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 webmaster@ameta.org.au. 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- wow.metoffice.gov.uk/). 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: Climate change and natural variability- a perfect storm through coming decades? Speaker: Darren Ray, Senior Climatologist - Bureau of Meteorology, South Australia Region When: 6:00pm, Tuesday 19th April 2016. Where: Level 4, Optus Building, (new location of Bureau of Meteorology, SA), corner South Terrace and King William Street, Adelaide. 2015 saw significant extremes of climate both globally and for Australia, with 2015 the new hottest year on record globally, and Australia hit with extremes of heat, drought and bushfire from a near record strength El Niño event. With climate change impacts on Australia emerging over the last 20 years, and indications of a shift in 20-30 year natural variability in the Pacific Ocean, this talk will explore the possibility of Australia seeing, for the first time, climate change and long-term natural variability acting together, with significant implications for Australia over the next 20-30 years in heat extremes, bushfire risk and decreased rainfall and water availability . Contact:     The Secretary                    AMETA                    PO Box 421                    Kent Town SA 5071. Phone:        8366 2664 Subject: “Chasing Tornadoes in the USA”. Speaker: Jon Fischer, a forecaster in the BOM Adelaide Office. When: 6:00pm, Tuesday 16th February 2016. Jon gave a very interesting presentation.  Jon has made more than one trip to the United States, driving long distances in the plains states chasing tornadoes. His talk included some comments on Australian tornadoes as well. A summary will be given in the April 2016 AMetA Newsletter. Darren Ray, Senior Climatologist at the Bureau, gave a wrap-up of the climate for 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, 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.