Bid to ease big wheeze

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

A THUN­DER­STORM asthma early warn­ing sys­tem has been rolled out across Vic­to­ria to pre­vent a re­peat of the tragedy that claimed nine lives in last Novem­ber’s freak weather event.

With the pollen sea­son start­ing today, the state is launch­ing its new fore­cast­ing mod­e­lof eight mon­i­tor­ing sta­tions set up across the Vic­to­ria to warn of po­ten­tial dan­ger.

If they de­tect the con­di­tions re­quired for a thun­der­storm asthma event — a com­bi­na­tion of high grass pollen, wind changes, tem­per­a­ture, rain­fall and grass cover­age — a traf­fic light scale of green, orange and red will be used to trig­ger pub­lic warn­ings.

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