Below you will find Dr. Kevin Czajkowski’s summary of the participation in his surface temperature field campaign. We at GLOBE join Kevin is his sincere thanks for your help!
8 January 2008
Thank you for your participation in the 2007 GLOBE Surface Temperature Field Campaign.
The surface temperature field campaign is completely over. I think that every student and teacher who was going to enter observations has done so. We had over 1100 total observations. That is wonderful. As you know, each complete observation represents 9 surface temperature observations, 9 snow depth, cloud cover and cloud type, condensation trail cover and type, surface wetness, and cover type for a total of 24 observations per complete surface temperature observation. That means that there were over 26,000 individual student observations for the campaign. That is impressive!
A total of 40 schools participated from the United States, Estonia, Thailand, Poland and from the following states in the United States Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan, Iowa, Alaska, Illinois, Kansas and Colorado. The school with the largest number of observations was Roswell Kent Middle School in Akron, Ohio with 75 observations. A close second was Kilingi-Nomme Gymnasium in Parnumaa, Estonia (72 observations), Gimnazium in Toszek, Toszek, Poland (69 observations), Waynesboro Senior High School, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania (69 observations), Dalton High School, Dalton, Ohio (67 observations) and Rockhill Elementary School, Alliance, Ohio with 61 observations. Even if your school only entered one observation, every observation is important and your contribution to the project is greatly appreciated.
Figure 1. Map of schools participating in the surface temperature field campaign.
I wanted to give you a little update on how things were going around my house. In late December, my frost tube showed that the ground was frozen to about 10 cm in depth. But, then, on New Year’s Eve, temperatures warmed up and melted the frost. I was actually with my family about two hours drive north in Michigan visiting family when it snowed 38 cm (15 inches) New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day morning. I tried to drive my van out of the side road to a main road. Unfortunately, the snow was too deep and the van got stuck several times. I used a shovel to dig the van out and finally gave up and parked in a neighbor’s driveway. This was the first time in my life I had been stuck in the snow. Having grown up near Buffalo, NY where there is lots of snow in the winter, I prided myself on being a good winter driver. Of course, it wasn’t poor driving skills that got us stuck. It was the fact that the snow was so deep. We finally made it out and got to our house near Toledo, Ohio later that night.
That storm produced only rain in Toledo, Ohio. Then, 7 cm (3 inches) of snow fell on New Year’s Day at our house near Toledo. After that, temperatures dropped to –13º C (8º F) two nights in a row. Interestingly, due to the 7 cm of snow on the ground, the frost tube showed no ice below the ground surface. The snow had insulated the ground from the cold.
Then, there were extremely warm temperatures January 6-9, 2008 in Toledo, Ohio and much of the eastern United States. On Monday, Toledo reached a record high of 19º C (66º F). The old record temperature was 16º C (61º F) that was set in 1907. All of the snow and ice has melted around here. But, the weather forecast models show that temperatures are going to drop again below freezing.
Schools involved in the surface temperature field campaign to date:
|Roswell Kent Middle School, Akron, Ohio, USA – 75 observations
Rockhill Elementary School, Alliance, Ohio, USA – 61 observations
Dalton High School, Dalton, Ohio, USA – 67 observations
Chartiers-Houston Jr./Sr. High School, Houston, Pennsylvania, USA – 12 observations
Cloverleaf High School, Lodi, Ohio, USA – 38 observations
The Morton Arboretum Youth Education Dept., Lisle, Illinois, USA – 16 observations
Mill Creek Middle School, Comstock Park, Michigan, USA – 14 observations
Kilingi-Nomme Gymnasium, Parnumaa, Estonia – 72 observations
Polaris Career Center, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, USA – 1 observation
National Presbyterian School, Washington, DC, USA – 9 observations
White Cloud Public, White Cloud, Michigan, USA – 44 observations
Blue Valley High School, Stilwell, Kansas, USA – 5 observations
Perkins Middle School, Akron, Ohio, USA – 19 observations
Steeple Run School, Naperville, Illinois, USA – 4 observations
Kittrell Elementary School, Waterloo, Iowa, USA – 4 observations
Tallinn Science Secondary School, Tallinn, Estonia – 68 observations
Oak Glan High School, New Cumberland, West Virginia, USA – 19 observations
Lorain Community College Early College High School, Elyria, Ohio, USA – 52 observations
Ingomar Middle School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA – 13 observations
Moosewood Farm Home School, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA – 21 observations
Roxboro Middle School, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA – 16 observations
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA – 50 observations
Walailak University, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand – 4 observations
Massillon Middle School, Massillon, Ohio, USA – 10 observations
Ida Elementary School, Ida, Michigan, USA – 14 observations
Whitehall High School, Whitehall, Michigan, USA – 56 observations
Taaksi Basic School, EE2914, Viljandimaa, Estonia – 16 observations
Midview West Elementary School, Grafton, Ohio, USA – 12 observations
Birchwood School, Cleveland, Ohio, USA – 47 observations
Gimnazium in Toszek, Toszek, Poland – 69 observations
Gimnazjum No 7 Jana III Sobieskiego, Poland – 35 observations
Waynesboro Senior High School, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, USA – 68 observations
Eastwood Middle School, Pemberville, Ohio, USA – 16 observations
Orange Elementary School, Waterloo, Iowa, USA – 8 observations
Estes Park High School, Estes Park, Colorado, USA – 4 observations
Hudsonville High School, Hudsonville, Michigan, USA – 37 observations
Highlands Elementary School, Naperville, Illinois, USA – 5 observations
University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, USA – 5 observations
Main Street School, Norwalk, Ohio, USA – 43 observations
Martin Luther King Jr/Sr High School, Cleveland, Ohio, USA – 17 observations