Weather Data Sources
Where does our weather information come from?
Weather content provided by Weatherzone is based on content sourced from the following organisations.
- Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)
- Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
- World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)
- European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
- US National Weather Service (NWS)
- Metservice (NZ)
- Department of Natural Resources
- Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)
- Global Positioning and Tracking Systems (GPATS)
- The Royal Navy
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- Manly Hydraulics Laboratory
- UV data supplied by KNMI/ESA
Weatherzone takes weather information from a variety of sources and provides custom weather packages for websites and television broadcasters. Much of the weather information used by Weatherzone originates from the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology.
Bureau of Meteorology information is typically combined with other content and information generated by Weatherzone meteorologists to form a complete package for the client.
Weatherzone also runs the WRF model in-house to produce a completely independent and highly accurate set of forecasts. Many clients require the higher accuracy and resolution provided by Weatherzone in-house meteorological department.
Content is delivered by XML web services, hosted websites and extranets, TV graphics systems, mobile sites, RSS feeds and other custom delivery mechanisms.
Attribution for all the different types of content used by clients of Weatherzone is detailed below.
Observations, current conditions and climatological information
These data are sourced originally from the Bureau of Meteorology, Metservice NZ, the World Meteorological Organisation and the US National Weather Service. In some cases, Weatherzone applies formulae to the data in order to create additional fields for specific purposes. Examples of these are “wind chill”, “heat stress”, “growing degree days” and so on.
Weather observations are provided to clients with limited quality control.
Australian weather forecasts supplied by Weatherzone are sourced from Bureau of Meteorology forecasts or created by in-house models. Additional forecasts are provided by overseas providers including Metservice NZ, Customweather and the WMO.
The Bureau of Meteorology also provides marine forecasts, weather warnings and aviation forecasts.
Increasingly, Weatherzone is replacing Bureau of Meteorology forecasts with independent forecasts produced by in-house modelling and meteorologists.
These forecasts are produced by Weatherzone meteorologists using raw information provided by international weather agencies.
These forecasts are produced using a combination of techniques, some in the public domain and others developed by Weatherzone. The result is a suite of long range forecasts that are considered to be the most accurate available for the Australian region.
River heights and dam levels
These readings are provided variously by the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology, Department of Natural Resources in New South Wales, Sydney Catchment Authority, Melbourne Water and other local water agencies.
Air quality readings and forecasts and beach quality reports
This information for Melbourne and Sydney are provided by the respective Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in each state.
All satellite imagery originates from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). Weatherzone receives this information via the Bureau of Meteorology where it is passed onto Weatherzone.
Weatherzone produces custom weather satellite images for clients.
Weather radar data
All weather radar images provided by Weatherzone originate from the Bureau of Meteorology’s radar network. Raw radar data is delivered to Weatherzone where custom software generates images for web and TV clients.
Real-time lightning strike data is provided by GPATS. GPATS retain the rights to this data. Weatherzone has exclusive rights to provide this information on GPATS’s behalf to television broadcasters.
Sunrise and sunset
Sunrise and sunset times are computed by Weatherzone using formulae that are in the public domain.
Tidal times are computed by Weatherzone using hydrographical data originally sourced from the British Navy.
Surf reports and forecasts
Real-time swell data
Swell readings for the New South Wales coast are provided by the Manly Hydraulics Laboratory.
All ski and snow reports provided by Weatherzone are sourced from ski.com.au.
Forecasts of snow and alpine conditions and related commentaries are produced by Weatherzone meteorological department. These forecasts are based on data from various sources including the Bureau of Meteorology.
Weather maps and computer generated forecast charts
Weatherzone provides a large range of weather forecast guidance heavily based on computer models. These computer models are run by ECMWF, US National Weather Service and the Bureau of Meteorology. In addition, Weatherzone runs computer models in-house to generate additional forecast guidance for specific applications.
In most cases these computer generated forecast charts are provided with little or no quality control and should only be used in conjunction with other meteorological guidance.
Regardless of the organisation running the model, all computer forecast models for the Australian region are run using source data collected by the Bureau of Meteorology.
Agricultural commodity information
Information and News relating to agricultural commodities is sourced from ProFarmer.
Weather News stories
Stories relating to breaking weather events are produced internally and also sourced from the ABC.
More information regarding weather packages for television broadcasters.
More information regarding weather content and services for internet sites.
We also provide basic internet weather services free of charge.