Day2 of the International Climate Change Conference

Yesterday was a busy day for me. I had a radio interview in the morning that generated so much traffic to my website that it overloaded the server, and I had to defer traffic from it. I spent much of yesterday morning managing that network issue from my WiFi connection in my hotel room.

I missed the morning sessions  and lunch as a result.

My presentation yesterday afternoon got moved from 2PM to 4:45PM so that I could do a live interview with Glenn Beck on CNN Headline News. During that interview I got to meet Willie Soon an astrophysicist and Bob Carter from James Cook University, Australia who were there waiting as well, we had a lively conversation.

The Glenn Beck interview was short, as I was the last one on the show and he ran out of time, and I was unable to complete the point I wanted to make. Such is the way of live television, been there done that.

Overall I was surprised at how many people yesterday came up to me and said very positive things about my work, people who I’ve known and those I’ve never met, which was the most surprising thing.

My presentation at 4:45 was well received, and many people came up afterwards to talk about it. One fellow who got up to ask a question said something I thought was quite telling:

“There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you’ve pointed out serious issues with the way temperatures are being measured in the USA. The bad news is that the USA has the best temperature measurement network in the world.”

 When I return home, I’ll make my presentation available to everyone on the surfacestations.org website.

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9 thoughts on “Day2 of the International Climate Change Conference

  1. Anthony:
    Oh, the price of fame. I’m sure all the riches are coming along with it?!!?!? A heartfelt thanks though. Between you and Lubos at The Reference Frame, I learn more about the science than anywhere else. Unfortunately, my lack of stats accumen really detracts from my ability to learn over at CA. I’m working through some of the stuff at William Briggs site so I can do some catching up.
    Thanks again and good work. Don’t know if you know Tim Ball, but if you run into him, he’s a super guy. Warning though. He’ll talk your ear off. An inherent The problem when somebody absolutely loves his topic of study.
    Thanks again.

  2. So Gore’s lie begins to unravel because nobody thought anybody would open their eyes when the emperor rode through town in his new clothes!
    Keep up the good work!

  3. Actually, I’ve started looking at the German weather stations, and I’d say a good number of them are quite well positioned. But I have found a couple that were poorly located, e.g. Dortmund airport. Hopefully I’ll be photographing it next week while visiting the in-laws there.
    Like I said though, I just started looking into it. I’d say more effort has to be made inspecting foreign stations.

  4. I’m looking forward to the presentation. Maybe with all this interest we can get the rest of the stations surveyed.

    BTW, isn’t there any routine in the server software that will divert the incoming traffic when it gets too heavy? I hear about this all the time and it seems that it ought to be a standard in the o/s. Yeah, nothing is easy in IT, but really.

  5. Anthony, I saw your interview on Glenn Beck. It is a shame it did not run to completion, as I thought it was more informative than the other interviews.

  6. “There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you’ve pointed out serious issues with the way temperatures are being measured in the USA. The bad news is that the USA has the best temperature measurement network in the world.”

    That is so true and sad. Even worse is that I believe that the US network was never as accurate as it is today. God knows what it was like in 1900.

  7. Anthony:
    I caught the interview on Glenn Beck and am glad you are out there shedding light on what is going to be a costly issue for energy consuming business if we don’t get it right. I manage a web site geared toward the trucking industry and am very interested in the topic of “so called” global warmning. Our industry is a large energy consumer and is a target for fines and taxes to offset the effects of climate change if the proponents of global warming have their way. My objective is to provide our user base with the facts when it comes to climate change. The economic impact that ultimately gets passed on to the consumer can be huge.

    Keep up the good work
    RMS International
    http://www.rmsinternationalinc.com

  8. Even worse is that I believe that the US network was never as accurate as it is today. God knows what it was like in 1900.

    insofar as the individual stations are concerned, the siting was probably a lot better in 1900. So much of the CRN-4 violations occurred after 1980 (the MMTS switchover).

    As for gridding, adjustment, etc., a la 1900, I couldn’t say. Today’s adjustments seem (mostly) highly questionable. Probably (IMO) the semi-raw data (only outliers removed and TOBS corrected) would be a better measure than the fully adjusted data.

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