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Historic weather station measures its final drop
Historic weather station measures its final drop

After 125 years Bridgetown’s manual weather station is being closed down.

The station, which has sat on a patch of lawn behind the Post Office since 1887, is the latest artefact to be replaced by modern technology.

Postal manager Clive Penaluna has been measuring weather from the station for 18 years and said the old station was of historical significance.

‘‘It’s where we are with the world,’’ he said.

‘‘Technology is really kicking in and beginning to show across all industries.

‘‘I appreciate technology has developed and we need to move aside.’’

When an automatic station was installed nearby in 1997 the post office continued measuring weather forecasts to compare results.

Graham Reader, WA’s manager of weather services, said the Bureau of Meteorology was confident with the reliability of the station and the period of comparison was over.

‘‘The bureau is always looking at the network and manual stations have a historical component to that network, but these are less important in the context of a broad observation,’’ he said.

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