Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Automatic text generation is live!

Hi all,

The system which I have been working on for three years has just gone live. My component of this system generates text forecasts automatically, based on gridded forecast data which is initialised from model conditions and then manipulated by weather forecasters. Any particular text forecast may also be edited by the forecasters after generation, but the bulk of the forecasts are published without forecaster intervention in the text.

Examples include the Melbourne forecast,

A number of other Victorian town forecasts, Victorian district forecasts and an expanded set of Precis and Town forecasts are also produced. Also, a larger number of forecast days are included for many of these locations.

This page ( describes some of the changes to service which come with the new forecast system.