I have written many times about our RV trips across the county in pursuit of COOP Surface Stations to survey for Anthony Watts surfacesstations.org project. Samples here, here, and here. Over the course of the project Anthony published reports on the survey, details here.
Our local global warming liberals were not impressed, demanding that the reports be peer reviewed by credible scientists. Peer review is a long and arduous process and as we found out from Climategate that it can be manipulated. That said, the surfacestations project results have finally been published by the American Geophysical Union in the Journal of Geophysics. It was a thrill for both Ellen and I to see our names in the paper under the acknowledgments:
The authors wish to acknowledge the many cooperative observers that unselfishly carry out COOP observations which are the backbone of climate monitoring. We also acknowledge the many volunteers that made the surfacestations.org project possible with their personal time and efforts in gathering the nationwide survey. Special thanks are given to these prominent volunteers who expended special efforts and expertise in metadata collection and collation: Gary Boden, Don and Liz Healy, Eric Gamberg, John Goetz, Don Kostuch, John Slayton, Ted Semon, Russell and Ellen Steele, and Barry Wise. . . .
The full paper is here. The paper is discussed at Dr Pielke Sr. website here and at Watts Up With That.