The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 79- Menindee (NSW)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station: Menindee 47019

Opened: 1876

Daily Temperature data from: 1959

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Maree, Oodnadatta, Wilcannia, Tibooburra

Location:   Co-ordinates  -32.3937 142.4173

Menindee map

About 800km west of Sydney, 650km north-west of Melbourne, 460km north-east of Adelaide.

BOM site plan 2018:

Menindee plan2018

The site moved to this location in 2009.

2019 Google satellite image:

Menindee aerial

Street view 2008:

Menindee street

The police station and post office on either side, plus a shed, solid fences on two sides, a concrete path to the front, 15 metres from a 20 metre wide bitumen road, and the site is watered (note the green grass above).

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: 10.91%

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6 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 79- Menindee (NSW)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    An interesting choice of weather stations Ken. I’ve been wondering if it would show up here and finally it has.

    Take a wider look and the Menindie lakes are all dry.

    Background : The Menindie lakes ( 4 of then : see Google Earth image ) have been a major water storage basin since circa 1960. It was the major water source for Broken Hill and also a major alternative source of fresh water for SA. ( Alternative to the Hume dam, the Dartmouth dam & Lake Victoria ). And with water being locally stored an irrigation area also developed growing fresh eating grapes etc for sale in Adelaide & SA.
    That was the situation from 1960 till early 2018. The NSW department of water then decided that as Broken Hill was now getting water from Wentworth via a new pipeline, it would drain the Menindie Lakes in order to provide SA with environmental flows to downstream lakes such as Lake Alexandrina, Albert etc.

    But the whole darling was going into drought and there were no fresh flows down the Darling to replace the water released…And the darling is stil competly dry between Wilcannia and Wentworth..

    This has killed off the local irrigation block farmers along the lower Darling. And caused mass fish kills of native Murray cod & other species…So that NSW government decision has caused huge problems..And that was reflected in the recent NSW state elections which saw the National party lose the seats along the Darling.

    But there is also an opportunity in the disaster : an opportunity to measure the impact of this new situation on the BOM’s minimum & maximum temperature readings..

    However this BOM weather station is stuffed and not giving accurate readings.

    What to do ?

  2. Graeme No.3 Says:

    Bill,
    no problem. They will just switch to using figures from Menindee in SA.
    Why not? The whole thing is a farce. They don’t maintain their sites, then adjust (homogenise) the readings with sites hundreds of kilometres away, in a different climate zone perhaps, to get the “right” answer.

  3. Graeme No.3 Says:

    Sorry,
    it’s Meningee in South Australia. Doesn’t stop them using those figures to “homogenise” data

  4. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ken have you been following the discussion on Jo Nova today re the BOM weather station at Edinburgh SA:
    “Crakar24
    September 7, 2019 at 2:32 pm : I watched a P8, P3, C17 and C130J taxi within ten meters of the BOM weather station at Edinburgh (YPED) yesterday just like every other day. The BOM have no idea how contaminated the data is so trustworthy LOL incompetent YES

    Bill in Oz
    September 7, 2019 at 5:16 pm ·
    Edinburgh ? Where Crakar, in South Australia ?

    Crakar24
    September 7, 2019 at 5:33 pm ·
    Yep ”
    Edinburgh is the defence airforce bases north of Adelaide. I assume it is one of the ones . you cannot access.. But it seems locals can go onto the base ( or see through the fence ) and see the planes taking off & landing.. And the BOM weather station

    have you looked at Edinburgh SA ?

    • kenskingdom Says:

      Yes. the screen is at least 40 – 50 metres from the nearest runway, I can’t see how any aircraft could get near it. Some bare dirt around the enclosure but not too bad.

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