The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 19- Albury Airport (NSW)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station:  Albury Airport 72160

Opened: 1993

Daily Temperature data from: 1993

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at:  Rutherglen

Location: Co-ordinates   -36.0690 146.9509

Albury map

About 250km north-east of Melbourne.

2014 BOM Site Plan:

Albury plan

Note the instrument area for many years was sprayed out to control weeds, rather than mowing the grass- thus bare ground.  It is 30 metres from a tarmac taxiway.

2019 satellite image:

Albury aerial

Either spraying out has ceased, or weeds and grass are slashed to the same height as the rest of the airfield- 0.4 metre.  So either bare ground, or 40cm tall- not trimmed to a few centimetres.  The site has been subject to artificial change over time.

Wider view:

Albury aerial wider

Albury is not a small country airport, but is surrounded by commercial sheds, housing, and airport buildings.

This station is not compliant.  Its temperatures are reported at Latest Weather Observations, and are used to make adjustments at Acorn stations, but are unlikely to be reliable.

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2 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 19- Albury Airport (NSW)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ken the Albury/Wodonga urban area has a population of close to 97,000 people.

    That means there is a substantial urban heat island effecy operating on this weather station.

    I wonder if the BOM moderates it’s temperature readings to account for this effect.

  2. Australia's Wacky Weather Stations: Final Summary | kenskingdom Says:

    […] In Australia it is apparently quite OK to have thermometers beside houses, in bitumen carparks, in a vegetable garden surrounded by a corrugated iron fence, beside incinerators, behind 6 metre prison walls, beside piles of human excrement, in the middle of a dirt road, on the roof of a wharf shed, beside a multi-lane highway, shaded by trees, or in screens that are covered in spider webs, invaded by mud wasps, or used by cattle as a back-scratcher.  The area around the screens can be dusty bare dirt, overgrown with grass and weeds, or sprayed out to bare ground. […]

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