The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 150- Territory Grape Farm (NT)

Thursday 17/10/2019

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: Territory Grape Farm 15643

Opened: 1987

Daily Temperature data from: 1987

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Alice Springs, Tennant Creek.

Location:   Co-ordinates  -22.4518 133.6377

140km north of Alice Springs.

BOM site plan 2019:

Google satellite image 2019:

Wider view:

It is difficult to establish and maintain a compliant site in the desert country of the NT, western Queensland, northern South Australia and much of Western Australia. There is precious little natural vegetation and it usually doesn’t take kindly to being trimmed to a few centimetres. Any areas regularly used for movement quickly become dusty bare soil.

You can grow anything in the desert if you can irrigate, in this case, large plantings of table grapes seen in the wider view. This makes an artificially more humid micro-climate. The area around the screen is dusty bare soil and nearby is a bore which would need frequent checking and servicing, therefore vehicle traffic.

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

FAIL

Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 20.72%.

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2 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 150- Territory Grape Farm (NT)”

  1. Bill In Oz Says:

    Now this is an interesting farming operation. I’ve eaten the grapes from this farm each year around mid November – Mid December. I used to wonder where in the NT, they are grown.

    As always Ken you’ve high lighted the substantial problems with this BOM weather station.

    The huge area under irrigation creates a micro climate leading to inaccurate temperature measurements.

    And the dust from the vehicles coming close also has an impact.

  2. The Wacky World of Weather Stations by State | kenskingdom Says:

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