The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 270- Mount Nowa Nowa (Vic)

Sunday 01/12/2019

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: Mount Nowa Nowa 84144

Opened: 1995

Daily Temperature data from: 1995

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Sale, Wilsons Promontory

Location:   Co-ordinates  -37.6924 148.0908

276km east of Melbourne.

BOM site plan 2013:

Google satellite image 2019:

The screen is 8 metres from a dirt driveway, 12 metres from an 18 metre tree, 15 metres from a shed, and 30 metres from tall trees to the west.

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: 37.29%.

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3 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 270- Mount Nowa Nowa (Vic)”

  1. billinoz Says:

    Ken I find myself perplexed. I know this country.I owned a small farm &lived not far away for 15 years. The forested mountain country of East Gippsland is beautiful. The home of wildlife that has vanished elsewhere.

    My perplexity comes simply from wondering how anyone can get an accurate idea of temperature in this forested region unless a weather station is placed in the forests ?

    Placing a BOM station in a cleared area away from the forest would yield different result on the thermometer. Probably with more extreme hot & cold temperatures being recorded. But would they be representative of this vast forest region ?

    • kenskingdom Says:

      That is the heart of the problem with surface stations. The recorded temperature is an accurate description of the temperature inside the screen at that location and a few metres around- no more. And the minute you change a pristine natural area by clearing an area and putting a screen in it the temperature will no longer be representative.

  2. billinoz Says:

    By the way Ken, this is a fire tower spotting tower site – at least it used to be when I lived in that part of the world…So it is quite an elevated site up on top of Mt Nowa Nowa !

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