As predicted, Gavin Schmidt did not respond, but I did get a nice letter from Dr. Reto Ruedy after Gavin forwarded the complaint. To his credit, Dr. Ruedy has now corrected the issue that I highlighted here. I appreciate his response. Some email addresses were redacted to prevent autospamming – Anthony
From: Ruedy, Reto A. (GISS-611.0)[TRINNOVIM, LLC]
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 9:17 AM
Cc: Sato, Makiko (GISS-611.0)[GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER] ; Schmidt, Gavin A. (GISS-6110) ; HANSEN, JAMES E. (GISS-6110)
Subject: RE: courtesy note
Dear Mr. Watts,
The page with the figure you mention in your email has been created manually until recently and no data have been displayed in the past on that page for periods that partially lie in the future.
However, when I automated the creation of that page there was one program – the one that finds the US annual means – that missed the feature not to produce such means.
That oversight – which had no effect until this month – has been corrected and you should only see on our temperature web site estimates for periods that lie completely in the past. The 2012 US mean anomaly estimate will not be shown in that display before January 2013.
Thank you very much for notifying us. We appreciate and as far as I know always responded to any notification of an actual or suspected error on our web page. If I ever failed to respond to any of your emails to GISS, please forward them to me – I could not find any in my mailbox.
I am familiar with and appreciate your work examining the quality of temperature reports and want to thank you for that effort.
From: Schmidt, Gavin A. (GISS-6110)
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 8:09 PM
To: Ruedy, Reto A. (GISS-611.0)[TRINNOVIM, LLC]
Cc: Sato, Makiko (GISS-611.0)[GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER]
Subject: FW: courtesy note
something definitely odd with the 2012 number in Fig.D.gif – and I wonder why it’s being calculated at all? We only have 7 months so far for an annual mean…
NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies
New York, NY 10025
Tel: (212) xxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 3:44 PM
To: Schmidt, Gavin A. (GISS-6110)
Subject: courtesy note
Dear Dr. Schmidt,
I doubt you’ll credit me when you fix this, or even acknowledge receipt of this message, but I’m informing you of the error anyway.