Weather station data now online

The new weather station at William Creek is up and running and the data is now online thanks to a joint initiative by the SA Arid Lands NRM Board and the Outback Communities Authority (OCA).

The Marla/Oodnadatta Natural Resources Management Group had lobbied for the weather station to fill a gap in weather data and forecasting in the region, with the closest weather stations in Oodnadatta, Coober Pedy and Marla – all more than several hundreds of kilometres away.

SA Arid Lands NRM Board Presiding Member Janet Brook said purchasing the $14,000 weather station is part of the Board’s commitment to climate change initiatives in the region.

While the SA Arid Lands NRM Board purchased the weather station through funding from the National Landcare Program, OCA has made a commitment to take over its long-term management.

Cecilia Woolford, Chair of the Outback Communities Authority, said the project fills a significant gap in the network of weather forecasting information and data available in the Far North area, and will provide more certainty to those people who live, work and visit the region.

“We are proudly working to implement the strategies and recommendations contained with the Far North Climate Change Adaptation Plan and the OCA is delighted to be a collaborative partner in this legacy project with the Marla/Oodnadatta Natural Resources Management group and SA Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board,” Ms Woolford said.

How do I access the weather reports?

To access the weather data visit the NRM Weather Network.