The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 50- Point Hicks (Vic)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station:  Point Hicks  84070

Opened: 1962

Daily Temperature data from: 1966

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Gabo Island, Orbost, Sale.

Location: Co-ordinates   -37.8017 149.2747

PtHicks map

About 300km east of Melbourne.

2019 Google satellite image:

PtHicks aerial

BOM site plan:

 

PtHicks plan

Photo, thanks to “John”:

Point_Hicks_E_02

The screen is surrounded closely by shrubs to one metre  or more, and beside an old concrete slab.  While the site has not changed very much, the vegetation keeps the screen warmer as it forms a barrier, and shrubs and trees act as a “blanket” keeping warmer air underneath and slowing the escape of IR radiation.

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

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3 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 50- Point Hicks (Vic)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    Point Hicks ! What a beautiful wild and remote part of Victoria. Seeing this BOM station there brought back old memories of camping there for a week, decades ago.

    It used to be named Cape Conron. That was the name given the point by Captain Cook in 1773 when his expedition first sighted Australia after sailing from New Zealand.Hicks was the bloke on the Endevour who made the sighting so the Vic. government renamed the point in his honour in the middle 1970’s.

    The light house has been there for well over a 100 years and there may be additional old weather records going back before 1962 filed under that name. “Cape Conron”.

    Once again I’m surprised that the BOM weather station is NOT compliant with it’s own guidelines. The coastal tea tree scrub around the Stevenson screen does indeed reduce the wind and thus effects the temperatures registered.

    It probably affects the rain fall registered as well. Though exactly where the rain fall gauge is, the sketch does not say. Puzzling as well.

    And as the Google Earth view shows there are alternative close by sites which are meet the guidelines.

  2. Bill in Oz Says:

    I am wrong ! Point Hicks was formerly know as Cape Everard.

    Cape Conron is a different cape further to the West along the coast accessed via Orbost & Marlo where the Snowy river meets the sea.

    I wonder if there are BOM weather records for Cape Conron as well as it had a light house as well.

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