daughter, I figured there are probably lots of others who don’t know either.
First of all, head for the Bureau of Metorology website http://www.bom.gov.au and look for the map under the page header, sort of top centre middle of the page and click on the map.
This will open a page with several headings in the middle panel, you want the one labelled “Weather Maps” and the third item under that heading is “Interactive Weather and Wave Forecasts“. Click on that link to open up the maps page.
Here there are lots of choices of what to show, the area, timezone and period, which can be 2, 3 or 7 days. With some “show” choices such as temperature and windspeed, you’ll also be able to select the level.
Once you’ve made your selections, click on the ‘Generate” button and go down to the grey bar to animate. You can press the regular play arrow to give you an automatic time-lapse forecast, or click the + or – play arrows to step through the time zones one at a time.
The map to the left is a Surface Pressure and Rainfall map, while the one below is a Wind Waves map.