About Truganina Weather

This page provides an overview of our PWS and summarises the key aspects of our operations.

The name Truganina (pronounced "Trug-a-NINE-a" by long-time local residents) is an outer south-western suburb within the Melbourne Metropolitan Area, situated approximately midway between the state capital Melbourne and the regional city of Geelong.

Truganina is predominantly within the City of Wyndham. Wyndham is a fast growing local government area and home to strong industrial and technology districts, two major retail precincts, major tourism and open space attractions, intensive market gardening and grazing areas. It has an area of 542 square kilometres and a population of more than 200,000.

The origin of the name Truganina is uncertain. The commonly held belief suggests that it is named after Truganini, one of the last full-blooded Tasmanian Aboriginal women who is thought to have spent a short time in the area.

Background & Purpose

The owner/operator of Truganina Weather is a retired Senior Meteorologist at the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). Our career spanned 38 years that included 10 years as an operational weather forecaster and 20 years as manager of the marine observing program. The latter also included 15 years as chair of multiple international panels that were tasked with coordinating separate components of national marine meteorological and oceanographic observing programs.

The purpose of our PWS is "to pursue a life-long passion for observing the weather".

The objectives of our PWS and website are to:

  1. Record quality assured daily weather data from Truganina for personal interest and analysis,
  2. Provide quality assured real-time weather data to weather exchange networks,
  3. Provide visitors to our website with quality assured and useful local weather and climate data, and
  4. Provide visitors to our website with complementary weather products and information about weather-related subjects.

Station History & Awards

Our PWS was originally established in Werribee in 1981. It has since undergone many changes and one relocation.

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Station Details & Instrumentation

We maintain up-to-date information regarding our station details and instrumentation for the benefit of users of our data.

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Weather Observing Program

Our PWS consists of both manual and automatic meteorological instruments. All of these instruments play an important role in the operation of our PWS. We are also a registered volunteer Storm Spotter for the BoM and a volunteer community rainfall reader for Melbourne Water.

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Quality Assurance Practices

We are strongly committed to providing high quality data.

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Our Website

We developed and maintain this website to conform to international web standards specified by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). All of our web pages also comply with Australian and international guidelines for web accessibility and incorporate navigational aids to assist visually impaired visitors.

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