Albany Doppler radar back in action after problem detected

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Weather watchers might have noticed the Albany Doppler radar had been intermittently out of action last month.

Now back online, a recent issue meant rainfall imaging showed errors and could sometimes not be seen on the Albany radar.

The radar was upgraded two years ago in May 2019, after a $2.3 million investment from the State Government, which enhanced rainfall intensity and wind speed and direction images.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokeswoman said an issue with the radar was detected during May.

“A technical issue occurred in mid-May, which required thorough investigation with the manufacturer and a visit from specialist technicians to replace some components,” the spokeswoman said.

“We understand the value primary producers and local communities place on the situational awareness weather radars provide, and always seek to return them to service as quickly as possible.”

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