The Hockey Stick returns as web karma

Looks like a tipping point has been reached. Click graph for details.


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June 7, 2008 7:38 am

Bet they used a proxy that does not reflect actual site visits.

June 7, 2008 7:42 am

Congratulations, good work. Maybe you could expand your links. I use your site as a portal to other sites. You might include more new and worthwhile skeptic sites and subdivide your links in sub-classes.

June 7, 2008 7:56 am

what a lovely hockey stick! congratulations, Anthony!
I truly sense that the tide is turning and your contribution with its unique mix of science, critical observation, thorough measurement, humor and outrage is pivotal.
with best wishes for more global sanity,

Mike Smith
June 7, 2008 8:35 am

Way to go, Anthony!

June 7, 2008 8:36 am

I thought of a good title for a web page to write, “Tipping Points and Talking Points,” but seem to have no free time to do so. Another tipping point I have to remember now for when I have time. Sigh. 🙂

June 7, 2008 8:38 am

kolay gelsin, bize de bekleriz.

June 7, 2008 8:43 am

Kick ass Anthony!

Frank Ravizza
June 7, 2008 8:48 am

LOL! Take that Gavin!
I’ve visited wattsup multiple times per day since about January.

Steamboat Jack
June 7, 2008 8:49 am

That means we are spreading the word. I forward your comments and the link a couple of times a week to let people know that the issue is not settled.
Of course, I suspect that my former friends on the other side of this issue no longer read my emails, so I am probably only preaching to the choir. But if I can get only one person to question what they have been told by the Main Stream Media, then my efforts have been worth while.
Keep up the good work!
Steamboat Jack

Jeff Alberts
June 7, 2008 8:54 am

This is especially interesting since this site and CA mentioned RC all the time, but RC (from what I hear) doesn’t mention WUWT or CA at all in their main posts.

June 7, 2008 9:06 am

Hmmm, I see no net increase in traffic recently. Perhaps their site traffic has a direct relationship to global temperature anamolies! 😀
It appears Anthony is on fire! Good job, and keep up the great work!

June 7, 2008 9:24 am

It’s a nice graph, but I think Alexa is about as useful a guage of internet popularity as a thermometer in a car park.

June 7, 2008 9:42 am

You cheated Anthony! My guess is that you knew calmness and reason and a belief in truth would win out. No fair!

June 7, 2008 9:58 am


June 7, 2008 10:03 am

I see some raw data in desperate need of adjustments!

June 7, 2008 10:57 am

If you really want to see impact, use that same site, same comparison, but run the view out to max.
It shows that Anthony, since starting his site, has shown a continous upward trend, compared to the “random noise” associated with RC.
It also shows something else: since RC doesn’t provide links to you (and neither do Tamino, Eli and others), then people are finding your site without their help (they’re not getting here from there).
Recently, it appears that news articles are referencing more to here and CA rather than RC and company. That only boosts your rank.
Looks really bad when a single weatherman gets more hits to his blog than a room full of climate scientists…

June 7, 2008 11:19 am

It appears we have a heretic general now leading the way for a full scale backlash…against the powers of evil!
Heh. But seriously, it’s good to know that people can look at REAL DATA and make conclusions, not just jump on a bandwagon that’s ‘socially proggramed,’ by paranoid people whom think humans are soley to blame.
As a result of this site, and many others (starting with DAILYTECH’s global cooling article back in January)…I have been spreading the word on AGW falsehoods…just like I always knew it was: FALSE!
Thank you sun…

Alan S. Blue
June 7, 2008 11:37 am

Where’s the Little Ice Age ant the Medieval Warm Period? I can’t believe these people!?!?! History papers cite separate anecdotal increases from Greenland to Siberia and southwest back to Subsaharan Africa in great detail. And yet this sucker is flat, flat, flat!

June 7, 2008 11:46 am

Alexa isn’t very good generally. But, many think it’s not so bad when comparing sites on similar topics.

June 7, 2008 12:02 pm

Hey, I have an idea!
Let’s promote, getting Anthony nominated for a Scientific Nobel Peace Prize for providing the platform that is “exposing” the “Political Science” AGW Scam for what it is.
REPLY: While this is pure fantasy, that’s one award I’d definitely turn down, then demand they give it to Irena Sendler posthumously.

June 7, 2008 12:11 pm

I found your site about a month ago. Your content here is the right message at the right time, and I think the traffic will only continue to increase. After about 15 years of social programming, sometime in the past year or so, the green community decided it had reached critical mass to move ahead with “taxation, regulation, and legislation” (the three cornerstones of liberal government, to quote Mitch McConnell).
Sadly for them (but happily for humanity), their timing happened to run into cooling temperatures and rising energy costs. Most Americans get a little suspicious when the “answer” to any problem is higher taxes, increased regulation, and a lower standard of living. They will seek out the truth on the Internet, since the msm has failed us, and they will find persuasive information here.
Keep up the good work…

David Walton
June 7, 2008 12:16 pm

Hey Anthony, those look like some pretty darn impressive hit figures on Alexa. Congratulations.
REPLY:Thanks. I’m pretty sure now I get more hits than the Chico Beat. 😉

June 7, 2008 12:18 pm

Oops, that was supposed to be “taxation, regulation, and litigation” – didn’t mean to misquote the honorable senator…

June 7, 2008 12:19 pm

I was lecturing on “Gorebal Warming” aboard a ship during a trans-Atlantic repositioning cruise to the UK from late March through early April this year. The accumulated masses not in the casino (about 250 to 400 attendees) clamored for more information sources to confirm my radical centrists’ take on the subject. I directed them to as the best, most honest site on the subject of climate change and the source for the . I’m not claiming credit for the increased visitation to wattsup. Those I direct are more like the 0.0002% anthropogenic CO2 contributes to the total natural CO2 in the atmosphere.
REPLY: Thanks Peter. -Anthony

Evan Jones
June 7, 2008 12:22 pm

Rev it up!

June 7, 2008 12:34 pm

I don’t see any error bars…

Schwarze Tulpe
June 7, 2008 1:23 pm

I used to visit the RC site fairly frequently back in 2006. It was uncomfortable to witness the unsettling psych of the AGW ilk.
Then, one foolish day, RC decided to post something which tried to show that the sun played no significant part in the earth’s temperature variables overtime. Doing so they crossed an invisible threshold that separated them from being a site of supposed scientific debate to one of unbalanced and clearly irrational cult like worship of AGW theory.
Anthony, the numbers show opinions are being swayed on the basis of logic and reason, a pleasant affirmation that people are able to differentiate between illusion and reality, and that they take their own initiative to study the subject matter to draw their own conclusions. What is most pleasing to me is the distinction of us being the denialists has in fact turned the other way. The AGW cultists are clearly the ones in denial!
Praise you and others who have made the web sites that took the bold steps away from what we were being told and demanded of to believe.

retired engineer
June 7, 2008 1:30 pm

Careful there. Spread too much truth and Congress will reimpose the Unfairness Doctrine to keep al-Gore from crying. His tears might evaporate and increase global cooling. Can’t have any more of that.
Slightly more seriously, Well Done. The truth shall set ye free.

Steamboat Jack
June 7, 2008 1:46 pm

Re your comment on Irena Sendler.
You have more integrity than Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, or Yasser Arafat, or all three put together.
We who are not blind salute you.
Steamboat Jack

Leon Brozyna
June 7, 2008 2:24 pm

Once again, congrats are in order. Or, as I noted when you leapt to the top of the WordPress heap, “Congratulations. When you have a good product, it sells. You’ve got just the right mix of science, math, and narrative to make it palatable to the normal layman.”
I just took a quick peek at RC. It’s like walking into a temple and listening in on high priests who will not admit to the possibility of any conclusion other than that which they’ve decided is preordained.
May your hockey stick trump their hocky stick every time.

June 7, 2008 2:35 pm

Time to get a cherry picker and put Al Gore on it to point out the alarming rise on that hockey stick; it appears that “Watts Up With That?” has reached the tipping point and a point of runaway postings!!!!!

June 7, 2008 2:45 pm

It is amazing how often Gavin visits his own site.
Must be really burning up his “enter” key.

June 7, 2008 2:45 pm

I’m looking forward to RCs adjustments to those hits.

June 7, 2008 3:11 pm

Nice job, Anthony. You are one of my outlets since the Junk Science blog was taken down. Can you tell us whether the denial of service attacks, etc. track with the increase in webhits.
REPLY: I don’t know about DOS, I’m well protected against such things due to my being hosted on I think JS will be back, just a temporary hiatus for holiday.

June 7, 2008 3:24 pm

Congratulations Anthony!
I can see that our little country of 5 million people has 10.1% of your users. Not bad compared to the UK with some ~60 million people and 12.9% users. I have linked to your site from online newspaper discussion boards over here, so maybe that explains some of it 🙂
Thank you for the excellent blog. I particularly enjoy the good science, and less so the politics.

June 7, 2008 4:31 pm


June 7, 2008 4:55 pm

Henry wrote: “Looks really bad when a single weatherman gets more hits to his blog than a room full of climate scientists…”
Alleged “climate scientist,” Henry. Alleged!
Jack Koenig, Editor
The Mysterious Climate Project

June 7, 2008 4:55 pm

You’re welcome, Anthony! 😉
Keep up the great work in exposing The Great Goreacle’s Glow Bull Worming Ponzi Scheme™ for the fraud that it is.

June 7, 2008 4:57 pm

It looks like talking about energy issues, rather than just climate change science, is paying off, huh?

June 7, 2008 5:04 pm

It must be the lack of sunspots causing this.
Those who go crazy during a full moon are called lunatics (Lune = moon)
What is the corresponding term for lack of sunspots?
REPLY: Heliotics.

June 7, 2008 5:18 pm

Great news. I’ve emailed and posted links to you on the web. First found your glorious site when the hottest year in history goof was trotted out into the sunshine.
On the cherry picker note above, though isn’t a cherry picker riding on a cherry picker rather redundant?
Hockey sticks forever!

old con struction worker
June 7, 2008 6:06 pm

I would like to thank you as well as your team (friends & family) for bring us the facts about global warming.

John F. Pittman
June 7, 2008 6:31 pm

Thanks for a great site. I always look at yours and SMcI’s Climate Audit, before I offer an estimate of future fuel prices, as part of my job. BTW, I also look at other “recognized” sources. NOT RC…after all, with RC, all I would have to say is that it will cost you more and more, you will be able to afford less and less, and you will owe more and more…so why bother, unless you have paid your Communist Party Dues!!! Hope you continue to answer, especially when you make a mistake. I find it so enlightening when you, or SMcI, Ross, Pielke, or Loehle admit to an error (usually small), and Hockey Team et al, ie Gavin, have such fatal errors. For those who don’t know, the correct conclusion of Wegman and North is that Mann, Gavin (because his models agree), are bad science. Sometimes you may note that Gavin, Mann like to claim that small errors by sceptics are the same as fatal errors by AGW warmists. The correct comparison is that SMcI/Ross was able to reproduce Mann by 99+ according to Wegman, but what was that the 1452??? R”^”2 step 0.02??? A 10,000 times better scientific statement!! Go figure (Gavin)!

June 7, 2008 7:04 pm

First. I have dibs man. Way back before 1934 became the hottest year on record, I was driving that alexa dealie by my lonesome.

June 7, 2008 7:18 pm

Great results – and all this without the meter being relocated to the car park!

June 7, 2008 8:45 pm

Seems like the Hockey Team needs a newer “new statistical method.”

June 8, 2008 12:44 am


June 8, 2008 1:33 am

Anyway. I guess Bigcitylib has some of those hits and that would in his opinion, make the count invalid….

June 8, 2008 2:02 am

Fantastic! And to boot: Climate Audit is also closing in on RC, despite McIntyre’s sometimes rather technical style of writing. Wattsupwiththat must be a strong contender in the Science blog of the year contest next winter. Keep it up!

June 8, 2008 4:52 am

If there’s another repeat of last year’s vote then I’m pretty sure PZ Myers will explode.
Congrats to Anthony. I’m sure that you’re now warming (ho ho) to your task.
Steve Mc is writing in a more technical style because its the details that really interest him.
I can’t help wondering if global warming hysteria has now reached the point that dotcoms achieved by May 2000, when the believers in ever increasing NASDAQ and DOW30 indices started to melt away as the bears/skeptics became ever more numerous.
REPLY: Every bubble bursts eventually, no matter whether it is filled with air or CO2.
As a former TV meteorologist, I present what I think will interest a broad audience, and what is in play in the public mindset at the moment. Science as a pure crucible is often hard for a broad audience to grasp. Steve is excellent at the divining the details, I like explaining them so that everyone can understand. It’s what I did for 25 years on TV.

Alex Cull
June 8, 2008 5:24 am

This also may reflect a shift from the mainstream media to blogs, when looking into subjects where the mainstream media’s coverage reveals an overriding bias and an unwillingness to report anything that goes against that bias. I still look at CNN, BBC etc., but my first ports of call when catching up with everything climate-related, are blogs (such as this excellent example) which make the traditional news media appear about as informative as books written for five-year-olds.

steven mosher
June 8, 2008 6:03 am

opps there goes another rubber tree plant!

June 8, 2008 9:56 am

There are parts of the MSM who plug Anthony’s blog. Christopher Booker in the English Daily Telegraph often uses this blog as a credible reference.

sandy winder
June 8, 2008 10:26 am

I wonder if the Flat Earth society gets more hits than the Round earth society.

June 8, 2008 12:54 pm

I wrote: “Looks really bad when a single weatherman gets more hits to his blog than a room full of climate scientists…”
To which McGrats replied “Alleged “climate scientist,” Henry. Alleged!”
Well, they are “self-proclaimed” climate scientists, anyway.
What do they use to get scientists to join?
“Join the Climate Scientists, where a man can become a legend in his own mind.”
Right now, I’d believe a Scientologist before I’d believe a Climate Scientist…

Bill in Vigo
June 9, 2008 5:38 pm

Yay Anthony,
It is so good to see really good work rewarded. For so long now poor method and shaky data collection and archiving have been rewarded. It is so good to see your site come of age.
Keep up the good work and keep the truth before the public.
Thanks so much,
Bill Derryberry

June 10, 2008 12:37 am

Congratulations, good work

Pierre Gosselin
June 10, 2008 1:11 am

Looks like another cycle 23 sunspot…

James Chamberlain
June 19, 2008 12:17 pm

Hi Anthony,
I check the web activity of 4 global warming sites on a weekly basis using Alexa. You, RC, CA, and Tamino (just to make sure that no one is still reading his angst. Generally, they are not!! 🙂 ) Anyway, it looks like you are back down to your “standard” levels. I’m just curious as to what caused the beginning of June boost. Do you think it was the AGW bill in congress or other.
Hope you started using Alexa after my comment to you a few months ago comparing you vs. RC!!! It’s a great tool.

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