The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 90- Gold Coast Seaway (Qld)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station: Gold Coast Seaway 40764

Opened: 1987

Daily Temperature data from: 1992

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: —

Location:   Co-ordinates   -27.9390  153.4283

GoldCoast map.jpg

About 60km south-east of Brisbane.

The surrounding  vegetation of this site has changed a great deal over the years.

BOM site plan 2000:

GoldCoast plan2000

Site plan 2007:

GoldCoast plan2007

2011:

GoldCoast plan2011

2013:

GoldCoast plan2013

2014:

GoldCoast plan2014

2016:

GoldCoast plan2016

2019 Google satellite image:

GoldCoast aerial

There appears to be less grass cover inside the enclosure, and a narrow but thick patch of scrub is adjacent to the east.

Street view 2017:

GoldCoast street2017

The enclosure is level and bare, but immediately outside is not.  Vegetation has grown, died, been chipped, new shrubs grown.  Breezes are from the south-east to north-east for most of the year.  Vegetation changes will affect airflow and therefore temperature recordings.

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

FAIL

Percentage of all sites not compliant: 12.43%

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4 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 90- Gold Coast Seaway (Qld)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ken I do not know this part of Australia. But it is the Gold Coast which is the second largest urban area in Qld. The Gold Coast does not get that cold. But it is a location where air conditionings are the norm on every building. And each A/C unit is pumping out hot air in order to cool the interiors of those building. Also I looked at the site on Google Earth I see that this BOM site is perched high on a sand dune. It is also ~ hundred meters from a huge sealed car park which is a massive heart source.
    Not a very clever location for BOM.

  2. Dave Says:

    Ken – can you contact me on the included email please? I have some information for you as you work your way north – specifically at Bundaberg and Gayndah. I’ve studied both of these in some detail as they’re my ‘local’ ACORN stations and in the case of Bundaberg at least, the metadata isn’t totally accurate.

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