"As we've reported, the locations of some of these land-based stations are suspect. One in Forest Grove, Ore., stands just 10 feet from an air-conditioning exhaust vent. Another in Roseburg, Ore., is on a rooftop near an air-conditioning unit. In Tahoe, Calif., one is near a drum where trash is burned."
This was the ending of a very good article in the Investors Business Daily today that describes the data coming out of the 3,000 advanced automated ocean buoys that were deployed back in 2003 as compared to some of the above "Trusty" temp sensors.
These new ocean buoys are incredible in the way they work and provide very accurate information:
"The new buoys, known as Argos, drift along the oceans at a depth of about 6,000 feet constantly monitoring the temperature, salinity and speed of ocean currents. Every 10 days or so a bladder inflates, bringing to the surface readings taken at various depths. Once on the surface, they transmit their readings to satellites that retransmit them to land-based." computers.
Unfortunately for the Global Warm-mongers, these new accurate sensors are not reporting the high warming temperature readings that they expected would back up their dire global warming claims...
"The Argos buoys have disappointed the global warm-mongers in that they have failed to detect any signs of imminent climate change. As Dr. Josh Willis, who works for NASA in its Jet Propulsion Laboratory, noted in an interview with National Public Radio, "there has been a very slight cooling" over the buoys' five years of observation, but that drop was "not anything really significant." Certainly not enough to shut down the Gulf Stream.
Climate-change promoters also are perplexed by the observations of NASA's eight weather satellites. In contrast to some 7,000 land-based stations, they take more than 300,000 temperature readings daily over the surface of the Earth. In 30 years of operation, the satellites have recorded a warming trend of just 0.14C — well within the range of normal variations."
While living in the Florida Keys and working on a sportfishing boat, I had the opportunity to work with a Captain that has fished the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico for more then 30 years. We would often check the local NOAA buoys for surface and water temp, wind direction, wind speed, and barometric pressure.
Even with this scientific data available, it was interesting to watch a veteran Captain who can look at the actual conditions on the water, look up into the sky, tell you there is an upper level low, and what fish you will not catch that day!