Distorted data? Feds close 600 weather stations amid criticism they’re situated to report warming

8/13/13
 
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from FoxNews,
8/13/13:

Data from hundreds of weather stations located around the U.S. appear to show the planet is getting warmer, but some critics say it’s the government’s books that are getting cooked — thanks to temperature readings from sweltering parking lots, airports and other locations that distort the true state of the climate.

Indeed, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has closed some 600 out of nearly 9,000 weather stations over the past two years that it has deemed problematic or unnecessary, after a long campaign by one critic highlighting the problem of using unreliable data. The agency says the closures will help improve gathering of weather data, but critics like meterologist and blogger Anthony Watts say it is too little, too late.

“The question remains as to why they continue to use a polluted mix of well-sited and poorly-sited stations,” Watts told FoxNews.com.

“The heat sinks are a road, a building, and stacked metal pipe and beams surrounding the station,” he said.

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