How not to measure temperature, part 15

The picture below comes to me via my website from volunteer site surveyor Bob Meyer. It is the USHCN climate station of record for Waterville, Washington.

In addition to the now commonly seen attempts at measuring the temperature of parking lots, this station sports another new feature: volcanic cinder rock under the station to complement the tidy sidewalk. Note the convenient drive through teller window nearby so that you can cash your paycheck while on the way to the Post Office to mail in your COOP observer form to the National Climatic Data Center.


There’s also a nearby building about 10 feet away, and of course, convenient close-by parking just a few feet from the MMTS temperature sensor. Note that published NOAA/NWS siting standards require a 100 foot distance from buildings.


The USHCN “high quality” set of climate monitoring stations keeps getting curiouser and curiouser.

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David Walton
June 29, 2007 2:04 pm

My jaw is getting sore from dropping so much.

Tim McCoy
July 2, 2007 12:15 pm

Hi Newbie here,
Back in the 70’s I was a SAWRS obsever and set three SAWRS stations up in Eastern Oregon and Washington.None of this
surprises me.The NOAA office at Phoenix was netx to a black asphalt
Ramp at Sky Harbor…

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