The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 161- Barimunya (WA)

Monday 21/10/2019

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: Barimunya 505053

Opened: —

Daily Temperature data from: —

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: —

Location:   Co-ordinates  -22.672243, 119.163447

320km south-east of Karratha, 1,100km north-east of Perth.

Google satellite image 2019:

This is another interesting site. If you enter the number 505053 into the data search at Climate Data Online, you will get a message saying “The station number must be between 001000 and 399999”. The BOM have not yet updated their database, and there is no metadata or site plan for this station. However it can be found by entering the co-ordinates given at Latest Weather Observations. The station is brand new. It has been set up to service the brand new Barimunya airport for FIFO iron ore mine workers. Being in a fiercely hot location, a cynic might wonder whether it conveniently might record new record temperatures for WA. The surrounding area is dry red dirt and spinnifex. Perhaps to lessen the dust (?) it looks as if blue metal has been used to surface the track around the screen.

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: 22.24%.

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 161- Barimunya (WA)”

  1. Bill In Oz Says:

    Ken as we progress through these BOM weather stations, and I look at each of them on Google Earth, I am struck by the sheer vastness of the Australian continent.

    And these BOM weather stations are hundreds of kilometers from each other.

    And I wonder just how accurately each of them represents the local climate or the vast area in between ?

    I suspect that this new weather station has been installed by the iron ore mining company that built the airport and built the company ‘barracks’ ( not town ) about 10 ks away from the airport. It was installed to assist the pilots with their tale offs & landings.

    And maybe the BOm has not yet actually sent out an employee to check whether it is compliant or not with it’s guidelines. But for the reasons you mention, it is not !

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