The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 98- Gympie (Qld)

Tuesday 17/09/2019

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications and to No. 92- Logan City for 2018 specifications.

Station: Gympie 40093

Opened: 1870

Daily Temperature data from: 1965

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Bundaberg, Brisbane, Gayndah.

Location:   Co-ordinates   -26.1831  152.6414

Gympie map

About 150km north of Brisbane.

2012 BOM site plan:

Gympie plan2012

2019 Google satellite image:

Gympie aerial

Another sewage treatment plant!

And the screen is close to bitumen roads, a concrete driveway, sullage tanks, sewage treatment pits and a large building.

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: 13.54%

 

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3 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 98- Gympie (Qld)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ken as always well spotted !

    I think you said the other day ( Re Lady Elliot Island ) that the BOM guidelines do not permit a station to be near bodies of water.

    I sort of wondered about that. As on an island there is water all around. It cannot be avoided. But here at Gympie, the water is an artificial human ‘feature’.

    Conclusion : the BOM’s own staffers do not know the guidelines.

    BYW : You say that the percentage of non compliant BOM weather stations is now 13.5%. But I wonder what the percentage is for the South East Queensland region ? It feels like it is much higher than 13.5%.

    • kenskingdom Says:

      There are still 5 more sites to do in SEQ, and that will bring the Qld non-compliance rate to close to 49%. Qld is by far worse than other states, I’m embarrassed to say.

  2. Bill in Oz Says:

    I don’t think you should be embarrassed Ken. After all the BOM is supposed to be the public professional authority. The mistakes they make are their’s not yours whether they be in SEQ or SA or anywhere else in Australia.

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