Germany’s DWD National Weather Service Denies Station Siting Problem: “Dubious” All-Time Record Temperature Allowed To Stand

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Leading German daily Bild here reports on the controversy, which still continues to swirl, over Germany’s all-time record high temperature recorded last year in North Germany near the Dutch border.

Independent meteorologists say the readings needs to be thrown out

Last year on July 25th, the Lingen thermometer reached a whopping 42.6°C, far eclipsing the old German all-time record of 40.3°C. But that recording quickly came under fire by independent weather experts who say the station data were  corrupted by siting issues. The Lingen station is located in a depression in the earth, near a parking lot, and shielded by trees from the wind, thus creating the ideal conditions for trapping heat.

Comparison to nearby stations shows huge anomaly

Last year NTZ reported on the controversial record here noting that surrounding stations did not even come close to record reading in Lingen. What follows is a comparison of the Lingen’s readings to those of 6 nearby stations over the five day period, July 23 – July 27:

On every single day, Lingen handily beat its neighbors by at times huge, red-flag-raising margins.

Today, a year later – as reported by Bild – meteorologists continue to slam the Lingen record.

Almost 4°C too hot?

Bild writes that the Lingen station today “keeps on recording record-breaking temperatures:

On May 20th, the station had 23.6 degrees. In the neighborhood it was below 20 degrees.

On May 10, 27.7 degrees were measured in Lingen, in the neighborhood it was barely over 24 degrees.”

“Massive doubts”…”definitely not the warmest place”

Bild also notes that German meteorologist Dominik Jung (wetternet.de) “massively doubts the results of the station in Lingen” and that “it is dubious that the DWD allows such a weather station at all.”

Jung adds: “The station should be moved.”

Bild also cites meteorologist Dr. Karsten Brandt of donnerwetter.de: “The station in Lingen has the problem that it is located in a depression, which heats up the temperatures. This is definitely not the warmest place in Germany.”

So is Germany’s DWD National Weather Service, which operates the station, ready to dump Lingen’s overheated data? Bild reports that the DWD plans to stick to the Lingen readings, deeming them to be of good scientific quality.

The DWD replied to Bild: “As a result of a site assessment, it can be stated that the station conditions have no serious influence on the temperature measurements and therefore do not contradict the WMO standards.”

Exactly. There’s nothing suspicious at all about a station routinely being 3°C warmer than all the others around it. Silly anyone would get the idea to question that.




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10 responses to “Germany’s DWD National Weather Service Denies Station Siting Problem: “Dubious” All-Time Record Temperature Allowed To Stand”

  1. John F. Hultquist

    Maybe:
    It is what it is.
    What do they do with the numbers being recorded?
    A few odd places are of interest, for example Peter Sinks (cold site USA).
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Sinks in Utah.

    If such sites are used to “infill” missing records — or propagandize — there is an issue.

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  3. Peter Yarnall

    Last week I placed a weather station outside on my west facing kitchen windowsill in the mid afternoon sun. The temperature reached 42.5deg. F
    Can I claim it as a record?

  4. richard

    Record breaking eh?

    And in another part of the world-

    “In January 2005, NOAA began recording temperatures at its newly built U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN). USCRN includes 114 pristinely maintained temperature stations spaced relatively uniformly across the lower 48 states. NOAA selected locations that were far away from urban and land-development impacts that might artificially taint temperature readings.”
    “The USCRN has eliminated the need to rely on, and adjust the data from, outdated temperature stations. Strikingly, as shown in the graph below, USCRN temperature stations show no warming since 2005 when the network went online. If anything, U.S. temperatures are now slightly cooler than they were 14 years ago”

    “The U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) was established to give the most accurate temperature readings compared to the old Cooperative Observer Network (COOP) which suffers from urban encroachment, siting problems, and a multitude of human induced inhomgeneities such as station moves, incomplete data, closed stations, and runway condition stations at airports that were never designed to report climate data”

  5. AlexS

    Other scientists should put an alternative station near that but with correct placement to show it is fake.

  6. Dr Roger Higgs

    Simple explanation: the United Nations IPCC, like the United Nations World Health Organisation, is corrupt …

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331974185

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331928229

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