Area 51 Weather Stations: An Investigation
On Nov. 2, 2015, Area 51 activist Glenn Campbell released a video claiming that a
network of weather stations on public land are actually designed for human surveillance.
This page provides provides more details and an ongoing record of new developments.
Scroll down for Key Facts | Timeline of Events | Annotations on the Main Video | Instagram Videos
Area 51 Weather Stations - Notes and UpdatesThis page maintained by Glenn Campbell. (For his other works, see the menus above.)
This page will keep track of news relating to my investigation of weather stations around Area 51, which I contend were installed to track human visitors, not the weather. For the full story, see the main video above.
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Below you will find three sections: (a) key facts and links about the video, (b) a rolling timeline of events in this story, and (c) sequential annotations on the video itself.
Key Facts and LinksThe main video was filmed starting Aug. 21, 2015. The final version was uploaded to YouTube Oct. 31, 2015 and released on Nov. 2, 2015. This video was conceived, filmed and edited by Glenn Campbell. No one else was involved except for some advice from friends during final editing.
On Nov. 2, 2015, the same day the video was released, KLAS-TV in Las Vegas released a 4-minute news report on my video and the allegations I am making. Just before the broadcast, DRI released a statement responding to my video, which KLAS put on their website.
On Nov. 3, Glenn Campbell released a response to DRI's statement, replying directly to most of DRI's claims.
Key official documents: Tikaboo Peak Weather Stations (official weather data page) | Tikaboo Peak Decision (PDF) | Badger Spring Valley Decision (PDF) | Rachel Weather Station | Sand Spring Valley Weather Station ! USGS Data Sheet on Tikaboo Benchmark (source) | Badger Spring 1983 Topo Map (big 11mb pdf) .
Key documents from Glenn Campbell: Response to DRI's statement | Area 51 Viewer's Guide from the 1990s (free PDF) | Area 51 Weather Stations Facebook Album | Index of all Glenn's Area 51 Facebook Albums
If you plan to hike Tikaboo, see my Tikaboo Peak Hiking Page.
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See bottom of this page for 15-second Instagram videos relating to this story. Also seeAll of Glenn's Instagram Posts Regarding Area 51 See clickable thumbnails for these videos at the bottom of this page.
In a 2-minute video on YouTube, a Cammo Dude threatens to seize my camera. Shot on the 2nd day of filming for the main video.
A 15-minute Outtakes video is now available. It is a compilation of interesting scenes that didn't fit into the main video.
The Iceland travel video mentioned at the end of the main video have isn't ready yet. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to be informed of its release.
Event Timeline (latest first)
Nov. 18, 2015 - Glenn releases Video Update #2, trying to locate the destination of the video feed from Tikaboo. He also summarizes his challenge to DRI. Nov. 15, 2015 - A Salt Lake City TV station, KTVX, broadcasts a news report on the Area 51 Weather Stations. Probably a rebroadcast of sister station KLAS's Nov. 2 report.
Nov. 9, 2015 - Glenn Campbell releases a new 8-minute Update Video from Zzyzx, reporting on the release of the video, its coverage on a TV station and responses from DRI and the Air Force.
Nov. 6, 2015 - Filming at Zzyzx for coming update video.
Nov. 4-5, 2015 - Filming at weather stations in Southern Nevada for coming update video.
Nov. 4, 2015 - Glenn releases a basic Warning Page on Hiking Tikaboo, as promised in the video.
Nov. 3, 2015 - Main video passed 1000 views on YouTube about 24 hours after its release.
Nov. 3, 2015 - Glenn Campbell responds to DRI's statement on Area 51 Weather Stations, addressing each of DRI's points.
Nov. 2, 2015 - KLAS-TV in Las Vegas broadcasts news report on the weather stations based on Glenn's video (on their 11pm newscast).
Nov. 2, 2015 - The U.S. Air Force responds to KLAS-TV on the weather stations, with the statement at right. (Notice that it is not denying anything.)
Nov. 2, 2015 - DRI responds to Glenn's video with a statement to KLAS-TV. KLAS reprints the statement on their website. (Scroll down to indented text halfway down the page.)
Nov. 2, 2015 - Main video made public.
Oct. 31, 2015 - Final version of main video uploaded to YouTube (limited distribution).
Oct. 29, 2015 - Outtakes video released.
Aug. 21, 2015 - Filming of this video begins. First setting: DRI Headquarters in Reno.
May 16, 2015 - Glenn discovers weather station on Tikaboo during a hike with a German TV crew. (Their final program includes a clip of him commenting on it.) Official video (geographically restricted) | pirate copy of video (anywhere) | photos of hike
Aug. 31, 2011 - First data from the Tikaboo Peak weather station.
June 17, 2011 - First data from the Badger Spring Valley weather station.
March 14-16, 2011 - Rachel weather station moved.
Feb. 1, 2011 - Tikaboo station approved by Caliente BLM manager (document)
Dec. 7, 2010 - First data from the Sand Spring Valley weather station.
Aug. 12-24, 2010 - Tikaboo Peak Station "scoped" at Caliente BLM office (document)
July 21, 2010 - First data from the Pahranagat Valley Wildlife Refuge weather station.
June 24, 2009 - MysteryQuest crew hikes Tikaboo. Here are my Photos from the Expedition.
April 10, 1995 - Freedom Ridge, the drive-in viewpoint into Area 51, is closed to the public after a year-long withdrawal process. (Reported in Desert Rat #25.)
1994 - Glenn invents the name "Tikaboo Peak", putting it in his Area 51 Viewer's Guide and mentioning it in his newsletter. (Since Glenn claims to have invented the term, there should be no public mention of "Tikaboo Peak" prior to this year.)
Jan. 1993 - Glenn moves to Rachel for a 2-1/2 year residency.
Oct. 1992 - Glenn's first visit to Rachel. (The Rachel weather/radiation station was already present when he first arrived, although online data doesn't begin until 1999.)
1969 - "Tikaboo" base marker installed by USGS. USGS Data Sheet on Tikaboo Benchmark
Video AnnotationsThe following notes on the main video are keyed to the elapsed time on YouTube...
0:00:41 - URL on sign: www.wrcc.dri.edu/weather/ntik.html
0:02:43 - CEMP official website
0:03:09 - Data Sheet for Canon VB-C60
0:03:46 - "Pointed at the Entrance of the Little A'Le'Inn" - Every time I have seen the camera, it has been pointed toward the entrance of the Inn, but obviously it is moveable and can be pointed anywhere. I assume the Inn's entrance is the camera's standard resting place. This camera cannot directly see the front door itself, but it can see the cars in the parking lot or anyone approaching the door.
0:04:48 - My commentary about the Rachel camera "transmitting" and being part of a "great communication network" refers more to the Tikaboo station than the Rachel station. There are no visible antennas on the Rachel station, so communication is probably taking place through the phone network.
0:13:55 - When I say "Probably one of their dads works at Alamo," I mean "Probably one of their dad's works at Area 51".
0:18:28 - BLM Decision on Tikaboo Peak (pdf)
0:19:30 - The BLM Badger Spring Decision document is not easy to find online. This is it: Badger Valley Climate Monitoring Station (PDF).
0:23:37 - Regarding the two extra antennas on Tikaboo, a former military signals intelligence officer tells me: "The antenna you filmed is indeed directional and the omnidirectional is a receive. I am betting they are using a LOS system similar if not exactly PacWind or Rover. They are line-of-sight systems (PacWind range is greater and what we used for ISr video relay in Iraq and parts of Afghan with a realistic 21 mile rang w/out repeater) RX is 1.5 2GHz and TX is 2.5-3.5GHz. Can be encrypted but I would be surprised if this signal actually is."
0:24:30 - FOLLOWUP: On a Nov. 5 visit to the radio peak seen on the video, I was unable to find a directional antenna pointed at Tikaboo Peak. There are plenty of omnidirectional antennas that could be receiving a signal sent from Tikaboo, but I can't say which one it is. Without a directional antenna, I can't say definitively that the radio peak is the location of the receiving antenna. It could be somewhere else in the generally eastward direction from Tikaboo, including an unidentified installation on Badger Mountain.
0:26:31 - The wind vane resumed transmitting data on Oct. 20, 2015, which is a gap of over 3 months since the last accurate data on July 9. This doesn't mean it has been repaired, however. If you compare current wind data (Oct. & Nov. 2015) to previous data (Oct. & Nov. 2014), the current wind speeds are far too low. Even during a major storm in early Nov. 2015, maximum daily windspeeds never exceeded 25 MPH, which is unlikely on an exposed mountain like that. (In Nov. 2014, maximum windspeeds rarely fell below 25 MPH.) In other words, the wind vane fixed itself, and the data from it is still invalid. (2015.11.12)
0:31:35 - FOLLOWUP: The reason for the delay of the Tikaboo webcam image may be technical. I suspect it is probably a problem with all standard webcam images from weather stations (assuming I could find another working one to compare Tikaboo to). In August and September, the displayed image was routinely delayed by 3 hours or more (comparing the timestamped image to the current time). Now the delay seems to be closer to the 10-minute delay the website claims (assuming the photo's timestamp is accurate). I assume that this image and all the standard weather telemetry is going out to the world via the angled satellite antenna. On that circuit, it may be competing with many other weather stations using the same channel, which may account for the delay and sporatic display of the Tikaboo image. I would still be interested in an explanation from DRI for why the image is often delayed by hours, but I don't think there is any Air Force involvement in this low-res image. All the imagery the Air Force needs is conveyed through the separate line-of-sight radio system.
0:34:30 - CORRECTION: In the main video, I speculate that the southern access road may be visible from the top of the Badger Spring Valley tower. It turns out this is FALSE. On Nov. 5, 2015, I walked from the weather station to the road and found that the road is most likely blocked by terrain. Even if one little glimpse of the southern road were possible, the distance is so great (1+) that a car passing would probably not be detectable. However, the speculation that this southern road is visible from military land is STILL VALID, since there is a long stretch of road parallel to the N-S Nellis Range border and a lot of peaks on the range to choose from. The speculation that the northern road is invisible from military land is also STILL VALID. There is a lot of terrain between military land and this road.
0:54:53 The label "Svinafellsjokel Glacier" is incorrect. This is the Svinafells Glacier. "Svinafellsjokel" refers to the nearby glacial lake at the base of the glacier, not visible in this view.
1:01:38 - When I talk about DRI doing a study of groundwater contamination around Groom Lake, I am speaking hypothetically. I have no idea whether DRI has ever been contracted to do such a study for the Air Force. We know that DRI has contracts with the Air Force because it says so on their website, but I can't tell you exactly what these contracts are. (The webpage just cited gives an overview of how these contracts are conducted.)
1:06:15 - This scene along the coast was filmed at Barri Island, Wales.
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1:19:52 - "Don't believe a word of it" - Instagram Video
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