The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 104- Gladstone Radar (Qld)

Friday 20/09/2019

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

Station: Gladstone Radar  39123

Opened: 1957

Daily Temperature data from: 1957

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: —

Location:   Co-ordinates  -23.8553 151.2628

Gladstoneradar map

About 435km north-north-west of Brisbane.

2016 BOM site plan:

Gladstoneradar plan2016

2019 Google satellite image:

Gladstoneradar aerial

The screen is less than 6 metres from trees “to 8m” and less than 40 metres from the radar tower and bitumen surrounds.

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


Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 14.36%.

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 104- Gladstone Radar (Qld)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    An interesting BOM site Ken. It’s located at the top of a hill in a patch of bush which is surrounded by the city of Gladstone with 33,000 people.

    So being on top of that hill means it will be recording lower temperatures than are the norm for all of Gladstone where people actually live.

    And what is the impact of the UHI effect of the 33,000 people with their cars, trucks, air conditioners, machinery etc etc on the BOM thermometer up there on the hill ? There is also a coal fired power plant in Gladstone pumping out lots of steam from it’s cooling towers. I wonder if BOM have even thought about this issue.

    But it is up close to their new rainfall radar tower. So maintenance is easy for them.

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