The Wacky World of Weather Stations Index

Here are 300 of the Australian weather stations that are not compliant with Bureau of Meteorology specifications for siting.

Site compliance is important because temperature data from these stations is liberally reported in the media especially if hot or cold records are set. They also contribute to AWAP (the Australian Water Availability Project) and ADAM which produce maps of present and past temperatures. As well, data from these stations is used to homogenise data at stations in Australia’s ACORN-SAT network, which are used for showing trends since 1910. Finally, this data is exported to be used by international databases (GISS, CruTem4) for regional and global climate analysis. If the data is affected by site specific factors, e.g being too close to a road, this may affect the quality of the analysis.

I am agnostic as to the overall effect of these poorly sited stations. Maxima at some sites may be artificially low, or minima may be artificially high, and this may vary with seasons and rainfall. Analysis and comparison of temperatures will come later. My focus here is to show the large number of modern stations whose data may be unreliable.

The quality of these non-compliant stations varies. While some are truly horrendous, others are not nearly as bad, but all fail on one or more specifications.

This page will be updated as extra stations are identified.

Find your favourite station, click on it, and the link will take you to my assessment of its siting quality. Use the back arrow to return here.

Adelaide (SA)Applethorpe (Qld)
Aireys Inlet (Vic)Ararat (Vic)
Albany (WA)Arkaroola (SA)
Albury (NSW) Avalon (Vic)
Alva Beach (Qld) Ayr DPI (Qld)
Andamooka (SA)
Bairnsdale (Vic)Bollon (Qld)
Balranald (NSW)Bombala (NSW)
Bankstown (NSW)Bombala AWS (NSW)
Barcaldine (Qld)Brewarrina (NSW)
Barimunya (WA)Bridgetown (WA)
Barraba (NSW)Burrinjuck Dam (NSW)
Beaudesert (Qld)Bushy Park (Tas)
Bedourie (Qld)Busselton (WA)
Ben Nevis (Vic)
Beverley (WA)
Bickley (WA)
Bidyadanga (WA)
Cape Flattery (Qld)Charles Point (NT)
Cape Leeuwin (WA)Charters Towers (Qld)
Cape Naturaliste (WA)Cleve (SA)
Camooweal (Qld)Cleve Airport (SA)
Cape Borda (SA)Coconut Island (Qld)
Cape Bruny (Tas)Coffs Harbour (NSW)
Cape Bruny AWS (Tas)Coldstream (Vic)
Cape Byron (NSW)Collarenebri (NSW)
Cape Moreton (Qld)Collie East (WA)
Cape Nelson (Vic)Collinsville (Qld)
Cape Otway (Vic) Coonabarabran (NSW)
Cape Willoughby (SA) Corrigin (WA)
Cardwell (Qld) Cressy (Tas)
Carnamah (WA) Cummins Airport (SA)
Carnegie (WA) Cunderdin (WA)
Castlemaine (Vic) Cunnamulla (Qld)
Century Mine (Qld) Curtin Springs (NT)
Cygnet Bay (WA)
Dalwallinu (WA)Deniliquin (NSW)
Dartmouth (Vic)Donnybrook (WA)
Double Island Point (Qld)Dover (Tas)
Denham (WA)Dunedoo (NSW)
Echuca Airport (Vic)Emerald (Qld)
Edinburgh (SA)Eudunda (SA)
Edithburgh (SA)Eyre (WA)
Elliston (SA)
Falls Creek (Vic)Forster (NSW)
Flinders Island Airport (Tas)Friendly Beaches (Tas)

Geraldton Airport (WA)Grafton Airport (NSW)
Giles (WA)Green Cape (NSW)
Gladstone Airport (Qld)Greenbank (Qld)
Gladstone Radar (Qld)Griffith (NSW)
Gold Coast Seaway (Qld)Gulgong (NSW)
Goomalling (WA)Gundagai (NSW)
Gosnells City (WA)Guyra (NSW)
Grafton AgRS (NSW)Gympie (Qld)
Halls Ck (WA)Hobart (Tas)
Hartz Mountain (Tas)Hopetoun North (WA)
Hervey Bay (Qld)Horsham (Vic)
Hillston (NSW)Hyden (WA)
Ingham (Qld)Innisfail (Qld)
Injune (Qld)Innisfail Aero (Qld)
Jabiru (NT)Jarrahwood (WA)
Jacup (WA)Jurien Bay (WA)
Kadina (SA)Kerang (Vic)
Kalbarri (WA)Kimba (SA)
Kalumburu (WA)Kingscote (SA)
Kangaroo Flats (NT)Kintore (NT)
Karijini North (WA)Kowanyama Airport (QLD)
Karoonda (SA)Kuitpo (SA)
Katoomba (NSW)Kulgera (NT)
Keith (SA)Kyancutta (SA)
Kellerberrin (WA)
Lady Elliott Island (Qld)Launceston (Tas)
Lajamanu Airport (NT)Leinster (WA)
Lake Eildon (Vic)Lightning Ridge (NSW)
Lake Leake (Tas)Lismore Airport (NSW)
Lake Victoria (NSW)Logan City (Qld)
Lakes Entrance (Vic)Longerenong (Vic)
Lameroo (SA)Low Isles (Qld)
Lancelin (WA)Loxton (SA)
Larapuna (Eddystone Pt) (Tas)Lucinda (Qld)
Latrobe Valley (Vic)
Mackay MO (Qld)Mitchell (Qld)
Maitland (SA)Montague Island (NSW)
Mandora (WA)Moorabbin (Vic)
Mandurah (WA)Morawa (WA)
Mangrove Mountain (NSW)Mornington Is Airport (Qld)
Manjimup (WA)Moruya Heads (NSW)
Marble Bar (WA)Mount Elizabeth (WA)
Mareeba (Qld)Mount Barker (SA)
Marrawah (Tas)Mount Barker (WA)
Marree (SA)Mount Lofty (SA)
Maryborough (Vic)Mount Nowa Nowa (Vic)
Maydena (Tas)Mount Stuart Defence (Qld)
Melbourne (Vic)Mount William (Vic)
Menindee (NSW)Mount Seaview (NSW)
Meningie (SA)Mullewa (WA)
Merimbula (NSW) Mungindi  (NSW)
Merredin (WA) Munglinup West (WA)
Minlaton Aero (SA) Murchison (WA)
Mildura (Vic) Murray Bridge (SA)
Miles (Qld) Murrurundi (NSW)
Millendon (WA) Murwillumbah (NSW)
Minnipa (SA)
Naracoorte (SA)Newman Aero (WA)
Narembeen (WA)Norah Head (NSW)
Narrogin (WA)Northam (WA)
Nelson Bay (NSW)Nullarbor (SA)
Newcastle (NSW)Nuriootpa (SA)
Newcastle Univ. (NSW)Nyngan (NSW)
Omeo (Vic)Orford (Tas)
Ongerup (WA)Ouse (Tas)
Padthaway (SA)Pirlangimpi (NT)
Pallamana (SA)Pooncarrie (NSW)
Parkes (NSW)Price (SA)
Peak Hill (NSW)Point Fawcett (NT)
Pemberton (WA)Point Hicks (Vic)
Perth Metro (WA)Point Lookout (Qld)
Pingelly (WA) Point Perpendicular (NSW)
Pindari Dam (NSW) Point Stuart (NT)
Quirindi (NSW)
Rainbow Beach (Qld)Rockhampton (Qld)
Ravensthorpe (WA)Rolleston (Qld)
Redesdale (Vic)Roseworthy (SA)
Richmond (Qld)Rutherglen (Vic)
Robe (SA)
Salmon Gums RS (WA)Springwood (NSW)
Sandy Cape (Qld)Stanthorpe (Qld)
Scone (NSW)South Johnstone (Qld)
Scoresby (Vic)Strahan (Tas)
Scotts Peak (Tas)Streaky Bay (SA)
Seventeen Seventy (Qld)Sunshine Coast Airport (Qld)
Singleton (NSW)Surat (Qld)
Smoky Cape (NSW)Swanbourne (WA)
Snowtown (SA)Sydney  (NSW)
Southern Cross (WA)Sydney Airport (NSW)
Springsure (Qld)
Tambo (Qld)Texas (Qld)
Taroom (Qld)Thredbo Village (NSW)
Tatura (Vic)Tin Can Bay (Qld)
Tenterfield (NSW) Tocumwal (NSW)
Territory Grape Farm (NT)Townsville (Qld)
Tewantin RSL Park (Qld) Tumbarumba (NSW)
Ulladulla (NSW)
Viewbank (Vic)
Wagin (WA) Wellington (NSW)
Walpeup (Vic) Westmere (Vic)
Wanaaring (NSW) Whyalla (SA)
Wandering (WA) Wilsons Promontory (Vic)
Wangaratta (Vic) Wiluna (WA)
Warracknabeal (Vic) Wongan Hills (WA)
Warmun (WA) Wonthaggi (Vic)
Warooka (SA) Woolshed (Qld)
Warra (Tas) Woomera (SA)
Warragul (Vic) Wynyard (Tas)
Warrnambool (Vic)
Yamba (NSW)York (WA)
Yanco (NSW) Yulara Airport (NT)
Yeppoon (Qld)
Yongala (SA)

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6 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations Index”

  1. auspeterb Says:

    Ken, thank you for all your diligent work. It should be part of an independent audit of the BoM.

  2. billinoz Says:

    Congratulations Ken. As I said about Albany this has been a long haul… In fact since last July.

    I hope you are planning a good break !

    But it would be nice to see these Fail’ed BOM stations listed by state or Territory..

  3. climanrecon Says:

    This will be a very useful resource for those monitoring temperature changes in the 21st century.

  4. billinoz Says:

    Ken BOM always lists it weather stations by State ( or Territory ) It would be helpful if this list was also organised by State or territory.

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