The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 41- Smoky Cape (NSW)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station:  Smoky Cape 59030

Opened: 1939

Daily Temperature data from: 1957

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour

Location: Co-ordinates   –30.9225 153.0871

smokycape map

About half way between Brisbane and Sydney.

2018 BOM Site Plan:

smokycape plan

2019 satellite image:

smokycape aerial

The station is on a very steep slope (1 in 7), right beside a concrete road and a driveway, close to a picket fence and less than 20 metres from a house.

This station is not compliant, but temperatures are reported at Latest Weather Observations.    Unreliable temperatures from here are also used to adjust data at Acorn sites.

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5 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 41- Smoky Cape (NSW)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ken how level does a weather site have to be to be compliant ?

    I’m thinking of setting up a weather station with rain gauge & thermometer. My own place is on a hill side sloping to the creek about 450 meters away. I suspect that could affect the temperatures recorded. Would it affect the rainfall recorded as well ?

  2. kenskingdom Says:

    It could affect rainfall. Wind across slope will be a different speed to up and down the slope, dunno how much that affects rainfall.

  3. Bill in Oz Says:

    Most of our rain here comes from the North West to South West quadrant. That’s where the winds come from mostly with odd exception like the South wind when we had the polar blast 10 days ago. And lots of rain then as well.

    Hummmm ?

    • kenskingdom Says:

      I don’t think slope will affect your rainfall enough to make much difference. My neighbour and I are on the same slope but mine is much steeper and I’m higher, and our measurements are always within 1 or 2 mm (when we get rain.)

  4. Bill in Oz Says:

    Thanks Ken
    Cheers
    Bill

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