People Send me stuff. I get pictures of weather stations from all over the world. Here we have Henderson Field, serving the capital city of Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
Hi Anthony, I thought you might be interested to see this weather station.
It is the main one for the Solomon Islands, good situation for the airport, but as you can see in the photos, not so good for accurate temperature measurement.
The planes land then turn down the road to the Terminal apron, as they turn onto the apron, the jet exhaust washes over the weather station.
I’m not a technician, but I’ve repaired enough damaged equipment in my time to think that the exhaust heat may cause some problems with calibration over time.
Google earth -9.430025° 160.047393°
I’m trying slowly to get some full size photos loaded into google earth at present, but internet here is sporadic at the best of times, and down right miserable the rest.
Here’s the closeup view of the weather station at the airport, the instruments are inside the fenced in enclosure.
As weather stations go, it isn’t bad, as the Stevenson Screen is 30 meters from the taxiway asphalt. That would make it a CRN2, acceptable by NOAA siting standards.
Here’s a ground level view of the station taken from the terminal:
Here comes a plane!
Coming into the terminal…
Hey, park it over here!
Uh, oh, look where the jet exhaust is pointed:
Hmmm, a new high temperature today?
Back to normal.
Now in the defense of the global climate record, it doesn’t look like this station gets updated at GISS very much:
And here’s the plot of data from NASA GISS:
Hmmm, pretty crappy data set dontcha think? Why have it at all?
If only GISS could use Weather Underground:
Eh, but that would require a thousands of man-hours, and millions of dollars in grant money to pull off.