The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 204- Hyden (WA)

Saturday 09/11/2019

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: Hyden 10568

Opened: 1928

Daily Temperature data from: 1970

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Esperance, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Merredin.

Location:   Co-ordinates  -32.4419 118.8983

290km east of Perth.

BOM site plan 2013:

Google satellite image 2019:

Google street view 2010:

This is at the Wave Rock visitor centre. The screen is close to dirt paths, is close to scrub to 3 metres and 10 metres from an 11 metre tree, with smaller bushes even closer. Car parking bays are 10 metres away.

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: 28.18%.

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 204- Hyden (WA)”

  1. William in Oz Says:

    Ken this is definitely non compliant with the BOM’s guidelines.The weather station is located in the midst of low bush land trees and scrub.

    And there is a wider issue : While the township of Hyden has only 3-400 people, Wave Rock is a major tourist WA visiting area with around 100,000 tourists a year. Visitors arrive especially ‘during the wildflower season between September and December to see the many wildflower species that bloom at the time and the birds that feed on the blossom.’ ( Wikipedia )

    On Google Earth one can see a multi story high rise hotel a couple of hundred meters from the BOM station that caters to all the tourist traffic.

    So there is a real ‘heat island effect’ specifically at Wave Rock where the BOM weather station is located. Lots of people along with their cars pumping out hot exhaust fumes, air conditioners. cooking stoves, etc etc.

    What a mess !

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