Station History & Accolades

This page provides a brief history of our PWS and website, as well as the awards our PWS has received.

Station History

January 1981

The PWS began operating in Werribee for personal interest. It was equipped with all manual instruments and the daily data were manually recorded on paper logsheets.


May 2010

The PWS was upgraded with the installation of a La Crosse WS2355 Automatic Weather Station (AWS). Continuous data from the AWS were displayed on an indoor console and digitally stored on computer. The original manual instruments were retained as backup and check instruments.

The upgrade enabled us to begin sharing our real-time data with national and international weather exchange networks as Werribee Weather. The upgrade also marked the launch of the Werribee Weather website to display our daily weather data; our long-term climate data, including the early rainfall data converted into digital form; and a range of complementary weather products from the ABOM.


2012 - 2015

The website expanded with the addition of new climate statistics, local fire danger indices, web pages devoted to weather education, the ultraviolet forecast for Melbourne, and the pollen forecast for Melbourne.


February 2017

The PWS was decommissioned and disassembled due to an impending move to Truganina. The Stevenson Screen underwent major repairs, including the fitting of a new roof, and was repainted.


April 2017

The PWS commenced operating online as Truganina Weather. A new website was launched (www.truganinaweather.com) to display our daily weather and climate data.


May 2020

The website was expanded to include past and present projects undertaken by Truganina Weather.


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Accolades

We are the recipient of Gold Awards presented by the Weather Observations Website (WOW) for submitting observations on at least 350 days per year. WOW was launched in mid-2011 by the United Kingdom Met Office (Met Office), and has been a collaborative project between the Met Office and ABOM since 2014. The awards dated prior to 2018 were received when our PWS operated as Werribee Weather.

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2019 2018 2016 2015 2014 2013

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