Mansfield's weather ranges from 40C+ Summer temperature with hot northerly
winds down to as low as -5C in Winter.
Wind in the area has been measured at over 150 km/h and fronts with 70 - 90 km gusts are not uncommon.
Mansfield is approximately 40km from Mt Buller, a popular Ski Resort and next to Lake Eildon another popular
tourist destination with 500km of shoreline, holding up to 6 times more water than Sydney Harbour.
An isolated Summer storm front hits with 90km+ Winds
40C Days with smoke haze from bush fires are an inevitable feature of summer
Convection Cloud generated during the 2006 Alpine fires. The cloud appeared every day for over a week and appeared
to create a 20 knot southerly smoke filled wind each afternoon at almost exactly the same time.
Smoke from the 2006 Alpine Fires.
Winter brings relief from the heat, green to the hills and snow to Mt Buller.
This is one of the rare times it snowed on us here, close to Mansfield township
Lake Eildon, a popular tourist attraction in the area, at 49% Level, Spring 2005.
Lake Eildon 2012 at Capacity
Weather Station Hardware and Setup Infomation
We use a high quality Davis Vantage Pro 2 weather station.
The station is setup in accordance with CWOP recommendations in order to provide the most accurate data possible
Click here to read the full CWOP Guidelines
The Anemometer is at the top of this tower at about 440M ASL.
The Weather Station on the hilltop is about 300 Metres from the base in the house. I have various Wireless links running
from the hilltop back to the house and solar power to run it all.
This is our Stevenson Shield holding the temperature sensor and the rain collection bucket ontop. The unit is located at the bottom of the hill at 290M ASL.
We try to measure the actual air temperature. The sensor is mounted in a field at 5 feet above ground in a well ventilated area away from all sources of radiation error such as concrete, bitumen, metals, buildings etc
Surface temps are normally several degrees lower in Winter and higher
in Summer, which is why you might see frost on a car even when the
air temp is 2 - 3C Temp Sensors mounted on our near structures are
affected by the structure.
The other station is located down on edge of the Lake
itself at the same altitude as our equipement.
Mansfield Weather receives around 1 million hits per month with a peak of 3.3 million hits during the 2006 fires.