The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 220- Kuitpo (SA)

Thursday 14/11/2019

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: Kuitpo Forest Reserve 23887

Opened: 1998

Daily Temperature data from: 1998

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Adelaide.

Location:   Co-ordinates  -34.7111 138.6222

27km south of Adelaide CBD.

BOM site plan 2016:

Google satellite image 2019:

Ground photo h/t Bill:

The screen is at the top of a steep hill, on a sloping but clear slashed area. The screen is well exposed but a bit close to tall trees (should be at least 4 times the height, i.e. 40 metres) and on account of that I was going to leave it as “marginal”. But zooming in on the photo….

… shows dry rot taking hold. The screen is damaged and will not reflect sunlight as well. This is another example of how sites deteriorate when only inspected once a year.

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: 30.39%.

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 220- Kuitpo (SA)”

  1. William in Oz Says:

    Good to see this one listed as not compliant Ken. My lady & I walked into this BOM site last Saturday. A pleasant 2-3 ks each way as the Kuitpo Forest access gates were locked. I wondered what I would find. And if I would find it. But find it we did.

    Easy to spot actually way up on that hill with steep slopes for ~ 300 degrees around.. The slopes fell to gullies. And that gully bottom was about 70 meters below the level of the BOM station.

    Cold air is heavy. It will flow slowly down hill from the BOM station into the gullies and collect there. So this station will not reflect the true minimum temperature record of the area. I wonder if this BOM station ever measures any below zero temperatures at all, while a short distance away there are area with temperatures well below freezing.

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