Yes, it’s back. Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. and I have started looking at the GHCN to document the siting quality of surface stations that measure climate in the Global Historical Climatological Network (GHCN), the darling of NCDC’s Dr. Thomas Peterson who has recently added another level of processing to the mix.
I’ll be offering some instructions soon on how to participate. In the meantime, feast your eyes on this gem, the GHCN station in Tampico, Mexico, #76548. What is it with air conditioners and weather stations anyway?
NCDC has pretty much non-existent metadata on it. Even the start date is wrong.
Hopefully, they’ll bother to put in a “GHCN” flag like they did after we embarrassed them into doing in the original surfacestations project for USHCN. As a results of the efforts of volunteers, we actually had better metadata than NCDC did, and they couldn’t have that, so they fixed their own problems by making the lat/lon more accurate and putting USHCN flags into the database. It is a far cry from their first response, which was to block the database for our use. I won that argument hands down.
Here are some other examples in Mexico:
Veracruz, 76692. I wonder if they have a cat on that tin roof at night?
Salina Cruz, #76833: