New milestone at Surfacestations.org – 309 !

Today, I registered the 309th volunteer observer, Geoff Sherrington,  and over the weekend, we passed the 300 mark of registrants.

A couple of people have written in, some worried, that I have not “updated” the main web page of surfacestations.org recently. Dr. Roger Pielke was one of them. Here’s my response:

Hi Anthony Why is not your website being updated? I hope everything is okay.With My Best RegardsRoger

Hi Roger,

Not to worry. I just took a breather. As you know, dealing with all the input on the net and managing such a large project can be very draining and time consuming.

Unlike many who work in science, I still have to worry about where my next paycheck comes from since I run my own business. I had been spending so much time on surfacestations.org that my employees were nearing mutiny because things that I needed to do at work had been left undone.

People whom have tenured science positions can work 100% on the latest project they have, I cannot. My business sales and personal life has taken a hit because I put so much work to this project this summer, and I’m trying to find a balance now. So, I dialed it back at bit. I did update my blog to reach more people, which you can see here at www.wattsupwiththat.com

The good news is that the surfacestations.org website has in fact continued to be updated by volunteers with new surveys. This goes on without any input from me. What does require my input though, is qc checks, rating and collation in the Excel spreadsheet that I publish. That will be updated shortly.

In case you don’t know, there is a preview feature which allows you to view the most recent updates here is the link that appears on the left menu bar of the image database: View Latest Updates

14 thoughts on “New milestone at Surfacestations.org – 309 !

  1. Only about 800 sites left to do – if 300 surveyors just did 2-3 sites, Anthony could wrap this baby up. C’mon people, don’t just sign up for fun, “Get ‘er done”!
    P.S. Enjoying the new site, Anthony. Thanks for keeping this rolling.

  2. Unfortunately for speedy completion of the survey, the site density doesn’t follow the population density.
    300 out of 300,000,000 Americans means that it is unlikely that, for example, North Dakota is going to provide the requisite, well distributed, 3 or 4 people required to visit the sites in the state. Same for MT, ID, SD, KS, NE, etc.
    As an example, I’ve been working on skiing at every lift serviced ski area in NA with over 1400 ft vertical drop for over 30 years and haven’t completed the task yet.
    A volunteer effort will need additional marketing to get enough participants to complete the task. It may become appropriate to rank the interest in the remaining sites to focus on the most likely important ones.

  3. I don’t know if this is helpful, but I posted up my partial-survey on a site in Wyoming. I was traveling through, and began the search for the site, but ran out of time without hitting the jackpot.
    Since the site (Green River) is along Interstate 80 in Wyoming, anyone traveling that route might be able to make additional progress.
    Perhaps through efforts such as these, “tag team” surveying may help get the job done…

  4. Just to be sure it gets said often enough:
    I am really really glad Y’all are here doing what you do.
    Thankyou.
    And do keep the priorities straight.
    Especially when we whine about it.

  5. What a silly thing for me to say!.
    No way it gets said often enough.
    Bue here is trying.
    Thanks.

  6. Anthony, you’ve really taken your blog to the next level. Great reporting and great format, I like it much better than the generic blog we’re stuck using!

  7. Anthony, great effort and just letting you know it is appreciated.
    I am kicking myself. Last weekend I went up to visit a potential college for my eldest, Cal Poly SLO. I knew they had a station and actually found it while touring the campus. Upon returning I went to see if my observations reflected to record you keep and discovered there are no pictures! It never occured to me that a station on a campus of tens of thousands of science types wouldn’t be archived. Here at least is the google map http://tinyurl.com/28kvgk
    The area is kind of interesting. The requsite 100ft seem to be the reason for the green bulge into the multiacre parking lot to the north. Letter of the rules rather than the spirit apparently. Second the green swathe to the south is equally not the low grass meadow it appears from the air. It is an experimental runoff and watering open air laboratory. That line in the picture radiating out from the sensor pakage is a mobile spray arm that runs on wheels past the site. So sometimes there is field, sometimes water spray mist and sometimes standing water some 20 feet away from the site.
    Mayhaps you can get someone to take 5 minutes from their class schedule and get real pictures for the record. Again thanks for what you are doing.

  8. Jack, it’s very easy to convert to this, and Ryan at the ER promises me they’ll be following my lead soon for all other Norcalblogs.

  9. Robert…how ironic, this is one of those stations that keeps eluding me.
    Back in the summer I visited Cal Poly, but could not find it, but I found three other weather stations on buildings in the general area.
    We’ll get this someday.

  10. I’d be interested in which “class” CalPoly SLO one falls. Somehow I don’t think the 100ft of lawn is sufficient isolation from 2000 parking spaces within 600ft.
    What would be really interesting is if you could get one of those science types to set up a thermal imaging camera up top on the new dorms to the Northeast. The morning bloom as the lots fill up and evening re-radiation would make great videos.

  11. Definitely don’t stress yourself out too much. However, I do have a request for the surfacestations.org web site: any chance the Sites Surveyed / Sites Remaining numbers could be updated? If this involves too much prep work to get this number, feel free to ignore my request. I was hoping it would be a simple count / update so that we can get a feel for the updated progress.

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