The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 133- Richmond (Qld)

Friday 11/10/2019

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: Richmond Airport  30161

Opened: 1998

Daily Temperature data from: 1998

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at:  Camooweal, Georgetown.

Location:   Co-ordinates -20.7017 143.1167

Richmond map

417km south-west of Townsville.

BOM site plan 2017:

Richmond plan2017

BOM site plan 2011:

Richmond plan2011

Google satellite image 2019:

(The co-ordinates are not accurate: the screen is 80m north of the runway.)

Richmond aerial

The area around the screen is bare black soil and white shaley rock.  At times long grass has grown within 5 metres of the screen.   The apron and turning area is only 51 metres away.

Richmond is an Acorn station, part of the 112 station network which defines Australia’s official climate history.  This station is non-compliant, with temperatures reported at Latest Weather Observations and used to adjust data at other Acorn sites.

FAIL

Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 18.37%.

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4 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 133- Richmond (Qld)”

  1. Bill In Oz Says:

    Ken I can see long windrows of cut grass waiting to be baled. And I can see finished round bales as well. So the land around this airport has been cut for hay at some point in the recent past. I wonder how close the contractors came to the BOM weather station site ? Nothing about this in the BOM details Pdf !

    And yes the screen etc have been moved recently. There is a diamond shaped area close to the plane taxi area, which looks like it was the former site of the weather station. And it is definitely far to close to planes with their prop wash !

  2. Roger Says:

    Looks to be magnetic North to me. Is any ground truth aavailable

  3. Australia's Wacky Weather Stations: Final Summary | kenskingdom Says:

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