We have been yelling about urban heat islands for years. The legacy temperature stations were originally placed at the edge of fields and airfields, in parks, etc. Nowadays, these sites sit in built-up areas yet no concession to the warming they experience has been made in the historical data narrative because it suits the climate doomsayers. Now some chickens are coming home to roost.
“A new study, Corrupted Climate Stations: The Official U.S. Surface Temperature Record Remains Fatally Flawed, finds approximately 96 percent of U.S. temperature stations used to measure climate change fail to meet what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) considers to be “acceptable” and uncorrupted placement by its own published http://standards.
In order to produce accurate temperature readings based on NOAA’s own published standards, thermometers are supposed to be in natural, “pristine” locations such as fields, forests, or hilltops. However, Dr. Watts’ research has revealed that more than 90% of NOAA thermometers are in inappropriate places. 96% are in parking lots, on buildings, against brick walls, or in other artificial environments. The bricks, asphalt, and other human construction materials used in these environments artificially trap heat, leading to a “warming bias” in the collected data. Thermometers placed in natural settings register lower average temperatures. That’s not to say that the cities, parking lots, and highways aren’t warmer. They clearly are. But it’s not because the planet overall is getting warmer. It’s because we build things that trap and retain more heat than Mother Nature would capture and retain if left to her own devices. These areas also have multiple man-made influences on temperatures such as vehicles, heaters and air conditioning units, subways, and more people, etc.
Sadly, these facts are ignored by corporate media reports on the so-called “climate crisis.”