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FOI request uncovers major inaccuracies in UK Met Office temperature data

Summarised by Centrist

Trust in global temperature record databases used to ‘prove’ climate change took another big hit this week with revelations that up to a third of UK weather stations surveyed had errors of up to 5°C while nearly half were up to 2°C out in a time when “hottest years” are being allegedly measured to one tenth of a degree (0.1C°).

In an exclusive to the Daily Sceptic, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request showed that out of 380 UK Met Office weather stations, nearly a third could be wrong by up to 5°C.  Almost half could have errors up to 2°C, deeming more than three quarters of the readings as unreliable.

Environment Editor Chris Morrison says that “nearly eight out of ten stations (77.9%) are producing ‘junk’ or ‘near junk’ readings of surface air temperatures.” 

This discovery casts doubt on the reliability of the data used to promote climate change initiatives such as the Net Zero project. 

The World Meteorological Office’s (WMO) classification system, which rates the stations based on their potential for error due to proximity to artificial heat sources, reveals that less than 14% of the Met Office’s stations are free from such warnings. 

This revelation is troubling given recent claims by the Met Office regarding record-breaking temperatures, which may have been based on data from these inaccurately classified stations.

The issue is not unique to the UK; similar problems have been identified in the US, suggesting a global challenge in accurately measuring surface temperatures. 

Editor’s note: Read Ian Wishart’s Too Hot To Handle, which offers a spot audit on NIWA’s historic weather data and suggests misleading records may be misinforming climate change policy. 

Read more over at the Daily Sceptic

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