The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 197- Hopetoun North (WA)

Wednesday 06/11/2019

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: Hopetoun North 9961

Opened: 1995

Daily Temperature data from: 1996

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Esperance.

Location:   Co-ordinates   -33.9306 120.1283

455km south-east of Perth.

BOM site plan 2019:

Google satellite image 2019:

Close to trees and bushes, close to areas of bare dirt, right beside a vehicle track.

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


Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 27.21%.

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5 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 197- Hopetoun North (WA)”

  1. William in Oz Says:

    Ken this weather station looks like it’s in a very sandy area. There is lots of yellow sand showing where the scrub has been cleared away.

    What is the effect of high albedo on the temperature of the area ?

  2. Graeme No.3 Says:

    Is there a specification for the ground under the screen? So far it seems that bitumen, sand, gravel and grass are considered OK.
    Did I miss concrete? How about some Colorbond sheets lying flat under the screen, that should boost the global warming.

    • William in Oz Says:

      Graeme should we accuse them of deliberate actions which falsift the temperature records ? Or perhaps simply accuse them of incompetence and being slack ?

      Both will have the same result !

  3. William in Oz Says:

    The Stevenson screen is surrounded by lots of bare sandy soil which exposed to sunlight will get very hot.

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