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Walker’s Weather is a company which was formed by Hayden Walker and a team of researchers who specialise in providing long range weather forecasting Australia wide. Forecasts are provided for the media, farmers, commercial fishermen, large and small companies, social and community events, campers, and brides to be. They have been issuing long-range weather forecasts for more than 23 years.
It is the leading private weather company in Australia.
Hayden is the Research Director and the company normally predicts the weather 12 to 18 months in advance, although short termed forecasts are also available if required. Weather patterns and predictions are developed by monitoring solar flares, analysing historical data, and observing planetary relationships and orbital patterns.
By using these methods, Hayden and his Team can forecast various weather predictions which are then used by Businesses to make very significant commercial decisions, or by Farmers to determine the planting or harvesting of crops, or the buying and selling of cattle and stock.
Hailed as Australia’s most accurate Long Range Weather Forecaster, Hayden has worked hard to ensure that the efforts of Inigo Jones and his Father Lennox Walker’s work continues successfully today as much as it did from the late 1890’s through to the late 1990’s.
With a proven accuracy rate of around 80%, Hayden has been successful in predicting many major weather events – such as the CYCLONES Larry, Yasi, Oswald, Marcia & Olwyn; flooding to the NSW coast during April 2015 and recent storm activity to QLD and NSW.
The Three Preceding Generations of Accurate Forecasters:
Clement Wragge 1852 – 1922
Much of the meteorological pioneering work in Queensland was performed by Clement Wragge, 1887 to 1902. By 1893 he had established nearly 100 meteorological stations in Queensland, together with 400 rainfall stations, so laying the meteorological foundation for Queensland.
Clement also started the tradition of naming tropical cyclones, initially with the Greek alphabet, and then onto using the politicians of the day. Assisted by a young man named Inigo Jones, Wragge also began to issue long range weather forecasts for Queensland.
Inigo Jones 1874 – 1954
At age 20, Inigo’s parents brought a farm about 100kms north of Brisbane and called it Crohamhurst after a property near where Inigo was born. It was at Crohamhurst that on February 2, 1893, Jones’s noted an Australian record rainfall of 958mm for the day.
From round that time for the next 6 decades he kept a diary in which he recorded the daily weather. He married Marion Emma Comrie at Crohamhurst on January 11, 1905. For most of the next 20 years, Jones worked on his family’s farm. It was there that he came to appreciate first hand how important weather forecasters were to people on the land.
Jones continued his interest in meteorology and his father ordered special lenses from England for his son and built him a telescope. One of Jones beliefs was in the definite cycle of weather. He believed the longest cycle lasted some 165 years.
In 1923 Inigo correctly predicted rain after a dry spell. The ensuing rains created a demand for more of his forecasts so eventually it became his full time job along with lecturing.
Jones issued long range forecasts mainly to graziers, and although critics took more notice of when his predictions didn’t eventuate he had many successes. Jones sought sponsorship from 1927 to 1934, and the Queensland Government appointed him director of the Bureau of Seasonal Forecasting.
Industry and Government contributed to the Inigo Jones Seasonal Weather Forecasting Trust formed in October 1928. It comprised of representative bodies of farmers and graziers and the Queensland Government. In August 1935, the Crohamhurst Observatory in Queensland’s Glass House Mountains was opened with funding from the Trust and the Colonial Sugar Refining Company.
Inigo’s interests extended beyond meteorology. He was an oil painter and a member of the Queensland Authors and Artists Association.
Inigo Jones died at the Crohamhurst Observatory on November 14, 1954 aged 81. His work was taken over by Lennox Walker whose name too became synonymous with long range weather forecasting.
Lennox Walker 1925 – 2000
Lennox, born 21 April 1925, was originally from Killara, Sydney. He grew up in an era of partial recovery from the Great Depression and in his teens, worked on stations at Gilgandra and Robertson in NSW where the hard life saw him develop a soft spot for outback people.
Lennox convinced his parents to help him put his age up to join the patriot and honour of the war effort, and at the tender age of 16 ½, he served on the Kokoda Trail in New Guinea. His army service continued until he was discharged in 1946.
On his return, he became a surveyor with both the Queensland and NSW Forestry Commissions. In response to a newspaper advertisement, he came to the Crohamhurst Observatory in 1953 as an assistant to Inigo Jones – “The friend of farmers and city dwellers alike”. Inigo was 80 at the time and presumably feeling his mortality. Lennox was thrilled to get the job and worked with the guru, a hard taskmaster, until 2 days short of his 82nd birthday, when Jones died.
Lennox learned all he could from Inigo Jones and then developed his own theories on how sunspots affect weather patterns. A combination of these studies, correlated with the particular time of year, provided the basis of his forecasts.
Perhaps his crowning glory was getting it right for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. After a period of intense rain, he predicted fine weather for the games – and that’s exactly how it was. Another credit to his name was Cyclone Tracey devastating Darwin.
At 68, after 41 years of forecasting, Lennox retired and handed the reins over to his son Hayden Walker who said it was an “awesome responsibility” taking over a business with such credibility as his fathers.