Canada: Government-run temperature gauges out of service in winter; they ‘don’t need the data’

Canada: Government-run temperature gauges out of service in winter; they ‘don’t need the data’
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[Ed. – This is reminiscent of the news about 10 years ago that global temperature averages had edged slightly upward after the former Soviet Union shut down thousands of measurement sites in Siberia post-1992.  So, throw out observations from colder sites, compensate for that inadequately (or not at all). Big du-uh ensues.]

The closest weather station to Eliguk Lake [in B.C. – Ed.] is a forestry station at Moose Lake about 13.2 km NE.

Conveniently though, the station has been out of service during this week’s record-cold spell.

Matt MacDonald, an Environment Canada (EC) Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, said -50C and beyond is pretty unheard of for the region: “Usually those temperatures are confined to the Yukon and Northwest Territories. It is completely possible. There is quite a bit of variability in temperature from one spot to the other.”

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As a result of the station being out of action, the all-but-certain record-smashing new low will never be officially logged. …

MacDonald … : “Because it’s a forestry station, they make sure it is running through the spring, summer, and fall months; but a lot of them get capped or what we call ‘winterized’ in the winter months because they don’t need the data.”

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