Temperature Sensor Modifications

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Temperature Sensor Modifications have occurred across the United States and quite possibly worldwide. My knowledge of the implementation of "upgraded" weather sensors worldwide is minuscule at best, though the interest in homogenization of weather sensor arrays within advanced countries is assumed; there remains the profit motive.

The weather sensor arrays and particularly the temperature sensors within the ASOS (NWS and DOD) and AWOS (FAA) across the USA will soon enough support the global warming theory. The Automated Surface Observing Observing System (ASOS) and Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) have enabled the reduction of expert weather observers thereby increasing the profitability of the aforementioned agencies.

Historically temperature, dewpoint, and humidity calculations were derived from mercurial thermometers; a highly accurate and common standard. Soon enough these manually derived factors became automated. Early automation was accompanied by regular cross checks with manually derived factors from mercurial thermometer for quality control. The progress of automation continued through present day but the requirement for frequent manual derived values for cross checking the accuracy had fallen by the way-side. In the early days of automation there was a reasonably tight tolerance of 0.5 degrees on the temperature and 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit for dewpoint. Anymore the tolerance for temperature alone has broadened to 3 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ive a 40 year background in the weather career field and hold an AA degree in Atmospheric Sciences. Granted this will be held in doubt against the Phd proponents of global warming; but I submit my greatly abbreviated findings on temperature sensor modification through the last 40 years for your consideration.

In the latter 1990s the ASOS and then the AWOS systems were implemented. I conducted side by side comparisons between the earlier automated system against a couple widely displaced ASOS systems. Keeping in mind the allowed tolerance for the earlier automated systems (T +/- 0.5 and Td +/-1.5). I conducted these side by side comparisons in Savannah GA in 1995 and in Yakutat AK in 1998, during the transition phase from old automation to the new ASOS automation at each location. The results were remarkably the same. Boiled down to the bottom line: The Average Daily Temperatures rose 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit. In my comparison studies the average daily low temperature alone was 3 degrees high. While this is at the allowable tolerance mentioned above, it does not reflect an accurate record.

Nowadays climatology averages are derived on a 30 year basis. This sliding average will soon enough reflect the full effect of these erroneous surface temperature recordings and give further credence to the global warming advocated.

This submission is from my own derivation based upon my own scientific research. The findings have never been published elsewhere though the finding were made available to the NWS WFO Anchorage in 1998 under my name. Only my factual name stands behind these statements.