The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 7- Adelaide (SA)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station:  Adelaide 23090

Opened: 1977

Daily Temperature data from: 1977

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at:  Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Nuriootpa

Location: Co-ordinates  -34.9211  138.6216

Adelaide map

2019 satellite image:

Adelaide aerial

The screen is the white dot in the red ellipse.

2018 BOM Site Map:

Adelaide plan

The screen is on a flat lawn between two bitumen streets and above a bitumen carpark.

Street view from College Rd:

Adelaide collegeroad

Street view from Little Young Street:

Adelaide LittleYoungSt

This site is recognised by the BOM as being subject to Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect.  It is non-compliant, so temperatures recorded here are not reliable.  Adelaide’s temperatures are published at the BOM Latest Weather Observations page, and also used by the BOM in weather reports, potentially including extremes of heat or cold. Adelaide’s UHI does not prevent it from being one of the sites used to adjust temperatures at ACORN-SAT sites at Port Lincoln, Nuriootpa, and Ceduna. Acorn sites are used for climate analysis- whether winters are getting warmer and summers hotter for example.  So the lack of quality at any site DOES MATTER!

Another FAIL.

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6 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 7- Adelaide (SA)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    My golly gosh !
    With all of Adelaide’s parklands to choose from for a site for the Adelaide BOM weather station, they choose this one.
    This must have been chosen after a few too many wines at lunch by the BOM staffers here in Adelaide.

    Perhaps from this day forth, BOM’s need to issues it’s daily temperatures with the statement ” And at the asphalt car park on College road, it is now…XXX degrees “

  2. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ken I’ve just spent 5 minutes looking at this site via Google earth.

    I am even more amazed & shocked at how incompetent the BOM’s choice of this site for their main SA weather station.

    There are a large number of major multi story buildings in the immediate vicinity, plus major traffic flows along near by major roads all pumping out hot gases from their exhausts. Plus all those air conditioners in both cars and buildings pumping out heat from their vents…

    • kenskingdom Says:

      Bill, you are my most loyal follower! Yes, any central city location is automatically not compliant with bucket loads of UHI, but the BOM while acknowledging this still use Adelaide and other capitals to homogenise other sites.

      • Bill in Oz Says:

        Ken, all discussion of weather & climate MUST be based on sound evidence.

        Here is the sound evidence of gross incompetence in the collection of BOM’s weather data.

        We already know that the collected data is fiddled and buggered around with.

        But now we also know that they are also collecting weather data which is not worth a tinker’s fart.

        And for this they get $1,000,000 per day of our taxes.

  3. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ken, in case you don’t se this I am reposting this comment on JoNov”s blog by observa
    August 2, 2019 at 10:29 am
    “They moved it from the West Parklands in the late 70s with the BoM move so it was convenient to read. Now they’ve set up another one back near the old site to try and marry them up but that’s a joke given the change in city in my lifetime. Learning to drive in the 60s I don’t reckon you encountered a traffic light from Henley Beach until West Terrace or South Road at best. Try driving it now and see how you go and the back of our place was swamp all the way to the Port River until they reclaimed it for West Lakes. Hard to imagine what it was like now as a kid but with prevailing westerlies what do you reckon Kent Town east of the CBD was measuring after the shift from the West Parklands ( near the Adelaide High School ).? Anyway the BoM idiots moved one of the longest serving Stevenson Screens in the Southern Hemisphere and lost any possible continuity irrespective of massive UHI changes since. The numpties can’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again.”

    Point of explanation : The BOM’s South Australian head office is in Kent Town very close to the BOM station on College Rd, analysed above.

  4. Graeme No.3 Says:

    Ken;
    that site from the 1970’s was hopeless. In the middle of a Commercial/Light industrial suburb, mostly downwind of the City Centre and a lot of industry (then) just the otherside of the City. The photo doesn’t do it ‘justice’, a cramped site with buildings very close by, and a street packed with cars (almost impossible to get a parking spot). No wonder the temperature readings were consistently higher than the old (from 1860 or earlier) West Terrace site.
    To use this for adjusting figures from Pt. Lincoln and Ceduna is absurd.
    One minor correction; the current BoM Adelaide office is in Adelaide city on the SW corner of King William St. and South Terrace. Before that they moved to premises in Mile End (and there might still be some there, although staffing has been reduced).

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