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This tiny dot is a Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) weather station manned by 4 Meteorologists on rotating 3-month tours! The Ship's Captain timed our visit to watch the 9a.m release of a weather balloon ( just visible above and to the right of the building, not the large, white radar dome) and he had one of the meteorologists tell us over the P.A. system a bit about the work & living conditions on the island.

The whole infrastructure had to be rebuilt after Cyclone Yasi made a direct hit in 2011 and it took 14 months to complete. There's no jetty on the island, so everything has to come by boat & be tendered to the beach in small crafts.

After leaving Willis Island we set sail for Brisbane - 1276km (689 miles) away.
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robryan

LOL! I think so Florrie - and I'll never know about them photographing us :))))) Thanks!!

I guess it all depends how far through your 3-month stint you were Suzy:))) It seemed a long way away at the time - but it took just 2 full days sailing!! Thanks Suzy.

Thanks Lyndee - yes, we arrived home at 6am last Saturday!!! It was only a 7-day cruise.

lyndee

Great set of vacation pictures Robyn.......are you home?

pumpkinhead

One can imagine how exciting it would be to see a ship...with HUMANS on it when on a 3 month tour in the middle of the ocean!
Brisbane is a long way away, Robyn!

robryan

I'm pleased you liked them Barb & Floyd - thanks:)))

Gladstone

Thank you Rob for the story and pictures.

SunnyBarb25

Me too Laura and Rob! I have to watch the weather because of my plants! Especially in winter. Thank you for these photos and info :)

robryan

Thanks Janet - I think they enjoy interacting with the ship too - as a change of routine!!!

Thanks Nev - my pleasure!

jan42ful

Fabulous pics, Rob and great info too. It must be a pretty lonely place to work and live. I guess they keep pretty busy. Thanks and hugs, janet

robryan

LOL!! Me too Laura:))) Thanks!!

Thanks Patti!!

PLG1958

Interesting! And beautiful too!

laurajane

Love this! I am a meteorologist wanna-be! Thanks for the set today and yesterday, too!

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