The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 22- Aireys Inlet (Vic)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station:  Aireys Inlet 90180

Opened: 1990

Daily Temperature data from: 1990

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at:  Cape Otway

Location: Co-ordinates    -38.4583 144.0883

Aireys Inlet map

About 100km south-west of Melbourne.

2016 BOM Site Plan:

Aireys Inlet plan


2019 satellite image:

Aireys Inlet aerial

The screen is close to a gravel track and a very large building with a steel roof just 2 metres above the level of the rain gauge, near a very steep slope, and with a recently disturbed/ excavated area to the north.

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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3 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 22- Aireys Inlet (Vic)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ken, the saga of BOM’s failure continues..
    When this started I thought there would be a few non compliant sites.But I’m getting the feeling that it is the compliant ones which are the exceptions.
    Airey’s Inlet is a smallish sea change town ( with lots of houses only occupied during the holidays.

    So the population fluctuates a great deal from mid Winter to high Summer. This is true of all the town in this region – Lorne, Apollo bay etc all along the Great Ocean Rd in Victoria. In the 1990’s the population fluctuated by a factor of 5 times. Not sure what it is now.

    So the UHIE is also highest during Summer.

    But BOM in it’s wisdom have chosen to park their weather station outside of town right next to the biggest building in the area. By the way what is that building ? A huge school hall or a church maybe ?

    And there is ALL that BUSH right there to use as a good quality site.

    As you said : BOM Fails to comply with it’s own guidelines at this site.

    • Yonniestone Says:

      Hey Bill, I’ve travelled and holidayed on the GOR since I was a kid and not only has the towns populations exploded but the traffic from tourism is constant all year round, with over 2 million visitors going up and down that road each year, this has to have some effect on surface temps?

      • Bill in Oz Says:

        Ummmmm ! You might be right Yonnie..I moved over here to SA in late 1999..So I’m a bit out of date on the area..But it used to be quiet after the Easter holidays until December.

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