The “Great Dying of Thermometers”, to use E.M. Smith’s (Chiefio) apt phrase has been discussed here from time to time for several years. Contrary to some misconceptions, it’s not that people mysteriously stopped taking temperatures around 1990. GHCN had said that it would update its non-CLIMAT (mostly airports) station data from time to time and it seems that such an occasion hadn’t arisen since the reign of Bush I.
The combined inability of NOAA and NASA to locate up-to-date from such locations as Wellington NZ, Dawson, Canada and the Bolivian sites whose existence Tamino denied has been a regular source of amusement here.
Bob Koss wrote in to report the resurrection during of some long-dead stations in 2009. Bob:
GHCN updated about 380 neglected stations in their database during 2009. GISS has picked up many, and maybe all of them. As of 11-14-2008 GHCN had 1233 records for 2008. Now they have 1613 of them. Seems they updated early 2009, as my June GHCN download contains them. Didn’t check until downloading it today.
In early 2008 I scraped GISS for just basic information. Below are the start/end dates GISS showed for a few of the stations. Now they are current through 2009 with many having the intervening years filled with data.
———————–Back from the dead——————
306840080000 SAN CRISTOBAL -0.9 -89.6 RURAL AREA 1951 1991
507932920000 GISBORNE AERO -38.65 177.98 30000 1962 1991
507930120000 KAITAIA -35.13 173.27 RURAL AREA 1961 1985
507936150000 HOKITIKA AERO -42.72 170.98 RURAL AREA 1880 1991