Based on the data collected for the Surface Station Project and analysis papers describing the results, my friend Anthony Watts has been saying for years that “surface temperature measurements (and long term trends) have been affected by encroachment of urbanization on the placement of weather stations used to measure surface air temperature, and track long term climate.”
When Ellen and I traveled across the country in the RV we visited weather stations in the historical weather network and took photos of the temperature measurement stations and the surrounding environments.
Now, NOAA has validated Anthony’s findings — weather station siting can influence the surface station long temperature record. Here some samples that were taken by other volunteers :
Impacts of Small-Scale Urban Encroachment on Air Temperature Observations
Ronald D. Leeper, John Kochendorfer, Timothy Henderson, and Michael A. Palecki
A field experiment was performed in Oak Ridge, TN, with four…
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