Surfacestations.org 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
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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?