Everywhere you go: 100 years of weather forecasting

Happy 100th BOM!

  • Fast-forward 70 years to 2008 and many of the concepts remains the same with weather balloons continuing to be reliable measures of wind fluctuations and atmospheric pressure — albeit with GPS tracking being more popular than theodolites. (Photo credit: Fiona Phillipps)

  • This station on Willis Island, 450km east of Cairns, is an automatic remote weather balloon launcher that inflates and deploys the units without human intervention. (Photo credit: Roger Meagher)

  • In 1938, a key method of gauging the climate was through primitive weather balloons that collected data as they floated through the sky. Tracking was done with the instrument seen to the right of the balloon, a "theodolite". (Photo credit: Bureau of Meteorology)

  • The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) recently celebrated its 100th birthday: a century predicting the weather.

  • Today with the help of advanced workstations, the difficulty of gathering radar data is largely mental, with powerful desktops capable of displaying the most demanding of weather maps and data. (Photo credit: Mike Rosel)

  • Over that time the tools of the trade have progressed from simple measuring devices to complex pieces of technology, such as the 227 radar monitoring station at Laverton, Victoria in the 1950s. (Photo credit: Bureau of Meteorology)

  • As new technology is developed, such as this Doppler radar at Buckland Park in South Australia, much of it becomes integrated into the vital regional weather prediction service that is BOM. Happy 100th birthday!

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