I need some volunteers for a special climate related project.


I have a need to test something. Unfortunately testing that something requires a lot of careful manual labor at the PC keyboard.

When the work is done, it will give a basis for a comparison that as far as I know, has not been done before.

I don’t want to say what it is, because I’d like the work to proceed without having to deal with commentary until it is done. It’s easy work without need of any special skills other than attention to detail, and can be done at your computer. While it is just detailed and somewhat tedious, I consider it very important.  The scope of work is far larger than one person can do easily, which is why I’m asking for help from my loyal readers. I figure I need at least 20 volunteers to do it. The more volunteers the better, because it will mean that each volunteer will have less work. You can do this from anywhere in the world with any Internet connection on any PC or Mac.

The caveats:

1. You have to be a real person known to me. No phantoms or non de plumes. You can stay under a handle on this forum, but you have to reveal your identity to me privately. No exceptions.

2. Once I get a volunteer count, I’ll divide up the work amongst the total volunteers and make assignments

3. Everyone will get credited in the final result, unless you opt not to.

4. The results will be made public on this forum when the project is complete, eta 15-30 days. Results will be made available for sharing, checking and replication by others.

5. Be prepared for perhaps as much as 8-12 hours of detailed work, possibly more, possibly less, based on how many volunteers we have.

6. Self starters will do best; once I turn you loose with instructions, there won’t be much support I can offer beyond answering questions.

7. There’s a chance the results may show nothing of interest, but the work needs to be done so that a comparison can be made.

If this sounds like something you would like to help with, please indicate your willingness to help with this project in comments below, and I will contact you privately.

UPDATE 7/7/08: I have plenty of volunteers, and the project will go very quickly now with this many. So I’m closing the thread for additional volunteers. Thos that have volunteered, look for an email from project -at- surfacestations dawt org in the next day or so and we’ll work out assignments.

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July 6, 2008 8:55 pm

I can help.

July 6, 2008 8:56 pm

I’m interested in helping out on this.

July 6, 2008 9:00 pm

Sure, count me in. No prob. I’m in front of my keyboard most of the time anyway.

July 6, 2008 9:06 pm

I can help.

July 6, 2008 9:10 pm

I am willing to help.

July 6, 2008 9:17 pm

I’m willing.

July 6, 2008 9:19 pm

Uh, tentative for me…at least I shortcut the vetting process.

July 6, 2008 9:21 pm

I would like to participate. What do you need for additional ID?

Pompous Git
July 6, 2008 9:36 pm

Delighted to offer my assistance if required 🙂

JFA in Montreal
July 6, 2008 9:37 pm

I can give you some time.
Please forward instructions.

July 6, 2008 9:40 pm

As an avid reader at your site it’s my duty to contribute in some small way.

July 6, 2008 9:41 pm

I’m willing.

July 6, 2008 9:42 pm

I volunteer.

July 6, 2008 9:44 pm

Lot’s of free time right now, so please, do contact me if needed.

July 6, 2008 9:50 pm

I can help out. I’ve been ordered by the doc to take it easy and let an injury heal for the next 4 weeks anyway, so it may keep me from terminal boredom.

Jeff Coatney
July 6, 2008 10:03 pm

I can contribute.

July 6, 2008 10:05 pm

As long as it doesn’t require constant internet access I’ll be able to help.

July 6, 2008 10:07 pm

I’m in. Does this mean you’ll give me another excuse to go to Yosemite again??? 🙂

July 6, 2008 10:13 pm

I’d love to help out.

Leon Brozyna
July 6, 2008 10:20 pm

Sure, I can give a hand. When did keyboard work become manual labor?

July 6, 2008 10:22 pm

I can help out.

July 6, 2008 10:25 pm

Need you ask? I am definitely willing to help

Evan Jones
July 6, 2008 10:29 pm

Sign me up, Rev.
Contact me by email with the details.

July 6, 2008 10:33 pm

I can help.

Jim B
July 6, 2008 10:35 pm

Hey I have a Job, wife and kid. So anything you could do to help me hide from these people for 8 to 10 hours would be greatly appreciated!
Two questions:
1. Would this count towards university credit?
2. Would this count toward my “mandated” community service?
Just Kidding I’ll help out no problem.

July 6, 2008 10:46 pm

I’m in!
(but I am sitting across the ocean in Europe, I hope this ist not a problem at all…)

July 6, 2008 10:49 pm

i too will help. count me in (although i am leaving town for the next 2 weeks on saturday)…..
at this rate, you may have about 50 volunteers…

July 6, 2008 10:49 pm

Sign me up.
BTW, any and all data in electronic or scannable form can be electronically transcribed, but I realize that often manual input is the simplest solution.
And tongueincheek, I feel a cult coming on. Scientology better watch out. Let’s call it Climatology.

Jan Janssens
July 6, 2008 10:53 pm

Count me in!

Pierre Gosselin
July 6, 2008 11:14 pm

“It’s easy work without need of any special skills…”
Hey that’s me!
I can donate about 2 hours a day. (Warning: I’m not fastest on a keyboard).
Please send some over this way!

Christopher Elves
July 6, 2008 11:21 pm

I’d love to help….as long as being in Australia isn’t a problem!

Pieter Folkens
July 6, 2008 11:23 pm

I’ve got a 3rd-year university student home for the summer lookin’ for something interesting to do. We’ll make it a family project. Count us in.

L. Gardy LaRoche
July 6, 2008 11:24 pm

I’ve got some time.

July 6, 2008 11:28 pm

Red 5, standing by…
But seriously, count me in. What info do you require from me for a posi ID and how do you require it?

July 6, 2008 11:29 pm

I’m retired, can’t afford to go for a drive. Send me something interesting.

July 6, 2008 11:40 pm

Count me in.

Steve Viddal
July 6, 2008 11:55 pm

I see that by now at least 36 people has signed up. If you still could use an extra pair of hands and a keyboard I would be very interested in helping out. Provided (of course) the work can be done from Norway.
Do you require anything more for identification?

July 7, 2008 12:00 am


Jason Salit
July 7, 2008 12:09 am

Computer consultant at the ready. If you think I can help, then count me in.

Frederick Davies
July 7, 2008 12:11 am

I think I can give 12 hours over the next 15 days… no problem. Contact me on the e-mail for identification.

The engineer
July 7, 2008 12:43 am

Copenhagen Calling – dix point !
Love to help.
My name is my E-mail (minus the digit).

Frank/ Denmark
July 7, 2008 12:45 am

Well, sure, Anthony!
If there is more need for hands, im in!
– Sounds interesting 🙂

July 7, 2008 1:02 am

I am around my computer all the time and have accumulated knowledge of climate science. I am a college student with best climate education of an “A” in Physical Geography, freshman level. I am not sure if that is enough, especially if it requires extensive complex mathematics, which I have not quite reached yet in my education level. If this is observing weather and searching for data, I’m in as I do that all the time. You say 8-12 hours of work, does that mean a total of hours over 15-30 days?

July 7, 2008 1:04 am

You can forward me instructions and I will see what I can do.

Patrick Hadley
July 7, 2008 1:56 am

Yes, I would be very happy to take part.

July 7, 2008 1:59 am

Be glad to help, Anthony.

Richard S Courtney
July 7, 2008 2:25 am

I am also willing to help if I can.

Dodgy Geezer
July 7, 2008 2:30 am

Yup, I’ll apply as well. I’m based in England. But how will you check that we’re real people?
REPLY: Vee have vays…

Tim James
July 7, 2008 2:32 am

Okily dokily!
I’m your man.

July 7, 2008 3:02 am

Sign me up, Anthony.

Ron Middleton
July 7, 2008 3:25 am

I am willing to help I have plenty of time on my hands until August 6th when I go on leave,

July 7, 2008 3:40 am

I’m in!
Time to spare during the next month.

July 7, 2008 3:57 am

I can help.

Gerrit Renkema
July 7, 2008 4:04 am

I can help.

reid simpson
July 7, 2008 4:07 am

I will make the time available.

July 7, 2008 4:18 am

Help available if still needed.

July 7, 2008 4:21 am

It looks like you have a lot of volunteers. But, if you are still short, count me in, will be back at the home computer on the 15th of July.

July 7, 2008 4:23 am

Am willing to help if I can!

Alan Chappell
July 7, 2008 4:23 am

Wonderful, if I can Help let me know.

Robert Ray
July 7, 2008 4:24 am

As an EDT I’m late off the mark, but if you still need help sign me up.

July 7, 2008 4:29 am

Ditto for volunteering from me! CoRevatcomcastdotnet. My real name is contained in my reply.

July 7, 2008 4:43 am

I can help … let me know

Bill Marsh
July 7, 2008 4:52 am

Happy to offer what help I can.

Jim Carson
July 7, 2008 4:53 am

Am I too late? I want in, too.

Tony Edwards
July 7, 2008 5:00 am

Sounds interesting, if you still need fingers, I’m in.

July 7, 2008 5:28 am

I’m keen – and more than happy to help out and in some way repay the effort you put in. (from Australia)

Larry Todd
July 7, 2008 5:31 am

I am a retired mathematician/computer scientist who would be happy to help with any project using those skills.

July 7, 2008 5:34 am

Geez, I hate “Me too” posts, though this thread is certainly an exception. However, since no one else has said it:
“Sorry – way too busy.” And it’s partially your fault, you know. Looks like quite a crew of volunteers though. Keep that list!

Steve Moore
July 7, 2008 5:39 am

Anthony, I’m way in the back, behind the crowd, waving my hand.

July 7, 2008 5:46 am

Iwould like to help

July 7, 2008 5:47 am

I’m in

July 7, 2008 5:55 am

I’m new to climate science (but not to science). To date, I follow the blogs and make my own calculations for my own satisfaction.
I see your project as a great opportunity to, hopefully, make a genuine contribution (however small).
My wife is all in favor 🙂 Sign me up if I can be of assistance.

Steve Huntwork
July 7, 2008 5:57 am

I am more than happy to volunteer for your projects.

July 7, 2008 6:07 am

As an avid reader of this site who has learned a lot, I’m willing to help if needed too. Keyboarding I can do!

Chris D.
July 7, 2008 6:08 am

An avalanche of offers (not the natural disaster sort), but if you still need folks, let me know!

July 7, 2008 6:08 am

I can help.

July 7, 2008 6:17 am

I’m in.

Harold Vance
July 7, 2008 6:21 am

I’d like to help.

July 7, 2008 6:23 am

As a lifelong self employed researcher, engineer, inventor, and all around nice guy (blush), I’d be glad to help!
Jack Koenig, Editor
The Mysterious Climate Project

robert burns
July 7, 2008 6:39 am

Count me in.

July 7, 2008 6:47 am

I have no clue what I am volunteering for and from the looks of it, just managing the list of assignments will be a major task.
I spent years performing numbers minutia, especially data checking in spreadsheets or dbs. If I can be of service, please include me as a volunteer.
If I may make a suggestion, use one or more of your well known (and trusted) volunteers to manage discrete groups of data grinders. Keep your management effort tightly at the top. Perhaps also use your plethora of volunteers to “crosscheck/doublecheck”.

Jerry Brown
July 7, 2008 6:49 am

Only if I can share in the Nobel Prize:) If you need me I’d be happy to help

retired engineer
July 7, 2008 6:53 am

Looks like everyone jumped in. As my alias indicates, I have spare time, particularly for the next month. If you still need anyone, let me know.
Started programming back in the 60’s, switched to hardware in the 70’s.
(now I just drink beer, but only after 4 PM)

July 7, 2008 6:56 am

Anything to help the cause. I will help.

Dan Evens
July 7, 2008 7:01 am

You seem to have many volunteers. If you still need more, I’m in.
I also have some professional skill at stuff like writing Excel VB scripts, verifying data, verifying computer code, and like that. So if that’s helpful, let me know.

Brent Matich
July 7, 2008 7:01 am

If I wasn’t in the middle of closing the sale of my businesses and taking the family on a long overdue holiday I would be in. Next time!
Brent in Calgary

July 7, 2008 7:03 am

I’d be happy to help in [almost] any way, if you still need volunteers.
I will, however, be away from keyboards 7/18 – 7/24ish, but would be happy to help before and/or after that gap if that works for your intended schedule.

July 7, 2008 7:07 am

Bring it on.

Charles Garner
July 7, 2008 7:10 am

I am volunteering. Please let me know if I can help.

July 7, 2008 7:13 am

Count me in.

July 7, 2008 7:16 am

I can help also but you seem to have more than the 20 you asked for.

July 7, 2008 7:16 am

Avid reader, love this site and would be happy to contribute!

July 7, 2008 7:19 am

Busiest time of the year for myself but if I cut back on a few websites per day it will free up some time.
With all the offers to help it really puts the meaning into world wide web.
Count me in from Canada.

July 7, 2008 7:26 am

sure, why not? Sign me up.

Robert Beck
July 7, 2008 7:27 am

Glad to help, let me know how.

July 7, 2008 7:28 am

I can help.

Matti Virtanen
July 7, 2008 7:35 am

Summer holidays, bad weather at 60N 25E. Count me in.

July 7, 2008 7:42 am

Can help if you still need people.

mark wagner
July 7, 2008 7:48 am

at this rate, we’ll only have to type about two words each.
count me in.
CPA. Master with Excel formulas, arrays, lookups, etc. if that helps.

July 7, 2008 7:53 am

I, a fellow Chicoan now living on Catalina Island, will throw my hat into the ring.

July 7, 2008 7:57 am

Yes, I can help and BTW have you seen this?
It’s a very good read that is linked from
Perry (also in England)

John Thorpe
July 7, 2008 8:00 am

Very happy to help with anything that will take me away from arguing with complete no hoper AGW types – bring it on.

Crazy Conservative
July 7, 2008 8:05 am

I would like to help.

July 7, 2008 8:34 am

Let me know what info you need to verify my existance and I will be glad to help

jerry bono
July 7, 2008 8:39 am

I can pitch in

July 7, 2008 8:41 am

I’m way late but if you still need help I’m volunteering.

George Bruce
July 7, 2008 8:43 am

I will do it.

Bill in Vigo
July 7, 2008 8:51 am

Tired, retired, and bored. I spend a couple of hours a day on the computer anyway and love the blog I visit several times a day so it is pay back time. I would love to pay for some of the knowledge I have gained from this site.
Count me in. I use my real name to sign my comments.
Bill Derryberry

July 7, 2008 8:52 am

Count me in. I can help too.

Bob Edelman
July 7, 2008 9:00 am

I’d be glad to help.

July 7, 2008 9:18 am

I guess you have more than enough but I still want to include my name here anyway…

Don Healy
July 7, 2008 9:22 am

Hello Anthony:
It appears that you have many more than the 20 requested, but I’m available.
Thanks for asking!!!

Steve Keohane
July 7, 2008 9:23 am

Anthony, I would be glad to help if you’re still in need. I can do 2-3 hours a day every day. I didn’t fire up my computer yesterday or I would have responeded sooner.

David Segesta
July 7, 2008 9:26 am

Count me in.

George Tobin
July 7, 2008 9:35 am

Glad to help if you need it.
Quite a turnout already. Makes me picture a mob on a hillside shouting “I’m Anthony Watts” as the Hansen-Gore Legion comes to make the arrest…

July 7, 2008 9:58 am

Count me in! Let me know what you need for ID.

George Patch
July 7, 2008 10:03 am

At this rate each person will only need to commit 5 minutes! Count me in too!

July 7, 2008 10:10 am

If I had to guess – this has to do with USHCN station history. I can’t think of anything more tedious and time consuming.
If you still need help – send me info. I’ll see if I can help.

M. Jeff
July 7, 2008 10:24 am

I could try to help.

July 7, 2008 10:29 am

Hi, Anthony.
Count me in as well.

Richard Percirield
July 7, 2008 10:36 am

I can help, since it is the summer and no school.
I also have multiple math, statistics and programming packages available from both work and school.
Anything to help the cause.

Tony Edwards
July 7, 2008 10:46 am

I’m already on offer, but wanted to say what a great bunch of readers you have, Anthony. I wonder how many volunteers would have signed up to a similar request from, say, r**l climate.

Phil M
July 7, 2008 10:49 am

You can have my moral support but I’m not sure I can actually afford the time at the moment
– but it looks like there’re plenty of eager helpers here already!

July 7, 2008 10:51 am

I would love to help. I really like this website and your home town of Chico.

July 7, 2008 10:57 am

Anthony – I’m free. Include me in if you still need volunteers.

Ivor Frazier
July 7, 2008 11:03 am

I am interested in volunteering. Retired USAF (20 years enlisted), BSEE (RF design enginer 19 years) and am really interested in this ‘climate change’ debate. Visit your site every day and enjoy learning something new everytime.

July 7, 2008 11:17 am

I’m willing to help if you still need volunteers.

July 7, 2008 11:21 am

More than willing – count me in

bill allen
July 7, 2008 11:38 am

Me too

Roman Brejna
July 7, 2008 11:52 am

Count me in, please.

July 7, 2008 11:52 am

I do not want to help. Largely because I’m still fairy confused as to what your asking for. Plus, I don’t know you and I kind of feel that your motives may be ulterior to what your asking.
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Larry Sheldon
July 7, 2008 11:54 am

I’m here. And that is me, you can look me up in the Omaha phone book. Or at least, I think yoiu can–I have not checked in a while.

James Chamberlain
July 7, 2008 12:01 pm

Happy to help. Let me know.

Pierre Gosselin
July 7, 2008 12:04 pm

Surely you’ve received more volunteers than you reckoned with – which is no surprise to me.
So I hope you won’t hold it against me if I kindly ask not to send over any work my way, as you have big capable crew already. There are other things I’d prefer to focus on right now. Besides, I’d probably just get in the way anyhow. I’m no speedy gonzales at the keyboard.
So, unless you’re really hard up for help, I’d like to opt out and let you guys go to town without me.
I’m looking forward to seing what this is all about.
Have fun guys!

July 7, 2008 12:11 pm

I’m in.

C. W. Coe (formerly MrCPhysics)
July 7, 2008 12:13 pm

If you still need more volunteers, please count me in as well.

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