You may remember reading about my surfacestaions.org project and the climate monitoring station at Detroit Lakes, MN surveyed by Don Kostuch. There were two air conditioners within feet of the station, and a big jump in temperature the same year they were placed next to it. I surmised the A/C units had something to do with that, and the “usual warming suspects” went nutty with criticisms. The resulting hullabaloo they created attracted a lot of attention, and statistics expert Steve McIntyre of Climate Audit noticed that there was another reason for the jump.
It was bad data handling by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) . They fouled up at the year 2000 in joining data sets. As a result of McIntyre’s work, NASA was forced to revise the data, and the result was that the much touted year 1998 formerly known as “the hottest year on record in the USA” fell to a close second behind 1934 during the peak of the dust bowl years.
The Weblog Awards are the world’s largest blog competition, and Climate Audit has been nominated as a finalist for “Best Science Blog. Note that Climate Audit and Mr. McIntyre are also responsible for proving the “Hockey Stick” was based on faulty analysis of tree ring data, and thus was minimized in the latest IPCC report.
A blog with this magnitude of contribution deserves to win over blogs that just report things and accept commentary. I provide the hosting server for Climate Audit, (after the traffic from the latest discover took it down) so voting for it is also indirectly a vote for me too.
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