Data From Nonexistent Temperature Stations Undergird Trillion-Dollar Climate Policies


by Katie Spence

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts July, August, and September will be hotter than usual. And for those who view warmer temperatures as problematic, that’s a significant cause for concern. [emphasis, links added]

“Earth’s issuing a distress call,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on March 19. “The latest State of the Global Climate report shows a planet on the brink.

“Fossil fuel pollution is sending climate chaos off the charts. Sirens are blaring across all major indicators: Last year saw record heat, record sea levels, and record ocean surface temperatures. … Some records aren’t just chart-topping, they’re chart-busting.”

President Joe Biden called the climate “an existential threat” in his 2023 State of the Union address. “Let’s face reality. The climate crisis doesn’t care if you’re in a red or a blue state.”

In his 2024 address, he said, “I don’t think any of you think there’s no longer a climate crisis. At least, I hope you don’t.”

When recalling past temperatures to make comparisons to the present, and, more importantly, inform future climate policy, officials such as Mr. Guterres and President Biden rely in part on temperature readings from the United States Historical Climatology Network (USHCN).

The network was established to provide an “accurate, unbiased, up-to-date historical climate record for the United States,” NOAA states, and it has recorded more than 100 years of daily maximum and minimum temperatures from stations across the United States.

The problem, say experts, is that an increasing number of USHCN stations don’t exist anymore.

They are physically gone—but still report data—like magic,” said Lt. Col. John Shewchuk, a certified consulting meteorologist.

NOAA fabricates temperature data for more than 30 percent of the 1,218 USHCN reporting stations that no longer exist.”

He calls them “ghost” stations.

Mr. Shewchuck said USHCN stations reached a maximum of 1,218 stations in 1957, but after 1990 the number of active stations began declining due to aging equipment and personnel retirements.

NOAA still records data from these ghost stations by taking the temperature readings from surrounding stations, and recording their average for the ghost station, followed by an “E,” for estimate.

The addition of the ghost station data means NOAA’s “monthly and yearly reports are not representative of reality,” said Anthony Watts, a meteorologist and senior fellow for environment and climate at the Heartland Institute.

“If this kind of process were used in a court of law, then the evidence would be thrown out as being polluted.

Critical Data

NOAA’s complete record of USHCN data is available on its website, making it a vital tool for scientists examining temperature trends since before the Industrial Revolution.

Jamal Munshi, emeritus professor at California’s Sonoma State University, wrote in a 2017 paper that because many of the stations in the USHCN, and their data, date back to the 1800s, they’ve been “widely used in the study of global warming.

death valley weather station circa 1913-1922
1922 photo of the Death Valley weather station that recorded the world’s hottest-ever temperature in 1913.

“The fear of anthropogenic global warming has generated a great interest in temperature trends such that even minute changes in the temperature record are scrutinized, and controversial implications for their effects on climate, extreme weather, and sea level rise are weighed against the cost of reducing emissions as a way of moderating these changes,” Mr. Munshi wrote.

Energy and development policy around the world are impacted by these evaluations.”

Mr. Shewchuk said the USHCN data is the only long-term historical temperature data the United States has.

“In these days of apparent ‘climate crisis,’ you would think that maintaining actual temperature reporting stations would be a top priority—but they instead manufacture data for hundreds of non-existent stations. This is a bizarre way of monitoring a climate claimed to be an existential threat,” he said.

“Observed data is real. Altered and fabricated data is not real. Period.”

The website, noaacrappy, lists all of the ghost, or “zombie” stations, their location, how long they’ve been closed, and then links to NOAA’s recordings.

Significantly, the map shows, not all of the stations used to interpolate temperature data are near the closed station.

Thus, hypothetically, it’s possible that since Oklahoma City’s stations are all “zombies,” interpolation data is coming from as far away as Gainesville, Texas, which is more than 136 miles away, and Enid, Oklahoma, which is more than 100 miles away.

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Anthony Watts, a meteorologist and senior fellow for environment and climate at the Heartland Institute.
“If this kind of process were used in a court of law, then the evidence would be thrown out as being polluted.”
Yet, here we are.
Basing expensive policies on imaginary “data.”

Mr. Watts reported on his climate website, (in 2014 when only 10% of reports were from non-existent data collectors) “Watts Up With That,” that NOAA was taking the issue seriously and expected them to issue a fix shortly.
That fix never materialized. “They’re still doing it, and it’s even worse” he said.
NINE years later!
Worse even than the fake results from so many “ghost stations,” is the fact that NOAA is using different statistical and mathematical techniques to create this version of “climate reality.”

The article doesn’t say, but I would assume that the stations that are eventually abandoned and inactive are in isolated, uninhabited… areas that may be cooler than the highly developed areas that are heat spots.

So how many Millions of Pasaquas are we pouring down the Toilet to prevent a fake crisis how many lives are being ruined just to appease Greenpeace and line the Pockets of conmen like Al Gore and Bill Gates? We don’t want the Great Reset we dont want the NWO and we dont need Biden and his Democrat/Globalists Period

We are supposed to rely on temperature data where 30% is “estimated” and upend the entire world’s economy (well, except for China’s. Nobody touches China’s economy)? What’s the problem with activating these temperature stations? They won’t provide the results they need?

Everything about these people is fake, they made covid rules up as they went along no science behind masks or 6 feet, the data for their climate change is fake, their news is fake, their economic data is fake, the money is fake, elections fake, fake education even their women.