THE Bureau of Meteorology is predicting major changes to the way they deliver their forecasts and warnings following increasing demands for a better service.
The Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, held on the Gold Coast on Tuesday, heard the Bureau was looking at launching a raft of new measures to become more ‘agile’.
Proposed changes included a new Hazards, Warnings and Forecasting Division and a mobile weather app to allow people to access the latest information on their smartphones and tablets.
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Assistant Director for water forecasting, Dr Dasarath Jayasuriya said with natural disasters on the rise and technology advancing, the public was demanding more frequent and detailed weather warnings and information.
The Bureau of Meterology faced fierce criticism after failing to predict the deadly 2011 Lockyer Valley floods and for issuing delayed, three-hourly forecasts and updates for Cyclone Dylan in February.
As a result, warnings were issued more frequently at one hour intervals during Cyclone Ita in April.