The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 48- Scone (NSW)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station:  Scone 61363

Opened: 1988

Daily Temperature data from: 1990

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Williamtown.

Location: Co-ordinates   -32.0335 150.8264

Scone map

About 200km north of Sydney.

2010 view from the road:

Scone road2010

Out in the open in a paddock of long grass.  Looks good.

2015 BOM Site Plan:

Scone plan2015

Grass sprayed out around the screen, so bare dirt compared with surrounding 0.5m grass.  But in 2012, there was a different problem:

Scone plan2012

Grass 0.6m (2 ft) around the instruments, compared with 0.2m elsewhere.

2019 satellite image:

Scone aerial

Looks OK? We can’t tell from this.  But this site has more history:

2002 site plan:

Scone plan2002

In 2002 there was a dirt road within a few metres of the screen.  You can see traces of it in the satellite image.

While in an ideal location, this site has changed over the years: once there was a dirt road close by; the surrounding grass paddock has varied from 0.2m to 0.5m high grass; and the area around the screen has varied from “sparse” due to weed control, to 0.6m high grass.

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


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3 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 48- Scone (NSW)”

  1. John in Oz Says:


    From the photos available (e.g. Google Earth) it is not possible to tell the condition of a lot of the enclosures.

    This was the starting point for Anthony Watts and his cohort who did such a good job exposing not only siting but poor enclosure maintenance.

    A ‘citizen science’ project for the (near) future, perhaps.

  2. Graeme No.3 Says:

    How often are these sites inspected? Once every 3 years?

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