There are thousands of weather stations taking the temperature of hot vehicles on black parking lots, hot industrial or air conditioner exhaust, heated buildings or warm sewage treatment plants, some of the worst possible environments to measure air temperature.
Many thermometers are installed next to light bulbs! Others next to sprinklers!
Can these stations be classified as science?
Instead of accurate figures for calculating climate change, there’s a lot of junk.
After more than a century, this temperature plot shows when the nearby air became heated by an air conditioner installed next to the weather station in late 1990s.
By measuring the minimum and maximum temperature of the air, the Maximum Minimum Temperature System (MMTS) has been working in the US for two hundred years. In the US, NOAA is responsible for the operation, documentation and upkeep of the climate measuring network.
But it’s another government mess.
Shaking their heads in disbelief, volunteers at SurfaceStations.org are posting incorrectly managed weather stations and helping to repair the data.
Given such a massive failure of bureaucracy to perform something so simple as taking some photographs and making some measurements and notes of a few to a few dozen weather stations in each area, it seemed that a grass roots network of volunteers could easily accomplish this task.
To help correct the errors, SurfaceStations.org has created an image database website for the purpose of collecting and displaying site surveys of weather stations used in climate monitoring.
Incorrect temperature data is collected around the western world and in developing countries or countries with poor governments. Your help is needed to document the measuring environment and equipment condition of weather and climate monitoring stations worldwide.
says, “I’ve seen some poorly thought out places to measure temperature such as sensors placed above a sea of hot air conditioners and next to warm air exhausts on a black tar roof.
Anyone with a digital camera can contribute.