By Paul Homewood
You will recall how the media gleefully announced a new July record temperature for Europe this week, even though it had not even been validated by the WMO.
As Italian expert, Robin Monotti, pointed out immediately, the weather station at Jerzu was not an officially recognised climate station.
Excellent detective work by Tim Daw has revealed the actual location of the Jerzu station, and as I surmised it is poorly sited and maintained.
There are three weather stations in and around Jerzu, but the one in question is Jerzu RU, indicated below – note the 48.2C reading on 23rd:
Google maps place it here:
And zooming in:
As can be seen, the equipment is within a few yards of the road. Worse still, the whole compound is overgrown with bush.
Recall what the WMO say about the siting of thermometers:
.Clearly Jerzu fails Class 3 on two counts:
1) Its proximity to the road
2) Vegetation >25cm.
At best, it can only be classified as Class 4 (out of total of 5 Classes); this means that temperatures could be artificially inflated by as much as 2C because of poor siting.
This obviously precludes any possibility of the “record” Jerzu being officially recognised, or at least it would with any reputable scientific organisation, which the WMO most certainly is not.
But, of course, the fake record claim has already gone round the world, which has always been the objective of our corrupt media.
It is worth pointing out that there are three other stations listed by the Italian agency. The max temperatures of these were 42.10C, 46.57C and 47.21C. (If you click on the link, and then click on the coloured logo, it brings up the daily table. All of these are well below the 48.2C at Jerzu RU, even though they are only a few miles apart:
There are many hundreds of weather stations like this in countries like Italy – poorly sited, poorly maintained and with no official long term data. Jerzu is a classic example – was there a thermometer there prior to the installation of this automatic one? It seems highly unlikely, as who would have trudged out in the heat to read it every day?
And with this proliferation of stations, there are bound to be some in particularly hot spots, just waiting for a record to be claimed.
For any climatological record temperature to be validated, the site should not only be properly sited and maintained; but there should also be at least 100 years of data, to ensure we are comparing like with like.