The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 129- Kowanyama (Qld)

Thursday 10/10/2019

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 my post on how to check for yourself.

Station: Kowanyama Airport 29038

Opened: 1912

Daily Temperature data from: 1965

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at:  Weipa, Palmerville.

Location:   Co-ordinates  -15.4818 141.7483

Kowanyama map

460km north-west of Cairns.

BOM site plan 2014:

Kowanyama plan2014

Google satellite image 2019:

Kowanyama aerial

The 2 metre wire fence casts a shadow: it is probably thickly overgrown with weeds and grass.  The “track” on the other side of the fence appears to be a sprayed out area beside the fence, and it looks to be similarly treated on the screen side as well.  On the other side of the fence is a wide (>50 metres) area of bare gravel used for parking trucks and road trains.  The area around the screen was “mown grass” in 2014 but in 2010 it was “grass to 1 metre”.  The screen is less than 60 metres from the airport apron.

This station is non-compliant, with temperatures reported at Latest Weather Observations and used to adjust data at Acorn sites.

FAIL

Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 17.82%.

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 129- Kowanyama (Qld)”

  1. Bill In Oz Says:

    Spot on Ken !

    It would be hard to find a site for a weather station which is less representative of the district ! This is a remote part of Australia with lots of country which has been less affected by urban development & UHI effect.

    But this site has lots of bare ground around it. There is bare gravel for road trains close by, and a high fence close by which is over grown with climbing plants and so blocks off the winds from the North & East.

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