Pictures have been coming in to www.surfacestations.org from many places. This one is from Fort Morgan, Colorado’s USHCN climate station of record. Fort Morgan is in the eastern plains of Colorado, about 100 miles northeast of Denver.
The sensor recording the wide open plains has four air conditioners near it!
In keeping with current observed trends, any weather station with air conditioning also needs close-by parking.
It’s not like there’s no other open space to put the sensor in Fort Morgan.
The pictures above, courtesy of the Pielke Research Group shows an electronic Min/Max Temperature Sensor placed near the Western Sugar Company office. It appears that cable length limitations on the MMTS sensor have caused hundreds of similar placements in the USHCN network where Stevenson Screens used before could be placed a good distance away from such influences.
Sitings like this aren’t truly representative of the surrounding area. These pictures are a few years old, and according to MMS metadata, apparently the sensor has since been moved in 2002 to a new location