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:

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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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14 thoughts on “Weather Stations in Korea

  1. 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. ;-)

  2. Putting the two back together will be wrenching. I’ve read that the NoKos are now actually stupider from malnutrition during neurological development.
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  3. Man, that is one dark place. You know you’re in the worst place on earth when Siberia has more lights than you.

  4. Anthony,

    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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Once electricity prices hit sky levels I think will start to see dimmer light patterns over capitalist enclaves :-)

  9. 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:
    http://edgcm.columbia.edu/~mankoff/StationData/StationData_net.kml

    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:
    http://www.climateaudit.org/?p=2776#comment-215873
    http://www.climateaudit.org/?p=2776#comment-216087

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