How not to measure temperature, part 36 volunteer surveyor Russ Steele brings us this gem of a climate monitoring station from Panguitch, UT. I’ve seen stations over asphalt, such as the University of Arizona station in Tucson, but this one has a special feature; they made a concrete traffic island especially for the station so that it wouldn’t get collided with by nearby parked vehicles. How’s that for diligence? The station mount was set right into the concrete. So much for the 100 foot rule away from asphalt, concrete and buildings issued by NOAA

Panguitch North View

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The station was recently closed, and the instruments and wooden portion of the shelter put into storage, which is why you don’t see any Stevenson Screen shelter in the picture above, only the mount. Since it’s permanently set into the concrete, they couldn’t easily remove it. Not well thought out, I’d say.

The GISS temperature plot has an offset just before the year 2000, care to bet when the concrete for the traffic island was poured?

Panguitch_UT station plot

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November 26, 2007 12:22 am

More exhaustive concrete evidence of global warming.
About these-here CRN ratings, Rev.
Assuming no car exhaust (but why?), we’d have to rate this one a three. But it looks more like a THREE to me!

November 26, 2007 9:45 am

Are there any sites in Virginia/Maryland that you are still trying to category?

November 26, 2007 10:10 am

Where did they move it to, and what does the new record look like?
Would be interested to see if the new location’s starting temps are the same as the old location’s stopping temps…

November 26, 2007 10:30 am

If you really want to see something different, compare the “annual mean of monthly temps” from Panguitch, UT to that of Parowan Power Plant, UT (according to google maps, about 20 mi to the west).
How would the AGW people explain THIS difference…

November 26, 2007 11:08 am

I know, they’re BOTH listed.
I’m just going off the listings on the chart.
The site survey has it listed as the power plant, (City Public Works Yard).
Does this mean that this is where they park all their big trucks, snowplows, etc?
Still, for a couple of locations in the middle of Utah, with a 20 mi difference, there is a drastic temp difference. Can’t be alt difference.
There are some common points, though – they both had a big spike in ’34.

November 26, 2007 12:59 pm

Naturally. The basic shape of the graph is probably quite accurate.
Now, all ya gotta do is push it down by a couple-plus tenths of a degree on the left end and add a couple of tenths due to exurban creep microsite violation, and presto. There you have it. 0.6C warming.

Bill in Vigo
November 26, 2007 5:16 pm

Anthony I am very impressed with your site and read it advidly along with Steve M’s climateaudit. After seeing some of the conditions that the weather stations are in I begin to understand how the agw alarmists made so much head way early on in the debate. The only problem is that now there is such a large advantage with the liberal media that has to be overcome. Keep up the good work and I have also made my house more energy efficient.
Great job

November 26, 2007 7:07 pm

We have more of the Panguitch story on NC Media Watch here and here.
More on the Parowan “Powerhouse” here.

George M
November 26, 2007 7:55 pm

Heads up everyone. Drudge just referenced a (UK) Telegraph article which says NASA satellite measurements show temperatures have been declining since 1998. Anyone have a direct reference to the NASA data?

George M
November 27, 2007 7:29 am

I’m sure you mean downturn, right?
Spell checker strikes again!

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