Improved weather data switched on for farmers across NSW

Switching on the Hillston Doppler Radar will provide farmers across NSW with improved weather data to aid their business and farm management decisions. 

Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Adam Marshall have announced the second of three promised Doppler radars is now live. The third is under construction at Yeoval. 

NSW Farmers President James Jackson said NSW Farmers has long been advocating for additional Doppler Radars in western NSW. 

“These Doppler radar projects are an important joint commitment from the NSW Government and the Bureau of Meteorology. They are fixing significant black spots in the delivery of critical weather data to farmers and rural communities in western NSW,” Mr Jackson said.

“These new radars will provide critical data that will aid farmers in their short and long term planning and preparation for extreme weather events.” 

“Farmers across western NSW will now be able to access more timely information on rain, wind, and temperature and this additional data will also benefit primary producers closer to the eastern seaboard. The data from these radars will also feed into modelling for seasonal forecasting.” 

The first of the three Doppler radars went live in Brewarrina Radar in October last year. 

“NSW Farmers looks forward to the last link in the chain – the completion of the Doppler radar at Yeoval – the more eyes to the skies the better.”