Mr Trewin also noted that the Bureau had recently changed its Melbourne monitoring site from the Royal Society of Victoria on La Trobe Street in the city to Olympic Park, near Rod Laver Arena. Maximum temperatures recorded at the new site were on average 1.2 degrees cooler, particularly on cool days, because air coming from the south and west was travelling over parklands rather than the through the city.
h/t to handjive at notricks
Head image from an article by Anthony Watts at Steve McIntyre’s ClimateAudit 2007 article 6 years ago. (I’ve add the red circles)
BOM report it here,
no mention of why [wrong, see comment by jdmcl]. Above is how BOM show the station.
Even rainfall data will be wrong with those tall nearby structures and fences.
The Age reported the closure here. No mention of why.
Why the 6 year delay since so far as I know the new location already existed and bridging instruments is obviously impossible (must read exactly the same). How much longer had it been known?
Whilst seaching for links I came across a formal statement by a BOM official in relation to the 2009 fires.
Spot all the questionable statements but one relates to Melbourne
Many all-time site records were set in Victoria on 7 February, including Melbourne (154 years of record), where the temperature reached 46.4°C, far exceeding its previous all-time record of 45.6°C set on Black Friday (13 January) 1939. It was also a full 3.2°C above the previous February record which was set in 1983, an extraordinary margin for a site with such a long record.
Was it the La Trobe site?
There is a mountain of material on the La Trobe site if you search.
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