U.S. Surface Climate Observing Reference Networks: I took one look at this map and got quite angry. To convince myself that my emotions were correct, I placed the Northeast sector that has only 2 stations over various random parts of the nation. All of them have more than double the coverage for the same square miles and in addition, California, for example, has more than triple the stations. New York is half flatlands/sea level while the rest is high mountains. Vermont is nearly all mountains. Not one station is near, even remotely near, a mountain, nay, a small hillside! It is all sea level.
The guys running WUWT are happy with this new scheme and think it gives an accurate record of whether or not there is global warming in the US. This is certainly not true and there is a huge debate raging on the ‘cold’ side of the internet over this issue with few understanding the geological significance of avoiding putting stations where there is colder weather: NOAA shows ‘the pause’ in the U.S. surface temperature record over nearly a decade | Watts Up With That?
June 8, 2014 at 6:48 am
According to the NCDC/NOAA CLIMATE AT A GLANCE we page , Contiguous Annual US temperatures have been declining at (-0.36 F/DECADE) since 1998. This is happening in 7 of the 9 climate regions in United States. Only the Northeast and the West both of which receive the moderating effect of the oceans had slight warming of 0.2 and0.3 F/decade respectively.
Also for Contiguous US ,8 out 12 months of the year are cooling. Only March, June and July are still warming.
Clearly there is little global warming in United States. There are regional exceptions but taken as a nation there is no warming . The same can be said of Canada.
Here is my reply:
June 8, 2014 at 6:57 am
The reason why the ‘Northeast’ shows ‘warmer’ is due to the fact that there are NO thermometer stations in ANY of the mountain regions like where I live.
The ONLY one for all of this region, which is huge, is in Albany which is in a deep river valley that is a fjord, not a river, and is much warmer than the surrounding mountains and to the north.
There are NO stations near the Canadian border. Say, Niagara Falls, for example. It is much colder there than Albany! My own mountain which is 35 miles from Albany is much colder at an elevation that is 2,000 feet higher.
Albany is SEA LEVEL.
NOAA knows perfectly well there is a 10+ degree difference between mountain and sea level. On top of this, the mountains are all much further north than Albany! Double whammy. So NY will look far, far warmer than it is.
We can see from this map that cold Wisconsin has one station. New York and Pennsylvania and New Jersey share only three stations and this landmass is bigger than Nebraska which is totally flat and has 4 1/2 stations! Based on square miles, many parts of the nations of which many have much less varied climates, have more stations. Florida which is nearly uniform, has 5 stations. There are not even one mountain, barely a hillock, all of the stations but one are on the ocean shores!
By refusing to take into account the geological differentials between lowlands and high lands, this gives a false reading. Another example is New Mexico. I lived there once. ALL of the stations are on the Rio Grande valley which is very low, none are in the mountains and NM has some mighty mountains. And why are two stations right next to each other on the border of California/Nevada? How insane is that?
There are two next to Tucson, too. I grew up there. And Tucson: the city is on a tilted plain running to a river which is a low elevation. I grew up in the foothills which are significantly cooler. If Tucson gets two stations within 50 miles of each other why does NY which has half the state in forest and mountains, has none for 200 miles? All these stations should be calibrated based on elevation.
Texas has 4 stations below 1,000 feet. 80% of NY is above 1,000 feet with only the Hudson Valley being totally at sea level. Albany has tidal surges! And not one station of the two is above 500 feet. Yuma, Arizona is at sea level. There is an old story my grandfather, who lived in the Wild West in the 19th century, being born there, told me: A man was given a choice where to go when found guilty of murder. ‘Do you want to go to hell or prison in Yuma?’ the judge asked.
‘I’d rather go to hell straight off,’ said the criminal.
This is how hot Yuma is. And Upstate NY is so cold, our nastiest prison, Bare Hill Correctional Facility is the one up in the Adirondack mountains which is where hell freezes over.
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