The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 57- Gulgong (NSW)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station:  Gulgong 62013

Opened: 1881

Daily Temperature data from: 1970

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Bathurst, Dubbo, Scone.

Location: Co-ordinates   -32.3634 149.5329

Gulgong map

About 240km north-west of Sydney.

BOM site plan 2012:

Gulgong plan2017

2019 Google satellite image:

Gulgong aerial

2008 Google street view:

Gulgong street

The screen is centred in a bare back yard, but is surrounded by large brick buildings and a 2 metre wooden paling fence.  It is not possible to tell from the satellite image whether the yard is lawn or bitumen, but it doesn’t look green.

This station is not compliant, with temperatures 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. 57- Gulgong (NSW)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ken looking at the Google Earth view of this BOM weather station, it seems to be in the middle of a gravel car park area at the back of the Gulgong post office. Probably used by post office vans & trucks when delivering & picking up the mail. Te access is via long lane way from the street to the South.

    Thinking : Gulgong is in a current ( and long time ) drought area. So there would be not much water for a lawn or grassed area. But even so if it was a dried off grassed area, there would be a couple of shrubs etc. But the whole back yard is bare & brown.

    Also, this BOM station is almost certainly reporting higher temperatures than the actual for the district due to it being in the midst of an urban area with UHI effect present.

  2. Bill in Oz Says:

    Just reread your post Ken. Apologies ! The BOM weather station is not behind the post office. It’s in the backyard of the court house. And the similar provisos apply. Court officials park there. Probably so do the police and vans needed to deal with persons caught up in the legal processes.

    • kenskingdom Says:

      It seems obvious to us that “UHI” will affect temperatures wherever the built environment intrudes on the site or its surroundings. Heat from vehicles etc or air stirred up by aircraft propwash are other factors. The Gulgong thermometer will very accurately tell you the temperature in the backyard of the courthouse, but that is not a good indicator of the temperature anywhere else.

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