Giving thanks


As this year draws to a close, I think back about what I’ve accomplished on this blog in the last year, and it occurs to me that I have a lot of people to thank. It truly has been a team effort in a lot of ways, with many people contributing from many different angles to help make the work I’m doing a possibility.

First and foremost, I’d like to thank Steve Thompson of Assemblyman Rick Keene’s office. It was his mention in an email to me “that Russ Steele and I ought to get together” that started me on the path to study climate change from the data gathering aspect. Of course Russ and I had similar ideas, but we just didn’t know about each other, and knowing that there’s somebody else nearby that thought like I did whom I could converse with, was really a boost. Of course on the political front, I should also thank the local activist group “Esplande League”, because if they hadn’t worked so hard to keep me from being re-elected to the local school board, I never would have had the time to pursue this research.

I owe Russ Steele a lot, not only for the many stations he’s surveyed, and for the encouragement and support, but also for introducing my work to many people, including Steve McIntyre of Climate Audit. It wasn’t until Steve took notice that things really began to take off. Steve has been most gracious in helping to promote my work and for offering me the ability to co-author on his blog.

And there are many others, I can think of the many volunteers on that have contributed many ideas, data sorting and spreadsheet macros that saved me time and effort, and made the project’s data analysis better. Gary Boden, Chris Dunn, Joel McDade, John Goetz, Barry Wise, and Eric Gamberg have all made significant contributions to the project via surveyed stations and or improvements to the survey process and analysis.

Super surveyor Don Kostuch, has been traveling the country and surveys new stations every week. He is leader of the station surveyors not only in terms of quantity, but of quality too. His surveys are always carefully done. 15 year old Kristen Byrnes and her dad have surveyed almost all of New England single handedly.

One volunteer, Arthur Edelstein, I owe a great deal to because he did some significant data capture and collation that I wouldn’t have been able to do myself in the fraction of time that he did it in.

I owe Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. a debt of gratitude for his faith in my work and his encouragement, along with his assistant, Dallas Staley, who has pulled many an obscure request for data or publications out of nowhere, even after hours.

Then there’s all the other blogs and newspaper authors out there that have promoted what I’m doing.  Joe D’Aleo of ICECAP comes to mind, and does Barry Hearn and Steve Milloy of JS for publishing my “How not to measure temperature” series, and Kate from Small Dead Animals for being a regular traffic driver.  There’s Evan Jones, who is my most prolific and enthusiast commenter, along with regulars George M., Papertiger, Larry Sheldon, and Stan Needham. Let’s not forget Steven Mosher and Jeez, for putting up with my silly rants at dinner with Mac at AGU. Jeez also footed the dinner bill, and so deserves double thanks.

Local blogger Lon Glazner deserves a nod for blogging some early support and for some mental stimulus on thermometers that got me fired up last spring.

In the newspaper realm, Ryan Olson of the local Chico Enterprise Record, not only for the stories he’s done, but for putting up with my complaints about Moveable Type and helping me migrate to WordPress where I’ve been able to make a better product.  I thank Bill Steigerwald of the Pittsburgh Tribune whose article launched me into national attention. And finally, Evan, who did a really balanced and fair article even though I feared the worst.

Then there’s the 300 plus volunteers for Thank you each and every one.

I owe you all a debt of gratitude. Thank you. If I’ve missed anyone, don’t be shy about speaking up.

There’s a few that deserved coal this year, but I’ll leave them nameless.

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Evan Jones
December 31, 2007 9:29 pm

Nobody beats the Rev!
HAP-py NEW year to all. (SIR!)
(You volunteers are true bricks!)

December 31, 2007 10:25 pm

My pleasure, Anthony. You’ve done something very unique here, and you deserve the recognition!

January 1, 2008 8:18 am

Anthony –
Your contributions to climate science are extemely important and will have a very major influence on how the multi-decadal near-surface air temperature data is viewed in the future. Keep up this excellent work in 2008! 🙂
With Best Wishes for the New Year!

Bruce in Tulsa
January 1, 2008 8:19 am

And we should all be thanking you!
THANK YOU! Please keep this up. I love showing this site to supporters of the idea of anthropogenic global warming. It gives them pause.

Larry Sheldon
January 1, 2008 9:41 am

Thanks for the thanks.
And thanks for the work.
Now I’ll have to research “Esplande League” to see what that was about.
But it is interesting to note that the “fever” seems to have subsided. and anti-fever sentiments are showing up in places I would not have expected to see it. (On USENET I watch the newsgroups that are related to driving a truck–which I on occasion do or did and a daughter and a son-in-law still do–much merriment about the fact that I70 is closed from just west of Denver to Vale stranding 2000 people due to avalanche danger. I70 closes just about every time it snows more than a flurry, but it is always in the past been opened as soon as they get it plowed, I thought. I confess that I have not researched that at all–I just don’t remember ever having to wait more that an hour or two to get an opportunity to chain-up and moter on through.)
So I think it was on balance a good year for science, even if a little painful at times (laughing that hard is tough on an old body), and I think 2008 will be interesting in more dimensions than just Presidential Politics, which may turn out to be the most boring of the lot.
When I first got started in “global warming” I didn’t think I would live to see the world come to its senses, but I am more hopeful and wish I had been a gambling man when the wagers were offered.
Keep up the work, it is important.
If (or when) I make another pilgrimage to my home state I’d like to stop by and hoist a favored beverage with you.

January 1, 2008 9:52 am

Thank you Anthony
Your efforts (and those of others such as Steve M) have shown that important science is not just the province of the elite and big government but anyone who will take the time and effort to contribute. My hat is off to you guys with best wishes for the new year!

Kristen Byrnes
January 1, 2008 12:47 pm

The real thanks goes to you, Anthony!

Tony Edwards
January 1, 2008 12:51 pm

Anthony, I echo all of the congrats. etc., but would like to repeat a question I asked on the Moon/Mars post.
I know it’s off thread, but don’t know where else to put it.
Anthony, elsewhere it was pointed out WRT the close meeting between the Moon and Mars that while the winter solstice was around now, the sunrise will continue to be later until around the 14th Jan, while the sunset is already getting later. I have never managed to come up with the reason for the sunrise and sunset earliest and latest events to come at different times. I suspect that it might be something to do with the Earth’s axis not being aligned with the orbital path, but I don’t know. Any answers for the New Year?
Anyway, great work with the surface stations and I hope you had a great Christmas
Tony Edwards

Evan Jones
January 1, 2008 3:44 pm

I echo the thanks of the others, Rev.
And I think we should “include in” Bill from Vigo, SteveSadlov, henry, Jim B, Jeff, and a few others, too as well. Speak up!
(And a special “thank you too much” to the ”Esplande League”, without which your well deserved place in history would not have been possible!)

Steve Moore
January 1, 2008 4:58 pm

Thanks for the terrific site!
I appreciate the amount of work it represents.
By the way, just go ahead and send all the coal up here — it’s cold!

Stan Needham
January 1, 2008 6:40 pm

Happy New Year, and thanks for the kind mention. All most honest people really want is the truth, and you and your volunteers are pursuing the truth about as diligently as anyone I have run across recently. I echo Dr. Pielke’s comments WRT the importance of your contribution to climate science.
and wish I had been a gambling man when the wagers were offered.
Larry, you mean there was money to be made besides gov’mint grants? Whoda thunk?

January 1, 2008 10:33 pm

Thanks for the kind words, it has been a real pleasure to work with you in 2007, and I am looking forward to more projects we can work on in 2008. I second your thanks to Steve Thompson for introducing us. Ellen and I have had a lot of fun surveying surface stations. It gave us a real sense of accomplishment when we succeeded in finding surface stations hidden from public view.
Your advice and council has been invaluable, but perhaps most important your encouragement when I was learning R to plot climate and project data. Knowing I could help, inspired me to work harder at learning a new language and search harder when hunting for surface stations. Kicking around ideas, appreciating small successes, and learning from failure is a lot more fun when their is someone to share with. THANK YOU!

January 1, 2008 11:10 pm

I feel honored Anthony.
Thank you.
Side note for Kristen Byrnes. If I set up another climate change debate on blog radio would you like to argue the skeptic side?
The last one sort of flopped because Dr. Tim Ball wasn’t able to get through on the telephone ( my personal belief, there was skullduggery or collusion by the phone company – ya I’m kind of nuts like that).
I couldn’t imagine a better foil for the likes of a Doc Dessler. Could you picture it Kirsten crunching his climate change myths for the world to hear?
That would set the AGW movement back at least 25 years. Maybe 50 even .

January 2, 2008 10:56 am

No, thank YOU Anthony, for giving us the opportunity to help you gather the data you needed and contribute to the advancement of science. Also, not that I needed an excuse to go to Yosemite, but thanks non-the-less for giving me a convenient one to photograph and document the station there. Of coarse, since I was already there, I figured I’d hike to the top of Yosemite Falls 🙂

Kristen Byrnes
January 2, 2008 4:28 pm

Send an email :

David Walton
January 3, 2008 7:33 pm

Hey Anthony, Happy New Year! A couple weeks ago I lost and could not recover my Thunderbird address book.
Send me an email.

January 4, 2008 11:03 am

Wow. Me being listed in the “thanks” column, just for commenting and asking questions.
Imagine what it would be like if I did some REAL work, like the volunteers have…

January 7, 2008 4:12 pm

Anthony, good interview you had on KSFO 560 AM this morning. Will you make a post on this (or make a post over at CA)?
That was a massive media exposure, drive time in the 4th largest media market in the US (plus, KSFO reaches beyond, well into the hinterlands and part of Sacto).
From Anthomy: Thanks for the kudos, Stseve. No I hadn’t planned on making a post on it. No point in blowing my own horn needlessly.

Evan Jones
January 11, 2008 11:58 pm

“good interview you had on KSFO 560 AM this morning”
Huh? Watts Up With That?
Hey, Rev!
I live in New York. We don’t get none o’ that there that hinterlands stuff. We wants it! So it ain’t needless no more!
Therefore, Toot That Horn, already–HOOT! HOOT!

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