The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 16- Robe (SA)

Here’s another Acorn station.

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station:  Robe 26026

Opened: 1860

Daily Temperature data from: 1884

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at:  Mt Gambier

Location: Co-ordinates   -37.1628  139.7560

Robe map

About 250km south-east of Adelaide.

2016 BOM Site Plan:

Robe plan

2019 satellite image:

Robe aerial

2010 street view:

Robe street

The screen is in a vacant allotment, apparently well kept, but surrounded by a 1.8 metre Colourbond fence, about 10 metres from a bitumen driveway and a tool shed, with brick houses on either side.  Further, a stand of Norfolk pines 26 metres tall is 30 metres to the north and north-west which would shade the screen in mid-winter, and together with the fence provide a windbreak in summer from hot north-west winds.  (The BOM says the sea to the north-west is what keeps it cooler than expected.  This needs checking against other locations in heat wave conditions such as Cape Borda, Flinders Island, or Low Head.)

Another view of those trees:

Robe trees

This station is better than most other PO sites we have already seen, but there are still problems caused by its siting, so is non-compliant.  Apparently it doesn’t report at Latest Weather Observations.


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3 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 16- Robe (SA)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    I notice that the color bond fence going down the P O driveway stops at the back entrance to the PO. And that is the delivery driveway for incoming & outgoing mail. I wonder will the vehicles parked about 6 meters away have an impact ?

    Also I doubt that Robe is cooled very much by it’s location on the southern end of the shallow bay. The coastline trends from North West to South East in this part of SA.. Thus any hot winds from any of these directions “North East, North and North West” have all travelled over thousands of k of land before reaching Robe. And in Summer that land i warm.

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