The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 88- Beaudesert (Qld)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station: Beaudesert Drumley Street 40983

Opened: 2007

Daily Temperature data from: 2007

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: —

Location:   Co-ordinates   -27.9707 152.9898

Beaudesert map

About 50km south of Brisbane.

BOM site plan 2017:

Keep an eye on the large red oblongs.

Beaudesert plan2017

2015 site plan:

Beaudesert plan2015

2010 site plan:

Beaudesert plan2010

The site has changed drastically.  Since 2010 a large solar array has appeared; since 2015 new buildings have appeared 10 metres away.  But here’s the best part:

2019 Google satellite image:

Beaudesert aerial

It’s another sewage treatment plant- nice and warm.  Note the nearby buildings, equipment, and vehicles.

2014 street view:

Beaudesert street2014

The buildings have gone up since then.

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

FAIL

Percentage of all sites not compliant: 12.15%

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2 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 88- Beaudesert (Qld)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ahhhh the locals are spicing up the temperature for the BOM Ken !
    Well picked !

    A query : I wonder if there is a more recent photo from the street. The grass at this site is nice and green and also mowed. I wonder if it is watered as well. It has the look of being a well manicured lawn..

    At least there is not much UHI effects happening at this BOM site. It is on the edge of the town which is mostly further South.

    A further query : temperature is a result of light from the sun leading to heating etc.

    If there is a large solar panel array, lots of light is converted into electricity. Does this reduce local temperatures ? I don’t know the answer.

  2. kenskingdom Says:

    I know the panels get b. hot in the sun, and also reflect a lot of light.

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