Inconsistencies in D.C.’s Weather Station Readings

Since 2014, the temperature readings observed at Reagan National Airport, the District’s official weather station, have been very perplexing which leave the residents confused.

D.C. residents are quite baffled with the temperature readings of District’s official weather station, Reagan National Airport. They say that readings are inconsistent and suspicious.

Reagan National is considered as one of the warmest spots in the region because it is situated near sea level just adjacent to the Potomac River. Moreover, urban and sophisticated infrastructures surround the area. As per observation, it has been 19 months since the registered temperatures are way warmer when compared to other areas.

Despite all these suspicions, nobody has ever yet given a substantial explanation why all these are happening. In fact, even when other local temperature readings are cooler than normal, it’s still warmer than usual with Reagan National’s measurements.

Last July, Reagan National reported a warmer-than-normal month by 2 degrees. At the very same time, Washington Dulles International Airport was cooler by one degree while Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport was almost normal. Another report from Robert Leffler, a retired National Weather Service climatologist said that July was a degree cooler than the normal temperature. Additionally, he said that Reagan National’s warmest low temperature was 82 degrees for the month of July which was almost the same with other places on the East Coast.

“[Reagan National’s] highest daily minimum of 82 was the highest I found in a quick check, equal only to Miami, Fla., one of the east’s notoriously hottest places for morning temperatures,” Leffler reported. “[It] was warmer than all the other notoriously uncomfortable eastern cities including Tampa, Fla. (81), New Orleans, La. (80) Charleston, S.C. (78), and Savannah, Ga. (76).”

What seems to be the problem with this kind of trend in the temperature reports from Reagan National is the fact that it does not somehow conform to that of the rest of the local region. The consistency of the climate patterns may not be that reliable anymore.

The normal climate pattern should at least have the same effect on different weather stations in the D.C. area. It means that, if the patterns show a cool temperature pattern, local reporting stations should get almost the same findings. However, since the beginning of 2014, Reagan National’s inconsistencies have already been observed. All readings of temperatures from the local weather stations should be comparable and in conformity with others.

Because of all of these abnormalities, people are still perplexed and confused. Weather stations have to be very careful in releasing their findings. If not, the integrity of historical weather records and the authenticity of reports made by different stations might be in question.

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