210 thoughts on “A new month, new year, new decade, and a new record

  1. yep, definitly a hockey stick, but this one is real for a change :P

    Happy New Year to the WUWT-Team and to all fans!

  2. Brava.

    Ad astris.

    Happy New Year Anthony and keep up the good work, it is reaching more and more people evidently.

  3. Anthony: And huge thanks to you in particular, to those other articulate contributors that you feature and to the ever faithful Moderators. You really are making a huge difference. And I love to see how rattled you get the AGW fanatics. Proudly I have been a daily (and usually more) visitor to WUWT since it was at a very low part of its proud ‘hockey stick’ ascendency. And Happy New Year to all, from a particularly sweaty and humid part of South Africa.
    Geoff Alder

  4. ClimateGate has done so much! WattsUpWithThat is a great place to read all about it.

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it!!

  5. Yeah, best Science blog coming up again.

    I just wish they would bring in reinforcements to try to argue for the monumental pieces of crap that are Steig et al. (2009) and Solomon et al. (2009).

    I’m pretty sure that the take-down would qualify for best comedy blog too.

  6. Thanks for all of the hard work that you have done to provide us with such valuable information. Please keep up the good work, and congratulations on the hockey stick.

    Sorry to inform you though, the new millennium started on the first of January 2001, in spite of the hype that surrounded the previous year. The first day of the second decade will be the 1st of January 2011.

  7. It’s -5C over here in rural Shropshire, but warmest greetings to all for a peaceful and truthful New Year.

    WUWT remains an oasis of sanity, in a sea of nonsense. Your figures prove it.

  8. Happy new year to Anthony and Willis and the team. Thanks for your efforts, and keep up the good work in 2010.

  9. Congratulations, Anthony, and also to the rest of the WUWT contributors. My very best wishes for 2010. And my sincere thanks for all you do and have done for the cause of rationality. You are truly a hero.

    There is still a long way to go, of course. But we finish 2009 able to take some comfort in some of the victories, expected and unexpected, that have been achieved recently. The landscape regarding the climate change debate sure has changed a lot in the last couple of months!

  10. I think The Team never could have imagined their Hockey Stick would have led to this hockey stick.

  11. My favourite website bar none. Congratulations and a Happy New Year!

    We all know we have a mountain to climb. Anthony has done a great job in attacking the slope!

  12. Anthony
    Congratulations.

    I have become an avid reader of all the material on your site over the last 2 months or so – just to seek out the underlying facts on the global warming issue. It has been an enlightning exercise for me due to the hard work you and your team put in as well as your enlightened contrubtors determined research. Not to menton the wry humour that spices the pages!

    You deserve to feel proud and justified.

  13. Anthony, I want you to know that I will file an FOIA request for the raw data and the code that was used to generate this hockey stick. I am sure you employed some sort of trick to hide the decline.

    Happy new year! WUWT, WUWT, Hooray!

  14. Congratulations Anthony and a happy and continuing successful New Year.

    I think we will soon find that the hockey stick has been flipped the right way so that the blade is now the first part and the handle is the uptick.

  15. Real interest is up in all manner of scientific, and there is a resurgence in the value of critical thinking. It’s about time the peer review gatekeepers, lost the key to the doors of science. Real progress toward the truth will pick up from here on, thanks for being here when needed.

    “It is during times of prosperity especially that we must always be ready to risk even dangerous undertakings, such as the crossing of a river, if they are necessary. So too we must not neglect what is distant but must attend scrupulously to everything.”

    “Factionalism and dominance of cliques are especially to be avoided. Even if people of like mind come forward together, they ought not to form a faction by holding together for mutual advantage; instead, each man should do his duty.” ~I Ching

    You have done a very good job of doing yours, thanks.
    Richard Holle

  16. Anthony – your stats are indicating a strong Anthropogenic Global Website

    Feliz Ano a todos

  17. this data hasnt been homogenized by any chance has it? You do a great job with this site and it truly is one of my most visited. keep up the excellent work!

  18. Congratulations. The future owes you Anthony; you and the Moderators and the expert witnesses who post here as well as the vast readership which learns and passes on the information to steady a world which has been stampeded.
    (New Year’s Day was good to us in Melbourne. Mild, with more rain thundering its arrival anytime now. 9:01pm.)

  19. Yes but I can hear the “peer-reviewers” on these issues saying already:

    “Blogs” are not Scientific” [in the vein of the "Weather is not Climate" pile of straw-crap that is shaped like a man].

    I defy anyone to be able to produce a science blog [and this, for a blog, is hard to do] which tries to incorporate the free-thinking checks and balances of the Scientific Method any ******* better than WUWT!

    Yeah sure you have the likes of Duke University researcher and congressional science researcher Sheril Kirshenbaum, co-author of Unscientific America talking down her nose on NPR a few months back, aghast, that the best voted scientific blog in 2009 was “WattsUpWithThat” a [in her words] “climate-change-denialist blog.”

    But Sheril is all too typical of their ilk: Elitists who, instead of debating the facts…..make cheap-shots like that one on national radio, and then retreat into their ivory towers [holes], free from real debate and consequence.

    Of the ten (10) emails I have sent her, calling her to task and also critisizing her book, she has never ever responded, once!

    Very, very telling.

    Sorry….I digress. The great thing about the success of WUWT, besides being an unbelievable roster and clearinghouse for so many great minds, scientists, engineers, physicists, and laypeople, from around the world…is that it continues to broadcast unabated, and without compromise….the search for the truth.

    Well….Res Ipsa Loquiter, Anthony.

    Many hats off to you here and to the community on here and I would like to personally wish you all a prosperous and meaningful new year!

    Chris
    Norfolk, VA, USA

  20. So many have traded in their Mann Hockey Stick for the WattsUpWithThat Slugger, and driven the ball out of the park. Funny how things change character when they are at last uncloaked.

    photon without a Higgs (00:46:37) :

    Who was that masked man? We want to thank him.

  21. If we extend that line only 10 years into the future this blog will consume more than the entire computing resources of the planet leading to catestrophic global computing failure and the end of our world as we know it.

  22. Congratulations, Anthony and the team, for what you have accomplished.

    Educating is fun, ain’t it?

    Also, if you notice the blade part of your hockey stick, it definitely started ramping up prior to the UEA-CRU leak.

    I believe 2007 was the year the wheels started vibrating on the cAGW wagon, 2008 they started wobbling, and 2009 one of them fell off. Here’s hoping that 2010 sees another one or two of those wheels break away.

  23. Happy New Year to all!

    Hockey sticks charts go level for ever then up. Anthony’s chart goes up and up and up and even more up. May be a putter would fit Anthony better. Golf anyone?

  24. Nice hockey-stick / exponential growth, but can you publish your raw data and (relevant) programs used to process this to get the graph?

    This is not to denigrate your remarkable success, but to set an example to the warmists of how easy and straight forward it is to be transparent in the publication process.

  25. I love the information presented here and the moderators do a great job.

    Keep it coming.

    All the best for the New Year.

    Sincerely Yours.

  26. Dear All
    Happy New Year
    Anthony and colleagues this is a great site and your success is well deserved.
    I rather not be a party pooper but our Gav has recommended I get some guys called McIntyre and McIttrick to investigate your hockey stick graph. Please send them the data :-\

  27. Gah! Hide the incline!

    In all seriousness, Anthony, WUWT has become the essential site for anyone interested in a broad-spectrum, unbiased and delightfully cheeky look at science in general, and climate science in particular.

    Well done, sir, and keep at it. And happy 2010 to you and yours!

  28. photon without a Higgs… Dublin, IRELAND/ERIE late May 1978… 12-year or so paper boy in
    street: Connolley [??...]: “Aldo Moro dead… read all about it…” I was there… Also
    end or better beginning of end of COOL period…Now we fear beginning of another cool period or… Until yesterday how many of you knew that Espoo was
    the second biggest city of Finland?? AND that the Helsinki area is almost 1,5 million people compared to us in greater Stockholm area 2.0 million…Next
    subject to study: Urban areas fastly growing close to seas or big lakes…

    And Geoffrey Alder: I’ve read somewhere on the net that 10 YEARS ago,
    you had a rare New Year’s Day snowfall somewhere in the mountains…??!!
    Can you confirm that…only weather…??…event?

  29. Yes, Happy new year. (Why not celebrate by naming your very own number at the Gazillion Project?)
    A new decade? Obviously. we can make an arbitrary beginning of a ten-year period anywhere we like, and any day of the year is the the tenth anniversary of the day ten years ago, but do we normally start counting things by starting at zero? I tried this with my sons, by asking them to count to ten: both started at 1 and finished at 10, rather than starting at 0 and finishing at 9.
    Last year was certainly the tenth year of the 2000s but this year is the last year of the first decade of the twenty-first century.

  30. Some potential advertisers might be impressed by this chart.
    Maybe Accuweather, or some other purveyor of meteorological products or services.
    WUWT consumer segment comprising (guessing):
    – generally male
    – quite well educated, practical
    – median age 48
    – finicky, cautious buyers,
    – who demand quality, and proof thereof
    – not impulse buyers
    – not trend buyers

    Compare to RealClimate segment
    – generally male
    – overly educated, elite
    – median age 48
    – impulse buyers
    – don’t question quality,
    – never complain, no matter how bad the product
    – trend buyers, suckers – will believe anything salesman says

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  31. They just dont teach Quizzinaire any more. No one knows what a whole number is.

    Back in the day there were great Primary math and science tools. Awesome teaching tools. There were awesome toys mechano, before leggo. You learnt science on two levels the person and the science.

    But CEOs and a faux business model with no Key Result Areas and carers and lurvers, decided because they could write a sentence they knew math and science.

    The lurvers and the carers with hands in everyone’s wallet came.

  32. Ask yourself:
    Which of the above segments would rely on forecasts from Accuweather, and which would rely on the MetOffice?

  33. Mike Atkins (03:08:09) :

    Sorry to be picky, but is it a new decade?

    ————–

    Well you could go for the Cuban model that held it’s Millennium celebrations a year after everyone else ;-)

  34. Anthony, et al, Happy 2010 and beyond!

    In a strange way, the last few weeks were like watching a vampire movie, where the slayer happens upon the coffin early in the morning. He takes all day – driving the wooden stake into the heart of the beast, not by one or two heavy hits, but by hundreds of little taps… and it ROCKED!

  35. I, also, radiate New Year Greetings, and many thanks, to you all.

    (Not only do you publish the facts, you even include my more ridiculous comments.)

    Like I said earlier, 100,000,000 by December? Here’s hoping I’m a pessimist.

  36. Is this not proof (at least to a confidence of 90%) that the popularity of this site is the main driver of climate change in the last few years? I see a clear correlation, and that’s enough for me.

  37. Thanks Anthony and mods. 2009 will certainly be a year to remember!

    Congratulations on a job well done and “keeping the bastards honest” (Australian political expression).

    PS Alexa shows visits to RC on the decline http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/realclimate.org – I wonder if they can “hide the decline” with another “trick”.

  38. As the Lord of the Elephants said,

    Hannibal Hamilcar Barca. He said Veni Vidi Wicki wicki.

    On Wikipedia, they get Hamilcar Barca mixed up with Hannibal Lecter Because they type and dont study History.

    Everyone knows that Hannibal Lecter was really Elvis Presley hiding out from Priscilla.

    That’s history.

    A mob of unqualified clowns tried to change history.

  39. Dane in Victoria (00:55:31) :

    Sorry to inform you though, the new millennium started on the first of January 2001, in spite of the hype that surrounded the previous year. The first day of the second decade will be the 1st of January 2011.

    Thou pedant! (and why not?)

    But don’t tell us until after we’ve finished the Single Malt.

  40. A Hockey Stick with Facts to back up the definitive Shape…………….What a concept. Peer Reviewed as well!………..4,888,140 times it was Peer Reviewed. just last month……..Congrats Anthony for bringing the Elitist left -wing Warmers to their knees……..They deserve what you and other sites that question their Science (at least they try and pass it off as Science) give them. Why? Because they have no INTEGRITY and with-out integrity what you have is a pile of dung,not science in the least……Lies and Political scare mongering works well until the masses catch on……Carry-on, but please never begin with the un-truths and sensationalisms, or you too will fall from your acomplishments. Take the upper Road with open Truth and INTEGRITY………..Happy New Year!……………..John…..

  41. Of course no one is questioning the clear correlation between the popularity of WUWT and world surface temps – and no one is questioning the obvious implication that WUWT popularity is the main driver of climate. But we have a divergence problem now. Observed temps have remained static (or cooled slightly) for several years, and WUWT popularity is skyrocketing.
    I can’t explain that, and it’s a travesty that I can’t.

  42. To Anthony and the foot soldiers (do you mods ever sleep?) who bring this to us – a happy, successful and prosperous New Year.

  43. Mike Atkins (03:08:09) :

    Sorry to be picky, but is it a new decade?

    In popular parlance it’s the teens.

  44. Thank you guys so much.
    My knowledge of science is (to be kind) scant but with only one noted exception, I fall squarely into P Gosselin’s segment categorisations:
    – generally male (decidedly female)
    – quite well educated, practical
    – median age 48
    – finicky, cautious buyers,
    – who demand quality, and proof thereof
    – not impulse buyers
    – not trend buyers

    Thanks to a very practical chemical engineering father, who taught us to question, question, question, I didn’t simply buy into the AGW meme when results seemed to give it the lie. When I make environmentally friendly decisions and implement them it will be because I can see the economic benefits (economics major here) and not because of any scare tactics which are thrust at me.

    Until I stumbled across WUWT I felt like I was drowning in a sea of either too technical or overly simplistic explanations which did not satisfy me.

    I’ve found a home here and pop in every day for my ‘fix’. Joe Bastardi’s http://www.AccuWeather.com is another favourite. Thank you from a warm and wet South Africa.

  45. Happy New Year to you.

    I was looking back at some of my comments at Climate Audit and came across the name “Anthony Watts” in the comment section. You have come a long way baby! And you owe a lot of it to Robert Lewis Stevenson. :-)

    More and better in the coming years.

  46. I would like to Congratulate Anthony, his contributors and his moderators for creating and managing a great site, which I visit several times a day.

    I would also like to thank everyone who takes the time and effort to comment to the articles as well. I learn so much from them.

    Also thank you to all the visitors of this site for making this site such a success.

  47. Oh. Yeah. It was -1°F in Rockford, Illinois when I awoke this morning. That would be -18°C for those of you who have given up on tradition. ;-)

  48. AleaJactaEst (01:57:17) :

    Anthony – your stats are indicating a strong Anthropogenic Global Website

    —————————————————

    Nice one!

    Wish I had thought of it. I’m jealous. ;-)

  49. rbateman (02:11:01) :

    photon without a Higgs (00:46:37) :

    Who was that masked man? We want to thank him.

    I think that guy with the big mouth is the internet.

    Or you mean who is the ClimateGate whistler blower? Inquiring minds want to know!

  50. Stacey (03:01:04) :

    …guys called McIntyre and McIttrick to investigate your hockey stick graph. Please send them the data :-\

    —————————————————–

    Let’s hope the cause of this hockey stick, i.e. ClimateGate, ends up before Congress too!

  51. Great result, Anthony!

    I started visiting WUWT when Andrew Bolt began linking, because at that point there were very few public places where information on climate was being laid out in a scientific manner, to encourage readers to question orthodoxy, as science and logic always should.

    My wish for you and your many supporters in science and the public domain in 2010 is to succeed in having Algore, Pachauri and the IPPC stripped of the Nobel prize , and for them to be prosecuted for international fraud, along with certain multinational financial institutions.

  52. Mike McMillan (03:22:35) :

    Awesome, dude. You sure that’s not the Yamal data?

    ————————————————————

    I’m pretty sure it’s from ClimateGate data. But if Anthony wanted to hide the incline he could truncate it and splice in RealClimate page views data.

    End up with that embarrassing George Costanza shrinkage then.

  53. Outstanding!!! Maybe Joe the Plumber is finally taking an interest in what the “scientists” and “politicians” are trying to do to his little paycheck and bank account. Well deserved. You have a truly high quality blog. Don’t stop!

    PS: You really ought to refresh your tips page, there’s so much CO2 on the current one that this poor old computer of mine is overheating just trying to open the page.

    PPS: “Scientist” is no longer a functional term. We really need to replace it with something more specific. Today it has the same connotation as “politician”.

  54. Mike Atkins (03:08:09) :

    > Sorry to be picky, but is it a new decade?

    Yes, it’s the decade of the 10’s.
    Next January will mark the start of the second decade of the 21st century.

    > What was the year after 1 BC?

    I don’t know – please show me the raw data (i.e. calendars produced in 1 BC and the subsequent year). I for one am really tired of seeing processed calendar data. Leap seconds and leap days are bad enough, but something like the adoption of the the Gregorian calendar must not be allowed to recur.

    I’d also like souvenir editions of year 0 for the Chinese and Jewish calendars.

    [REPLY - There is no year "0" in the western calendar. It goes directly from 1BC to 1 AD. ~Evan]

  55. Look see I had a word with our Gav because they are still spelling the site name wrong. I keep on telling him that it is Unreal Climate. Anyway before Chas accusses me of being off topic, just thought I’d let you know our Gav is not going to be outdone by you lot. He told me that he would have lots and lots of hockey cockey stick graphs up for the New Year and guess what he’s a clever boy he has loads of them up?

    Now I said to him you don’t have to prove anything to me lovely boy, but he was adamant. ” I am going to show the world we were right all along” Come off it I says “How!

    Well my mate Hansen predicted the global warming many years ago and I am going to plot all my mates graphs on his projection to show we were right all along.

    I says come on Gav you couldn’t make this up he says “watch me, no smoke no mirrors just a few of my Manns Nature’s tricks”

    Well I never he’s a lovely boy!

  56. I know I’m indulging my perverse delight in acting the contrarian, but 2010 is not, sensu strictu, the first year of the second decade of the 21st c. Since the 21st c. (and the third Christian millennium) began on January 1 2001, 2010 is the last year of the first decade.

    The problem arises from the fact that in the seventh century, when the monk Denys the Diminutive developed a dating system centered on his estimation of the year of the birth of Jesus, Europeans were half a millennium away from learning the ‘Arabic’ (actually Indian) system of numeration with its marvelous invention of zero (Indian philosophy, in contrast with the Greek, seems to have be much less terrified about the concept of ‘nothing’). Denys counted the year of the birth of Jesus as the year 1; therefore the year 10 was the tenth year of the first decade.

    It’s more confusing when one tries to get this across using Arabic numbers.
    Roman numerals make it clearer: from I to X is ten: XI is the first year of the second decadal cycle.

    This year is MMX. Next year will be MMXI

  57. Allan M (04:21:41) :

    Like I said earlier, 100,000,000 by December? Here’s hoping I’m a pessimist.

    ——————————————————————

    I want to see 250,000,000 by January 1, 2011.

  58. It’s worse than ‘They’ thought.

    Dane in Victoria (00:55:31)

    Correct, there was no year zero, 21st Century started 1.1.2001.

  59. Cold Englishman (01:11:29) :WUWT remains an oasis of sanity, in a sea of nonsense. Your figures prove it.

    Endorsed.

    Here is another nascent oasis of sanity, or beehive, needing “worker bees” to build it up and keep it warm, fresh, protected, and gathering the “honey harvest”: Neutralpedia

  60. From the offices of Albert Gore (Nobel Laureate)

    Subject: Blogospheric Thermal Runaway

    It’s unprecedented, It’s catastrophic, It’s worse than we thought!”

    Congratulations Anthony.

  61. Anthony, I wish you a prosperous and happy new year for you and your family. To all that visit here and help Anthony towards this important cause…

  62. I hate to be pedantic, but is it not true that there was no year 0 and a decade goes from 1 to 10? The first year of the first decade of the 21st Century was 2001and the last year of the first decade of the 21st Century is 2010.

    Happy New Year!

  63. Is this not an example of a positive feedback loop.
    A happy and healthy New Year to Anthony and all.

  64. i constantly suggest this webpage to those who want to hear the other side as the exhaustive webpage that puts forth any new studies that show the other side. i add icecap too, but i say this one first and tell them that watts will keep you up on anything important.

  65. Fantastic work Anthony. 30 million of us can’t be wrong. (I remember not so long ago saying that 1o million of us couldn’t be wrong…)

  66. Anthony and all the erudite commentators on here./
    Ceud mile gur amath aguths (100,000 thank you’s in Irish)
    this site is a beacon in the darkness.
    Wayne and others. I just had a walk out the 1st fairway in Carnoustie – about 300 yards (where my drive would land). It is pure perma frost. The courses shut now for 3 weeks. The longest closure in my 30 years playing here.
    Am reduced to playing golf on the computer.

    A happy and prosperous 2010 to all and hope the hockey stick blade just gets longer.

  67. The last year has been quite a ride, Congratulations for a job well done, and a thank you to all that participated. A well run blog as successful at yours is also a compliment to all the fine people that contribute and share their knowledge and questions for the mutual benefit of all.

    In the process you have created an object lesson on how “constructive” blogs should be run, and your success is an honestly earned reward.

    Thanks for your efforts and best wishes for the coming year.

    Larry

  68. Thank you Anthony and staff for making this site possible, and to the commentors as well for enriching this forum. Happy New Year to all!

  69. Fantastic! Congratulations to you and your team plus your readers. We must encourage our children to “twitter” and “facebook” their friends about WUWT. A really simple summary somewhere at the top of the blog might be an idea for those visiting for the first time.
    ‘Pingo’ suggested a UK surface station project. I would certainly take part as, I’m sure, would others.
    Blwyddyn Newydd Dda (Happy New Year)

  70. Happy new year from slightly snowy and somewhat soggy NE Oregon,(LaGrande)
    glad to contribute in a small way to the success of WUWT-link it when ever I can…

  71. Mike Atkins is correct: 10 years is a decade, and not 9. Remember the end of 1999 when we celebrated the new millenium?

  72. TheSkyIsFalling (02:14:12) said . . .

    “If we extend that line only 10 years into the future this blog will consume more than the entire computing resources of the planet leading to catestrophic global computing failure and the end of our world as we know it.”

    The best line I’ve read all year. Thanks.

  73. It is all interconnected.

    The msm lies.
    The two party evil money cult in Washington D.C..
    The thing that happed of Los Alamos lab.
    The “The Security System Worked” on Christmas day.
    The “Health Care Ledg. will save money.”
    The fact that John F. Kerry is in the U.S. Senate a proven liar, fake awards in a Combat Zone.
    The lust for open borders for wage slaves.
    The fact Al Gore in not arrested for his fraud CO2 trading con game.
    The fact you can no longer trust what your own eyes.

    They lie.
    That must end.

    It is all from that one thing.

    Lies.

  74. It looks like the beginning of solar cycle 20 and I hope that the high activity of that and following cycles will push up the amount of visitor’s to Anthony’s website. This all based on the inertia of solar influence on earth and inhabitants.

  75. I think the first bit of that curve can be explained by climate-gate bringing in a lot of extra attention. But the retention and continued growth and interest in the blog speaks highly of the quality of product being provided here on a consistent daily basis.

    Well deserved success indeed.

  76. Congratulations again to Anthony and all the mods.

    Happy New Year to all from frigid Minnesota where we’re still hoping for just a little global warming. Wind chills tonight forecast to be -30F.

  77. Anthony:

    Congratulations. A simple LINEAR calculation shows that in a year you will reach 50,000,000 people.

    Since 70,000,000 are children.

    70,000,000 are retired adults.

    12,000,000 are illegal aliens.

    And 90,000,000 don’t vote.

    You obviously are reaching 60% of the people who vote, and count.

    This could mean a LOT for the Nov. Elections.

    Heh Heh Heh!

  78. Has this hockeystick been peer reviewed? No “Mike’s Nature Trick” involved? Congratulations Anthony, and best wishes for an even more successful New Year!

    Now, it is time to toss another log on the fire and try and stave off some of this global warming. Baby, it’s cold outside!

  79. @ Mike Atkins (03:08:09) : Sorry to be picky, but is it a new decade? What was the year after 1 BC?

    It was year 1 AD–there was no year 0. So technically, the new decade doesn’t start until January 1, 2011.

  80. Congrats, well deserved. And congrats to all you readers for your success in passing on the site.

  81. Congratulations Anthony! You and your team of volunteer are really making a difference. This is the go to site for the latest information on climate change.

    RWS

  82. Are you going to send Mr. Mann a copy of the graph?

    ….or perhaps you could invite him to submit his “peer review” of the graph.

    That could be one of the more -robust- moments of 2010!

  83. The last time I looked, I was not generally, or even superficially male. However, I am oriented towards them. One in particular. Happy New Year to my C. And to all of you.

  84. Unlike the AGW hockey stick, which is “value added(?)” to measured data, your hockey step is measured data that represent value added to the world.

    Happy New Year to Anthony and the Mods.

  85. Michael Mann called. He’d like to splice your data to the end of his tree ring data in order to hide the decline. I thought that would be a clever trick. Thoughts?

  86. Richard Holle (01:51:20) :
    Real interest is up in all manner of scientific, and there is a resurgence in the value of critical thinking. It’s about time the peer review gatekeepers, lost the key to the doors of science.

    Hear hear.

    The smart, the very smart, the incredibly smart “barbarians”…are at the gates!

    It is only a matter of time.

    CHARGE!!

    Chris
    Norfolk, VA, USA

  87. Somebody had to do the heavy lifting.
    4,888,000 thanks to you, Mr Watts (and crew).
    I have been able to locate no other site which is free of political bias, replete with scholarly references, and packed solid with the detail necessary to refute the dominant paradigm.
    I have a strong bias here: if a theory is not subject to verification and possible falsification, that theory is not scientific.
    The documented fact that the FOIA requests to CRU have been rejected, and the raw data never made available, is in itself probable cause to suspect the result.
    Far from being settled, the science is not science.
    The unfortunate truth is that the behavior of the thin film which we call our atmosphere is poorly understood, and the tools necessary to study the film are still in their infancy.

    Please do not stop now, wattsupwiththat. We need your continued active documentation and reporting.

  88. For attention WUWT readers in SF Bay area:
    The Times January 1, 2010
    SEA LIONS VANISH FROM FISHERMAN’S WHARF
    The animals began to leave at the end of November. There were more than 1,500 at the dock only five weeks ago, but yesterday only about 20 lounged in a distant corner of the dock…………
    Their departure is a mystery. Among the more speculative theories is that it is linked to an imminent earthquake. Some point out that the sea lions began “hauling out” at K dock directly after the Loma Prieta earthquake of October 17, 1989. By January 1990, the population had reached 150 and within a few months hundreds had returned.

  89. Did any one else notice that the huge spike in site traffic was in the same month as the SNL “What Up With That” skit?

    Sorry to say but the record-breaking site traffic is from people looking to catch Keenan acting a fool.

  90. Stacey (03:01:04) :
    I rather not be a party pooper but our Gav has recommended I get some guys called McIntyre and McIttrick to investigate your hockey stick graph. Please send them the data” :-\

    LOL.

    The only way we could make it interesting for Mc&Mc to investigate…is to get GAVIN and company to FIRST determine the early WUWT numbers [through tree-ring proxy reconstruction], and THEN graft the REAL numbers on at the end.

    Not sure how the hell one can determine blog-hits through tree-rings, but, you know, if anyone has the appropriate tricks up their sleeves, its the Hockey Team.

    Screw that hockey team!

    Watching REAL hockey…outdoor hockey at Fenway Park [Bruins/Flyers]…with some snow around the field right now.

    Heavy snow forecast tomorrow for Boston….bring it on!!

    Chris
    Norfolk “No-Snow”, VA, USA

  91. Anthony, your blog is wonderful, its my favourite place on the web. Thank you and I can understand what a lot of work you must have to put in to keep it up.
    John Game, semi-retired scientist, Berkeley, California.

  92. Phil Jones (04:33:32) :

    WUWT popularity is skyrocketing.
    I can’t explain that, and it’s a travesty that I can’t.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    ClimateGate has made it ‘necessarily skyrocket’.

    Now and ad on the front page of Yahoo letting more people know they can learn about the other side of global warming here, including about ClimateGate, would have a skyrocketing effect too, IMO. Yahoo gets 171 millions views a day from 71.8 people in the US alone.

    http://www.quantcast.com/yahoo.com

    Maybe if 1000 people donated $10.00 each, or something like that, there could be a nice nest egg for ads, IMO.

  93. Great job on the blog, and congrats!

    I’d like to see more people to be intelligent and discerning, and not just bandwagon/pile onto every percieved issue.

    For instance the “French Revolution” with their rejecting the carbon tax wasn’t quite as touted. It was rejected due to too little taxing, not too much. :)

    Good luck in 2010 WuWT!

  94. Obviously more and more waking up to the political sham of climate hysteria.

    Thanks for all you do Anthony and team. It is working to beat down the oligarchy.

  95. Congrats, Anthony, and many thanks for the constant stream of interesting content. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  96. Happy New Year to you, Anthony, to the wonderful moderators and to the guest writers!

    Ever since coming here (one of the small upticks in 2008 could’ve been me …) its like being back at college: learning something new, even if its very mind-stretching at times, and having a banter on the side.

    Mind – the scientific debates here are so excellent, a huge Thank You is also due to all the commentators!

    Thank you all for what you’ve done – long may it continue!

  97. vukcevic (09:39:07) :

    For attention WUWT readers in SF Bay area:
    The Times January 1, 2010
    SEA LIONS VANISH FROM FISHERMAN’S WHARF

    They were eaten by hungry Polar Bears moving south the find ice free water………… :)

    Sorry,the devil made me post this

  98. Broke 1 million hits in one month for the first time in Oct 09.
    Broke 2 million hits in one month for the first time in Nov 09.
    Broke 3 million hits in one month for the first time in Dec 09.

    Predict break 4 million hits in one month in Jan 10.

  99. Arthur Glass (06:00:34) :

    Europeans were half a millennium away from learning the ‘Arabic’ (actually Indian) system of numeration with its marvelous invention of zero (Indian philosophy, in contrast with the Greek, seems to have be much less terrified about the concept of ‘nothing’).

    ————————————————————–

    Actually it is thought by some that 0 (zero) is the number of God, and not nothing, since everything multiplied by 0 goes to 0 making it impossible to overcome, i.e., it’s infinitely powerful.

    So then it’s not nothing, but rather, the opposite of nothing.

    And division by zero is ‘undefined’? Since dividing by smaller and smaller numbers, as you approach zero, produces larger and larger results then wouldn’t dividing by actually reaching zero, be infinity and not ‘undefined’?

    (I wonder what Luboš Motl thinks of that? His string theory math makes my head hurt)

  100. I only found this website,when i heard the climategate thing,come here twice a day now love it,just a sitenote i dont know if anyone has seen the great breakdown of the climategate emails posted on whatreallyhappened.com with the break down of the climate emails http://assassinationscience.com/climategate/ good long read. keep up the good work wake’n ppl up

  101. I keep coming back here and reading this site most days. I have to admit I haven’t done my bit to change the tide of global warming policy, but I sure am glad this site exists.

    I figure the big jump in the last couple months is the Obama administration officials trying to find holes in your science.

  102. It’s great to be part of this paradigm shift toward reality!

    Happy new year! And may cooler heads prevail!

  103. Impressive. But I would like to know how WUWT intends to deal with the CHIE?? Computer Heat Island Effect has seen a steep rise due in part to the increased number of hours spent at online sites such as WattsUp. Not only has this put potentially catastrophic demands on the global grid – it has raised the quantifiable global CHIE T.

    While we cannot argue with success, we would like to know what precautions WUWT is taking to contain this growing issue?? Hockey sticks don’t lie. The evidence is right there at the top of this post.

    Just how happy can a new year be with this hanging over our heads?

  104. Thanks to WUWT and the Surface Station Survey for wonderful grassroots science and reporting done without major funding;

    Thanks to the many amazing and interesting posters from many countries who take the time to inform us and make us laugh;

    Thanks to Lord C. Monckton, for making a lightning rod of himself;

    And many many thanks to the person who leaked the emails. I am sure I will tell my grandchildren about you and your heroic act, if I am so fortunate to have them.

    And if we are vigilant, our grandchildren will have plenty of diverse, inexpensive energy sources and low, low taxes! Now that’s a cheerful thought to start a new year. :-)

  105. Congratulations, Antony!!!!!!
    And a really great THANKS to you and all the moderators.
    Best wishes for a really happy new year to everybody from Italy.

  106. vukcevic (09:39:07) :

    The place might be cracking up. Animals that normally hang around for a free lunch don’t just disappear that easily.

  107. Happy Oh-Ten. WUWT??
    Gramatically improper, but once you hear people saying Oh-Ten instead of Twenty-Ten, it gets habit forming.

  108. Sam (07:25:37) :

    Mike Atkins is correct: 10 years is a decade, and not 9. Remember the end of 1999 when we celebrated the new millenium?

    Huddled with the flashlights, prepared to start up the generators, as we waited for the cascading effects of all the crashing computers to bring civilization to a standstill?

    Ah yes, it was truly a fun time indeed.

  109. This really is an astounding phenomenon and it the ultimate demonstration, today, of how the Internet has enabled a massive real time participation in analysis and dialogue worldwide.

    And make no mistake about it the level of disdain for it all by the team has increased proportionately. Their hate hockey stick is identical.

    As for the blog awards?
    Perhaps the Team gave it the peer review treatment and merely stopped it from being overrun by the anti-science cabal?

    I still would like to see a global map with visitor locations plotted. Is there a way to do such a thing?

  110. vukcevic (09:39:07) :

    For attention WUWT readers in SF Bay area:

    ————————————————————-

    Thank you vukcevic.

  111. It would be nice if WUWT won the Weblog Awards, but not essential. If it doesn’t, it would merely reflect that the Weblog Awards have gone the route of the Academy Awards: i.e. lost touch with reality and the will of the people due to political correctness. The failure to get more richly-deserved recognition would not diminish the importance of this site or the superiority of most of its contributors (I do not include myself in this superior category – I am in awe of the swift and decisive analytical criticism of bogus science that I see from those who post here).

    A question: could Richard North get around British libel laws by publishing on an American website? What a diabolical government the Brits have saddled themselves with: I think they took a look at Jean Chretien’s Canada (Trudeaupean Charter of Human Rights) and figured out how to one-up the Canadian political correctness quotient. I used to think that the Brits had too much common sense to let the wool be pulled over their eyes.

    REPLY: His is publishing on an American Website. He uses Blogger, part of Google. -A

  112. “vigilantfish (14:03:48) :
    [...]
    A question: could Richard North get around British libel laws by publishing on an American website? What a diabolical government the Brits have saddled themselves with”

    In Germany it’s even worse: you have to PAY lawyers that send you cease&desist letters (“Abmahnung” in german) or SUE them (at your own risk). Really. What Anthony or Richard North are doing would be impossible in germany.

  113. I’m new to the site and love it! Just one quibble: we don’t start a new decade until next year, just as the new millennium didn’t start until 2001. Well, congratulations on the new month, year, and record!

  114. Considering how many times I’ve sent a WUWT link to my various correspondents–and I know I’m not alone–I’m not surprised at the increase. :)

    I predict continued success in 2010.

  115. I’ve posted articles on both my weblog and on Facebook linking back to WUWT. Guess it had SOME effect, but it’s hard to say without access to Anthony’s “raw data”… 8^)

  116. Pamela Gray (09:05:53) :
    The last time I looked, I was not generally, or even superficially male.

    Yeah I know I saw that comment and wondered. There are a good number of girls on here….and heavy-hitting ones too. I don’t know about you guys….but I would not wanna scrap with Pamela, Lucy, Anna, and others…

    Hell hath no fury….

    Chris
    Norfolk, VA, USA

  117. Congrats Anthony, Evan, et al! Your site (and others) are the frontline of in this war on sciencefiction and racketeering.

    A question for the US citizens – why doesn’t one of you make a citizen’s arrest, next time he makes an appearance – he’s committing fraud, by knowingly deceiving the public to further his vested interests in companies that stand to reap huge windfalls if this whole cap-and-trade scheme is globally implemented.

    Obama should be impeached – he also has a vested interest in selling climate change, being that he cofounded that carbon exchange.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/25/obama-years-ago-helped-fund-carbon-program-pushing-congress/

    Start a new year by arresting these conmen and starting fresh!

  118. Hockey results 2009
    Anthony “Hockey Stick” Watts and Team beat CRUDites “Hockey Stick” Team hands down.
    Stanley Cup is renamed Watts Cup.
    CRUDites team continue to play on with broken sticks.
    Keep on whacking them Anthony, they will have to give up one day, month, year, decade, century, millennium. Don’t stop until they are all dead and buried like the LUDDites.
    Kind regards and Happy New Year from New Zealand, the only ice down here at present is in the refrigerator along with the ice cold beers.

  119. We all need to be worried. When IPCC scientists find this graph they will argue that WUWT needs to be shut down. The alarming, exponential, increase in page views will cause the Internet to break down in a few months. It will be the end of the world.

  120. Phew. Another year ends. Technically we have to wait a year till the next decade, but that has been swept aside by colloquy.

    At any rate it may well be the the warm has turned.

  121. Is this hockey stick real climate reviewed?
    get a mann on it!!!!!!!

    to you and yours………………..

    oh my my my!

  122. I’m another who has become a regular since Climategate broke. It’s almost as much fun here as having sex. Turn the proud hockey stick hit stats 90 degrees clockwise… kinda symbolic.

    Looks like RC’s beginning to flag. No bad thing, as AGW’s been shafting so many for so long, but now no amount of manipulation seems to be able to raise it from what is surely an incipient and insipid decline.

    Happy New Year, Anthony and all, and congratulations on a super site. You’ve taught me a lot and I’m convinced that the truth will prevail. It always does in the end.

  123. That graph at the top of this post is (un) Real Climate’s worst nightmare. Anthony and everyone else, all the very best to you in 2010.

    REPLY: Thanks for the note. Perhaps it is, though this one really drives the point home. Note the Y axis is not linear.
    WUWT vs RC

    The Climategate spike is evident in both, but WUWT has retained more readers than RC. – A

  124. Congratulations to Anthony and all of his moderators. Someone earlier said that you were helping us scale a mountain. I think that you are creating a mountain, and not out of a mole hill either, but one that will eventually overshadow the opposition. Keep up the great work everyone.

    Meanwhile down here in the SW corner of the big pond, a.k.a. the Pacific, this so-called mild El Nino is still ripping at the roofing irons and rattling the window panes of my 100 year old house. A new year ( but not decade) may have started but us west coasters in N.Z. are still waiting for summer to start.

    2010 is shaping as a very interesting year on many fronts. The best seats in the house to watch from are right here at Watts Up With That, as nearly 4.9 million hits can testify.

  125. Seriously Anthony, I thought better of you.
    A new decade?

    Now please. If I am to take you seriously I need a retraction.
    Please tespond.

    REPLY:
    Oh the argument about what is the start of the new millennium, 2000 or 2001, or new decade 2010 or 2011. Purely technical says 2001/2010 Popular vote says 2000/2010. I’ll go with the popular vote here. Damned if I do/don’t either way. -A

  126. Anthony,

    How sad.

    The popular vote cannot change 3 into 4. Anthony not know this?

    REPLY: 3 into 4??? what then are you talking about?

  127. Anthony,

    No disassembale. Disassembale is wrong

    REPLY:
    Are you speaking in tongues or drunk? You are making absolutely no sense -A

  128. If a million people thought 3 was 4 it would not change what 3 is!!

    This is what we face. If you can’t see that then I need to find a new blog!!!!!!

  129. The quote was meant to be funny.

    It is from The movie” Short Circuit”

    REPLY: alrighty then…moving on – A

  130. Well deserved Mr Watts… keep up the good work. What´s the betting that the Team try to invert this data? Oh wait, they already have on RC…

  131. Mr. Watts,

    Frankly, I am surprised at your response to my post. You dismiss it in a cavalier manner, not immediately surprising considering the topic but if people are to take you seriously then you must act accordingly. You cannot treat the start and end of a decade as if it had no importance. You become like the so-called scientists at HAD CRU. Math is the foundation of science. To just blithely say “ whatever “ is not science. I can take you no more seriously than I take them.

    REPLY: Oh puhlleeeze! You speak in strange movie quote terms with poor spelling, admit its supposed to be humorous when it clearly falls flat, and you demand to be taken seriously? Bugger off, your argument is lame. -A

  132. The numbers prove this is the place to go for good, understandable information regarding one of the most important issues of the time.

    And good science, to boot!

    Congratulations to Anthony and moderators.

  133. JC (22:12:02) : To just blithely say “ whatever “ is not science. I can take you no more seriously than I take them.

    Perhaps JC could refer to that great bastion of scientific knowledge – yes .. wiki! Wiki has a good discussion about the millennium http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millenium and concepts of ordinal and cardinal time. It also refers to ISO 8601:2004 Data elements and interchange formats – Information interchange – Representation of dates and times. http://www.iso.org/iso/date_and_time_format

    So the scientific explanation of “whatever” is “in accordance with ISO 8601:2004″ in line with the international reach of WUWT. I will give the mods latitude here. Not all blogs have moderators that also perform volunteer diaper service.

    ps. Do try this at home – it expands the mind!

  134. Congratulations!

    Watts Up seems to have reached a tipping point, leading to a runaway effect.
    This, of course due to massive positive feedback.

  135. People in general, along with the Team and MSM ,should consider what the collective expertise and analysis these numbers represent.

    Considering these numbers and the crossover from CA and others this is by far the largest scientific analysis and discussion in the the history of mankind.

    The ultimate check and balance now exists.

    The level of diverse expert scrutiny now being applied to claims by our institutions has greatly constrained their ability to distort and manipulate.

    What I look forward to are consequences for those who do so.

    I see the unraveling of the AGW movement leading to warmers claiming they were only going with best science and practices at the time while many claim they were only following orders.

    A familiar chain of excuses for participants in scandals throughout history.

    And like previous events the more hardcore offenders are still engaged in widening their [ alleged...(no body is convicted, yet.) -mod] crimes.

    Their futile attempt to preserve the movement by adding even more layers of phony science and alarm is only adding to their infamy.

  136. Craigo,

    You seriously quote Wiki? This isn’t about time. It’s about math. Neither ISO or Wiki can change that. 2+2=4 not 3. Now if you need a diapering service, a decade is ten years. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. Opps that’s only nine. Let’s see what’s wrong here. Ohhh, I see. No ten. Ok 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10. That’s better.

    P.S. Don’t try this at home. You might hurt yourself

  137. A decade is a 10 year period. If it starts at ’10 or ’11 doesn’t mean anything. It’s still a decade. A new decade will even start at ’12 and end at ’21.

    You can do the math of this at home. Don’t worry, you won’t get hurt.

  138. derek (11:19:40) :

    Looks like al gores income projections.

    You may not be far from the truth. Hockey stick graphs are nothing new in business projections. Some businesses use them to try to convince people to invest in their company with the promise of profit projected in the hockey stick graph.

  139. @Craigo: The link to the Wiki was interesting, thanks. However, I didn’t see anything on the ISO page defining terms such as “millenium”, “century” or even “decade”. On the contrary, they specifically said:

    “ISO 8601 does not specify the exact meaning of its representations. [...] Users of the standard must agree on a more exact interpretation of the representation if this is relevant.”

    Yet quite frankly, I have to say I’m with JC on this… Given the context of WUWT, I find it amusing that Anthony recognizes the dilemna yet still opts for the “popular” side instead of the “technically correct” one. Maybe that’s what happens when you start displaying hockey sticks? :-)

    I personally tend to directly specify the decade I’m talking/writing about (e.g. “the 1995-2004 decade”), when I’m using the word “decade” in its very general form (i.e. meaning an arbitrary period of ten years). When using the technical term (with no specified range), I indeed expect it to go between xxx1 and yyy0.

    In any case, I’m raising my glass to this new year and I wish WUWT plenty of new readers and lots of exposure!

  140. REPLY: Thanks for the note. Perhaps it is, though this one really drives the point home. Note the Y axis is not linear.

    [Graph: WUWT vs RC ]

    The Climategate spike is evident in both, but WUWT has retained more readers than RC. – A

    —…—…

    If I am reading that graphic properly, it is displaying not the “numbers of readers” (of a web site) dsiplayed against time but rather the (log of the) relative ranking of the chosen web site displayed over time: That is, WUWT rose to (about) the world’s 12,000 most popular web site, and has remained at about that level,. Google is probably nbr one.

    RC rose (briefly) up to the number 20,000 most popular site, then dropped rapidly down towards the number “100,000 most popular site” and continues to plummet.

  141. RACookPE1978 (20:25:51) :

    RC rose (briefly) up to the number 20,000 most popular site, then dropped rapidly down towards the number “100,000 most popular site” and continues to plummet.

    Another hockey stick they have to flip up.

  142. RACookPE1978 (20:25:51) :

    WUWT rose to (about) the world’s 12,000 most popular web site, and has remained at about that level

    I have a dream it will get in to the top 100.

  143. Etienne (20:07:40)

    Exactly right, if you use the word without parameters then it is meaningless. Any year is the start of a new decade. In this context we are talking about the calendar and that defines the parameters. To me this argument is silly. If you want to call this year the start of a new decade, by all means go ahead you only display your ignorance. More surprising and disapointing to me is the response I got from our host. Seems his reaction was more appropriate to RC than what I am accustomed to at WUWT. I have always had great admiration for Anthony and have recommended WUWT to many who were in search of a forum that was both informative and fair but now I have to re-think.

  144. JC:

    I agree with you on this. Unless you’re using the general (and therefore meaningless) definition of “decade”, a decade always ends on December 31 of a year ending with zero. The first year was 1 AD, not 0. And therefore the first decade ended at the end of 10 AD, and all subsequent decades ended an exact multiple of 10 years later.

    (Of course, all of this is kinda ridiculous anyway, since it is now known that the guy who came up with the Gregorian calendar miscalculated the time of Jesus’s birth (the dividing line between BC and AD) by 4 years. So we are actually now in the first month of either 2006 or 2014 (I can’t remember which way the guy erred), nowhere near the end of a decade either way.)

    Though you are correct on the “decade” issue, I think you went about this the wrong way. You see, I think Anthony 1) doesn’t get some types of humor very well, and 2) has very thin skin. So when you (even in jest) insult him, he gets bent out of shape and lashes out. I made the same mistake recently (see the comments on EcoSpy vs EcoSpy). But I will say this for Anthony – at least he allows the comments that are critical of him and the skeptic side of the AGW debate, which is more than we can say for RealClimate, or any other blog on the alarmist side.

    And I’m not going to hold it against him that he was wrong on something like this, nor that he attacked someone for saying he was wrong on something that doesn’t really matter. Anthony Watts is a genius, and has done a great deal to help expose this global warming hoax. When everything is said and done, and AGW is completely discredited, if we were to erect a Mount-Rushmore-style monument to those who were the greatest heroes in skeptic triumph, Watts’s face would be right there, along with Monckton, McIntyre, and a big question mark for the unknown Hadley CRU hacker/whistleblower. (Please, I do not wish to discredit such great skeptic heroes as Spencer, Inhoffe, Avery, and many others, but my Mt. Rushmore analogy allowed for only four people.) So do what you must, JC, but I will continue to read WUWT (and try not to p!ss Anthony off again).

    Regards,
    Trevor

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