As many of you know, I also operate www.surfacestations.org with the goal of completing the survey of all 1221 USHCN climate stations of record in the continental United States. Doing so, we’ve uncovered some very interesting siting and quality control anomalies such as the one below:
That photo above is the USHCN Station for Saint Johns, AZ. I kid you not. The electronic sensor is inside the Stevenson Screen, note the conduit.
So, if you are planning to drive someplace this weekend, you may want to think about surveying weather a station or two that may be along your route. There are still about 600 left to be surveyed in most states. California has been completed, and Florida needs only two to complete the state: Ocala and Key West. Ocala is at the water plant see the map here and is an MMTS electronic sensor, which looks like this:
|Another and newer type of thermometer is the Maximum Minimum Temperature System or MMTS. An MMTS is an electronic thermometer not too different from the type you buy at the local electronics store. The MMTS is a thermistor housed in a shelter which looks similar to a bee hive. This design is similar in functionality|
If anyone is traveling near Ocala this weekend, please help me out and get a photos of the sensor placement if you can. Even if this public facility is closed. You may still be able to get photos from the street or through the fence. Or just go there during a weekday when its open and state your business.
How to find a USHCN station near you:
- Locate the station from the USHCN master list, click to open to see if the site has been surveyed yet. They are sorted by state and city. Locate ones near you. You can also check the photo gallery to see the latest updates for stations that might have been surveyed but not on the list yet.
- Open the NOAA MMS Station locator to get better latitude/longitude coordinates, press “Guest Login” button and then type station name in the search box.
- Locate the station in the list, note detailed latitude and longitude info which you can put into Google Earth or similar mapping program to help locate the station.
- Click on the Name of the station, it will pop up a new window. Note below the “Begin Date” there is a highlighted link with the actual dates, click the date to open details.
- Look for “Managing Parties” in the MMS results (you may have to scroll down) and that will tell you the name of the observer, be it a private residence, government entity, or organization. Do additional Google searches as needed for the name, city, state and you may locate a telephone number.
- Download our “How to Guide” and station Survey form here and begin the station survey per those instructions
There are lots of other stations that need surveying, particularly in the Midwest, these need the most surveys done yet:
Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, North Dakota, Idaho, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas.
You help at getting more stations surveyed would be appreciated. I’ll be happy to take questions here in comments or to offer help in location. Once you get the station surveyed, sign up for our free database and upload the pictures.
Of course if you can’t survey a station, a donation using the button at right always helps defer teh costs of the many trips I’ve made wand will continue to make until the job is done. Thanks for your consideration. – Anthony
UPDATE:I have attempted to fix the broken link noted by many posters. I hope I did it correctly Anthony ~charles the moderator