The Bureau of Meteorology has moved to calm fears weather data for the Margaret River region is no longer reliable. It comes as the bureau confirmed the regular monitoring station at Witchcliffe was no longer in use after its long-term lease expired in October last year. A bureau spokesman told the Times the forecast and monitored temperatures for Margaret River drew upon a variety of sources which guaranteed reliability. “There is no impact to the bureau’s forecasts or warnings,” he said. “The bureau’s weather warning service has been designed so that it is resilient and not dependent on any one piece of equipment. “Other sites within 10km of the original site at Witchcliffe provide access to rainfall data and temperature information. “Rainfall data from the Margaret River station and Forest Grove stations can be accessed on the bureau’s website.” Local weather boffins have questioned whether residents were receiving heatwave estimates based on Busselton data. The spokesman said local weather reports could be accessed through its website, but the bureau’s weather app used temperature data from stations at Cape Leeuwin as well as Busselton Aerodrome. “Forecasts and warnings for all regions are based on a combination of many different observing systems including satellites, automatic weather stations, radars, rain gauges, sea level stations and hydrological monitoring stations,” he said. “The network provides a comprehensive dataset that enables communities to effectively respond to weather events.” Meanwhile, a new site for the former Witchcliffe monitoring equipment was likely to be in place within the next three months.