60 seconds with … Tony Auden

24 February 2010

Tony Auden

Name: Tony Auden
Course studied: Bachelor of Science (2005)
When completed: 2005

Tell us what you have you been up to since graduating from Monash?

I have been studying and working at the Bureau of Meteorology. After successfully gaining employment after graduation, I completed a one-year postgraduate course at the Bureau head office in Melbourne. I was then posted to Brisbane where I have been working as a forecaster for four years.

This involves issuing tropical cyclone and thunderstorm warnings and fire forecasts or warnings during the summer months. The winters involve further study, research or work in the Regional Forecasting Centre, issuing public weather, aviation and marine forecasts.

I have also been doing some part-time work as a weather presenter for Channel Ten in Queensland.

What do you remember about your time at the University?

I remember studying in both the maths and geography departments - this sometimes involved a very quick walk from one side of the campus to the other. Another lasting memory is of sitting in front of the beer taps at Caulfield Racecourse during exams and trying not to get distracted.

What exciting challenges are ahead in your current role?

We are currently in cyclone season. With a lot of experienced workers retiring recently, the next generation (including myself) have to step up to the plate and learn quickly. When lives and property are at stake there can be a lot of pressure on your forecast decisions, and a great sense of satisfaction when you get a tricky forecast right.

What do you like most about your job?

It is satisfying to be able to provide useful information to the public; something as trivial as whether to wear a jumper or as involved as evacuating entire towns in the path of a cyclone.

What is your favourite place in the world and why?

My favourite holiday was a surfing trip to the Maldives in 2008, living on a boat and surfing over coral reefs. It gave me a great insight into a very different culture and a place that would be very severely impacted if sea levels rise significantly in the coming years.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

To fit plenty of life into the work/life mix. I love my job but I also love to escape to the coast and surf or catch up with friends.