The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 294- Tocumwal (NSW)

Monday 09/12/2019

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: Tocumwal Airport 74106

Opened: 1897

Daily Temperature data from: 1970

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Deniliquin, Rutherglen.

Location:   Co-ordinates   -35.8170 145.6000

230km north of Melbourne, 550km south-west of Sydney.

BOM site plan 2016:

Google satellite image 2019:

In previous years the “patchy grass to 3cm” was described as “bare earth and patchy grass”- which is what the satellite image shows. The screen is close to bare dirt (an old driveway?), and 20 metres from a bitumen road, the other side of which is a large area of gravel. Several large trees are 30 to 45 metres away.

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: 40.61%.

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 294- Tocumwal (NSW)”

  1. billinoz Says:

    Ken, as there is currently a drought in that part of NSW, how can there be grass of any sort ?

    Maybe the BOM could arrange to have the area watered to encourage grass growth, but that would also make the BOM weather station non compliant.

    A paradox !

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