The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 142- Surat (Qld)

Monday 14/10/2019

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: Surat 43035

Opened: 1881

Daily Temperature data from: 1962

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Charleville, Longreach, Miles, St George.

Location:   Co-ordinates  -27.1591 149.0702

390km west of Brisbane.

BOM site plan 2014:

Google satellite image 2019:

Google “street” view 2008:

A dirt track made by vehicles is less than 5 metres from the screen, so apart from unrepresentative surface dust will coat it. Alexandra Street is a gravel road, and the site is directly opposite the council works depot with more bare dirt and dust.

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: 19.61%.

That concludes the Queensland section of this series. There are 125 Queensland stations I was able to check (others were tide gauges, Defence bases, and Wellcamp Airport which has an undocumented station). Of these, 59 are not compliant with the Bureau’s own specifications- that’s 47.2%.

Tomorrow I start on Northern Territory stations.

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 142- Surat (Qld)”

  1. Bill In Oz Says:

    I get the feeling Ken, that the more remote a BOM station is, the more likely it is to be non complaint..
    Certainly that dirt track so clsoe to the screen means this one is not compliant.

    But a question : how does dust on the thermometer affect the temperature readings. I suppose an old fashioned mercury thermometer would not be affected. But an electronic one ? I don’t know.

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