While this would certainly put an end to the poor siting problems discovered by the surfacestations.org project, I can’t help but think almost everything related to climate can be solved with money:
Here’s the letter:
PDF with attachments here: USHCN_Letter_-_FINAL_-_7-29-10_SECURED
I also can’t help thinking of this image when 100 MILLION DOLLARS is used:
Now don’t get me wrong, I support a modernized network, but $100 million? That’s a bit steep.
It works out to $100,000 per weather station.
When I visited NCDC in April 2008…
…they told me the USHCN-M cost was supposed to be around $25,000 per weather station.
Which looking at the USHCN-M equipment below, allowing for government inflation, sounds about right:
USHCN-M station at Greensboro, AL
But $100K a piece for what you see above? I don’t think so.
Hell, I’ll do it for 10K a piece and do a better job than NOAA ever could.
h/t to Joe D’Aleo