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Bad Weather Instruments + No Monitoring = Global Warming

What happens when weather stations produce corrupt data? We get bad science that you can actually see. Unfortunately we’ve also ended up with bad public policies.

Anthony Watts of www.surfacestations.org has a big piece of data to share. 30% of the weather stations here in the United States are flawed. Click on the picture on the right to see a station in Forest Grove, OR with an airconditioner exhaust blowing directly on the temperature shelter, with nearby asphalt and buildings — and this isn’t the worst offender. To see for yourself just how bad the science is, check out these links:

Anthony Watts – A biography

He’s a former television meteorologist who spent 25 years on the air and who also operates a weather technology and content business, as well as continues daily forecasting on radio, just for fun.

Weather measurement and weather presentation technology his specialty. He also provides weather stations and custom weather monitoring solutions via www.weathershop.com (if you like his work, please consider buying a weather gadget there, StormPredator for example) and www.tempelert.com, and turn key weather channels with advertising at www.viziframe.com The weather graphics you see in the lower right corner of the blog are produced by his company, IntelliWeather.

While he has a skeptical view of certain issues, he considers himself “green” in many ways, and he promotes the idea of energy savings and alternate energy generation. Unlike many who just talk about it, he’s put a 10KW solar array on his home, plus a 125 KW solar array on one of his local schools when he was a school trustee. He’s retrofitted his home with CFL’s and better insulation, as well as installed timer switches on many of his most commonly used lights. He encourages others to do the same.

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