The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 130- Mornington Island (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: Mornington Island Airport 29182

Opened: 2013

Daily Temperature data from: 2013

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at:  —

Location:   Co-ordinates  -16.6620 139.1655

MorningtonIs map

700km west of Cairns, 460km north of Mt Isa.

BOM site plan 2014:

MorningtonIs plan2014

Google satellite image 2019:

MorningtonIs aerial

The screen is 15 metres from a drain and 20 metres from a road.  The satellite photo plainly shows vehicles regularly drive through the site within a couple of metres of the screen, creating bare soil and dust which coats the screen and probably enters it, coating the temperature probe.

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: 17.96%.

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 130- Mornington Island (Qld)”

  1. Bill In Oz Says:

    Once again Ken you are spot on. The BOM has placed this weather station site where there is a huge impact from human activities happening on the island’s airport..

    And there is so much other land which is unaffected where a BOM weather station could be located & provide accurate information.

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