The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 102- Rainbow Beach (Qld)

Thursday 19/09/2019

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

Station: Rainbow Beach 40856

Opened: 1992

Daily Temperature data from: 1992

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Bundaberg, Cape Moreton.

Location:   Co-ordinates  -25.9007  153.0891

RainbowBch map

About 170km north of Brisbane.

2019 BOM site plan:

RainbowBch plan2019

2019 Google satellite image:

RainbowBch aerial

Between and too close to two bitumen roads, and 15 metres from 8 metre trees (should be 32 metres away).  As well the open ground across the street looks ideal for housing or commercial development in the next few years.

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: 14.09%

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 102- Rainbow Beach (Qld)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    I once spent a week camping at Rainbow beach in the caravan/camping ground. It was a lovely place and a nice stay with nice people.

    That context is important. Wikipedia says about Rainbow Beach : “The town’s economy is now dominated by tourism, featuring quiet and idyllic holidays, fishing and retirement getaway. The town caters to beach-orientated holiday-makers with hotels, motels, and caravan parks. The town promotes itself as the “Gateway to Fraser Island” as vehicular ferries for Fraser Island depart from Inskip Point, north of town. Double Island Point, a popular destination amongst 4WD enthusiasts, is located east of town. It is also promoted as an eco-tourism destination.

    Although it has a permanent population of about 1100, about 70,000 visitors come to the town each year. ”

    I suspect if day trippers were included this figure would be higher.

    And a lot of those visitors arrive in large 4WD vehicles towing caravans.

    This means that despite it’s apparent small population size, there is a big urban heat island effect present in the area.

    Yet BOM uses the temperature records from it’s weather station at Rainbow Beach to ‘adjust’ it’s ACORN weather stations records.

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