Surfacestations update – help needed for the final stretch

I’m pleased to announce that after a quality control review of all stations surveyed so far we are now at the 80.4% mark. 982 stations out of 1221 of the USHCN network have been surveyed. 239 stations remain to be surveyed.

USHCN Surface Stations remaining to be surveyed - click for larger image

USHCN Surface Stations remaining to be surveyed - click for larger image

A Google Earth KML file has also been created to help volunteers assist us in surveying these remaining stations to the best of our ability. I don’t expect to get all of them, but we should be able to easily exceed the 1000 station mark and perhaps reach 90% before the end of summer.

You can download the Google Earth KML file which was used to make the map above, get it -click here.  [Note,  if using Internet Explorer, right mouse click and choose “Save Target As..”  ~ charles the moderator] It is very helpful in locating stations. Google Earth is a free download here.

For those who don’t have Google Earth capability, get it – click here, is the list of stations remaining that you can view in your browser. Both files are useful in different ways, so I suggest getting both.

Our goal is to find the few remaining “best” CRN1 and CRN2 stations. So far there have been very few of these “best” stations, 92 so far, making up only 10% of the network. The majority of those also happen to be ASOS stations at airports, and as we have seen from the MIC in Hawaii’s WSFO, ASOS stations have not been deemed suitable for climate monitoring, since they are placed for aviation purposes.

Here are the percentage breakdowns so far, plus a nice bar chart by Gary Boden showing the states that have been completed and those that need the most attention:

sufacestations surveyed by state

Click for a larger image

Number Percent
CRN=1 16 2%
CRN=2 76 8%
CRN=3 205 21%
CRN=4 598 61%
CRN=5 78 8%

sufacestations percentages pie

We have identified 45 closed stations, some of which have been able to be rated because the observer remained and could show us where the thermometer was placed, or we were able to find aerial photos or maps from NWS b44 forms that showed the location.

Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, Kentucky, and Virginia are the states with the least coverage. If you live in one of these, please consider trying to survey a station or two. Details on how to survey stations can be found at surfacestations.org

Quality control checks performed:

Volunteers and I have been busy in the past couple of weeks adding some stations from recent surveys as well as doing a comprehensive QC on the applications  of ratings and the veracity of the station surveys.

Some stations that were surveyed were misidentified by volunteers, and thus have been removed and put back on the “available” list in the KML file above.

Some stations surveyed by aerial views only were misidentified, and this was made clear when when we went through QC reviews. We fixed those also, some were then correctly identified and rated, others went back on the “available” list.

I’m pretty happy about where we are now and what has been achieved. Finding the remaining best stations is the next goal. I’ll have more on that soon with some good candidates.

There will be another important post tomorrow or the next day on a related subject that needs addressing, stay tuned.

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UK Sceptic

O/T
This news just in:
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20090622/tuk-green-campaigners-board-freighter-6323e80.html
Apparently the goal of Greenpeace is to “beat climate change”. The person quoted is allegedly a scientist? And they call realists deluded?
Isn’t boarding and taking over a ship an act of piracy?

GlennB

Anthony, I had trouble with all these links: Above, the kml file “here” link produces a page of html code, the surveyed already map on surfacestations. org produces a WordPress “Not Found” and the Google Earth “Download here” link goes to a page “security violation”.
REPLY: Try right click and “save target as”

Dodgy Geezer

“Isn’t boarding and taking over a ship an act of piracy?”
Um…yes, but you don’t get punished for it. Hansen jets over from the US, gives evidence that the ship was going to kill lots of tiny fluffy kittens, and with one bound you are free, while the evil ship owners and power station workers twirl their moustaches impotently in the background….

GlennB

Anthony, That worked for the link above, but not for the two mentions on surfacestations site. Thanks. I’m interested in the AZ stations.
REPLY: The links are correct, whatever problem is local to your machine – Anthony

mercurior

i would be interested to see a google earth link (if it exists). of all the surface stations the ones found to date. i am interested in seeing where they are..
any chance of putting the link on a side bar.. if it is there i apologise.. but cant find it

mercurior

correction it is on the surface stations site.. i apologise, but a current link would be useful..

Brian Johnson

I got snipped for getting angry about the UK Met Office and our Chief Scientific Officer. Fair enough, ranting does not enhance this superb site, however I have self snipped my feelings about Greenpeace protestors and
Kings Norton power station……..
[snip]

tallbloke

This might seem a daft question, but has anybody tried contacting the people who run these stations to see if they would take and submit photos themselves?
[REPLY – Not at all. In fact, we have obtained a number of them that way. ~ Evan]

INGSOC

More O/T? Record low high temps for Arizona?
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/06/19/20090619junelovely0619.html
I take it these records are being set using flawed stations. Might the low temps be even lower than stated in this article? I cant help but sense the “The Cat is out of the bag” aspect of this story.

Don Shaw

Anthony,
I will see if I can find one of the remaining NJ sites. No guarantees since I don’t live near the sites, but I’ll look into it and get back to you.
What e-mail address should we use to send you pictures if I get anything ?
Don

Scott Finegan

Clicking on this link gives a security violation. I reported it to you months ago.
The .xls file disappeared some time ago also.
Google Earth Station Rating Map with links to images now available – download here http://gallery.surfacestations.org/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=57980&g2_GALLERYSID=52cba207ad6177f2520058712c2c5a63 Date: 02/05/09
Sincere thanks to Gary Boden and Barry Wise for this contribution!
REPLY: There’s a reason. I haven’t edited the main page yet with current updates, probably tonight. – Anthony

I will be going through Pennington Gap, VA on July 9/10. How can I get more info on where the site is located?

Bob Montle

Anthony,
I will get Goldsboro NC next week on my way to the beach.
By the way, you listed Rocky Mount, VA as a remaining site – it was surveyed a few months ago!
Several sites are listed in SC. If they are still un-surveyed by fall, I will do a swing thru SC and see how many I can get.
REPLY: Goldsboro is on the Air Force Base. Doubtful that you’ll get in without some previous arrangement. – Anthony

OT but urgent!
From ICECAP
The Wong-Fielding Meeting On Global Warming
Original
http://joannenova.com.au/2009/06/19/the-wong-fielding-meeting-on-global-warming/
Regards

TJA

There is a what looks like a Stephenson’s Screen at the Mississquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Swanton, VT, but I don’t see it on any list. Do they just disappear off the records? I drive by it a couple times a week and would be happy to survey it if I thought it would accomplish anything.

timetochooseagain

Since I’ll be in Tennessee at some point this summer…maybe I’ll stop by a few of those stations!

L Nettles

Anthony, How do you want to account for stations that are no longer active? Kingstree SC and Georgetown, SC would fall into that category.
REPLY: We’ll mark them in the database as such. No worries unless you think you can figure out enough info on previous placement to allow us to make a rating- Anthony

Richard111

OT. Re: greanpeace boarding a ship, somewhere I read that greens were too yellow to admit they are red. I laughed, silly me.

paulID

what towns are the 3 in southeastern Idaho in? I’m going to be running in that area all summer and fall.

Chris D.

Georgetown, SC was closed several years ago. I managed to get into the nature preserve where it was located (appt only), but nobody could quite remember exactly where it was sited and it moved once or twice. I was able to photograph the general sites, but that isn’t much help which is why I never posted it. Clemson and USC have ongoing research in that area and got a tour by one of the professors – fascinating stuff but, alas, no definitive survey. I recommend crossing that one off. I’ll see what I can do for some of the remaining ones in the area as I have more time now.

John W.

“There will be another important post tomorrow or the next day on a related subject that needs addressing, stay tuned.”
Will it, by any chance, have to do with the “missing” stations? And would it be reasonable to assume that the “missing” stations are primarily in rural areas?
Do you plan an effort to try and track them down to add their data back into the climate data base?
Inquiring minds want to know. 8^)

geo

I’ll take a look at where that one north of the Twin Cities in MN is. I should be able to get that for you.
And, maybe, the two near the SD/MN border.

juan

paulID (06:09:32) :
“what towns are the 3 in southeastern Idaho in? I’m going to be running in that area all summer and fall.”
I think you are referring to Malad City and Lifton Pumping station, apparently in a rural location east of Malad City. Probably also to Border, although that is technically in Wyoming. I’ve been contemplating those sites myself as the terminus of a whole string of unsurveyed stations from Kanab, Utah, northward. (Looks to me like a good excuse to see some new country during vacation time.) At any rate, no use getting in each other’s way. Let me know of your progress.
juanslayton@dslextreme.com

Rick M

The Gavin Newsom piece is scary to say the least.
Looks like California is doomed to a fate worse than Global Climate Change/Warming. Government meddling will be the real catastrophe.

MartinGAtkins

Przemysław Pawełczyk (05:32:57) :

OT but urgent!
From ICECAP
The Wong-Fielding Meeting On Global Warming Original
http://joannenova.com.au/2009/06/19/the-wong-fielding-meeting-on-global-warming/

Hopefully this tax on all consumption and job destroying piece of legislation will be burned in the senate,
This will force Rudd and Wong to go to the people on this issue alone. By then the opposition may be able to find a leader with some spine. Peter Costello is gone. 🙁

marek

OT
Is cycle 23 still alive? There are sunspots on the SH of the sun.

The blurb says “Earth’s atmosphere comprises many gases, collectively called Greenhouse gases”. As you know, many atmospheric gases are not GHGs – if the summary contains this sort of inaccuracy, what will the rest of the book be like?
Such inaccuracies are not helpful in the great global warming debate..Cormac

Tim G

Where is the KML file of stations that need surveying? Could someone post that link?
I think I live near some, I could go take pictures. But the surfacestations.org site is too confusing for me to navigate.
Thanks,
tim

REPLY:
It is in the article – Anthony

Tim G

Er, sorry, found it….
–t

Tim G
DerHahn

I’m in NE Iowa not far from a number of the IA and southwest WI stations. Any other Hawkeyes reading this blog and wanting to make a field trip can contact me at therooster40@yahoo.com (email or message is ok)

Don Shaw

Anthony,
I did a google earth looking for the Monmouth NJ site using the GPS coordinates. What I found is that the site is at the college/university at Monmouth in Long Branch. My cheapie googl earth put the equipment atop the Woodrow Wilson building. Does that sound right? I am going to call the university to confirm the above information.
Since I frequently pass within 10 miles of the college on the weekends, I will try to find the temperature measuring hardware and take some pictures if possible.
Regards,
Don Shaw

REPLY:
Possible but may be near the building also. WAIT – I just checked NCDC MMS and it is closed 2007-01-05 – Anthony

Katie V

I’ll be passing near the Hart, MI station over the Independence Day weekend, so I may be able to snap some pics for the project. Are there particular items to take note of, or include in whatever I am able to collect on this station?
REPLY: We need at least 6 pictures of the station one from each compass point showing the thermometer in the foreground, plus two wider overall veiws showing proximity to buildings, asphalt etc. See http://www.surfacesttaions.org for how to and examples. – Anthony

Bill Sticker

O/T You are probably aware of this new book but it’s getting a little publicity in the UK Telegraph;
Global Warming And Other ——–: The Truth About All Those Science Scare Stories, by Prof Stanley Feldman and Prof Vincent Marks
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/science/sciencenews/5599916/Polar-Bears-are-not-dying-out-say-scientists-in-book-on-popular-scare-stories.html

smallz79

OT, but does anyone know if there has been any effort by the NIPCC to send it’s full report to congress and the president of the U.S.?

smallz79

In Australia The NIPCC report has been cited and is now known by their leaders.

rabidkangaroo

Another weather isn’t climate story. Arizona has longest string of consecutive June days below 100 since 1913.
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/06/19/20090619junelovely0619.html

MikeinAppalachia

I can get the last 5 listed for Ohio in the next few weeks. If I continue to be out of work, can try for some of those along the Ky-Wv border area as well.

MikeinAppalachia

Anthony-the coords listed for the Sciotoville, Ohio site would place it about 90 miles north, just south of Columbus. There is a WWTP near the coords listed. Can you check and see if the site is actually in Sciotoville or near South Bloomfield and Ashville, Ohio?

G Alston

I can help with a couple of the stations in northwest Iowa (the ones that appear to be outside the Sioux City area.) I don’t have google earth and won’t be able to run it. Could you please list the requirements in a suitable non-proprietary text format (e.g. lat/long for my GPS, etc) and I’ll indicate which ones I can get to… ?
I looked at the SS.org stuff, is that the current/only info? I’m pretty sure I can get Le Mars and probably Storm Lake unless you already have a volunteer already signed up to get these.

AKD

Had intended to go by the Gainesville, TX station in the database, but looks like it is not needed. I can probably do the Dublin and Brownwood stations in a day trip sometime soon.

geo

I found I needed to “save as” the .xml file and then rename it to be .kml for google earth to like it.
I’ve also got some questions about the Minnesota sites shown, but sent the “info” email address at surfacestations.org my query. It looks to me like one that is shown has already been surveyed, and two that aren’t shown still need to be surveyed.

Gary Boden

It’s been my experience that the coordinates may not be precisely at the equipment location. Sometimes it helps to check with the NCDC station locator at: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/stationlocator.html
Find the station history link and click the map tab to show the several location the station may have been at. The current one should be blue.
Also, on the Google Earth .kml map, a click on the icon will pop up a balloon of information including a link back to the surfacestations database. If you see only air photos, the station was surveyed by internet. Ground photos are still needed.

The link to Google Earth doen’t work for me.
All I get is a couple of thousand lines of code. I have tried it with Google Earth open (minimized) and closed. Have tried loading it in to the “fly to” box.
How do I make it work?

Evan Jones

I will be going through Pennington Gap, VA on July 9/10. How can I get more info on where the site is located?
WATER PLANT OUTSIDE AND 3.0 MI SE OF PO AT PENNINGTON GAP VA
Coordinates: 36.73806, -82.99667 are at the plant.
Northeast off route 421 to the north of the town of Woodway.
You may have to call ahead to arrange access. (Or you could sneak around the perimeter the way I did at Norwich last winter–I was lucky and managed to spot the MMTS.)
I see a speck that might possibly be it, just inside the fence, to the NW of the admin. building.

My prior comment should read:
The link to the kml file doen’t work for me.
All I get is a couple of thousand lines of code. I have tried it with Google Earth open (minimized) and closed. Have tried loading it in to the “fly to” box.
How do I make it work?
Reply: I’m going to update the post. ~ charles the moderator

Evan Jones

Anthony-the coords listed for the Sciotoville, Ohio site would place it about 90 miles north, just south of Columbus. There is a WWTP near the coords listed. Can you check and see if the site is actually in Sciotoville or near South Bloomfield and Ashville, Ohio?
Updated coordinates are 38.75694, -82.88722, from MMS. Not precise, but better than the previous version.
WWTP WITHIN AND 0.2 MILES SE OF PO AT SCIOTOVILLE OH
There’s what looks like a water plant just to the WNW of the updated coordinates, off the south of route 52. Street-Level Google view is available; I thought I might have spotted it not far west of the admin building (at the eastern end of the plant). But I could not confirm it.

Evan Jones

Had intended to go by the Gainesville, TX station in the database, but looks like it is not needed. I can probably do the Dublin and Brownwood stations in a day trip sometime soon.
I made a virtual survey, but we have no ground shots. Ground shots are better!
The given coordinates are pretty good in this case.

Evan Jones

I can help with a couple of the stations in northwest Iowa
Rockwell City, Storm Lake, and Le Mars are open.
here’s what I have on them:
Rockwell City: 42.3969, -94.6291
RESIDENCE WITHIN AND 0.4 MI NE OF PO AT ROCKWELL CITY, IA
Storm Lake: 42.6347, -95.1694
RESIDENCE OUTSIDE AND 2 MILES E OF PO AT STORM LAKE IA
Le Mars: 42.7816 -96.1458
RESIDENCE WITHIN AND 1 MILES SSE OF PO AT LE MARS IA

Evan Jones

There is a what looks like a Stephenson’s Screen at the Mississquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Swanton, VT, but I don’t see it on any list.
Only around one in five COOP stations are part of the USHCN network. It sounds as if you have one of the non-USHCN stations.