WEATHER WATCH: Foggy Friday at the Richmond River footbridge at Casino and, below, early morning in the Casino hinterland.
WEATHER WATCH: Foggy Friday at the Richmond River footbridge at Casino and, below, early morning in the Casino hinterland. Dee Hartin

Station forecast fine

THE BUREAU of Meteorology weather station at Lismore Airport was restored yesterday after being out of order for more than three weeks.

It meant some radio and TV stations were unable provide maximum temperatures for Lismore for the past 23 days.

Bureau of Meteorology acting NSW regional director Stephen Lellyett said the Automatic Weather Station (AWS) outage at Lismore Airport started on May 7, but was restored late yesterday.

He said the outage was caused by a fault in the power-supply cable feeding the AWS. Because of the outage no weather data was collected at Lismore Airport from May 7.

Delays in the tendering process to engage a contractor to replace the cable caused the AWS to be out of action for longer than expected.

"An external contractor was engaged to replace 200 metres of underground electrical cabling, which restored power to the AWS," Mr Lellyett said.

During the 23-day outage, Mr Lellyett said weather observations for Lismore continued at a manual station located at Richmond Hill.

"The bureau operates a comprehensive network of observations to support weather forecasts and warnings over the entire Northern Rivers area," he said.

"These include Grafton Radar, Casino AWS, Ballina Airport AWS, Cape Byron AWS, Murwillumbah manual station, Evans Head AWS, Yamba AWS and manual and AWS stations at Grafton."

Mr Lellyett said the Lismore Airport AWS, installed in 2010, was three years old and would continue in service for many years to come.

Local radio stations, TV stations and the bureau received complaints about the radar being offline for more than three weeks.

Weather information from the Lismore Airport AWS is available online at the Bureau of Meteorology.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/IDCJDW2074.latest.shtml



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