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Giles: Australia's most remote weather station

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Published on Jun 14, 2014

It's the most remote weather station on the continent. The Giles Weather Station is 750 kilometres west of Alice Springs in Western Australia. Before becoming part of the Bureau of Meteorology's network of weather stations, Giles was used to support weapons testing from Maralinga and Woomera in the 1950s and '60s. Now, it's the only weather radar for 2.5 million square kilometres of outback Australia. Each morning at 8.45am, observers from weather stations around the world simultaneously launch a daily weather balloon. And at Giles that can mean braving the hot desert conditions, not to mention the flies.

Produced by Caddie Brain and Brendan Phelan for ABC Rural.

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