In today's post, we look a further selection of five equally dodgy stations - they are:
- 010592 - Lake Grace PO (WA) - [data] [graph]
- 017031 - Marree (SA) - [data] [graph]
- 029004 - Burketown PO (QLD) - [data] [graph]
- 030045 - Richmond PO (QLD) - [data] [graph]
- 046037 - Tibooburra PO (NSW) - [data] [graph]
This station is listed in the BoM RCS Listing as "Lake Grace Post Office", but in the detailed station record as "Lake Grace Comparison". At any rate, the BoM "official" photograph for this site speaks for itself:
Here we can see that the station is located next to a well maintained railway line, and partially in the shade of a large tree.
017031 - Marree
Again, this station is listed in the RCS Listing as "Marree", but in the detailed station record as "Marree Comparison". Like the station above, the "official" photograph speaks for itself.
Hard to know from the photograph if this is an active station, or just parked here with the rest of the junk.
029004 - Burketown PO
I can only conclude that they sent the 'Airport Photographer' to capture this image. It shows the station sitting in what looks like a wide open space, complete with shady trees:
Until we look at the location with Googe Earth, that is:
And then we see that it is at the intersection of two streets, and across the road from a large paved area. If only the photographer had stood at the other end!
030045 - Richmond PO
Again, the "official" image shows a wide open, rural space - even with a bit of shade.
Google Earth - a completely different aspect:
Not quite the perspective you get from the first image.
046037 - Tibooburra PO
The pick of the bunch - but then I guess it would be hard to dress up this shot.
Again, you have to remind yourself that this is a "high-quality" station, collecting reliable data about the "State of the Climate".
The two "Dodgy Post Offices" posts detail eleven stations (out of a total of 103 RCS stations) that have, shall we say, less than optimal placement. On rudimentary examination of the "official" BoM photographs and Google Earth, none of them appears to meet CRN1 specifications. And yet the BoM and CSIRO feel comfortable in making the assertion that "all of Australia has experienced warming over the past 50 years". Extraordinary.