Tips & Notes

Tips & Notes to WUWT

Cleaned 8/24/14

1. Be sure to check the front page of WUWT first, we often get duplicate tips here of stories already posted, sometimes days later.

2. Please remember this is not a discussion thread. Tips, notes, and links only please.

3. To put links in comments. simply copy the entire link URL and paste it into the comment. No need for code.

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79 thoughts on “Tips & Notes

  1. Hi Anthony and others –

    For REQUEST; jump to the last paragraph for the main question & your advice!

    Because I’m a neophyte, I’ve decided to work on a small-scale project with the intent to explore (1) relationships among (Tobs – Traw), (Tadj-Tobs) and the their sum (Tadj – Traw) temperature record adjustments. I’ve selected 5 geographically contiguous USHCN sites in eastern Massachusetts for my initial trial case with the intent to visit these sites in the coming months.

    I intend to look at multiple statistical correlations among temperature adjustments; assess uncertainty of deviations between the “actual” and “adjusted” USHCH temperatures; assess adjustments for these stations; attempt to deduce and obliquely critique the “homogenization” results among these stations using statistical methods; and finally use an emerging data analysis method (GPM) to establish temperature trends and uncertainty in the selected localized MA region. I have some ideas about the analyses described above. . . but as we all know, the proof is in the pudding!


    (1) For several months, I’ve been trying to access your database describing individual USHCN sites with Photos (the gallery). . . the site has been down because it’s under maintenance. Ive got ten some associated rating data from the USHCN sites. . . but I’d like more (who wouldn’t). Is there an alternate web site where you “” web site results can be accessed.

    (2) Please let me know if the plan for my inquiry is stupid or ill-advised; I know I can learn from it; but, if the plan is totally hopeless, I’d appreciate your help in avoiding a major waste of time any help you might provide to make it more worthwhile. Any suggestions you might have would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks again and Sincerely Yours;

    Dan Backman

  2. Hi Moderator and Anthony –
    Please delete my “Tips and Notes” comment at “August 24, 2014 at 4:45 pm”
    In that last few hours, I have posted a lead-post comment and now a T&N comment that each have “awaited moderation”. . . that included a third comments to “moderators” that was stuck in moderation for some time.

    I’m a climate skeptic that has never gone off topic or been disrespectful to anyone within the WUWT community. . . yet I feel like an outcast! As I said in my first “withheld response” on Anthony’s 8/24 lead thread: This is Anthony’s blog and he’s in charge and I cherish WUWT!

    That’s still certainly true. . . nonetheless, having seemingly been blackballed by WUWT, I refuse to be a “silenced” second class WUWT citizen (non-white-listed) and instead will move on. Best to you all!

    As disappointed as I am; I hope you. . . Anthony particularly. . . keep fighting the noble fight!



    • DanMet’al

      You are conflating an automated process with something I’m personally doing.

      Don’t. Take. It. Personally.

      You haven’t been “blackballed” and I’m not going to delete the comment. The spam filter simply flagged your comment for some reason and I’ve been away this afternoon.

      Also, the surfacestations gallery is set on private use at the moment, it will re-open once our paper has been published. We don’t want any new stations added or any changes made while we finish up.

  3. funded by EPA:

    24 Aug: MIT News: Study: Cutting emissions pays for itself
    Savings from healthier air can make up for some or all of the cost of carbon-reduction policies.
    Audrey Resutek | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
    But just how large are the health benefits of cleaner air in comparison to the costs of reducing carbon emissions? MIT researchers looked at three policies achieving the same reductions in the United States, and found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big — in some cases, more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation.
    “Carbon-reduction policies significantly improve air quality,” says Noelle Selin, an assistant professor of engineering systems and atmospheric chemistry at MIT, and co-author of a study published today in Nature Climate Change. “In fact, policies aimed at cutting carbon emissions improve air quality by a similar amount as policies specifically targeting air pollution.”…
    This research was supported by funding from the EPA’s Science to Achieve Results program.

  4. More methane fears.

    BBC – 24 August 2014
    ‘Widespread methane leakage’ from ocean floor off US coast
    Researchers say they have found more than 500 bubbling methane vents on the seafloor off the US east coast.
    There are concerns that these new seeps could be making a hitherto unnoticed contribution to global warming……..

    The scientists say that the warming of ocean temperatures might be causing these hydrates to send bubbles of gas drifting through the water column….

    But it is important to say we simply don’t have any evidence in this paper to suggest that any carbon coming from these seeps is entering the atmosphere.”

  5. Comment on the new layout.

    1 / I think you will find most of WUWT denizens and clientele are in the older age brackets from the 40’s or thereabouts on up.
    I’m 76 and unlike WUWT’s previous layout I now have to concentrate and even squint to be able to read the small and closely set printed word in the comments which becomes much worse when there is a long para with a number of close set lines making up the comment.

    2 / And the individual comments are somewhat overwhelmed by the large size of the comment poster’s ID lettering.

    Teething problems only and judging by a somewhat similar side by side post presentation layout on the GWPF site layout it is a layout which certainly will be much more comparative, much easier and more selective scan wise on what article / post to read first, at least in my case.

  6. Also Darken the lettering a little bit please.
    It seems to be some sort of current fashion to have quite light grey and hard to read lettering in some blogs these days. Contrasts this comments shading of the lettering with the darker lettering in the RH “Recent Comments” column alongside of this comment.

  7. Thanks Anthony.
    I probably need a before and after comparison but the comment lettering now seems a bit larger and a little easier to read.

    The written word is what this site runs on so the easier something is to read in a physical eye ball sense,
    [ we are not talking grammatical, ] the more the eyeballs will be relaxed and the deeper into the subject your public will be likely be to read.

    As I can testify after looking at a lot of sites, a hard to read site gets pretty short shift regardless of content as my old eyeballs just say enough is enough.

    Perhaps it might pay to play, tell your public what you are doing and solicit feedback.

    Font looks good, again speaking only for myself

  8. About the pause or hiatus… this is something James Hansen published back in 2000:


    A common view is that the current global warming rate will continue or accelerate. But we argue that rapid warming in recent decades has been driven mainly by non-CO2 greenhouse gases (GHGs), such as chlorofluorocarbons, CH4, and N2O, not by the products of fossil fuel burning, CO2 and aerosols, the positive and negative climate forcings of which are partially offsetting. The growth rate of non-CO2 GHGs has declined in the past decade. If sources of CH4 and O3 precursors were reduced in the future, the change in climate forcing by non-CO2 GHGs in the next 50 years could be near zero.

  9. ROM August 25, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Also Darken the lettering a little bit please. It seems to be some sort of current fashion to have quite light grey and hard to read lettering in some blogs these days.

    This “fashion” began IIRC with Apple. Its Mac booklets featured tiny gray text in the middle of an ocean of white space.

    (Surely Anthony will want to distance himself from gray-scale Apple-trendiness!)

  10. Is Your Governor a Denier?

    So I go to check this out, though I already know what I’m gonna see at any site called “ecowatch”. Sure enough, a “give us money” pop-up appears immediately with a smiling Ed Begley Jr “we have to act to save the planet” pitch.

    Oddly though, the comments are being dominated by climate realists. We have truly reached the turning point when ecowatch can’t purge dissent fast enough to keep it off their page.

  11. Anthony,

    WordPress has a problem.
    If a reader taps a link down the list, Jonova as example. Then, returns to WUWT, the reader is returned to WUWT somewhere between pages 3 to 6. So, the reader is back in time anywhere from days to a week past.
    This began this morning.

    I think you need cash. I will fling some tonight.


    Bob Doyle

  12. Here are a few quotes on the word skeptic

    Skeptic: from the Greek “skeptikos” meaning “to consider, examine”

    “Skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.” [Miguel de Unamuno, "Essays and Soliloquies," 1924]

    “Trust, but Verify” – President Ronald Reagan

  13. Is it possible to put a “Link” to your “links” on the header? They are hard to find now , since they are at the bottom and get lost when more of the older posts load?

  14. Anthony,

    Please check your site changes on small screens, such as iPhone. Your previous formatting was brilliant in that realm. Early new stuff has huge amounts of white space and dramatic jumps in font size, etc. also some overlap in clickable image boxes.

    Good luck with the fine tuning.

    • @ Man Tran

      It turns out for some reason that the new Theme turned off the “mobile theme” settings when it installed. I’ve re-enabled it. Refresh and try it now.

  15. Very Nice changes to the site!!!

    Note: Reference page drop down menu needs a blank entry after the end of the list so Solar is easier to select. Using Chrome on a Mac.

    Ocean Methane Seepage study is likely to get some spin.

    Natural Methane Seepage on U.S. Atlantic Ocean Margin Widespread
    USGA Newsroom Release: 8/25/2014 9:10:45 AM

    The study, Widespread methane leakage from the sea floor on the northern US Atlantic Margin, by A, Skarke, C. Ruppel, M, Kodis, D. Brothers and E. Lobecker in Nature Geoscience is available on line.

    MSU geologist discovers natural methane seepage in an unlikely place

    “Globally, the upper ocean has been warming for decades,” Skarke said. “Some of the seeps we found are similar to those on Arctic Ocean margins, where warming has been more rapid. But we also know that some subsets of the seeps have probably been active for over 1,000 years. A key question is how the long-term seepage and short-term warming of the ocean are related to methane escape.”

    Skarke said the research “does not provide sufficient evidence to draw objective conclusions about the relationship between these methane seeps and global climate change.

  16. Hundreds of ‘toxic’ methane vents discovered in the Atlantic’s depths – and they could be caused by global warming
    A large number of methane vents have been found off the US East Coast
    Suggests such leakage is far more widespread in the Atlantic than thought
    Previously only three seepage areas had been known of in this area
    Increased levels of methane can make water more acidic and deadly to life
    The vents could be caused by a warming ocean linked to climate change

    Read more:
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

  17. 25 August 2014 – 1:56 pm

    ~ It’s not easy being solar. ~

    SolarWorld Recalls Solar Systems with Copper Grounding Lugs Due to Electrocution, Electric Shock or Fire Hazard

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission — Recall number: 14-260
    (21 August 2014)


  18. Re temperature adjustments.
    I find it a bit disturbing that the adjustments are done at single stations as seen by J Marohasy for Australia and also shown for some Iceland stations. I suspect that GISS and others then use the adjusted temperatures again in a new homogensation and so on.
    What would happen if you repeatedly homogenised allready homogenised temperatures?
    It could happen, because the old records sometimes disappear.
    I would like to see an independent check of what these routines really does and how they are validated.

  19. Robert Doyle August 25, 2014 at 7:46 am

    WordPress has a problem.
    If a reader taps a link down the list, Jonova as example. Then, returns to WUWT, the reader is returned to WUWT somewhere between pages 3 to 6. So, the reader is back in time anywhere from days to a week past.

    There may have been a comment that came out of moderation at that earlier point.

  20. Have the press turned cool on warming?

    Over the summer, it seems to me, the number of articles about AGM in the mainstream mead has declined. In addition, the skeptical position has been given more prominence.

    Anyone keep any objective stats on GW coverage?

  21. I like the changes. This format seems to keep loading more stories as you approach the bottom of the page. I don’t think you need to keep the “recent posts” widget. Especially if you start from the top post, there is a “next article” arrow available. Is there a “back” arrow available as an option?

    I would vote for moving the enso meter, the sea ice page and the solar image page widgets up in the right-hand column. I check those items daily, along with the many articles.

    To ROM – consider getting a tablet or a computer that has a touch screen. I agree that there are many sites that have small type. Touch screens let you enlarge the screen quite easily. Another option is ctrl + or ctrl – to increase or decrease the size in case you don’t have touch screen capabilities. Of course, after using the tablet, I find myself trying to use my laptop screen to make the type larger.

  22. Is it possible to include the date of the posts? I know it’s the first day of the new format, but showing the date of the posts allows me to know I’m at the end of ‘todays’ posts.


    REPLY: yes, we’ve covered this in the discussion thread about changes, maybe you missed it -A

  23. They admit it…

    (or…How and why scientists and researchers are cooking the books.)

    Every day the newspapers carry stories of new scientific findings. There are 15 million scientists worldwide all trying to get their research published. But a disturbing fact appears if you look closely: as time goes by, many scientific findings seem to become less true than we thought. It’s called the “decline effect” – and some findings even dwindle away to zero.

    A highly influential paper by Dr John Ioannidis at Stanford University called “Why most published research findings are false” argues that fewer than half of scientific papers can be believed, and that the hotter a scientific field (with more scientific teams involved), the less likely the research findings are to be true. He even showed that of the 49 most highly cited medical papers, only 34 had been retested and of them 41 per cent had been convincingly shown to be wrong. And yet they were still being cited.

    Again and again, researchers are finding the same things, whether it’s with observational studies, or even the “gold standard” Randomised Controlled Studies, whether it’s medicine or economics. Nobody bothers to try to replicate most studies, and when they do try, the majority of findings don’t stack up. The awkward truth is that, taken as a whole, the scientific literature is full of falsehoods.

    Jolyon Jenkins reports on the factors that lie behind this. How researchers who are obliged for career reasons to produce studies that have “impact”; of small teams who produce headline-grabbing studies that are too statistically underpowered to produce meaningful results; of the way that scientists are under pressure to spin their findings and pretend that things they discovered by chance are what they were looking for in the first place. It’s not exactly fraud, but it’s not completely honest either. And he reports on new initiatives to go through the literature systematically trying to reproduce published findings, and of the bitter and personalised battles that can occur as a result.

  24. I don’t like the new layout. Or more specifically, I don’t like the font style and size used in it. I find it hard to read, harder than the old layout.
    Serif fonts work for me in books but not on monitor. And the fact that they’re bigger so they _resemble_ what’s in books or newspapers means less of them fits in my browser window. I did not purchase high resolution monitor so I can have bigger letters on it but so I can fit more of them on it.
    I would really appreciate if there was an option to change the font type and size without resizing the rest (such as graphs or images – these are already small enough).

  25. Dana Nutticelli has just posted this on the Guardian…so now he’s a fortune teller!

    DanaNuccitelli thelonggrass
    25 August 2014 3:46pm

    It mainly depends on when the Pacific Decadal Oscillation switches phases. Solar activity probably won’t go much lower. Hard to say about volcanic activity (it’s been a large number of moderate volcanic emissions that’s caused the temporary cooling). But once we shift to a phase with more El Niños, global surface warming should begin to accelerate, barring a lot of volcanic eruptions.

  26. “Everything we know is wrong”

    Interesting program on BBC radio 4 about how published scientific results do not necessarily reflect the truth:

    “there is no result that you cannot make seem plausible”
    “pressure to hype your result”
    “if you come up with your hypothesis after you have the data it is possible it is a chance result”
    “not a lot of scientific effort is put into replication”
    “one route to success is to be innovative but not clash with existing theories”
    “there is less reproducibility than you would expect”

    Manages to steer clear of Climate Change…

  27. Hi Anthony,
    my tip would be to keep this new format. It looks great. My compliments.

    As for the comment of Kasuha at August 26, 2014 at 2:17 am, with me the font is sans-serif exept for the headers, titles, names etc. So I guess it also depends on the browser or computer settings of the reader.

    The bigger width of the comments text column needs some getting used to for me, but of course I can adapt this with the screen width, and the font size width ctrl / + or -

  28. I’ve been following the development of TS Cristobal into hurricane Cristobal and it seems to me to be an example of more analysis increasing the reported strength. Up until 5 pm on Monday (advisory 9) there was no suggestion that Cristobal would strengthen into a hurricane before Thursday. However, by the 11 pm advisory (no 10) the intensity had been upgraded to a hurricane based on the wind speed measured by an observation flight. Although the measured data is not in any question, what is is all previous measurements as they would not have classified this as a hurricane without the flight data. Here is the wording from the advisory at 11 pm:

    1100 PM EDT MON AUG 25 2014

    Based on a blend of SFMR, flight-level, and dropsonde wind data
    collected by a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft a little earlier this
    evening, Cristobal was upgraded to a 65-kt hurricane. Similar to
    Hurricane Bertha earlier this year in roughly the same location,
    this system’s cloud pattern does not resemble that of a hurricane,
    with little or no evidence of banding on satellite images. Some
    additional strengthening is expected, however, since the SHIPS
    guidance shows a decrease in vertical shear during the next few
    days, and an increase in upper-level divergence is indicated by the
    global models. The official intensity forecast is a little higher
    than the previous one, and is close to the latest LGEM guidance.

    I don’t know how the historical data on hurricanes – especially the new fad for using ACE as a measure for comparison as opposed to simple numbers of storms – can be compared when newer methods of data collection are revealing that previous methods appear to be under-reporting. Do we need someone to “do a Leif” on hurricane data (that is, develop a comparison between historical and modern numbers based on altered observations)?

  29. Here’s a “whoops” from Aug 25, 2014…

    “A Single Android App Is Crippling the Nat’l Weather Service’s Website”

    “If you’ve been trying to look up your forecast on the National Weather Service’s website this afternoon, you may have noticed that the forecasts are days out of date or not loading at all. Apparently, this is the result of a single “abusive” Android app overloading the agency’s servers.”

  30. Hey WUWT:

    when baseball fans first became interested in sabremetrics it turned out that in a sport awash with statistics the data necessary to make the kind of decisions the mettricians wanted wasn’t available. So a “project scoresheet” was begun, amateur and volunteer, to provide the data. Work out well.

    As has your surface stations project. (bravo)

    So how about a “raw data” project where in original temperature observer records are reviewed, put in a standard format, and published in an accessable copendium.

    The baseball analogy:
    we have the box score —
    we didn’t have the wind, the sun, the defensive positioning, the pitch by pitch sequences, the park (environmental) effects…..

    You have proven, i think, that the govt recording of observers data points is ‘inadequate’ in at tleast some cases.

    If it were possible to reconstruct and verify as much of the original data as possible, without interpretation, would this be useful?

    I am a retired programmer available to participate significantly but unsuitable for leadership.

  31. I really REALLY do NOT like the new format!!!!!!!
    From BLOOMBERG online:

    Damage Seen From Climate Change in UN Leak

    Humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless there’s faster action to limit the fossil fuel emissions that cause climate change, according to a leaked draft United Nations report.

  32. The Catch-22 of Energy Storage
    Barry Brook

    “Several recent analyses of the inputs to our energy systems indicate that, against expectations, energy storage cannot solve the problem of intermittency of wind or solar power. Not for reasons of technical performance, cost, or storage capacity, but for something more intractable: there is not enough surplus energy left over after construction of the generators and the storage system to power our present civilization.”

  33. Not sure if this is the right thread for this comment (apologies if not) but I’m finding this new format a little bit less tablet-friendly than the old one. Although at first glance it looks great, one can no longer double-tap a paragraph to zoom in. For small-screen devices where text is small this is quite an important facility to lose. Don’t know if it can be fixed, or if it is a limitation of this format?

  34. Looks like Dana Nuccitelli is giving a speech at SMUD HQ in Sacramento tomorrow evening.
    Maybe some of your readers in the area want to attend and make sure that “Scooter” is not unchallenged.



    Fire and Water Presentation – Sacramento Citizens Climate Lobby


    How Global Warming is Changing California’s Weather

    and a Bipartisan Solution

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

    SMUD Headquarters Auditorium

    6301 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95852

    California has been hit hard by drought and wildfires in recent years.

    These events have left many Californians wondering, is this extreme

    weather linked to global warming, and what can we expect for the future?

    In this ‘Fire and Water’ event, scientist Dana Nuccitelli will discuss and

    answer questions about the latest scientific research into the possible links

    between climate change and California’s wildfires and drought, and

    projections of their future changes in a warming world. The event will also

    include discussion of a proposed free market, bipartisan solution supported

    by many liberals and conservatives alike.


    Dana Nuccitelli, environmental scientist, risk assessor, and climate blogger for The Guardian


    Harold Ferber, retired attorney, member of the Sacramento Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

    Sponsored by the Sacramento Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

    For more information please contact Eileen Heinrich, CCL Volunteer, at or 916-481-3703.

  35. Re Aug 25 at 8:31—- Old eyes:have to enlarge font size to read. Then the whole right hand side is off the screen !!! Used to be able to “slide over”to view the right hand side. Cannot do it now. ???

  36. Mods? Does only the top post deserve a “continue” or “more” cue?
    Not intuitively obvious how to read the other posts…I send a lot of students here, including from grade schools…..never too young to learn…but easier can be better..Thanks.

  37. I miss the author’s name on each story of the new format.

    REPLY: all that info is there when you open up a story from the front page summary. The idea for this format is to minimize clutter on the front page so stories can be easily browsed and selected. – Anthon

  38. Re New Format;
    Mine is a very ancient 7 years old Mac OS 4.4.11 running Safari 4.1.3.
    Quite adequate for my browsing.

    For the first time I am now getting slow loading and the regular temporary lock up of Safari as it tries to load WUWT.
    This is not only applicable to WUWT but to other sites also and has become a recent and very annoying experience.
    The reasons appear to be the increasing use of “animated” Ads by Word Press which are now showing up on the WUWT site which run slow scripts which then lock the site until the entire Advertisement animation is loaded or the whole damn lot just freezes up..

  39. Feedback on the layout change.

    The citation with a shadow look very nice, but the greenish blue background sucks, and you still don’t have threaded comments like JoNova. There a response is put together with the comment it responds to. Also the layout is very nice ! This now look more like BishopHills and it’s not good. Thanks for changing the mobile, now it works much better.

    The front side with the last articles is nice and I like the images to each article too. But please skip or change the color on the comment background !


  40. Re slow loading and freeze ups at my post at 5.56 pm.

    That WAS quick!
    No animated ads. No problems loading.
    Still a slight delay of five seconds or so while some centre of page, non animated ads  load, the WUWT content loads fast, but all OK by me if it helps in site costs.

    A very hearty Thank you, Anthony.

  41. Hanover, August 2014: 3.3 degrees

    The Monday night, August 26 [2014], was in the north in many places the coldest since records began. At 3.3 degrees about in Hannover and 6 degrees in Hamburg temperatures dropped to its lowest value registered so far for this date, reported the German Weather Service.

    Hamburg. The average minimum of the past 30 years for the August 26 stood at 11 degrees in Hamburg and 10.7 degrees in Hannover significantly higher. From the Institute for weather and climate communication even freezing temperatures in the north were measured. In Quickborn the soil temperature had fallen in the night of Tuesday to -1 degrees, said the Hamburg Institute.
    [Translation by Google, bold mine]

  42. Andrew,

    Regarding the four new topic options at the top of the page, when they come up when clicked, and present the related posts, could the story you wanted appear first, and then the related posts down after the comments? Clicking twice to get the actual story you want is a bit … “things that make you go … hmmm”.

    Otherwise I love the site upgrade, the header looks awesome, and once I had thickened up the font setting on my PC the font is now properly legible again without any zooming.

  43. Another thing that’s disturbing is when you put images with a link and that link contain the word wordpress, it’s censored in China and I can not see it without using a VPN. Could you please put that with directory under wattsupwiththat something it’s would works nice.

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