The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 9- Elliston (SA)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station:  Elliston 18069

Opened: 1882

Daily Temperature data from: 1962

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at:  Ceduna

Location: Co-ordinates  -33.6501 134.8880

Elliston 18069 map

About 350km north-west of Adelaide

2019 satellite image:

Elliston 18069 aerial

The screen is the white dot in the red ellipse.

2017 BOM Site Map:

Elliston 18069 plan

Street view:

Elliston 18069 street

The screen is in a back yard enclosed by a 1.2 metre corrugated iron fence, very close to buildings, in a garden bed surrounded by a gravel driveway.

This site is non-compliant, so temperatures recorded here are not reliable.  Elliston’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. Elliston’s temperatures are used to adjust temperatures at the Acorn site at 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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4 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 9- Elliston (SA)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ken, I have spent some time at Elliston. It is a lovely almost ‘forgotten’ place nestling in Waterloo Bay with friendly locals & a lovely sandy beach….And very remote from the rush & bustle of modern urban Australia.

    For those interested in the Google earth coordinates here is the link :,134.88828776,8.3867259a,1776.12799374d,35y,0h,0t,0r

  2. Bill in Oz Says:

    Now, what to say about this BOM weather station site ?
    Well it’s in the Post Office backyard close to sheds and gal fences as you already point out.

    But Elliston is in a very low rainfall zone of the Eyre Peninsular. All drinking water for the town coms by pipeline from the Murray River at Morgan.

    But I notice the green tinge & trees in the backyard of the post office. I think that the local post office contractors live on site with the front room being the post office. And thus the garden gets an occasional water when needed to keep down the dust and simply to make the backyard more aesthetic and pleasant to live in.

    Does this have an impact on the local weather station readings ? Probably !

  3. Graeme No.3 Says:

    The prevalence of P.O. sites in S.A. dates back to Victorian times when Sir Charles Todd was in charge of the Weather Bureau & Astronomical stations on West Terrace. (He also pointed out that Australia’s weather came from the West, not the East as supposed).

    He’s the bloke who pushed the telegraph line from Adelaide to Darwin to join up with the line untimately to London. It was ready before NSW and Vic. could do more than join the 2 major cities. A line to the Vic. border joined a new line from Melbourne, so for some time telegraphs from Sydney and Melbourne to London etc. went through Adelaide.
    My father came to S.A. as a young man and the old timers remembered Todd as ‘a stickler for doing things right’. All the data he amassed is disregarded by the BoM as not done by them. By the look of this series they wouldn’t get a job with him.

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