Weather stations

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia’s (DAFWA) recently expanded network of automatic weather stations throughout the State provide timely, relevant and local weather data to assist growers and regional communities make more informed decisions. Stations provide near real-time data to our website. This data includes air temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind speed and direction, with most stations also measuring incoming solar radiation to calculate evaporation.

Improving our observations

The weather stations report to DAFWA’s website every 10 minutes and provide near real time data. Local weather, such as rainfall or frost, can vary widely over short distances. These new weather stations are sited to fill gaps between existing stations to provide good geographical coverage. The weather station data is sent to the Bureau of Meteorology weather services and website as part of national climate data sharing arrangements.

Industry uses this data for time critical agribusiness decision-making. These can range from scheduling irrigation of vegetable crops, through to choosing the right conditions for spraying operations in broad scale crops.  The data will also link into tools such as the crop yield estimator Yield Prophet® to provide more robust risk management tools for growers.

How it works?

To access the latest climate data and weather information for a particular location, simply click a pin on the map or select a station name from the ‘weather stations’ menu.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 21 January 2014 - 3:56pm