The survey project continues to move forward, even in these cold and snowy winter months. I’m pleased to announce that we have just passed the 500 mark for surveyed stations. Now with 41.1% of the network surveyed comprising 502 stations surveyed so far, that leaves 719 to go out of 1221 stations nationwide.
Some stations have recently become catalysts for larger investigations, such as the station in Lampasas TX, done by Julie K. Stacy which has brought out questions from a number of other bloggers. This prompted a review of stations previously surveyed, such as Cedarville, CA, which then prompted a larger investigation in the satellite city nightlights methodology used by NASA GISS. A whole new avenue of exploration has now opened up not just for US stations, but worldwide thanks to new features of Google Earth.
You never know where curiosity and serendipity will lead you. Thanks to Atmoz for starting the ball rolling. I also want to thank Barry Wise and Gary Boden, our early volunteers, whose help on this project has been indispensable.
Recently, this project got a significant endorsement from Dr. Roger Pielke of the University of Colorado in Boulder in his weblog. I and all the volunteers appreciate the recognition.
Here is the latest breakdown of USHCN stations that have been surveyed, and their site quality ratings:
We could really use some help this spring and summer in the following states:
Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Alabama, Illinois, Idaho, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas.
If you think that you can help with this project by surveying a station near you, please visit the www.surfacestations.org website and sign up. We’ll provide instructions and help on locating stations in need of surveying.
You may also wish to consider signing up for the national flower and foiliage survey to help track climate change which is prominently mentioned on Dr. Roger Pielke’s weblog. You can double your fun!