Archive for November, 2019

The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 269- Lakes Entrance (Vic)

November 30, 2019

Saturday 30/11/2019

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: Lakes Entrance (Eastern Beach Road) 84150

Opened: 2006

Daily Temperature data from: 2006

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: —

Location:   Co-ordinates  -37.8717 148.0060

270km east of Melbourne.

BOM site plan 2013:

Google satellite image 2019:

Google street view 2018:

This station was commenced in 2006, when the carpark was gravel, sealed before 2013, but the screen is 10 to 12 metres from the nearest parked cars, and too close to trees.

This station is non-compliant, with temperatures reported at Latest Weather Observations but not used to adjust data at Acorn sites.

FAIL

Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 37.15%.

The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 268- Warragul (Vic)

November 30, 2019

Saturday 30/11/2019

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: Nilma North (Warragul) 85313

Opened: 2014

Daily Temperature data from: 2014

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: —

Location:   Co-ordinates  -38.1321 145.9865

96km south-east of Melbourne CBD.

BOM site plan 2016:

Google satellite image 2019:

This station was commenced in 2014, but the screen is 15 metres from a bitumen carpark, and less from a gravel area.

This station is non-compliant, with temperatures reported at Latest Weather Observations but not used to adjust data at Acorn sites.

FAIL

Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 37.02%.

The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 267- Latrobe Valley (Vic)

November 30, 2019

Saturday 30/11/2019

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: Morwell (Latrobe Valley Airport) 85280

Opened: 1984

Daily Temperature data from: 1984

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Sale, Wilsons Promontory.

Location:   Co-ordinates  -38.2094 146.4746

139km south-east of Melbourne CBD.

BOM site plan 2016:

Google satellite image 2019:

The screen is 35 metres from the aircraft apron, a large expanse of tarmac.

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

FAIL

Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 36.88%.

The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 266- Lake Eildon (Vic)

November 29, 2019

Friday 29/11/2019

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: Lake Eildon 88023

Opened: 1887

Daily Temperature data from: 1970

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Gabo Island (1981)

Location:   Co-ordinates  -37.2313 145.9124

105km north-east of Melbourne CBD.

BOM site plan 2018:

Google satellite image 2019:

Google street view 2010:

The screen is right beside a gravel carpark (asphalt until 2013), close to a workshop, very close to shrubs and trees, and the ground nearby falls away down a bank.

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

FAIL

Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 36.74%.

The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 265- Wangaratta (Vic)

November 29, 2019

Friday 29/11/2019

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: Wangaratta Aero 82138

Opened: 1987

Daily Temperature data from: 1987

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Rutherglen, Sale, .

Location:   Co-ordinates  -36.4205 146.3056

193km north-east of Melbourne CBD.

BOM site plan 2015:

Google satellite image 2019:

The screen is right beside a track and an area of what looks to be bluemetal surrounding the wind sock area which could be bitumen. Much too close to “unrepresentative surface”.

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

FAIL

Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 36.6%.

The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 264- Tatura (Vic)

November 29, 2019

Friday 29/11/2019

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: Tatura Inst. Sustainable Ag 81049

Opened: 1942

Daily Temperature data from: 1965

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Deniliquin, Kerang, Laverton, Rutherglen.

Location:   Co-ordinates  -36.4378 145.2672

155km north of Melbourne CBD.

BOM site plan 2014:

Google satellite image 2019:

This is a good illustration of how surroundings can change in under 5 years. In 2014 the site was decidedly non-compliant, very close to bare dirt. The satellite image shows the area just over the fence well vegetated, but nearby a large circular area (centre pivot irrigation?) of bare dirt with what could be grape vines radiating from the centre.

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

FAIL

Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 36.46%.

The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 263- Wonthaggi (Vic)

November 28, 2019

Thursday 28/11/2019

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: Wonthaggi 86127

Opened: 1911

Daily Temperature data from: 1968

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Laverton, Melbourne, Orbost, Sale (1971), Wilsons Promontory.

Location:   Co-ordinates  -38.6078 145.5965

105km south-east of Melbourne CBD.

BOM site plan 2018:

Google satellite image 2019:

Google street view:

The screen is right beside a ‘gravel’ driveway (which looks more like bitumen to me), which broadens into a large paved area of the council depot / waterworks yard.

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

FAIL

Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 36.33%.

The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 262- Scoresby (Vic)

November 28, 2019

Thursday 28/11/2019

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: Scoresby Research Institute 86104

Opened: 1948

Daily Temperature data from: 1965

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Laverton, Melbourne.

Location:   Co-ordinates  -37.8710 145.2561

26km east of Melbourne CBD.

BOM site plan 2019:

Google satellite image 2019:

There is a dam 50 metres to the north, and a large area of factories and sheds 130 metres to the west. The main problem is that the instrument enclosure has been spayed out, and the screen is on bare dirt.

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

FAIL

Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 36.19%.

The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 261- Moorabbin (Vic)

November 28, 2019

Thursday 28/11/2019

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: Moorabbin Airport 86077

Opened: 1950

Daily Temperature data from: 1971

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Laverton, Melbourne, Orbost, Wilsons Promontory.

Location:   Co-ordinates  -37.9800 145.0962

22km south–east of Melbourne CBD.

BOM site plan 2018:

Google satellite image 2019:

Moorabbin is Melbourne’s main secondary airport and is very busy. The screen is 30 metres from a taxiway, 70m from a helipad, 80 metres from a runway turning point, 25m from a road, and 55 metres from a large dirt stockpile. It was moved here from a location that was being built out between 2003 and 2006.

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

FAIL

Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 36.05%.

The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 260- Coldstream (Vic)

November 27, 2019

Wednesday 27/11/2019

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: Coldstream 86383

Opened: 1994

Daily Temperature data from: 1994

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: —

Location:   Co-ordinates  -37.7239 145.4092

42km north-east of Melbourne.

BOM site plan 2019:

Looks not too bad, which is why I passed over it in the first round in this series. But have a look at the satellite image, and it seems the Bureau site plan left out something…

Google satellite image 2019:

In 2014, the Google street view shows:

In the last few years (since September 2014, the last street view) the clear grassy paddock across the road has been converted into a huge gravel quarry, over 5 hectares of bare soil. Also, the area around the screen appears to have been sprayed out to bare soil.

This station is non-compliant, with temperatures reported at Latest Weather Observations but not used to adjust data at Acorn sites.

FAIL

Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 35.91%.