Uh oh: It was the BEST of times, it was the worst of times

Alternate title: Something wonky this way comes

I try to get away to work on my paper and the climate world explodes, pulling me back in. Strange things are happening related to the BEST data and co-authors Richard Muller and Judith Curry. Implosion might be a good word.

Popcorn futures are soaring. BEST Co-author Judith Curry drops a bombshell:

Her comments, in an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, seem certain to ignite a furious academic row. She said this affair had to be compared to the notorious ‘Climategate’ scandal two years ago.

Here’s the short timeline.

1. The GWPF plots a flat 10 year graph using BEST data:

2. The Mail on Sunday runs a scathing article comparing BEST’s data plotted by GWPF and the data presented in papers. They print this comparison graph:

Note: timescales don’t match on graphs above, 200 years/10 years. A bit naughty on the part of the Sunday Mail to put them together as many readers won’t notice.

3. Dr. Judith Curry, BEST co-author, turns on Muller, in the Mail on Sunday article citing “hide the decline”:

In Prof Curry’s view, two of the papers were not ready to be  published, in part because they did not properly address the arguments of climate sceptics.

As for the graph disseminated to the media, she said: ‘This is “hide the decline” stuff. Our data show the pause, just as the other sets of data do. Muller is hiding the decline.

‘To say this is the end of scepticism is misleading, as is the  statement that warming hasn’t paused. It is also misleading to say, as he has, that the issue of heat islands has been settled.’

Prof Muller said she was ‘out of the loop’. He added: ‘I wasn’t even sent the press release before it was issued.’

But although Prof Curry is the second named author of all four papers, Prof Muller failed to  consult her before deciding to put them on the internet earlier this month, when the peer review process had barely started, and to issue a detailed press release at the same time.

He also briefed selected  journalists individually. ‘It is not how I would have played it,’ Prof Curry said. ‘I was informed only when I got a group email. I think they have made errors and I distance myself from what they did.

‘It would have been smart to consult me.’ She said it was unfortunate that although the Journal of Geophysical Research  had allowed Prof Muller to issue the papers, the reviewers were, under the journal’s policy, forbidden from public comment.

4. Ross McKittrick unloads:

Prof McKittrick added: ‘The fact is that many of the people who are in a position to provide informed criticism of this work are currently bound by confidentiality agreements.

‘For the Berkeley team to have chosen this particular moment to launch a major international publicity blitz is a highly unethical sabotage of the peer review  process.’

5. According to BEST’s own data, Los Angeles is cooling, fast:

BEST data graph from Steve McIntyre

Steve McIntyre emailed me the graph above tonight as part of a larger discussion.

But compare it to the GISS station record, and you get a whole different story:

Overlay: Combined to fit scale and time:

Here’s the GWPF article:

Best Confirms Global Temperature Standstill

Saturday, 29 October 2011 23:55 Dr. David Whitehouse

Contrary to claims being made by the leader of the Best global temperature initiative their data confirms, and places on a firmer statistical basis, the global temperature standstill of the past ten years as seen by other groups.

Many people have now had some time to read the papers issued in preprint form from the Best project. My strong impression is that they are mostly poorly written, badly argued and at this stage unfit for submission to a major journal. Whilst I have made some comments about Best’s PR and data release strategy, I want to now look at some aspects of the data.

When asked by the BBC’s Today programme Professor Richard Muller, leader of the initiative, said that the global temperature standstill of the past decade was not present in their data.

“In our data, which is only on the land we see no evidence of it having slowed down. Now the evidence which shows that it has been stopped is a combination of land and ocean data. The oceans do not heat as much as the land because it absorbs more of the heat and when the data are combined with the land data then the other groups have shown that when it does seem to be leveling off. We have not seen that in the land data.”

My first though would be that it would be remarkable if it was. The global temperature standstill of the past decade is obvious in HadCrut3 data which is a combination of land and sea surface data. Best is only land data from nearly 40,000 weather stations. Professor Muller says they “really get a good coverage of the globe.” The land is expected to have a fast response to the warming of the lower atmosphere caused by greenhouse gas forcing, unlike the oceans with their high thermal capacity and their decadal timescales for heating and cooling, though not forgetting the ENSO and la Nina.

Fig 1 shows the past ten years plotted from the monthly data from Best’s archives. Click on the image to enlarge.

BestMonthly

It is a statistically perfect straight line of zero gradient. Indeed, most of the largest variations in it can be attributed to ENSO and la Nina effects. It is impossible to reconcile this with Professor Muller’s statement. Could it really be the case that Professor Muller has not looked at the data in an appropriate way to see the last ten years clearly?

Indeed Best seems to have worked hard to obscure it. They present data covering more almost 200 years is presented with a short x-axis and a stretched y-axis to accentuate the increase. The data is then smoothed using a ten year average which is ideally suited to removing the past five years of the past decade and mix the earlier standstill years with years when there was an increase. This is an ideal formula for suppressing the past decade’s data.

When examined more objectively Best data confirms the global temperature standstill of the past decade. That the standstill should be present in land only data is remarkable. There have been standstills in land temperature before, but the significance of the past decade is that it is in the era of mankind’s postulated influence on climate through greenhouse gas forcing. Predictions made many times in the past few years suggest that warming should be the strongest and fastest in the land data.

Only a few years ago many scientists and commentators would not acknowledge the global temperature standstill of the past decade. Now that it has become unarguable there has emerged more explanations for it than can possibly be the case.

To explain the combined sea-land temperature hiatus some have suggested that the oceans are sucking up the heat, as professor Muller outlines in his radio interview. This explanation is strained in my view if the land temperature stays constant. Could we really have the very special situation whereby the oceans sequester just enough heat at just the right time to keep the land temperature flat? Aerosols, postulated by some to be coming from China, don’t provide an explanation for the land temperature hiatus either. In fact, the constant land temperature puts a strain on all of the explanations offered for why the land-sea combination hasn’t warmed in the past decade or so.

We make a big deal of the temperature going up. In my view we should make a bigger scientific deal about temperature flatlining for a decade or more in the face of rising CO2 levels. If further scrutiny of the Best dataset confirms this finding we will have new questions about the nature and balance of oceanic and land warming.

The fact that Best confirms the global temperature hiatus and shows that it is apparent in land only data is significant, and in my view its major scientific finding, so far. It is puzzling that they missed it.

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UPDATE: 10/30/2011 7AM PST  Judith Curry says the “climategate” comparison was indirectly attributed to her, she gives her take on the story: http://judithcurry.com/2011/10/30/mail-on-best/

She does reiterate that: ‘I agree that the way the data is presented in the graph “hides the decline.”‘ and adds, “I thought the project was a great idea, and I still do, but it currently has a tarnish on it.  Lets see what we can do about this.”

Jeff Id has written a critique of the data processing algorithms:

Overconfidence Error in BEST

He writes in WUWT comments: “To be clear, I believe I have identified a specific mathematical error which will require a re-write of the CI portion of the methods paper.”

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UPDATE2: 10/30/2011 10:20 AM PST Paul Clark of Woodfortrees completes his analysis of BEST data here. Outlier seems an appropriate description. He writes:

BEST and other land-only temperature data

I’ve now added the preliminary analysis data from the Berkeley Earth project – here is a smoothed plot of the whole dataset with overall and last 30-year trend:

BEST, smoothed with overall and 30-year trends

BEST is a land-only dataset, so for fair comparison I’ve also added a whole bunch of other land-only data from GISS, CRU, RSS and UAH. To compare these properly I did the same alignment to a common baseline as I did with the global baselines, fetching the means within the 1981-2011 UAH baseline:

Source Mean
BEST 0.60
GISTEMP DTS 0.44
CRUTEM3 0.40
RSS-land 0.14
UAH-land 0.00

Using these gives us the following comparison plot, rebased to UAH with 30 year trends:

Land temperature comparison 1981-2011, smoothed with trends

The trends from the data dump are as follows:

Source Trend °C/century
BEST 2.79
GISTEMP DTS 2.06
CRUTEM3 2.25
RSS-land 2.25
UAH-land 2.01

BEST still looks like an outlier here, even compared to other land-only datasets that show bigger trends than the land-ocean ones, which cluster around 1.5°C per century on a 30 year trend.

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409 Responses to Uh oh: It was the BEST of times, it was the worst of times

  1. mr.artday says:

    Of course they missed it. They cannot possibly afford to notice and display it.

  2. BioBob says:

    error estimates on those plots if you please !!

    Yes, yes, I know they would dwarf the “average” — that IS the point.

  3. Dave says:

    Dr Muller.
    The sound you hear ring in your ear is the S**t hitting the fan.
    Was it worth it?

  4. This has never been about data, or science. This is all been about politics and control. AGW is Lysenkoism.

    Look it up.

  5. Theo Goodwin says:

    Muller is a Loose Cannon on Deck. There, I have said it for the umpteenth time. I am extremely pleased to read that Dr. Curry used the “hide the decline” line. Her name is on the paper with Muller. But she was not consulted and is faulting Muller for his pre-peer-review antics.

  6. O2BNAZ says:

    Anthony, do you honestly believe this is about the science. This has the reek of amateurish politics all over it. They do a media blitz with favorable outlets before peer review along with the purposeful intent of hamstringing the reviewers from comment.
    By the time the fraud/incompetence is exposed, the damage is supposed to already be done with a false truth established in the minds of the general public. We skeptics are supposed to be behind the curve and put on the defensive. This is amateurish in that it is old school. Muller needs to crawl out from under his rock every now and then and take a look at the real world of information technology. They only damage he will succeed in doing is to his own reputation and tenure will be the only thing that keeps him his job.

  7. mike g says:

    I look at that temperature graph for Los Angeles and wonder how much of the portrayed 1ºC rise is do to UHI? I suspect more than 1ºC is. Puts a whole new perspective on climate-gate’s hide the decline, doesn’t it? Maybe the One Tree was right. Maybe we just have a hard time accepting what it tells us about the last 50 years?

  8. Rob E says:

    Holly Molly.

    BEST or WORST?

  9. Or, he (they) knew they had results they didn’t like, and figured they get ahead of the game and unleash the propaganda early, hoping the truth would be obscured by the holiday season. Hey, when you’ve only got one shot, it’s best to get it off first. But they missed…..

  10. Robert E. Phelan says:

    Aw heck. The trolls were just starting to settle down, then a loose connection to the router, a bit of quiet, snow ten hours earlier than predicted here in Southern New England, and then THIS?

  11. a jones says:

    Ah Anthony what an exciting life you lead.

    Not only a ringside seat at what promises to be a serious bout of Academic fisticuffs but one in which you have, to mix my metaphors, a dog in the fight.

    Forget the work, sit back and enjoy.

    Kindest Regards

  12. RockyRoad says:

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer, more deserving guy.
    /sarc

  13. Rhoda Ramirez says:

    It’s been all about Durbin. If they could squeek the idea that the skeptics were wrong about station data until Durbin they won. After that, who would care if the graphs were proven to be junk or the articles were sunk under the weight of misinformation.

  14. Paul Coppin says:

    Poor Judy. Sleep with dogs, wake up with …

  15. tokyoboy says:

    Now the BEST is worsening…..

  16. Curtis J. says:

    Erm, on the subject of misleading graphs… that graph from the Mail could be worse I guess. They put the 10 year flat line against the whole century’s temperature. The first impression, and the one they intend, is hockey stick versus flat temps. No call for that kind of misrepresentation.

  17. Roger Sowell says:

    Re Los Angeles cooling rapidly: it’s not just Los Angeles, but the entire U.S. West Coast, as shown in the NCDC data (link below). One can select State/Region as California, then Climate Division as 1, then 4, and then 6 (north coast, central coast, and south coast) and look at the rapid drop in the temperatures for the past 7 to 8 years. The same is true for selecting State/Region = Oregon and Climate Division = 1. Same is true for Washington State and Climate Division = 1. The average of all the West Coast regions is approximately a decline 10-11 deg C per century.

    Seems that the colder Pacific Ocean and sea level decline is also affecting the land-based temperatures. Meanwhile, CO2 continues to rise and rise and rise.

    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/temp-and-precip/time-series/index.php?parameter=tmp&month=9&year=2011&filter=12&state=4&div=1

  18. Leon Brozyna says:

    Just when things were quieting down and you thought it was safe to turn on the fan …

  19. tokyoboy says:

    My hypothesis:
    1. The surface temperature has arisen due mainly to urbanization.
    2. Urbanization is approaching saturation these years, in many cities globally.

    An example is Tokyo: its surface temp rose by ca. 3 degC from 1880-2000, but remains nearly flat thereafter.

  20. James Sexton says:

    Curtis J. says:
    October 29, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Erm, on the subject of misleading graphs… that graph from the Mail could be worse I guess. They put the 10 year flat line against the whole century’s temperature. The first impression, and the one they intend, is hockey stick versus flat temps. No call for that kind of misrepresentation.
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    Curtis, these are news people…… they obviously don’t know any better or they wouldn’t have fell for the first graph….. as I recollect it ended in 2006 or some crap. This is why I know Muller doesn’t know his head from his …… And this is why we saw some of the alarmist pan his work. They couldn’t accept it. It was even more flawed and intentionally misleading than what they usually do. It was too obvious.

    BTW, about 40 hrs ago……. http://suyts.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/best-proves-that-the-earth-is-warming/ I’m not saying……. I’m just sayin….. :-)

  21. pokerguy says:

    This makes no sense to me. Muller’s no dummy and he’s rightly, and in my view bravely, made a public stink about Mann’s decline hiding antics. That he would leave himself open to a similar charge (from one of his own co-authors yet) boggles the mind.

  22. Ryan Maue says:

    I will now summarize the follow up stories by the liberal media including the UK Guardian, Washington Post, NY Times, etc. concerning this little bit of criticism of the veracity of the BEST study and the methods of the scientists involved.

    _____________.

    There you have it.

  23. TRM says:

    Judy, Judy, Judy! Come to the dark side, we have cookies :)

    Anthony get back to work and don’t read this!

  24. Ben U. says:

    Judith has nothing to be embarrassed about in a “lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas” way. She made a good-faith cooperative effort of the kind that she stands for, and she has the gutsy honesty to call the results as she sees them. It’s Muller who has some splainin to do.

    And yes, it does boggle the mind. I can’t help thinking that fuddlesome forces behind the scenes are turning the science into a sitcom.

  25. Pablo an ex Pat says:

    This is a side show to the actual main event, we have unusual deep early season snow in NYC and where’s Al Gore ?

    I have no idea where he is but if he’s in the Big Apple this evening I’d say it’s game, set and match.

  26. dp says:

    Muller is one scientist whose papers I won’t read anymore. I can’t say the same for Dr. Curry whose integrity is arching over the team of jackals that dominate this sport. I don’t envy her for the calamity now headed her way but she now has a special and unique place in climatology called the high ground.

  27. James Sexton says:

    Ryan Maue says:
    October 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I will now summarize the follow up stories by the liberal media including the UK Guardian, Washington Post, NY Times, etc. concerning this little bit of criticism of the veracity of the BEST study and the methods of the scientists involved.

    _____________.

    There you have it.
    ========================================================
    IDK, Ryan, it’s going to be hard for some of them. I don’t think Muller let them in on this little game he was playing. And, while I doubt that child writer for HuffPo (that kept deleting my profile) will back track, others may be a bit miffed. We’ll see.

  28. Venter says:

    I posted earlier that Dr.Curry would be wise to disassociate herself from Muller as her reputation would get spoiled if she stood with these liars. I’m glad she has come out and denounced Muller’s chicanery. It’s time that Muller gets his comeuppance and I hope that the papers get rejected in peer review.

  29. Dan Pangburn says:

    A simple equation based on the physical phenomena involved, with inputs of only sunspot number and ppmv CO2, calculates the average global temperatures (agt) since 1895 with 88.4% accuracy (87.9% if CO2 is assumed to have no influence). The equation, links to the source data, an eye-opening graph of the results and how they are derived are in the pdfs at http://climaterealists.com/index.php?tid=145&linkbox=true (see especially the pdfs made public on 4/10/10, 3/10/11 and 9/24/11).

    As shown in the 9/24/11 pdf, the equation accurately predicted the temperature trends for the last 20 years.

    The future average global temperature trend that this equation calculates is down. The huge effective thermal capacitance of the oceans (about 30 times everything else) will cause the decline to be only about 0.13°C per decade. The decline may be as much as 0.22°C per decade if the sun goes really quiet.

    This trend is corroborated by the growing separation between the rising CO2 and not-rising agt. From 2001 through September, 2011 the atmospheric CO2 increased by 23.7% of the total increase from 1800 to 2001 while the average global temperature has not increased. The 23.7% CO2 increase is the significant measurement, not the comparatively brief time period.

    Without human caused global warming there can be no human caused climate change.

  30. Mariss says:

    Wow! LA has cooled 3C since the mid-80′s. I believe it; our daughter was born in 1984 and it was the hottest year anyone could remember (the BEST LA data confirms it). Some anecdotal memories:

    It was so hot in late September 1984 my wife and I drove one night from Tustin to Laguna Beach to get get relief from the hot weather. Didn’t help, it was 102F (39C) on the beach at midnight. She broke down in tears because it was as hot at the beach as it was at home. I remember people flocking to grocery stores and congregating in the frozen foods aisles to get relief from the heat outside.

    Our daughter was born on Sept 23 ’84 and the climate here has been on a downhill slide since then. We have had year after year of progressively more “years without a summer”. Normally the LA area has an overcast and cool May and June locally called “June Gloom” where for weeks the sun doesn’t shine and temperatures are in the low ’60s (17C). Normally July brings an end to the cool marine overcast and brings sunny, hot days that last through October. The kind of weather Southern California is famous for.

    Instead, “June Gloom” increasingly stretches into July, August and even September now. Temperatures are well below the climatic norms, -3C fits with my memories of summers gone by.

    If the HADCRUT3 data is to believed, it is a world-wide phenomena and not just here in SoCal. The climate has cooled this century. It certainly has cooled a lot here in California since my now 27 year-old daughter was born.

  31. Al Gored says:

    “to have chosen this particular moment to launch a major international publicity blitz is a highly unethical sabotage of the peer review process.’

    With the best informed critics gagged, “unethical”barely describes it.

    Who would buy a used car from such people, let alone a used climate theory?

    Judith Curry is a hero.

  32. David Ball says:

    Must have been a large window in Mullers office for all that credibility to fly out at once, ……..
    Malice or incompetence, neither is acceptable.

  33. David Ball says:

    By the way, did anyone see Muller on Bill Shatner’s show, Weird or What?

  34. crosspatch says:

    Well, this seems to me to be an attempt on the part of Muller to “get ahead of the story”. Had the data been released without comment and coaching, the story would eventually have been “no global warming for the past decade”. To minimize that happening, you play a very well-known propaganda game.

    What you do is widely disseminate information very early that says the study basically “confirms” global warming and you do that to very powerful media outlets. So everyone hears on the news at the top of the hour on the local traffic report station during their drive in to work that the BEST study “confirms” global warming. Now this comes out. It, of course, will get zero media attention or it might be buried on page 63 of a paper. It will not be broadcast on the top of the hour news broadcast during commute hour on the traffic report station. So if you ask someone six months from now what the BEST study showed, if they remember, they will say it “confirmed” global warming when in fact it did the opposite.

    It looks to me like Muller knew what was in those data and consulted with someone on how to game the media to minimize the impact of it. I wonder who he consulted with as this is a fairly slick game that most academics wouldn’t know how to play. He was coached on exactly how to do this, in my opinion, and coached by someone with a lot of media savvy and connections with all the “right” people. I smell a rat.

  35. Rosco says:

    The fact that the second lead author claims the lead author is – well – fabricating the results – tends to destroy the consensus.

    Plus 0ne for Judith.

  36. crosspatch says:

    the sound you hear ring in your ear is the S**t hitting the fan.

    Nope. I doubt there will be any discernible sound at all in the major US media. They will be dead silent on this discovery because it is counter to their agenda.

  37. Legatus says:

    I believe I already pointed to the site of Muller & Associates , which will make money if AGW is true and lose it if it is false, and then there is this post showing that Muller is not now and never has been a “skeptic” (titled “WaPo’s “skeptic” actually has backed global warming for 30 years”). Then there is this from the site you pointed to “The BEST project, which has been lavishly funded”.

    Follow the benjamins.

  38. Doug in Seattle says:

    “It is puzzling that they missed it.”

    I suspect Muller didn’t miss the lack of trend over the last 10 years.

    I also suspect he is playing a clever game with the press. And perhaps even testing the skeptics. Not sure what games are being played, but I think it is interesting that the RC crowd is moving quickly away from him.

    I think we need to sit back and wait a while longer before this plays out.

  39. 2kevin says:

    Dr. Curry has guts and integrity. I extend a grateful congratulations for her courage. She must have been embarrassed by this skullduggery to say the least.

  40. davidc says:

    “The oceans do not heat as much as the land because it absorbs more of the heat

    Is he saying that the oceans are cooler because they “absorb” more heat (and therefore remove it)?

  41. Legatus says:

    Our daughter was born on Sept 23 ’84 and the climate here has been on a downhill slide since then.

    We are saved! We have solved global warming! Don’t mind us as we tramp through your house at all hours focusing all kinds of annoying scientifical(ish) instruments on your diughter to see exactly how she does it. Or may she doesn’t, maybe it’s you.

    Heck, now we can make all the CO2 we want! Weee!

  42. dp says:

    Ventner said:

    It’s time that Muller gets his comeuppance and I hope that the papers get rejected in peer review.

    You misspelled pal review.

  43. JPeden says:

    dp says:
    October 29, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Muller is one scientist whose papers I won’t read anymore. I can’t say the same for Dr. Curry whose integrity is arching over the team of jackals that dominate this sport. I don’t envy her for the calamity now headed her way but she now has a special and unique place in climatology called the high ground.

    Imo, Dr. Curry is saving her self! In a good way. I was trying to tell her here way back when she first came on WUWT that she had a choice and to make this kind of choice, if she was capable of perceiving it, and for her own good, but have no idea how it actually happened. But you could see it happening! Starting her own blog and persisting was big. I do think her interaction here with Willis was very important and with Steve McIntyre going further back. High quality, straight shooters.

    Now this! She was obviously already out of the fold, but Muller thought he could sucker her. Wrong!

  44. JJ says:

    There is nothing inappropriate about the graphs printed by the Mail

    They were illustrating what BEST hid. BEST printed the 100 yr timeline graph in their paper. The Mail replicated that graph. With the second graph, the Mail is showing the inconvenient truth that is hidden by BEST’s choosing to only display the data at that scale. The Mail demonstrates that by showing the detail of the last ten years. This is no different than showing a blow-up of the post 1960 period on Mann’s graphs, to demonstrate how “Mike’s Nature Trick” worked to hide the decline by tucking a truncation behind small scale spaghetti.

  45. Tom Harley says:

    Oh No, it’s worse than I thought…for Prof. Muller that is!

  46. RayG says:

    Andy Revkin ran a thread cheering on the BEST papers on his NYTimes Dot Earth blog. I posted notice of the Mail interview with Judith Curry and challenged him to contact her and start a separate thread based on her comments. It has not cleared moderation yet but it is very early in the morning where he lives. IIRC, he lives in a semi-rural area outside of NYC and is probably experiencing some mid-fall global warming.

  47. thingadonta says:

    Rearcher bias is alive and well.

  48. Bad Manners says:

    You’ve got to love the introductory paragraph from Muller & Associates home page:

    “Muller & Associates bridges knowledge gaps to demystify complex technical issues so that clients can make educated decisions. We are able to quickly cut through the “sales talk” and help our clients select the best option for their specific needs.”
    ( http://www.mullerandassociates.com/ )

    Enough said!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Michael says:

    I suggested the lag time effect of solar cycles on planetary climate what seems a lifetime ago, but I was wondering, how is that study going?
    The recent early snow storms in the North East seem to be evidence of it.

  50. Jeff D says:

    Sanity at last.
    Now I wonder if the world will ever hear it.

    The framers of our Constitution missed an item. We have separation of Church and State, they needed to add Separation of Science and State.

  51. pwl says:

    Anthony you’re in good company… so to speak. [;)]

  52. Baa Humbug says:

    Anyone researching Mullers history will realise he suffers from hubris. This is what’s getting him into trouble.
    His papers are now being attacked from within (Curry) and both sides of without (The Team and sceptics like WUWT).
    I suspect The Team warned him about making data available to deniers, but Mullers hubris got the better of him. He thinks sceptics are too disorganized, too dumb to make much of the data.

    This Muller saga will rival Climategate in it’s impact on the AGW debate.

  53. Al Gored says:

    Some premature BEST drooling from some apparently confused AGW parrot at the prestigious and scientific sounding “Ecological Society” site, complete with a mention of Anthony:

    “Muller Confirms Climate Change

    Berkeley Physicist Richard Muller and his BEST team (Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Study) have finished their analysis of global temperature studies and have come to a startling conclusion: the Earth is warming substantially, it is largely man-made warming, and the temperature factors cited by the climate skeptics, including Anthony Watts, have at best only a marginal effect on global warming. And this is coming from a KOCH BROS. FUNDED STUDY on climate change, which was undertaken for the purpose of REFUTING the climate change thesis. Furthermore, Muller and his team found that some of the temperature data reported thus far has UNDER-reported the amount of warming that has already taken place.”

    http://ecologicalsociology.blogspot.com/

  54. Garrett says:

    Dang it! Where’s Dennis DeYoung when you need him most?

  55. crosspatch says:

    This Muller saga will rival Climategate in it’s impact on the AGW debate.

    That remains to be seen. I have a feeling this will get absolutely zero notice in the US print and broadcast media. MAYBE Fox will cover it, but that would be about it.

  56. Michael says:

    It’s the Sun Stupid!

  57. cohenite says:

    So Muller runs a sustainability business; fancy that.

    The head of the CSIRO, the chief climate scientific body in Australia [you can start laughing now], runs a carbon capture business:

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/the_head_of_the_csiro_should_not_profit_from_green_schemes/

  58. crosspatch says:

    In other words, this information will be all over the place in the “pull” media, that is stuff like blogs where you have to explicitly go to see the information. It will get none in the “push” media, that is information that is shoved into your car and living room over the air waves that you don’t have to specifically pull to see.

  59. Walter Dnes says:

    Disclaimer; I speak only for myself; I am not an official spokesperson for anybody else. Here’s some background about some of the Canadian data, based on my recollections as a former employee of Environment Canada. It’s not immediately obvious from daily, let alone monthly, averages… Canadian daily max+min data was archived to the nearest whole degree Fahrenheit until the metric conversion, at which time it started being archived to the nearest 10th Celsius. I believe the conversion was around January 1st 1977. Take a look at the Climate Data Online webpage for Toronto Pearson Int’l Airport for December 1976…
    http://www.climate.weatheroffice.gc.ca/climateData/dailydata_e.html?timeframe=2&StationID=5097&Month=12&Year=1976
    Dec 1 Max = -2.2C => 28F
    Dec 2 Max = -4.4C => 24F
    Dec 3 Max = -7.2C => 19F
    etc, etc.

    January 1977 is at URL
    http://www.climate.weatheroffice.gc.ca/climateData/dailydata_e.html?timeframe=2&StationID=5097&Month=1&Year=1977 and shows daily max+min temperatures that are not constrained to whole degrees Fahrenheit.

    Canada was probably not the only country doing this. Another item of interest is that a few sites in Canada were US military bases at times. A couple of examples are Stephenville, NL and Argentia, NL, going back to WWII when Newfounland was still a British colony (it joined Canada in 1949). The bases were basically American territory, staffed by Americans, etc. This includes doing weather observations to American standards. There may have been DEW line stations during the Cold War with US observers.

    Another tidbit is that there was a short, 2-part, strike of AirRadio operators in Canada in Late October and early November 1979. They did weather observations at some sites, and relayed weather observations from other sites. If you notice missing Canadian data for October/November of 1979, that’s probably why.

  60. Al Gored says:

    Doug in Seattle says:
    October 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    “I also suspect he [Muller] is playing a clever game with the press. And perhaps even testing the skeptics. Not sure what games are being played, but I think it is interesting that the RC crowd is moving quickly away from him.

    I think we need to sit back and wait a while longer before this plays out.”

    Ah yes. The games people play. But it looks like Muller has fumbled this so badly that maybe there’s another game. Maybe the Koch Brothers knew exactly what they were buying with Muller. Does seem to be playing out rather well for skeptics, and them. The masses may not hear anything beyond this initial media blitz but the people who matter will.

    Even better, this is now a very public and high profile litmus test of the pal or peer review system, and if they are stupid enough to go pal review on this me and the Koch brothers will be cheering.
    And if they do genuinely rigorous peer review, better still.

  61. Baa Humbug says:

    @Crosspatch 11:17pm

    Climategate got nary a coverage here in Australia.
    Our ABC didn’t even mention the word for a full 2 weeks. No need for MSM coverage for an “impact” on the debate.

    But as you say, that remains to be seen.

  62. Bad Manners says:

    cohenite says:
    October 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    So Muller runs a sustainability business; fancy that.

    The head of the CSIRO, the chief climate scientific body in Australia [you can start laughing now], runs a carbon capture business:

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/the_head_of_the_csiro_should_not_profit_from_green_schemes/

    What’s wrong with that – it’s in the time-honoured tradition of putting your mouth where your money is !

  63. Truthseeker says:

    Anthony, the two graphs are clearly labelled and the related text is making the point for the article that BEST using a longer timescale is hiding the “inconvenient truth” about there being no upward trend for the last ten years. This is actually a clear elucidation of the point the author of the article is trying to make. There was no deception involved on the part of the paper or the author of the article.

  64. Al Gored says:

    Why would anyone be surprised by any of this?

    It was obvious from their clever ‘BEST’ acronym that this was a propaganda project from the start. And everything that has happened supports that.

    The real mystery is why Muller walked into this and then made it worse with his celebrity tour. Maybe ‘Baa Humbug’ got it right at October 29, 2011 at 11:13 pm:

    “Anyone researching Mullers history will realise he suffers from hubris. This is what’s getting him into trouble.”

  65. crosspatch says:

    The real mystery is why Muller walked into this and then made it worse with his celebrity tour.

    I think the answer to that is based on yet another question: “How soon was Prof. Muller planning to retire from UC and go to work full time for Muller & Associates?”. So imagine what this would have done for him. Imagine he publishes this work, it “confirms” the AGW hypothesis, the big media push is made just prior to a UN climate conference. Now he goes to work full time for Muller & Associates which can be billed as having on staff a “leading” climate researcher who “confirmed” that the AGW hypothesis was valid. He would be laying the groundwork for a very profitable second career.

    Once again, there is a lot of gold in the “global warming” industry and he was trying to pan some of it for himself, is what it looks like to me. But I still believe he had some world class coaching on this.

    The other interesting thing about doing a 200 year approach is that it captures the recovery from the LIA and so overall makes the impression to the layman of all this warming going on. Most of it before CO2 was a major factor anyway. Also, since the COOLING going into the LIA is not in any records because the thermometer had not yet been invented, you can’t put that warming pre-1930′s in the proper context with the cooling that had gone on before.

    It is like taking water out of the fridge and monitoring the temperature as it warms up and extrapolating a continued rise and saying that in a couple of days time the water will boil spontaneously. To the layman, the graph gives the notion that the temperatures in the 1800′s were “normal” when in fact, that was actually a very cold period for the Holocene. The whole thing is misleading.

  66. ImranCan says:

    A few weeks before Durban COP17 and we have October snow on the ground in New York and a massive academic row about hoodwinking the public, corruption of the peer review process, and dodgy scientists hiding declines again.

    It doesn’t get any better. Judith Curry is stellar ….. just wish more of the big guns would come out and say “what a load of cobblers”.

  67. God bless Judith Curry!

    Steve McIntyre points out the difference between GISS and BEST. GISS does not differ in comparison to just BEST in graphs but also with HadCRUT, RSS, and UAH. These 2 videos make that easy to see:

    Part 1

    Part 2 (even clearer and easier to understand that Part 1)

  68. Stephen Wilde says:

    The largest discontinuity (downward) in the LA chart and indeed in the charts for the whole West Coast USA is pretty close to 2000. Clearly that is a region that responds very quickly to any changes in air flow across the Pacific.

    I have been saying in public since early 2008 that I first noticed the jetstreams becoming more meridional around 2000.

    The key changes in surface pressure distribution appear to have occurred as the level of solar activity declined after the double peak of cycle 23. Those changes have continued and indeed intensified as we went into weak cycle 24.

    One way or another the level of solar activity clearly induces changes in the surface pressure distribution from above. That appears to affect global cloudiness, albedo and the amount of solar energy getting into the oceans.

    http://climaterealists.com/index.php?id=6645

    “How The Sun Could Control Earth’s Temperature”.

  69. crosspatch says:

    Judith Curry is stellar

    Judith Curry is, in my opinion, a global hero. She is being honest to the science and not allowing herself to be swayed by the political money machine. We have an obligation to future generations not to spend their money unwisely (since we are borrowing the money for ‘green’ stuff, we are borrowing it from people who haven’t even been born yet).

    I can’t find adequate words to describe what she is doing other than just “thank you”. And I will tell you what, if she came out either way, if she had said “yup, it’s warming right along with CO2″ then I would have had to re-think my position on the issue. My position is (I hope) based on facts and not political hype. I hope it is based on data and not “belief”. I believe Dr. Curry’s conclusions are based on what the data say. My respect for her as a scientist is great.

    She may well be responsible for saving the people of this planet untold billions of dollars in wasted resources at some point.

  70. What does CNN’s “Road to Durban” glurge have to say about any of this? (I don’t have TV in Iraq, and surfing CNN on a slow connection is a pain in the Patoot) I’ll bet nada, zip, zero, business as usual, after all, they ARE the most trusted source of whatever it is they are trying to sell.

  71. hide the incline says:

    running a line from the start point (red) of the graph to the end point of the graph (red) clearly shows an incline, so yes i agree that

    “There is nothing inappropriate about the graphs printed by the Mail”

  72. Jeff D says:

    I posted this to the bottom of the Washington Post piece proclaiming Best wonderful paper.

    Over the top?

    Mr. Robinson,

    These words ” It is the know-nothing politicians — not scientists — who are committing an unforgivable fraud. ” have came back to haunt you. Please refer to the link below for an interview with Judith Curry. She was an Author for the paper you sited. After doing so please publish an article of the same size and scope as this one giving us all an apology. And your closing line is almost right. They are all frauds but a few who are willing to live by a moral code.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2055191/Scientists-said-climate-change-sceptics-proved-wrong-accused-hiding-truth-colleague.html

    Thanks in advance for your impending correction.

    Jeff

  73. Andrew says:

    I said it months ago on this site that BEST had found temps had flatlined and did not want to show it. That was the “Delay”

  74. Mike Smith says:

    I’m wondering what when on prior to the publication of the Daily Mail article. It seem unlikely that Dr Curry went public with this story without first having expressed her concerns to Muller and others on the BEST team. It’s also probable that Dr Curry understands the enormous personal risks involved in her departure from the “settled science” of the AGW script. Methinks there is more to this story and I shall be checking WUWT regularly.

    This earthquake differs from the one that followed Climategate in one important respect. That “hide [the] decline” was supported, at least in part, by a successful attempt to hide the raw data. In contrast, the BEST data are out of the bag and this should ensure the failure of the shenanigans that enabled the warmist dogma to survive Climategate despite some injuries.

    This might very well be GAME OVER.

  75. Freddy says:

    “Prof Muller said she was ‘out of the loop’. He added: ‘I wasn’t even sent the press release before it was issued.’”

    So who the heck is writing these press releases ?

  76. Konrad says:

    It looks like Dr. Muller has completely blown the last BEST hope for Durban. Maybe we should send a thank you card and a nice box of chocolates ;)

  77. crosspatch says:

    A guess on why GISS diverges so much at around 1990:

    This seems to correspond to the “great dying” of stations in the network. I am not expert in the GISS method for adjustments but I believe that adjustments and infilling of missing data points happens by comparison of nearby stations. If the cooler stations, those in rural and high altitude locations, are removed wholesale, that leaves fewer stations to use for these adjustments and the ones that do remain also tend to be in more urban areas. I am wondering if the removal of those stations had a great impact on the temperature calculations and adjustments with GISS.

  78. viejecita says:

    ¡¡¡Wow!!!
    To think I once thought Dr Judith Curry was a “Goody Goody two shoes” !
    The mistake of the century.
    She looks so tranquil, and she never shouts, or makes a fuss, but, May the gods bless her, she does not settle for anything but what she sees as the truth.
    ¡¡¡Hip Hip Hurra for Dr Curry, an example to us all !!!

  79. Mike Spilligan says:

    From the comments to the Mail article (a lot of which are less than objective) it seems that no one was fooled by the different time scales to the graphs.
    I had to laugh at the line “…uncritically by….the BBC, Independent, Guardian, Economist…” – the four trustees and keepers of the global warming flame here in the UK.

  80. M.A.Vukcevic says:

    Month of June when the sun is at its zenith and insolation is highest, and both the TSI, the radiative heat transfer and the back radiation (CO2) is at its highest is flat as a pancake:
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/CETjun.htm
    In contrast in December when both the insolation, the radiative heat transfer and back radiation (CO2) are at their lowest
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/CET-Dec.htm
    there is the highest temperature increase gradient 0.35 C/ century, 50% higher than average of 0.25 C/century.
    Case for the TSI and CO2 is very suspect.
    The cause of climate change (I have strong reasons to think) has to do with the ocean currents moving heat from tropics polewards and vice versa.
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/CDr.htm
    As for Dr. Judith Curry, perhaps this as an award for the climate scientist of the year may be appropriate.

  81. richard verney says:

    It appears to me that Prof Muller has badly misread the situation and once this has panned out, he will have severely have prejudiced his reputation.
    There are two factors that are conspiring very much against the cAGW movement and the key protagonists behind the cAGW movement are being rather slow to recognise their significance.

    The first is: ‘it is the economy stupid’. The present economic crisis means that no developed nation can afford to press ahead with its plans for CO2 mitigation. Slowly governments are waking up to the economic costs of these plans and their effect on increasing costs for industry and yet worse pushing industries overseas (to India, the Far East and Latin America). Pressure on employment and unpopoular austerity measure means that governments cannot afford to go green. Statements coming out of the UK Treasury department for example show this trend towards realising the huge financial costs involved in going green and an appreciation that the economic cycle is such that the time is not right to go green. As fuel poverty bites (and fuel prices are dramatically escalating such that quarter if not a third of people are already within fuel poverty benchmarks), nore and more people will question why they are having to dig deep into their pockets to pay for all these green taxes.subsidies.

    The second is: for whatever reason global temperatures in the inhabited areas of the Northern Hemisphere have not simply stalled but are beginning to decline. It appears that this decline may continue for many years to come and with it harsh winters will become ever more prevalent. It is difficult to sell a mantra of global warming (which may, if it is happening at all, be happening most at the poles, particularly the north pole) when day to day experience suggests the opposite. People will have long memories when they experience freezing winters and cannot afford to heat their homes. If this trend continues (as appears quite likely with a quietening sun and change to colder ocean phases) public opinion will tuen against the cAGW movement, and turn with a vengeance once it becomes clear how much money has been wasted in this chirade.

    Given these factors, one would have thought that new comers to the climate change wars would be reluctant to take an unrealistic stand. It looks like Prof Muller has backed the wrong horse and I find this surprising.

    I find not consulting a co-author to be surprising and unless one is absolutely 100% sure of the stance adopted, it is close to committing accademic suicide. Few people would wish to participate in a paper with such a person and if Prof Muller has got it wrong and if (Prof) Judith Curry has got it right (the BEST evaluation shows no warming this past decade), this is bound to do significant harm to Prof Muller’s reputation. I (like others) am pleased to see (Prof) Judith Curry take the stance that she has taken and hopefully this will elevate her reputation.

    Like others, I presume that this press release has come about due to the close timing with Durban. It looks to be an own goal and this no doubt explains why some warmist sites have sought to distance/criticise the paper(s). All we need now is cooler than average Durban temperatures. Lets hope that South Africa is in for a cold and wet summer.

  82. RB says:

    I remember, as I am sure we all do, the large amount of speculation as to what BEST was about when it was first announced.

    Perhaps now we know.

  83. Peter Miller says:

    If you watch a business program like CNBC and they interview an analyst, up front on the TV screen they announce where any possible conflicts of interest could lie, such as the analyst’s wife owning stock.

    Wouldn’t that be nice in ‘climate science’. Take out the grant addicted ‘scientists’ and those who are conflicted by business interests and who do you have left?

    Answer: Precisely no one.

    Take out the distorted statistics, add back the inconvenient data, abandon the pal review process, use the logical deduction processes of the real sciences and what do you have left in ‘climate science’?

    Answer: Not very much and certainly nothing to be worried about.

  84. Steve C says:

    With an advance apology for a dreadful pun, clearly Dr. Curry is hot stuff! Considerable congratulations to her for intellectual honesty, and even better to see it appearing in a mass market paper like the Mail. People will notice.

    I love the smell of internecine warfare in the morning. Right behind ya, Judy.

  85. Michael in Sydney says:

    Note: timescales don’t match on graphs above, 200 years/10 years. A bit naughty on the part of the Sunday Mail to put them together as many readers won’t notice.

    Agreed. However the original graph gave no indication of the present period. Was the original graph up to date at the time of publication?

  86. crosspatch says:

    One glaring error in the Mail article, though:

    “Published last week ahead of a major United Nations climate summit in Durban, South Africa, next month, their work was cited around the world as irrefutable evidence that only the most stringent measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions can save civilisation as we know it.”

    The paper has yet to be officially “published”. It is still in peer review. Professor Muller released copies of the original paper to the press, not the final “published” version which is still some weeks or longer to come.

    This paper is still considered an unpublished paper.

  87. Roger C says:

    One can only be totally perplexed by Professor Muller’s actions unless undue influence has been brought to bear on him by non-scientific factors e.g. Durban. I recall reading an interview he did with a Scientific Amedican jounralist earlier this year where he was trying to be objective about AGW and where he mentioned the hockey stick fraud. In the most recent edition of ScAm the only letter to the editor published in response to the interview was from one Michael Mann who launched into a very personal attack on Professor Muller. It was shameful of ScAm to publish it but not surprising given their track record in adhering to the AGW conjecture. Strange forces are at work.

  88. TBear (Sydney, where it has still not warmed, and almost finished the coldest freakin' October in 50 yrs ...) says:

    So, Judge Judy is the BEST? Very good.

    Oh, does the BEST data allow anyone to predict when we might get some warming in Sydney?

    Seriously. This is the coldest 1st month of Spring in living memory. We should be in T-Shits and shorst, with the windows wide open, at this time of year.

    I am writing this in a tackuit, socks and warm jumper with the windows colsed.

    Ok, its anecdotal. But as with the apparent cooling of LA in past decades, there is no way that Sydney has gotten any warmer. No appreciably so, at any rate.

    Brrrrr ….[time for bed I think ]

  89. Folks,

    More comparison of BEST and a whole load of new (to WFT) land datasets at http://www.woodfortrees.org/notes#best

    Also AMO if anyone wants to replicate the ‘decadal variation’ paper.

    Still not convinced a ten-year (lack of) trend really proves anything either way, personally…

    Enjoy!

    Paul

  90. Smokey says:

    So now what are the peer review referees going to do? Give their blessing? Or send the paper back?

  91. Espen says:

    Crosspatch: 1990 – yes, I immediately thought of the great dying of thermometers as well. E.M. Smith noted this a couple of years ago.

  92. KnR says:

    Consider what the purposes of BEST press release was? Was it to advance the science or help the review , no neither of these benefit form a press release of such early versions of the papers , in the case of the latter the review process by design should be unaffected by any ‘press’ while ‘public review ‘ should and could have waited until these papers had been published so any corrections coming out of peer review had be done .
    Did this press release advance the science , again its hard to see how all these paper actual do is report to clarify the data , they make no attempt to look at the science indeed they make it clear that cannot pass any judgment as to if current warming is down to AGW or not .
    Was there a need to ‘beat’ others to the punch , although this has been suggested there is simply no evidenced that anyone else is doing this type of work , so thew answer is no.

    So what was the press release for , could it be becasue in the end the team felt the pressures of other expectations ? Certainly lots of people from both sides of the debate have been pushing for this data and with IPCC events coming up , and perhaps looking to inclusion into AR5 they may have consider that releasing them now was better option they refining them and releasing latter but missing certain dates .
    What ever is the case , it may well be that not for the first time a rush to publish has resulted in work whose quality is poor and that may well drown under its revisions. However in one ways its already been a success, in that it got buckets of press coverage and its already entered AGW folklore has ‘proof ‘ , and no matter what happens to the these papers they will never get that level of press and public attention again so in this realm their story is already written. So BEST may well have achieved what they wanted.

  93. Ralph says:

    >>Steven Wilde
    >>I have been saying in public since early 2008 that I first noticed the
    >>jetstreams becoming more meridional around 2000.

    Likewise – I have been saying the same. Take a look at these animations.

    http://virga.sfsu.edu/scripts/jet_atl_archloop.html

    Do a 20-day animation for Feb 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 and see the difference. The winter jetstreams normally run across Britain, giving us Atlantic weather. But in the last two winters they have been significantly south, giving N Europe some bitter anticyclone weather, and storms in the Med.

    One of the real questions not addressed by the AGW religion, is what effects the path of the northerly jetstreams, because they are one of the biggest influences on our weather.

    BTW. Can anyone build a long-term jetstream animation – says ten years worth of data? Not sure where to find the information.

    .

  94. M.A.Vukcevic says:

    woodfortrees (Paul Clark) says:
    ….Also AMO if anyone wants to replicate the ‘decadal variation’ paper.

    The North Atlantic SST and hence the AM oscillations are not well understood and data sets have some ambiguities, but there are other independent data which correlate well, so in general (if not absolute temperatures) the anomalies appear to be reasonably reliable:
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/NA-SST.htm

  95. Smokey says:

    Paul Clark says [within in his link]: “Pick a time scale, any time scale!”

    OK.

    When the trend from 1840 [the earliest data available] is plotted, we see that the warming trend from the LIA is not accelerating. The green line shows the long term trend, which is confirmed by the past decade’s flat temperatures.

    It also appears that the AMO influences shorter term fluctuations.

  96. Zorro says:

    Judith Curry – you are a woman of integrity. Queue here for your Nobel Prize.

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UixEZMEHjVo?rel=0&w=420&h=315%5D

  97. D. Cohen says:

    Finally! This is the way science should work, with equally knowledgable and well-funded experts debating each other pro and con, no holds barred. I wonder if the flow of government money has started to slacken because of the bad economy, making it more difficult for cAGW insiders to neutralize potential critics by handing out juicy grants. Come to think of it, if there are a lot of annoyed climate scientists whose grants have recently been reduced, this could easily produce one of the most illuminating debates about climate in the last several decades.

  98. Chris Wright says:

    I find this very, very sad. For some years Richard Muller has been a bit of a hero for me, ever since I read his wonderful book Nemesis. This is probably the best science book I have read. It tells the fascinating story of how real science was done and actually reads a bit like a detective thriller. Ironically, it is also the story of how Muller and the Alvarez team fought against the scientific consensus of the time. In the end they won: they had discovered and effectively proven what killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
    How things have changed. Now I am very sad to see the depths that Muller has sunk to. There seem to be no bounds to the corruption of climate science.
    Chris

  99. Roger Knights says:

    Bad Manners says:
    October 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm
    cohenite says:
    October 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    So Muller runs a sustainability business; fancy that.

    What’s wrong with that – it’s in the time-honoured tradition of putting your mouth where your money is !
    …………

    crosspatch says:
    October 30, 2011 at 12:06 am
    “How soon was Prof. Muller planning to retire from UC and go to work full time for Muller & Associates?”. So imagine what this would have done for him. Imagine he publishes this work, it “confirms” the AGW hypothesis, the big media push is made just prior to a UN climate conference. Now he goes to work full time for Muller & Associates which can be billed as having on staff a “leading” climate researcher who “confirmed” that the AGW hypothesis was valid. He would be laying the groundwork for a very profitable second career.

    Once again, there is a lot of gold in the “global warming” industry and he was trying to pan some of it for himself, is what it looks like to me.

    The “green” bay tree.

  100. What a difference a month makes! April 2010, to be exact, which is clearly an outlier, and has high uncertainty in the original data:

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/data/best/from:2010

    If you include it (and May) you get an OLS trend of 0.3K/century – almost flatlined, as reported. But if you leave it out you get about 1.4K/century, which is on the same page as the 30-year trend from the land-ocean datasets.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best/from:2001/mean:12/plot/best/from:2001/trend/plot/best/from:2001/to:2010.2/trend

  101. Roger Knights says:

    Ben U. says:
    October 29, 2011 at 9:45 pm
    Judith has nothing to be embarrassed about in a “lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas” way. She made a good-faith cooperative effort of the kind that she stands for, and she has the gutsy honesty to call the results as she sees them.
    ————

    Al Gored says:
    October 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm
    “to have chosen this particular moment to launch a major international publicity blitz is a highly unethical sabotage of the peer review process.’
    ……….
    Judith Curry is a hero.
    ———–

    Rosco says:
    October 29, 2011 at 10:22 pm
    The fact that the second lead author claims the lead author is – well – fabricating the results – tends to destroy the consensus.

    Plus 0ne for Judith.
    ———–

    2kevin says:
    October 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm
    Dr. Curry has guts and integrity. I extend a grateful congratulations for her courage.

    This thread’s title should have been, What, Me Curry?!”

    I hope some MSM journalist or editor will use that as his headline on this story. (No need to credit me.)

  102. Roger Knights says:

    crosspatch says:
    October 29, 2011 at 11:23 pm
    In other words, this information will be all over the place in the “pull” media, that is stuff like blogs where you have to explicitly go to see the information. It will get none in the “push” media, that is information that is shoved into your car and living room over the air waves that you don’t have to specifically pull to see.

    This point is one that should be used to argue against the warmist meme that contrarians have misled the public with a publicity barrage. Contrarians don’t “have the ear” of the public, so they aren’t in a position to do so. Instead, we’re at a severe disadvantage.

  103. 3x2 says:

    Prof Muller defended his behaviour yesterday, saying that all he was doing was ‘returning to traditional peer review’, issuing draft papers to give the whole ‘climate community’ a chance to comment.

    As for the press release, he claimed he was ‘not seeking publicity’, adding: ‘This is simply a way of getting the media to report this more accurately.’

    He said his decision to publish was completely unrelated to the forthcoming United Nations climate conference.

    This, he said, was ‘irrelevant’, insisting that nothing could have been further from his mind than trying to influence it.

    All with a straight face too (one presumes). Having cleaned the coffee from screen and keyboard all I can say is … wow. This is a jump from relative climate obscurity into the big league that would make an English football manager blush. I’m sure the extra climate loot flowing into Berkeley, the rewards from a grateful Berkeley board and the eternal gratitude of the IPCC and alarmists everywhere never crossed his mind.

    I does demonstrate that academia is as corruptible as any other human endeavour when a large pot of free gold is dangled before it.

    In the unlikely event this all back fires on the good Prof. I’m sure there is a great career in PR waiting for him, probably in banking and finance. However the eventual ‘peer review’ turns out, you really do have to admire his other abilities.

  104. Same plot unsmoothed:

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best/from:2001/plot/best/from:2001/trend/plot/best/from:2001/to:2010.2/trend

    Note how big the April 2010 outlier is compared to the rest of the signal. This has two effects – firstly because it is a least *squares* trend it has a huge effect on the trend calculations. Secondly it squashes the rest of the graph so it looks more like a flatline.

    Anyone feel like explaining this to the Daily Mail?

  105. stevo says:

    “I’m prepared to accept whatever result they produce, even if it proves my premise wrong”

    Your acceptance continues apace.

    “global temperature hiatus”

    My word, you really still haven’t got this? You can’t measure ANY trend over the last ten years, the time period is TOO SHORT for any kind of statistical significance. It’s a very, very simple concept, but much, much too difficult for some people to understand. It would be remarkable if they were not capable of understanding it – more likely they just don’t want to understand it. Which is it for you, can’t understand or won’t understand?

  106. Peter Miller says:

    Dr Muller’s leaked documents were obviously designed to have an impact in Durban at the upcoming meeting of the AGW faithful.

    Durban is truly the right venue for this – it is a dangerous, filthy, sweaty, dump, as can be seen here:

    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=crime%20muggings%20durban%202010%202011&source=web&cd=6&ved=0CDwQFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdigitaljournal.com%2Farticle%2F267320&ei=KTutToGqKcOg4gT03LzaDg&usg=AFQjCNFokFk7btNn5RwgzNEBDBiSHBFpIg&cad=rja

  107. Roger Knights says:

    Roger C says:
    October 30, 2011 at 2:45 am
    One can only be totally perplexed by Professor Muller’s actions unless undue influence has been brought to bear on him by non-scientific factors e.g. Durban.

    Could it be that influential warmists pressured him to jump the gun? (Including his reviewers, maybe?)

    TBear says:
    October 30, 2011 at 2:50 am
    So, Judge Judy is the BEST? Very good.

    “Judge Judy”! Wonderful!!

  108. Just to demonstrate the outlier isn’t a WFT artefact, here is the header and last few rows of the source data:

    % Monthly Annual Five-year Ten-year Twenty-year
    % Year, Month, Anomaly, Unc., Anomaly, Unc., Anomaly, Unc., Anomaly, Unc., Anomaly, Unc.

    2010 1 1.135 0.066 NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN
    2010 2 1.086 0.077 NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN
    2010 3 0.859 0.131 NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN
    2010 4 -1.035 2.763 NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN
    2010 5 1.098 2.928 NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN

    and here are the commands WFT uses to get it:

    wget -N http://www.berkeleyearth.org/downloads/analysis-data.zip
    unzip -o analysis-data.zip Full_Database_Average_complete.txt

    All those NaN’s (not-a-number) are the smoothing means rightly cutting off N/2 samples at the edges, just as WFT does. The fourth column is the uncertainty, so April 2010 is -1.035 +/ 2.763 K anomaly. Pretty wild! I don’t know why this should be so uncertain now given it is 18 months ago, but perhaps they just haven’t updated it.

    I’m now trying to work out how best to represent the uncertainty in WFT… Watch this space!

  109. J.H. says:

    Bad Manners says: October 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm
    —————————————————————————————————–
    cohenite says:October 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    So Muller runs a sustainability business; fancy that.

    The head of the CSIRO, the chief climate scientific body in Australia [you can start laughing now], runs a carbon capture business:

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/the_head_of_the_csiro_should_not_profit_from_green_schemes/
    ————————————————————————————————————–
    Bad Manners says:
    What’s wrong with that – it’s in the time-honoured tradition of putting your mouth where your money is !
    ————————————————————————————————————
    J.H. says:
    The trouble is BM…… It’s not his money that they are using…..

  110. TomL says:

    When the BEST paper was first released, Dr. Curry noted that the order of the co-authors was listed alphabetically. She is second only because of the “C”.

  111. Robert of Ottawa says:

    I agree with others here that Durbin appears to be the target of Best’s best effort.

  112. Hmm, the uncertainty is the 95% confidence interval, so it may be -1.035 +/- 1.38 – half either side, assuming it is symmetric (why would it be?). Any Real Statisticians want to give a view on this before I try to provide it on WFT?

    From the file:
    % Uncertainties represent the 95% confidence interval for statistical
    % and spatial undersampling effects.

  113. A friend suggested that seaweed is a great fertilizerm so I picked some up at the beach. Although it is green when it washes ashore, dried it is coal black. Must be a carbon sink, but I have not seen it mentioned as one.

  114. Alex Heyworth says:

    Judging by what Prof Curry has said on her blog, my feeling is that the Mail has decided the story is in the conflict between different interpretations of the data, and they have decided to highlight the differences to the max. possible. This includes putting the most contrarian spin they can on Prof Curry’s comments. On the other hand, although Prof Curry is trying to be diplomatic about it, it is clear that she strongly disapproves of the BEST team PR strategy.

  115. JohnWho says:

    I, once again, would request that we stop calling it “BEST”.

    It is the Berkeley EST pre-released, un-peer reviewed, information.

    I will agree that it is one of the best examples of manipulation to hide the decline we’ve had in awhile, though.

  116. DirkH says:

    “Note: timescales don’t match on graphs above, 200 years/10 years. A bit naughty on the part of the Sunday Mail to put them together as many readers won’t notice.”

    For an MSM newspaper, the Daily Mail has presented the BEST charts quite nicely; and the captions make it very clear that the time scales are different. Perfectly good IMHO.

  117. Tony Hansen says:

    does rich muller have no best friends?

  118. JohnWho says:

    Hmm… Dr. Curry posted this on her blog on October 26, 2011:

    My bottom line assessment is:
    ■a press release on this was warranted
    ■I applaud making the submitted papers publicly accessible at this time
    ■the spin on the press release and Muller’s subsequent statements have introduced unnecessary controversy into the BEST data and papers

    Here: http://judithcurry.com/2011/10/26/best-pr/#more-5468

    and on October 30,2011, this:

    To set the record straight, some of the other sentiments attributed to me are not quite right, I will discuss these here.

    “Hiding the truth” in the title is definitely misleading, I made it pretty clear that there was uncertainty in the data itself, but the bigger issues are to analyze the data and interpret it. I made it clear that this was not a straightforward and simple thing to do.

    I told Rose that I was puzzled my Muller’s statements, particularly about “end of skepticism” and also “We see no evidence of global warming slowing down.”

    I did not say that “the affair had to be compared to the notorious Climategate scandal two years ago,” this is indirectly attributed to me. When asked specifically about the graph that apparently uses a 10 year running mean and ends in 2006, we discussed “hide the decline,” but I honestly can’t recall if Rose or I said it first. I agree that the way the data is presented in the graph “hides the decline.” There is NO comparison of this situation to Climategate. Muller et al. have been very transparent in their methods and in making their data publicly available, which is highly commendable.

    Here: http://judithcurry.com/2011/10/30/mail-on-best/#more-5526

    Where she ends with:

    My continued collaboration on this project will be discussed this week with Muller and Rohde. My joining this group was somewhat unusual, in that I did not know any of these people prior to being invited to join their team (although I very quickly figured out that they were highly reputable scientists). I thought the project was a great idea, and I still do, but it currently has a tarnish on it. Lets see what we can do about this.

    It appears she hasn’t left the sinking ship, yet.

  119. OK, sorry for the monologue, but it feels like there is some time pressure here!

    I’ve used the uncertainty column to create an upper and lower bound series, adding and subtracting *half* the stated uncertainty, respectively. Here is the raw data:

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best-upper/plot/best-lower/plot/best

    It works out, er, best if you plot the best data itself last, so it overlays the bounds.

    Here it is with both data and bounds aggressively smoothed:

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best-upper/mean:120/plot/best-lower/mean:120/plot/best/mean:120

    Although this gives a nice reducing uncertainty over time, I can’t make the size of the uncertainty fit with the decadal graph at: http://berkeleyearth.org/analysis.php

    Anyone care to check my logic here?

  120. Venter says:

    Dr.Curry has come out with a measured pot on this issue stating what exactly she said and where she felt the reporter could have exaggerated. But she stands by the meat of her arguments.

    http://judithcurry.com/2011/10/30/mail-on-best/

  121. John Brookes says:

    Sorry, but I thought the meme was “no significant warming since 1995″. It appears now that it is necessary to change to “this century”. Ho hum.

    The feral response here is, however, much easier to predict than climate…..

  122. Demiurge says:

    Judith has commented on this.

    She stands by the criticism of how Muller conducted his PR and the stop in warming over the last decade. But she says the real story here is the best data set they’ve ever had, and that she disavows any of the more senstationalistic comments such as comparisons to Climategate. She says it isn’t a scandal, and stands behind the work BEST did, just that Muller has overstated it’s effects and that more effort should have been placed on skeptics arguments. S

    Evidently she’s upset about the way the Daily Mail characterized her opinions.

  123. And finally (really this time), the uncertainty in the last two values that have caused all this fuss:

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best-upper/from:2009/plot/best-lower/from:2009/plot/best/from:2009

  124. Dr. Curry comments: http://judithcurry.com/2011/10/30/mail-on-best/

    While I appreciate Dr. Curry, I’m not ready to set her up on a pedestal. Last I knew, she still supported drastic measures to curtail the use of fossil fuels. To me, that is a cure that is far worse and more deadly than the disease.

  125. Latitude says:

    Other than the same old, same old….

    The big story for me is Dr. Curry is the second named author of all four papers……

    …and Muller obviously hid what he was doing from her..he had to have done that on purpose

  126. Crispin in Waterloo says:

    Blinding
    Eyes
    Stimulates
    Temperatures
    BEST

    Working
    Out the
    Reality of
    Stalled
    Temperatures
    WORST

  127. Gail Combs says:

    Jeff D says:
    October 29, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Sanity at last.
    Now I wonder if the world will ever hear it.

    The framers of our Constitution missed an item. We have separation of Church and State, they needed to add Separation of Science and State.
    __________________________________________
    That was Eisenhowers’s warning, but in this case separation of Church and State should cover it.

    “We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”
    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Science in this case is a tool of the military-industrial complex because they are paying for it (with our tax dollars)

  128. Judith Curry seems like the bus driver here. I’m not sure why she’s suddenly running over her team when on Oct 20th she blogged as being “honored to have been invited to participate”.

    1. Who cares if the graphs, which are smoothed over 10 year averages, end in 2006?
    2. co-author JC admitted that lack of ocean data was the big weakness of the BEST papers about 10 days ago.

    The fact that Muller has done such a bad job in the release of these “papers”, the fact that he claimed the last 10 years have also seen warming when his own data shows they haven’t, the fact that he seems out of touch with his own data set, world-class researcher that he is supposed to be – this is why team member Judith has jumped off the BEST four-paper gravy train. She now thinks the papers weren’t ready for publication. Top marks for hindsight.

    Come on Judith, get off the bus. I’ll drive. I don’t believe in climate science.

  129. Gail Combs says:

    cohenite says:
    October 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    So Muller runs a sustainability business; fancy that…..
    ___________________________________________
    Bad Manners says:
    October 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    What’s wrong with that – it’s in the time-honoured tradition of putting your mouth where your money is !
    ____________________________________________

    It is called BIAS and is why the tobacco companies were hung out to dry. You are not going to get unbiased science out of those with a dog in the fight. In forty years in quality labs, I only had ONE company out of several not want me to falsify test results.

  130. Louise says:

    The Daily Mail is not noted for its accuracy

  131. Bill Illis says:

    After looking at Berkeley’s Land numbers from 1979 to today versus the UAH Land numbers, Crutemp3 Land and the NCDC Land, they are quite similar each month although Berkeley clearly has a higher increase than the other 3 (as much as 60% more of an increase than the UAH lower troposphere over Land measurements for example).

    http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/4898/berkeleyvsotherland.png

    And here is another issue which is very interesting and important to the climate debate. Berkeley Land (and all the other Land measurements) are increasing at a much higher rate than the Global Lower Troposphere temperature trend and the Ocean SST trend. Land temperatures appear to be warming at a much faster rate than the Oceans and the Lower Troposphere.

    Double in fact (UHI? or some other explanation?)

    http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/4432/berkeleyuahrsshadsst2.png

    There is certainly a flattening trend in all measurements over the last 10 to 13 years.

  132. amirlach says:

    While it might be tempting to cheer Curry as the new Skeptical Hero, this BEST thing has yet to fully play out. Remember it was not so long ago Muller was the Hero for his “Hide the Decline” critique. Some cautious optimisim might be in order, i just wouldn’t go making the same mistake that was made with Muller by declaring trust in his results prior to their release.

  133. Chris Wright says:
    October 30, 2011 at 4:38 am
    I find this very, very sad. For some years Richard Muller has been a bit of a hero for me, ever since I read his wonderful book Nemesis. This is probably the best science book I have read. It tells the fascinating story of how real science was done and actually reads a bit like a detective thriller. Ironically, it is also the story of how Muller and the Alvarez team fought against the scientific consensus of the time. In the end they won: they had discovered and effectively proven what killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
    How things have changed. Now I am very sad to see the depths that Muller has sunk to. There seem to be no bounds to the corruption of climate science.
    Chris
    ——————————————–
    Chris, that was also falls. Muller claims a 62 million year wobble of the solar system within the galaxy killed the dinosaurs when the earth passed through a region full of comets. Problem is the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago and we are still 12 million years away from the next peak. See the problem?
    Universe 2
    Muller 0

  134. Gail Combs says:

    crosspatch says:
    October 30, 2011 at 12:06 am

    ….Once again, there is a lot of gold in the “global warming” industry and he was trying to pan some of it for himself, is what it looks like to me. But I still believe he had some world class coaching on this.
    _________________________________

    Here is a candidate for your “World Class Coach” Stan Greenberg, Congresswoman Rosa Delauro’s hubby. His companies are privately owned so finding out who he works for is near impossible. Greenberg Carville Shrum has directed political directed Campaigns in 60 countries.

    ” “He was also a strategic consultant to the Climate Center of the Natural Resources Defense Council on its multi-year campaign on global warming……NGO board memberships include the American Museum of Natural History, the National Endowment for Democracy, The Africa-America Institute, the Citizens Committee for New York City, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Refugees International…….Republican pollster Frank Luntz says “Stan Greenberg scares the hell out of me. He doesn’t just have a finger on the people’s pulse; he’s got an IV injected into it.” http://ilf.ndi.org/panelists#StanleyGreenberg

    “Whether you want to win your election, lead your country, increase your bottom line, or change the world, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner can help you find the answer,” GQRR states on its website http://www.gqrr.com/

    Stanley Greenberg “ Greenberg’s work for private sector organizations – including major corporations, trade associations and public interest organizations – focuses on managing change and reform….Greenberg has conducted extensive research in Europe (particularly Great Britain, Germany and France), Central and South America (Argentina and Brazil), and Africa (South Africa). He specializes in research on globalization, international trade, corporate consolidation, technology and the Internet. For organizations, Greenberg has helped manage and frame a number of issues – including education, school financing, American identity, the economy, environmental regulation, international trade, managed care, biotechnology, copyrights, privacy and the Internet….

    Greenberg has advised a broad range of political campaigns, including those of President Bill Clinton and Vice-President Al Gore, Senators Chris Dodd, Joe Lieberman and Jeff Bingaman; Governor Jim Florio and gubernatorial candidate, Andy Young; former Vice-President Walter Mondale; and a number of candidates for the U.S. Congress. For many years, he served as principal polling advisor to the Democratic National Committee.
    “Greenberg works jointly on private sector projects with prominent Republican pollsters in the United States – including Fred Steeper (pollster to former President Bush), Bill McInturff and Linda DiVall – to bring a bi-partisan focus to public issues….” http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Stanley_Greenberg

  135. Venter says:

    Dr.Curry has clearly stated what was true in the interview. She also said she doesn’t know who said about this being equal to Climategate, whether she or Rose. So the topic was indeed discussed. All in all Judith has confirmed the meat of the interview and differs only in some of the interpretations. So talking about Daiy Mail’s accuracy is a strawman, especially when Dr.Curry herself has confirmed the facts.

  136. DaveR says:

    Could the article be titled “The BEST War On Science”? The real problem is the media. They have been fighting Capitalism for many years. AGW and the Media are fighting the same war.

  137. Louise says:

    From http://judithcurry.com/2011/10/30/mail-on-best/#comment-129902

    “To set the record straight, some of the other sentiments attributed to me are not quite right” sounds to me that Dr Curry does not think that the Daily Mail was accurate.

  138. Fred from Canuckistan says:

    This isn’t about science. This is pre Durban Agenda Setting being implemented from the greenie game plan to maximize the hysteria and fear mongering opportunities of the imminent COP in South Africa.

  139. Venter says:

    Read the whole of what Dr.Curry said Louise and then construct a fresh strawman if possible. Your current strawman has been blown away.

  140. Louise says:

    Yes, she also said ““Hiding the truth” in the title is definitely misleading”

    Sounds to me that she believes tha the Daily Mail used a misleading title – not the actions of a newspaper known for its accuracy.

  141. Mikael Pihlström says:

    The whole point with BEST was to check if other temperature observation data sets
    were corrupted. Just to indulge you sceptics – to us others it was obvious that the
    data sets were more or less reliable, showing a real trend.
    Muller checked and then lauded Phil Jones and others. That must have hurt!
    And now you, Judith Curry and a lot of other tedious hard heads turn to issues,
    which were not listed as BEST reserach aims at all.

  142. Stephen Wilde says:

    Yes, she also said ““Hiding the truth” in the title is definitely misleading”

    Having canvassed the views of a number of laypersons the term ‘hiding the truth’ is exactly what they think of it without prompting by the Daily Mail.

  143. EFS_Junior says:

    So if WUWT? get’s a review copy of a draft paper, does that mean that Dr. Curry did not get draft copies of the four papers in which she is the 2nd author?

    Sorry, but what little credability Dr. Curry has left (some would say she has less than zero credability), has just gone out the window in SPADES!

  144. Donald says:

    I think Mr Muller should have just offered you the data and let you all get on with drawing pretty pictures until the end of time. 92 million views and not one solution yet?

    Why didn’t Mr Muller just publish only the numbers? … year such, such a temperature. so much CO2, next year, so much temperature, so much CO2 .. and on and on …. then it would be up to the individuals of this world to see what is truth and what isn’t

    But as long as both side of the divide (including you guys) stick to graphs, charts and completely ludicrous ways of explaining things to those who don’t understand such things then nothing will ever be resolved because you are all talking to yourselves and not the ones who matter, the people of this world.

    I’m only an engineer (also a computer scientist) but I sometimes wonder how many of you are real scientists and how many of you are playing games with yourselves.

    Had any of you bothered to do some work on your own instead of relying on the charts and pretty pictures from others then this whole debate might have been over a long time ago.

    I personally believe in Global Warming, but not in CO2 being the culprit, I see many reasons for it, here are some numbers that prove CO2 is not the culprit. And “LOOK!!!” they are only numbers, no charts, no pictures, no cartoons or other such wasted space.

    http://wisdomblogsdotcom1.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/coal-consumption.jpg
    (I’m still doing Oils and Gas consumption but already one can see the truth.

    And no, I have no interest in any of this except that I like blogging about it and for my own engineering ideas.

    Personally I would dearly love to have the temperature data between 1750 and the 1880s so I can complete my own work (for my own and very selfish purposes) but no matter what I cannot find it ( my fault, of course, I keep missing the links)

    But I need proper numbers, not just “work it out as best as you can data from a pretty looking chart” stuff

    Any chance of a lending hand fellows? I would really appreciate you guys looking at my numbers (just to share knowledge, nothing more) and perhaps providing me with a link to temperature measurements for the last two centuries or so.

    I don’t pretend to be right like many of you, unlike many of you though I prefer to do my own studies and not rely on everybody else to tell me what is and isn’t, the link is important to me only .. so please, a link

    Pretty please … with sugar on top :-)

  145. Brent Matich says:

    This is great! The last two years should be made into a movie. It’s gonna have to be made outside of the UK and Hollywood of course. Oh, and anywhere else where AGW has been forced down peoples throats. Anyone speak Chinese or Russian? Oh hell, I’ll just get more popcorn and continue reading this blog.

    Brent in Calgary

  146. Smokey says:

    Speaking of tedious hardheads, Mikael Pihlström just doesn’t understand.

    There is no real argument against warming since the global LIA. That warming is mostly natural, and shows a steady trend. If CO2 was causing the warming, we would see a sharply rising spike in temperature, like Michael Mann’s debunked MBH98 chart purported to show. But that is simply not happening. That must hurt, eh, Mikael?

  147. kwik says:

    I think this is the right time to play Hide the Decline again;

  148. Donald says:

    Err…. sorry! I forgot to mention … I am looking for global averages; not temperatures for individual areas/

    Thank you

  149. Andrew says:

    Its probably more likely that Muller was forced to produce those results/graph by the AGW establishment which includes that current US government

  150. Latitude says:

    Mikael Pihlström says:
    October 30, 2011 at 7:05 am

    The whole point with BEST was to check if other temperature observation data sets
    were corrupted.
    ============================================

    Then you will have no problem explaining this:

    http://www.real-science.com/rewriting-ministry-truth

  151. Tony McGough says:

    The Mail on Sunday is a dreadful rag, and will place anything in a context calculated to make a sensation out of a hiccup. Even when it doesn’t actually misquote its interviewees. Anything for circulation.

    But I suppose it can’t be all wrong all of the time…

  152. Latitude says:

    “The number of retracted studies in peer-reviewed scientific journals skyrocketed from 22 in 2001 to 339 last year. according to an analysis commissioned by The Wall Street Journal…..
    …more than a quarter of the retractions were due to fraud rather than innocent mistakes”

    Discover

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303627104576411850666582080.html

  153. Venter says:

    If you notice, none of the trolls today have anything substantial or sensible to say and so are trying to diver the thread topic to irrelevant alleyways. Do not feed the trolls and just ignore them.

  154. David Falkner says:

    In the words of contemporaries from my generation: Oh snap!

  155. Jeff Id says:

    Anthony,

    Thanks for the link. To be clear, I believe I have identified a specific mathematical error which will require a re-write of the CI portion of the methods paper.

  156. Mikael Pihlström says:

    Smokey says:
    October 30, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Speaking of tedious hardheads, Mikael Pihlström just doesn’t understand.
    There is no real argument against warming since the global LIA.
    ——–
    I have to correct you. There SHOULD not be any argument. But, the argument
    ‘it’s not warming’ is amply documented in your own sources (e.g. WUWT blogs,
    SEPP reports etc.), even quite recently, and to deny that fact is ridiculous.

    The reluctance of sceptics to throw out anything from your disinformation tools set
    has destroyed your credibility as an intellectual movement, an outcome I am not
    too sorry about.

  157. David Falkner says:

    Donald says:
    October 30, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Yes, that is the problem. Charts and graphs. Wow.

  158. Louise says:

    Dr Curry states “I did not say that “the affair had to be compared to the notorious Climategate scandal two years ago,” ” at Climate Etc.

    It seems that the Mail on Sunday has misrepresented her view yet it is the first paragraph repeated from the Mail article at the beginning of this post. Perhaps it should be noted at that point in the post that she denies having said this?

  159. David Falkner says:

    @ Donald:

    Are you serious? The problem is the charts and graphs? And all you need is two-hundred years of measurement based global averages?

  160. old construction worker says:

    “stevo says:
    October 30, 2011 at 5:05 am
    My word, you really still haven’t got this? You can’t measure ANY trend over the last ten years, the time period is TOO SHORT for any kind of statistical significance. It’s a very, very simple concept, but much, much too difficult for some people to understand. It would be remarkable if they were not capable of understanding it – more likely they just don’t want to understand it. Which is it for you, can’t understand or won’t understand?”

    From an old construction worker who has worked outside for over 45 years, I agree with your statement. I would also say that 100yrs, 200yrs, 1,000yrs or 2,000yrs are too short of time as well. I believe you need to go back to the beginning of our interglacial warm period to figure of trends.
    What the last 10yrs have shown us is CO2 has had little effect if any since 2000. If that is true, then CO2 has had little or no effect from 1990 to 2000.
    So there must stronger “temperature/climate” “drivers” than CO2. As soon as you Academic guys and gals start being honest with yourself and the public, the sooner guys and gals like me can prepair us for the next little ice age or ice age. Windmills and solar panels “ain’t goina get it.”

  161. Stephen Pruett says:

    Stevo noted that 10 years was too short a time on which to base conclusions. Maybe that’s true, but it’s not too short to raise concerns among even committed proponents of CAGW (covered in a recent post here and on JC’s climate etc). What it means is that in the past 10 years something other than carbon dioxide is driving global temperature. Importantly, we do not know what that something is. Wouldn’t the reasonable conclusion be that maybe we really don’t know what has been driving temperature all along and particularly we don’t know enough about feedbacks to make any type of predictions? Unfortunately, too many people in climate science have too much time, money, prestige, pride, etc. invested in carbon dioxide-driven CAGW to be reasonable. Thankfully, there are a few like Judith Curry who do speak out.

  162. Donald says:

    David Falkner – Is that such a hard ask?

    It seems obvious to me that without those numbers none of the charts and graphs on this site, or any other AGW/GW site for that matter, would exist, after all … what did they use to make them with? the numbers must exist somewhere. I just need them, that’s all.

    I’m not asking for you to write them all, I just want the link to where such data may be found, I can do the rest of the work on my own.

  163. John Whitman says:

    @ Climate Etc. in the post “Mail on BEST”
    Posted on October 30, 2011 by curryja

    Judith Curry said, “My most important statement IMO is this: ‘To say that there is detracts from the credibility of the data, which is very unfortunate.’ My main point was that this is a very good data set, the best we currently have available for land surface temperatures. To me, this should have been the big story: a new comprehensive data set, put together by a team of physicists and statisticians with private funds. Showing preliminary results is of course fine, but overselling them at this point was a mistake IMO.”

    ———————

    That statement has the perspective that I agree with.

    First, BEST is a new comprehensive data set. That is important and it is completely independent of the BEST’s bizarre pre-peer review PR campaign. It appears that Muller’s daughter (manager of the BEST project) has had lead responsibility in the overselling PR program; she is not a climate scientist.

    Second, BEST is a private effort which shows alternate approaches are possible to the potential for confirmation bias in governmental grant processes for climate science. The questionable PR strategy by BEST’s manager detracts from the science of the project.

    Third, I see no problem with sharing the preliminary results and data before either submittal to a paper or after submittal but before pee review. That is completely open. The BEST mistake was that instead of orchestrating a circus-like PR frenzy, they simply should have posted the preliminary results and data on their website.

    Finally, I find Judith Curry a credible leader who is vitally helping to open up a broad skeptical era in climate science; she exposes the myopic restriction of the last 25+ yrs from IPCC centered advocates of alarming AGW by CO2 from fossil fuel.

    John

  164. Donald says:

    PS – David Falkner
    Truth is I happen to be very good with numbers and I can fiddle any graph you give me, that is why I rely only on numbers, then I do my own models.

    Here take a look at how easy I fiddle prediction (by many scientists) for 530ppm for 2050 and lowered them to 427 just by fiddling with them (without cheating)

    http://wisdomblogsdotcom1.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/co2-levels.png

    I only want the links

  165. stevo says:

    old construction worker: “What the last 10yrs have shown us is CO2 has had little effect if any since 2000.”

    Incorrect conclusion. Internal variations dominate on this timescale and you cannot say anything about the effect of CO2 since 2000.

    “If that is true, then CO2 has had little or no effect from 1990 to 2000.”

    It is not true, and this wouldn’t even follow if it was.

    Stephen Pruett: “What it means is that in the past 10 years something other than carbon dioxide is driving global temperature”

    Internal variations dominate on this timescale. You can derive nothing at all about the longer term drivers of climate change.

  166. Smokey says:

    Mikael Pihlström says:

    “…the argument ‘it’s not warming’ is amply documented in your own sources…”

    Amply documented?? So “amply” document your charge. In particular, I challenge you to show where I have ever said “it’s not warming.”

    You live in your own fantasy world, Mikael.

  167. John Whitman says:

    Correction to an embarrassing misspelling in my comment at October 30, 2011 at 8:04 am.

    I should have said, “Third, I see no problem with sharing the preliminary results and data before either submittal to a paper or after submittal but before pee peer review.”

    Though ‘pee review’ is a comical thought, n’est ce pas?

    John

  168. Wil says:

    Scientist who said climate change sceptics had been proved wrong accused of hiding truth by colleague

    By David RoseI
    It was hailed as the scientific study that ended the global warming debate once and for all – the research that, in the words of its director, ‘proved you should not be a sceptic, at least not any longer’.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2055191/Scientists-said-climate-change-sceptics-proved-wrong-accused-hiding-truth-colleague.html#ixzz1cHJpUhtW

  169. PJB says:

    Perhaps it is just a communication problem, acronym-wise?

    Alternately, they might have named the project: Berkeley Adjusted Data…

    ;-)

  170. Gail Combs says:

    stevo says:
    October 30, 2011 at 5:05 am

    My word, you really still haven’t got this? You can’t measure ANY trend over the last ten years, the time period is TOO SHORT for any kind of statistical significance….
    _____________________________________________

    THE TREND IS A CYCLE. It is not a line. Nature hates lines and that is one of the major CAGW fallacies. They take SELECTED data do a line fit and IGNORE the curves. This means that their “projections” had straight off the chart when the true projection should be an oscillation.

    The “trend” has flattened because it has hit the top of the curve in the oscillation. If you are looking at multiple oscillations then the ten years are part of a CURVE and not a straight line.

    This is from a NASA report (California Institute of Technology): http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/features.cfm?feature=1319
    “…The researchers found some clear links between the sun’s activity and climate variations. The Nile water levels and aurora records had two somewhat regularly occurring variations in common – one with a period of about 88 years and the second with a period of about 200 years.

    ….Alexander Ruzmaikin and Joan Feynman of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., together with Dr. Yuk Yung of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., have analyzed Egyptian records of annual Nile water levels collected between 622 and 1470 A.D. at Rawdah Island in Cairo. These records were then compared to another well-documented human record from the same time period: observations of the number of auroras reported per decade in the Northern Hemisphere. Auroras are bright glows in the night sky that happen when mass is rapidly ejected from the sun’s corona, or following solar flares. They are an excellent means of tracking variations in the sun’s activity.

    Feynman said that while ancient Nile and auroral records are generally “spotty,” that was not the case for the particular 850-year period they studied…..

    So what causes these cyclical links between solar variability and the Nile? The authors suggest that variations in the sun’s ultraviolet energy cause adjustments in a climate pattern called the Northern Annular Mode, which affects climate in the atmosphere of the Northern Hemisphere during the winter. At sea level, this mode becomes the North Atlantic Oscillation, a large-scale seesaw in atmospheric mass that affects how air circulates over the Atlantic Ocean. During periods of high solar activity, the North Atlantic Oscillation’s influence extends to the Indian Ocean. These adjustments may affect the distribution of air temperatures, which subsequently influence air circulation and rainfall at the Nile River’s sources in eastern equatorial Africa. When solar activity is high, conditions are drier, and when it is low, conditions are wetter.

    Study findings were recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research. “

    So if you want to get snarky we should look at time periods of over 400 Years!

    Sixty years is way too short, it does not even cover two complete ~ 70 yr ocean oscillations!!!

  171. Doug says:

    “This is nowhere near what the climate models were predicting,’ Prof Curry said. ‘Whatever it is that’s going on here, it doesn’t look like it’s being dominated by CO2.”

    She stands by this point, which is the whole crux of the issue. No reasonable researcher claims there has been no warming, and the media blitz Muller set off used a giant strawman in claiming they had.

  172. Gail Combs says:

    Alex Heyworth says:
    October 30, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Judging by what Prof Curry has said on her blog, my feeling is that the Mail has decided the story is in the conflict between different interpretations of the data, and they have decided to highlight the differences to the max. possible. This includes putting the most contrarian spin they can on Prof Curry’s comments. On the other hand, although Prof Curry is trying to be diplomatic about it, it is clear that she strongly disapproves of the BEST team PR strategy.
    _________________________________________

    Of course the NEWS is the cat & dog fight between Muller and Curry. Now if only we can get the major news media to publish it.

    This sort of thing kills the “Consensus” myth.

  173. Rod Everson says:

    Crosspatch wrote: “I have a feeling this will get absolutely zero notice in the US print and broadcast media.”

    Maybe, but I wouldn’t bet on it. This was clearly an attempt to sucker that same media, and they bit hard on the bait. This could be one of those times when payback is due. And, unlike the hockey stick, this one is easy to explain. Presenting a graph using 10-year averaging to obscure the last 10 years of data can be explained to a sixth grader…the average reading age most news stories are presented at, I believe. In other words, even the reporters who were suckered can understand this scam. Indeed, this could be the final nail in the AGW coffin, especially since both sides will soon be solidly on record stating that the BEST data is the best land temperature record available. (Granted, the AGW crowd might be considering how to retract their initial praise of the data…)

    Truly a boon to the popcorn industry, as Anthony indicated at the outset.

  174. David Falkner says:

    Donald says:
    October 30, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I’m not asking for you to write them all, I just want the link to where such data may be found, I can do the rest of the work on my own.

    You can get that data by doing the work on your own, also. What would you consider a reliable thermometer?

  175. Julian Williams in Wales says:

    I always poo-poo the word conspiracy, because I do not believe in them. But in this case I am not sure what word I should substitute? stupidity? dim?

  176. Jeremy says:

    Stevo,

    You are guilty of behving as a true-believer of CAGW, you simply throw out data that does not fit your belief while selectively embracing those bits that support your meme. Cherry-picking of data is the single biggest scientific problem in the whole sorry sad CAGW saga and scam. Correlation does NOT imply causation!!! However, when climate models say it should be getting warming and it ISN’T it tells us that said climate models are most definitely WRONG.

  177. Tom P says:

    “Hide the decline” is a very bad choice of words. In fact BEST shows temperatures increasing in the last ten years.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best/from/plot/best/last:1200/trend/plot/best/last:120/trend

    It looks like Richard Muller is familiar with the data, while Judith Curry, despite being the second author on the BEST papers, hasn’t actually looked at these numbers.

    As for David Whitehouse, who plotted the BEST figures without a trend, but nevertheless felt able to state “the past ten years… is a statistically perfect straight line of zero gradient”, I’d say he’s the one guilty of “hiding the incline”!

  178. Ralph says:

    >>Louise
    >>“To set the record straight, some of the other sentiments attributed
    >>to me are not quite right” sounds to me that Dr Curry does not think
    >>that the Daily Mail was accurate.

    More like, she said more than she planned to say, and is backtracking slightly. Its easy to get carried away with the conversation, when a reporter is leading you on (to get a good story).

    .

  179. Donald says:

    David Falkner – Listen mate, please don’t treat me like a moron, You know damned well I wasn’t alive in 1750 or 1800 or even 1900 and therefore I wasn’t there to take the measurements; so how about stopping this self importance stuff you keep trying to show.

    I came on the site to ask if you guys could offer me a link to the global average temperature for 1750 to 1880 or thereabouts; if you have no wish to share it then don’t; just go and annoy someone else with your own self aggrandizing comments.

    I don’t give a rat’s tail about your little quips, keep them in your pockets.

    Hopefully someone else would like to act like a proper scientist and share some data, I shall return tomorrow and have a look.

    Thank you one and all anyway.

  180. Gary Pearse says:

    Dan Pangburn says:
    October 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    “A simple equation based on the physical phenomena involved, with inputs of only sunspot number and ppmv CO2, calculates the average global temperatures (agt) since 1895 with 88.4% accuracy (87.9% if CO2 is assumed to have no influence).”

    Dan, I’m not sure how in-depth your statistics capabilities are but I’m afraid that what you show is that CO2 has ostensibly no effect. You might get a better R^2 by adding sunspot activity to the inverse of copper constant-dollar prices, or fashion’s height-of-skirt-hem above the ground statistics over that time period.

  181. Richard deSousa says:

    I hate to be such a cynic but follow the money… or rather, where did the money go? If Muller were to reveal his BEST study showed a ceasing of global warming UC Berkeley can kiss the federal government grant teat good bye.

  182. Steve from Rockwood says:

    Tom P says:
    October 30, 2011 at 8:48 am
    “Hide the decline” is a very bad choice of words. In fact BEST shows temperatures increasing in the last ten years.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best/from/plot/best/last:1200/trend/plot/best/last:120/trend

    It looks like Richard Muller is familiar with the data, while Judith Curry, despite being the second author on the BEST papers, hasn’t actually looked at these numbers.

    As for David Whitehouse, who plotted the BEST figures without a trend, but nevertheless felt able to state “the past ten years… is a statistically perfect straight line of zero gradient”, I’d say he’s the one guilty of “hiding the incline”!
    —————————————————————————-
    Tom P – you are full of crap.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best/last:120

    If you honestly believe there is a trend in the last 10 years of BEST data, then congratulations – you are a climate scientist.

  183. stevo says:

    Smokey – what a succession of bizarre graphs, where most are either too short a record, or from too few stations to be useful. The ones that are long records from non-cherry picked data show the global warming clearly, even when you put them on truly ridiculous y-axes. Here is a graph that blows your beliefs out of the water:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_KfE5s-4q1s4/ScLVic4P0hI/AAAAAAAAAB0/IWBy3fClff8/s1600/fig4.jpg

    Jeremy: I do not throw out any data. What made you think that I did?

  184. Donald: I started where you are and created WoodForTrees.org to do exactly the same kind of thing. You might find it does what you want anyway, or you can get any of the data from the ‘data’ link at the bottom of the graph pages.

    Also see the Credits page for where I got all the data from if you want to do it yourself. I’m afraid none of it goes back to 1750, though.

    If you’re a software guy you can also fetch and build the analyse tool (C++) which imports the data and does the (fairly basic) analysis steps. All the website does is pipe the output of analyse through gnuplot.

    Best of luck

    Paul

  185. Aethelred says:

    I always poo-poo the word conspiracy, because I do not believe in them. But in this case I am not sure what word I should substitute? stupidity? dim?

    Why do bank robbers rob banks? Why do politicians seek office? Where greed and lust for power exist no conspiracy is necessary.

  186. James Sexton says:

    woodfortrees (Paul Clark) says:
    October 30, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Same plot unsmoothed:

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best/from:2001/plot/best/from:2001/trend/plot/best/from:2001/to:2010.2/trend

    Note how big the April 2010 outlier is compared to the rest of the signal. This has two effects – firstly because it is a least *squares* trend it has a huge effect on the trend calculations. Secondly it squashes the rest of the graph so it looks more like a flatline.

    Anyone feel like explaining this to the Daily Mail?
    =======================================================================
    Paul, this thing has run and taken a life of its own. I know that April signal bothers you, but that’s the game we all play. It takes bumps and spikes in both directions and both sides jump up and down when things like this occurs. The bigger picture is that Dr. Muller and his media blitz didn’t bother to fill the reporters in on all of this when he declared the debate to be over.

    To all of those here that are interested, you should pay WFT a visit and see his new land comparisons. They are fuel for several lines of new discussion…….. UHI verified? Oceans notably cooling? So much…… And I just don’t have time today….. :-(

  187. davidmhoffer says:

    Donald;
    I’m just skimmed and noticed your repeated requests for data, though I missed the original question as to what specific data you want. Try and google “KNMI Climate Explorer” and also “Woodfortrees” and you will find an abundance of data that you can cut up anyway you want.

  188. Ian W says:

    Professor Muller realized that his results belied the AGW orthodoxy, so without consulting with his more principled ethical coauthors he has fired his spin on things to even less principled members of the media who were keen to pick up his slanted results and spin with them – regardless of peer review.

    This is a clever way to win a battle but may end up with Muller losing the war. It can quite easily be shown as it has in this post, that Muller is either an incredibly inept statistician or is deliberately trying to obscure the results of his research. The rush to press ahead of peer review would support the latter assessment. The public will start saying that if this is the BEST that AGW can do then it is obviously a scam put up by people with questionable ethics. Let us hope that all of science does not get tarnished by the actions of these committed climate ‘scientists’

  189. Donald says:

    Thank You Paul Clark, I got the link (WoodForTrees.org)

    Good to know some of you are willing to share data on this site and not waste time with stupid little quips, I shall look there tomorrow for a look (it’s 3:00 am here) and leave you a thank you comment there as well.

    Good night, mate.

  190. Gary Pearse says:

    I think it would be an interesting idea to revisit the “divergence problem” that tree rings examined by the AGW scientists reveal. These trees may have been right, even if they were cherry-picked to show the rising temps. The divergence would appear to be a “problem” only if you want them to show you rising temps.

  191. From her own blog this morning, Judith Curry said:

    “In David Rose’s article, the direct quotes attributed to me are correct.”

    Anything else is what’s known in the trade as editorialising, and any scientist who wants to be in the public eye has to get used to that. It would be extremely naive to give an interview to any kind of journalist and not expect the spin of the media proprietor to be put on it. I’m just surprised that the Mail is being so gung-ho against AGW ~ I’d not noticed it before.

    The truth, both sides of this debate have an agenda. Governments have invested far too much in AGW to see it fail now. Climate scientists will not get funding unless their work is in support of the AGW theory. Oil companies are the only ones rich enough to be capable of funding the sort of research it will take to bring down AGW once and for all, despite this handy own goal by Muller and Co.

    So with both sides having an agenda, all we can do is look at the raw data and make our own decisions. My own is that once AGW has been debunked, which it will be in another few years or so, they will be casting around for something else to make us feel guilty about. Probably some boffin will come up with definitive proof that global warming is caused by farting, and then the appropriate tax will be brought in, we will all have to be plugged up with sustainable corks and baked beans shares will take a nosedive. I’ve written something along these lines in Is Man-Made Global Warming the New Original Sin? http://ishtarsgate.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/saturns-return-and-the-prodigal-son/ That’s the link if you’d like to check it out.

  192. Bruce says:

    Paul Clark, there are two big outliers in the last 10 years.
    +1.5C in late 2006 and -1.5C in 2010. (In relation to HADCRUT).
    They kind of cancel each other out.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best/from:2001.75/plot/best/from:2001.75/trend/plot/hadcrut3vgl/from:2001.75/plot/hadcrut3vgl/from:2001.75/trend

  193. Donald says:

    Thank you too davidmhoffer, much appreciated ,,,, now I really must get to bed :-)

    good night all

  194. Gail Combs says:

    DaveR says:
    October 30, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Could the article be titled “The BEST War On Science”? The real problem is the media. They have been fighting Capitalism for many years. AGW and the Media are fighting the same war.
    ____________________________
    What is hysterical is WHO owns the media.

    1917 – J.P. Morgan Interests Buy 25 of America’s Leading Newspapers and Insert Editors
    U.S. Congressional Record February 9, 1917, page 2947 http://www.mindfully.org/Reform/Morgan-Buys-Newspapers9feb17.htm

    1977 – The Church Senate Committee hearings, CIA operatives controlling US corporate media, Operation Mockingbird.
    Pulitzer Prize reporter Carl Bernstein’s Report: http://www.carlbernstein.com/magazine_cia_and_media.php

    2010 – JP Morgan: Our next big media player?: http://www.newsandtech.com/dougs_page/article_f3a45be0-4717-11df-aace-001cc4c03286.html
    JP Morgan controls 54 U.S. daily newspapers,and owns 31 television stations.

    It is fun to trace WHO is actually in control of our news. For example MSNBC…

    Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA; CMCSK) and General Electric (NYSE: GE) yesterday closed their transaction to create a joint venture…

    The new company is 51 percent owned by Comcast, 49 percent owned by GE,…

    J.P. Morgan was lead financial advisor to GE with Goldman Sachs and Citi acting as co-advisors….
    http://blog.comcast.com/2011/01/comcast-and-ge-complete-transaction-to-form-nbcuniversal-llc.html

    Then there is GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt: Obama announced that Immelt will chair the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

    In Immelt’s own words:

    [Question:] “What’s the significance of 200 American CEOs landing on Indian soil, exploring the big Indian market once again?

    [Immelt:] …I am a globalist. So I am a big believer that basically it is a win-win game of global trade. “ http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2010-11-15/news/27612907_1_jeffrey-immelt-ge-indian-market

    Unbiased reporting????

  195. Steve from Rockwood says:

    James Sexton says:
    October 30, 2011 at 9:11 am
    woodfortrees (Paul Clark) says:
    October 30, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Same plot unsmoothed:
    ————————————————————-
    James, I thought you were retired. You should have lot’s of time ;)

    BTW I downloaded the last 10 years of BEST data and applied a linear trend in Excel. The equation is:
    0.0172x – 33.56 with an R^2 of 0.0171.

    Apparently, when Christ was born, the average temperature of the world was 33 degrees below zero. WUWT? In climate science, an R-squared of 0.0171 is “statistically significant”.

  196. D. Patterson says:

    It appears as though the discussion of BEST and Richard Muller’s work on WUWT and elsewhere has stung Seth Borenstein and the Associated Press into action. It will be interesting to see how many fallacies can be identified in Borenstein’s AP article by the community-at-large?

    Skeptic finds he now agrees global warming is real. By SETH BORENSTEIN – AP Science Writer | AP – 5 mins ago

  197. Latitude says:

    Paul has an excellent write up on woodfortrees…….

    ….BEST doesn’t even match the data they say they are using

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/notes#best

  198. Steve from Rockwood says:

    woodfortrees (Paul Clark) says:
    October 30, 2011 at 9:10 am
    Donald: I started where you are and created WoodForTrees.org to do exactly the same kind of thing. You might find it does what you want anyway, or you can get any of the data from the ‘data’ link at the bottom of the graph pages.
    —————————————————————————————
    Donald,
    The woodfortrees.org data goes back to 1800 for the BEST preliminary. If Paul Clark started WoodForTrees.org then thank-you Paul. I have two wood stoves ;) and I appreciate your site.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best/from:1600

  199. Septic Matthew says:

    Steve From Rockwood: Tom P – you are full of crap.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best/last:120

    If you honestly believe there is a trend in the last 10 years of BEST data, then congratulations – you are a climate scientist.

    OLS produces a positive trend line over the last 10 years, despite an enormous negative outlier. If you eyeball it the data look flat, and the variance is great, nevertheless the trend is positive.

  200. Septic Matthew says:

    This episode shows again that if you talk to the press the resultant story will misquote you and the headline will be extravagant and totally unreliable.

  201. Latitude says:

    James Sexton says:
    October 30, 2011 at 9:11 am
    ….. UHI verified? Oceans notably cooling? So much…… And I just don’t have time today….http://suyts.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/new-plots-from-wood-for-trees/
    ================================================
    You think……….
    They’ve verified UHI…while temps are going up on only 30% of the planet…and temps are crashing on 70%
    Then blame ENSO, ocean temps, hiding the heat in the water, etc etc as the excuse……

    http://suyts.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/new-plots-from-wood-for-trees/

  202. astonerii says:

    I remember when BEST was being proposed or first talked about. I remember the hopes many here put into them coming up with a close to unbiased report on the truth about Earth temperatures. I said back then, although I cannot find the story I wrote it in, that BEST would be just like all the other institutional climate organizations and power would gravitate to those with an agenda and come out as biased as every other study.

    Urban heat island significantly under “corrected” for, check.
    Old temperatures “corrected” downwards, check.
    Recent temperatures “corrected” upwards, check.
    Science by press release, check.

    Pretty much eery single aspect of BEST has proven to be for the propagandizing of global warming. Suckering the skeptic blogs into supporting and adding reputation to themselves. I understand that you cannot stop them from being biased, particularly if you are not involved, This was never about creating a more reliable and honest temperature record, it was about increasing the credibility of the global warming mantra. I am certainly disappointed that I was right. BESTer luck next time in getting a heavily funded group of people together to actually tell the truth, and not the “truth” that gets the more funding…

  203. Gail Combs says:

    Latitude says:
    October 30, 2011 at 7:30 am

    “The number of retracted studies in peer-reviewed scientific journals skyrocketed from 22 in 2001 to 339 last year. according to an analysis commissioned by The Wall Street Journal…..
    …more than a quarter of the retractions were due to fraud rather than innocent mistakes”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303627104576411850666582080.html
    __________________________________________________
    You can add to that from an attorney’s blog site:
    Drug testing firm faked documents, says FDA

    “……A significant number of falsified records were uncovered in the investigation. According to the FDA, in at least 1,900 studies conducted between April 2005 and June 2009 the laboratory technicians named as conducting the studies were not actually present at the time of the study. The FDA believes that Cetero may have “fixed” those studies in order to get the results that support the drug companies’ agendas.

    The concerns raised by the investigation are so substantial that the FDA has actually told drug manufacturers that they may need to confirm results of any studies completed by Cetero between April 2005 and June 2010. Depending on the “true” results of these drug studies, some drugs may be found to be defective and have to be removed from the market…..”

    Now doesn’t that give you the warm fuzzies about honor and integrity and science????

  204. [at says:

    Professor Curry is not to be trifled with. Just the data please.No need for unproven dicta and keep your politics at home.

  205. Tilo Reber says:

    Hmm, this is a somewhat different result that the one that I got when I plotted the data. I started my plot at the beginning of 1998 and I plotted all the remaining data that I had. The data that I downloaded originally only went through May of 2010. The value that I have for March is 0.859. The GWPF chart looks like it has roughly a -1.0 for the same month. The trend that I have for the entire period is 0.228. That was a bigger trend than any of the other instrument records. And it was right in line with the IPCC prediction. So now I will have to go back and check their data again to see what changed. Off hand, however, it strikes me that a data point that is about 1.75 C cooler than the surrounding data is most likely an error. I hate to say that, because I would much rather that the March data point in the GWPF study be true. But I rather doubt it.

    Let me say also, that from the time that Judith put the BEST information on her site, she did nothing to defend the BEST results. I put dozens of posts up at her site making the case that the BEST UHI study was completely incapable of isolating or determining the magnitude of any UHI effect. The study was mis-designed from the beginning. From her comment above, it sounds like she agrees.

  206. Donald

    There is no such thing as a ‘global’ average for the period 1750 to 1880.

    Giss started recording from 1880 and Hadley cru from 1850.
    It is often said that Central England Temperature (CET) maintained by the UK Met office is a good proxy for Northern hemispheric temperatures and also for global ones.

    This is the preferred Met office CET measurement back to 1772
    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/

    However, the record goes all the way back to 1650 and this is one of the graphs of it I use.
    http://c3headlines.typepad.com/.a/6a010536b58035970c0120a7c87805970b-pi

    If you want to graph it yourself the data is on the Met office site. I am currently working on my own reconstruction to take CET back to 1550.

    This is my site where I keep individual historic temperature records-there are also lots of articles on it.
    http://climatereason.com/LittleIceAgeThermometers/

    If you are looking for more specific information please email me at tonyATclimatereasonDOt com and I will try to help
    tonyb

  207. Ben U. says:

    I should have guessed that the Mail overstated Curry’s views. Now that I’ve read Curry’s new post at her blog, it all “boggles the mind” somewhat less, though it still deserves a “wow!”.

    She didn’t and doesn’t liken the current matter to Climategate, and she thinks that it is some tarnish but not a scandal. For my lack of due skepticism about a newspaper report, I’ll eat humble pie (the fallibilism-rewarding kind: toasted bagel sandwich of scrambled egg, melted cheese, grilled bacon, ham, sausage). Judith says that Muller’s graph does “hide the decline” but she affirms commendable transparency about methods and data by Muller et al at the BEST project. I’d guess that, to the Mail reporter David Rose, “hide the decline” and “Climategate” were interchangeable classifications. I still think that the original “hide the decline” was some serious “tarnish,” really a permanent dent in one’s trust, but indeed Climategate was major-league, an outright scandal.

    She also says that the quoted statements directly attributed to her by the Mail are accurately quoted. Now, those quotes include: “To say this is the end of scepticism is misleading, as is the statement that warming hasn’t paused. It is also misleading to say, as he has, that the issue of heat islands has been settled.”.She thinks that the preliminary results were oversold and adds that her most important statement in the Mail was “‘To say that there is detracts from the credibility of the data, which is very unfortunate” (following on her previous quoted statement “There is no scientific basis for saying that warming hasn’t stopped,”), and that the point should have been the superior quality of BEST data – “the best we currently have available for land surface temperatures,” she says at her blog.

    Muller still has some splainin to do. If he’s really that much more familiar with the BEST data than Curry is, then it’s a second helping of humble pie for me, with an added dash of habanero sauce. Okay, make that three dashes. Yum!

    Note on getting BEST’s data: Motl has links.

  208. kwik says:

    Julian Williams in Wales says:
    October 30, 2011 at 8:46 am

    “I always poo-poo the word conspiracy, because I do not believe in them. But in this case I am not sure what word I should substitute? ”

    Yes, that is an interesting dilemma. If an organisation has an objective paragraph saying something like ” We will look for all proof that the warming lately is due to burning fossil fuels”…..and if that organisation is trying to get governments all over the world to sign a paper in Copenhagen which in effect turns over the control over power-consumption in all those countries to the said organisation….

    And then some people say; Look what they are doing! They are trying to take over the control over these countries!

    Are they pin-pointing a conspiracy? I dont know…..

    If someone else is at work hiding data, keeping others out of the loop, selecting lead authors from groups like the WWF or Greenpeace….putting a strangely high weight on models, looking the other way when it comes to real life data….pal review…..going on like this for years, and finally summing all this up in a big climate-bible, and then saying; Look, we need to control the power consumption in all countries NOW.

    And we need a police force with near anti-terrorist powers to upheld our new LAW.

    Is it a conspiracy?

    And if you discover that they intend to use secret communication channels, and that all government organisations should be allowed to LIE when asked for information……

    Is it a conspiracy?

    I dont know….maybe it is just government at work?

  209. Gail Combs says:

    Donald says:
    October 30, 2011 at 8:07 am

    PS – David Falkner
    Truth is I happen to be very good with numbers and I can fiddle any graph you give me, that is why I rely only on numbers, then I do my own models.

    Here take a look at how easy I fiddle prediction (by many scientists) for 530ppm for 2050 and lowered them to 427 just by fiddling with them (without cheating)

    http://wisdomblogsdotcom1.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/co2-levels.png

    I only want the links
    ____________________________________________-

    Donald, there in lies one of the major concerns of Skeptics! The data was NOT available.

    ICO Orders UEA to Produce CRUTEM Station Data

    Breaking news: Today probably marks the closing chapter of the longstanding FOI request for CRUTEM station data. The UK Information Commissioner (ICO) has rendered a decision (see here) on Jonathan Jones’ appeal of the UEA’s refusal to provide Prof J. Jones with the CRUTEM station data that they had previously provided to Georgia Tech. The decision that can only be characterized as a total thrashing of the University of East Anglia.

    Professor Jonathan Jones of Oxford University (like me, an alumnus of Corpus Christi, Oxford), is a Bishop Hill and CA reader and was one of several CA readers who requested the CRUTEM version sent to Georgia Tech earlier that year….

    [J.] Jones’ request for CRUTEM data, like mine, was refused by UEA. Like me, [J.] Jones appealed the refusal at UEA (the first stage). On Oct 23, 2009, UEA rejected his appeal. (My appeal was rejected about 3 weeks later on the very eve of Climategate.) While I didn’t pursue the appeal to the ICO, Prof [J] Jones did appeal and the present decision is the result of this appeal. I was unaware that this appeal was pending and the decision came as a surprise to me. Since the story started at CA, Andrew Montford and Prof [J] Jones decided that news of the decision should also be broken here…..” Climate Audit by Steve McIntyre: http://climateaudit.org/2011/06/27/ico-orders-uea-to-produce-crutem-station-data/

    Steve McIntyre/Climate Audit is the one you should make your request to.

  210. Jeremy says:

    Stevo,

    Stop your trolling.

    you state “Jeremy: I do not throw out any data. What made you think that I did?”

    Above you dismiss the recent lack of warming over the past decade as statistically insignificant – this is clearly “throwing out data” which does not fit your meme. Stop wasting everyone’s time with your puerile trolls and pretense – you know exactly what you are doing and pretending otherwise is behaving like a troll.

  211. A. C. Osborn says:

    woodfortrees (Paul Clark) says:
    October 30, 2011 at 9:10 am
    Can you answer a couple of questions for me.
    Is the data that you analyzed Actual Max Min Daily values or the TAve values supplied by BEST?
    Did you see the TMax data that they originally posted?
    Are you aware that there appears to be other errors (apart form April) in the data, like higher averages in Dec/jan than in June/July etc?

  212. Crispin in Waterloo says:

    @Richard Verney

    “Lets hope that South Africa is in for a cold and wet summer.”

    ++++

    Southern Africa, the summer rainfall region of it, is at the wet end of its 19 year drought cycle so it is going to be very wet and probably cooler than ‘normal’ for the COP17 meeting in Durban, though that is perfectly normal for the wet end of the drought cycle. This is the peak year, with rainfall going to decline from now until 2021. The next peak wet will be in 2030. It is a very good year to plant long season, high yielding maize at +45k plants/ha.

    There is a caveat from history which is that any year could be a spuriously hot or dry one, but generally the rainfall plot shows a perfect sinewave and appears to be related to lunar position.

    Cape Town and the area immediately around it (the winter rainlfall region) has a 10 year drought cycle and is also a sinewave which can be shown by plotting the 400 years of rainfall data on a 10 year time series.

  213. Bruce says:

    HADCET – 1926 – 2nd warmest summer ever.

    BEST – +6C rise from 1809 to 1922 – http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best/from:1809/to:1823

    Isn’t boring NOW better?

  214. Pointman says:

    I’ve always got the impression from Muller that he’s a duplicitious publicity hound so I’m not too surprised with his handling of the announcement of the results. I do feel sorry for Dr. Curry though. He obviously didn’t consult her about much while being happy to add her (still) good name under his.

    Pointman

  215. John F. Hultquist says:

    Donald says: [David, woodfortrees, . . .]
    October 30, 2011 at 8:52 am

    “ . . a link to the global average temperature for 1750 to 1880?

    I have to say that your request and the exchanges with others has me baffled. Over the past several years, on WUWT and other sites, numerous postings and discussions have worked on this topic.

    Folks have questioned the existence of something called a “global average temperature.” Lack of and changing number of reporting stations, both land and water, is cited as a problem. Glass thermometers physically change as they age. They break and are replaced with nothing to show how the old and the new compare. Locations (and elevations) of stations change. Stations once rural become surrounded by urban development.

    Folks have tried many times to make some sense of these records of temperature – equating the result with climate. That equivalence has also been questioned. The current kerfulle shows, again, that the problems with the temperature record will not be resolved.

    I’ve read 3+ years of these postings. Search this and related sites for postings – many giving links to the data sets. Try Climate Audit (CA) also. After about 100 hours of reading you may find your answer but I doubt it. Be prepared to NOT find a link to a “global average temperature” (past or present) that will satisfy you.

    Perhaps more problematic is that such information, if found, will not answer the question about whether or not human induced CO2 contributions will bring about catastrophic environmental problems.

    ————– One interesting series:
    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/

  216. Bruce,

    The difference between the 2006 (positive) and 2010 (negative) spikes is:

    1) 2010 is much bigger
    2) 2010 is flagged as uncertain in the data
    3) 2006 matches other datasets, 2010 doesn’t

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best/from:2006/plot/best-upper/from:2006/plot/best-lower/from:2006/plot/crutem3vgl/from:2006

    It’s clearly an outlier caused by incomplete data and we really didn’t ought to be including it in trends

  217. Tilo Reber says:

    Well, I found my own problem. The difference was not in March. My March number of 0.859 was correct. The problem was April. When I used MS Word to cut the anomaly column out of their download, I ended up cutting off the minus sign for April. I wasn’t clued in because the value without the minus sign fit perfectly with the months around it.

    The 2010 values look like this.

    1.135
    1.086
    0.859
    -1.035
    1.098

    This still leaves me wondering about the April value. It’s actually 2C cooler that the other months around it. Anyone want to place a bet about that value being changed in the future?

  218. old construction worker says:

    “stevo says:
    October 30, 2011 at 8:10 am
    old construction worker: “What the last 10yrs have shown us is CO2 has had little effect if any since 2000.”

    Interesting. As I remember, the “hypothesis” or “theory” goes something like this: the more CO2 in the atmosphere the warmer the our World will become. and to prove the point computer generated climate model were developed to show “CO2 drives the Climate” Over the last ten years, the level of CO2 has increased, has it not? Over the same time period the “world temperature” has either been flat or has decline, has it not? So, we are told is “aerosols” are masking the effect of CO2 on “world temperature”. Therefore “aerosols” must have a stronger influence on our “temperature/climate” than CO2 over the last ten years. If “aerosol” has a stronger effect than CO2 from 2000 to 2011, then “aerosol” must have played bigger part than CO2 in our “temperature/ climate” from 1990 to 2000. If not why not? The next thing you know scientist will be tell us that clouds and cloud formation has a stronger effect on “temperature/ climate” than both “aerosol” and “CO2″ combined which “I feel” would be closer to the “truth” after having worked outside in our “temperature/climate” for over the last 45 years. So, stop talking out of both sides of your mouth.

  219. Gail Combs says:

    Smokey says:
    October 30, 2011 at 8:44 am

    stevo will never understand. All he does is cherry-pick. Here is a wide range of time scales:
    _________________________
    Stevo understands perfectly well but it clashes with “THE MESSAGE”

    The message is:

    1. Watts is a liar.

    2. Skeptics are liars.

    Those two messages are needed to advance the “Agenda” Money and power for the few and abject poverty and suffering for the rest of us. Stevo is hoping he is in the first group but history shows the intellectuals get stomped after the revolution.

    Attacks on Intelligentsia

    Chinas Massacre in Tiananmen Square

    Pol Pot and the Killing Fields of Cambodia needs no link.

  220. A.C.Osborne: I’m just using the analysis data from http://berkeleyearth.org/analysis.php

  221. Stephen Wilde says:

    Oil Companies are on side with AGW because oil rationing by price improves their profitability They just share the gains with governments.

  222. steven mosher says:

    Well,

    People wanted more data. ha. There are a few points that everyone is missing.

    1. RomanM and JeffId also created a method a while ago. That method also showed more warming in recent years.
    2. Why does more data show more warming?

    The was a huge amount of misunderstanding around the great dying of thermometers. Without actually looking at data people concluded that there was some sort of conspiracy to remove stations that were cooler– that is stations at more extreme latitudes and stations at higher altitude. In looking through datasets you will find that some datasets have series that start 10 years ago. This is data that will be dropped from CRU. It tends to be data that warms. With the improved methods ( Romans and BEST) you now get to use that data. You now get to see that with more data and better methods you show more warming.

    If BEST were cooler, nobody here would call it an outlier.
    When JeffId and Roman showed warmer.. nobody here called it an outlier.

    gotta love selective skepticism.

    REPLY: Tsk Mosh, be sure to attribute appropriately. Note that “outlier” was Paul Clark’s description, and he’s hardly a skeptic, nor selective, since he makes all the data available- Anthony

  223. Crispin in Waterloo says:

    @Stevo

    I thought you would be hanging around grasping at straws and here you are. How is it going with your attempts to label Anthony a liar because he says the contents of the BEST pre-release is a crock? Even Muller’s co-author thinks it is a crock! Ha ha ha ha! Woo-hoo this is Prime Time entertainment.

    The Mail and Guardian is caught in a blatant lie attempting to present the real decline in temperatures as a rise. How Monbiotian. Remember Monbiot? He is the one who made several videos (at public BBC expense) ‘showing’ that the rapidly melting glaciers in the Himalayas would lead to the drying up of the Mekong River.

    And now the CRUTEM data has been ordered released – we will get to see even greater perfidy than before committed by the UEA (if that is possible). These days I am beginning to think anything is!

  224. Steve from Rockwood says:

    Septic Matthew says:
    October 30, 2011 at 9:37 am
    Steve From Rockwood: Tom P – you are full of crap.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best/last:120
    If you honestly believe there is a trend in the last 10 years of BEST data, then congratulations – you are a climate scientist.

    OLS produces a positive trend line over the last 10 years, despite an enormous negative outlier. If you eyeball it the data look flat, and the variance is great, nevertheless the trend is positive.
    —————————————————–
    Matthew – there is no trend in the data. Note the use of the words “statistically significant”. The equation to the line is y = +0.0172x – 33.56 with an R-squared of 0.017 (which means no trend). The year over year variation exceeds +/- 0.5 degrees. The slope is 1/50th of the variation.

    If you extrapolate the BEST data to the end of 2010 using a 0.0 temperature anomaly the trend line changes to y = -0.0051x + 11.042 with an amazingly high R-squared of 0.0014.

    But you are right Matthew, the trend is statistically insignificantly positive.

  225. Bill Illis says:

    Hadley Central England Temperatures (HadCET) versus Berkeley going back to 1659.

    HadCet would have formed a large fraction of the Berkeley data in the early 1800s but it is more variable than the whole Berkeley dataset.

    12 month moving average first – some of the HadCet temperatures in 1730 for example would be just as high as today – HadCet has really fallen in the last few years – I see a lot of cycles in this data which puts the 1980s increase into perspective.

    http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/500/berkeleyvshadcet12mon.png

    Now the monthly anomalies which shows just how much the climate can change from month to month – one can see the highest highs and the lowest lows are not much different over time. The 1690s in England were very cold. Other periods were just as warm as today.

    http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/7411/berkeleyvshadcetmonthly.png

  226. stevo says:

    Jeremy – you’re the one who wants to ignore the vast majority of the climate record. What I know better than you do is how to understand the data. If it’s not statistically significant, don’t draw conclusions from it. Now I do look forward to your explanation of why statistical significance doesn’t actually matter.

    old construction worker: “Over the same time period the “world temperature” has either been flat or has decline, has it not?”

    I told you before, “Internal variations dominate on this timescale and you cannot say anything about the effect of CO2 since 2000.” What don’t you understand? Over the last ten years, the global warming trend is indistinguishable from zero. It’s indistinguishable from +0.2C per decade. It’s indistinguishable from -0.2C per decade. This is because ten years is TOO SHORT A TIME from which to determine the trend in global temperatures. Only a fool would attempt to draw a conclusion from the last ten years. Don’t be that fool.

  227. [Anthony, Didn't understand your comment to Steven until I saw the update#2 - thanks!]

    I’ve used ‘outlier’ twice recently, once for the April 2010 sample and once for the BEST 30 year trend. I’m pretty confident of the first; the second might be begging the question as Steven suggests; maybe I’ll tone it down. But as far as I can make out BEST has a much higher trend (2.79K/century) over the last 30-odd years than the rest of the land-based datasets, which are themselves considerably higher (2.0-2.25K/century) than the land-ocean ones (1-4-1.6K/century).

    But maybe BEST is right? Who knows, I’m just the messenger (and I would really appreciate it if someone could check my process here!)

  228. Bruce says:

    Paul Clark: “2006 matches other datasets, 2010 doesn’t”

    HADCRUT for 2006 shows about .15C off the trendline. BEST shows +1.0 off the trendline.

    I would hardly call a 7x difference “matches”.

  229. Gail Combs says:

    Julian Williams in Wales says:
    October 30, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I always poo-poo the word conspiracy, because I do not believe in them. But in this case I am not sure what word I should substitute? stupidity? dim?

    The correct word is “Global Governance” and it is no conspiracy.
    World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy: http://www.theglobaljournal.net/article/view/56/

    Global Governance 2025: at a critical juncture (by US & EU Intelligence Agencies): http://www.acus.org/event/global-governance-2025-critical-juncture

    The UN’s role in Global Governance: http://www.unhistory.org/briefing/15GlobalGov.pdf

    An Article on the history: From Carroll Quigley to the UN Millennium Summit

    The fact it is now “Out of the Closet” scares the heck out of me.

    If you look at the World Trade Organization, ISO (International Standard Organization) look at the United Nations FAO and OIE “Guides to Good Agricultural Practices” and look at “Harmonization” it will shock you at how far along world government is. Input by citizens not required the plan is to get around that by using NGOs with nonvoting membership as “representing “the interests of the people”

    USA Food and Drug Admin on “Harmonization”: http://www.fda.gov/InternationalPrograms/HarmonizationInitiatives/default.htm

    FAO GAPs:
    http://www.fao.org/prods/gap/ [has links]

    OIE:
    http://www.oie.int/fileadmin/Home/eng/Food_Safety/docs/pdf/GGFP.pdf
    http://www.oie.int/doc/ged/D7201.PDF%5DGood Dairy Farming Practice.pdf

  230. Tilo Reber says:

    Mosher: “In looking through datasets you will find that some datasets have series that start 10 years ago. This is data that will be dropped from CRU. It tends to be data that warms.”

    Why would new stations that were dropped show more warming than old stations that were kept?

    What Roman and Jeff did was for their own benefit. No one here knows if their results are meaningless or not meaningless. No one here knows, for example, what they did about UHI.

  231. DocMartyn says:

    http://www.eike-klima-energie.eu/uploads/media/How_natural.pdf

    This paper was sent to Judy and needs to be read by everybody.

    How Natural is the Recent Centennial
    Warming? An Analysis of 2249 Surface
    Temperature Records

    Electronic version of an article published in International Journal of Modern Physics
    C, Vol. 22, No. 10, doi:10.1142/S0129183111016798 (2011), copyright World Scienti c

  232. Gail Combs says:

    Aethelred says:
    October 30, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I always poo-poo the word conspiracy, because I do not believe in them. But in this case I am not sure what word I should substitute? stupidity? dim?

    Why do bank robbers rob banks? Why do politicians seek office? Where greed and lust for power exist no conspiracy is necessary.
    _______________________________________
    AMEN!

    And when you own billions and are bored silly the idea of World Power sounds like an interesting new chess game to you and your billionaire buddies.

    Ordinary humans are not even considered as “Human” by the “Chess Players”
    http://www.alternet.org/investigations/147414/how_goldman_sachs_caused_a_%27silent_mass_murder,%27_gambling_on_starvation_in_the_developing_world/?page=entire

    I can never understand why anyone balks at the idea there may be some out there who lust after the power of a world government after Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Napolian, Hitler…..

    All I see is that they have gotten a lot more subtle.

  233. Tilo Reber says:

    With the BEST April data point updated I get a trend since 2001 of 0.036 C per decade. But if I look at the trend since 1998, it is 0.156 C per decade. When I compare that April 2010 data point from BEST to the data for HadCrut3 it looks like this:

    BEST
    March 0.859
    April -1.035
    May 1.098

    HadCrut3
    March 0.583
    April 0.571
    May 0.516

    UAH and RSS also show no drastic drop in April. Either the BEST April data point shows an error in the BEST code or it shows an error in recording of the results. I should note that the BEST land data has about three times the variation that the other souces of global data have.

    My suggestion is that we don’t get into a feeding frenzy about the GWPF chart, because we may well pay for it later.

  234. David Ball says:

    Now factor in Anthony’s work and what is the result?
    Dr. Ball saw through the BS even before Curry’s admission
    http://drtimball.com/2011/the-best-is-the-worst-global-temperature-measures-redux-not/

    REPLY: And still he can’t put up a blogroll, even though wordpress provides an easy to use tool for that. – Anthony

  235. JK says:

    “Yesterday Prof Muller insisted that neither his claims that there has not been a standstill, nor the graph, were misleading because the project had made its raw data available on its website, enabling others to draw their own graphs.”

    Muller has adopted a form of logic unique to the climate science industry. It is maybe a kind of post-normal scientific standard. Arguments and assertions are by definition not “misleading” if the data behind them is otherwise available.

    I have heard this form of argument many times before. It is a defense mechanism for climate scientists who know they are being misleading.

    I would like to see these scientific frauds picked apart by lawyers in a law suit.

  236. u.k.(us) says:

    Gail Combs says:
    October 30, 2011 at 6:09 am
    ======
    Here’s more from Eisenhower, the liberals never seem to mention:

    “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

    We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. 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.

    Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

    In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

    Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

    The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present

    and is gravely to be regarded.
    Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientifictechnological elite.”

  237. Bill Illis says:

    The April 2010 number from Berkeley is clearly just a typo. A “-” got inserted into the database which happens often enough. It should be +1.035C.

    Berkeley is very similar to the NCDC and the largest variance they have with the NCDC going back to 1880 is about 0.8C. For the most part, it is just +/-0.2C. April 2010 with the -1.035 used would be off by 2.4C which would make it 4 times larger than any other variance in any other month going back to 1880.

    Change Berkeley’s April 2010 to +1.035C

  238. Gail Combs says:

    Ishtar Babilu Dingir says:
    October 30, 2011 at 9:22 am

    ……The truth, both sides of this debate have an agenda. Governments have invested far too much in AGW to see it fail now. Climate scientists will not get funding unless their work is in support of the AGW theory. Oil companies are the only ones rich enough to be capable of funding the sort of research it will take to bring down AGW once and for all, despite this handy own goal by Muller and Co……
    ______________________________________
    The Oil Companies being on the side of the skeptics is just media spin.

    It is Governments, IPCC, Banks and Oil Companies on one side and independent skeptics on the other.

    Follow the money: http://joannenova.com.au/2010/03/the-climate-industry-wall-of-money/

    CRU were originally funded by BP and Shell oil.
    Climategate e-mail on Global Governance & Sustainable Development (B1)

    Here is who Ged Davis is (Shell Oil executive with IPCC connection)

    Then there is BP. This is from anEYE WITTNESSS
    “…..the last time a BP CEO was in the Oval Office.

    On that day, August 4, 1997, then-CEO, (then-Sir) John Browne, joined by Ken Lay, met in the Oval with President Clinton and Vice President Gore.

    Their mission that day? As revealed in the August 1, 1997 Lay briefing memo whiih I was later provided — having left a brief dance with Enron after raising questions about this very issue — it was to demand that the White House ignore unanimous Senate instruction pursuant to Art. II, Sec. 2 of the Constitution (“advice”, of “advice and consent” fame), and to go to Kyoto and agree to the “global warming” treaty.

    Oh, and to enact a cap-and-trade scheme….. http://biggovernment.com/chorner/2010/06/15/bps-excellent-oval-office-adventure/#more-132782

  239. Camburn says:

    Stevo:
    What you have to look as also is have the last 10 years indicated a change in trend?
    One way of doing this is to use the same data set, or else the exercise becomes meaningless.

    Has there been a legitimate change in trend? You are correct, that 10 years is too short of a time frame to statistically say this. However, one of the traits of an astute marketer is to detect changes in trend while they are occuring, rather than after confirmation. By then the market has moved, and to enter it is too late.

    The same rough analysis can be used for climate.

  240. crosspatch says:

    BEST – +6C rise from 1809 to 1922

    EVERY data set better show a rise over that period of time as that shows the recovery from the LIA. That is not AGW, that is natural recovery from an extremely cold period.

    Now just looking at the NCDC CONUS data set, we see a 1.2degF/century trend since 1895. Interesting to note that the trend from 1995 to 2011 is 0.3degF/century. Most of the recent rise in the continental US happend in the 20 year period from 1975 to 1995 with very little happening since.

    I am going to simmer down a little here and let things work their way out. I am interested in Jeff Id’s math error. I agree with Dr. Curry that the way this has been handled with regard to the press is “unfortunate” though I think that is a very diplomatic way of putting it. “Boneheaded” might suit me better (and that is being charitable) though my gut tells me there is economic motivation behind this.

  241. Olen says:

    More proof global warming announcements are propaganda with a science cover.

  242. John Whitman says:

    DocMartyn says:
    October 30, 2011 at 11:28 am

    http://www.eike-klima-energie.eu/uploads/media/How_natural.pdf

    This paper was sent to Judy and needs to be read by everybody.

    How Natural is the Recent Centennial
    Warming? An Analysis of 2249 Surface
    Temperature Records
    Electronic version of an article published in International Journal of Modern Physics
    C, Vol. 22, No. 10, doi:10.1142/S0129183111016798 (2011), copyright World Scientific

    —————————–

    DocMartyn,

    Here is a quote from the Abstract of the paper you are referring to:

    ABSTRACT (Ludecke, Link, & Ewert 2011) – “ [ . . . ] As a result, the probabilities that the observed temperature series are natural have values roughly between 40% and 90%, depending on the sta- tions characteristics and the periods considered. ’Natural’ means that we do not have within a defined confidence interval a definitely positive an- thropogenic contribution and, therefore, only a marginal anthropogenic contribution can not be excluded.”

    Agree that it should be looked at. This paper has interesting timing!!

    Does this new paper look like shades of the paper ‘McShane & Wyner 2010’ ?

    John

  243. Gail Combs says:

    u.k.(us) says:
    October 30, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Here’s more from Eisenhower, the liberals never seem to mention:
    ________________________________________
    Eisenhower certainly pegged it didn’t he and that was back in the 1950′s. His “predictions” have held a lot better than Hansen and others.

  244. Matt G says:

    stevo says:
    October 30, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Ten years may not be a long of time, but if you know why this occurred than it is not necessarily not long enough. Do you know why this has not occurred to be so confident it is not long enough?

    About half global sets + ocean data sets show no warming for 12 years, so is this not long enough too?

    Is 17 years long enough where since 1934 this is the only period where warming has occurred?

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1998/plot/hadsst2gl/from:1998/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1998/trend/plot/hadsst2gl/from:1998/trend/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1980/to:1998/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1980/to:1998/trend/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1934/to:1980/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1934/to:1980/trend

    There have been much longer periods of no warming than warming over the past 77 years. Finally CO2 is an internal climate responce and so are internal variations covering the 17 years of warming and 60 years of no warming. So you are telling us that in a 77 year period there sshould be no natural warming?

  245. Tilo Reber says:

    steveo: “Internal variations dominate on this timescale.”

    Unless you can identify the internal variation that is responsible, you are simply hand waving. The ENSO events are roughly balanced and there have been no major volcanoes.

  246. Bruce says:

    Bill Illis: “The April 2010 number from Berkeley is clearly just a typo.”

    Do you think January 2007 is 2.053? What a ridiculous number.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/crutem3vgl/from:2006/to:2008/plot/best/from:2006/to:2008

  247. Keith Battye says:

    Best/mean:60 is a very disturbing curve.

    Why is there no reference to that?

  248. Bruce says:

    “BEST – +6C rise from 1809 to 1922″

    Sorry all. I meant BEST shows a +6C rise from 1809 to 1822. Not bad for 13 years.

  249. Al Gored says:

    This propaganda move to publicize Muller’s spin on the so called ‘BEST’ results reminds me of Colin Powell’s UN presentation on Iraqi WMDs.

    Except this time the potential Colin Powell of the story – Judith Curry – didn’t cave in to the pressure to be a patsy.

    Looks like this BEST trick will prove to be the worst thing that the AGW Gang has done yet. Hopefully will have the same effect on the Durban Fear/Extortion Fest as the Climategate release had on Copenhagen.

    Hope Muller has enjoyed his time in the spotlight. I’m sure the Koch Brothers are very pleased with his work.

  250. David Ball says:

    Anthony, I agree with you and have said so. If he does, maybe we can get Gavin to put up a link to WUWT? An attempt at levity 8^)

  251. Dan says:

    Sorry if I missed this but I believe a question must be asked; who is pushing this agenda and supporting Dr. Muller’s non-peer reviewed claims? IMHO, there lies the reason/cause for this academic abuse. Someone must have some dirty laundry on Dr. Muller.

  252. wayne says:

    Here’s what I see… Muller will make sure temperatures go up on any charts that he can control…. without that, his new climate consulting company has no purpose, no clients. Was a scientist… no longer… now a conniving businessman.

    He wants to suck on the government’s tax tit too !!

    It is clear and simple what’s up… and using second and third-hand tax dollars to do it to boot. Read his company’s web page… Muller & Associates and see what you think. Government, government, government.

    This is not science, it is how to basically steal money from the public under the cover, with a tangle of laws so expensive and complex to enforce (if not already rescinded by Congress via these GW lobbyists) that these laws simply cannot be filed and applied fast enough to stop this fleecing of the public.

  253. Bill,

    I guess I’m assuming the data was produced by machine rather than an army of Berkeley interns typing on an ASR33, so the typo explanation seems unlikely… The uncertainty of the last two samples is huge; I can only assume it was done with incomplete data. I wonder when/if they will update it?

    Paul

  254. Gail Combs says:

    Al Gored says:
    October 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    This propaganda move to publicize Muller’s spin on the so called ‘BEST’ results reminds me of Colin Powell’s UN presentation on Iraqi WMDs.

    Except this time the potential Colin Powell of the story – Judith Curry – didn’t cave in to the pressure to be a patsy.

    Looks like this BEST trick will prove to be the worst thing that the AGW Gang has done yet. Hopefully will have the same effect on the Durban Fear/Extortion Fest …..
    _______________________________

    It does not matter.

    The EU caved Australia just caved and with Obama I think we can be pretty sure the USA will cave. The USA is hurting for tax money to support the big spenders in DC and you think they are going to turn down another TAX??? After all it is for the CHILDREN. The slave chains that is.

    US public opinion did not matter a hoot when it came time to fork over lots of dollars to the banks. This is just another handout to the banks.

    “The Danish text, … draft hands effective control of climate change finance to the World Bank: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/08/copenhagen-climate-summit-disarray-danish-text

    Al Gore and the World Banks money making scheme (Genocide): http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/09/25/they-had-to-burn-the-village-to-save-it-from-global-warming/

  255. Spector says:

    I am reminded of the recent spate of headlines stating that a recent experiment had ‘proved’ that Einstein was wrong. Far from it, and ‘BEST’ turns out not to be the advertized Climategate ‘killer,’ but a clear example that the academic misconduct exposed in the Climategate messages is still alive and ‘well.’

  256. John Whitman says:

    Dan says:
    October 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Sorry if I missed this but I believe a question must be asked; who is pushing this agenda and supporting Dr. Muller’s non-peer reviewed claims? IMHO, there lies the reason/cause for this academic abuse. Someone must have some dirty laundry on Dr. Muller.

    ————-

    Dan,

    We need to search out, within the BEST organization, who is the manager ultimately responsible for strategies for the PR and media contacts. That will be the person who should be responsible for the blunders in media and Muller’s public statements. That BEST manager is presumably Dr. Muller’s daughter Liz. Whoever it is that profoundly erred in the strategies for the PR and media interface, if it wasn’t Muller, then we could give Dr. Muller some slack.

    I just don’t know who mismanaged the strategies for the BEST PR and media contacts.

    John

    REPLY: Correct. That would be Elizabeth Muller, Richard Muller’s daughter. – Anthony

  257. Evil Denier says:

    A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on.

  258. rk says:

    I went to the Muller and Assoc. website. I know it is an old story, but I’m still shocked that academics do not seem to have any conflict-of-interest training. I used to work in a large corporation and we got an annual dose of ethics training that included things like doing stuff on the outside that would be a conflict of interest .

    It is just like the hysteria that followed the climategate stuff. Any corporate employee should understand that whatever they issue in an email is discoverable from a legal p.o.v., not to mention whatever computer usage policies the corporation has.

  259. An idea from a commenter at Tamino: April 2010 = Eyjafjallajökull?

  260. Gail Combs says:

    woodfortrees (Paul Clark) says:
    October 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    An idea from a commenter at Tamino: April 2010 = Eyjafjallajökull?
    ___________________________________________________-

    It is certainly possible. It might be worth going and checking some individual stations throughout the world for that month and seeing if they were cool.
    I did this for my town last year:
    In Sanford NC, the middle of the State, I count by July tenth 43 days over ninety F for 2004 vs 26 days for 2010, and four days of 98F in 2010 vs nine days of 98F in 2004

    Central North Carolina (Sanford)Monthly temps over 90F for.2004.&.2010
    April 2010 (1)………..April 2004 (6)
    1day – 91F……………..2 days – 91F
    …………………………….4 days – 93F

    May 2010 (4)………………May 2004 (17)
    4day – 91F……………..6 days – 91F
    …………………………….6 days – 93F
    …………………………… 2 days – 95F
    …………………………….1 days – 96F
    …………………………….2 days – 98F
    ________________________________________________

    So it may be well worth doing a check. My computer is a very slow old dinosaur and tends to crash or I would check myself.

  261. Kevin Schurig says:

    It was quite obvious that Muller didn’t get the memo that everything has changed because of “Climategate.” It appears, to this skeptic, that he released the paper thinking he could control the narrative, and failed miserably. Keep up the good work Muller, you could impact an entire movement on your own with epic failures such as this one. And you would actually be helping mankind in the process.

  262. Al Gored says:

    Gail Combs says:
    October 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    “It does not matter.”

    I fear you are right but I’m in a ‘Hopey Changey’ mood. So I hope that this fiasco does matter. After all, Copenhagen was supposed to be the AGW Project’s victory rally and that didn’t turn out as planned.

    And since The One We Have Been Waiting For now seems scared to even say the words ‘Climate Change’ outside of CA, there may well be hope for a change.

  263. James Sexton says:

    steven mosher says:
    October 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Well,

    People wanted more data. ha. There are a few points that everyone is missing.

    1. RomanM and JeffId also created a method a while ago. That method also showed more warming in recent years.
    2. Why does more data show more warming?
    ============================================================
    Steven, you already know the answer to this. The “more data” is selectively land based. Is it more selectively eslewise? IDK, but……. look at the data. If it is, in fact, a more accurate representation, then doesn’t this call into question the competency of all of those engaged in the temp gathering, all of those engaged in reviewing such processes, and then ultimately, all of those engaged in giving the public information regarding our climate? Or, it could just be that Muller doesn’t know what the heck he’s doing. Recall that even when he was pretending to be a skeptic, that he was wrong in his statements. In many ways, he seems to be a sharp guy that stopped his climate education in the 5th grade and is desperately trying to catch up on the nuances of the climate discussion.

    A note to Paul of WFT……. Paul, go ask Steve Mac. He’s pretty good with statistics. :-) He’s a pretty straight shooter.

  264. EFS_Junior says:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/10/29/uh-oh-it-was-the-best-of-times-it-was-the-worst-of-times/#comment-782502

    Anyone care to check my logic here?

    The BEST uncertainties are ploted as +/- the values published.

    So, for example, 1800 has 0.512 above and below the value of -0.424, giving an uncertainty range of 0.088 (upper limit) to -0.936 (lower limit). Which, by my eyeballs, matches up rather well.

    It has been hypothesized elsewhere (a few days ago at Open Mind), that the last few values of 2010 (say last three months) have been undersampled and may be highly biased due to spatial bias;

    2010 1 1.135 0.066
    2010 2 1.086 0.077
    2010 3 0.859 0.131
    2010 4 -1.035 2.763
    2010 5 1.098 2.928

    March (somewhat to nil), April (for sure), May (for sure).

    Hope this helps.

  265. stevo says:

    Camburn: “What you have to look as also is have the last 10 years indicated a change in trend?”

    Compare the 1975-2001 and 1975-2011 trends:

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/wti/from:1975/to:2001/trend/plot/wti/from:1975/to:2011/trend

    Tell me what you make of those.

    Matt G: “About half global sets + ocean data sets show no warming for 12 years, so is this not long enough too?”

    About none of the global temperature sets show an x-2001 trend that is any different from the x-2011 trend, for any value of x that you care to choose. So is what not long enough?

  266. Werner Brozek says:

    “1. The GWPF plots a flat 10 year graph using BEST data:”
    However the title of the graph clearly says: “Jan2001-May2010″
    So this would only be 9 years and 5 months. I checked the HADCRUT3 data and the average from Jan2001 to May2010 is almost the same as from June 2010 to December 2010, so I would assume that had the graph gone the full 10 years to the end of December 2010, there would not have been a real difference. However if January to September 2011 were to be included, then the graph would be more negative. The average HADCRUT3 anomaly is about 0.44 from Jan 2001 to December 2010. But from January 2011 to September 2011, it drops to 0.358.

  267. Phil says:

    Free the BEST UHI data!!!

  268. 3x2 says:

    So.. Muller, having got you all arguing over tenths of a degree here and there and the academic protocol, gets himself a right royal medal for services to the bullshit faith. Jesus..we are all so easily distracted.

    Remember… CO2 does not govern the planet, 1.4 billion cubic km of liquid water has that distinction. Always has, always will. Muller is just another distraction prior to AR5 and you are all falling for it … again.

    By the time you have all examined the bullshit and found it to be bullshit it will be part of AR5 and then part of government taxation policy. You will still be talking PC statistics as someone takes another 15% of your income to fund “green initiatives” – you never learn.

    Science is just another bought and paid for industry. Dangle enough cash in front of Muller and he will produce a piece proving that tobacco is full of vitamins and minerals. Not that AR5 is on the horizon or Berkeley will see a 400% increase in moronic students studying “environment according to AR5 quoted Muller”.

    Time to stop arguing the tenths of a degree, principal components and climate sensitivity.. time to attack the core. Seriously, at this rate, we are going to spend the next six months arguing about Mullers “statistics” while he heads over the horizon with a bag of loot. Worse still, he will be leaving dollar bills along the way to keep you all “facinated” as you try to catch him.

    AGW is a lie. Accept it and move on. Carpet baggers should simply be tarred and feathered. Accept it and move on. Muller is a carpet bagger ….. Or you can simply pretend that “science” is still some pure and virtuous endeavour where “scientists” simply “tell the truth”. Yea, right, or you can watch them sell themselves to whatever taxpayer looting scheme pays the most.

  269. dolanbaker says:

    [quote]
    tokyoboy says:
    October 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    My hypothesis:
    1. The surface temperature has arisen due mainly to urbanization.
    2. Urbanization is approaching saturation these years, in many cities globally.

    An example is Tokyo: its surface temp rose by ca. 3 degC from 1880-2000, but remains nearly flat thereafter.
    [/quote]
    I agree and would add in the affect of thermal equilibrium, meaning that urban areas generate heat. This heat rises as the energy form the city increases until the losses to the atmosphere match the gain in energy but at a higher temperature.

    Eventually, if this is the case, temperatures should soon start to drop as efficiencies in buildings reduce the wasted heat expelled into the atmosphere.

  270. Jeremy says:

    Stevo,

    You are better served by simply saying “move along now nothing to see here” (which is what you mean). Arguing that over a decade of flat temperatures is not meaningful when temperatures should have been rising (according to the “models’) is risible.

    Even the very strongest propagandists for CAGW, such as Trenberth, are on record as lamenting that they cannot account for the “lack of warming”.

    You can continue to play your game but you are making a complete fool out of yourself here – not only in front of skeptics but also those who believe in CAGW.

  271. Bill Illis says:

    Paul Clark and Bruce,

    Just a chart showing Berkeley compared to the NOAA/NCDC. It is pretty clear that a misplaced negative sign got in somehow for April 2010.

    http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/1029/berkeleyvsncdcwrongapr1.png

    January 2007 is about the same in Berkeley and the NCDC (UAH and Crutemp3 have a much lower spike in that month but a spike nonetheless). Jan 2007 was a strange month in that a large peak hit in most of the series (as the impact of the 2006 El Nino peaked). In the daily UAH temperature series, this was mainly in the Northern Hemisphere (perhaps the Land Temperatures of NCDC and Berkeley are over-weighted toward the Northern Hemisphere). Something Steve McIntyre will be looking into. After Jan 2007, temperatures crashed as the Pacific was switching to La Nina-dominated.

  272. Tilo Reber says:

    Paul:
    “I guess I’m assuming the data was produced by machine rather than an army of Berkeley interns typing on an ASR33″

    I don’t know how it was created. But one thing is certain, no one seems to be sanity checking any of their data. You have this April 2010 sample that is about 2C from samples before and after. That point should jump out at anyone who looks at the data. You have a chart from their decadal variations paper that was created from 2000 previously unused stations that looks to me to have a negative trend for more than the last decade. That series disagrees with the 39,000 station chart, and it will disagree even more if the April 2010 sample is corrected. Their 2000 station data is not available for download. But I’m guessing that it would diverge with the 39,000 station data by about .3C per decade over the last decade. You have a UHI paper from them that shows a negative UHI effect. There are many other studies out there where the papers show between small positive and huge positive UHI effects. Yet BEST gets a negative UHI result and is not bothered in the least. Their test parses stations into urban and very rural. But, at the extremes, some of their urban areas could be as little as 51% built and some of their rural areas could have as much as 49% built. And since they wrongly conclude that there is no UHI difference, they can use their kriging algorithms and the continuity algorithms to correct real rural data with urban data. Furthermore, they use their kriging algorithms to fill in areas where they have no stations. This means that they use coastal data from water warmed shore stations in the arctic to krig to inland areas where no such warming is happening.

    All in all, BEST is a big mess and the April 2010 sample is only a tiny indication of how big the mess actually is. But that sample does tell us with great certainty that data sanity checking is not happening over there. And when it is so blatant and easy to spot, why would we think that they could spot much more subtle errors in their algorithms.

  273. Bruce says:

    Its almost as warm as 1822.

    Year Month Anomaly
    1822 3 2.431
    2007 1 2.053
    1822 2 1.691
    1998 2 1.581
    2007 4 1.575
    2008 3 1.562
    1824 12 1.55
    2002 1 1.519
    1995 2 1.5
    2002 3 1.468
    2003 12 1.459
    1826 12 1.435
    1801 5 1.417

  274. John B says:

    Stevo says:
    October 30, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Smokey – what a succession of bizarre graphs, where most are either too short a record, or from too few stations to be useful. The ones that are long records from non-cherry picked data show the global warming clearly, even when you put them on truly ridiculous y-axes. Here is a graph that blows your beliefs out of the water:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_KfE5s-4q1s4/ScLVic4P0hI/AAAAAAAAAB0/IWBy3fClff8/s1600/fig4.jpg

    Jeremy: I do not throw out any data. What made you think that I did?

    —————————————–

    Stevo, I’ve never seen that graph before. It’s a good one. Do you know of similar graphs that show correlation of temperature to other factors, e.g. TSI?

    And you have to get used to Smokey, the man with the bigget bowl of cherries you will ever see.

  275. Matt G says:

    stevo says:
    October 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Take it you don’t know thats why you have avoided the questions and therefore can’t comment on whether a 10/12/17 year period is long enough or not. The last comment you made is nonsense and can be easily shown just below to be false.

    Mixed outcomes
    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/uah/from:1997.25/trend/plot/rss/from:1997.25/trend/plot/gistemp/from:1997.25/trend/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1997.25/trend/plot/hadsst2gl/from:1997.25/trend

    All show warming
    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/uah/from:1991/to:2001/trend/plot/rss/from:1991/to:2001/trend/plot/gistemp/from:1991/to:2001/trend/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1991/to:2001/trend/plot/hadsst2gl/from:1991/to:2001/trend

  276. Wombat says:

    > stevo says:
    > October 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm
    > [...] Compare the 1975-2001 and 1975-2011 trends:
    > http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/wti/from:1975/to:2001/trend/plot/wti/from:1975/to:2011/trend

    That’s quite a telling graph. And the result (being that the total temperature trend is more strongly positive if the recent decade is included) seems robust for any start date prior to the mid 1980s.

    If the start date is mid 80s or later, including the recent decade produces a lower overall temperature increase rate.

    So current temperatures are above what they would be with average warming from 1980ish or earlier. I knew that the recent decade was the warmest on record, but by how much is a bit of a surprise.

    Looking at that I would guess that the last dozen years of no temperature increase is not significantly different from a long term trend of 30 or more years. Does anyone know where I can find a p-value for the difference between the temperature trend over the past dozen years to a longer term temperature trend? (Something in the 1950s,60s, or 70s)?

  277. Matt G says:

    Sorry, forgot to mention,, what indication that changed the direction in trend refers to climate parameters or mechanisms etc,

  278. John B says:

    This is the sort of thing I wsa thinking of:

    http://bravenewclimate.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/wticrosscorrelplot.jpg

    from this page:

    http://bravenewclimate.com/2011/03/06/how-hot-2011-p2/

    The analysis starts in 1979 (the satellite era). It shows that the only good correlation is temperature (WTI) vs CO2. All the others factors vs temperature are pretty much correlation-free.

    What do you make of that, Smokey? And try for a post that doesn’t insult anyone.

  279. Septic Matthew says:

    Steve from Rockwood: Matthew – there is no trend in the data. Note the use of the words “statistically significant”. The equation to the line is y = +0.0172x – 33.56 with an R-squared of 0.017 (which means no trend). The year over year variation exceeds +/- 0.5 degrees. The slope is 1/50th of the variation.

    The trend is not statistically significantly different from what it was. Whether it remains more like it was or more like 0 is what we will learn from future measurements. The big outlier on the graph makes a huge visual impression, but it affects the variance more than the slope because it is not at the end of the recording. Is there a “decline” that has been “hidden”? Not that I can tell..

  280. old construction worker says:

    “stevo says:
    October 30, 2011 at 11:07 am
    What don’t you understand? Over the last ten years, the global warming trend is indistinguishable from zero. It’s indistinguishable from +0.2C per decade. It’s indistinguishable from -0.2C per decade. This is because ten years is TOO SHORT A TIME from which to determine the trend in global temperatures. Only a fool would attempt to draw a conclusion from the last ten years. Don’t be that fool.”
    I’m not fooled. Ten years is too short to draw a CONCLUSION on “global temperature”. I wasn’t fooled with Jim Hansen’s 1988 climate model prediction, forecast, or what you want to call his ABC outcome based on “CO2 drives the climate”. The last ten years have just shown that CO2 based climate models are nothing more than garbage in, garbage out BS.

  281. 3x2 says:

    Jeff Id says: October 30, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Anthony,

    Thanks for the link. To be clear, I believe I have identified a specific mathematical error which will require a re-write of the CI portion of the methods paper.

    Yes, but by the time you have dealt with “a specific mathematical error” Muller will be AR5 certified and living like a King. Headlines are everything, they are never refuted. Who, in two years time, will write a piece in the MSM announcing that Muller was a mathematical incompetent? In the mean time, you and everyone else will expend your valuable time proving that Muller got his ‘R^2′ statistic wrong and Muller will be elsewhere. You bitch and piss about the slope … I get the $million government grant to prove that sceptics were wrong all along. Go me.

  282. steven mosher says:

    Tilo, you keep repeating that lie.

    I’ve actually looked at the 39000 sites and split them using the BEST rules.

    The rural sites are far away from urban boundaries as determined by independent datasets.
    The urban sites are almost all located within urban admistrative boundaries
    I’ve walked through the sites on a google earth tour to confirm this.
    The rural sites have an average population density of less than 10 people, the urban sites
    have hundreds.
    The rural sites are not co located with airports, while the urban one are.
    The rural sites are predominantly grassland, crop land, and sparse vegetation.

  283. Bruce says:

    Bill Illis: “January 2007 is about the same in Berkeley and the NCDC (UAH and Crutemp3 have a much lower spike in that month but a spike nonetheless)”

    Much, much lower. January 2007 is ridiculous. Bracketed by 1.330 and .950.

    On top of that July of 2006 was identical in BEST/CRUTEM3 and GISSland.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/crutem3vgl/from:2006/to:2008/plot/best/from:2006/to:2008/plot/gistemp-land/from:2006/to:2008

    Bill, it probably should have been 1.053.

  284. John B says:

    Smokey, enough with the cherries. What do you make of these charts that show good correlation between T and CO2?

    http://bravenewclimate.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/wticrosscorrelplot.jpg

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_KfE5s-4q1s4/ScLVic4P0hI/AAAAAAAAAB0/IWBy3fClff8/s1600/fig4.jpg

    The first is 1979-2010, the second is, I believe for the instrumental era.

    Not hundred millennial, and good correlation. What do you make of them?

  285. Bruce says:

    mosher … you looked at 16,000 rural sites? Wow. What a … ************.

  286. tom says:

    L.A. being colder must be the result of the marine layer being more dominant since then and you could teleconnect longwave patterns to this as well. But L.A. and the west coast in general just hasn’t been able to scour the marine layer much over the past 3 decades. Summer’s have been atrocious of late.

  287. Gail Combs says:

    3×2 says:
    October 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    ……..Science is just another bought and paid for industry. Dangle enough cash in front of Muller and he will produce a piece proving that tobacco is full of vitamins and minerals…..

    AGW is a lie. Accept it and move on. Carpet baggers should simply be tarred and feathered. Accept it and move on. Muller is a carpet bagger ….. Or you can simply pretend that “science” is still some pure and virtuous endeavour where “scientists” simply “tell the truth”. Yea, right, or you can watch them sell themselves to whatever taxpayer looting scheme pays the most.
    ________________________________________
    And I thought I was cynical!

    Unfortunately you are correct. Scientists have no more “ethics” than the average person and from what I have seen in some cases less.

  288. Roger Knights says:

    John Brookes says:
    October 30, 2011 at 5:56 am
    Sorry, but I thought the meme was “no significant warming since 1995″. It appears now that it is necessary to change to “this century”. Ho hum.

    Strawman. (It wasn’t THE meme.)

    Gail Combs says:
    October 30, 2011 at 6:27 am

    cohenite says:
    October 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    So Muller runs a sustainability business; fancy that…..
    ___________________________________________
    Bad Manners says:
    October 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    What’s wrong with that – it’s in the time-honoured tradition of putting your mouth where your money is !
    ____________________________________________

    It is called BIAS and is why the tobacco companies were hung out to dry. You are not going to get unbiased science out of those with a dog in the fight. In forty years in quality labs, I only had ONE company out of several not want me to falsify test results.

    No, it’s called “talking your book” (i.e., “putting your mouth where your money is”); Bad Manners was being sarcastic–and witty.

    John Whitman says:
    October 30, 2011 at 8:15 am
    Correction to an embarrassing misspelling in my comment at October 30, 2011 at 8:04 am.

    I should have said, “Third, I see no problem with sharing the preliminary results and data before either submittal to a paper or after submittal but before pee peer review.”

    Though ‘pee review’ is a comical thought, n’est ce pas?

    Here’s another comical thought (somewhat juvenile): ICPP

    Dan says:
    October 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm
    Sorry if I missed this but I believe a question must be asked; who is pushing this agenda and supporting Dr. Muller’s non-peer reviewed claims? IMHO, there lies the reason/cause for this academic abuse.

    Democrats on the Senate’s climate committee issued a letter citing Muller’s results as grounds for action now on climate change. Perhaps–especially since Muller testified earlier this year in DC and therefore presumably is in regular contact with warmist “Hill Rats” (congressional aides)–the latter were given a “heads up” on his forthcoming results and encouraged him not to hide them under a bushel (that’s the spin they’d have used to justify a PR blitz).

    Septic Matthew says:
    October 30, 2011 at 9:37 am

    OLS produces a positive trend line over the last 10 years, despite an enormous negative outlier. If you eyeball it the data look flat, and the variance is great, nevertheless the trend is positive.

    Wait til next year. Or the end of this year.

  289. Smokey says:

    John B, your last graph has about as much credibility as this. I’ll explain why once more:

    Rises [and declines, more slowly] follow rises and declines of temperature on all time scales. This is a chart that shows a 5-month lag. Your charts do not show the cause and effect relationship.

    And of course, the additional CO2 just isn’t having the predicted temperature effect due to this.

    I’m still waiting for you to provide any testable, empirical evidence – falsifiable, per the scientific method – directly connecting the anthropogenic rise in CO2 to any global harm. You are free to try and falsify my hypothesis:

    CO2 is harmless and beneficial. More is better, at current and projected levels.

    So far that hypothesis remains unfalsified. Unlike, for instance, the repeatedly falsified CO2=CAGW conjecture, and Michael Mann’s Hokey Stick chart. And, it looks like plenty of BEST’s data juggling could be debunked, too. Time will tell on that one, because right now it’s mostly a hasty P.R. gambit by the self-serving Dr Muller & Co.

  290. Spector says:

    It looks like the beat goes on. This story has a born-again Global Warming Believer angle.

    Sceptic believes global warming is real
    “Updated: 10:36, Monday October 31, 2011″
    sky NEWS . com . au
    http://www.skynews.com.au/eco/article.aspx?id=679779&vId=

  291. Bill Parsons says:

    Googling the BEST story online, they all refer to “former skeptic, Richar Muller”, and his diogenean search for truth. Precisely when was Richard Muller ever a “skeptic”? He never was. Back during the last election cycle (when he was jousting for a job with the Obama administration) he was in the news with his book Physics for Future Presidents. But even then Muller’s “skepticism” was simply the AGW mainline. It isn’t surprising that the dish he’s serving up this election cycle is the same old reheated stew with the same motive.

    What is very surprising is that one of his own cooks now admits that somebody didn’t do their job (or worse) in a dish that every mainstream journal (including Wall Street Journal) has wolfed down without even a peremptory whiff. How could they have failed to notice the the odor of something rotten?

    http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/45059

  292. JJ says:

    Stevo

    “It’s indistinguishable from +0.2C per decade. It’s indistinguishable from -0.2C per decade. This is because ten years is TOO SHORT A TIME from which to determine the trend in global temperatures.”

    Absolute nonsense. There is no magical timeframe for determining a trend in global temperatures. The necessary timeframe is entirely dependent on the magnitude of the trend. If the trend were large enough, you could determine its presence in a single year. If it takes a long time to determine a trend in global temperature data, it is because that trend is small in comparison to the annual variability.

    So help us out here, Stevo. Finish this sentence:

    If there is an anthropogenic global warming trend, it is sooooooooo small that you cannot even hope to detect its presence over timeframes shorter than ___________ years.

    What number goes in the blank there, Bubby? 15? 17? 25? 50? 150? 1,000?

  293. DocMartyn says:

    Does anyone know any sites where vineyards can no longer be maintained? The thing is that traditionally vineyards have been maintained between 30° and 50° in each hemisphere and wine grapes need am annual mean temperatures of between 10 and 20 °C.
    Now best indicates 2 degrees of warming between 1850 and 2000. So the 20° band should have moved by 2°.
    Have any vineyards in the southern part of the northern hemisphere failed in the last 150 years?
    The Indian wide industry seems to be still going and they were marginal in the days of the Raj.

  294. Dreadnought says:

    Haha, hoist by his own petard!

  295. stevo says:

    Jeremy: “temperatures should have been rising” – it is statistically impossible to say that (since 2001) they are not. What don’t you understand about that?

    John B: I don’t know of any online that show other correlations, but I have myself plotted things like average global temperature against length of solar cycle, average sunspot number and average TSI and there is nothing like as strong a correlation.

    Smokey: “Not much correllation between T & CO2″ – did you look at the graph I posted?

    old construction worker: “The last ten years have just shown that CO2 based climate models are nothing more than garbage in” – only a fool would attempt to draw such a conclusion from the last ten years. I explained why. Don’t be that fool.

    Matt G: “Take it that you…can’t comment on whether a 10/12/17 year period is long enough or not…” don’t take any such thing. What period is long enough? It depends on the statistical test you apply, and what rate things are changing it. Only a fool would say 17 years is enough, 16 is not, or anything like that. But an example analysis which shows that 10 years is definitely not enough, while 20 years is probably OK, is here:

    http://tamino.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/rates1.jpg

    You didn’t understand my point about x-2001 trends being indistinguishable from x-2011 trends. Your links don’t contradict that. Look at this:

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/uah/from:1975/to:2001/trend/plot/uah/from:1975/to:2011/trend

    Only a fool tries to draw conclusions from a decade of global temperature data. Don’t be that fool.

  296. stevo says:

    JJ: “If it takes a long time to determine a trend in global temperature data, it is because that trend is small in comparison to the annual variability.”

    Wahey, kid, you’re getting it! Why not explain it to those who are still struggling? I’m not sure you necessarily appreciate the consequences of what you just said, but let’s not be churlish, it’s a very good start.

  297. davidmhoffer says:

    John B;
    Smokey, enough with the cherries. What do you make of these charts that show good correlation between T and CO2? >>>

    If they correlated, it would STILL be meaningless!

    Yet everyone tries, and it is a mathematical error, a complete and total absurdity, to try and correlate CO2, forcing from CO2, and temperature, in particular, this ridiculous notion of “average” global temperature. Follow the math.

    The “accepted science” as articulated by the IPCC is that doubling of the atmospheric CO2
    concentration will result in a global average temperature increase of about 1 degree C. But they skipped a step.

    The effects of increasing levels of CO2 are not an increase in temperature, because CO2 doesn’t produce “degrees”. CO2 produces watts. Follow the math.

    The chain of events is actually that doubling of the atmospheric concentration of CO2 increases the amount of downward LW (Long Wave) radiance by 3.7 watts per square meter (3.7 w/m2). To understand how that translates to temperature, we have to turn to SB Law (Stefan-Boltzmann Law) which is the mathematical equation describing the relationship between Power (P in w/m2) and temperature in degrees Kelvin (K) for any given “black body” at equilibrium temperature. The exact formula is:

    P=5.67*10^-8*K^4

    For the average temperature of the earth, the IPCC uses the “effective black body” temperature of earth which (for easy figuring) is about -20 C, or 253 K. This is the temperature we would “measure” if we could measure it from space. It isn’t the “surface” temperature, nor is it the TOA (Top of Atmosphere) temperature, it is some point in between. Putting that aside for a moment, let’s do the SB Law calculations for -20 C (253 K).

    P=5.67*10^-8*253^4
    P=232.3 w/m2

    Lets assume the “average” temperature went up one degree to 254K. How many w/m2 would be required to make that happen?

    P=5.67*10^-8*254^4
    P=236.0 w/m2

    236.0 – 232.3 = 3.7 w/m2

    So, the math works out, just like the IPCC claims. If CO2 doubling increases the amount of downward LW by 3.7 w/m2, we would expect the average temperature of the earth to increase by one degree.

    Or would we?

    Let’s instead look at it from the “average” temperature of the earth at the surface, which is about 15 C, or 288 K:

    P=5.67*10^-8*288^4
    P=390.1 w/m2

    390.1 + 3.7 = 393.8 w/m2
    393.8(P)=5.67*10^-8*K^4
    K=288.7

    So, instead of getting an extra one degree at the surface, we actually only get 0.7 degrees. Now, how much of the earth is at 15 C? Not much. To drive the point home, let’s look at the extremes, say +40C and -40C:

    For +40 C or 313 K we would get:

    P=5.67*10^-8*313^4
    P=544.2 w/m2

    544.2 + 3.7 = 547.9 w/m2
    547.9(P)=5.67*10^-8*K^4
    K=313.53

    313.53 – 313 = 0.53 degrees increase.

    What about the depths of winter in the high temperate zones where night time lows frequently hit -40 C or 233K?

    P=5.67*10-8*233^4
    P=167.1 w/m2

    167.1 + 3.7 = 170.8 w/m2
    170.8=5.67*10^-8*K^4
    K=234.3

    234.3 – 233 = 1.3 degrees increase.

    What happened to our mythical one degree increase per CO2 doubling? It doesn’t exist!

    But here is the worst part about trying to calculate a global “average” temperature and then trying to correlate it to CO2 and/or forcing from CO2. To demonstrate that it is mathematically impossible to do so, let’s consider a pretend earth with two equal zones, each of the same exact area, but one being cold and one being warm. Let;s say that in Year 1, one of the zones is -35 C and the other is +30 C. Let’s assume that in Year 2, the cold zone warms by 2 degrees, and the warm zone cools by 1 degree. Let’s look at the average temperatures that result, and then we will TRY and correlate them to watts/m2…with some interesting results.

    Year 1 (-35)+(30) = -5
    Average temperature in Year 1 is (-5)/2 = -2.5 C.

    Year 2 (-33)+(29) = -4
    Average temperature in Year 2 is (-4)/2 = -2.0 C.

    Our two zone pretend earth has experienced, “on average” an increase in temperature of 0.5 degrees. But what about the energy balance? Is our two zone pretend earth getting MORE energy? Or Less. SURPRISE!

    P (-35 C) =5.67*10^-8*238^4
    P (-35 C) = 181.9 w/m2
    P (-33 C) =5.67*10^-8*240^4
    P (-33 C) = 188.1 w/m2

    Change +6.2 watts/m2

    P (+30 C) =5.67*10^-8*303^4
    P (+30 C) = 477.9 w/m2
    P (+29 C) =5.66*10^-8*304^4
    P (+29 C) = 471.6 w/m2

    Change -6.3 watts/m2

    While the earth “warmed” by 0.5 degrees “on average”, the amount of energy it is getting at equilibrium is NEGATIVE 0.05 watts/m2.

    Exactly what value is there in trying to correlate CO2 in ppm, or “forcing” from CO2 in w/m2 with temperature when it is possible to have a decline in w/m2 coupled with an INCREASE in temperature?

    Answer: there is no value.

    In order to determine if the additional energy flux from CO2 increases is actually being retained by the earth, it is simply nonsensical to track forcing from CO2 in watts/m2 and compare to the “average” temperature. The only way to know if the earth is retaining more energy, or less, is to first convert ALL the temperature data, at EVERY point on earth, to watts/m2, and THEN average it.

    “Average” temperature is simply meaningless.
    As is attempting to correlate CO2 in ppm or forcing from CO2 with temperature.

  298. Tilo Reber says:

    Mosher: “The rural sites have an average population density of less than 10 people, the urban sites
    have hundreds.
    The rural sites are not co located with airports, while the urban one are.
    The rural sites are predominantly grassland, crop land, and sparse vegetation.”

    No, Mosher, you keep repeating the same lies. Go ahead, prove to me that the 16,000 sites – more than one third – that BEST used as their rural data set have less than 10 people per square mile. Don’t quote your silly results. I don’t think you can find your backside with both hands. So what you assert that you found doesn’t mean squat. What you claim is irrelevant – I want proof. A picture of an actual rural area is not proof of anything. Prove your claim completely.

    By the way, did you read McIntyre’s article about UHI? A 5.5C UHI effect for Lynchburg VA – a town with a population of only 7,000. What does that do to your idiotic assertion that you have to have skyscrapers to have UHI. Lynchburg may not even qualify as urban.

    Go back and read it!

    http://climateaudit.org/2010/12/15/new-light-on-uhi/

    Then look at this NASA site:

    http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/heat-island-sprawl.html

    And I quote:

    “Summer land surface temperature of cities in the Northeast were an average of 7 °C to 9 °C (13°F to 16 °F) warmer than surrounding rural areas over a three year period, the new research shows. The complex phenomenon that drives up temperatures is called the urban heat island effect.”

    And yet you want to claim that a BEST result of negative UHI effect is meaningful and real. And you follow me around like a stray dog, nagging me with your absurd opinion.

  299. chuck in st paul says:

    For those of you pointing out the rather obvious media blitz on this farce, you got it in one. If you go to the Yahoo! News blurb on this you’ll find all the usual folks chortling about how this “proves” the Greenhouse Effect and AGW is now “proven”. Of course none of them have read Dr. Curry’s response to this abuse of science… or the 450,000 year ice core data… or the missing Mid Tropospherice Hot Spot… or much of anything else not found on Kos or Huff N Puff.

    Oh yeah… twice busted! There is now a published thread showing how this faker was NEVER a skeptic as the LSM are advertising. Folks went to his Bezerkly emails and writings and clearly demonstrated that he’s been a warmist from the git-go.

  300. EFS_Junior says:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/10/29/uh-oh-it-was-the-best-of-times-it-was-the-worst-of-times/#comment-783092

    Last time I checked, Earth was not a perfect black body.

    Therefore, all your paint-by-numbers are truly meaningless.

  301. davidmhoffer says:

    EFS_Junior says:
    October 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/10/29/uh-oh-it-was-the-best-of-times-it-was-the-worst-of-times/#comment-783092
    Last time I checked, Earth was not a perfect black body.
    Therefore, all your paint-by-numbers are truly meaningless>>>

    What is your point? That I haven’t shown the correlating T with CO2 because I’ve used perfect black body numbers? Well hello genius! If the math doesn’t hold for a perfect black body, how could it POSSIBLE hold for anything else? The fact that earth is NOT a perfect black body makes attempting to correlate T with CO2 even MORE ridiculous!

  302. u.k.(us) says:

    stevo says:
    October 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    “Don’t be that fool.”
    =======
    You are of course referring to the real estate bubble.
    No greater fools have ever been exposed.
    Nothing a windmill can’t fix ??

  303. Anna Lemma says:

    Donald says:
    October 30, 2011 at 8:52 am

    David Falkner – Listen mate, please don’t treat me like a moron, You know damned well I wasn’t alive in 1750 or 1800 or even 1900 and therefore I wasn’t there to take the measurements; so how about stopping this self importance stuff you keep trying to show.

    I came on the site to ask if you guys could offer me a link to the global average temperature for 1750 to 1880 or thereabouts; if you have no wish to share it then don’t; just go and annoy someone else with your own self aggrandizing comments.

    **************************

    Just yesterday or the day before, someone on this site (?) linked to a year-by-year depiction of land temperature station sites established from the 1700′s onwards, mapped around the globe. Can someone please find and display that link? I think anyone seeing the site mapping year-by-year will agree that using land temperatures gathered primarily in Europe and America up to 1900 is in no way a valid method of determining a “global average temperature”, whatever that is. And, of course, all the stations were on land, so what about the other 70% of the earth’s surface?

  304. Chris Nelli says:

    Solution to this mess is simple: all climate modeling is done against satellite data. It won’t be long before we have 40 years of data. That is long enough to do a parameter fit (since that is what’s done). Of course, we need to wait for 60 years of satellite data to get a really good fit. Of course, the climate crazies have to wait 25+ years before they actionable conclusions. :)

  305. Smokey says:

    Anna Lemma,

    Maybe this is the chart you’re asking for:

    http://oi52.tinypic.com/2agnous.jpg

  306. Paul Clark,

    Which datasets are you using for GISTemp and HadCRUT land temps? The officially published ones aren’t directly comparable to NCDC or BEST, as they use zonal weightings. See this discussion for more detail: http://rankexploits.com/musings/2010/the-great-gistemp-mystery/

  307. Donald says:

    I would like to thank all of you for your assistance in helping me find the links I need for global average temperature data.

    I’ve noticed that some of you say that such records cannot be available because of one reason or another ,,, mostly thermometers and such.

    Such cannot be the case. (I would think)

    One does not need to use thermometers only, there are various other methods that may be used by science to measure past temperatures; including fossil methods and tree ring methods which although not very accurate for individual periods are in fact accurate enough to gain an insight into “average” yearly temperatures.

    Regardless, as one commenter above said …

    In the past the data appeared to be kept by some and released only to a few; which we all know is wrong.

    My aim in all of this therefore is to find such data, put it into a readable form and then release it to one and all so that everybody can do their own studies instead of relying on stuff such as charts, graphs and other methods put out by other people which only a few who might be educated in such things might understand.

    Of course, I have my own needs for the data, but that is besides the point.

    I would rather everybody was shown only numbers, then they can do what they want with them and after a year of looking around, checking and double checking here (once again) are all the CO2 numbers for each year from 1750 to 2010 plus population growth and so on.

    http://wisdomblogsdotcom1.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/coal-consumption.jpg

    If you wish to peer-review them then do so just remember that as an engineer I will provide you with nothing more than the numbers, I am no into this back and forward game of laying blame on someone else’s figures, I do my own work if possible; accept the figures or not … your problem..

    what do they show?

    From 1750 to 1950 we pumped 536 Billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere and the temperature went from 13.73 Degrees average to 13.98

    From 1951 to 2000 we pumped 1.323 Trillion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere yet the temperature climb ratio remained steady …. what gives?

    A pity I don’t have all the temperature records.

    We have not only “doubled” our CO2 output since then 1950; we have in fact “tripled” it.

    One would have thought the ratio of temperature change due to an astronomical three fold increase in CO2 would have been “HUGE”

    And this is using only Coal figures; adding Oil, gas and animal gasses only makes the CO2 claims look foolish.

    If we were to add Oil and Gas Combustion PLUS “Animal Gasses” to the Carbon figures then (conservatively speaking) the figures more than triples the gas output “again” from 1.860 Trillion Tonnes of CO2 to 5.580 Trillion Tonnes of CO2 with the temperature climb ratio not registering any increase whatsoever.

    And still we have not reached the Global Average of 15 Degrees. (although I agree temperatures are climbing …. very slowly)

    Seems to me that science has forgotten the first rule of science … Observation followed by common sense backed up by the science of “Mathematics” which explains the truth of all things. Something engineers can never forget or nothing we ever build would work for more than a few minutes.

    The figures don’t lie, the CO2 claims are not only ridiculous, they are a showpiece of misunderstanding by many who have placed horse-blinds over their faces.

    Still, without the global average temperatures all this work is as useless as teats on a bull, who would accept it? . Once I have the temperatures I can then add the rest of the stuff, solar radiation per year, UV, IR and so on; maybe then ……..

    Thanks for your help, fellows :-)

    .

  308. davidmhoffer says:

    Donald;
    I came on the site to ask if you guys could offer me a link to the global average temperature for 1750 to 1880 or thereabouts;

    Putting aside for the moment that the concept of an “average” global temperature is meaningless, I don’t think what you are looking for exists. The two major “global” temperature databases are HadCrut and NASA/GISS. GISS only starts in 1880 and Hadcrut a few decades before that. Anything older than that you are stuck with either reconstructions from proxy data or temperature records that are specific to a given local such as the CET (central england).

    Perhaps if you could explain what it is that you are trying to understand about the 1750 to 1880 time period, someone may be able to point you at a data source that is of use to you.

  309. Rick C says:

    Tonight I heard a news segment on a radio station about Prof. Muller as a skeptic who now believes in global warming and was supported by the Koch brothers immediately after reporting that the most snow ever recorded in Central Park in October.
    I am sure this did not convince the millions in the east that have lost power. The Koch brothers are probably enjoying this. From there they went to a piece on attacking Herman Cain on previous supposed sexual inappropriate sexual advances. Herman with a degree in mathematics, is now challenging Mitt Romney who has recently starting to spin a different story on global warming as he realizes that his base does not believe it. As Charlie Crist lost to Marc Rubio in Florida, Romney will lose to Herman Cain.
    As a geophysicist with a degree from Penn State, I consider the Prof Muller scam as likely the denouement of science hoaxes of our time. The prof will lose this debate and go down in history as one of the greatest charlatans of our time.

  310. It boils down….really….to trust. And of course, as well, the truth.

    Trusting Curry vs. Muller??

    I wouldn’t trust Muller as far as I could throw him. But Dr. Curry has shown consistent dedication to the scientific method…regardless of the smears.

    Let me say it. The woman has a set. And they are brass. But in a womanly way, of course.

    Most people listen to smarts…and not pedagogy.

    She’s got the smarts needed. God bless her.

    If Judith Curry concludes scientifically that CAGW is real and something to be addressed, then I will LISTEN. But if she doesn’t…then I will listen to what she says anyway.

    She has proved herself beyond a shadow of a doubt….devotion to the truth…however damaging that may be.

    Chris
    Norfolk, VA, USA

  311. Nick Stokes says:

    ‘Bill Illis says: October 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Just a chart showing Berkeley compared to the NOAA/NCDC. It is pretty clear that a misplaced negative sign got in somehow for April 2010. ‘

    It’s not a negative sign. The huge down-spike in April, taken by GWPF as part of proof of stagnation, in fact happens because in April/May 2010 BEST has just 47 stations, all Antarctic.

  312. davidmhoffer says:

    Donald;
    Once I have the temperatures I can then add the rest of the stuff, solar radiation per year, UV, IR and so on; maybe then ……..>>>

    Your last comment appeared while I was typing mine, so is now redundant… sorta.

    KNMI has most of the major data sets on line for everything from temps to precipitation to TSI and much more.

    But if what you are looking for is “the” average temperature by any means possible, you’ll not find it…anywhere. Scientists can’t even agree on what the CURRENT average temperature is, lest alone what it was in 1750. Tree rings? Search this site for stories on tree rings and read a couple. Lucy Skywalker wrote a stunner about Michael Mann’s tree rings way back that should tell you all you need to know about why the data is useless to you (or anyone else). Research what “hide the decline” was referring to, and you’ll discover that the proxy data like tree rings is so bad that even the people who say it works has to throw half of theirs out because it refused to match the temperature records that overlapped with them. Ice core data? Putting the various conrtroversies aside, it has a 30 year resolution which makes it useless for determining temps for a given year, and ice core data is “local” not global.

    I just don’t think what you are looking for exists, and if someone says it does…check how they calculated it VERY carefully.

  313. Nick Stokes says:

    Anna Lemma says: October 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    “Just yesterday or the day before, someone on this site (?) linked to a year-by-year depiction of land temperature station sites established from the 1700′s onwards, mapped around the globe. Can someone please find and display that link?”

    I think I linked a while ago to this KMZ file which shows that information in decades. A KMZ file is one you can click on and it brings up the information in Google Earth. This one is organized in folders that you can open and close to show stations that began data in the various decades. It has info for 4 databases (GHCN, BEST, GSOD and CRUTEM3) but those are foldered too, and you can limit it to just BEST.

  314. Donald says:

    DavidMHoffer – I am an engineer whose field is one of HEAT; but I am also a Computer Scientist, a proper programmer. I’ve also spent many years doing economic models for many large companies … Lehman’s being one of them (yeah, ok, you can blame the economy problems on me) I’m also a mad inventor with many patents and copyrights in my name :-)

    I build machines but numbers are also my game, only numbers show the truth of things, charts, graphs are so on only represent what numbers prove, but one can do nothing without having the numbers first.

    Wouldn’t it be good if we could provide everybody with such data? think of what all of you here could do with it.

    Since the entire argument of Global Warming is one of Heat, then without heat (temperature) measurements there can be no argument; the whole thing become not only a fallacy, but a waste of time and money.

    As an engineer I stick to the theory of energy transfer, something that has been proven over and over again for the last two centuries by hundreds of people ….. and heat is energy and heat ‘must” flow from hotter areas to cooler areas .. an unstoppable principle of physics.

    Without the temperature data I cannot do the formulas for energy transfer between the different layers of the atmosphere … the top one alone sitting at some 2000 degrees and which through the agency of molecular collisions, creating all sorts of wave frequencies, transfers “some” of its heat to the layers below.

    Mars did this already; there are many engineers at MIT; JET labs and so on that believe we are going through it ourselves but they have all had no choice but to separate themselves from the debate on AGW that has become nothing but a fiasco of argumentative crap.

    Everybody argues a point or another … who looks for solutions? .

    There are many reasons for Global Warming, but without the temperature measurements none of us has a leg to stand on.

  315. Tilo Reber says:

    Stokes: “The huge down-spike in April, taken by GWPF as part of proof of stagnation, in fact happens because in April/May 2010 BEST has just 47 stations, all Antarctic.”

    After a year and a half, why only 47 Arctic stations when the rest of the world has the rest of the data. And why does the data for May look more or less correct?

  316. Jeff D says:

    Donald says:
    October 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    There are many reasons for Global Warming, but without the temperature measurements none of us has a leg to stand on.
    _________________________

    Brother you are preaching to the choir here. The best guess anyone has is that CO2 has gone up, from what source is debatable and it would appear that for the last decade the temperature has remained constant or declined. The data we all have to rely on has been in the hands of people who to ” help ” us have adjusted the data over the years. The adjustments have almost always been up. Go figure. The data sets that are available to us are suspect. I am not even sure if the old raw data is available. Is it?

    To complicate all this then we have UHI question which alone can explain a substantial amount of the increase in heat.

  317. Anna Lemma says:

    @NickStokes: “I think I linked a while ago to this KMZ file which shows that information in decades.”

    Yes, and there was one file (in your same comment, IIRC) that automatically displayed the stations as they were added year by year. That’s the one that shows how few sources of temperature measurement there were for the first 150+ years.

  318. dp says:

    Dr. Curry’s tiara seems a bit wobbly today and Team Berkeley is about to spike the ball with her blessing. Hopefully she will take the high road from Santa Fe back home.

  319. Loco says:

    Mann’s “Hide the Decline” was good, but Muller’s is possibly the BEST.

  320. andrew says:

    Google have banned any bad story about Muller check on “Global Warming”

    REPLY: That’s pretty cryptic, what do you mean specifically? – Anthony

  321. crosspatch says:

    One thing I am interested in seeing over the coming years: On Dr. Curry’s blog she has an analysis of the BEST data where it appears that there is a step up in temperatures after the 1998 el nino event and not the gradual rise that comes through when various smoothing and trending techniques are used. ( this article: http://judithcurry.com/2011/10/29/tropospheric-and-surface-temperatures/ )

    I am very interested in seeing if we get any step downward after la nina events. I am going to guess not because actually, la nina events increase ocean heat absorption (even with cooler surface temps) due to reduced clouds. But maybe a la nina event during a weak solar cycle will have more clouds than usual, I don’t know. In any case, it will be interesting to see if we have any stepping down of temperatures that look anything like the step up we saw in 1998.

  322. Rick C says:

    Muller admits there has been no warming for ten years. He attemps to use an 10 year average of temperature history to hide the decline. All global warming models postulate accelerating temps and sea level rise. Instead the data reveals deceleration. Last year sea levels dropped! Why doesnt Muller plot the acceleration of temps or sea level rise. This would prove quite inconveinant. NOAA blames the sea level decline on increased precipitation over land. If sea level drops then not only is mass contribution from glaciers decreasing but thermal expansion from increased ocean heat is declining. The CRU now recognizes that solar influences the Arctic vortex and the NAO and that now it has switched from thirty years of mainly positive to likely 30 years of mainly negative. Even Muller pointed out the NAO correlation. Continuing deceleration is the collaspe of the global warming hoax. I believe Muller has been under pressure from polictical forces to provide the story of skeptic turned warmist. However I believe he is leaving morsels of doubt. The enlistment of the Koch brothers was certainly a ruse. Unfortunately for Muller and his handlers the report is backfiring. While Muller postulates one degree of warming globally many parts of the US have declined almost 10 degrees in ten years. After thirty years of increasing winter snowfalls in the US and record breaking cold the last several winters the average Joe is no longer listening.

  323. Larry Fields says:

    Wow! Just wow! Now the big question on all of our minds is this: Will Dr. Muller be successful in shooting himself in the other foot?

    Yes, this is a popcorn moment. And we really do need Bob Costas doing a play-by-play.

  324. Stephen Wilde says:

    Since the issue of the polar vortex and NAO has come up again I’ll repeat this post from another thread:

    Just try this as to how solar changes could affect surface and tropospheric temperatures by varying the amount of solar energy taken up by the oceans.:

    Envisage a warming effect in the mesosphere and stratosphere as a weak sun sends less ozone destroying chemicals down through the descending polar vortex. That is the reverse effect from standard climatology which assumes a cooling mesosphere and stratosphere when the sun is less active.

    However it is only by getting a warming effect at high altitudes above the pole that one can obstruct, break up and redistribute the downward flow of the polar vortex in the way that is observed when the jets become more meridional.

    If one can accept that contention then it all falls neatly into place doesn’t it ?

    It also accords with Joanna Haigh’s comments about increasing ozone above 45km from 2004 to 2007 whilst the sun was becoming less active.

    Once the downward flow of the polar vortex has been split up and redistributed so that the surface pressure elements are pushed equatorward for a net increase in global cloudiness and albedo then less solar energy enters the oceans and the Earth system as a whole starts to cool.

    The opposite thermal effect occurs when the sun is more active.

    I hink that is the answer to the entire climate conundrum.

    Whatever way one tries to cut it we cannot get the observed changes in surface pressure distribution without a warmer stratosphere at a time of less active sun and a cooler stratosphere at a time of more active sun.. After all, the polar vortex did become more positive with more poleward jets during the late 20th century period of warming at a time of more active sun.

    A shorter term example is the phenomenon known as a sudden stratospheric warming. It is well accepted that short term warming of the stratosphere above the poles does split up and redistribute the polar vortex in exactly the same way as is observed on a longer timescale when the jets become more meridional such as occurred in the LIA.

    I think the logic is sound and the evidence incontrovertible.

    The models need to be adjusted to reflect that reality and the albedo changes that accompany it. Then we will start to get some more accurate ‘projections’.

    Stephen.Wilde
    Copyright 31/10/2011

  325. Dan Pangburn says:

    Tens of billions of dollars (grants from the deep pockets of governments) have been wasted in futile efforts to prove that added CO2 caused Global Warming. An unpaid engineer with a desk-top computer and using simple engineering analysis has discovered what really determined the average global temperature history since 1895. Find out the cause at http://climaterealists.com/index.php?tid=145&linkbox=true (see especially the pdfs made public on 4/10/10, and 9/24/11).

    Gary Pearse – That is exactly what I found. The influence of added atmospheric carbon dioxide is insignificant.

  326. jorgekafkazar says:

    It’s interesting after the fact to go back and read the comments made just after BEST was first announced. kramer, for one, was extremely skeptical:

    kramer says:
    March 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    “I don’t trust this BEST group (and I hope I’m wrong in this.) And I wouldn’t be surprised if [they] come out with the same results or maybe even worse warming than what Hansen shows.”

    Earlier, I was a bit more hopeful:

    jorgekafkazar says:
    March 6, 2011 at 9:19 am

    “If it’s really science, then let the chips fall where they may. However, I distrust temperature analysis as a means of determining whether the Earth as a whole is heating, cooling, or remaining the same. High temperatures can often be more an indicator of heat shedding mechanisms than of global warming. It’s the net energy flux that counts.

    “The challenge we face is measuring a very tiny putative drift in a widely-ranging signal with a high degree of chaos, superimposed on an ice-age rebound trend along with multidecadal swings and random volcanic spurts of largely unknown effect. Nor will the presence of this drift, if established with any statistical certainty, prove the AGW case. Correlation is not causation, and no amount of hand-waving will make it such.”

    Dr. Mole-er owes us all an apology for this debacle, plus withdrawal of the paper.

  327. M.A.Vukcevic says:

    April 2010
    2 weeks of volcanic ash (Eyjafjallajökull )in the N. Hemisphere.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_eruptions_of_Eyjafjallaj%C3%B6kull

  328. barry says:

    There’s a couple of problems with the GWPF graph. It’s not 10 years (120 months), but runs from Jan 2001 to May 2010 (113 months). The time-series is already so short that interannual variability will have a big say in what the linear trend will be, but starting and ending at different times of the year could also introduce a seasonal bias. To avoid this it’s best to run time series in 12 month series, whether you start from January and end in December, or start in June and end in May and so on.

    Running the data for 120 months of straight calendar years, January 200 to December 2009 (01/00 to 12/09), I got a trend of 0.26C/decade. That’s not flat at all. Looks like some more testing is needed.

    Try something closer to the GWPF analysis, by running from Jun 01, 2001 to May 31, 2010, the end of BEST data. Just trying to avoid any potential seasonal bias by starting and ending at the same point in the calendar year. The result changes dramatically just by offsetting the calendar by a few months – the trend is now flat, same as GWPF.

    That’s a big discrepancy for such a slight change. So what are the two problems?

    Firstly, and less importantly to the two problems I see with GWPF the analysis – I remembered a comment on the April 2010 anomaly and checked it out. It is a huge swing downwards. In the UAH, RSS, GISS and HadCRU data sets April 2010 doesn’t depart much from the month before and after it. But in the BEST dataset the April 2010 anomaly (-1.035) is a value not seen for 50 years. The last time a monthly anomaly gets under -1C is 1960 in the BEST database. Now although it’s rare, a month to month temperature swing of more than 2C is unusual in the latter part of the data set (where uncertainty bars are smaller). Here, for example, is the BEST monthly plot from 1979 (picked for no other reason than that is the satellite period). You can see the anomalousness of the 04/10 spike. Extend the record further back, and you’ll see one or two others like it – but you won’t see the surface records mismatching so badly. Here, for example, is a big swing in 1959 against GISS and HadCRU land records. The BEST anomaly is the again the largest departure, but the others also depart strongly from their regular pattern. Whereas the excursion April 2010 is very slight in the other datasets (UAH and RSS included for good measure), but very extreme in BEST. I think it’s likely this value is wrong in the BEST downloadable data set (I couldn’t say why).

    So, out of interest, I changed the BEST April 2010 in deference to the woodfortrees index (average of GISS/HadCRU/UAH/RSS), by averaging the month before and the month after (April anomaly = 0.9785). But I wanted to be conservative with the change, making it roughly equivalent to, but still lower than, the other record in terms of the departure from the month before and after. averaging just happened to do that, as compared to the woodfortrees index, so it seemed like a reasonable choice – just for a test. The result is a decadal trend of 0.12C, from June 2001 to May 2010. I haven’t checked, but I’m very confident this is larger than the trend (and positive) for other data sets for the same period.

    I then did a regression analysis of the period which GWPF chose with the changed April anomaly, even though I think it is not a good choice. If you don’t run 12 monthly analyses, seasonal biases may distort the trend. Anyway this is what I got for Jan 2001 to May 2010, with the ‘adjusted’ April 2010 – trend is 0.13C/decade.

    I’m not saying anything absolute about this adjusted anomaly, just testing ideas.

    From this point I’m plotting after I write my tests down here. I’m not writing about it after the fact.

    I’ll try a regression comparison for a full 20 years (1981 – 2000) and then 30 years (again from 1981) to the last data point in BEST’s temperature time series, leaving the weird April anomaly as it is. If the trends are higher in BEST’s data than compared to the other records, even with the April excursion, that should end doubt that BEST is warmer than the other data sets in the naughties. A longer time series will dampen the effect of noise and reveal more of the signal.

    For 20 years, June 1991 to May 2010, the result is that BEST trend higher. This leaves little doubt in my mind that Willis Eschenbach was right when he said BEST temp record ends higher than the other data sets in the last decade (even though the actual ten year trend for the last 120 months in that data set is flat – depending on which exact months you use – the result is NOT statistically significant for any ten year period).

    It’s not really necessary to plot the 30 year trend at this point, but I’ll do it to complete my queries. Not unexpectedly, the BEST trend is greater than the other data sets over 30 years.

    This is the result even with the weird, highly negative 2010 April BEST anomaly left as is.

    One more test to do after I type this sentence – compare BEST’s time temp trend from June 1981 to May 2000, and then from June 1981 to May 2010.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best/from:1981.42/plot/best/from:1981.42/to:2000.33/trend/plot/best/from:1981.42/trend

    Boom – no slowdown in global temperature trends. The reason you can’t see both trend lines is that they are lying on top of each other (just off-set one of them by 0.1 to see).

    A caveat is warranted here. Though the 30-year and 20-year trends are statistically significant, the difference between them is NOT (the difference being only 10 years, which is not statistically significant by itself). The most I could say is that it SEEMS that climate warming hasn’t slowed (or sped up) in the last decade according to the BEST data.

    To sum up, I think GWPF erred in two ways in their analysis. First, they didn’t analyse in 12-month packets, leaving open the potential for seasonal bias. Secondly and more erroneously, they only analysed 10 years, which gives you the trend for that ten years, and not how that decade compares to the ones previous. When you run the data for 20 or 30 years (or more) it becomes obvious that BEST has a higher naughties period than the other data sets, as their products show. As we know climate is measured over more than a single decade (this is a statistical reality, not an ideological choice), Willis is right to say that BEST runs higher in the last decade than the other data sets, and Muller is not incorrect to say the BEST data show no slowdown in global temps. The 2000s are much warmer than the 1990s and 1980s. GWPF err by running a trend analysis for ten years in isolation to the previous ten years.

    I also think that the April 2010 anomaly is an unreal value in BEST’s downloadable data set, and may not reflect the data they worked with in their time series. If not, that is regrettable but not a hanging offence as their data is currently preliminary, and labelled as such. However, this has no significant impact on what I think the real problems are with GWPF’s analysis.

  329. the_Butcher says:

    No kidding…Muller stank from miles away.

  330. richard verney says:

    I do not know whether Muller has lost the plot.

    This is nothing more than a temperature data set and in itself it tells us nothing (completely nada) as to the cause of any temperature variation from year to year, and/or cause underpinning any trend in rising temperature.

    How this temperature set in itself can be said to prove manmade global warming beggars belief, such assertion is beyond rediculous.

    Perhaps BEST should have overlayed CO2 levels as from 1800 to see what apparent correlation there is between levels of CO2 and temperature. Had they done that, it would have showed little correlation. Correlation does not establish causation but lack of correlation is a serious problem to any theory based upon a link between X and Y where as a matter of basic physics an increase in X must result in an increase in Y.

  331. Roger Knights says:

    It’s not a negative sign. The huge down-spike in April, taken by GWPF as part of proof of stagnation, in fact happens because in April/May 2010 BEST has just 47 stations, all Antarctic.

    It only hurts when I laugh ….

  332. EFS_Junior: I currently derive best-upper and best-lower as (value +/- uncertainty/2), but you think it should be just +/- uncertainty. I’m a bit surprised at this because I’m having a hard enough time matching the BEST graph as it is! Can you point me at why you came to that conclusion?

    Nick Stokes: Thanks for the pointer to the April 2010 undersampling – that is as I thought, and it means any trend calculation that includes it is bogus.

    Zeke: I’m using CRUTEM3VGL and GISS dTs – but Gavin Schmidt has just mailed me to point out that the latter is not land-only, it’s land data extrapolated over land-ocean. I’ll reclassify it. Can you explain your concerns more?

  333. John Brookes says:

    So its a battle between stevo, with the nice easy explanation, and the rest, with complexity coming out of their…..

    Ten years isn’t long enough to say anything – so there is no reason to believe that recent warming has changed – no really, there isn’t. It may have changed, but there is no evidence to show that it has.

    Sensible people will wait until they say, “Its stopped warming”. Or at least they should….

  334. Nick Stokes says:

    “Anna Lemma says: October 30, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Yes, and there was one file (in your same comment, IIRC) that automatically displayed the stations as they were added year by year. That’s the one that shows how few sources of temperature measurement there were for the first 150+ years.”

    Well, there is a text list here of the stations that started before 1850, in order of commencement. But the KMZ file can display them in GE in order (to the nearest decade or more) just by tinkering with the folders. Turn them all off – then click open pre-1850, then 1851-1880 etc.

  335. Nick Stokes says:

    Tilo Reber says: October 30, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    “After a year and a half, why only 47 Arctic stations when the rest of the world has the rest of the data. And why does the data for May look more or less correct?”

    I’ve no idea why the SCAR set only – the others would have been available at the same time. They aren’t necessarily biased relative to global temp – just very hit-or-miss. They hit once, nissed once.

    barry says: October 31, 2011 at 1:11 am

    “I also think that the April 2010 anomaly is an unreal value in BEST’s downloadable data set, and may not reflect the data they worked with in their time series.”

    It probably didn’t affect the analysis the way BEST do it, which would downweight by the very large uncertainty. But it certainly affects simple OLS.

  336. orkneygal says:

    New Satellite Data Contradicts Carbon Dioxide Climate Theory

    Industrialized nations emit far less carbon dioxide than the Third World, according to latest evidence from Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

    Global warming alarmism is turned on its head and the supposed role of carbon dioxide in climate change may be wrong, if the latest evidence from Japan’s scientists is to be believed.

    Japanese national broadcaster, NHK World, broke the astonishing story on their main Sunday evening news bulletin (October 30, 2011). Television viewers learned that the country’s groundbreaking IBUKU satellite, launched in June 2009, appears to have scorched an indelible hole in conventional global warming theory.

    http://www.suite101.com/news/new-satellite-data-contradicts-carbon-dioxide-climate-theory-a394975

    Scientific Online Letters on the Atmosphere

    http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/sola/7/0/161/_pdf

    http://www.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/gosat/index_e.html

  337. Bill Illis says:

    Nick Stokes says:
    October 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm
    It’s not a negative sign. The huge down-spike in April, …., in fact happens because in April/May 2010 BEST has just 47 stations, all Antarctic.
    —————————-

    Well, if that is the case, then we have to throw out ALL the Berkeley records until someone re-analyzes what they have done and what they have included and what errors there are in the database.

    These months ARE used in the averages in their published papers/charts.

    It most definitely needs to be reviewed first now.

    Just like most people have been saying.

  338. Enneagram says:

    @ M.A.Vukcevic About “heat transfer”: Why is it so that “heat transfer” is proportional to electric conductivity?, perhaps we are giving names to one and the same energy…

  339. Pamela Gray says:

    orkneygal, it makes total sense that a hyper CO2 producing pump (which probably is in a net CO2 increasing oscillation mode) is balanced elsewhere by a hyper CO2 absorbing sink (which is probably in a net CO2 reduction oscillation mode). That the emitter is equatorial and the absorber is further North/South also makes sense.

    These opposing conditions, many times in synchronous opposition to one another, provide the sustaining energy to keep things going. In other words, we NEED the pump and the sink. What we have been hanging our AGW hysterical hat on is the equatorial pump measurements centered right where the natural equatorial CO2 pump is, and have ignored the higher latitude sink measurements, giving the false impression of human involvement.

    Mona Loa is measuring a natural equatorial CO2 pump. Long live the pump me thinks.

  340. A. C. Osborn says:

    I have downloaded the BEST data and looked at a few UK temperature site’s results & some other countries as well.
    I have assumed that the data is in sequential Month order throughout the years.
    If that is the case then the data has some very serious problems, at many sites quite a few years have the highest average temperatures in JANUARY & October.
    In Greenwich UK, January 1962 11.004, June 9.404, July 9.468 October 11.239.
    In Oxford UK, January 1974 12.055, February 10.860, June 9.561, July 9.486 November 10.665 & December 13.578.
    In Canada a site has the temperature for January 1947, 10.25 only beaten by August 11.183 and October? 11.629, whereas June was 7.109 & July 7.369.

    This pattern appears throughout the records so WHERE IS THE QUALITY CONTROL?
    How can this dataset be the best?

  341. G. Karst says:

    orkneygal says:
    October 31, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Japanese national broadcaster, NHK World, broke the astonishing story on their main Sunday evening news bulletin (October 30, 2011). Television viewers learned that the country’s groundbreaking IBUKU satellite, launched in June 2009, appears to have scorched an indelible hole in conventional global warming theory.

    http://www.suite101.com/news/new-satellite-data-contradicts-carbon-dioxide-climate-theory-a394975

    I agree, this could be another study that overturns the AGW apple cart. What I find astonishing is the lack of reaction to this paper. I would think the howl from the Climate community would be deafening. After all, it shows that current mitigation efforts are exactly, the opposite, of what efforts are indicated by this study.

    This is a great paper illustrating the danger, of the misapplication, of the precautionary principle. Always look before you leap. GK

  342. Theo Goodwin says:

    Pamela Gray says:
    October 31, 2011 at 7:01 am
    “orkneygal, it makes total sense that a hyper CO2 producing pump (which probably is in a net CO2 increasing oscillation mode) is balanced elsewhere by a hyper CO2 absorbing sink (which is probably in a net CO2 reduction oscillation mode). That the emitter is equatorial and the absorber is further North/South also makes sense.”

    Well said. And once again this new information drives home the truth that so-called climate science, as controlled by the IPCC, is sorely lacking in its empirical component. As the Japanese satellite shows, climate science simply has not done the work of collecting the necessary empirical information. The empirical information contradicts the existing “a priori” science practiced by the IPCC and used to fuel its propaganda war against the developed world.

  343. Richard S Courtney says:

    Friends:

    I have now read the Daily Mail article and (more importantly) the related editorial in the same edition of that newspaper. Both are staggering in their importance.

    Since the early 1980s I have been calling for scientific honesty and fighting against the irrational AGW-scare here in the UK. The Daily Mail article is the first rational report of the issues in a UK national news medium that I have seen in all that time. And the Daily Mail editorial is equally fair: it concludes saying;

    “Given this contradiction, isn’t it time for the Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne, and other ministers, to at least open their minds about climate change?
    They are – many would say arrogantly – sure they are right and stubbornly parrot the scientists as they make the case for being ‘the greenest government ever’. But what if they are wrong?”

    Such questions in a national newspaper are a sea change in UK media coverage of the AGW-scare. But the decade of stasis to global warming was always likely to induce such a change.

    And it can now be hoped that this is the start of ‘leak in the dyke’ which will result in a flood of factual reporting of AGW, climate change and climate science. Hence, it is not surprising that this thread has suffered a deluge of troll comments from the likes of Nick Stokes, John Brookes and steveo. Their trolling is a clear attempt to stem the ‘leak’, but the ‘leak’ can be expected to increase if the existing stasis to global warming continues.

    Richard

  344. Joe says:

    Stevo posted a WFT plot of 1975-2000 -vs- 1975-2011 trend to show that the trend increases with the larger time scale.

    I just wanted to interject with an interesting observation of my own:

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1975/to:2001/trend/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1975/to:2011/trend

    There is something very wrong with the knowledge that the entirety of the trend increase in the WFT data comes from data manipulation.

  345. Theo Goodwin says:

    richard verney says:
    October 31, 2011 at 1:52 am

    “How this temperature set in itself can be said to prove manmade global warming beggars belief, such assertion is beyond rediculous.”

    BEST people, like the vast majority of climate scientists, are statisticians. They live, eat, and breath statistics. If their statistical work leads them to a new belief then, for them, the world must be in accordance with their statistics. Someday someone will show them that good statistical work follows closely empirical reality and not the other way around.

  346. Bruce says:

    Bill Illis, JCH over on Curry’s site also appears to have discovered the problem with Jan 2007.

    It appears to be ignoring the southern hemisphere.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/crutem3vsh/from:2006/to:2008/plot/best/from:2006/to:2008/plot/crutem3vnh/from:2006/to:2008

  347. Paul Clark,

    To quote the relevant discussion in the last IPCC report of comparing different land temp calculations:

    “Most of the differences arise from the diversity of spatial averaging techniques. The global average for CRUTEM3 is a land-area weighted sum (0.68 × NH + 0.32 × SH). For NCDC it is an area-weighted average of the grid-box anomalies where available worldwide. For GISS it is the average of the anomalies for the zones 90°N to 23.6°N, 23.6°N to 23.6°S and 23.6°S to 90°S with weightings 0.3, 0.4 and 0.3, respectively, proportional to their total areas. For Lugina et al. (2005) it is (NH + 0.866 × SH) / 1.866 because they excluded latitudes south of 60°S. As a result, the recent global trends are largest in CRUTEM3 and NCDC, which give more weight to the NH where recent trends have been greatest.”

    http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/wg1/en/ch3s3-2-2.html

  348. M.A.Vukcevic says:

    curryja | October 30, 2011 at 10:24 am
    but anyone looking at that wouldn’t want to mess with me.
    http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/category/josh?
    You’ve been warned !

  349. jamadan says:

    Disclaimer – I am not a scientist and have not stayed at a Holiday Inn Express recently. I am analyst, however, and read articles from all sides of this discussion with interest. I am convinced that the IPCC reports and subsequent AGW theories are off-base and consider myself a skeptic. That said, here’s my question I’m hoping you can help me with.

    If the past 10 years have seen temperatures flatline, and not increase as IPCC predicted in response to the increase in CO2, could this be due to lower solar output during this period literally offsetting what would otherwise have resulted in a significant increase in temps during this time?

    Thank you for yout time and thoughtful responses.

  350. MattN says:

    Someone remind me again. I swear I remember the topic of “how long of zero trend is enough to falsify the models?” over on ClimateAudit about 4-5 years ago. And I swear I remember Gavin saying “10 years”….

  351. MarkW says:

    “An example is Tokyo: its surface temp rose by ca. 3 degC from 1880-2000, but remains nearly flat thereafter”

    Japan’s economy has stunk for most of the last 10 years. That might be the reason why the UHI has flattened for Tokyo.

  352. Tom P says:

    orkneygal,

    “New Satellite Data Contradicts Carbon Dioxide Climate Theory”

    If you look at the publication, “On the Benefit of GOSAT Observations to the Estimation of Regional CO2 Fluxes” (http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/sola/7/0/161/_pdf) it’s clear that it focusses on how the satellite scientists have improved their estimates of the CO2 fluxes, not what the fluxes are themselves. Whoever wrote the headline did not understand the actual GOSAT results.

  353. Jon says:

    Temperatures have been increasing in my neck of the woods since the mid 1990′s. Out of interest I took the raw weather data for 2 stations in Newfoundland and one in England and applied a 10 year running average to see if there were any trends. Here is the result: http://i39.tinypic.com/14bp30p.jpg

    Please note that I added 4°c to all the Newfoundland data in order to fit it on the chart … it ain’t that warm here :)

    It would appear that the Newfoundland temps have now plateaued and that the Oxford temps are now on the decline.

  354. Bruce says:

    Zeke, it appears BEST is just CRUTEM3 Nothern Hemisphere only.

    Southern Hemisphere is not counted.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/crutem3vsh/from:2001/to:2011/plot/best/from:2001/to:2011/plot/crutem3vnh/from:2001/to:2011

  355. P.F. says:

    jamadan says: at 7:53 am

    . . . literally offsetting what would otherwise have resulted in a significant increase in temps during this time?

    —-

    It’s been shown several times over the past 100 years that there is a physical limit to the properties of CO2 regarding its ability to “trap” heat in the atmosphere. It was this physical fact that shot down Arrhenius’s theory century before last. Atmospheric CO2 can double and provide only a very small increase in trapped warmth. CH4 (methane) is better at trapping warmth in the atmosphere, but it too has physical limits.

    These physical limits are not incorporated in the projections from the anthropogenic warming crowd while they largely ignore the solar irradience component altogether. Why? Their goal is not truth, but a political agenda. If the facts don’t support the argument, they are ignored.

  356. kwik says:

    Richard S Courtney says:
    October 31, 2011 at 7:33 am

    “And it can now be hoped that this is the start of ‘leak in the dyke’ which will result in a flood of factual reporting of AGW, climate change and climate science. ”

    Yes, I think so. Climate Science has been run by IPCC just like communism.
    You cannot combine communism with openess and perestroika.

    I wonder if Gorbatsjev knew that before he started down that road?

    One small opening, and there you go. The warmistas will start running for cover. Ten years from now noone will admit they were a warmista.

  357. kwik says:

    orkneygal says:
    October 31, 2011 at 5:22 am

    “New Satellite Data Contradicts Carbon Dioxide Climate Theory”

    http://www.suite101.com/news/new-satellite-data-contradicts-carbon-dioxide-climate-theory-a394975

    This is the most interesting post here so far….. All CO2 fantasts; Go home and have a soda-pop!

  358. elmer says:

    Judith Curry’s graph shows the temperature has been flat for a decade.
    Paul Clark’s graph shows the last decade shooting up like the end of a hockey stick.
    They both say they are using BEST’s numbers.

    - Confused in Minnesota.

  359. nobody says:

    New Satellite Data Contradicts Carbon Dioxide Climate Theory
    http://www.suite101.com/news/new-satellite-data-contradicts-carbon-dioxide-climate-theory-a394975

    CO2 density map created using satellite data
    http://www.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/gosat/index_e.html

    On the Benefit of GOSAT Observations to the Estimation of Regional CO2 Fluxes
    http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/sola/7/0/161/_pdf

    [NOTE: Site policy requires a valid e-mail address. Please rectify this or the next post may not make it through. -REP]

  360. barry says:

    jamadan,

    If the past 10 years have seen temperatures flatline, and not increase as IPCC predicted in response to the increase in CO2, could this be due to lower solar output during this period literally offsetting what would otherwise have resulted in a significant increase in temps during this time?

    10 years is insufficient to determine a climate trend, which is what IPCC are projecting. Various mid-range IPCC scenarios display 10 and even 20-year flat or negative trends, even while those particular runs end up warming in the long term. These short-term trends are the result of natural variability, and are a combination of many factors, including solar. Solar variation is unlikely the dominant factor in climate change, as the sun has been steady since the 1950s, but global temperatures have clearly increased. There are a number of theories on attribution for the low trend for the last 10 years or so, but this is a question of weather variability rather than climate.

    If it’s only a few years, you’re talking about weather variation. 20 years is a fair minimum period to be able to talk about climate (specifically regarding the global surface temperature records). The World Meteorological Organization lists a climate period as 30 years.

    (BTW, has anyone derived a statistically reasonable minimum period to establish trends for satellite global temps, which are noisier? I assume that would mean in general you need more data to get statistically significant trends than the surface records. I’m thinking like the way Robert Grumbine did for the surface records. It’s beyond my ken to do it)

  361. suyts says:

    elmer says:
    October 31, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Judith Curry’s graph shows the temperature has been flat for a decade.
    Paul Clark’s graph shows the last decade shooting up like the end of a hockey stick.
    They both say they are using BEST’s numbers.

    - Confused in Minnesota.
    ================================================
    Elmer, I’m confused also, but in a different manner. I’ve visited Dr. Curry’s blog and can find no graph that she’s presented. As far as Paul’s, he’s presented a few. Could you direct me to the graphs of which you speak? For a slightly deeper look, I just posted some more info….. http://suyts.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/more-funnies-from-the-bests-apologists/

  362. suyts says:

    For those that don’t see a change in the trends, using one period and then another covering the same going to the present. I think it is important you understand the weighting of data from one end to another. Shorten the data by ten years and you see this…..
    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/rss/from:1991/to:2001/trend/plot/rss/from:1991/trend

  363. It is never a good idea to embarrass your boss. It is not a good idea to embarrass yourself either but we all do it all time not usually intentionally. Muller has embarrassed his institution, his coauthors and I would assume his grant providers. He just want early retirement anyway, right.

  364. Jean Parisot says:

    If it’s only a few years, you’re talking about weather variation. 20 years is a fair minimum period to be able to talk about climate (specifically regarding the global surface temperature records). The World Meteorological Organization lists a climate period as 30 years. Is the climate period of 30y related to the grid size being measured, and is there an accepted minimum grid size for a climatic region?

  365. Looks like more of the same garbage produced by the corrupted climate science community. The lowest work ethic of all sciences is once again being kicked around; right there with politicians,

    Those of you trying to do your climate science “right” are appreciated, yet there are still those who just can’t seem to be truthful.

  366. elmer says:

    suyts says:
    October 31, 2011 at 10:22 am

    “Could you direct me to the graphs of which you speak?”

    The bottom graph shows the last decade as flat
    http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/article-2055191-0e974b4300000578-216_468x4731.jpg

    This graph doesn’t seems shows a warming last decade
    ahttp://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/best/from:1981/to:2011/offset:-0.60/mean:60/plot/gistemp-land/from:1981/to:2011/offset:-0.44/mean:60/plot/crutem3vgl/from:1981/to:2011/offset:-0.40/mean:60/plot/rss-land/from:1981/to:2011/offset:-0.14/mean:60/plot/uah-land/from:1981/to:2011/mean:60/plot/best/from:1981/to:2011/offset:-0.60/trend/plot/gistemp-land/from:1981/to:2011/offset:-0.44/trend/plot/crutem3vgl/from:1981/to:2011/offset:-0.40/trend/plot/rss-land/from:1981/to:2011/offset:-0.14/trend/plot/uah-land/from:1981/to:2011/trend

  367. A. C. Osborn says:

    Over at IceCap they have the following about yet another Temperature set problem.
    Oct 31, 2011
    Arctic and Antarctic measurements show significant warm biases.

    http://www.icecap.us/

  368. Werner Brozek says:

    “barry says:
    October 31, 2011 at 1:11 am”

    Thank you for an excellent analysis!

    I wish to comment on a few points you raised.

    “There’s a couple of problems with the GWPF graph. It’s not 10 years (120 months), but runs from Jan 2001 to May 2010 (113 months). The time-series is already so short that interannual variability will have a big say in what the linear trend will be, but starting and ending at different times of the year could also introduce a seasonal bias.”

    When I first read this, it made a lot of sense. However since we are dealing with anomalies and not absolute temperatures, does it make much difference in the end? I must confess I am not sure. Also see my earlier comment that relates to this at:
    Werner Brozek says:
    October 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    “Anyway this is what I got for Jan 2001 to May 2010, with the ‘adjusted’ April 2010 – trend is 0.13C/decade.”

    If it can be easily figured it out by you or someone else with better computer skills than mine, I would be curious to know what the HADCRUT3 slope is for Jan 2001 to May 2010 as well as for Jan 2001 to September 2011. I am sure the latter is lower, but I wonder if it is 0.13 lower. Since if it is, we can be reasonably confident that if BEST was right up to date, we would be able to make some reasonable conjectures.

  369. suyts says:

    @ Elmer….. there are two reasons why they look different. One is the time frame, Paul goes back to 1981, the flat line graph goes back to 2001 or so, (I used 2001.75), the other is that Paul is using a 5 yr smoothing. Note, where it states “Mean (samples) and then has the value of “60″. These are monthly values, so 60 = 5 years. It should also be clarified, that to my knowledge, Dr. Curry didn’t use the flat line graph. Us skeptics did. And the Mail picked it up from somewhere.

    One of the things you can take from Paul’s graph is that the BEST data is the outlier. Notice that BEST has the sharpest upward trend than anyone else. Another thing to note, is that BEST is land temps only. What it is interesting is that the land temps are warmer than the land/ocean temps.

    I don’t use graphs going back that far because it distorts what is currently happening. Others will disagree with that approach, but I believe it is more valid than including events that occurred 30 years ago as somehow representative of what’s going on today.

  370. Richard S Courtney says:

    barry:

    At October 31, 2011 at 10:16 am you falsely assert:
    “10 years is insufficient to determine a climate trend, which is what IPCC are projecting.”

    Wrong! Absolutely not! Accept ‘A’ for trolling and ‘F’ for veracity.

    If the data were showing a linear trend with variance around the trend line then the variance would determine the significance for any length of time. So, “10 years” – or any other period – is not what determines the statistical significance of a trend.

    The truth is as Gail Combs explains at October 30, 2011 at 8:27 am. There are climate cycles so use of linear trends is misleading for any length of a climate time series.

    Furthermore, you provide a falsehood when you write;
    “The World Meteorological Organization lists a climate period as 30 years.”

    No! The WMO does not! A ‘standard climate period’ is 30 years and is different from a ‘climate period’ which can be any length: e.g. the 1994 IPCC Report compares 4-year climate periods to assess a climate change.

    Richard

  371. suyts says:

    Werner Brozek says:
    October 31, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Werner, there’s no need. Just go here, http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut3vgl/from:2001/to/plot/hadcrut3vgl/from:2001/to:2010.42/trend/plot/hadcrut3vgl/from:2001/trend
    Then, down in the lower right, there is a link labeled “raw data”. Click on it. If you scroll down, you’ll see this…… “Least squares trend line; slope = -0.00293773 per year”… that would be for the first trend line….. then scroll just a bit more, “Least squares trend line; slope = -0.00488513 per year”

    Mind you, I did exactly what you asked for as far as giving people an idea about what we would expect the BEST trend to look like if the data set was complete…..http://suyts.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/more-funnies-from-the-bests-apologists/

  372. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, looks like Dr. Judith Curry is discovering what the rest of us have seen for a while. Political goals override good science and proper discipline on the AGW side of things. Best of luck to you, Judith. You will now likely find yourself the subject of some “kill the messenger” character assaults. Just know that there are folks of good character rooting for you.

    At any rate, IMHO, it’s all just more pointless exercise in averaging the un-averagable. Where is the allowance for humidity impacts on heat? (Temperature is a lousy proxy for heat…) Where is the mass x specific heat x temperature? Where is the allowance for differences in total precipitation? Think all that 32 F snow in the North East doesn’t mean a whole lot more about HEAT loss than the same 32 F of air?

    It really is a fools errand to spend so much time averaging temperatures. Yet “it’s what they do”…

    (For those about to launch into a “but it’s anomalies” rant: Stow it. Look at the very first step. A daily high / low average to get a daily average. Then look at how the “monthly mean” is calculated. THAT is what is fed into GIStemp et. al. Not an “anomaly”. I won’t go into how long it takes GIStemp and others to get around to making an anomaly, but lets just say it comes long after averages of averages are calculated… The whole process is just stupid on the face of it as a method to say anything about heat flows. 32 F in the desert is treated the same as 32 F and 5 feet of snow. Just for starters…)

  373. Steve from Rockwood says:

    Septic Matthew says:
    October 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm
    ——————————————–
    “Clouds may … be … responsible for the negligible global warming of the past 12 years.”

    That sentence comes from Dr. Richard Muller himself.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703514404574588673072577680.html

  374. John B says:

    Smokey says:
    October 30, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I’m still waiting for you to provide any testable, empirical evidence – falsifiable, per the scientific method – directly connecting the anthropogenic rise in CO2 to any global harm. You are free to try and falsify my hypothesis:

    CO2 is harmless and beneficial. More is better, at current and projected levels.

    —————

    Smokey, you know as well as I do it is not that simple. Your challenge is like a creationist saying, “prove the human eye evolved, with diagrams for every stage”. But, for the benefit of the open-minded, here is the mainstream response. AGW relies on a chain of reasoning, not just a few factoids. That chain of reasoning is this:

    1. CO2 causes warming through the greenhouse effect
    2. CO2 levels are increasing due to human emissions
    3. Including feedback effects, the effect of doubling CO2 is thought to be between 2 and 4.5 C
    4. Warming has been measured that, if viewed honestly, confirms the above
    5. Other effects (Sun, ENSO, volcanoes, etc.) have been studied and found not to explain the warming, though they do make the signal noisy
    6. The effect of this warming will cause undesirable effects such as rising sea levels, an increase in extreme weather events and others (MOST OF WHICH ARE YET TO HAPPEN)

    Now, which of those steps do you object to?

  375. Matt G says:

    stevo says:
    October 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    “Matt G: “Take it that you…can’t comment on whether a 10/12/17 year period is long enough or not…” don’t take any such thing. What period is long enough? It depends on the statistical test you apply, and what rate things are changing it. Only a fool would say 17 years is enough, 16 is not, or anything like that. But an example analysis which shows that 10 years is definitely not enough, while 20 years is probably OK, is here:

    http://tamino.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/rates1.jpg

    You didn’t understand my point about x-2001 trends being indistinguishable from x-2011 trends. Your links don’t contradict that. Look at this:

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/uah/from:1975/to:2001/trend/plot/uah/from:1975/to:2011/trend

    Only a fool tries to draw conclusions from a decade of global temperature data. Don’t be that fool.”

    REPLY

    I did understand the point, firstly before I get to it, the comment you made referred to any x-2011 and any x-2001 that I showed was false.

    Now with your point, it makes no difference what period I use because there seems an error in the WFT software. Whatever 30 year period I choose there is still viewing around 1980 until 2010 for the linear trend.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/wti/from:1920/to:1950/trend/plot/wti/from:1940/to:1970/trend/plot/wti/from:1920/to:1950

    Pick a different global data set and this does not occur.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1920/to:1950/trend/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1940/to:1970/trend/plot/hadcrut3gl/from:1920/to:1950

    Neither does it show a trend warmer over a longer period up to 2011.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut3vgl/from:1975/to:2001/trend/plot/hadcrut3vgl/from:1975/to:2011/trend

    Even if one does show a trend warmer over the longer period when there is no warming, it means nothing to what will happen ahead. Basically looks like typical behaviour in mathematics in any peak.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/gistemp/from:1910/to:1935/trend/plot/gistemp/from:1910/to:1945/trend/plot/gistemp/from:1910/to:1965/plot/gistemp/to:1935/from:1945/trend

    The graph above shows exactly the same thing as your 1975-2001 and 1975-2011 plots. Cooling followed for 30+ years, so what you show means nothing when it comes to climate.

    Finally I can’t agree on how long a period is acceptable, but for example if you think 20 years is long enough, then you don’t believe the 17 year warming period which is wrongly blamed on humans is long enough either. Again just 17 years over a 77 year period, there would be naturally a warming phase expected at some time.

  376. Smokey says:

    John B,

    As usual you responded with a big ol’ strawman argument. My challenge to you was to try and falsify my hypothesis:

    CO2 is harmless and beneficial. More is better, at current and projected levels.

    Knowing you can’t [and it is a falsifiable hypothesis], you responded instead with various random thoughts and beliefs. Some I agree with [#1 & #2], some I disagree with [#4 & #5], and some are just evidence-free beliefs. In particular, #6 has been repeatedly falsified. If you had written, “(MOST OF WHICH ARE YET TO HAPPEN MIGHT HAPPEN IN THE DISTANT FUTURE, OR ON ANOTHER PLANET)”, then I wouldn’t object to it. But the way you wrote it demonstrates a preposterous belief system.

  377. richard verney says:

    @climatereason says:
    October 31, 2011 at 2:17 am
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    Thanks Tony

    Thank you.

    CET is useful since it is the longest instrument record available, and is likely to have been compiled with care and thus as reliable as any data set available. That said, CET may of course not be typical of global temperatures as a whole perhaps because the temperatures recorded are driven by the temperature of the Atlantic. Oceans have a more tempered response but it is important to bear in mind that there can be no global warming unless the oceans are warming.

    As I postulated, there is no correlation between temperature and CO2. Not even at a superficial level.

    1. Superficially (whilst I dislike straight line fits), there is a gradual and steady 0.26degC per century temperature increase as from the late 1600s to date notwithstanding the exponential rise in CO2 levels running at least as from 1945.
    2. As regards the pre-industrial periods, temperatures steadily rose during the period 1660 to 1840 even though there was no corresponding increase in CO2 levels.
    3. As regards the post industrial period, temperatures were fairly flat between 1850 and 1875 notwithstanding rising CO2 levels.
    4. Temperatures fell between 1865 and 1895 notwithstanding rising CO2 levels.
    5. CO2 flat lined between 1910 and 1930 and yet temperatures continued to rise during this period.
    6. The rate of temperature increase between 1925 and 1945 is broadly similar to the rate of temperature increase between 1985 to 2000 and yet the rate of increase in CO2 levels was significantly less during the former period.
    7. Temperatures fell between 1948 and 1980 and yet CO2 levels was rising rapidly between this period.
    8. Temperatures appear to have largely flat lined between 1995 to 2009 notwithstanding the steady and steep increase in CO2 levels.

    I would defy anyone to put forward a reasoned case that CET temperatures are responding to CO2 levels. I would defy anyone to put forward a cogent and probative case establishing correlation between CO2 levels and CET temperatures.

    I envisage that the same holds true to the data set compiled by BEST

  378. MattG – had me worried there for a minute! The problem in your first graph is WTI only has data from 1979, which is when the satellite data which it is half based on starts. You’re trying to select ranges earlier than that, so it’s ignoring the ‘from’ and ‘to’, and you’re just getting repeated copies of the full WTI range 1979-present.

  379. Matt G says:

    woodfortrees (Paul Clark) says:
    October 31, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for quick responce and good to know that in a way, so it’s no good for any trend starting before 1979. I had no idea before WTI only had data from 1979 only, explains my orginal problem well.

  380. barry says:

    Werner Brozek @ here

    I figured you might be more interested in the land-only data from HadCRU, to make apples to apples comparison with BEST data. The first trend (matching GWPF time period) is 0.04C/decade, and the latter (to September 2011) is -0.01C/decade.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/crutem3vgl/from:2001/to:2010.42/trend/plot/crutem3vgl/from:2001/to:2011.67/trend/plot/crutem3vgl/from:2001

    If you want the land+ocean analysis, just go to the link and change ‘CRUTEM3′ in each box to ‘HADCRUT3′ variance adjusted global mean.

    Regarding full calendar years/seasonal cycles – I just followed the convention used by GISS and CRU. I assume they do it to avoid seasonal bias, but I’m no expert and could be wrong.

  381. R. Craigen says:

    I think Huck Finn said

    “There are three kinds of liars: Liars, Damn Liars, and Statisticians”

    My version — there are three kinds of liars:
    1. liars
    2. outliers
    3. and out-and-out liars

    :-)

  382. Werner Brozek says:

    Thank you both to suyts and barry!
    So let us assume: ““Anyway this is what I got for Jan 2001 to May 2010, with the ‘adjusted’ April 2010 – trend is 0.13C/decade.” So if we subtract 0.05 C/decade to get the amount BEST would probably get if we assumed Jan 2001 to September 2011, that comes to 0.08 C/decade or 0.8 C/century. It was quoted earlier we went up 0.8 C since 1750. At the rate of 0.8 C/century, it would take another 150 years to reach the 2.0 C increase. I do not believe a 2.0 C increase would be catastrophic, but that is a different discussion. But I do believe we can afford to just sit back and see what happens over the next few years before taking drastic measures to reduce CO2 should that be deemed necessary.

  383. Matt G says:

    Steve from Rockwood says:
    October 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm
    Septic Matthew says:
    October 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm
    ——————————————–
    “Clouds may … be … responsible for the negligible global warming of the past 12 years.”

    I mentioned this first before on WUWT many months ago, but not may, quite sure it has. But, also responsible for most of the warming too during the 17 year period.

  384. Perturbed says:

    The worst lie in statistics as well as science is extrapolation in a complex multivariable system, where some of the variables are either uncontrollable or poorly understood.

  385. Bruce says:

    barry, make sure you use CRUTEM3 NH.

    The January 2007 outlier was made up of 1484 SH temperatures and 14694 NH with 9 no latitude given according to Nick Stokes.

    BEST seems to really just be Northern Hemisphere land database, which is perfect if you want claim the world is warming really fast and were not interested in reality.

  386. Bill Illis says:

    Bruce, Barry.

    I went through the Crutemp3 northern and southern hemisphere data – they are not that much different from eac other and they don’t match the Berkeley database with both being quite a bit lower (starting about 1990).

  387. EFS_Junior says:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/10/29/uh-oh-it-was-the-best-of-times-it-was-the-worst-of-times/#comment-783325

    “EFS_Junior: I currently derive best-upper and best-lower as (value +/- uncertainty/2), but you think it should be just +/- uncertainty. I’m a bit surprised at this because I’m having a hard enough time matching the BEST graph as it is! Can you point me at why you came to that conclusion?”

    It’s definitely the published mean +/- the published uncertainty.

    I’ve plotted both the annual and decadal time series plus the uncertainty bounds, as published, about the mean, and by my eyeballs, both plots look identical to the same two plots as shown on the BEST website.

    So unless something’s changed in either the BEST plots or their zipped dataset, since yesterday, it has to be the published mean +/- the published uncertainty.

    If you still have any doubts, I can send you my Excel spreadsheet (BEST.xlsx).

  388. barry says:

    Bruce,

    BEST seems to really just be Northern Hemisphere land database

    What makes you think so?

    Bill – yes BEST data shows greater warming in the past decades than the other sets.

  389. Jim Masterson says:

    >>
    John B says:
    October 31, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Now, which of those steps do you object to?
    <<

    I object to all of them.

    >>
    1. CO2 causes warming through the greenhouse effect
    <<

    The IPCC defines a value called the Global Warming Potential (GWP). The GWP of CO2 is “1″, because GWP is defined using CO2. That makes CO2 the weakest of all GHGs as the GWP of all other GHGs is greater than “1″. Notice that two of the most important GHGs are not given GWP values: water vapor and ozone. Ostensibly, it’s because they have short lifetimes in the atmosphere. Non IPCC estimates usually give these gases higher GWPs than CO2.

    >>
    2. CO2 levels are increasing due to human emissions
    <<

    As pointed out by others on this blog, ice cores show that CO2 lags temperature by about 800 years. Eight hundred years ago was the Medieval Warm Period. That would make the current rise in CO2 right on schedule.

    >>
    3. Including feedback effects, the effect of doubling CO2 is thought to be between 2 and 4.5 C
    <<

    It’s probably more like ± 5 °C. It seems unlikely that a climate system that has been around for billions of years is running with positive feedback. The long term stability of the climate system suggests negative feedbacks rule instead.

    >>
    4. Warming has been measured that, if viewed honestly, confirms the above
    <<

    Actually, the warming doesn’t confirm GHGs as the cause. The models predict a warming of the surface due to increased GHGs, but they also require a 130% to 160% warming of the atmosphere. The current warming of the atmosphere is more like 60% to 90%. That rules out GHGs as the culprit.

    >>
    5. Other effects (Sun, ENSO, volcanoes, etc.) have been studied and found not to explain the warming, though they do make the signal noisy
    <<

    Surface albedo does explain the warming. You can decrease the surface albedo (and remain well within current albedo error bars) which increases the surface temperature by the proper amount and increases the atmosphere’s temperature by the proper amount too (60% to 90%).

    >>
    6. The effect of this warming will cause undesirable effects such as rising sea levels, an increase in extreme weather events and others (MOST OF WHICH ARE YET TO HAPPEN)
    <<

    Sea levels have been rising since the start of the Holocene. But extreme weather events are driven by large temperature differences. In a warmer world caused by increased GHGs, the poles are supposed to warm faster than the tropics. That would reduce variance and by analogy reduce storm strength.

    Jim

  390. Spen says:

    What is the accuracy of modern thermometers? Muller is claiming an accuracy 0f 0.04deg for the anomaly figures. Perhaps someone can advise – if you measure temperature to within +/- 0.5 deg. (the range for old style mercury thermomters) is that not the accuracy range of the anomaly also?

  391. Spector says:

    RE: Donald: (October 30, 2011 at 8:17 pm)

    “We have not only “doubled” our CO2 output since then 1950; we have in fact “tripled” it.
    One would have thought the ratio of temperature change due to an astronomical three fold increase in CO2 would have been “HUGE”…”

    First, this is like telling a property owner on Lake Washington that he will cause a HUGE increase in lake pollution if he astronomically increases the number of his dogs from one to three. From the nominal pre-industrial level of 280 PPM (parts per million) in the atmosphere, modern industry has only increased the net CO2 concentration to about 396 PPM. This is only a 41 percent increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration.

    Second, CO2 only interferes with about ten percent of the energy leaving the Earth in a narrow band around a wavelength of 15 microns. Most of the effect of any added CO2 is masked or hidden by that already there. The online MODTRAN web tool provided by the University of Chicago indicates that a 100 percent increase in CO2 will cause less than one degree C raw ground temperature increase due to the Greenhouse effect.

    Below is an image that shows the minimal difference in energy leaving the earth 20 km up when the CO2 concentration is doubled from 300 PPM to 600 PPM. Note that the green 300 PPM curve can only be seen rising above the blue 600 PPM CO2 curve in a few places on the fringes of the general CO2 hole.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ModtranRadiativeForcingDoubleCO2.png

  392. elmer says:

    suyts says:
    October 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm
    “there are two reasons why they look different.”

    Thanks for the answers.

  393. Thanks orkneygal, very much interesting this Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite – GOSAT – breath (ibuki).
    English home page at http://www.gosat.nies.go.jp/index_e.html (good information).

  394. G. Karst says:

    10 years of flatlined temperature trend does not provide any predictive skill, but it does say something which clearly contradicts the AGW theory and states unequivocally, something that all warmists have trouble repeating:

    We are NOT warming NOW and we haven’t been for some time!

    Meanwhile the increase in atmospheric CO2 has not paused. No correlation – No linkage. GK

  395. “As pointed out by others on this blog, ice cores show that CO2 lags temperature by about 800 years. Eight hundred years ago was the Medieval Warm Period. That would make the current rise in CO2 right on schedule.”

    Must be the cooling effect of CO2 that causes the ice age. As the CO2 decreases, the earth warms, AFTER the earth warms, the CO2 is released, cooling the climate, next ice age follows.

  396. Dan Pangburn says:

    The pdf made public 9/24/11 at http://climaterealists.com/index.php?tid=145&linkbox=true shows the temperature measurements for the last decade and they are flat. It also shows an equation based on the physical phenomena involved, with inputs of only sunspot numbers and ppmv CO2, that calculates the average global temperatures (agt) since 1895 with 88.4% accuracy (87.9% if CO2 is assumed to have no influence). When fitted to the climate prior to 1990 it accurately predicted the average global temperatures since then.

  397. Looking at the COOP data stations for the lower 48, Alaska and the environment Canada data this is the distribution of the space and temperature change between 11,267 stations listed. The ones with the most distance between them and the biggest temperature difference (Delta Z) are located along the northern edge of Canada and Alaska, so much for 1200 Km smoothing.

    Nearest Neighbor Statistics

    —————————————————————————————————
    Separation in degrees |Delta Z|
    —————————————————————————————————
    1%%-tile: 0.00833350000001 0
    5%%-tile: 0.016667 0
    10%%-tile: 0.0235706974441 0.25
    25%%-tile: 0.060667834239 1.5
    50%%-tile: 0.141639439649 4.3
    75%%-tile: 0.245090878837 9.3334
    90%%-tile: 0.333796432014 16.3
    95%%-tile: 0.401386707414 21
    99%%-tile: 1.18045565779 31.5

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