Today I visited the City of Lodi, California, since they have a USHCN weather station that produces data used in the climate record and also in climate change computer modeling.
Wow was I surprised, not only because of how bad the weather station siting was, but because I found two.
First site is the Lodi Municipal Service Center, 38.11619N 121.29003W. FYI, Lodi runs their own municipal district, which is why they own a substation. Note the bank of fans on the big transformer. they are about 30 feet away. I wasn’t about to get close enough to the transformers to measure for sure. The fans exhaust the waste heat the transformer produces. Note that when temperatures are at their highest, so is electrical energy use for air conditioning. And of course, our thermometer will track this trend.
The picture to me is like “when worlds collide” where the solar power to offset GHG’s (charging the car) meets the reason for global warming in the first place (the waste heat from the power transformers).
Here is a Google Earth Satellite photograph of the location with my annotations:
The second site is at the Lodi Fire Station #3, 38.10586N 121.28815W.
And here is the Google Earth satellite view:
I’m not sure which one is the official climate site for Lodi yet as I will have to call NWS Sac, but they are both equally bad. To the right of the picture on north side of fire station is the fireman’s BBQ pit with 3 grills…and like many others, this weather station comes with close-by parking and trash service…there’s nothing like asphalt, concrete, gravel, hot vehicle radiators, and sweltering steel garbage dumpsters to complement your temperature readings.
The two stations are about 1/2 mile apart, so the lat/long published by NWS, which is only accurate to .01 degree, is useless to tell which is the official climate site for Lodi.
Here is the temperature plot for Lodi, population 52,000 according to the US Census
Now compare this to Sacramento, a city of 1.5 million, about 40 miles North
Somethings not right for sure. I wonder what it could be?
BTW, these plots are from NASA’s GISTEMP database, which you can look at yourself here. The curator of this database of stations is Dr. James Hansen, considered by many to be the major scientist driving climate change policy.
It gets curiouser and curiouser.
You know after seeing so many pathetically bad temperature measurement stations around Northern California, and seeing how they are relegated to the back lots with the trash and other unsightly things, it becomes clear that nobody in a position of power, like Dr. Hansen, has been visiting these stations to ensure that basic quality control is carried out. Temperature measurement seems to be the back lot bastard child of operational science today.
And yet, we are about to undertake policy changes that will cost billions, based on some really badly gathered temperature data. It appears more and more that the surface temperature is a Red Herring for climate change.