The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 137- Bedourie (Qld)

Sunday 13/10/2019

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: Bedourie 38000

Opened: 1932

Daily Temperature data from: 1998

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Alice Springs, Boulia, Camooweal.

Location:   Co-ordinates  -24.3597 139.4714

1,400km west-north-west of Brisbane.

BOM site plan 2018:

Note the 12 metre and 10 metre trees 25 metres away, and the 6 metre tree about 10 metres away. Such obstructions are supposed to be a distance of 4 times their height away, so they are too close. But site plans from previous years show how this site evolved, and the Bureau’s neglect:

In 2006 the closer tree was a 3 metre sapling, and the other trees were much shorter. By 2012 the closer tree had grown to 4 metres and was identified for removal:

By 2013 it was 5 metres and still marked for removal…

Five years later it was 6 metres, still there, and no longer to be removed.

Google satellite image 2019:

There may or may not be a major effect on temperatures, but apparently the BOM doesn’t care enough to keep the site compliant.

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


Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 18.92%.

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 137- Bedourie (Qld)”

  1. Bill In Oz Says:

    Good Ken !
    Bedourie is an isolated place and a dry place as well. A glance at the Google Earth satellite photo shows how dry the district is. Most of the surface is bare of vegetation with few trees and no grass.

    But many of the homes in Bedourie itself have trees or shrubs growing close by and green grass areas as well.

    Clearly the locals are watering their gardens to create a pleasanter micro-climate. That’s what I would do if I was living there.

    And so there are trees close by the BOM weather station.I wonder if they were planted and are watered by locals to keep them growing ?

    But their existence close to the weather station is in contradiction to the BOM’s own guidelines. And those guidelines were developed over many decades of experience by BOM staff across Australia to ensure accuracy.

    Yet another BOM site fail !

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