EDITORIAL: Stormy weather for BOM
IT'S not a terribly clever move to make in the midst of the wet season.
Whinge about and discredit the Bureau of Meteorology as much as you want, but the fact remains they have provided regions like ours with an essential service for generations.
It's not a matter of sentiment or a fear of change - and of course, technology does develop.
But when it comes to a basic service, provided by people who know the area and have studied it for years, there is no way centralisation can be a viable alternative.
There are some things that modelling can show.
And when the computers crash, the power fails and all else turns to muck, there is nothing quite like knowing how to do things the old-fashioned way and being on the ground in the thick of it all.
To have a bureau office in Cairns and in Brisbane is simply inadequate.
Regional Queensland feels like it misses out as it is; take an essential vital service and it's just another slapping.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull - with his controversial NBN - will be in town next week and George Christensen is already bending his ear on the need for BOM to stay.
Social media-based weather "gurus" might get the clicks, the likes and the following, but there is nothing like good old-school information. No, they don't always get it wrong. It's the weather for heaven's sake!
But as far as this decision to close our bureau goes, it's an epic fail - and there are stormy days ahead.