The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 34- Sydney Airport (NSW)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station:  Sydney Airport 66037

Opened: 1929

Daily Temperature data from: 1939

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Richmond NSW, Sydney.

Location: Co-ordinates   -33.9465 151.1731

Sydney airport map

2016 BOM Site Plan:

Sydney airport plan

2019 satellite image:

Sydney airport aerial

Wider view:

Sydney airport wider

Wider still:

Sydney airport wider still

Road view:

Sydney airport street

Apart from to the south, the screen is surrounded by acres of tarmac: two bitumen roads very close, an eight (?) lane freeway, taxiways, runways, and a very large parking area for large jets.

This station is not compliant.  Temperatures are reported at Latest Weather Observations. and used to adjust temperatures at Acorn sites, but while they are useful for aircrew they are unreliable indicators of temperatures for climate analysis.

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3 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 34- Sydney Airport (NSW)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    I expected this site to turn up on your list at some point.
    The BOM weather station has all the issues you mentioned.

    It is no doubt important for aeroplanes to have detailed information of the weather at the airport itself.

    But it is located in the midst of the biggest major city in Australia – Sydney with all it’s Urban Heat Island Effects.

    Here is what Google earth shows : https://earth.google.com/web/@-33.94649994,151.17309999,5.54066453a,35687.02366979d,35y,0h,0t,0r

    And so as you say pretty useless for climate analysis.

  2. ColA Says:

    High Ken,
    Appreciate all your efforts, have you written to the BoM and asked for their latest “Weather Station Conformance Audit”??
    Hmmm .. you might need a FOI!

    Warrick in Qld. is another that won’t pass audit, I’m sure I spotted it between 2 houses on a fenced vacant house block in the middle of town on a main road!!

    Regards ColA

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