I love the smell of sewage in the morning

With apologies to Robert Duvall in Apocalypse now-

Kilgore: Smell that? You smell that?

Lance: What?

Kilgore: Sewage, son. Nothing in the world smells like that.


Kilgore: I love the smell of sewage in the morning.  The smell, you know that rotten eggs smell… Smells like… victory. Someday this war’s gonna end…

USHCN at Tullahoma, TN Wastewater Treatment Plant – Visible light

USHCN at Tullahoma, TN Wastewater Treatment Plant – Infra red

You know it seems like every morning this week that I prepare to start my day’s worth of surveys, I find that I’m going to visit another USHCN climate station of record at a sewage treatment plant. And so is the case today, my last day of surveys. I’m gonna take a loooong shower when I get home.

I know you all want to hear more about NCDC and USHCN2, and I’ll get into those details next week, but for now, another sewage treatment plant beckons.


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Roger Carr
April 26, 2008 7:20 am

I’m gonna take a loooong shower when I get home.
But no baths. Promise?
Or not unless the wife and kids are there to steady you in and out?
REPLY: Well as Kramer said of the bathtub, in that famous Seinfeld episode where he lived in the shower for a week: “…you’re just soaking in your own filth!”.
I may need one of those elephant shower heads to do this job of cleansing after a week surveying WWTP’s.
Ok, last entry for awhile, off to the stench I go.

Jon Jewett
April 26, 2008 7:51 am

It’s more than “just a smell”.
To the folks that work there, it is the smell of their bread and butter.
It’s all a matter of perspective.
Steamboat Jack
REPLY: I agree, sanitation has moved mankind forward, we all owe people that perform this valuable service a debt of gratitude.

Bill in Vigo
April 26, 2008 8:48 am

Anthony this is all such good news. I just hope that when this survey is done that the NCDC will conduct their own survey and audit their CRN and USHCN or USHCN2.
I hope that they will enforce an openness policy especially at NASA GISS. I believe that there will be some very eye opening surprises when the historical data is re-examined and some truth is extracted from the mess of manipulations that have been done to it. It is my hope that they will still have the original (microfilm) copies for use. If this happens we just might be able to get some better scientific studies with true and statistically correct hypothesis that can be used for better performing models.
Just my 2 cents,
Bill Derryberry

Bruce Cobb
April 26, 2008 9:24 am

“Kilgore: I love the smell of sewage in the morning. The smell, you know that methane smell… Smells like… victory. Someday this war’s gonna end…”
I know that’s supposed to be humorous, but it should be pointed out that Methane (like C02) is odorless. It’s actually hydrogen sulfide that smells, and is bad to breathe. Some plants are adding Methyl Benzoate to reduce generation of it. Hydrogen Sulfide is also an acid, so damaging to equipment over periods of time.
Methane is also being captured and used to power some treatment facilities.

April 26, 2008 10:37 am

don’t you like these big cement slabs right beside the sensor? The IR radiation can just zip into the sensor housing from under the louvers. They could not locate the darn ratiative mass at a better location to affect the results!
They must really have worked hard, used sizeable budget from taxpayer’s money to figure out the optimum angle to optimise the data corruption. 🙂

Bill P
April 26, 2008 12:52 pm

If I recall, Marlowe found Kurtz at the extremity of the “Heart of Darkness” babbling something about “The Horror!”…
Should we be worried?

April 26, 2008 2:06 pm

Integrated sewage systems have done more for people’s health and welfare than perhaps any other technological development. These systems may not be glamourous, but they are important. And I for one, appreciate the men and women who keep them working.

April 27, 2008 11:26 am

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