Announcements

I have a few very important (and personal) announcements to share with the WUWT community because they will impact content and moderation over the next few weeks. Please take a moment to read this.

1. There is a pressing and very serious medical challenge in my family that will require surgery and rehabilitation time. I can’t and won’t go into details. This will require me to take periods of time away from WUWT over several weeks if not months. I don’t know the full time impact yet. This coming Friday and perhaps Saturday I’ll be offline.

2. That said, I welcome the help of any who wish to help with moderation or who wish to submit stories and essays. We could use the help of a moderator from midnight to 4AM PST. I know we have a few regulars that post during that time, and if you’d like to help, leave a comment please. WUWT has always had guest posts, and they will continue to be welcome. Leave a comment if you have an idea.

3. In case you missed it yesterday, the new ENSO/SST page is up and running. Be sure to bookmark it. This graphic on the sidebar is a direct link:

click for WUWT ENSO/SST page

…plus it is also available in the header menu under Reference Pages. Other pages of reference graphics pages will be coming soon, more details here.

4. Steve Goddard told me several months ago that he would like to start his own blog, covering a wider range of scientific, social, economic and political topics than I wish to cover here at WUWT. You can see his blog at http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com

Thanks to Steve for all his contributions to WUWT over the last two years.

I’ll be continuing the Sea Ice News feature every Sunday.

5. For those of you wondering about the upcoming surfacestations project paper, let me say that it is now mostly out of my hands and will not be impacted by item 1. I have a team of co-authors with far greater skills than I working on it. I’m pleased with the current draft having survived a critical review designed to strengthen it. When I have more, I’ll pass it along and of course at the appropriate time the surfacestations main page will get an update.

Thank you all for your consideration.  – Anthony

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324 thoughts on “Announcements

  1. Anthony

    I’m sure the thoughts of all of us are with you. I hope everything works out as well as it possibly can.

  2. Good luck Anthony, hope all is well for you in quick time.

    And a big thankyou for your past, present and future efforts.

  3. Aye, I feel it my friend. Crushed by the weight of success.

    Saddens me to hear of surgery in any family. Best of luck to the receiver of surgery. That is an unpleasant business even when minor, and I would give the best wishes to any receiver of surgery. Metaphorically speaking, I would pray for the devil. And so, I wish the best for the surgery. So there is that.

    Second, I did notice that Mr. Goddard was baiting for comments on a broader array of topics. I will attend his new blog and, if it is not a terrible representation of conservative value, I will remain as a commentator. Lucky Steven!!! ;)

    Honestly, though, I have remained here and at RC and such, steadily through the past 3ish years, so I would like to thank you all for the work you have put in. I really and truly have enjoyed the discussions I have had, won, and lost. The moderators, commentators, and posters have been fabulous at stirring discussions. I have immensely enjoyed these discussions whether I have participated or not.

    And good night.

    :-D

  4. Many thanks Anthony and best wishes. I owe you massively for the education that I have received through reading this exceptional site

  5. Best of luck Anthony, hope for a speedy recovery.

    OT, on Ten News tonight in Australia, the last day of winter today, is recognised as being colder by an average of 2c over last winter with many record lows and record snows. Yeah, I can vouch for that.

  6. Hope all works out fine Mr Watts.

    Can I humbly suggest that to keep the momentum going all your regular contributors are encouraged to submit articles on a timetable to keep the site refreshing and that new authors can be sought as and when the site management is back again?

  7. Sounds serious. I hope for you everything will be fine again in the near future.
    Family first, that’s the best one can do. Best wishes!

  8. Hi Antony,
    I really hope everything will turn well as soon as possible.
    Thank you again for your effort keeping the truth in the climate arena.
    Waiting for your return, I wish you and your loved who will receive the surgery very good luck.

    Massimo

  9. Best wishes from Down Under,
    Thank you for takling to us all at Emerald, what an eye opener for some people.

  10. From mine to yours, best wishes Anthony. Your work here has opened alot of eyes around these parts, and we’re grateful. I hope the surgery works out ok :) Cheers,

  11. Anthony,
    You have my very best wishes and thanks. Your efforts will continue as a force for reason, sanity, rationality and all in your usual gentlemanly fashion.
    Alexander K

  12. Anthony

    My best wishes to you and your family, and especially to the person who faces this challenge. We will all be hoping for a happy outcome.

    In WUWT you have created something extraordinary, in large part due to the contribution and commitment of the many other able people who have chosen to become part of your community. Their presence and the enormous goodwill you’ve generated through your hard work will become clear now, as others step up to the plate while you cannot.

    Good luck.

  13. Thank you Anthony for all your efforts.

    I wish you lots of strength for the challenging times ahead of you and your family.
    Good luck!

  14. Anthony – Very many thanks for WUWT and for the ethos of honest, fair and well mannered discussion you have fostered. I owe much of my understanding of climate and weather to its steady yet powerful influence.
    Take all the time you need to resolve the serious family matters and I extend my sincere best wishes for a succesful and speedy outcome.

  15. Anthony
    I wish you and your loved ones all the very best with the medical challenge ahead. I also, like Martin above, thank you for the learning that I have received here. It is hard to put into words. You have helped me, and many others I am sure, to form a better world view through this site. Robin (New Zealand)

  16. Anthony,

    Sorry to hear of family medical issues. I sincerely hope that all goes well. Prayers will be extended.

    I am usually up throughout the night. A small portion, we are talking generally just a few minutes, of that time is spent moderating / administering the Sean Hannity Forums. I have my own staff of moderators for the British forum I run. Thus I am available for assistance if you so desire. You have my email address.

  17. We are and will continue to be your friends. We understand your troubles, and we hope the best to you and your family.
    You have given much to us, we are in debt with you.

  18. @Martin Mason

    “Many thanks Anthony and best wishes. I owe you massively for the education that I have received through reading this exceptional site.”

    I couldn’t put it any better so I haven’t; those are my sentiments exactly

  19. My thoughts & prayers will be with you & your family throughout this time. I wish all goes well. As already said, we will all be here at the best science blog ready for when you return to the fold.

    AtB

  20. Anthony,

    I wish your family the best.
    Unfortunately, I cannot help as a moderator, but I’ll forward this request to two more people I know. They might help, as the time period you mentioned is morning here in Portugal (and in Europe).
    It would be interesting to know which criteria must a moderator meet, to find someone fit for the job.
    Regarding stories and essays, it would also be interesting to know how can this be done more formally. Is “Tips & Notes to WUWT” the best way, or is there another way? I’ll be happy to submit some, as I’ve done in the past.

    Regards,
    Ecotretas

  21. @Martin Mason:

    “I owe you massively for the education that I have received through reading this exceptional site”

    Amen to that.

  22. Sorry, Anthony, that’s the worst possible time here (5a.m. to 9 a.m.). I pray for you and your family.

    I am sure the surfacestations project is in good hands. God speed. [That should be "far greater skills than ME" I think].

    All the best.


  23. Take care of family business, Mr. Watts. I had recently had to let a vascular cutter with a rib spreader and delusions of godhood come at my sternum with a bonesaw, and I know how disquieting major knifework can be for a family.

    It’s taken some months for the effects on the household of my own hospitalization to settle out. Even the damned cat is still behaving more neurotically than usual.

    You should not hesitate to make contact with those medical professionals who have relied upon your Web site for information on the climate and other scientific matters. The ability to get insight into complex matters of importance to you and your family from people who have the time and the disposition to assist you – as opposed to attending surgeons, most of whom have (let’s face it) the charm of a computerized machine tool – should not be left unexploited.

    Ask, damnit. The worst any of your M.D. readers can say is “no.”

  24. You have been one of the few shining beacons in the morass of lies and deceit.

    All the best to you and your family.

  25. Anthony, Good Luck & best wishes to whoever is having the Surgury.
    Thank you for suck a great Site.

  26. Anthony,
    I greatly appreciate the time you put into the WUWT site and felt privileged to meet you on your Australian tour. My best wishes to you and your family.

  27. Thank you Anthony for WUWT and your contribution to commonsense and reason. May I also add my best wishes to you and yours. Looking forward to seeing you back in harness when all is well.

  28. You have made a great contribution to sanity in the scientific method.

    I do hope all goes well for you and your family.

  29. So Steve is not guest posting here any more?

    I predict after a month on his own blog he will be back.

  30. Best wishes for you and your family Anthony and hope all goes well with the surgery and rehabilation.

  31. I don’t remember how I discovered WattsUpWithThat, but I sure remember when. You were busily painting Stevenson Screens. And even now I can’t remember whether Stevenson has a ‘v’ or a ‘ph’. Nor can I quite remember whether I was more delighted that you were doing it or shocked that this was not already known and old information.

    Then, almost instantly it seemed, came Surface Stations. The whole project left me stunned when first I read of it: mainly its sheer breathtaking originality. The use of the internet, the digital cameras, the GPS, and the rallying of volunteers all over the U.S. It was an amazing concept, and I was, oh yes!, duly amazed. And also appalled by what you were discovering.

    Since then, from strength to strength. Most particularly I remember your warnings in the first hours of Climategate: paraphrased, “Be careful. It might be phony. Go slow”. Wise words.

    Anthony, the contribution of you and your crew has been literally beyond measure. Of course we’ll be impatient to have you back, but we also know that that’s just silly and selfish, albeit sincere. What we truly owe you, and this the very least of what we owe you, and what I’m sure you have from all, is not only our patience but more: our very best wishes and most profound hopes for a good outcome of this problem.

    We’ll see you when we see you, and that will be just fine. Very fine.

    [REPLY - Well said. Our patience and our impatience will be an equal tribute to Anthony. ~ Evan]

  32. Anthony,

    I’ve never commented or contributed to WUWT, but I read the postings on your site daily with great interest. I must join the many who offer their best wishes regarding the medical condition you refer to and look forward to a speedy and successful outcome. Please take every care and thank you very much for this fantastic website, and look forward to hearing from you again soon!

    Douglas McCormack, UK

  33. All the very best Anthony. Your blog is an example to us all and a most welcome reminder that there is such a thing as the scientific method and it does work.

  34. Anthony,

    All the very best to you and your family. I know just how difficult a time it is likely to be for you all, and I’m sure all your friends out here want you to take as much time off as you need. We’ll still be here!

    Like many previous commentators, I have learned a lot from you and your WUWT team. It’s still an uphill job spreading the word here in the UK (given the `balanced’ reporting on the BBC and in papers such as the Independent and Guardian) but I’m grateful to you for providing such a useful and refreshing counterbalance.

  35. All the best to you and yours, from a lurker who has learned more from this site than he ever thought possible.

  36. Thanks for your well wishes and prayers. Anthony’s readership is extremely loyal and considerate and we know how much he appreciates us.

    In the meantime, we’ll have less fighting, less biting. (And in case you beg to differ, my delete finger just got very itchy. But I’m ever so confident that won’t be necessary.) Thank you in advance for your consideration and cooperation.

  37. My thoughts and best wishes are to you and your family. As others have said, thanks, and we will be here for you however long you need.

  38. “allanglens: All the best to you and yours, from a lurker who has learned more from this site than he ever thought possible.”

    Amen to that, from another lurker!

  39. Here’s wishing you the best of outcomes re the personal/family items. Family first.

    I promise to play nice while your attention is elsewhere. The mods you have are fantastic. I have no doubts whatsoever that you’ll round up one more good one for the needed time.

  40. Thanks to you Anthony, my favorite blogger, for all your time and hard work over the years. Best wishes for a good outcome.

  41. All the best to you and yours on the most important project you’ve ever undertaken to date. Somehow the universe will manage to limp along during this period.

  42. Hi Anthony

    Sorry, posted my offer to moderate under Tips & Notes, so repeated here

    I am in New Zealand, and have now worked out that midnight to 4am is my 7pm to 11pm (same day)

    Happy to help moderate most evenings as spend most of that time working on IT support role from home.

    Best wishes

    Andy

  43. Best wishes to you and yours for a good outcome Anthony.

    My gratitude for all that you put into this work here. It gives me heart in a crazy world.

    Thank you and God Bless, Annei.

  44. I echo every good wish that has been recorded here. The sheer weight of them is testament to the high regard we feel for you and this very special and important blog.

  45. All good wishes for a speedy recovery to yourself and family during your period of trial. For the transparent window you have provided on the murky, compromised world of climate science the debt owed by people of good will is truly beyond imagination.

  46. Dear Anthony,

    Family comes first!

    Please accept my very best wishes and I hope and pray all turns out well for you and your tribe. Good luck and God bless.

    Yours

    Cassie K.

    P.S The usual crowd of mopers and loiterers like me will be here when you return!
    As they say where I come from ‘see yah around’ a finer compliment I cannot pay you.

  47. Hopes & Best wishes to you and your family. Family and self always comes before job and everything else, sometimes that gets forgotten.

  48. Hi Anthony,

    Since I work from home and set my own schedule I would be more than happy to moderate. I visit here at least every hour anyway. It would be my pleasure to give back to someone who has given so much to me. Let me know how I may help. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  49. God bless and keep you and yours! Our prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery! WUWT will be OK, family first.

  50. If the outcome of this surgery was dependent on the number of people who wished you well, then success would be guaranteed.
    I sincerely hope that this proves to be the case.
    It is difficult to find words which adequately describe what you have achieved since WUWT came into existence and yet selfishly, we are desperate for more. I know that everyone wishes for the best of all possible outcomes in the shortest time.
    Fingers crossed.

  51. Wishing you the best of outcomes. Family first, as many said.
    You have a great moderating team which will bridge your absences, and we shall patiently wait to see you come back on your normal schedule..

  52. Best wishes re the surgery. It’s not a pleasant prospect at the best of times. I am alive now only because of surgery, so I can see that it can end up as a big positive. I hope this one turns out well.

    You have achieved so much with this website that it is really important for us others to step forward while you are otherwise engaged. I have no experience in moderating, and to be honest I’m not sure how much time I could put into it, but if you do still need moderators I am sure that I could contribute some time (the times of day are ok here in Australia). You have my email address.

  53. I’m very sorry to hear of the necessity pressing on you and your family and wish you all every luck and a speedy recovery. I cannot thank you enough for having been and continuing to be the light in the darkness of the modern descent into medievalism. We will all miss your presence here.

  54. Best wishes for you and your family. And I have to say I’m impressed with how many messages of support you’ve received already. It’s certainly a new sight for me.
    Kia Kaha (stand strong)

  55. Anthony, what can I say but my prayers will be for you and your family to have a smooth and speedy recovery.

    ctm: If you need, I’m here (my only question is my reading speed). Anthony has my more direct email, don’t hesitate to ask.

  56. In my experience, a “pressing and very serious medical challenge” is just a manifestation of bad luck, genetic or otherwise, and complete recovery is just a matter of good luck, which you should expect as well.

  57. anthony, not clued in enough to be a mod for you, but I and many other aussies, as above :-)
    will be praying for whomever in the family is ill, and wishing success and a speedy recovery :-)
    this site is worth beyond gold for insight truth and honesty,
    may all be well with you and yours.

  58. Best wishes Anthony,

    The amazing content on this site has helped me enlighten the students at the school where I teach Maths.

    The Science teacher writes me off as a ‘conspiracy theorist’, but the kids (with their naturally enquiring minds) listen to what I have to say with fascination.

    If it wasn’t for this site, I’d have so few resources to show the kids. Thank you.

  59. May the force be with you and your family. Your strength and vision will also help to guide you through this time. Many thanks for a great site and I am sure your friends will ensure that it is in safe hands whilst you deal with important issues.

  60. Dear Anthony, I hope everything works out as well as it possibly can. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  61. You’re my island of sanity in a stuffed up world. I hope goes well for you and your family.

    Martin G. Atkins
    Thailand

  62. Best of luck Anthony! I’ll remain at my post here in the comments section, ready to offer some humor and insight into the craziness that is climate science…

  63. Anthony, warmest thoughts to you and yours from Melbourne, Australia. As you see, you have created a network of goodwill around the globe. This is true global warming

  64. tryfan says:
    August 31, 2010 at 2:46 am

    “allanglens: All the best to you and yours, from a lurker who has learned more from this site than he ever thought possible.”

    Amen to that, from another lurker!

    Yet another lurker (2nd post) , I agree with all the above and wish you and yours all the very best.

  65. Anthony,
    You have always run this site with grace and class.
    Your response to your current circumstance only reiterates this further.
    Best wishes to you and your family for a successful outcome to the medical challenges you face.
    Regards,
    hunter

  66. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to you and your family!

    I. Can’t. Wait. for the surface stations report! Even before you stopped updating the SS pages (Waaa! – but for good reasons) the data/results you-all had collected were damning.

    What I hope is that – among other results – the US spends the relatively small amount of money it would take to revamp and modernize the whole system! We need it! As has been learned recently – nothing beats good data!

    I live on 3.7 rural acres and would LOVE to have a surface station. I even have a proper location for it here.

  67. Anthony, I’m certain this had been said over and over already but I hope everything goes well and that the family member suffering the illness makes a good recovery. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  68. ” they will impact content and moderation ”

    Do you think they might affect content and moderation as well?

    Stylistic sniping aside, I desperately hope all goes well, and that you can soon be back with good news.

  69. Joe Matais says:
    August 31, 2010 at 4:12 am
    “May my prayers go out to you and yours.”
    Ditto, Amen

    Ditto

  70. Anthony – your online family offers all the support for you and your own family it can. All the best, as soon as possible. You & WUWT are #1 on my Firefox and the best online.

  71. Blessings to you and yours, and wishes for speedy recovery. Take care of your family, but remember to take care of yourself too.

  72. Anthony,
    Best wishes to you and yours. WUWT has educated and inspired (and infuriated!) so many people — all to the ultimate good! I just want you to know that I deeply appreciate the things I have learned here.

    You must attend to what is most important. It is my sincere hope that all goes well for you and your family.

    We will all be here when you get back. We aren’t going anywhere!

    Rick

  73. My very best hopes and wishes for you and your family, Anthony, and I (selfishly) hope that this crisis will not impede the continued operation and success of WUWT. It is a beacon of sanity in a world of madness, and I am grateful for all that I have learned here.

    /dr.bill

  74. My heart plummeted when I read this posting – pure selfish disappointment. May God bless you and yours, Anthony. Also, thank God for modern medicine…they can do wonders today. Like others here, I’ll be patiently and impatiently awaiting your return, and hope that you and your family get what you need in the meantime. You deserve the best!

  75. Anthony–

    I can’t help at the times you need it (that’s the limited window when I get to sleep). But I want you to know my prayers are with you and your family for a successful surgery and speedy recovery!

  76. When, many moons ago, i tripped on WUWT, i became the happiest man on earth. I had been highly skeptical of what it turned out to be THE BIG LIE of AGW. The science I had learned at university did not permit me to accept AGW sitting down, while the 0.035% CO2 component in the atmosphere I always considered as insignificant, even if the ‘consensus’ said so. When I discovered WUWT, it was, for me, a gold mine of scientific truth. It discussed the issue scientifically and with diligence and some humour too, instead of with arrogance and hype.

    Thank you Anthony and all scientists contributing here.

    Anthony, you are always in our thoughts and we pray for you and your family.

    Alex

  77. Correction to my previous post:
    Alex the skeptic says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    August 31, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Should have wrote: “……even if the ‘consensus’ said differently.”

  78. I too have had a medical issue in the family that has consumed most of my time for the past 2 months. I hope yours is brief, smooth and trouble free.

    All the best.

  79. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery Anthony, we’ll be missing you until your back with us
    thanks for all your work
    Rob and family

  80. Very sorry to hear this news, Anthony. I will be thinking about you and yours and hope all goes well. This blog has played a tremendous part in educating me and, I am sure, sceptics everywhere. Good luck.

  81. As I can say is the very best of luck for you and yours and hope everything goes OK , your audience eagerly awaits your speedy return , we will be there for you when you do , best wishes Anthony

  82. Family, Anthony, family is the most important thing in life, and as many of us feel that we are part of a greater WUWT family, we can do nothing but hope for the best in your family and send our prayers to you and yours.

    Ben

  83. Anthony – I sincerely wish you the best with your challenges. Be well, you and your folks.

    We may disagree fiercely on subjects WUWT revolves around, but I would not be here if I found no value in postings and argumentations here. Therefore I also wish the best for this site en much strength and wisdom for the moderators here.

  84. I will keep you and yours in my thoughts as well. And will continue to read and comment in this forum. The scientific nature here combined with the tamped down political contamination has kept me coming back for more. I care not one wit which political side scientific voracity is on.

  85. Anthony,

    Very best wishes from this Irish devoted reader of your blog. I look forward to having you back and reading good news about your family.

    Beannacht Dé ort.

    Peter Walsh

  86. Along with everyone else, I send my best wishes and prayers for a good outcome. We’ll be waiting when you come back.

  87. May the Good Lord look after you and your family. I as with others will say a small prayer. As we used to say in the Navy “May you have fair winds and following seas” during any recovery period.

  88. President Eisenhower warned us:

    “…..The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present…..
    ……..Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together……..”

    http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/indust.html

    We see it coming to pass and Anthony is in the vanguard of the battle to keep these United States free.

    May the Lord bless and protect Anthony.

    We need him.

    Regards,
    Steamboat Jack (Jon Jewett’s evil twin)

  89. Thank You Anthony for the good teaching site WUWT has been for me and for your visit and speech in Perth, AUS. All the best to you and your family . A speedy and complete recovery do we wish you. Hope to see you soon in the site again. Inga and Jorgen

  90. Anthony, I can understand totally. My wife had extensive lumbar back surgery in April and we are still having scheduling conflicts. I do wish blessings and favor on you and your family. May the recovery be quick and the surgery be the beginning of complete restoration of good health.

    God bless,
    Bill Derryberry

  91. Sometimes a challenge like this can be a blessing in disguise, I am coming off of years
    with a very ill and debilitated wife, She fought the system in modern medicine and
    is now much much improved. Her problem was neuro-muscular problems exacerbated by undiagnosed Lyme.I thought what she was doing was all boooga booga science.
    For the first time in years(we used to wilderness camp and a bit of rock climbing)
    we went for a good long hike.
    Hang in there Anthony, Godspeed….

  92. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rest assured that you have already made a huge and positive impact in our lives.

  93. Thank you for all your contributions, Anthony, which have been immeasurable. To the person in your family who is ill, I wish a speedy recovery. To you, I wish a speedy return to doing what you do best.

  94. Let me add my voice to the torrent of well-wishers. All the best, and may you soon be back with successful surgery and recovery behind you.

    IanM

  95. Hey, let’s not make this a dirge! Anthony and his family will be fine, and WUWT will carry on, spunkier than ever.

    My wife complains that I spend “too much time on the blogs,” but in these days it’s mainly on this one, a source of continuing stimulation, fascination, and education—even when it’s over my head, which is often enough.

    Good luck, and we’ll look forward to good news.

    /Mr Lynn

  96. Health and family come first. Take care and thank you for all that you have done and do. Prayers for healing and recovery.

  97. I wish you well. Probably the most reasonable website on the planet. A pleasure to read and always, always, gentle, logical and balanced.

    Thank you

  98. Anthony,
    As a lurker and infrequent poster all the best wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery to the affected member of your family

  99. I certainly hope that all will resolve well for you and your family. If there is anything I may do to help, you know my real email address. Since I am retired and on line trading my IRA during normal working hours when the market is open, I have available time when others may have to be producing for their places of work.

  100. Anthony, best of luck to you and yours. You do a helluva job here and anything that causes you misery is shared by us all.

  101. Anthony, (& any others facing such issues)

    Because a person dear to me has an ongoing serious medical problem, also with surgery and rehabilitation, I am aware of the personal resources and time you will devote to your family. Our best wishes to you and your family.
    ~ ~ ~ ~
    I found I could not spare the time to keep folks informed directly via e-mail or phone and so use a password protected site with no comments. Apparently there is a pre-packaged or commercial site hosting such a server but I did not go that route. By writing something almost daily, I have also created documentation of what happened when, where, and so on. Much of this would now be a jumble of memories (if not lost). Now I can search the file for my own need or refer a late-comer (say an old high school friend or long-lost cousin) to the postings. About 6 months ago I posted a summery report and can point anyone to that for a quick catch-up. Our problems started in June, 2009 but didn’t escalate to ‘serious’ until Friday after Thanksgiving. It took me until Dec. 4 to get the postings started because by then I realized I could not carry on communications with the growing number of interested family and friends, and because I did not know how to set up a blog. (Our local computer shop owner did this for me in just a few minutes while I was on the phone with him.)

    Good wishes to all, John

  102. Anthony, prayers thoughts and hope for the future from Heather and I. In the name of Jesus Christ. I have learned much and enjoyed the education, may you continue to be a part of it.

  103. My best wishes to you and yours. Had the rib spreaders inside my chest four years back. Pay attention to the recommended recovery paths and stay with them for the full course. I had 36 rehab visits to supervised exercise and that was a major factor in getting back to where I was before the surgery.

  104. Kinda brings home reality, doesn’t it.

    As many have indicated, we shall still be here when you return.

    Taking care of family comes first.
    All the best and a speedy recovery.

  105. Thanks, Anthony, for all the tremendous work, I’ve often wondered how you put in so much time, even under perfect circumstances. Definitely understand the need to take some time out for serious family situations. Wish you and yours a successful surgery and speedy recovery.

    Will continue to check in regularly, and thanks to all the guest posters and mods who keep things running . . .

  106. As a lurker and very infrequent poster, I too offer my prayers and best wishes for you and your family.

    Given the quality of many of the regular contributors and the usual tenor of this blog, I’ve no doubt it will be in good hands while yours are occupied elsewhere.

    All the very best to you and yours.

  107. Sir:
    I have learned more in the 2 years that I have been reading your blog than I did in the 5 years at the University of Minnesota! I will pray for your family and a speedy recovery and hope to see you soon back fulltime on this blog

  108. There is an expression here in Ireland whether people believe it or not.

    If anyone, friend or enemy is in trouble, the response is often the same:

    “God is good!” I happen to believe that. …and we **will** PRAY……..

  109. You have a lot of folks pulling for you and thinking positive thoughts about and for a very positive force in this part of the universe. Bless you all.

  110. I have never participated in your discussions, but I read your blog religiously, and daily…you and your family have my best wishes.

    Jimmy

  111. Anthony, all the best. Your blog has been, and remains, a wonderful place for learning and discussion. I frequently refer people to this blog.

    I wish you and your family all the best as you all face the prospect of surgery, and a very quick recovery.

    Roger

  112. Whatever faces you and those you care about Anthony one hopes for the very best of outcomes. Good luck.

  113. Anthony: Best wishes to you and your family member undergoing the surgery.

    Would you like me to email CTM or another of the moderators with links to new posts?

    REPLY
    : Yes, and cc: me – Thanks – A

  114. Best wishes Anthony to you and your family, and I hope for a safe outcome. Many thanks too for all your work running this blog which has so expanded my understanding not just of our ideas on climate but of science in general.

  115. My prayers and best wishes are with you and your family.

    Thank you again for all your efforts in providing us with all this wonderful information that I would otherwise miss.

    Take care.

  116. Dear Anthony,

    As others, I wish you and your family the best. Your blog has contributed immeasurably to my life.

    On a practical side, medical situations can be taxing on a family’s financial resources. May I suggest a Tip Jar campaign perhaps run by CTM? Even if your medical insurance is solid, it might help with ancillary expenses like travel. lodging, hiring extra household or nursing help during convalescence, etc. A little extra cash could make this time easier, even if it’s just used for a massage or treating yourself to a meal delivery service.

    My best wishes,
    Mary

  117. Dittos to everything above. This has become one of my “must see” websites every single day and a constant source of education for me personally.

  118. Hope all goes well Anthony; my thoughts will be with you and your family as you go through this period.

    And I’m sure that most of the posters will like me try to preserve the quality of this forum, while you are absent.

    Good wishes.

    George

  119. Having had a (seemingly) similar experience in my household this summer I extend my heartfelt best wishes to you and your family.

    I so wish I could help, but as a complete CLOOF (clapped out old fart) I fear I cannot.

    But very best wishes

  120. Good thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. This may be the single most useful website on the net; I’m glad someone will be filling in until your return.
    Ron P.

  121. Best wishes and God Bless, Anthony!

    Reading the posted comments, everyone can see what a fine community you have managed to gather over the past few years. It’s been an honor to contribute, and we’ll all help out in any way that we can. We hold you and yours in our thoughts and prayers. Cheers, Chuck the DrPH

  122. Best wishes during the coming challenges. The time and energy you’ve devoted to WUWT have had an amazing effect on improving the world. We’ll be waiting right here when you get back.
    – Mark

  123. Dartmoor Resident said:

    – Like many previous commentators, I have learned a lot from you and your WUWT team. It’s still an uphill job spreading the word here in the UK (given the `balanced’ reporting on the BBC and in papers such as the Independent and Guardian) but I’m grateful to you for providing such a useful and refreshing counterbalance. –

    Amen to that. Like DR, I am in the UK and very grateful for the scientific illumination and dedication that you bring to CAGW and all of its works. I have a tiny role in watching the UK media, reporting in these pages on its shameful one-sided approach to global warming, and bearding the reporters and editors in their den. No point in doing one without doing the other.

    Anthony, our best wishes to you and all the challenges you face. We await better tidings. And, needless to say, we will continue to keep the watch.

  124. Anthony, perhaps you can see by the volume and tone of the comments wishing you the very best, but I wonder if you truly know how much we all admire and appreciate you and your work. I can only say for myself, but your work here lifted the scales from my eyes and allowed me to see the World in a whole new way.

    How is it possible to thank you for such a wonderful gift? Best wishes my friend, if I may call you that. Best wishes….

  125. The world needs more individuals such as Anthony Watts whose priorities are in order. Good luck, best wishes, and a speedy recovery.

  126. Anthony —
    Wishing you and your family the best.

    I hope all works out well for you in the end. Rehab requires persistence and patience by all affected, and I know those are among the qualities you have in abundance.

  127. Add another “me too” message; It’s hard to be original after so many people have responded already.

    Take care and best wishes for you and your family!

  128. Many thanks for a work of wonder, wows and questions.
    A complete recovery is wished to your family and you.
    Your integrity shows in your response to this medical event.
    Good luck to all involved.

  129. Hi Anthony,
    Maybe you need more time for yourself and your family, but your blog has initialized a movement. Your blog acts as a catalyst. And it is a breakthrough to be brave to ask inconvenient questions about the climate and politics. Your professional experience has shown us that many weather stations are still performing incorrect measurements for air temperatures and many stations have been disappeared for 20 year. You have indicated many problems which are completely ignored by mass media.
    Don’t give up and keep going!
    Best greeting from Germany

  130. I could moderate between 04.00 and 08.00 GMT if you want to send me the guidelines.

    I am not a scientist at all , a civil engineer in fact, but I am disciplined and I do understand the “mission statement ” here.

  131. Prayers go out for you and your family. Thanks for your valuable contribution to public service and the advancement of science.

  132. Best wishes and a speedy uneventful recovery for who ever is having surgery.

    Thanks for your truly wonderful site.

  133. All the best to you and your family. Hopefully all goes well.

    And many thanks for providing us all with this website, a refreshing oasis in the internet’s desert lands.

  134. I’m sorry that medical difficulties have arisen in your family. I’m very grateful for this website and its support of real science. Please keep us up to date in general terms. I wish you and your family well and much success in meeting the coming (if not already here) challenges.

  135. Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your family, Anthony. And thanks again for your efforts to protect the integrity of the Scientific Method. Prayers and blessings.

  136. Hey Anthony
    Very best of luck to you all.
    Thank you so much for WUWT.
    Whilst I’m not a scientist if I can be of assistance from Melb Aus I’d be grateful for the chance to help.
    Once again good luck and don’t worry, us kids will muck around here until you get back.
    Cheers Jack

  137. My very best wishes to you, Anthony.

    This blog and its integrity are a bright, shining light in an otherwise murky world.
    Your achievements can not be diminished… no matter what the future holds.

    Looking forward to having you back.

    Best wishes again.

  138. Dear Mr Watts
    Dear Mr Watts and family
    I found this site through Christopher Booker’s column in the Sunday Telegraph: thank you for that, Mr Booker! Like other lurkers I have visited your site on a daily basis and will ever be grateful for the science (most of which is way over my head) and the comments which usually follow; I love the considered discourse this site provides and hope it will continue at the same high standard.
    My thoughts and and prayers will be with you and your family.
    Antony

  139. My prayers go out to you and your family. Having gone through a similar event some time ago, you need to be positive and never lose hope.

  140. Anthony,
    Draw strength from the fact that there are thousands of people, from all over the globe, who are hoping and praying that your present tribulations are solved satisfactorily.
    WUWT and the way it is run is an inspiration to many, and all of those readers, commentators and contributors of yours are on your side.
    My prayers, along with so many others, are with you and your family.
    Come back when things are much, much better for you.

  141. Re your family medical problems: Our family have been there, done that – in my husband’s family, and with me as I faced operations for cancer when my children were in their teens and another some years later. About fifteen years later, I’m still here – with those cancers gone – and I love reading your blogs and learning from them.
    May your family feel the Lord’s closeness as you go through this coming battle.
    God bless.

  142. As always, Doc – Nothing but the best to you and your family.
    You and they have been added to the prayer chain.

  143. Anthony,
    the blog has a life of its own now – you and your family come first.

    I can manage some moderating at the time required on weekends if that is any use.

  144. Good luck with the surgery, and recovery. Just went through the same program myself. I’m confident the Watt’s Up With That community will mind the store in your absence.

  145. My wife and I are assisting with family issues here in Australia, so Anthony, our thoughts and prayers go to you and your family to make a speedy recovery.

  146. Best wishes to you and your family, Anthony, and a speedy recovery from the surgery.

    Your Blog has been the epitome of the effect of the internet upon the dissemination of knowledge. Your cool and scientific approach has been a wonderful example of how to ‘do’ science.

    Our thoughts are with you all.

  147. May your god or gods watch over you and yours in your time of need.
    Just in case you have no such beliefs I’ll ask mine to look over you too.

  148. best wishes for successful surgery and a speedy recovery for your family member, anthony. u will never regret taking time out to care for family.
    rest assured we shall be here when u return.

  149. You and your family certainly have my prayers for the best of all possible outcomes.

    We’ll all just have to be patient in anticipation of your return, and of the publication of the surfacestations paper!

  150. As with all commentators, friends and followers of WUWT, you have my thoughts and hopes. All the strength and courage to you and your family. Keep strong and God bless!

    Cam -Melbourne, Australia.

  151. Our prayers are with you, your family, the caregivers, and those who provide you support.

  152. Anthony, I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts. You’ve reached so many people, educated them and opened their eyes, and created an atmosphere that is more conducive to solid, reasonable commentary than any blog on the webs. The tools that you have created to help people in tracking the current situations, as well as your surface station project, have repercussions beyond what you can be aware of.

    I hope that everyone will also consider hitting the tip jar, since whatever situation you may find yourself in may be made a little easier with a small gesture of our appreciation. It certainly can’t hurt, and there isn’t a lot else that we can do.

    Please keep us updated.

  153. Best wishes Anthony.
    I think you have paved the way to pass the torch for a while. That’s the nice thing about the work you have done and the blogspher, many people have learned what you have tried to teach the and are now prepare to carry the torch.

  154. We’ll be here and thinking of you Anthony… May the surgery be uncomplicated and the recovery speedy.

    Wishing you and your family the best.

  155. This is sad. I hope everything will turn out to be all right for Mr. Watts and his family.
    I also hope that there are enough people who can keep this important site going.

    I wish I could help. Sometimes I do urgent work until 5 am Mountain time — but that means I must keep working. Posting a line or two here is one thing, moderating the site is quite another. If only I had all the time in the world on my hands, like all those manns and connoleys…

  156. You dropped the sea ice page link from the top of the page?

    What happened? The data not fit with your story anymore?

    REPLY: Uh no, same place it has always been, but now part of a larger set. Perhaps you missed the announcements here and in other threads, or you are incapable of using the navigation on the menu, or pressing the link on the sidebar that is still there. But hey, you have a .edu address in AU so I’ll cut you some slack. – Anthony

  157. Opps, apologies I don’t handle change very well :)

    [REPLY - Well, alright, then. But this is neither the time nor the place. Besides, Anthony is a seeker of truth, not agendas. You know that. ~ Evan]

  158. May you and yours be blessed with healing.
    By the way…if the medical care is going on at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, we are here if you want local help. E-mail is name, only ones by that name in phone book.

  159. Best wishes, Anthony. Hope all turns out well and your family is back to a semblance of normal soon enough.

  160. I wish you and your family well, Anthony. I’ll be here waiting for the good news and continued story of your great site. Take care!

  161. Like so many others above I will be praying for you and your family at this time.
    I think you have managed something here which is getting a consensus on your site, with all the good wishes of these messages.

  162. Thank you for helping educate me about our planet and beyond as I sought some enlightenment about the sudden AGW religion that emerged a few years back. Your surface station project was the first step for me, having just through common sense started to scratch my head about what I was hearing from every quarter and instinctively shouting “NO” in my mind! The wide-ranging articles, with links to sound SCIENTIFIC research, along with the comments on the blog, I consider to be of tremendous value to me and to the world.

    I wish you and your family well. Thank you. EH

  163. I had the privilege of shaking your hand on your recent tour of Australia.

    I have been a long time lurker and have recommended WUWT to many as a beacon of light/rational thought prepared to engage both sides of the AGW controversy. My sincere thanks for all you have done, and achieved, over the last few years. “May the force be with you”.

    Wishing all the best for you and your family.

  164. Anthony, meeting you after your talk in Adelaide was a pleasure. My thoughts are with you and your family. I’m sure the need for your good work will still be around after you return.
    With thanks and best wishes
    Laurie Williams

  165. Just saw this and will let you know that I will pray for you and family during this time. Please keep us as informed as you feel comfortable with.

  166. I just saw this, Anthony. While I don’t contribute often or well, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the hours of reading pleasure, and the great learning experience here. My wife calls WUWT my “porn” which, given my advanced age, is sadly true.

    I wish your loved as painless a journey as possible, and a speedy recovery.

  167. All the very Best, Anthony, for you and your family. I wish you all good health and a speedy recovery. Yes, I’m being a little selfish – we need you. Monckton et al can’t do it without you. God Bless.

  168. Sorry, I want to hit the tip jar and am unsure of the best action. I saw two donate buttons, one for flingfunds and the other for the surface stations project. I want to be sure my tip is going to Anthony directly for his own personal use during this medical situation. Can anyone suggest the best way to accomplish this? It’s probably right in front of my nose, but…

  169. Thank you for all your time, effort and educational materials and posts.

    All the best for you and your family. And, yes, take all the time you need, because we will be here when you return.

  170. Prayers and warmest wishes for healing and a good outcome, Anthony.

    Anyone with you at their side is blessed. And though the road may be rocky – yours will be the steadying hand.

    Your spirits must be buoyed to read of the gratitude we all feel for all you do and what esteem we hold you in.

  171. Hi Anthony. I am a regular reader wishing you all the best from the east coast of Down Under.

    Regarding your second point about those people wishing to submit stories and essays: I have posted to Tips and Notes to WUWT (under my name, Ian Read) some essay ideas that you might like to use at this time.

  172. There are a lot of new postings from contributors to WUWT Tips & Notes, http://wattsupwiththat.com/tips-notes-to-wuwt/

    While we wait for Anthony to deal with his family’s health, keep an eye out over there!
    Many posters have suggested excellent story items & ideas.

    Best wishes, Anthony, and take as long as you need! Family comes first, always….

  173. Thank you, Anthony. God (if there is such) be with you.

    Well, if there was ever a time when Pascal’s wager applied, this would be it. Besides, why would God lack the power to hear a prayer just because it came from an atheist?

    The thoughts and prayers of — all — of us go with you and yours.

  174. Best wishes, Anthony, to you and your family and I hope the surgery is sucessful.

    As so many people have said before, your site has been a beacon of light to many of us who were sceptical but felt powerless to respond to the onslaught from the “concensus”. I feel I have been given the courage to stand up and question many things as a result of becoming an avid reader of your site. I am a local councillor and the rubbish we are fed in the name of climate change is incredible. I can and do challenge officers wherever possible and I thank you for empowering me to do so (as they say in local government speak).

    And isn’t it funny how as soon as you do stand up and speak there are suddenly so many other voices raised in agreement?

    And it’s all because of you [well, almost all - I do read Climate Audit and Bishop Hill and others but you are my first port of call]!

    Roll on a “good” winter again this year. We have had the most amazing crop of apples this year and I understand it was because of the cold temperatures, so I’d better get back to the apple jelly making.

    Good luck!

  175. Ditto all the fabulous comments above. And in keeping with a wonderful trait of this blog, a little levity might not hurt. As Mog says in Spaceballs: “Prayin’ to God!” and I hope you’re able to return at LUDICROUS SPEED!

    God bless and keep you and your family,
    Ralph Dwyer

  176. Good to read the first step of your family situation is over and you’re back home. My thoughts and prayers really do go out to you. I didn’t realize how much this web site has become part of my life. And I didn’t know how much of time you have been putting into it. I’m starting to admire your commitment and diligence. This isn’t just the best science blog in the word it’s the best web site in the world.

    My prayers and best wishes will continue to be with you! :-)

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