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Thermometer At Strathclyde Park Located

July 7, 2018

By Paul Homewood


The Stevenson Screen at Strathclyde Park



Many thanks to Duncan McNeil and Steve Brown, who have called in at Strathclyde Park to locate the Stevenson screen there, which registered the “record” temperature in Scotland last week.

As you can see, the screen is, as I suspected, within the car park compound surrounding the Rowing Club, albeit within a fenced off storage area.




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Although the screen stands on a tiny patch of scrub, it is surrounded by what appears to be a tarmac surface. While a vehicle, maybe an ice cream van, standing next to it may have caused the big spike last week, the real problem is the underlying effect on temperatures caused by this surrounding tarmac.

Recall what Weather Works say:

 Place the thermometer over a grassy or dirt surface.  Concrete and pavement attract much more heat than grass.  That is why cities are often warmer compared to suburbs.  It is recommended to keep the thermometer at least 100 ft. from any paved or concrete surfaces to prevent an erroneously high temperature measurement.

While the Met Office spotted last week’s spike, any persistent, underlying effect will be ignored and accepted as natural and genuine.


There is also a second problem with the siting of the thermometer. Notice just how cluttered the area close around it is.

This also breaks the cardinal rule for siting of thermometers. Again, from Weather Works:

Have good air flow for your thermometer.  This keeps air circulating around the thermometer, maintaining a balance with the surrounding environment.  Therefore, it is important to make sure there are no obstructions blocking your thermometer such as trees or buildings.  The more open, the better.



The thermometer at Strathclyde Park breaks all of the rules for proper siting and should be immediately withdrawn from the Met Office list.

  1. Mike Jackson permalink
    July 7, 2018 10:08 am

    Like many others, it is ideally sited.

    For as long as it lasts it is proof of man-made global warming and its dangers. In the fullness of time it is perfectly placed to prove to us that global cooling is not really happening/not as bad as we are trying to make out.

    Win win!

  2. July 7, 2018 10:18 am

    Pity it has to take all this diligence to correct the ,maladministration. Can’t trust the authorities? Well, there is only just so much of that that one can take. Arrogant twits.

  3. July 7, 2018 10:51 am

    What a joke – it’s almost as bad as using the thermometer in my greenhouse.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      July 7, 2018 12:39 pm

      The one in my greenhouse says 42.2; the one in the middle of the garden (usually in partial shade says 34.7; the “official” one on a north facing windowsill that never gets the sun is reading 29.9.

      Which is why I cannot take the whole Global Temperature stuff very seriously.

  4. Bloke down the pub permalink
    July 7, 2018 10:54 am

    Some of the photos of the stevenson screen show a pole next to it with what looks like an anemometer on it. This would mean that the equipment on the roof of the building is nothing to do with the MO but may be an automatic station belonging to someone else. If that is the case, it would be interesting to compare the records of the two sites.

  5. mark harvey permalink
    July 7, 2018 11:04 am


    Or at the very least the ‘weather site’ be moved to comply with the WeatherWorks recommendations.

  6. quaesoveritas permalink
    July 7, 2018 11:07 am

    I emailed Nick Miller, who announced this on the BBC, to suggest that he should broadcast a correction. This was his reply:

    “On July 2nd BBC Weather and BBC News reported information from the Met Office that their provisional data indicated a new all-time temperature record for Scotland.

    On July 5th BBC Weather and BBC News reported information from the Met Office they had rejected the temperature they had originally announced.

    BBC Weather itself has nothing to correct. We reported in good faith and in a timely fashion all information as released by the Met Office.

    I will add that is why we say climate statistics are ‘provisional’. This is keenly stated in information from the Met Office because reanalysis does occur. I recall using the word ‘provisional’ twice. ”

    I have to give credit to Nick for actually replying to me, but I think his reply is indicative of the bias pervading the BBC. He actually thinks there is nothing to correct.

    • Gamecock permalink
      July 7, 2018 12:57 pm

      ‘Climate statistics’ is ignorant. A temperature reading is weather.

    • July 7, 2018 7:21 pm

      The question is “why do they report provisional data, knowing it has no validity?”

  7. Max Sawyer permalink
    July 7, 2018 11:19 am

    Only to be expected from the BBC – it is riddled with left-liberals, warmists and remainers (to the extent that those with different opinions keep their heads well down lest they blight their careers), which colours all its output.

  8. July 7, 2018 11:21 am

    It suits the warmists to have their readings in such “strategic” places.

  9. July 7, 2018 12:21 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    What a shockingly bad station!

  10. Broadlands permalink
    July 7, 2018 12:25 pm

    Climatologist, Dr. REID BRYSON, 1976…

    “Now we’re not yet at the point where we can calculate exactly what collective effect all our sprawling cities have on the larger climate. But it is quite possible that the growing megalopolis-type urban areas here in North America and the new concentrations of people in Europe and elsewhere are already slightly modifying the atmospheric circulation patterns of the whole hemisphere. In fact, since we already know that these metropolitan areas do alter the micro-climates around them, it would be hard to believe that they have no effect at all on the macroclimate.”

    “…if we substantially increase our planet’s population-especially our urban population, because that’s where most of the new people will live — and if we all use some incredibly larger amount of energy per capita … well. It’s obvious that at some point the heat we release from our concentrated urban areas or other hot spots will probably have a significant effect in modifying the climate.”

  11. July 7, 2018 1:45 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  12. July 7, 2018 3:55 pm

    When stupid instruments are found, are ALL the records from that station removed from the database (back to when the stupidity started)?

  13. July 7, 2018 5:19 pm

    Sounds like we need something like this?

  14. saparonia permalink
    July 9, 2018 12:58 am

    Dirty tricks brigade.

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