View Full Version : 'Archaic' Network Provides Data Behind Global Warming Theory, Critics Say

03-02-2010, 04:04 PM
Crucial data on the American climate, part of the basis for proposed trillion-dollar global warming legislation, is churned out by a 120-year-old weather system that has remained mostly unchanged since Benjamin Harrison was in the White House. The network measures surface temperature by tallying paper reports sent in by snail mail from volunteers whose data, according to critics, often resembles a hodgepodge of guesswork, mathematical interpolation and simple human error.

"It's rather archaic," said Anthony Watts, a meteorologist who since 2007 has been cataloging problems in the 1,218 weather stations that make up the Historical Climatology Network.

"When the network was put together in 1892, it was mercury thermometers and paper forms. Today it's still much the same," he said.

Requirements aren't very strict for volunteers: They need a modicum of training and decent vision in at least one eye to qualify. And they're expected to take measurements seven days a week, 365 days a year.

That's a recipe for trouble, says Watts, who told FoxNews.com that less scrupulous members of the network often fail to collect the data when they go on vacation or are sick. He said one volunteer filled in missing data with local weather reports from the newspapers that stacked up while he was out of town. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Volunteers take their readings at different times of day, then round the temperatures to the nearest whole number and mark down their measurements on paper forms they mail in monthly to the NCDC headquarters in Ashville, N.C.

"You've got this kind of a ragtag network that's reporting the numbers for our official climate readings," said Watts, who found that 90 percent of the stations violated the government's guidelines for where they may be located.

This would be hilarious if it weren't so serious.


03-02-2010, 04:13 PM
Serious question for believers in AGW: If we are going to spend any money on the climate, wouldn't that money be better spent on updating the data collection systems that were put in place in the 1800s rather than regulating C02 emissions and energy usage that will cripple our industries and our economy?

03-02-2010, 05:40 PM
If we are going to spend any money on the climate, wouldn't that money be better spent on updating the data collection systems

You have to make a choice...cant have archaic, and heat it too....:D:D