Test Run in Indy


Yesterday I spent most of the day on the 51st floor (830 feet up) of the Chase Bank building (see arrow) configuring an automated Weather Channel display system. You can see the TV antennas on top of the building.

Last night I took a route almost identical to the road shown above to do a test UHI transect of Indianapolis. Some of you may know of Meridian Street there.

The weather was not at all cooperative, low overcast, thin fog, misty, with a breeze. But I decided to do a test run at midnight so that I could work out any kinks or surprises. I’m glad I did, because I got diverted accidentally on detours downtown which took me off the track that I’ll be able to avoid now.

Predictably, with the low overcast and wind, there wasn’t much of a UHI profile to measure, though it appears there was a slight one in the data. The datalogger worked great, as did the GPS logger. I saved everything along with 4 local weather stations data along the north-south route. I’ll look again later.

Tonight’s weather looks better, Pt.Cloudy to clear, low about 35 (last nights low was about 57).

Problems with the weather display system today, it didn’t run at 7AM as planned, so back up to the top of the Chase Building for now.

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November 14, 2007 10:25 am

UHIs are dynamic so it will be good to have a data for different weather conditions. I wonder what a vertical temp profile up the side of the building would look like. What was the difference in temps between the 51st floor and street level?

Evan Jones
November 14, 2007 12:42 pm

“so back up to the top of the Chase Building for now.”
I don’t advise making such statements in public, Rev. Unfortunate accidents have been known to happen, ya know. #B^1

Evan Jones
November 14, 2007 11:30 pm

There’s another legend. This one is somewhat older than the last one, and shorter. I can’t vouch for it, either, but such is the nature of legends. It goes as follows:
Aristotle and his usual suspects were discussing the question of men and women. They decided that women were inferior, and the reason for this was that they had fewer teeth.
This was debated and considered until one of them arose and suggested finding an actual woman counting her teeth.
He was expelled from the society, forthwith, never to return.
(Does any of this sound familiar?)
Looking forward to your results.

November 15, 2007 5:32 pm

UHIs appear very stable in the humid tropics, i.e little variation all year round. I suspect the same is true in places like Florida in the summer.

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