Kalamazoo State Hospital
In an effort to add to the surfacestation.org survey coverage, I’ve been looking at a number of stations from the aerial vantage points available in Google Earth and Microsoft Live Maps. I particularly look for the stations that have Stevenson Screens, as those are the most visible and easy to spot from these online resources.
I was disappointed to learn though that the USHCN station at Kalamazoo State Hospital (a state psychiatric hospital) has been closed. It was probably due to recent construction of new wards as seen here:
While I was scouring online image databases looking for a surviving photo that would show the placement of the Stevenson Screen, I stumbled across this photo on Flickr taken from afar and this strange comment about it:
Flickr caption reads: I took this photo from well away from the grounds of the State Hospital, so as to avoid violating state law.
“Apparently, it is illegal to take photographs on the grounds of the state hospital as a protection to those who are patients there. I received a lengthy explanation of this law from the Michigan State Police officer who was on patrol at the hospital the morning I visited. He advised me that the hospital office has quite a collection of confiscated cameras.”
I did visit another state mental hospital in Napa, CA and found this placement of the MMTS:
You can see a full set of pictures, at the surfacestations.org image database.
So WUWT readers, here is the challenge against very unlikely odds:
Find a surviving photo of the USHCN weather station at Kalamazoo State Hospital.