SWIRLnet - Wind speed data for cyclone deployment

SWIRLnet is a collaborative project between the University of Queensland and JCU.   UQ logoJCU logo


Our team is currently deploying SWIRLnet towers throughout the forecast impact area between Townsville and Proserpine (and possibly further south). As data becomes available it will be uploaded to this webpage.

Figures below show mean wind speed (10-minute average), gust wind speed (maximum 3-second gust within the preceding 10-minutes), mean wind direction and atmospheric pressure measured by each of the deployed SWIRLnet towers. All wind measurements are at 3.2 m above local ground level and have NOT been adjusted to standard 10 m elevation, open terrain values. No stringent quality control has been carried out on these data prior to generating these figures. All figures will be updated semi-regularly (i.e. every few hours) throughout the deployment period.

To view all available images for each tower, please cycle through them using the arrows that appear to the left and/or right of the image as you are hovering over it. Each tower will have at least two images, one showing wind speed data and the second showing atmospheric pressure. The suite of images under Tower 1 will also include an image showing the location of all towers, once this information is available.

Tower 1 (North Ayr)

Tower 2 (North Bowen)

Tower 3 (South Ayr)

Tower 4 (Home Hill)

Tower 5 (South Bowen)

Tower 6 (Proserpine)

The CTS would like to thank the Queensland Government.

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The Secure and Rapid Deployment of SWIRLnet project is a joint initiative of the Cyclone Testing Station at James Cook University and the Queensland Government.

The Cyclone Testing Station would like to thank the Queensland Government for funding assistance for the installation of buried ground anchors for the our Surface Weather Information Relay and Logging Network (SWIRLnet). We have six 3.2 m units that will record and store data on wind speed, temperature, relative humidity and pressure and upload 10 minute summaries via mobile network.

The project has delivered secure and robust buried anchors to allow rapid deployment of SWIRLnet anemomter towers to measure and provide real time data for cyclones crossing the coast. These buried anchors are now located in Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Townsville City Council, Burdekin Shire Council and Whitsunday Regional Council areas. Places with anchor locations now include; Innisfail, El Arish, Mission Beach, Tully, Cardwell, Townsville, Ayr, Home Hill, Bowen, Proserpine, and Airlie Beach.

We would also like to thank the Benefactors of the CTS for without their funding we would not be able to continue this kind of work.  Special thanks to Risk Management Solutions(RMS) who directly supports the SWIRLnet program.

The CTS is proudly NATA accredited

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