Griffith Laboratory weather data

We offer free weather information to help the farming, research and broader communities in the Riverina district in NSW. Current weather data (past 14 days) is available for free, and we can prepare more extensive information for a fee.

Free weather data for the Riverina

Weather information and summaries are provided for:

  • Griffith
  • Hay
  • Finley
  • Tullakool
  • Averages from all stations.

Data from all sites are currently unavailable. An alternative source of daily weather observations for the Riverina area is the Bureau of Meteorology .

Location of weather stations

  • Griffith Station – 34° 17' South 146° 3’ East. Farm 459, Research Station Road, Griffith NSW.
  • Hay Station – 34° 35’ South 144° 52’ East. University of NSW Experimental Site, Hay, NSW.
  • Finley Station – 35° 40’ South 145° 33’ East. Finley Airport, Finley, NSW.
  • Tullakool Station – 35° 20’ South 145° 3’ East. Jointly operated by CSIRO and Murray Irrigation Ltd, Deniliquin.

Climatic data recorded and instruments used

These parameters are logged: wind-run, rainfall, solar irradiance, dry-bulb temperature, wet-bulb temperature (or relative humidity). 

  • Windrun is measured with a three-cup anemometer.
  • Rainfall is measured with a tipping bucket rain gauge with each tip being one point
    (0.01 in) or 0.25 mm.
  • Solar irradiance is measured with a silicon solar cell.
  • Dry-bulb temperature is measured with a linearised thermistor or semi-conductor temperature sensor.
  • Wet-bulb depression is measured with two copper-constantan thermocouples in series with one junction at air temperature and the other junction kept moist with a standard muslin wick.

Historical weather data from the Griffith Laboratory

Collection of weather data in Griffith commenced in 1931 using manual observations. By 1970, manual data was being stored on punched cards. 

In October 1981, continuous automatic collection of weather data from hourly readings commenced. Initially, these were stored temporarily on cassette tape and the tape read every few days. 

In 1984, the automatic weather station on the meteorological lawn was connected by land line to a time-sharing PDP11 computer to log the data every five minutes, from which hourly data were derived.

In 1999 the weather system was updated to a NT system and stored in a central database.

Use this service

  • Full Weather Data is available to CSIRO staff, NSW Agriculture and the Bureau of Meteorology.
  • The latest 14 days of weather data is available free online.
  • Historical data can be purchased through the Griffith Laboratory by contacting us.

Griffith Laboratory

Land and Water

  • Phone:
    • +61 2 6960 1500

CSIRO Griffith

Research Station Road,

Hanwood NSW 2680

Australia

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