The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 320- Karratha (WA)

Thursday 09/01/2020

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: Karratha Aero 4083

Opened: 1971

Daily Temperature data from: 1993

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Marble Bar, Port Hedland, Wittenoom

Co-ordinates: -20.7097 116.7742

1,250km north of Perth.

BOM site plan 2018:

Google satellite image:

Google wider view:

Wider still:

The screen is on bare red dirt, dry and dusty for most of the year. The wider views show the extensive areas of paved aprons and car parks, and then the salt evaporation pans beyond. Not a good site.

This station is non-compliant, with temperatures reported at Latest Weather Observations and used to adjust data at Acorn sites.


Percentage of all sites non-compliant: 48.05%.

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One Response to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 320- Karratha (WA)”

  1. Bill In Oz Says:

    Seems to be a major semi industrialisation area with those salt pans…

    No not a good BOM site

    But I guess BOM does not care.

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