I sincerely hope she lives near the next Krakatoa. Boy will she be excited about her microclimate change then. She’ll have lots to gush about, if she writes fast.
Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — January 27, 2013 @ 9:29 am
Citizen science => Peoples’ Science
You know … Lysenkoism.
Empower the Nation with Global Change Science
Empower centralized government authority over every frikkin’ thing in the world with a pseudo-scientific myth that serves to justify totalitarianism.
You know … state worship.
(see also: Ahnenerbe and Sorelian myth)
Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — January 27, 2013 @ 10:21 am
Yeah, you’re being bullshitted. But you knew that.
uncoordinated collective action,
in the form of burning fossil fuels
i.e. independent, individual action in enlightened self-interest
Okay, I”m gonna start referrin’ to CCH as “uncoordinated collective action for defense.”
Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — January 27, 2013 @ 12:47 pm
Eye yam a weather hobbyist. I post to wunderground and CWOP. It is a constant hassle to keep my instruments reading properly, and calibration is a constant challenge. Just because it agrees with nearby stations (consensus — ha!) doesn’t mean it’s right!
Most weather observing stations are poorly sited. That may have to do with convenience, accessibility, and just plain ignorance. Most rural and wilderness areas are not covered at all. The coverage is very spotty, and is weighted toward urban areas.
As the post points out, urban heating causes formerly rural sites to read higher now than they did when originally installed, providing misleading data. The site is warmer, not the planet. The best overall planetary data comes from satellites, which can integrate over the entire planet’s surface. Of course we only have about 30 years of satellite data, so that doesn’t give us much history. Neither do thermometers, which have only been available for about 200 years. That’s nothing on planetary terms.
I used to be chief engineer at a radio station, which happened to be a NOAA observing station. I was in charge of “administering” the nasty thing. We had a little white weather box out back with min and max thermometers inside, and a rain gauge next to it. Twice a day (morning and evening), the deejays were supposed to go out and record the readings, and reset the instruments. I can’t tell you how many times they got busy, and forgot to take the readings. More often than not, they filled out the charts from their memory of what they had read off the (completely unofficial) little indoor/outdoor thermometer we had in the control room where they did their weather reports. It didn’t even come from the NOAA instruments. Further, I was convinced that the max-reading thermometer was off by about ten degrees (too high). I contacted NOAA on several occasions about it. They’d send someone out to look at it, or they’d send us a replacement, but they all seemed to read higher than the observed high temperature for the day. Finally, that weather station started out on a field of grass, but by the time I got there, it was surrounded by the blacktop of a new car dealership. I’m sure it got a lot hotter as a result. Did anybody make any corrections based on that? (What sort of corrections? I don’t know.)