The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 89- Cape Moreton (Qld)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station: Cape Moreton Lighthouse 40043

Opened: 1869

Daily Temperature data from: 1910

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Gayndah (1960), Yamba (1939)

It is interesting that much closer sites (Brisbane Airport and Amberley) have not used this site for adjustments, nor even for data comparison.  The adjustments to Gayndah and Yamba were before a 50 metre site move in 1995, which apparently had “little impact on temperatures”.

Location:   Co-ordinates   -27.0314 153.4661

CapeMoreton map

About 65km north-east of Brisbane.

BOM site plan 2016:

CapeMoreton plan2016


2019 Google satellite image:

CapeMoreton aerial

Current site photograph in Acorn Station Catalogue:

CapeMoreton BOMphoto

Note how close the vehicle on the bitumen driveway is to the screen, and that vegetation right up to the screen has not been trimmed to a few centimetres.  The screen is also close to a hut.

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


Percentage of all sites not compliant: 12.29%

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2 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 89- Cape Moreton (Qld)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ken this BOM Stevenson screen is also perched atop a major sand dune. In fact the whole island is made up of a series of sand dunes. Cooler air will tend to fall away from it.( As can be seen in the photos )
    Thus the thermometer will tend to record a lower daily temperature range with the actual minimum temperatures not accurately recorded.

    There are gullies between the dunes. I wonder what minimum temperatures a thermometer placed in one of the gullies would record ?

    And this is a BOM ACORN site ?

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