The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 69- Parkes (NSW)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station: Parkes Airport 65068

Opened: 1941

Daily Temperature data from: 1997

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Dubbo.

Location: Co-ordinates  -33.1281 148.2428

Parkes map

About 290km north-west of Sydney.

BOM site plan 2018:

Parkes plan 2018

2019 Google satellite image:

Parkes aerial

(The screen is in the small red circle.)

Wider view:

Parkes wider

The screen is about 25 metres from a large cultivated paddock to the north-west.  This farm land will vary from year to year from bare ground, ploughed ground, emerging crop, mature crop, to harvested crop, depending on the seasons once, twice or not at all every year.

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

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4 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 69- Parkes (NSW)”

  1. prowse2 Says:

    https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JAMC-D-19-0002.1 [1]   Dear Ken,  Hope you are able to  use the above site which explains the temperature affect with poor sites—trevor

  2. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ken is this BOM weather station actually located on ‘sealed’ ground adjoining the runway ? When I looked at this site on Google Earth it does not look like a grassed area to me. It looks like tarmac to me.
    Of corse that raises the question why a regional airport like Parkes has such a big sealed area along side the two runways ?

    I suggest that this is an inheritance of WW2. Parkes started it’s existence as an RAAF pilot training base in 1941.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAAF_Station_Parkes

    So the BOM weather station there started life as an local ‘aide’ to the RAAF squadrons stationed there. Why ? Here is one important example : On hot days, the amount of lift provided by the wings is reduced. Thus extra engine revs are needed to gain extra speed for take off. Or the amount of load must be reduced. Crucial pilot information !

    And it needs to be information provided from close to the runway !
    Which I suggest is why this BOM station is where it is.

    But that means that this station is NOT suitable for use in guiding the homogenisation of other BOM weather stations data – especially ACORN ones.

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