June 19th, a busy day at Watts Up

Today was a record setting day, not only for this blog, but for any blog sponsored by the Enterprise Record. And to think I used to be excited when I got 3000 hits a month. My traffic today was over 20,000 visitors!

Today my work with weather station surveys hit Fox News. I was on Brit Hume’s Special Report “Grapevine” show at 3:35PM PST and I was right up there with Al Gore and Reid Bryson, dubbed the father of climatology. I hope to have a You Tube clip to show soon. This is all because of one column by Bill Steigerwald in the Pittsburgh News and Tribune who stumbled across my blog last week. Yesterday his article was on The Drudge Report and it has been snowballing ever since.

So far most of the commentary has been supportive of the weather station survey work myself and volunteers like Russ Steele of Nevada County are doing.


I haven’t sought any publicity, but apparently a lot of people have found this work interesting. I just hope the publicity doesn’t get in the way of completeing this project.

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Kojiro Vance
June 20, 2007 3:36 pm

Anthony – don’t be intimidated. The work you are doing is important. I’m surprised nobody has thought of it before.
At this point we don’t know how many stations have a problem or what the magnitude of errors might be. It could be big, it could be nothing. I’m with you. We should be making decision based on the best available data. Nobody would accept poor quality control in a lab producing prescription drugs, why should weather and climate change be different?

mike from texas
June 20, 2007 7:13 pm

national radio talkshow host neal bootz {boortz.com} from atlanta mentioned you on the air today and spent about 10 minutes describing the photos of the weather stations and the comments with the photos. i have bookmarked your site. your work is very much appreciated. too bad rush limbaugh is on vacation this week or you would more than likely be interviewd by him. he who has a listening audience of about 20 million people everyday. contact the EIB network. he would love to hear from you.

June 20, 2007 7:40 pm
Jack Lee
June 20, 2007 9:23 pm

Way to go Anthony! You deserve it, I hope you can take your blog to the next level and start earning some big $$$$. With that kind of response you really should!

June 20, 2007 10:56 pm

Thanks Jack, but I don’t want money from this.
What I want is to get the science done correctly, with good data, open and repeatable methods, and repeatable results.
If we are going to invest billions to go down a path, we’d better be sure about the science, and right now after seeing the flawed data gathering, poor quality control, and adjustment methods that don’t handle the kind of random biases seen, I have sincere doubts about conclusions drawn from the surface temperature record.
The weather balloon radiosonde and satellite records show a very slight warming, but nothing compared to the magnitude of the surface temperatures.
And, for NASA to withhold methods from credible researchers, brings the science under a level of suspicion. Science is built on sharing and repeatable experiments…climate change science should be no different.

June 22, 2007 1:59 pm

Just browsing some more around this site. You may not realize it, but the political fallout from this amazing discovery has not yet begun to be felt. Your pictures say a thousand words.
And as a DC media professional, this is a BIG story. Wow, the powers of the connectivity of the Internet never cease to amaze me.
The results from your survey will be very interesting indeed. Bet the USHCN gets a lot more money in the FY08 appropriations cycle, at the very least.
Nice work, Anthony. Very well done indeed. Sound science is a very laudable goal, and you are an honest broker of it.
–PB, Arlington, Va.

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