The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 203- Wagin (WA)

Friday 08/11/2019

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: Wagin 10647

Opened: 1891

Daily Temperature data from: 1970

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Albany, Bridgetown, Cape Leeuwin, Katanning, Wandering

Location:   Co-ordinates -33.3075 117.3403

200km south-east of Perth.

BOM site plan 2015:

Google satellite image 2019:

The screen has a bare dirt path leading to it. It is 10 metres from a bitumen street. A colourbond fence is to the north-east and an 18 metre tree is less than 20 metres away. More trees are to the south.

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: 28.04%.

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4 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 203- Wagin (WA)”

  1. William in Oz Says:

    There is also the swimming complex just over the colorbond fence with it’s 3 pools for the locals to cool off in.

    But surely that also cools down the air in the vicinity as well.

    • kenskingdom Says:

      And keeps it warmer at night.

      • William in Oz Says:

        Yes of course Ken..Bodies of water like this ‘stabilise’ the temperature range in the area around them.

        I wonder if it is open in Winter. Some swimming complexes roll out bubble mats to warm the water in Autumn & early Winter so the swimming season is extended. Others close down & pump out the water over Winter in which case the effects of the pools would be present only when they are open for the swimming season.

        BOM did not think this all through when locating the station at this site !

  2. William in Oz Says:

    By what kind of common sense could the observations at this non compliant site be ‘used’ to adjust the observations at 4 ACORN sites at Albany, Bridgetown, Cape Leeuwin, Katanning, Wandering ?

    Has the BOM lost all common sense ? Or is it just the idiots who are employed to sit in front of computer screen and never actually go out to a BOM weather station site ?

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