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 (aka Monana) may be viewed via the following links: During the recent Science Week, Mark Seaborn, BoM Technician, gave a talk on “Setting up an Automatic Weather Station” to an appreciative audience at the Waite Urrbrae Campus on Thursday 20th August 2015. 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 ( 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. Subject: “Chasing Tornadoes in the USA”. Speaker: Jon Fischer, a forecaster in the BOM Adelaide Office. When: 6:00pm, Tuesday 16th February 2016. Where: Level 4, Optus Building, corner South Terrace and King William Street, Adelaide Contact:     The Secretary                    AMETA                    PO Box 421                    Kent Town SA 5071. Phone:        8366 2664 It should be a very interesting evening.  Jon has made more than one trip to the United States, driving long distances in the plains states chasing tornadoes. His talk will include some comments on Australian tornadoes as well. We may also have a short presentation that evening from a visiting US Fire Weather Forecaster (yet to be confirmed). Darren Ray, Senior Meteorologist at the Bureau, will be giving a wrap-up of the climate for 2015. Darren is well known to ABC Local 891 listeners and this is a rare opportunity to speak with Darren in person. It should be a really good night so please - invite your friends. Subject:      "Citizen Science, Making a Contribution to  Global Climate Analysis" Speaker:     Mac Benoy, AMETA citizen science team leader. When:        6:00pm, Tuesday 20 October 2015  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.  Mac Benoy (showed) how our historical data is setting the background for our forward perspective on climate analysis. HINT: You may need to click twice to change tabs if you are using an iPad. Anyone wishing to attend (IT IS FREE!) is asked to register here for “tickets”.