The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 121- Cape Flattery (Qld)

Monday 07/10/2019

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications and to No. 92- Logan City for 2018 specifications.  If you wish to check on this (or any) site for yourself, go to post on how-to check for yourself.

Station: Cape Flattery 31213

Opened: 2003

Daily Temperature data from: 2003

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: —

Location:   Co-ordinates  -14.9672 145.3106 

CapeFlattery map

225km north of Cairns.

BOM site plan 2017:

CapeFlattery plan2017

 2019 Google satellite image:

CapeFlattery aerial

The station is at a silica sand mine.  Bare sandy soil surrounds the screen area with patchy vegetation to 0.75 metres, with a vehicle track very close, and dense scrub to 2 metres less than 10 metres away.

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: 16.71%.

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 121- Cape Flattery (Qld)”

  1. Bill In Oz Says:

    Ken, this weather . station opened in 2003 – just 16 years ago. Do you have any history of the mine site ?I suspect that the sand mine has been a there a lot longer. It’s hard to find good grades of silica, and the greens always object to these mines, so they keep using the mine sites they have got.

    of course it’s NOT compliant… in any sense.

    But maybe BOM wants to measure the temperatures in a bare patch of sand in a sand mine ! But I can’t think of any reason why the Australian public should fund this site at all.

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