The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 75- Griffith (NSW)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station: Griffith Airport 75041

Opened: 1960

Daily Temperature data from: 1970

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Wagga Wagga, West Wyalong, Wilcannia.

Location:   Co-ordinates  -34.2487  146.0695

Griffith map

About 475km west of Sydney.

BOM site plan 2018:

Griffith plan2018

2019 Google satellite image:

Griffith aerial

Looks OK- but earlier plans show how the site has changed.  2012:

Griffith plan2012

2016:

Griffith plan2016

2017:

Griffith plan2017

The instrument area has changed, from bare dusty ground with all vegetation removed by spraying, to patchy grass to 1 metre, to grass to 20cm.

This station is non-compliant, with temperatures reported at Latest Weather Observations and used to adjust data at Acorn sites.

FAIL

Percentage of all sites not compliant: 10.36%

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 75- Griffith (NSW)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ken Griffith is a big town in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. ( MIA )

    Looking at Google Earth for the whole surrounding area shows hundreds of irrigation blocks in various shades of green and other blocks that have been ploughed/disked for the next crop.
    Among the crops grown there are the following : fruit trees ( citrus) olives, almonds, grapes, pistacios, figs, rice, wheat, (Many of the annual crop blocks are laser levelled to maximise the efficiency of irrigation)
    The land around the Griffith BOM weather station is not cropped ( like Deniliquin ) or irrigated.

    However the size of the irrigated area surrounding the airport must have an impact on temperatures measured at this BOM weather station.

    In Spring & Summer there will be a huge amount of water vapour in the air from all this irrigation.

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