The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 83- Lightning Ridge (NSW)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station: Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Centre 48243

Opened: 1997

Daily Temperature data from: 1997

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Bourke, Moree, St George.

Location:   Co-ordinates   -29.4310 147.9722

LightningRidge map

About 590km north-west of Sydney, 540km south-west of Brisbane.

2019 Google satellite image:

LightningRidge aerial

BOM site plan 2019:

LightningRidge plan2019

Street view 2008:

LightningRidge street2008

Street view 2015 (photo by Marcus Ellem):

LightningRidge street2015

A few metres from a bitumen/ gravel parking area, with a gravel path lined with rocks beside the screen, and near many large rocks.

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


Percentage of all sites not compliant: 11.46%

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 83- Lightning Ridge (NSW)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    Lightening Ridge is an opal mining town. Looking at it via Google earth it is easy to see that virtually the whole township of Lightening Ridge is one huge mining zone with mining spoil heaps everywhere the natural landscape completely destroyed.

    Such destruction affects the temperatures measured by the BOM station.

    But if one looks at it on Google Earth from above and ‘backs off’ the image, we can see the natural landscape surrounding the town.

    If BOM was serious about having a weather station at Lightening Ridge, it would place it on a site with natural vegetation and on level ground, well away from mining spoil heaps and sealed roads.

    Yes a major fail by BOM, Ken

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