WUWT status report: now more popular than Discover Magazine

While I knew I was gaining on Grist, this was a surprise to me when I checked it today, so I thought I would share. The graph below shows many of the blogs and websites on climate. The Discover Magazine metric also includes traffic for blogs.discovermagazine.com where angry people like the “Bad Astronomer” blogged about climate.

All data/screencaps is from from my Alexa.com account. For traffic, lower numbers are better, for example, Google Traffic rank is #1.

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Here is the data in tables:

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The bounce rate is telling. For those of you who don’t know what that means see the definition here

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People ask me how I do this. Some assume I must be funded by some massive “big oil” campaign or some “dark money”, but to be honest, it is just me and a few contributors that put up stories a few times a day, plus some Google adwords revenue, of which wordpress.com takes about half, since they host the site, provide the bandwidth, and manage the advertising. I have no control over it.

As always, to my readers, contributors, and moderators, a sincere thank you.

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135 thoughts on “WUWT status report: now more popular than Discover Magazine

  1. The bounce rate table is very pleasing to see. Largely because I enjoy seeing SkS suffering such rejection.

    But I wonder how volatile these figures are. Is this really the sign of SkS going the way of RealClimate?

    And well done to our host and and the team

  2. Anthony: Spent several minutes looking this one over. Statistically it is STUNNING!!!

    The others (except for the Global Warming Policy Foundation)…are PEANUTS compared to WUWT. Looking out at 2′ of snow, (old, just another 3″ this morning), 18 F, 25 MPH winds in Mpls…and thinking about you “suffering” in Chico. DON’T RUB IT IN my man! You deserve that weather.

  3. After looking at the definition, does bounce rate adjust for RSS readers that send you directly to articles? I always just close the current article and then click on the next link in Feedly, so I never navigate within WUWT. The time-on-site seems a better indicator (and is also favorable). Thanks for the great work!

  4. What also is a very interesting number is the percent of visitors that came from a search engine. Go ahead and check for WUWT, it’s further down the page. WUWT is usually in the 5-10% range. Many forums and blogs are in the 50% range.

    This seems to indicate that Googles panda is giving low values for WUWT, despite the high original -not copied- content and it means that the visitors of WUWT know what they are doing, while for other sites many if not most visitors just make a random visit.

    If Panda did not downplay WUWT with 50% search engine hits WUWT could easily be in the top 5000.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Panda

    Well done!

  5. And now, at 10,205 …. with a bullet … Watts Up With That.
    Congratulations. I suggest you are where you are because the site has integrity in a subject area where integrity is a scarce commodity.

  6. Well deserved. Your blog is not only filled with science and gentle humor but the comment section does not degenerate into childish Romper Room “debate”. I like that the comments are often as fact-filled and interesting as the posts. Yours and the moderators work is appreciated.

  7. Phil Plait’s rants about “climate deniers” used to bother me, but now I just laugh at how clueless this intelligent man is. It’s ironic how his blog started out to debunk all the scaremongering peripheral to astronomy, but he’s oblivious to the same behavior concerning the climate. His post today is a doozy of disinformation and invective. Any self-proclaimed skeptic such as he ought to begin by examining his own prejudices. But no, it’s too easy to parrot the party line. No doubt WUWT’s surpassing DM will get the fanboys over there agitated, so expect to see a temporary spike. I expect it will just be a passing “El Nino” event, though.

    Btw, Plait’s crowing today is a claim that the “denialist” are wrong because they don’t publish in the journals. Notwithstanding the fact that those who aren’t sciactivists do publish, Phil seems ignorant of the declaration by some of his heroes that “we’ll keep them out of the journals even if we have to redefine peer-review.” Pity the man. There are none so blind as will not see.

  8. chaleureuses félicitations de Belgique, patrie du chef de gare, Van Yperzele,comme quoi, chacun porte sa croix…
    encore bravo

  9. Congratulations, I have learnt a great deal from reading your blog. I first heard about you in the Sunday Telegraph column of Christopher Booker, who often cites you as a source of information. Nice to see the copycats and plagiarists are no-where to be seen..

  10. Anthony, the facts are that you and your site are miracles. Sad to see the loss of the miraculous Tisdale but glad to see that the miraculous Eschenbach continues. ‘Miracle’ is the only word that applies. Anything less is faint praise, in my humble opinion.

  11. Congrats to you, Anthony, mods, contributors, and those who offer comments and discussion.

    172 million views plus as of this comment.

    Now if there were a way to consider the level of intellect of those who visit WUWT they would need a new chart.

    Thanks to all and a special h/t to FOIA who brought many here in search of the truth.

  12. I’ve noticed on the wordpress dashboard that you’ve also had the Top Blog on WordPress for some time now.

  13. You and your staff are beyond remarkable. Without you, the war could very much be over and I might be sitting in a chair, recovering post-lobotomy a la Jack Nicholson. Don’t ever, EVER give up. I think I speak for many when I say that we all have your back. :-)

  14. Oh, Congratulations!!

    Also nice to see the Bishop doing so well. And the GWPF. The bounce rate shows their viewers are actually trying to read and understand.

  15. Mr Lynn says:
    January 14, 2014 at 11:36 am
    Must admit I had never heard of Grist.org. Looks heavily funded, with a job opening for a Development Director charged with raising $3.5 million. So who’s funding them?
    ——
    According to their latest annual report 50% of the funding comes from grants and 21% from major donor.

    Wendy Schmidt is on their board of directors and Schmidt Family Foundation has given grant money to Grist and donations through the affiliated 11th Hour Project.

    The Schmidt Family Foundation was established by Google founder Eric Schmidt (Wendy’s husband) using the proceeds from the IPO when Google went public. As of December 31, 2011, the Foundation’s assets were valued at $178 million, which included $30.7 million in Google Class A stock.

    So it likes they are funded (at least in part) by Big Google. I wonder if this, in anyway, affects Google search results for climate related words.

  16. eyesonu says January 14, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Now if there were a way to consider the level of intellect of those who visit WUWT they would need a new chart.

    As a regular lurker and occasional commenter here I choose to take that as a compliment.
    But I note their are two ways to interpret that insight and from the inside my judgement may go awry.
    It’s a sad fact that such statements cannot be rationally self-assured.

  17. Well done!

    BTW folks – this is how we (on the rational, mentally stable side of the CAGW issue) win the argument with the general public. More people turning to WUWT for their information on climate change means more people rejecting the insane, inane, and profane “science” being disseminated by the climate industry (and their sycophants in the MSM). Tell your friends and family…

  18. But of course.

    And then there’s the 2014 Bloggies coming up http://2014.bloggi.es/ It would be nice to see you get another Weblog of the Year to match last year’s award.

    Soon you’ll hit a tipping point and everyone will “discover” WUWT and you’ll become an overnight success.

  19. Congrats, Anthony! I bet WordPress is very happy that you are a customer of theirs.

    Keep up the great work for the great content that you and your contributors provide to the rest of us.

    Upward and onward!

    REPLY: yes, you’d think that, but wordpress.com recently pulled the rug out from under thousands of bloggers by yanking important and useful features without notice. My experiment with their invitation to join “Enterprise” level hosting failed miserably, since most of the plugins they offered were useless and/or buggy, documentation sketchy, and prices for the service too high to make it worth my while. I gave up on it. Overall though wordpress.com is a good value – Anthony.

  20. @leon Interesting that they took out the science and technology category this year. Some whiners apparently made life difficult for the founder last year, due to WUWT’s popularity, the usual “denier” arguments were thrown at him. I guess he just doesn’t want to be hassled this year.

    So, now it is the best “topical” category.

    see: http://2014.bloggi.es/#topical

  21. Congratulation Anthony, mods, writers, and to all those who comment – all of you together make this site remarkable indeed. Here in Canada the absolute sure sign of WUWT’s importance is the AGW believers hate this site with a messianic passion. That says it all when your opposition despise you so viciously – they know this site is a grave danger to their cause. This is the power of one man’s vision – yes indeed – one man can change the world!

  22. Big Oil Money achieves so much :-)

    Now to be serious – I’m continually impressed and arrive without benefit of Google Search!

    I think the average “dwell time” is also an impressive feature, an indicator that people read the truly great stuff from you and your contributors.

    WUWT has been a part of my daily life for many years now – don’t really know what I’d do without it…

  23. “@leon Interesting that they took out the science and technology category this year.”

    That is the Leftist Way: if you cannot beat them, try to make them obscure even if it requires changing the language.

  24. albnertalad says:
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    January 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm
    We know what you mean and agree with it and still love you even if you can’t type (any better than we can.)

  25. I thought that somebody had accomplished a ‘mission impossible’ by breaking into this website and posting a thread entitled ‘Global Warming is REAL but NOT a Big DEAL’ so as to create an identity crisis but no, this website pushed the self-destruct button in an entirely voluntary way by re-posting that thread. The person promoting human control over global temperature was truly delighted and he has every reason to be considering he actually explained it to you in childlike terms the politics behind it never mind what is factual and what is ephemeral.

    Unbelievable !.

    [Please use one (1) screen name, Gerald. Thank you. ~mod.]

  26. Congrats Anthony and Co. There is a “goodness” here, along with a whole lot of science, and it really does invite intelligent readers to stay and look around. The “other side” doesn’t see it, feel it, or understand it, and even if they did, I doubt they’d find it to be something desirable. It’s here in spades, and it works. :)

  27. A little breath of sanity and perspective is a valuable commodity Anthony, and you give it for free.
    Thanks BTW. :)

  28. Alan Robertson says:
    January 14, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    albnertalad says:
    ———————————–
    January 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm
    We know what you mean and agree with it and still love you even if you can’t type (any better than we can.)
    ============
    Oops just got up from the graveyard shift – lol!

  29. I looked at “Time on Site” – now that’s just sad (for the other guys). You’d think they’d be asking themselves what they’re doing wrong (or you’re doing right). But considering some of the other guys, you’d be wrong.

    Congrats and THANKS, Anthony & contributors/mods. :-D

  30. WUWT delivers. We know that.
    What surprised me, though, is that the public gets it.
    I wasn’t so ready for that!

  31. Reg Nelson says:
    January 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm
    . . . So it [looks like] they are funded (at least in part) by Big Google. I wonder if this, in anyway, affects Google search results for climate related words.

    Fits in with Google’s politics, which is why I stay as far away from them as I can.

    It is interesting that WUWT runs away with the “Time on Site” stat, with GWPF and Bishop Hill behind but still way ahead of the Warmist sites. It tells us that not only are the skeptical sites more popular, but they are read much more attentively.

    /Mr Lynn

  32. , but to be honest, it is just me and a few contributors that put up stories a few times a day,

    =====================================================================
    You left out a few things. Quality. Honesty. Integrity. Openness. By “openness” I mean that the “snip” is used sparingly and, as far as I can tell from this end, never to censor content. Sometimes to keep comments to a post on track. Sometimes to keep things within the site policy’s sometimes fuzzy line. Sometimes because the “taste” of a comment appears so bad that the “ModSquad” can’t stomach it. But never for on-track content in order to silence an opposing view.
    Sometimes a commenter is given a “time out”. Sometimes they’ve been “banned”. But only when they’ve been habitual offenders of the above.
    Whether or not you and your “team” get high numbers, Thanks for what you do.

  33. leftturnandre –

    your comments re google panda are interesting. anything further you could say about this?

    CONGRATS to Anthony, guest authors, mods, & all who visit/contribute to WUWT.

  34. jdseanjd says:
    January 14, 2014 at 11:28 am
    Congratulations Anthony & mods, well deserved. :)
    Also the commenters on here. I’ve learned so much.

    True. I enjoy reading many posts but also the comments and the conversations. I think this truly makes WUWT great! Congratulations!

  35. “it is just me and a few contributors that put up stories a few times a day”
    It is because you post the mystery ingredient – TRUTH.
    A rare commodity in this sphere of science.

  36. Steamboat Jon says:
    January 14, 2014 at 1:41 pm
    “I wonder how much traffic WUWT drives to other sites due to WUWT posts providing the link to the other sites content? Example, the link to the NY Times article in the following post will probably drive some traffic to the NY Times: ”

    Not in the long run. You learn quickly to read the news indirectly – go to the blogs that comment on the MSM articles first. Better writers. Sharper minds. Uncensored comments. “What did the MSM do stupid today.”

  37. Steamboat Jon says:

    January 14, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I wonder how much traffic WUWT drives to other sites due to WUWT posts providing the link to the other sites content?

    I suspect that SkS gets a discernable bumb in hits whenever it is mentioned here. Must be galling.
    :)

  38. { Tim Clark says:
    November 26, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    AnonyMoose (08:57:34) : \

    It would be OK with me to have ads under all the right-column stuff. Particularly if the ads are automagically selected based upon the content. It will be entertaining to see how often GW paranoia ads appear versus rational weather ads[...].
    It would not only be entertaining, but I would find it pleasingly ironic that this site would be supported in part by AGW money! }

    Well, actually, Anthony, I liked it better when there weren’t ads and only 15-20 comments to wade through.

    /sarc

    Congrats!

  39. Gunga Din says:
    January 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm
    “But never for on-track content in order to silence an opposing view.”
    ————–
    For me this is the simplest way to tell if someone is telling the truth. If you are telling the truth you have nothing to hide, unlike sites like RealClimate, HuffPo and SKS, which censor, block, delete and modify user posts.

    Unfortunately none of the Carbon Crisis Creationists are interested in an open debate. Gavin Schmidt (in the previously posted video clip) is a perfect example. Open debate is like sunlight to a vampire for them.

    Keep up the great work, Anthony! It’s good to know there are a least a few honest men left.

  40. Gkell1 says:
    January 14, 2014 at 1:25 pm
    “Yeah,I’ll call it – ‘whats up with the disbelievers !’.”

    In which you can ponder what mysterious things happen on WUWT. I can tell you; it is called a debate. A concept that is foreign to the warmist believer; so I’ll help:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debate

  41. Is there any way to determine the number of people who access SkepticalScience because of links from WUWT articles? It would be interesting to see how much of their traffic can be blamed on you.

    I know it is the only time I go there.

  42. Congratulations on the rewards for intelligence, integrity and investigation!!

    It is also nice to see the Bishop and GWPF doing so well in the rankings. The Bounce rate shows people are really reading it all.

  43. Congratulations!

    I notice that the skeptic sites tend to have folks linger longer.

    I predict a new “peer reviewed” paper in some psychobabble journal: “Why are climate skeptics slow readers?”

    :)

  44. Blame it on the sustained level of high quality articles and excellent commentary. Although you may want to send Chris Turney $23.02 for his efforts too. Congrats…

  45. The bad astronomer just reads other peoples’ claptrap and regurgitates it without checking the source material. This at least is the case for two articles I read, one on climate change and one on, err, astronomy.

  46. Mr Lynn says:
    January 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Reg Nelson says:
    January 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm
    . . . So it [looks like] they are funded (at least in part) by Big Google. I wonder if this, in anyway, affects Google search results for climate related words.

    Fits in with Google’s politics, which is why I stay as far away from them as I can.

    It is interesting that WUWT runs away with the “Time on Site” stat, with GWPF and Bishop Hill behind but still way ahead of the Warmist sites. It tells us that not only are the skeptical sites more popular, but they are read much more attentively.

    /Mr Lynn
    ==================================================================
    About the only to reduce WUWT’s numbers, aside from nefarious means, would be if those sites were as open and honest as this one.

  47. You know, like, am I the only “denier” whose conspiracy-theory “ideations” have taken note of the homonymic reasonances of David Appell’s name with that Satanic, fruit-snack deal offered up to Eve by that tree-hugging, serpent-dude weirdo in the garden of Eden, and everything?

    Hey! David Appell!! BITE ME!!!

  48. John M says:
    January 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Congratulations!

    I notice that the skeptic sites tend to have folks linger longer.

    I predict a new “peer reviewed” paper in some psychobabble journal: “Why are climate skeptics slow readers?”

    :)

    ======================================================================
    8-) I’m not a slow reader but my wife tends to come down an tell me “stuff” while I’m trying to make a comment. 8-)
    (I love her. If I had to choose between WUWT and her…Sorry, Anthony! 8-)

  49. Several still existing newspapers in the Netherlands began as resistance publications during WWII. They were not funded by Big XXX but run by volunteers, some of whom had to pay for it by their lives. I wish you ten times as much visitors as you already have.

  50. WUWT to Discover:

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    “\F” is my thumbed nose emoticon and until someone can prove otherwise, I consider myself to be the inventor.

  51. DirkH wrote –

    “In which you can ponder what mysterious things happen on WUWT.”

    Mysterious indeed !, apart from the polar latitudes the globe warms and cools as it swings out of the orbital shadow into the Sun’s radiation each 24 hours so it is a genuine mystery how this website manages to miss out on this fact along with the opposition.

    ” It is a fact not generally known that,owing to the difference between solar and sidereal time,the Earth rotates upon its axis once more often than there are days in the year” NASA /Harvard

    Mysterious ? – I consider it a phenomenon like none seen before on this planet.

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  53. Warmists think that success has to be well funded. They assume WUWT HAS TO BE well fossil fuel funded. What they forget is that honesty and transparency and truth are FREE!!!! Try it Warmists, it won’t work for you. ;-) Heh, heh.

  54. All I look for is truth and common sense. Discovery has LOST that. Their documentaries used to be a beacon of knowledge. but AG (After Gore) they are nothing more than a Global Warming, Climate Change, Sustainability, or whatever the current term is these days. They have reached the height of ridiculousness with their blatant plug for global warming. The examples are legion, I am sure each reading this has seen one. I no longer watch, read or view any of their products including web pages.
    I clearly recall on article that showed the effects of the acidification of the ocean, many vivid color photos of the dead, ding and bleached coral. I am certain that even an above average intelligence high school student would read the article and take away the impression that the effects of global warming are here now, and cite this article as proof. It was only after reading the article three times and then the captions under the photos that I discovered a sentence at the end of one of the photos that the pictures were taken in the Mediterranean ocean near an active volcanic vent. I guess that satisfies their “truth” requirements.

  55. Congratulations to everyone who make this such a compelling site. I suspect it will only climb higher.

  56. I think this remarkable result tells us that there are a lot of intelligent people out there looking for good science and lively, lightly-moderated discussion. Were I Discover, I would be studying WUWT to see how I could get back into public favor.

  57. Anthony,

    Love your blog – thanks to you, your moderators, contributing authors, and commentators. Congratulations!

    I have a question though; did you expect this level of recognition/readership those many years ago you embarked on this; and are you having a good time now that WUWT has essentially become a substantive media outlet?

  58. Kudos for becoming MSM –The one with the facts, not memes. This site has some, maybe the most and best informed commenters I’ve seen. There are a lot of heavyweights who occasionally comment as well. Again, my congratulations to you and the line-dog mods. (that’s not a slur BTW)
    Best Regards.

  59. The statistics shows my own blog reading. WUWT, GWPF and Bishop Hill are my main blogs on this subject.

  60. Congrats Anthony! Well deserved!
    I subscribed to Discover mag for some years until at some point I asked myself, “Why am I reading this drivel?”
    It used (long ago) to not be drivel. Sad.
    But WUWT is my home page. I love the smell of dynamic science any time of day!

    Thanks to all who make this the special place it is!

  61. SMcG says:
    January 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    WUWT has been a part of my daily life for many years now – don’t really know what I’d do without it…

    I know what I’d do! I’d have a life again! Actually life on WUWT is pretty good. I’ll be keeping that Time on Site up a while longer.

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    January 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm

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  62. You need to move this Blog to your own or cloud server so you can design it better but also add more functionality…

  63. No surprise, at least to me.
    I stopped buying Discovery Magazine some years ago, this saved me about $6? per copy at corner store.
    I did not need the preaching.
    WUWT is the future for publishing science and conjecture prompted by things that make you go hmmmm.
    When I fail to comprehend the post,the comments set me thinking or asking a stupid question will produce some clarity.
    Having dropped all subscriptions to science magazines, I have no problem donating/ subscribing to WUWT.
    A much classier format than glossy pages smothered in adds.

  64. I’m extremely happy, (but not at all surprised) that a media outlet that provides simple, clear, and concise scientific explanations (WUWT) eventually beats out pseudo-scientific media outlets that are mere sock puppets for those with political agendas. The once exemplary journals Discover, National Geographic, Scientific American, and ‘The Journal Nature’ have degenerated into pseudo-scientific garbage spewing propaganda outlets. Unless they revert back to honest scientific reporting, their chronic, degenerative assault on logic and truth will ultimately cause their demise.

    Gkell1:
    Everyone here at WUWT is well aware that “the globe warms and cools as it swings out of the orbital shadow into the Sun’s radiation each 24 hours”. And contrary to your belief that “this website pushed the self-destruct button in an entirely voluntary way by posting a thread entitled Global Warming is REAL but NOT a Big DEAL” nothing could be further from the truth.

    Make a logical valid point or be gone troll!

  65. I come for the articles and stay to read the comments.
    At times the commentators are an important part of the visit. This is not just a news outlet, It is a community of visitors. pg

  66. Congratulations, Anthony! And mods, guest bloggers, commenters and lurkers.

    It seems like only yesterday that we were counting up to 100,000,000 views. But, in truth, it was a little over two years ago … Yet here we are rapidly approaching 200,000,000 views.

    Which all goes to show that time certainly flies when one has a high quality blog to follow and learn from. Not to mention that nothing succeeds like success … and (of course) it’s all happening faster than we thought ;-)

    Well done!

  67. Jimbo says:
    January 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Propaganda is expensive. Honesty is free.

    And truth is worth $millions!

    $Millions upon $millions upon $millions.

    Just ask those heavily-funded Warmista sites that can’t buy viewership.

    No wonder they apply the “Big Oil” excuse to skeptics–no introspection there.

    Kudos, Anthony and Team!

    Live long and prosper!

  68. Still waiting to hear about the waterfront mansion you’re building with all the Beeeg Oyall deniros, Anthony :) I want pictures!

  69. WUWT….stronger than dirt!

    Well done, Anthony. Thanks for all of your hard work, and thanks also to the contributors, mods and readers. This is quite a community.

  70. This is good news, makes you wonder what the warmists actually do with all that money they get. They should be able to produce better papers.

    I have been reading WUWT for a few years now. I was originally steered to WUWT by some remarks by an American Greenie on ABC Oz, he was issuing a general warning to viewers NOT to go to a site called What’s Up (or something like that) because it is evil Denier propaganda. He was dumb all right.

  71. “People ask me how I do this.”

    I’d say you get a LOT of help from the idiocy spouted from the likes of Mann, McKibben, Romm, Hansen, and the IPCC.

  72. Congrats to all of you!! You all give such a clear well balanced thought out presentation of your works.
    Anthony, and there are way too many to start a list, thanks, you and your team keeps our minds sharp and our hearts full of laughter. For me a special thanks to Willis, his adventures all over the place were a welcome sight when I was coming back from a (minor) set back and that also goes to those commentators that made me laugh as well. Thanks!

  73. Louis wrote –

    “Everyone here at WUWT is well aware that “the globe warms and cools as it swings out of the orbital shadow into the Sun’s radiation each 24 hours”.”

    I am afraid not Louis as the contributors to WUWT subscribe to an impossibility where cause and effects diverge –

    ” It is a fact not generally known that,owing to the difference between solar and sidereal time,the Earth rotates upon its axis once more often than there are days in the year” NASA /Harvard

    There is another thread going on about tides which are extremely sensitive to the Earth’s motions but you can’t even begin to research tides without the fact that the Earth turns once in 24 hours and why it is that way,everything else is bluff and voodoo.

  74. Here you go Courtney,here is the massive warming and cooling at a location as the Earth turns once in 24 hours each day and every day –

    http://www.timeanddate.com/weather/usa/dallas/hourly

    Does this website want to be congratulated for managing to support an alternative cause for the temperature response within a 24 hour period ?. I will even truncate the offending ‘fact’ which is a low point for human understanding –

    ” It is a fact not generally known that..the Earth rotates upon its axis once more often than there are days in the year” NASA /Harvard

  75. Congrats Anthony Mods and commenters.

    It is interesting that the skeptic sites are places that have good conversations going on. The others sound like a schoolyard full of bullies.

  76. John M says:
    January 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm “”””

    Made me smile, thanks.

    A massive shift is under way from dependence [meme-stream-media] to freedom [blogs]. It is a hard road, made easier by a host’s warmth, a moderating team’s latitude and commenter’s without parallel. Thank you to each and every.

    If it takes me, not a particularly slow reader, on average 45 minutes to read a post and its comments. The metrics are skewed in my opinion.

  77. ***
    Gary says:
    January 14, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Phil Plait’s rants about “climate deniers” used to bother me, but now I just laugh at how clueless this intelligent man is. It’s ironic how his blog started out to debunk all the scaremongering peripheral to astronomy, but he’s oblivious to the same behavior concerning the climate.
    ***

    He posts here occasionally as Phil.. Yes, it’s strange to be that openly conflicted, but SOP for neo-marxists w/snouts in the taxpayer trough.

  78. In NZ I get up everyday at 5am to prepare for my yacht forecasts but I check out WUWT almost as a religion now. I can sincerely say, Good work.

  79. Another point, thanks to your supporting guest postsers, from Eschenbach, Tisdale, Clive Best, and others, you ALWAYS have new articles worth reading. Unfortunately for me, sometimes I just don’t have the time to keep up with all your posts.

  80. Congrats!! Amazing that the Anthony and the WUWT team can keep up the steam year after year.
    This has an incredible value to all sceptics in the world. Especially im thinking about us sceptics in western Europe, because we are up against a majority of alarmistic people including politicians and media peoble. For us it is of high importance that we have USA on the other side of the Atlantic and WUWT that prooves that we are definetely still in the game.
    So, Anthony and friends, you are perhaos even more important to us than you know.

    K.R. Frank

  81. Congratulations on your success. I used to be a GW believer until a few years ago. Then I stumbled over your site, which told me to check the evidence – HADCRUT4 and similar datasets that showed no warming in twelve years, when all the models said it should have gotten quite significantly warmer. To be a scientist is to follow the evidence wherever it leads you.
    There’s a kind of personality that lusts after gloom and doom – and most of us are more likely to check the news when we know there’s something bad going on. It’s not a conscious conspiracy; rather, it is something natural selection bred into us, a useful survival trait that sometimes gets out of hand. That rustle in the grass might be the wind, or an approaching lion; which assumption is safer? I’m relieved to know that AGW is either nonexistent or greatly overstated. Keep up the good work!

  82. Congratulations, people come here because after some time they can tell what is AGW bullocks and what has some credibility. The activists are transparent in their extremism.

  83. I found Climate Audit a few years ago and from there I caught on with this site. I return often for a few reasons. Honest articles that are well written, commentary that advances my understanding, willingness by the community to provide the actual numbers/sources so that I can see for myself what the underlying science is actually showing us.
    The strength of this site is the content. I have recommended this site to more than 40 people who have asked me for a place to find an honest analysis of the science.
    Congratulations to all who have worked so hard to make this blog such a success.

  84. Congratulations Anthony, mods, commenters for making WUWT the best, and the most stimulating intellectual oasis on the web.

  85. Excellent news, all; it looks as if sanity and rationality can prevail after all. And congrats and thanks to Anth*ny for spearheading a noble effort with this website and the m*ds for keeping it going in what a few years ago was a badly-needed, nay, critically-needed information and interactive resource/discussion site working to counter the mind-numbing ‘idiocy’ prevalent on CAGW and otherwise flooding ‘the internets’ like Grant took Richmond or, if one prefers, as Kudzu ‘invaded the south’.

    Kudzu, for those not familiar – http://www.jjanthony.com/kudzu/houses.html

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  86. Hm. I have about 30 tabs open, minimum, at any given time. Of those, at least 4 are WUWT Front Page and Sea Ice, T & Notes, and one that flips as I go through my email notices and check them out. So what effect would that all have on Alexa stats? These may be open for hours at a time, sometimes days.

  87. Agggh. Hadn’t heard of Climatecrocks.com before, so I took a peek. Time on site, very little. It will never get another of my clicks.

  88. Gkell1 says:
    January 14, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I thought that somebody had accomplished a ‘mission impossible’ by breaking into this website and posting a thread entitled ‘Global Warming is REAL but NOT a Big DEAL’ so as to create an identity crisis….

    This site is about SCIENCE. Nearly all the science in FACT points to skepticism, but this site will publish anything scientific on the subject.

    Also quite a few on this site are lukewarmers. Lord Christopher Monckton falls into that category.

  89. The only lukewarmers who make sense are the microwarmers, who state up front that AGW is trivial, nugatory, and negligible.

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