Weather Stations in Korea

While looking at information about the NASA GISS methodology of using night time DOD satellite photos to count street lights around weather stations to use as a way of assigning an “urban bias”, I came across this night time satellite photo:


It occurs to me that North Korea may have some of the most “rural” weather stations in any Northern Hemisphere country. In contrast, South Korea looks like it would not be such a good place to measure temperature. Fortunately, the DMZ keeps any errant civilization or industrialization bias from creeping across the border.

I do see one light on in North Korea, I wonder who that belongs to?

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Climate Patrol
February 18, 2008 2:25 am

The light belongs to Al Gore and his camp who tries to establish the theory of global warming to the blacked out citizens of North Korea. 😉

February 18, 2008 3:11 am

Putting the two back together will be wrenching. I’ve read that the NoKos are now actually stupider from malnutrition during neurological development.

February 18, 2008 3:33 am

The presidential palace…

February 18, 2008 5:48 am

Capitalism lights the way to freedom, prosperity, and UHI.

Jeff in Seattle
February 18, 2008 7:20 am

Man, that is one dark place. You know you’re in the worst place on earth when Siberia has more lights than you.

February 18, 2008 10:04 am

One interesting check to do. We have CRN locations right?
See what nighlights says about them. also note the weird disconnect between
the brightness index and the Dark/dim/bright data feild… they mostly
track, but I think they come from different sources. They have to.
In his code ( I checked it) Hansen uses the dark/dim/bright data feild
Cedarville is thus an official mystery adjustment.
REPLY: I’ll look into this more.

David Segesta
February 18, 2008 12:16 pm

This is a classic illustration of capitalism vs communism. Capitalism wins hands down.

February 18, 2008 12:24 pm

BTW, that “Lights=1” you see in NK is the capital, Pyonyang.

February 18, 2008 12:40 pm

That’s il Jong II’s residence, no doubt. Only lights on in the country belong to the Dictator-For-Life.
Maybe Cedarville is teleconnected to N Korea?

February 18, 2008 12:47 pm

Out of curiosity, when was that photo taken?
REPLY: I don’t know for certain, since the picture has not date/timestamp but mid 90’s is likely.

February 18, 2008 3:16 pm

That was rude.
I love it!

February 18, 2008 3:30 pm

The photo looks very much like this 2003 shot
although someone has blacked out the amazing lights from all those fishing boats off South Korea.

February 21, 2008 5:48 am

Once electricity prices hit sky levels I think will start to see dimmer light patterns over capitalist enclaves 🙂

February 25, 2008 6:27 am

According to the House of Hansen there are no functioning weather stations in North Korea. Load this Google Earth GISS Station KLM file and see for your self:
Apparently building Socialism doesn’t require that you know the temperature or much of anything else.
See me posts at Climate Audit for more details:

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