It’s been awhile since I updated this series, and its not for lack of material. But I got busy with the UCAR conference, publishing a slide show, and other things. But this morning, über volunteer Don Kostuch sent me a note on his latest survey in Titusville, FL near Cape Canaveral and KSC. I’d like to point out that Don has traveled further and surveyed more stations in the USA than anyone. He is a surveying machine. He wrote this in his email to me:
“On your scale of 1 to 5, this is an 8. Peace, Don Kostuch”
Ok in the past we have seen stations on rooftops, at sewage treatment plants, over concrete, next to air conditioners, next to diesel generators, with nearby parking, excessive nighttime humidity, and at non-standard observing heights.
Imagine a USHCN station that embraces all of that. I give you the Titusville, FL USHCN station:
Ever thorough, Don also provided photographs of the Climate Reference Network site, just 7 miles east at KSC, which demonstrates the correct environment for measurement of near surface air temperature:
Now I know there will be the usual critics who will jump in and say “This can be adjusted for!”. Ok here is your chance, show me the equations to untangle Titusville’s temperature record from microsite bias. Personally, it looks FUBAR to me.