Given the huge volume of traffic that the blog Watts Up With That? now attracts these days, hundreds of thousands of people around the world are now being informed that my hometown of Cunderdin exists, as you can see below.
Though it might be a slightly Oscar Wilde kind of thing, with the only alternative being for people not to have heard of it!
But have a look at the state of the weather station at the post office there, which is part of the official Bureau of Meteorology network. It is one of a number in Australia found to be sited contrary to all rules regarding the proper measurement of the temperature. The survey of Australian sites has only just begun, but already quite a few have been found situated in paved areas and close to buildings (all of which soak up heat during the day).
So again the question is, just how trustworthy is the surface temperature record?
21 03 2010
Above: The Cunderdin Australian Climate Reference Network station, a BoM official photo. Source: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/change/map/stations/010035.shtml
There’s an effort to the surfacestations.org project underway in Australia to have a look at the quality of siting of stations, see here.
h/t to Andrew Bolt in Is this how to measure our warming?
[But follow that link just above and check out the Wyalong post office, also apart of the BoM's official network, if you want to see a really badly sited weather station!
Or go here for these pictures from Laverton in Victoria that show how stations get overtaken by urban growth.]
Reader Alan RM Jones is puzzled. Here’s Laverton in 1946, around the start of the period covered by the butterfly survey:
Spot any changes that might conceivably be a local source of heating?
Reader Nick of Western Port says the urbanisation is worse than the photo above shows: