The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 215- Northam (WA)

Tuesday 12/11/2019

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: Northam 10111

Opened: 1877

Daily Temperature data from: 1907

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Cunderdin, Dalwallinu, Wandering. (Many other stations before 1970 – Albany, Bridgetown, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Merredin, Morawa, Perth Airport.)

Location:   Co-ordinates  -31.6508 116.6586

80km north-east of Perth.

BOM site plan 2016:

Google satellite image 2019:

Google street view October 2018:

Jo Nova’s photo October 2019:

Northam weather station is located in the middle of an old bowling green roughly 40 metres across, so all else being equal it should be a good site. However, if you refer to the above images you will note that has 1.5 metre solid asbestos fibro fences on two sides, and 2.5 metre banks on the other two sides, so it is in an artificial hollow- one of the no-no’s. It is protected on all sides. (The station was moved here from another site between 1998 and 2005.)

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: 29.7%.

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 215- Northam (WA)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    This just goes to show that an on the spot sighting often reveals what is almost hidden on Google earth. Good that Jo went & had a look and took the photos !

    BOM FAILED again for the 215th time !

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