BoM quotes Leonora temperature record at a junkyard – JunkScience indeed – anything to beat up heat

Lets be real – after two cool summers – summer 2010-11 and summer 2011-12 – you can not blame the Australian Bureau of Meteorology for hyperventilating about the heatwaves sweeping Australia this summer. They have published SPECIAL CLIMATE STATEMENT 43 – INTERIM Extreme January heat update 14 January, 2013. If you go to Table 1 on page 4 – part screen shot below.

You see that on the 9th 12046 Leonora (at the Post Office) hit 49°C an all-time daily max record – the ONLY record-breaking site in Australia on the 9th. Now there is another nearby station 12241 Leonora Aero and in the screenshot below you can see the daily readings for the two sites.

How interesting that the Post Office warmed from 8th to 9th but the Airport cooled slightly. Digging deeper into the station details – click on the icon map of Australia in top right here – then scroll down and take the link – A basic site summary is available in a pdf document. Readings this pdf of Basic Climatological Station Metadata we find a series of sketch maps of the instruments surroundings starting in 1998. The latest map is on page 4 and we find that between 2003 and 2008 a junkyard has developed in close proximity to the instruments.

Note that the 1.6m & 1.8m solid fences have also increasingly boxed in the instruments. All part of micro-site effects contributing to creeping urbanization. All contrary to the international standards for weather instrument exposures. But no barrier to the BoM claiming another record.