The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 247- Price (SA)

Saturday 23/11/2019

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: Price 22015

Opened: 1944

Daily Temperature data from: 1965

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: —

Location:   Co-ordinates  -34.2971 138.0014

90km north-west of Adelaide.

BOM site plan 2017:

Google satellite image 2019:

The screen is on bare dirt near a roadway with some nearby saltbush, and is surrounded by salt evaporation pans which will vary from full of shallow sea water to dry and dazzling white salt which is scraped off.

This station is non-compliant, with temperatures reported at Latest Weather Observations but not used to adjust data at Acorn sites.

FAIL

Percentage of all Australian sites not compliant: 34.12%.

That concludes South Australia. Of 84 stations listed at Latest Weather Observations , 78 could be checked. Of these, 20- just 25.6%- are apparently compliant with BOM specifications. 16 I regard as marginal as they are far from perfect but not as poor as others I have listed. I will do a separate post on examples of marginal sites at a later date. 42 stations, or 52.85%, do not comply with site specifications.

Next I revisit Victoria.

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 247- Price (SA)”

  1. William in Oz Says:

    Hi Ken,I wonder what BOM makes of the observations it gets when the salt pans are full of water and thus cooling off the air in the area ?
    More important I wonder whether the BOM knows that dried out salt pans become dazzling white and the air much hotter as a result.

    It seems that the BOM does not know these basic facts.

    Nor it’s own siting guidelines.

    South Australia compliant ones are just 25.6% of the total !

    by the way I still hope to get to look at some of those marginal ones.

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