Using Asphalt To Influence Politics In Canberra

The BOM thermometer at Canberra Airport is cleverly located adjacent to a huge parking lot, and showed 2013 as the hottest year ever. That thermometer shows Canberra warming at 3.3°C/century since 1996


Lower troposphere temperatures measured by satellites above Canberra tell a completely different story. Last year was cooler than average, and is cooling since 1996.

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34 Responses to Using Asphalt To Influence Politics In Canberra

  1. Tel says:

    RSS is satellite I thought??

    Did you get the labels the right way around?

  2. Anto says:

    When the pot boils, the scum rises to the top.
    [Eliot, Belknap Papers, 1777]

    • Anto says:

      The late, great John Daly was onto this in the early 2000’s. He compared the reported temps at Canberra airport vs Wagga Wagga airport. They are both at around the same latitude, except that Wagga is about 250km further inland than Canberra. As anyone with a passing knowledge of Australia will tell you, the further inland you get from the coast, the hotter it usually is. So, what did John find?

      • Anto says:

        A slight upward trend at Canberra compared to Wagga, but pretty similar. Now, want to guess when they built that bloody great carpark? Here’s a graph from Ken’s Kingdom, updated to around 2010:

  3. daveandrews723 says:

    It was probably the inefficiency of government bureaucracies in many countries, and not a designed scheme, that resulted in weather stations not being relocated when asphalt jungles grew up around them over the years, sharply skewing (upward) their temperature findings. But now it’s obvious that those in charge are manipulating the data for political purposes. Sad.

  4. Ivan says:

    Interesting .. if you look at the site photograph on the BoM website, they have taken it facing away from the car park and show the open field.

    • bleakhouses says:

      That, right there, is diabolical. They even cropped or framed the shot at the bottom to avoid showing the roadway from which the shot was plainly taken. So if as daveandrews says above those above are simply manipulating data he is seriously understating things. Giving them the benefit of the doubt that this was not a planned program, failing to admit the obvious UHI effect, failing to act to correct the UHI effect, using the UHI as propaganda and then further manipulating the public perception of all of the preceding is, as I said, diabolical.

  5. Bernie says:

    If I had someway to insert photos here I would prove to you that the met station was moved away from the car park prior to 6 May 2011 to a location well away from any asphalt. More recently the car park has been extended to cover the old met station location. If you want the photos just email me and I will send them to you.

    • That is the lat/lon currently listed on the BOM web site

      • Bernie says:

        Let me send you the aerial photos and you can see they have moved the met site. They also appear to have run two site on the AP for a few years for comparison.

      • Bernie says:

        The location you are pointing to is now a new extension of the car park. There is clearly no met station there any more. It now closer to the start or runway 30 but still a good distance from it.

        • Perhaps if actual temps continue to fall, they will try to move the station into the path of the jetwash. That will buy them a little more time to try to convince people that it is warming.


      • Ivan says:

        The problem seems to be that when they relocated the weather station, they also renumbered it.
        The RCS listing shows Canberra Airport as #070014, at the Lat/Lon shown in the photo at top.
        The BoM Observations page shows Canberra Airport as #070351, at -35.31 / 149.20 – i.e. closer to the runway.
        The RCS page has not been updated. I guess their quality control (?) in all things leaves a lot to be desired.

  6. Gail Combs says:

    And you can see the drop in temp where GISS mirrored RSS for a few years and then when back to being above RSS again.

  7. Richard Smith says:

    Surely any uhi would have reached maximum when the airport works adjacent to the station were completed? Any idea why temps continue to rise?

  8. Douglas Hoyt says:

    Forrest Mims once showed that if you are within a quarter of a mile of a paved road, there is a detectable increase in temperature. It is on the web somewhere.

  9. mt says:

    Is GISS missing data for 2010, 2011? Why no data points for those years in the GISS series?

  10. Gail Combs says:

    A bit of an update on Ebola And the DemiRats political spin. Remember how we have been reassured by CDC that contact with bodily fluids is the way it spreads and it is not airborne spread?

    Well it seems the stuff can survive on surfaces for days and it possibly could be airborne.

    Free Safety Data Sheet Index – Ebola virus

    …..suggesting possible transmission through aerosol droplets (2, 6, 28). In the laboratory, infection through small-particle aerosols has been demonstrated in primates, and airborne spread among humans is strongly suspected, although it has not yet been conclusively demonstrated (1, 6, 13). The importance of this route of transmission is not clear. Poor hygienic conditions can aid the spread of the virus….

    SURVIVAL OUTSIDE HOST: The virus can survive in liquid or dried material for a number of days (23). Infectivity is found to be stable at room temperature or at 4°C for several days, and indefinitely stable at -70°C (6, 20). Infectivity can be preserved by lyophilisation….

    COMMUNICABILITY: Communicable as long as blood, secretions, organs, or semen contain the virus. Ebola virus has been isolated from semen 61 days after the onset of illness, and transmission through semen has occurred 7 weeks after clinical recovery (1, 2).

    SOURCES/SPECIMENS: Blood, serum, urine, respiratory and throat secretions, semen, and organs or their homogenates from human or animal hosts (1, 2, 35). Human or animal hosts, including non-human primates, may represent a further source of infection (35)….

    SPECIAL HAZARDS: Work with, or exposure to, infected non-human primates, rodents, or their carcasses represents a risk of human infection (35).

    HOST RANGE: Humans, various monkey species, chimpanzees, gorillas, baboons, and duikers (1-3, 15, 16, 18, 21-23). The Ebola virus genome was recently discovered in two species of rodents and one species of shrew living in forest border areas, raising the possibility that these animals may be intermediary hosts (24). Other studies of the virus have been done using guinea pig models (25). A survey of small vertebrates captured during the 2001 and 2003 outbreaks in Gabon found evidence of asymptomatic infection in three species of fruit bat (Hypsignathus monstrosus, Epomops franqueti, and Myonycteris torquata) (26).

    CNN in the mean time is bashing Obama’s Admin.
    Ebola: Five ways the CDC got it wrong –
    Remember Ted Turner, founder of CNN said:
    “A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.”

    Mike Savage is really ripping the Obama Admin a new one but then Dr. Savage has a PhD from the University of California and studied epidemiology as well as botany and nutrition. He has been studying epidemics for a long time. Michael Savage: ‘If you like your Ebola, you can keep your Ebola’

    The Liberals of course are spinning like mad.
    Excuse #47: The Republicans cut funding to the CDC, sniff, sniff, whine. Of course if you read the fine print there was no budget cuts they just didn’t get the increases they wanted so the DemiRats rollout the inflation excuse. (Note this is never mentioned when talking about Obummer and the Economy.)

    The director of the National Institutes of Health says an Ebola vaccine would be ready by now if it were not for cuts to the NIH budget.

    “NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It’s not like we suddenly woke up and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here,’ ” Dr. Francis Collins told The Huffington Post in an article published Sunday. “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.”

    The NIH budget, at $29.3 billion in 2013, is almost the same as it was in 2004, at $28 billion, which does not factor in inflation. The budget is down from $31 billion in 2010….

    Pass the buck why don’t you, you @(*^$$H*%& !

    More from The Hill:
    One of the commenters nails the lie to the wall:

    According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, in January the CDC won in the budget deal.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will see an 8.2 percent budget increase for fiscal 2014, thanks to a $1.1 trillion spending bill announced by Congress Jan. 13.

    But not just that. There was also this nugget of news:

    This influx of cash will raise the CDC budget to $6.9 billion, which is $567 million more than it received in 2013. This is more than the agency anticipated, because the president’s fiscal year 2014 budget request for it was just $6.6 billion — a decrease of $270 million from fiscal 2012.

    Yes, you read that right. Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to give the CDC more money that President Obama requested. And what did the CDC intend to do with all that money. Cure Ebola?

    The CDC listed some of its top spending priorities in its fiscal 2014 budget request. It wants to boost spending for vaccines for children by $287 million and increase funds by $53 million for its “World Trade Center Health Program.” It requested a $40 million increase for AMD, $22 million more for Health Statistics, $20 million more for its National Violent Death Reporting System, almost $17 million more for Food Safety and an additional $15 million for polio eradication.

    I don’t see Ebola anywhere on that list do you?

    I hope the Republicans can manage to kill these spin ads fast!

    • If there are mass quarantines, that will affect the election outcome, because people will not be able to vote. Even by mail, if they should want to. A quarantine in an area will cause ballots mailed in from that area to be quarantined.

      Watch for only neighborhoods of a certain type to be quarantined. Watch for Republican leaders going along with it, and claiming that everyone should accept whatever the CDC says.


    • Tel says:

      If the NIH had more than 10 years working on the problem and many billions of dollars spent already, then don’t bother giving them any more, because clearly they never will finish the job.

      Give the money to someone else or better yet just offer a fixed sum to the first private lab that can demonstrate a vacine.

  11. Ivan says:

    Anybody see any problems with the location of this RCS weather station?

    • Gail Combs says:

      Grading of sites plus error HERE

      All of those are class 5

      Climate Reference Network Rating Guide – adopted from NCDC Climate Reference Network Handbook, 2002, specifications for siting (section 2.2.1) of NOAA’s new Climate Reference Network:

      Class 1 (CRN1)- Flat and horizontal ground surrounded by a clear surface with a slope below 1/3 (<19deg). Grass/low vegetation ground cover 3 degrees.

      Class 2 (CRN2) – Same as Class 1 with the following differences. Surrounding Vegetation 5deg.

      Class 3 (CRN3) (error >=1C) – Same as Class 2, except no artificial heating sources within 10 meters.

      Class 4 (CRN4) (error >= 2C) – Artificial heating sources = 5C) – Temperature sensor located next to/above an artificial heating source, such a building, roof top, parking lot, or concrete surface.”

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