The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 261- Moorabbin (Vic)

Thursday 28/11/2019

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: Moorabbin Airport 86077

Opened: 1950

Daily Temperature data from: 1971

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Laverton, Melbourne, Orbost, Wilsons Promontory.

Location:   Co-ordinates  -37.9800 145.0962

22km south–east of Melbourne CBD.

BOM site plan 2018:

Google satellite image 2019:

Moorabbin is Melbourne’s main secondary airport and is very busy. The screen is 30 metres from a taxiway, 70m from a helipad, 80 metres from a runway turning point, 25m from a road, and 55 metres from a large dirt stockpile. It was moved here from a location that was being built out between 2003 and 2006.

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: 36.05%.

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 261- Moorabbin (Vic)”

  1. billinoz Says:

    Yes Ken Moorabbin is certainly a busy airport. But there are no jet engine aircraft using it. And almost all the planes that use Moorabbin are private or small commercial type aircraft. So not hot jet exhaust fumes to worry about.

    This is shown by the aircraft parked in the parking areas.

    Moorabbin is of course smack bang in the middle of metropolitan Melbourne with it’s enormous UHI effect.. So the BOM is being particularly dopey when it uses the observations from this site to adjust ACORN sites at: Laverton, Melbourne, Orbost, Wilsons Promontory. !

    The net result of this stupidity is that all of those BOM sites are warmed up by Moorabbin !

    Utter bloody madness.

    And the BOM weather ‘experts’ supposedly knows what [snip] they are doing ?

    And of course as you say it does not even meet their own guidelines.

    FAILED site BOM

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