The Australian Meteorological Association, AMETA  Inc, is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 1969 to foster interest in, and advance the knowledge of, meteorology and related sciences.  Membership is open to anyone with an interest in meteorology or oceanography  and related disciplines. Regular meetings are held to inform members and promote community understanding of meteorological and related science and services. We welcome any ideas that members or any other interested people might have on what should be included on this site - email your suggestions to Some recent AMETA Newsletters (in PDF format) may be viewed via the following links: During Science Week in 2015, Mark Seaborn, BoM Technician, gave a talk on “Setting up an Automatic Weather Station” to an appreciative audience at the Waite Urrbrae Campus. Mark detailed his own experiences choosing and setting up a low-cost automatic weather station (AWS) at his home and then uploading the observed data to the Bureau of Meteorology Weather-Observations-Website (WOW). WOW is a collaborative project with the UK Met Office (http://bom- See the AMETA June 2015 newsletter for an overview of a similar talk that Mark gave at the April AMETA Meeting. In both talks, Mark provided handouts describing the procedures involved in setting up a personal AWS and publishing the observed weather data to the web. Copies are provided here for the Getting Started Guide and the WoW Cumulus Guide. Please note that, while these guides relate to the particular low-cost AWS that Mark had purchased, they should be relevant to many other systems - no endorsement of any particular AWS is intended. Subject:  'Why did SA blackout in September 2016?’ Speakers: Michael Leane, Power Supply Engineer, and Darren Ray, Senior Climatologist, Bureau of Meteorology When: 6:00pm, Tuesday 21st February 2017.   (Please try to arrive before the meeting start time of 6pm. The venue is a secure office building and requires an Association member to meet attendees in the ground-floor lobby and operate the lifts up to the fourth level.) Where: Level 4, Optus Building, (new location of Bureau of Meteorology, SA), NW corner South Terrace and King William Street, Adelaide. (Nearby free street parking is usually available quite close to the venue - try South Tce or King William Road, for example.) SA blacked out in late September 2016 during an intensestorm weather event. Darren will cover meteorological impacts, with Mike Leane examining what happened to the power network in response, including how a state-wide blackout occurred, and implications for the future. Contact:     The Secretary                    AMETA                    PO Box 421                    Kent Town SA 5071. Phone:        8366 2664 At the AMetA meeting held on 18 October 2016, John Nairn, SA Regional Director, BOM, outlined the current rationale behind the proposed operational heatwave warning system for Australia. A precis of this talk is included in the February 2017 Newsletter. The AMETA citizen science team is nearing the completion of a 10 year project to salvage historical Australian weather data going back to the time of settlement. Winston Churchill is quoted as saying “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see”.  By contributing data to an international initiative to model global weather, the team has made a significant southern-hemisphere contribution to the understanding of weather going back 150 years, and this historical data is setting the background for our forward perspective on climate change analysis. HINT: You may need to click twice to change tabs if you are using an iPad.