FOR some time, weather enthusiasts across Australia have been noticing rapid temperature fluctuations at the ‘latest observations’ page at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s website. For example, Peter Cornish, a retired hydrologist, wrote to … [Read more...] about Averaging by Convention – or Not
Following is the latest advice from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology regarding measurement of temperatures from automatic weather stations (AWS). This advice contains numerous errors of fact and is inconsistent with the information in an … [Read more...] about Bureau Management Rewrites the Rules – Again
He studied chemistry at Imperial College, London, has 10 degrees, including a law degree, and has published more than 100 scientific papers. I’m referring to my husband, John Abbot. He is also a man of few words. Last Friday morning, after … [Read more...] about John has Plus 10 Degrees, Bureau Loses Minus 10 Degrees
TWO decades ago the Australian Bureau of Meteorology replaced most of the manually-read mercury thermometers in its weather stations with electronic probes that could be read automatically – so since at least 1997 most of the temperature data has … [Read more...] about Vindicated: Bureau not following WMO guidelines
THE Bureau has a network of 695 automatic weather stations (AWS) across Australia. In a report released late yesterday it acknowledged issues with the performance of just two of these: Goulburn Airport (Goulburn) and Thredbo Top Station (Thredbo). … [Read more...] about Vindicated: Bureau acknowledges limits set on how cold temperatures can be recorded
Because a change in equipment can potentially create discontinuities in a temperature record, it is Australian Bureau of Meteorology policy to have new equipment recording side-by-side with old equipment for a period of at least 2 years. In this … [Read more...] about Are Recordings from Electronic Devices Comparable – or Not?