The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 20- Dartmouth (Vic)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station:  Dartmouth Reservoir 82076

Opened: 1918

Daily Temperature data from: 1975

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at:  Rutherglen

Location: Co-ordinates   -36.5353  147.4984

Dartmouth map

About 250km north-east of Melbourne.

2014 BOM Site Plan:

Dartmouth plan 2014

2019 satellite image:

Dartmouth aerial

Road view:

Dartmouth street

Less than 10 metres from a bitumen road, 10 metres from a very large bitumen car park, one metre from the evaporation pan, with a large tree to the north, on a slope.

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. 20- Dartmouth (Vic)”

  1. Graeme No.3 Says:

    “unlikely to be reliable” ? Depends what your intentions are.
    And from this series I really wonder why we employ a lot of Climatologists at the BoM (and elsewhere).

  2. Bill in Oz Says:

    I wonder what the impact of those two deep lakes is on the weather records at Dartmouth. The water absorbs a huge amount of heat from the sunlight … And that tends to stabilise the temperature fluctuations. By the way this was noted in Canberra after Lake Burley Griffin was created in the 1960’s.

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