The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 287- Lismore Airport (NSW)

Friday 06/12/2019

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: Lismore Airport 58214

Opened: 2002

Daily Temperature data from: 2002

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Yamba.

Location:   Co-ordinates   -28.8305 153.2601

155km south of Brisbane, 590km north of Sydney.

BOM site plan 2017:

Google satellite image 2019:

The screen is 10 metres from a plantation of trees (to 1.2 metres in 2017), with other plantings to the east, and 6 metres from a wide gravel driveway. Areas close to the screen including the small creek have been slashed in the satellite image. However the main problem is the enclosure is on a “raised block” 0.5m above ground level, which will allow cold air to drain away on still nights. (If it is just the screen mounted on a raised block, that is a very big no-no.)

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: 39.64%.

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 287- Lismore Airport (NSW)”

  1. billinoz Says:

    Very curious ! I suggest that the BOM weather station is on a raised pad because the airport is on a flood plain of the Wilson river..Which has been known to flood in the past…

    Temperature gauges are at airports to guide pilots of planes as hot air provides less lift to the wings of aircraft. But if the BOM screen is on a raised pad, does that make the temperature inaccurate for aircraft needs ? Puzzling !

    I notice that just across the creek ( maybe 50 meters away ) is a big horticulture crops operation with a number of big paddocks : BidFoods I think.

    Does this affect the temperature measured by the gauge ? And is it also a non compliance with BOM’s guidelines ?

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