Weather station Harry

Let's hope Dutch minister of science has some time to look at weatherstation Harry, which recently has become famous. Here two photos from 2006, first one is on arrival. As you can see Harry is hardly visible:

These people came here to dig out the weather station. Supposedly it is melting all around on Antarctica, so a weather station buried under metres of snow is quite a sight (yes, I'm sarcastic). Here what the weather station looks like after it had been raised on top of the snow again:

What is the problem with a weather station burried under metres of snow?

Why is this important? Well, as anyone skilled in cold weather survival can tell you, snow makes an excellent insulator and an excellent reflector. Snow's trapped air insulative properties is why building a snow cave to survive in is a good idea. So is it any wonder then that a snowdrift buried temperature sensor, or a temperature sensor being lowered to near the surface by rising snow, would not read the temperature of the free near surface atmosphere accurately?


This regular burial and digging out of stations brings the whole network of AWS [Automatic Weather Station] stations to be used as sensitive climate measurement stations into question.