I wonder what is happening at GISS
(Goddard Institute for Space Studies)
With a h/t to Peter O’Neill in comments under the GIStemp tab up top; I think we have our answer. Looks like they decided to put back the USA thermometers. From:
November 13, 2009: NOAA is no longer updating the original version of the USHCN data; it ended in May 2007. The new version 2 currently extends to July 2009. Starting today, these newer data will be used in our analysis. Documentation and programs will be updated correspondingly.
So it looks like it was “maintenance” to do what ought to have been done a year or two ago… OK, better late than never. Oh, and now that you’ve put back the USA thermometers you can go into GHCN and start putting back the rest of the world…
UPDATE: Well, they are back up. No notice as to why.
Their web services have been down substantially all weekend. And I wonder why?…
This is often done when some kind of major “staffing change” is in the works; but can also just be a ‘server outage’.
Yet I’ve built enough “non-stop computing environments” to know that there are many ways to prevent a weekend long outage (or even a 5 minute outage).
And I’ve built enough “fail over co-location redundant” facilities to know that there are many ways to prevent a weekend long outage.
And I’ve been the I.T. guy asked to “lock down the site” while H.R. did the “keepers and tossers” sort…
And I’ve been the I.T. guy on a pager who got the call Saturday Night to come fix the meltdown and had it back up in under 4 hours (despite no new hardware… repurposing what was on site…)
So I’m left wondering: Why has Nasa GISS been down for the weekend?
I even went into the net maps and found the direct names of their web servers (at least 3 in “round robin” with 2 significantly different IP number groups which ought to mean 2 different Internet Service Providers or 2 different POPs serving their acccount).
So, IMHO, it is time to ponder
start a “GISS Watch”, and wait to see what tomorrow brought brings.
All we can do is “watchful waiting”… and now, some wondering too…
As of Monday Morning it looks more like they just have poor weekend coverage for their site support.