The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 38- Grafton AgRS (NSW)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station:  Grafton AgRS 58077

(Grafton Agricultural Research Station)

Opened: 1917

Daily Temperature data from: 2002

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Yamba.

Location: Co-ordinates   -29.6224 152.9605

GraftonAg map

About 150km south of Brisbane.

2014 BOM Site Plan:

GraftonAg plan2014

2019 satellite image:

GraftonAg aerial

The screen and enclosure looks good in 2019 (as far as a satellite photo can tell), but in 2014 the BOM inspection revealed “high grass 0.5 to 1m inside enclosure”.  Remember Viewbank?   Grass is supposed to be trimmed to a few centimetres, but here on at least one occasion this station failed to comply with specifications for several months, as grass does not grow long overnight.  How often did this happen, at how many other sites?

This station is not compliant.  Temperatures are reported every minute at Latest Weather Observations. and used to adjust temperatures at Acorn sites.

FAIL

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 38- Grafton AgRS (NSW)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    The height of grass in this BOM weather site area depends on the amount of rain that has fallen recently. So in 2014 when the grass was 0.5 to 1 meter high reflects high rain fall in that period. I wonder what the grass is like now ?

    Also looking at the satellite aerial view it looks like this BOM weather station is on a flood plain with the Clarence river very close by. The Clarence river is I know subject to enormous floods.

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