The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 8- Cleve (SA)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station:  Cleve 18014

Opened: 1896

Daily Temperature data from: 1957

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at:  Cape Borda, Kyancutta, Port Lincoln, Tarcoola.

Location: Co-ordinates  -33.7011  136.4937

Cleve 18014 map

About 200km north-west of Adelaide

The specifications state that shelters should not be “near the exhausts or heat exchangers of such equipment as air conditioners, refrigerators and the like.”  Would that include incinerators?

2017 BOM Site Map:

Cleve 18014 plan

2019 satellite image:

Cleve 18014 aerial

The screen is the white dot in the red ellipse.

Street view:

Cleve 18014 street

This site is non-compliant, so temperatures recorded here are not reliable.  Cleve’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. Cleve’s temperatures have a larger influence than most, as they are used to adjust temperatures at four ACORN-SAT sites at Cape Borda, Kyancutta, Port Lincoln, and Tarcoola. 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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4 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 8- Cleve (SA)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    For those who want to look for themselves on Google Earth, here is the link :

    Looking at this Google Earth view the following features stand out :
    1: It is in the backyard of the post office. The post office is at a cross roads.
    2: There is a dirt or gravel track passing through the post office yard and past the BOM weather station which is roughly a meter away.
    3 : There isa galvanised fence roughly 1.2 meters high marking off the Post office yard boundary about 6 meters away.
    4: Just over the fence is a 4 lane sealed road with sealed car park in the middle of the road.
    5: There is a second 4 lane sealed road also with a sealed car park in the middle.
    6 : There are three buildings on the Southern & Western side of the BOM weather station.

    Each of these makes this site unsuitable for gathering accurate weather data.

    • Bill in Oz Says:

      Cleve is in a naturally hot part of the world – especially in Summer. I wonder how many houses and buildings have A/C units in Cleve.

      And finally I counted at least 4 alternative sites in this small town which would be more complaint with the BOM’s own guidelines. For example the gold course about 600 meters away from the post office !

  2. Yonniestone Says:

    Hi Ken, great work on recording all these sites, will you be showing the one in Maryborough Victoria I sent Jo or wait for the Vic expose’ ?
    A few I looked up on Google Earth have the same problems with corrugated iron fencing being too close, It’s simply a case of development and relocation or a lack of.

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