The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 107- Yeppoon (Qld)

Saturday 21/09/2019

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

Station: Yeppoon The Esplanade 33294

Opened: 1993

Daily Temperature data from: 1993

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: —

Location:   Co-ordinates  -23.1364 150.7506

Yeppoon map

About 540km north-north-west of Brisbane, 40km north-east of Rockhampton.

2017 BOM site plan:

Yeppoon plan2017

2019 Google satellite image:

Yeppoon aerial

This is good evidence that the satellite image is not from 2019 but is 18 months to 2 years old, because there is no sign of the Yeppoon Lagoon, a brand new water park and pool which has been built just to the north of the Council offices.

2016 Google street view:

Yeppoon street 2016

The screen is right beside a dirt road and close to a bitumen road, and in a car park- cars can and do park within three metres.

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 Australian sites not compliant: 14.78%.

Of the 8 checkable stations in Capricornia, 4 are not compliant, and all of these are within 120km of my home.  Grrr!!!

Tomorrow we move inland to the Central Highlands and Coalfields forecast district.  This large region is loosely based on the Fitzroy River catchment, which drains to Great Barrier Reef waters, and that’s the reason I include it in the run up the coast.  The Bowen Basin coalfields cover most of the region and there is extensive cattle grazing and broadacre farming (cotton, sorghum, wheat, chick peas) both irrigated and dryland.

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5 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 107- Yeppoon (Qld)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    Yeppoon is a ‘sea change’ town and a holiday resort with lots of touring visitors wanting to see the great barrier reef and it’s islands. But strangely I cannot find any figures for the population or visitor numbers.

    But I think we can state with confidence that there is some general UHI effect plus that from the big octagonal Council building close by pumping out lots of A/C warm exhaust air. And all those vehicle parking so close to the BOM’s Stevenson screen..

    A very dopily sited BOM weather station.

    • kenskingdom Says:

      A very nice place but getting a bit busy for me. I prefer Emu Park or Cooee Bay. The Capricorn Coast is a beautiful spot and only 30 minutes from here.
      Re: sea changers. They couldn’t get any interest in the climate strike in Rocky yesterday (4 die hard activists turned up according to the paper) but Yeppoon had a couple of hundred apparently, nearly all older folk, hardly any students.

  2. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ken I’ve been in a discussion so far pleasant about these posts. And I got this comment from one person. he noticed in the link ( here ) “that most of the non-compliant sites are not used in climate Modelling. What was the point of bringing it up?”

    i replied to him but would you like to explain in your own words..

  3. Bill in Oz Says:

    Here is my reply : “Ken is not talking about climate modelling. The temperature data recorded by all of them (700 + )all across Australia ) is used by the BOM to create big picture that the Australian climate HAS warmed already…That’s the point.”

  4. kenskingdom Says:

    The point is in the sentence where I say whether each station is used to adjust data at Acorn sites. The vast majority of weather stations whether compliant or not are used to “correct” the climate record of the 104 Acorn stations used for climate modelling. All of the 700+ stations also feed directly into international temperature records (e.g. Goddard Institute of Space Studies- GISS, Hadley Climate Research Unit- HadCruT) used for global climate modelling. So the siting of Australian stations is vitally important. And they are also quoted on the news every day.

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