New blog: RCS Audit

Regular ACM commenter Eloi has started a superb site, which has already been blogged by Anthony Watts and Andrew Bolt, looking at the quality of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Reference Climate Station network – and not a moment too soon. These sites are supposed to be the gold standard by which we measure our nation’s climate, but looking at this photo, it is a crock:

Spot the weather station in the junk…

As Eloi puts it:

This has to be one of the favourites so far – the station is just dumped in a lot along with corrugated iron fences and builders’ rubble. CRN1 status: Fail.

Visit the site at


  1. Thanks, Simon. I’m looking for an “Oil & Coal Companies – Donate Here” widget to add to the blog. If you or any of your correspondents could point me at one, it would be very much appreciated.

  2. C. Paul Barreira says:

    I had planned to comment on the page of ‘Where has all the data gone’ but the comments section is defeated by something called ‘Select profile’. So, I’ll try here:

    See for Dalwallinu, for example, . The data begin with rainfall. Only later, as far as I can tell, did the bureaux of meteorology begin to collect temperature data. Adelaide’s data, for example, begin in 1839 but only for rainfall; collection of temperatures started many years later. So to that extent no conspiracy.

    C. Paul Barreira,
    Oakbank, SA

    It is increasingly clear that gotcha journalism has infected all and sundry, bloggers included. Lysenko science, funded by the Australian government, among others, is one thing, but laziness in general and historical myopia in particular are insufferable. Temperature was so often an item of tolerance–i.e. up with put–in the nineteenth century (though it may have contributed to the death of at least one Catholic bishop). Rainfall took precedence. Thus in December 1914 the Reverend J. C. Kirby of Port Adelaide Congregational Church wrote to a former colleague latter in Kalgoorlie that the drought had people’s attention much more than did the war.

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