Monthly Archives: September 2009

More Yamal tree ring temperature data: this data is flat as roadkill

Today while looking for something else I came across an interesting web page on the National Climatic Data Center Server that showed a study from 2002 A continuous multimillennial ring-width chronology in Yamal, northwestern Siberia (PDF) by Rashit M. Hantemirov … Continue reading

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Posted in Climate data, Paleoclimatology, Science | 136 Comments

AGU presentation backs up McIntyre’s findings that there is no late 20th century hockey stick in Yamal

If you are just joining us, the story is this. After 10 years of data being withheld that would allow true scientific replication, and after dozens of requests for that data, Steve McIntyre of Climate Audit finally was given access … Continue reading

Posted in Land use land cover change, Paleoclimatology, Presentations, Science | 131 Comments

A must read: The Yamal Hockey Stick Implosion in laymans terms

WUWT readers may remember when Bishop Hill wrote Caspar and the Jesus paper. It was a wonderful narrative of the complex subject of tree rings and Steve McIntyre’s quest with debunking the Mann MBH98 paper, which created the original hockey … Continue reading

Posted in Paleoclimatology | 114 Comments

More broken hockey stick fallout: Audit of an Audit of an Auditor

For those that don’t read a lot of the WUWT comments closely, there has been a scholarly argument going on between  Tom P of the UK and several WUWT commentators over the methodology Steve McIntyre used to illustrate the “breathtaking … Continue reading

Posted in Paleoclimatology | 126 Comments

Broken Hockey Stick Fallout: Leading UK Climate Scientists Must Explain or Resign

If you are just joining us, first you should read about what started it all here. While continues deleting the ongoing river of comments posted on their threads ( Note: Any of you who find that your posts to … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Opinion | 53 Comments

Weak El Niño could lead to U.S. Northeast Coldest Winter in a Decade

Bloomberg: U.S. Northeast May Have Coldest Winter in a Decade By Todd Zeranski and Erik Schatzker Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Northeast may have the coldest winter in a decade because of a weak El Nino, a warming current … Continue reading

Posted in ENSO, Forecasting, Weather | 48 Comments

NASA: Cosmic rays up 19% since last peak – new record high could lead to cooling

In an announcement sure to cause controversy over Svensmark’s theory of cosmic ray to cloud modulation, which is said to be affecting earth’s climate. Svensmark says this is now leading to a global cooling phase. Just a couple of weeks … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, Science, Space | 143 Comments

Tsunami Watch for Hawaii – cancelled

From CNN An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 struck in the Samoan Islands region Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The temblor generated a nearly 10-foot (3-meter) tsunami — measured from crest to trough — according to preliminary data, … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements, Earth | 48 Comments

Washington Times: Porn surfing rampant at National Science Foundation

Now we know why they like global warming so much – it’s hot. Excerpts below of the original story here: Porn surfing rampant at U.S. science foundation Jim McElhatton EXCLUSIVE: Employee misconduct investigations, often involving workers accessing pornography from their … Continue reading

Posted in Ridiculae, Science | 75 Comments

Update: A zoomed look at the broken hockey stick

Steve McIntyre published an update tonight showing the last 200 years of the Yamal tree ring data versus the archived CRU tree ring data used to make the famous hockey stick. For those just joining us, see the story here. … Continue reading

Posted in Paleoclimatology | 148 Comments

A look at treemometers and tree ring growth

Since there has been a huge amount of interest in Steve McIntyre’s recent discovery of what happens to the “hockey stick” when all of the Yamal tree ring data is used rather than a special subset of 10, I thought … Continue reading

Posted in Paleoclimatology | 99 Comments

MIRROR POSTING of Climate Audit Article on Yamal a “Divergence” problem

Note this a mirrored posting of Steve McIntyre’s Climate Audit post. The Climate Audit Server is getting heavy traffic and is slow to load – here is the article exactly as he wrote it yesterday. -Anthony Yamal: A “Divergence” Problem … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements, Paleoclimatology | 165 Comments

Quote of the week #20 – ding dong the stick is dead

UPDATE: The Climate Audit server is getting hit with heavy traffic and is slow. If anyone has referenced graphs in blog posts or news articles lease see the mirrored URL list for the graphs at the end of this article … Continue reading

Posted in Paleoclimatology, Quote of the Week | 268 Comments

The Age of iStupid: Using the iPhone to terrify people about nuclear power

While looking at some of the organizations that our “amateur Wikipedia grapher cum UNEP cited as peer reviewed source” belongs to I came across the German webpage of “Friends of the Earth”. This is an organization that Hanno Sandvik says … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Energy, Ridiculae | 106 Comments

More on the Hanno Wikipedia graph in the UN Climate Report

Guest post by Harold Ambler, What started as a brouhaha in the blogosophere has turned into a minor embarrassment for the United Nations in the climate debates. As first reported on, the origin of a graph used in … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Politics | 65 Comments

The 2007-2008 Global Cooling Event: Evidence for Clouds as the Cause

The 2007-2008 Global Cooling Event: Evidence for Clouds as the Cause September 26th, 2009 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. As I work on finishing our forcing/feedback paper for re-submission to Journal of Geophysical Research – a process that has … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Earth | 183 Comments

Correcting the surface temperature record for UHI

As we’ve seen in this report from John Goetz, GISS: worlds airports continue to run warmer than ROW a significant portion of the GHCN (Global Historical Climate Network) surface temperature record is measured in airports, not rural open fields. Airports, … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, UHI | 98 Comments

United Nations Environment Programme uses unreviewed graph from an anonymous Wikipedia author for official report.

We’ve been lectured time and again about the importance of having climate science work come from peer reviewed papers, saying that the work of dedicated amateurs has no place in climate science unless the work rises to publication/peer review level. … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Climate_change, Politics, Ridiculae | 172 Comments

Another small milestone for WUWT

Back on March 15th, 2009,  I was amazed to find that WUWT hit 10 million on the internal WordPress hit counter. I started the WUWT blog in late November of 2006, and it took me over two years to get … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements | 214 Comments

Wandering the climate desert in exile

My friend in Australia, Joanne Nova, has come up with an interesting essay on why it is so hard for many professional scientists to come out against climate consensus. In fact you might say in this case study it is … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Politics | 106 Comments

Hurricane frequency is up but not their strength, say Clemson researchers

From a Clemson University press release, another peer reviewed study refutes the “global warming to hurricane” linkage that supposedly is causing stronger storms. The increasing frequency of storms in the last 50 years is to be expected, due to better … Continue reading

Posted in hurricanes, Science | 65 Comments

A look at the Thompson et al paper – hi tech wiggle matching and removal of natural variables

Thompson et al (2009) – High-Tech Wiggle Matching Helps Illustrate El Nino-Induced Step Changes Guest Post by Bob Tisdale INTRODUCTION In “Identifying signatures of natural climate variability in time series of global-mean surface temperature: Methodology and Insights”, Thompson et al … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, ENSO | 41 Comments

Ooops, Dutch Meteorological Institute caught in weather station siting failure – moved station and told nobody

KNMI has been measuring the wrong temperature for years WUWT reader Mike writes with this little bombshell on one of the world’s leading meteorological agencies. It seems they can’t get their thermometer siting correct which resulted in a bias to … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, measurement, Weather_stations | 116 Comments

The Australian dust storm as seen from space – Dry lake Eyre not Global Warming?

There’s been quite a bit of buzz about the dust storm in Australia that hit Queensland, New South Wales, and NSW city Sydney on September 23rd. Pictures like the ones below have been all over the web. Left: National Post … Continue reading

Posted in Aerosols, Space | 93 Comments

Taking a bite out of climate data

The Dog Ate Global Warming Interpreting climate data can be hard enough. What if some key data have been fiddled? By Patrick J. Michaels, National Review Online Imagine if there were no reliable records of global surface temperature. Raucous policy … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, measurement | 144 Comments

Busting the science paywall – support for public access to research swells – you can get involved

As many WUWT readers are aware, I have often complained about the issues surrounding access to research papers, especially when they are accompanied by a broad press release campaign but there is no access given to the scientific paper itself. … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements, Science | 48 Comments

World leaders kick climate policy into the long grass

A summary of opinion related to the UN conference on climate in NYC Collated by Benny Peiser. Copenhagen was essentially sidelined yesterday at another event, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Climate Change Summit in New York. There, along with Chinese leader … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, media | 81 Comments

The Sun perks up some real spots

There’s no guessing about these. They aren’t anemic sunspecks that may or may not have been visible a couple of centuries ago. They are the real deal.  Sunspot group 1026 on the lower left edge and newly formed group 1027 … Continue reading

Posted in Solar | 203 Comments

Global warming = more tornadoes | Not happening this year

With the onset of the Autumnal Equinox today at 21:18 UTC, the severe weather season winds down. I reported earlier on the finding of Ryan Maue, who showed that we’ve reached a 30 year low in Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) … Continue reading

Posted in tornadoes, Weather | 41 Comments

Obama’s disconnect with America on the climate issue

Here’s the latest poll from Bloomberg on most important issues facing the country: Climate change ranks dead last in importance. Source: Now compare what the American People think to what Obama thinks in his UN speech today. The following … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Politics | 196 Comments

Global Warming = more hurricanes | Still not happening

So far the hurricane season for the Atlantic has been pretty quiet for 2009. Ryan Maue from Florida State University explains why. In related news, Al Gore has dropped the [hurricane frequency] related slide in his traveling PowerPoint show. – … Continue reading

Posted in hurricanes, Weather | 96 Comments

Global ozone layer depletion leveling off – rising slightly

From the European Space Agency. By merging more than a decade of atmospheric data from European satellites, scientists have compiled a homogeneous long-term ozone record that allows them to monitor total ozone trends on a global scale – and the … Continue reading

Posted in Earth, measurement, Ozone | 60 Comments

MIT develops a plan for carbon sequestration coal fired power plant

Prediction – greens still won’t be able to get past the word “coal”. From MIT News: David L. Chandler, MIT News Office, September 17, 2009 Researchers at MIT have shown the benefits of a new approach toward eliminating carbon-dioxide (CO2) … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide, Energy | 91 Comments

Climate Alarmists stoop to new low – create “fake” newspaper and website to push climate agenda

UPDATE: From Daily Finance Activists behind NY Post parody detained by police The New York Post does not have a sense of humor about itself, it would seem. Early this morning, some 2,000 activists affiliated with a group called The … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, media, Politics, Ridiculae | 115 Comments

JPL’s Patzert: “It’s actually eroding the credibility of long-range forecasters and climatologists”

The 2009 “super El Nino” predicted by some may be a “fizzle” according reports attributed to NASA JPL’s Climatologist Bill Patzert. I wonder who he might be referring to when he says “eroding the credibility”? Hansen’s prediction perhaps? Excerpts from … Continue reading

Posted in ENSO, Forecasting, Oceans | 95 Comments