The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 26- Bairnsdale (Vic)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station:  Bairnsdale 85279

Opened: 1942

Daily Temperature data from: 1943

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Sale, Wilsons Promontory

Location: Co-ordinates   -37.8818 147.5669

Bairnsdale map

About 250km east of Melbourne.

BOM Site Plan:

Bairnsdale plan

2019 satellite image:

Bairnsdale aerial

Very close to bitumen roads, carparks, bare soil and blue gravel.

This station is not compliant.  Temperatures are uploaded every minute and reported at Latest Weather Observations, and contribute to Acorn adjustments, but are not reliable.


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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 26- Bairnsdale (Vic)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ummmmm ? This weather station was opened by the RAAF in 1942 when the RAAF created the aerodrome as a training base for it’s military personnel in the WW2.

    A member of my extended family was based there for 2-3 years as part of the RAAF training people. They needed accurate weather information. ( Temperature affected the ‘lift’ available from their planes wings. )

    There are not a lot of flights into Bairnsdale per week and not large jet aircraft so there would not be much temperature contamination from those sources.

    But I doubt it is very accurate now. As you say Ken, there are sealed roads, bare soil, gravel areas and a car park very close by.

    So why is BOM using this weather station site with electronic temperature measuring gear generating information every minute to be uploaded to the BOM in Melbourne ?

    And the airport site is pretty big with lots of better areas that could be used.

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