Red meat producers will have access to more specific weather and climate information to help them make critical business decisions thanks to the latest release from the MLA-backed Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) Warned products are warned (FWFA), launched on June 24, 2022.
The new features address the growing need for information on non-seasonal and extreme weather and climate events to build climate resilience and support more informed decision-making.
Users will be able to explore their location to see the chances of extreme, non-seasonal precipitation and temperature in the coming weeks, months, or seasons.
BOM Director for Agriculture David McIver said the tools were informed by the daily needs of red meat producers and were developed in consultation with the agricultural industry.
“The tools will help a rancher decide when to schedule their roundup for the safety of their livestock and staff, or a grain producer can choose a window to harvest with confidence that they won’t be swept away,” he said. he declares.
“We worked with the industry to understand their needs and develop tools that improve their decision-making ability and reduce their risk.”
The new tools offer:
- Precipitation and temperature forecasts for weekly, monthly and seasonal periods at specific locations
- the probability of precipitation over a week, month or season exceeding any amount
- Three-day rainfall outlook at significant measures of 15, 25, 50 and 75mm.
To support the publication, a live information session is planned which will explore new FWFA forecast products and provide a Q&A opportunity.
Webinar: Looking Ahead and New Features on the Office Website
The webinar will explore the three new tools developed and recently released by BOM. The new features address the growing need for information on non-seasonal and extreme weather and climate events to build climate resilience and support more informed decision-making.
Key webinar details:
- Thursday July 14 1pm AEST
- BOM’s Dr Andrew Watkins (Long Range Forecasting Manager) and Dr Avijeet Ramchurn (Senior Climatologist) will join Dale Gray (Seasonal Hazard Agronomist, Agriculture Victoria) to present and answer questions about the outlook and new features from Forewarned is Forarmed.
- Register for the webinar here: https://unimelb.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0D16cJWITMSPgfkmnntBsw
The new tools are the latest installment of the five-year (2017-2022) Forewarned is Forarmed project, supported by funding from the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, as part of its For-profit rural R&D program in partnership with rural research and development corporations, state departments and universities. The project is managed by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).
The tools can be viewed on the Office website.