Update - see below for Anthony Watts' acknowledgement.
Who could forget Anthony Watts finding UHI disease at Maniitsok airport in Greenland?
Greenland sets new record high temperature this year: Confirmed
Here's the sequel. From Jason Semonow, Capital Weather Gang at Washington Post:
Today, John Cappelen, senior climatologist at the Danish Meteorological Society, emailed me to let me know the record high of 25.9 C (78.6 F) set on July 30 at Maniitsoq stands.
“I have now accepted the record at Maniitsoq based on further analysis,” Cappelen said.
At issue was whether the temperature measurement, taken at an airport location, was legitimate. Artificial heat sources at airports can sometimes corrupt temperature readings.
“We were faced with two options,” Coppelen explained. “We could reject the observation, or we could approve it. If we chose to overrule it, it could be based on two things. One was a faulty sensor/station…and that was not the question – the sensor measured exactly as it should. The second was if we had suspected that extreme local conditions played their part. Here the situation is more debatable, because the station is an airport station that is not necessarily completely optimal in relation to international guidelines for climatological data measurements.”
But Coppelen said the mere fact the temperature was recorded at an airport is not a reason for it be thrown out as few existing weather observing stations in Greenland are ideally sited.
“Within the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) prescribed practices, among other things, measurements – as an example – should be taken over a short lawn,” Coppelen said. “This can be done in Denmark almost anywhere, but in Greenland almost no places.”
Coppelen concluded: “The station in Maniitsoq is within the quality frame practicable/possible for this type of meteorological measurements in Greenland, so it is approved. Alternative would be to question many observations and weather records for Greenland…it doesn’t make sense
DMI press release here.
As a reminder, I posted some suggestions for the weather station siting since Anthony Watts complained it was no good, pointing out the other suggestions were even darker, with not a lawn in sight.
Should we anticipate an article by Anthony Watts acknowledging the record temperature set at Maniitsok in Greenland this year?
Friday 13 Sept 3:39 pm:
Anthony Watts has posted the fact that a record has been recorded in his latest WUWT Hot Sheet (archived here). He hasn't updated his original article (archived here). H/t Thomas Murphy.