Anchorage's record setting cold summer

From the Anchorage Daily News, some anecdotal evidence that we may not see an ice-free arctic this summer. I had previously blogged on the lateness of a 70 degree plus day in Anchorage, and now it looks like this may be one of the coolest summers on record there. A friend of mine that I have morning coffee with who is pilot that flew to Alaska’s western side to do some fishing told me a couple of days ago that the season is the “worst ever” and he’s an Alaskan native.

Gloomy summer headed toward infamy

CHILLY: Anchorage could hit 65 degrees for fewest days on record.


(07/24/08 00:10:35)   

The coldest summer ever? You might be looking at it, weather folks say. Right now the so-called summer of ’08 is on pace to produce the fewest days ever recorded in which the temperature in Anchorage managed to reach 65 degrees.
That unhappy record was set in 1970, when we only made it to the 65-degree mark, which many Alaskans consider a nice temperature, 16 days out of 365.This year, however — with the summer more than half over — there have been only seven 65-degree days so far. And that’s with just a month of potential “balmy” days remaining and the forecast looking gloomy.
National Weather Service meteorologist Sam Albanese, a storm warning coordinator for Alaska, says the outlook is for Anchorage to remain cool and cloudy through the rest of July.
“There’s no real warm feature moving in,” Albanese said. “And that’s just been the pattern we’ve been stuck in for a couple weeks now.”
In the Matanuska Valley on Wednesday snow dusted the Chugach. On the Kenai Peninsula, rain was raising Six-Mile River to flood levels and rafting trips had to be canceled.

So if the cold and drizzle are going to continue anyway, why not shoot for a record? The mark is well within reach, Albanese said:

“It’s probably going to go down as the summer with the least number of 65-degree days.”


In terms of “coldest summer ever,” however, a better measure might be the number of days Anchorage fails to even reach 60. There too, 2008 is a contender, having so far notched only 35 such days — far below the summer-long average of 88.

Unless we get 10 more days of 60-degree or warmer temperatures, we’re going to break the dismal 1971 record of only 46 such days, a possibility too awful to contemplate.

Still, according to a series of charts cobbled together Tuesday evening by a night-shift meteorologist in the weather service’s Anchorage office, the current summer clearly has broken company with the record-setting warmth of recent years. Consider:

• 70-degree days. So far this summer there have been two. Usually there are 15. Last year there were 21. In 2004 there were 49.

• 75-degree days. So far this summer there’ve been zero. Usually there are four. It may be hard to remember, but last year there were 21. In 2004 there were 23.

So are all bets off on global warming? Hardly, scientists say. Climate change is a function of long-term trends, not single summers or individual hurricanes.

Last year the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that it’s “unequivocal” the world is warming, considering how 11 of the warmest years on record have occurred in the past 13 years.

So what’s going on in Alaska, which also posted a fairly frigid winter?


Federal meteorologists trace a lot of the cool weather to ocean temperatures in the South Pacific. When the seas off the coast of Peru are 2 to 4 degrees cooler than normal, a La Nina weather pattern develops, which brings cooler-than- normal weather to Alaska.

For most of the past year, La Nina (the opposite of El Nino, in which warmer-than-normal ocean temperatures occur off Peru) has prevailed. But that’s now beginning to change.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Web site, water temperatures in the eastern South Pacific began to warm this summer — and the weather should eventually follow.

The current three-month outlook posted by the national Climate Prediction Center in Camp Springs, Md., calls for below-normal temperatures for the south coast of Alaska from August through October — turning to above-normal temperatures from October through December.

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James A
July 27, 2008 9:42 am

What will it take to get the traditional media to take on stories that counter the “scientific consensus” on global warming? A traditional news source that began to run with stories of the increased level of skepticism due to papers and evidence contrary to this “scientific concensus” would seem to me to making “breaking news” with reguards to the mainstream public perception that global warming is a real event. I wonder if it will happen, and how long it will take before a news outlet does it?
REPLY: I’ve been thinking about this, and perhaps the way to do it is for us to pool all our financial resources via a donation setup, and take out a full page ad in the NYT or WaPo. It has never been done before by a skeptic group. There’s enough people on this and other blogs that we could do it without it beign a hardship for anybody – Anthony

James A
July 27, 2008 9:51 am

I for one would be willing to contribute if I knew it was being setup by somone such as yourself or another equally respectible person or group. Given the potential for impact I think you could get a lot of donations. I will research the cost of such a advertisement, or a series of 4 (1 per weekend for a month). They could include carefully chosen research to present to the public as well as other data, thankfully there is no need for name calling or character attacks the data will speak for itself and I think inspire some real debate.

July 27, 2008 9:52 am

“REPLY: I’ve been thinking about this, and perhaps the way to do it is for us to pool all our financial resources via a donation setup, and take out a full page ad in the NYT or WaPo.”
Sounds like a plan. Count me in.

July 27, 2008 9:55 am

I’m in.

John McDonald
July 27, 2008 9:55 am

I’d be willing to contribute
$1,000 to help for the ad (hopefully, one that includes
$20,000 for a FOXNEWS 90 min Debate, prize money goes to the winner.

John McDonald
July 27, 2008 10:03 am

Probably a cheaper method to start with is to issue press releases via business wire. The press release will be sent to major editors, be highly web searchable and maybe written up as an article for free. Cost is anywhere from $600 to $2,500 depending on the number of editors. Number of words limit is 400, need press release format, extra money for more words. I’ll pay for the first one, if <$1,000
Do one per month and I bet it will have a significant impact. Also, remember in marketing consistancy is more important than one big splash with no follow up. It will drive a lot of hits to the website, so be prepared.

John Cooper
July 27, 2008 10:17 am

“…11 of the warmest years on record have occurred in the past 13 years.”
According to Hansen, that is.

July 27, 2008 10:20 am

Cool is weather, warm is climate. Weather is not newsworthy, climate is. It is so simple I just don’t get why you can’t see it.

July 27, 2008 10:31 am

The media loves sensationalism.
Claim that an ice age is coming real soon now.
Measured responses are boring to the media.

Ed Reid
July 27, 2008 10:44 am

Too bad the ad wouldn’t get the same exposure in a real NEWSpaper that it would get in a VIEWSpaper like the “Rag of Record” or the WaPo.

Bill Marsh
July 27, 2008 10:46 am

I’ll chip in $50 for an ad.

Leon Brozyna
July 27, 2008 10:49 am

I was about to suggest that GISS be moved from NYC to Anchorage, to give it some perspective, but who knows what sort of mischief Hansen whould get into during those long winter nights with nothing to do but tweak the data.

July 27, 2008 10:54 am

James A /Anthony
… yep, sirs, if GATA (Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee) could do it , why not we, too.

Dodgy Geezer
July 27, 2008 10:57 am

A problem with Anthony’s proposal is that this is a known method of advertising that groups with more money than sense, such as the Natural Law party, use. There have also been a number of perpetual motion/cold fusion company launches using this technique.
I suspect that such an advert would be a center for derision, not something that many people would read with an open mind.
I think that challenges to debate are very powerful, and I have some hopes for the APC one. It has certainly started out well for the sceptics, with an apparent ban on one side being believed, and we should make as much of that as possible. The other thing I think is useful is to ensure that any AGW supportive piece in ANY media which is obviously unbalanced should be questioned and complained about. No exaggeration, just pointing out obvious problems.
I think that we have politics on our side here. Politicians,(at least in the western world!) have been lying and spinning stats for so long and so obviously to their constituents that most people respond to any news sceptically, especially when it is presented a a ‘directive’ from on high. Perhaps I am a cynic, but I am heartened by the number of people who are simply saying “No, I don’t believe it” to all sorts of news items. The more we avoid a hectoring or threatening tone, and the more our opponents descend to ad-homs and bare-faced cheating, the better we look.
We would be in a lot of trouble if the AGW crowd were polite, actually looked at our arguments, considered them, and discussed them sensibly. Then the debate would become technical and of interest to only a few. Thank goodness, there’s not much chance of that happening soon! The general public may not be able to consider the merits of off-centred statistical techniques very readily, but they can see who is bending the rules when a debate is announced with one side subject to a red-lined directive not to believe them…

Leon Brozyna
July 27, 2008 10:59 am

What an interesting idea. Another project for Anthony.
Suggestion – do it post-election when it’ll be noticed more. Flesh it out and do a post with an outline for a media blitz and where we can send out checks. You got my $$$.

Paul Shanahan
July 27, 2008 11:00 am

James A (09:42:46) :
A traditional news source that began to run with stories of the increased level of skepticism due to papers and evidence contrary to this “scientific concensus” would seem to me to making “breaking news”…
I agree and this is an argument I have put forward to the BBC for example during a complaint I was making about their bais in reporting.

July 27, 2008 11:11 am

Re: Ad in the NYT or WaPo:
I think it depends on if Those Opposed To Hansen (TOTH) want to stoop down to his level and attempt to begin a PR war or not. (I just made TOTH up by the way, and I’m running with it!)
Certainly they’ll have the ear of the media as well as a much better budget. Any real budget funded by corporations would seem tainted, and negative PR would defeat the purpose of the whole thing. So a big budget would be out. And a small budget might not get far unless you have a news type person ready to do a story on the ad itself.

As to chatting up extreme seasonal events, it’s more newsworthy than AGW busting worthy, just like last winter’s warm winter in Scandinavia didn’t prove AGW. Speaking as someone from TOTH, I’ll guess that Scandinavia will have a cold winter before Alaska gets a warm summer again.

July 27, 2008 11:21 am

Full-page ad sounds good — count me in. Not sure how it will affect media coverage but certainly draw more public attention. The publicity can’t hurt.
John McDonald (09:55:40) $20,000 for a FOXNEWS 90 min Debate, prize money goes to the winner
The problem with debating contests is assuring fairness in scoring. You might try polling the audience but that can be heavily loaded. Witness the Best XYZ Blog polls and some of the obvious cheating. There’s an old maxim in law: never ask a question that may not give you the right answer. Polling an audience or group of judges for the winner of a debate is pretty much doing that. Not to mention that most televised debates are often decided by the personality of the participants instead of the content. Sure you’d be willing to risk $20K?

July 27, 2008 11:40 am

Anything to get it through to everyone!

July 27, 2008 11:49 am

Dodgy Geezer (10:57:42) : I suspect that such an advert would be a center for derision, not something that many people would read with an open mind.
You got that right but the real purpose behind an ad is exposure. There will be an immediate web rebuttal that will help the exposure along. Just like that gratuitous caveat posted in the APS Forum on Policy and Science. The Internet buzz that went up did more for advertising the existence of Monckton’s paper than anything else. It’s the angry buzz that we would really be after.
Don’t expect the ad itself to sway many or even affect the media stance to any degree. The Gore for 2008 group ran a full page ad but didn’t get very far with theirs.
Note to Anthony: this ad will need to be signed by prominent AGW scientists (or at least MOR AGW scientists) to force a reaction. We need to mitigate the inevitable ad hominem attack. It does little good to point out that such an attack is logical fallacy in argument. Juries are swayed more by it than anything else.

July 27, 2008 11:58 am

No doubt about it, Anthony’s plan for debate is the sort of thing needed at this time. Hopefully others will do it too. I think if we were to do it, it would be important to talk about imminent and developing global cooling due to the sun, and mention Chapman, Archibald, Abdussamatov, Janssens, and those two guys (I forgot their names) who were predicting sunspots to “vanish” by 2015. It may be low to stoop to a global cooling cult level, but it is what is needed to get newspaper and TV news attention next to Hansen and Gore, if we say the world is coming to an end and we all need to panic, unfortunately. Hey, if it is a Maunder-Dalton minimum lasting ’til 2060 like Abdussamatov thinks, maybe the world WILL come to an end (71 percent kidding about the last part)!

Brian in AK
July 27, 2008 11:58 am

Cold winter, now a cold summer here in Alaska. That “dusting” of snow from Wednesday was still there last time I could see the peaks on Friday. Normally we get “termination dust” early to mid August, signalling the end of summer. We’ve had snow on the peaks every month this year. I live about 45 miles north of Anchorage.
Most long time Alaskans remember summers being like this in the past, we just got spoiled the last several years. Coldest summer ever though? If gas wasn’t so expensive I’d go run the V8 for a while…

Sean Wise
July 27, 2008 11:58 am

I hate to be a contrarian on this one but I for one don’t think ads or a “debate” will really get very far. I think a discussion about consequences is a better place to start, particularly in the area of biofuels.
One of the premises of the AGW debate is that the consequences of more CO2 are potentially so severe that we must mitigate this gas even on the possiblity the models are correct. There seems to be a presumption there are no negative consequences to CO2 mitigation. Biofuels are the first large scale “solution” to be applied to the global warming “problem”. It can easily be argued (and there are many references that can support it) that the US biofuels policy actually increases greenhouse gasses. You can reference comments by someone from the World Bank who claims that prices for many comodity foods have been driven up by 75% by biofuel requirements and subsidies. These costs impact the poorest most severely and there have been calculations that as many a 30 million more people are starving as a result of food and agricultral acreage being diverted to biofuels.
Europe is in the midst of a debate on biofuels that the mainstreem US media just doen’t seem to acknowledge. I think with the right kind of push, it can gain some traction here. When the negative consequences to the AGW solutions become more apparent, I think people will want to be a little more certain of climate change’s premises before they embrace them more fully.

July 27, 2008 11:59 am

Desist immediately. You are all guilty of climate crime here. And you, Mr Watts, you’re next.
REPLY: Thanks for the tip, I’ve posted this.

none plzkthnxs
July 27, 2008 12:05 pm

Probably a cheaper method to start with is to issue press releases via business wire. The press release will be sent to major editors, be highly web searchable and maybe written up as an article for free. Cost is anywhere from $600 to $2,500 depending on the number of editors. Number of words limit is 400, need press release format, extra money for more words. I’ll pay for the first one, if <$1,000
It would be a far better method too. An ad could easily be dismissed because it’s been ‘paid for’ and insinuations even if patently false, will be made that coal companies, etc. are behind it all. Press releases are a far better route – indeed, that’s how Greenpeace, Sierra Club, WWF, etc get their ‘news’ out and partly why they receive such favourable treatment in the media.
Either Businesswire or PR Newswire – both have pretty good reputations in the media industry. Just stay away from Marketwire – the ones behind that ‘global warming causes earthquakes’ press release. They have a decent rep in Canada, but in the States and elsewhere are pretty much bottom of the barrel. Greenspirit Strategies in Vancouver could be a good source for advice in such matters – aka Patrick Moore, the turncoat Greenpeace Founder. He’s a long time client of Canada NewsWire (CNW Group, PRNewswire affiliate).

July 27, 2008 12:05 pm

Ive been doing some thinking about the content of the ad.
IMO, the first step might be to show how the “consensus” is only apparent. A lot of it seems to stem from the IPCC 2500. Pielke’s oligarchy post might be a good candidate. Wouldn’t hurt to advertise the 30,000 opposers of Kyoto, too.
The con of this approach is the existence of pro-AGW statements by various groups. That probably does more to drive the appearance of consensus more than anything else.
OTOH, the Great Global Swindle documentary seems to have had a real effect in England. A lot, though, might be reaction to the pinch now being felt by the economics of AGW. Just presenting the conflicting science might be the best approach. One con: many people tend to go glassy-eyed when presented with the science unless it comes in bite-sized chucks.
OR, move the talk cost. If you really want to get a large audience show ’em where it’s going to hurt! The greenie “For The Children” is an application of this kind of approach. Seems to work for them.

Tom in Florida
July 27, 2008 12:19 pm

The NYT and WaPo are such political papers a well funded ad might produce the Boxer effect; the blaming of Rush Limbaugh for being behind it to deflect interest in the actual information given. Perhaps USA Today would be better although I admit I do not read newspapers any longer so I am not even sure that is still in publication. I guess if we wanted to pull an Algore and use kids to funnel the message we should probably use some teen magazine or Highlights mag.

July 27, 2008 12:50 pm

Don’t you guys get it? This is a sure sign of AGW. Hansen predicted it, or somebody, somewhere. Maybe it was a model. Yeah that’s it. One of the models predicted it. Sure that model predicts snow in Tahiti, but hey, it’s about the climate ya know not the weather.

July 27, 2008 1:15 pm

I think your a load of you know what. The Planet has Phases. Inter Glacial periods then Ice Age periods. We have seem to run to the very edge with our latest Inter Glacial period. Any day could spark the start of an Ice age(Could have already started)
And by the way, why would you trust the UN or Government with predicting your Climate? WE cna even trust them on Politics!

Leon Brozyna
July 27, 2008 1:35 pm

Here’s an idea for a number of press releases – a “Rogues Gallery” of the worst offending USHCN reporting stations. Tap into that gold mine you have at This is why there’s warming being reported. A picture is worth a thousand words. Who knows, with a picture in a press release, maybe even the image-oriented broadcast media would pick up the story.

July 27, 2008 2:12 pm

Well… a Polar shift has been occurring for years so that is increasing under water Volcanic Eruptions and that is what is heating our seas. Ocean Warming not Global Warming.
I have my own blog if anyone wants to look at it;

Dodgy Geezer
July 27, 2008 2:18 pm

“You got that right but the real purpose behind an ad is exposure. There will be an immediate web rebuttal that will help the exposure along. Just like that gratuitous caveat posted in the APS Forum on Policy and Science.”
Hmm… I would want to be clever with this, low key, and not at all up front. All carrot – very little stick. Amongst other things, that will differentiate us from the warmers. So I like the press release idea – that makes journalists lives a lot easier. Just show them a story and let them decide to bite. Don’t try and push things down their throat.
Another problem with a technical ad is that it will get a ‘technical’ rebuttal. You know the kind. “This paper is so full of errors I don’t know where to begin. For instance, he uses the wrong value for forcing – the IPCC clearly state the correct one…”. Signed, the Head of the Royal Society
How will an editor respond to that? He won’t do the maths himself. He will simply note that ‘clever climate scientists’ have ‘rebutted’ it. You can’t hold a technical argument in the press.
What you can do is draw a journalist into a ‘human interest’ type story. Journalists can’t be expected to consider Ice Extent data, but they can see an unfair debate at the APC. The ‘Kids being co-opted as spies’ piece is a good one to draw their attention to. If there’s going to be anything technical it has to be really simple – I suspect even ‘The world’s cooling!’ won’t be enough, because the warmists can simply say ‘Ah, yes, we expected that, and it’s in our models, but global warming is still a threat’, and I don’t suppose anyone will dig any deeper.
Luckily, the warmists will probably give us all the ammunition we need. I expect all sorts of shennanigans over FOI requests for data, failures to hold to archiving, altered data, all the things we are used to. These are the sort of thing we need to make journalists aware of, not the details of the technical argument. As I said before, if they were to behave like proper scientists they could avoid having this weakness – but I don’t think they can.

July 27, 2008 5:58 pm

To return to topic briefly, it’s interesting that one of the clearest signs of the last major change in the PDO, from cool to warm, was a jump in temperatures in Alaska between 1976 and 1980. You can see it in most of the Alaskan GISS records. I wonder if this “coolest summer since 1971” is a confirmation that the phase is changing back.

July 27, 2008 6:20 pm
July 27, 2008 6:27 pm

Coldest night in Adelaide Australia for 25 years,22606,24087779-5006301,00.html

F Rasmin
July 27, 2008 7:12 pm

‘BRISBANE Australia could be frozen by record low temperatures this week – with the mercury expected to fall to around zero degrees Celsius on Wednesday overnight’. Brisbane is at the same latitude (south) as Tampa Florida.,23739,24085970-952,00.html

old construction worker
July 27, 2008 7:15 pm

Count me in
Maybe the public would like to know about how “science works”.
The evidence shows that those forecasting long-term climate change have limited or no apparent knowledge of evidence-based forecasting methods; therefore, similar conclusions apply to the second two elements of the forecasting problem. Public policy makers owe it to the people who would be affected by their policies to base them on scientific forecasts. Advocates of policy changes have a similar obligation. Hopefully, climate scientists with diverse views will begin to embrace forecasting principles and will collaborate with forecasting experts in order to provide policy makers with scientific climate forecasts.

July 27, 2008 7:39 pm

If you write & control the ad, Anthony, count me in for $five hundred.

Mike Hodges
July 27, 2008 9:04 pm

NYT?!?!? Didn’t its circulation just do a nose dive? Does anyone outside of people looking for an affirmation of their liberal views really read it anymore? Do you think there is a segment size significant enough who would actually read the ad and think about changing his/her mind or at least investigating a counter point? Do you think posting one add, even a full page will generate enough momentum to alter the actions of more than a few? The reason newspaper circulation is going downhill is because of the web. People are getting more and more information off the web. I’ve had some experience with advertising/marketing and newspaper ads and unless there is a sustained campaign, they are pretty much useless for driving immediate action. Hence, we don’t use them anymore. The best thing one can do to drive the anti-tax, anti-control, proper science based policy and not quack interpretations actions most skeptics are looking for, is support Anthony’s and other websites like this. The best thing Anthony can do is continue to improve everyday as he does.

David Jones
July 27, 2008 10:47 pm

As an Anchorage resident who’s job requires him to travel all over the state I can state that this has been a miserable summer. It has been cold, cloudy and rainy. Summit Lake, (halfway between Fairbanks and Glennallon was half covered with ice on June 14, about a month later then I had seen in the 5 years I had been going past it. Looking at the mountains, (Alaska range and the Wrangles), and the snow on them I would think it was April not July. I work outside a great deal, and am optimistic about Oct – Dec being warmer than average, however up here warmer in the winter, and November is winter, means snow. So after a hard winter with some record breaking snow and a godawful summer if we get hit with another snowy winter can we declare Climate Change?

July 28, 2008 2:20 am

NASA is out of line on global warming
Anthony, I do not know if you have seen this – you get a mention along with Steve McIntyre.

July 28, 2008 4:25 am

I see it wasn’t snow but “soft hail” that fell in Sydney. Talk about Newspeak. In Sweden where it is rather common it is called “kornsnö” (grain snow) and it has certainly never been considered as anything but snow here.
REPLY: I investigated it, and saw pictures of the storm that rolled through. It appeared convective in nature, and the reports I read made the precip out to be more like melted hail. So I decided not to report it since the mechanisms seemed more related to thunderstorm activity. I at first though “newspeak” also, but after digging into it, decided that it was in fact not snow. – Anthony

July 28, 2008 4:54 am

It is obvious to us that the suface station data is worthless. What I would like to see is a large newspaper or magazine run a feature story as an expose of the surface stations or, better, a serise of stories. The pictures alone can fill up a paper. I understand that they typically have swallowed the hysteria but it’s a great story.

July 28, 2008 5:03 am

Anybody know of a source to look up this type of info for other US cities?
I live in Jackson, Michigan, and so far we have only had 1 day in the 90’s, which seems abnormal too me.
Is there a good source for looking up what typical records for individual cities, states, etc are?

July 28, 2008 5:50 am

Funny, just a few weeks ago I was looking at Accuweather’s long term forecast blog by Brett Anderson. Zonal flow for most of NA through December, followed by a building ridge of high pressure across the Northern Rockies extending into the Canadian Rockies. This pattern forecasted to hold through the middle of January 2009. This means strong Northwesterly flow aloft for the eastern 1/3 of NA.
If the ECN forecast model is accurate, this means that the cool weather now sitting over eastern Alaska/Northwest Territories will definitely get much colder. Could be a very frigid start to winter for 2009.

EW Matthews
July 28, 2008 7:06 am

Though I like the ad idea I don’t think it would get the results you are looking for. The best idea is to counter the Al Gore movie with a movie of our own.
This is what gave the AGW the push it needed to turn the tide. We shouldn’t try to attack them head on. I always thought a movie on the AGW movement called Dark Climate would do the trick. Just as long as the nerd science is kept to a minimum.

July 28, 2008 7:41 am

The ad would be a waste of money. To make a significant inroads into public opinion with a minimum of cash, I suggest the following:
1) Build a definitive, multi-layered web site which lays out the scientific problems with the catastrophic AGW predictions. Something like Jim Peden’s explanation or Warren Meyer’s could serve as a bare bones outline. The home page would contain a brief, simple summary of the strongest arguments. Links would take the viewer to more detailed explanations of each point. Those pages would then have links to all scientific studies relied upon. Include sections on the economics, the human costs of Kyoto, the Lomborg arguments, inadequacies of “peer-review”, the faulty surface stations, the politics of the IPCC, the refusal to allow independent review, etc., etc. Maintain the site with links to news and daily developments on the web. Take no corporate donations to support the site. Rely solely on reader contributions.
2) Get some of the biggest names (with impressive resumes) in the skeptic community to sign on to the statements made on the site (e.g. Lindzen, Spencer, et al). Don’t make claims which are sketchy. Keep it solid. The site should be suitable for a science teacher to use with students. A one stop shop which makes the case in simple terms, yet provides deeper and deeper levels of support suitable for the education and sophistication levels of readers ranging from elementary school to science PhDs.
3) Use e-mail to notify potentially sympathetic talk radio hosts, national columnists, conservative bloggers, etc. of the web site. Keep them updated as the site is updated with news, new scientific studies, etc. (Rush, Hannity, Powerline, Instapundit, Krauthammer, Sowell, et al)
4) As buzz starts to build and web traffic takes off, then it is time to spend a few dollars on advertising in more traditional advertising media. Just a few well done ads on radio, cable TV, etc. The ads should make simple, declarative statements and refer to the web site. [E.g. “The founder of the Weather Channel says that the Global Warming scare is the biggest scientific hoax in history. Find out more at http://www…...” or “Al Gore has gotten fabulously wealthy scaring people about global warming. Yet, some of the world’s most prominent climate scientists say he is wrong. Find out more at http://www…….”]
5) Use the ads to serve as the basis of a PR type campaign whose goal is to get some major news media to cover the ads and web site as legit news.
6) Encourage web site readers to write their politicians asking that they read the site and look at the science. Ask the network of talk radio hosts and bloggers to do the same.
7) Anytime a prominent politician takes a supportive position, send out mass e-mails to the news media (and the supportive alternative media of talk shows, bloggers, etc) making that point that skepticism continues to grow.
8) Repeat as necessary.

Christopher Elves
July 28, 2008 8:09 am

I’d be willing to contribute to an ad, though I do agree with EW Matthews that a documentary would be the ultimate form of persuasion.

July 28, 2008 9:01 am

RE: ‘Snow’ in Sydney. Sure seems like an awful lot of ‘hail’ around that picture of the snowman. Looks like snow to me.

Mike Hodges
July 28, 2008 9:06 am
You’re referenced in Andrew Bolt’s blog. Keep of the good work. Efforts and resources into this will produce FAR more results than the proposed ad.
“Just as long as the nerd science is kept to a minimum.”
It’s unfortunate but you are sooo correct. The measure of communication isn’t style, it’s effect. If one generates the action intendened, one has successfully communicated.
The segment of population that truly understands the science is sooo small. I guarantee you, the people actively participating in this blog is an EXTREMELY small portion of population. Far below 1%. It isn’t a complete lack of intelligence alone mind you. One can’t expect Joe 6 Pack to have the time to research this. If one wants to sway the silent majority, one must apply the K.I.S. principle (Keep It Simple). On a big picture level, it isn’t that difficult to understand, If one trys to demonstrate using the Steve McIntyre level of analysis, one is going to lose 95% of his/her audience in a matter of seconds.

retired engineer
July 28, 2008 9:16 am

Sun Tzu wrote something about attacking where the enemy is weak, not strong, where they do not expect. The Web is powerful and inexpensive. Maybe a site dedicated to the open discussion of AGW, and science in general. Where all views can be presented.
Perhaps call it “Watts Up with That” ?
My friend in Anchorage says while it is cold and wet, there aren’t quite as many mosquitoes as usual. Not as many small children carried off.

Earle Williams
July 28, 2008 10:08 am

Funny thing about this summer in Anchorage is that I remember the really nice days from May and June and quickly forget the cold wet days. So my anecdotal assessment of the summer is that it’s been pretty nice. Compare my anecdotal weather reporting to the data and guess which one comes up short?
It reminds me of the phrase “the plural of anecdote is not data!” 🙂
Anchorage reports official temperatures at the Ted Stevens International Airport. I haven’t taken the time to give it a surface station once over, but even if it comes up clean with respect to microsite effects it certainly is influenced by Anchorage’s UHI. The daily high temp could be biased high as a result. Rather than looking at the daily high temperaures it would be informative to look at the number of degree heating days.

July 28, 2008 10:25 am

tty (04:25:27) & Anthony:

I see it wasn’t snow but “soft hail” that fell in Sydney. Talk about Newspeak. In Sweden where it is rather common it is called “kornsnö” (grain snow) and it has certainly never been considered as anything but snow here.
REPLY: I investigated it, and saw pictures of the storm that rolled through. It appeared convective in nature, and the reports I read made the precip out to be more like melted hail. So I decided not to report it since the mechanisms seemed more related to thunderstorm activity. I at first though “newspeak” also, but after digging into it, decided that it was in fact not snow. – Anthony

Graupel is probably another word for the same stuff, I’ve seen that described as a form of hail, though I’ve never really associated it with convective storms in New England. We often see it at the beginning of a snow season. says

Graupel is that Styrofoam ball type of snow that stings your face when it falls from the sky. It forms from strong convective activity within a storm (upward vertical motion) caused by the passage of a cold front or springtime convective showers. The static buildup from all these falling graupel pellets sometimes cause lightning as well.
It looks and behaves like a pile of ball bearings. Graupel is a common weak layer in maritime climates but more rare in continental climates.

I think what I see is more the maritime layer – snow forms aloft, falls through supercooled cloud, then falls through cold Canadian air so it doesn’t have a chance to melt as it would if there was maritime air al the way to ground level. says
Heavily rimed snow particles, often called snow pellets; often indistinguishable from very small soft hail except for the size convention that hail must have a diameter greater than 5 mm.
Sometimes distinguished by shape into conical, hexagonal, and lump (irregular) graupel.
Finally, has some really great LT-SEM (Low Temperature Scanning Electron Microscope) images of rimed snowflakes and graupel.

July 28, 2008 10:52 am

As ever the retired engineer strikes a chord with me (h/t to you sir)
Let’s get real here folks:
1). The amount of money going into supporting the AGW debate vastly outweighs that going into the sceptic community
2). It is hugely politically incorrect to question the ‘consensus’ – just look at what went on with the “Great Global Warming Swindle” – any scientist who dares to put his head above the parapet or who dares to be associated with the sceptic community cannot expect to continue with life as normal
Sun Tzu also wrote:
i) Reckon before a battle; Know the Enemy and Know Yourself
ii) Find out the enemy situation first and then victory will be yours
iii) Win victory by modifying your tactics in accordance with changes in enemy conditions
iv) Move when it is to your advantage – act when success is certain
v) Concentrate your forces against the enemy and seize the right moment to act
I wonder, therfore, whether the time to start placing ads is now?
I am kind of with Stan’s post – Anthony is doing a great job with this as is Steve McIntyre at CA but I do feel there could be a use for a website that summarises the key findings to date from a sceptical point of view. I have some thoughts if people are interested.

July 28, 2008 2:31 pm

Kornsnö (Snow Grain is the official English term, at least when it comes to aviation weather) is actually convective. Typically it occurs when you have low clouds with freezing temperatures near the cloud tops. When the sun heats the clouds convective movement starts and carries cloud drops up above the freezing level where they first supercool and then freeze. Swedish meteorologists call it “fikasnö” (Cofee-break snow) because it typically starts at 9-10 AM, traditional coffee-break time in Sweden. It also indicates very bad icing conditions aloft.

F Rasmin
July 28, 2008 3:08 pm

The article that mentioned Anthonys website was from the UK Telegraph; a newspaper that is rare in NOT being run by left leaning factions!

David Wendt
July 28, 2008 4:24 pm

AGW is, as Algore says, the greatest crisis facing the world, not,of course for the reasons he proposes, but because it represents the ultimate example of the use of crisis hysteria and junk science to advance a political agenda. The danger lies in the success the AGW propagandizers have had in making this illusory climate crisis accepted conventional wisdom throughout the world. As a result, governments, businesses, educational institutions, and virtually all of world society is proceeding headlong to implement programs with virtually no possibility of positive effect and incredibly high probability of massively negative outcomes for human prosperity, human freedom and human life.
The AGW debate has never been driven by science, but by politics and I believe the only way that reason can prevail in this literally life or death debate is for the webs of collusion, both political and financial, which connect the leading purveyors this complex fraud to be brought to light and broadcast widely and repeatedly. Unfortunately almost all of the world’s institutions capable of performing such a task are firmly in the thrall of the AGW propagandists, although perhaps a series of well produced and documented videos on YouTube could get the ball rolling. The crowds there seem to have a predilection for conspiracy theories, though they seem to favor money grubbing capitalists as their preferred villains, which is interesting in itself, since almost all the successful conspiracies of history have been perpetrated by virulent anti-capitalists. Admittedly this approach has great peril for reducing the debate to competing ad hominems, a style of argument that I abhor, but twenty years of rational argument based on evidence has had little apparent effect on the Greyhound bus bearing down on the prospects for our future. I fear the the target audience lacks the intellectual sophistication to evaluate the scientific evidence given the easy acceptance of the “settled science” claim regarding climatology, a science so unsettled that, by comparison, psychology looks like plane geometry, which makes adapting the detested tactics of the adversary more acceptable, to me at least, since the consequences of the continuing precedence of the AGW illusion poses such an extreme threat to our and everyone else’s future.

Pamela Gray
July 28, 2008 6:19 pm

Colder here in Wallowa County than last year and last month. Again. It also seems like it is taking MUCH longer to warm up from the night air as well. We don’t hit peak day temps till around 6:00 PM or so.

Kent Gatewood
July 28, 2008 6:56 pm

Maybe we could get a movie made of Fallen Angels by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Michael Flynn.

Dodgy Geezer
July 29, 2008 3:09 am

“…but I do feel there could be a use for a website that summarises the key findings to date from a sceptical point of view. I have some thoughts if people are interested…”
I am very much in agreement that the history of this scare be documented.
We are aware that there are regular scares, both of an Ice-Age developing and Global Warming, about every half-century. This is neatly out of effective human memory, because the people actually making the decisions seem to cycle on about a 25 year basis.
This particular scare has been characterised by a lot of lying and reversal of positions – I believe that someone should actually archive the full history for the benefit of future generations before it becomes obvious that the world is cooling and everyone hurries to adjust their position yet again. The IPCC reports are in public space, but a lot of the underlying work is hard to get hold of…

July 29, 2008 6:47 am

I think an ad is an excellent idea. I’m good for $100.00. I would enjoy a sentence / paragraph /point competition.

Bruce Cobb
July 29, 2008 9:49 am

David Wendt: That has got to be one of the most succinct descriptions I’ve seen of the dilemma we face with the whole AGW
monstrosity. Despite being discredited scientifically, and even more so now, with the quiet sun, cooling sea, and a cooling planet, it has taken on a life of its own, with money, politics, and egos involved. The AGW industry will not go down easily, nor without a nasty battle.

Pamela Gray
July 29, 2008 10:04 am

So far, 22 days out of 28 days in July the average daily temperature has been below that of last year. That is, 79% of the time, we have been colder than last year. And 2007 was colder than 2006. We are going to have a cold, long, wet winter. By the way, my bats are abandoning their babies just like I thought they might. When they fledge, they don’t have the strength to fly from the roost and are instead falling onto the attic floor because they are underfed and small for their age. They never make it into the air again. Another farmer confirmed that the same thing is happening where his bats roost.

Bruce Cobb
July 29, 2008 11:59 am

Too bad about the bats, Pam. They are fantastic creatures. Coincidentally, we had one flying around inside the house one evening about a week ago. It was the first time it had happened in the 20 years we’ve been here. Managed to catch it when it stopped to rest (it had flown into the bedroom, and I shut the door), gently picking it up with a rag, and with rubber gloves, and tossing it out the window. We see them flying around at night, gobbling insects, just never had one “visit” us inside. I’m sure he was much happier outside.

Tom in Florida
July 29, 2008 1:39 pm

Perhaps money would be better spent on a TOMA (to of mind awareness) campaign of banner ads. These ads could have a grabber headline something like “The Truth is Out there” or such, something that many people might find familiar. Then the ad would direct them to this site and Climate Audit with the encouragement that the debate is not over and to judge for themselves. You could flood different markets and media with this campaign over a longer period of time. Every advertising exec knows that the average joe can be persuaded if he sees and hears something often and long enough. Keep telling them to go check the sites out for themselves and they eventually will. This approach also eliminates any rebuttal argument over the wording or content of a press release or article. Just get more people to these two sites and things will happen.

Tom in Florida
July 29, 2008 1:41 pm

Sorry, mistype, TOMA is Top of Mind Awareness.

August 18, 2008 6:18 pm

[…] sky temperature." Solar radio waves could signal global cooling: Solomon – FP Comment Anchorage’s record setting cold summer 27 07 2008 From the Anchorage Daily News, some anecdotal evidence that we may not see an ice-free […]

Jim Stegman
August 21, 2008 12:40 pm

Update on this article… I checked the AccuWeather records for Anchorage, and through August 20th here are the results:
Days at 75 or above: 0
Days at 70 or above: 2 (3 is the record)
Days at 65 or above: 15 (16 is the record)
Days at 60 or above: 55 (46 is the record)

Kevin Pond
October 17, 2008 10:10 am

Interestingly, Yahoo news has a story today about the arctic having an unusually warm autumn (as predicted by this article) but I don’t recall them reporting on the cool Alaskan summer. How many people, do you think, realize they are only reporting half the story.
I’d be curious to know if Alaska also is having a warm autumn

November 18, 2008 6:59 pm

“I think it depends on if Those Opposed To Hansen (TOTH) want to stoop down to his level and attempt to begin a PR war or not. (I just made TOTH up by the way, and I’m running with it!)”
Gotta Love it! Toth, the Egyptian god of Science and Writing!
BTW, Orlando wind chill tonight is predicted at 26 to 29 F (!). I suspect that the Alaskan Express is headed south. Expect ‘black humor’ about global warming to spike in the next few months.
Maybe it’s time for a Global Warming Joke Book? It is almost impossible to defend against well done humor…
What does Al Gore call someone who buys Carbon Credits from himself? “Competition”.
What do you call snow in Orlando? “2 inches of Global Warming”.
How do you know Global Warming is real? “I told my computer to tell me it was, and it did!!!!”
What do you call putting a thermometer near a hot building? “Precision”.
I’m sure folks can come up with many many more much better…

Mike Bryant
November 18, 2008 7:54 pm

“Al Gore said over the weekend that global warming is more serious than terrorism. Unless the terrorist is on your plane, then that extra half a degree doesn’t bother you so much.” –Jay Leno
“Governor Schwarzenegger spoke about the dangers of global warming. Schwarzenegger’s exact words were: fire, hot, bad.” –Conan O’Brien
“According to a new U.N. report, the global warming outlook is much worse than originally predicted. Which is pretty bad when they originally predicted it would destroy the planet.” –Jay Leno

Mike Bryant
November 18, 2008 8:48 pm

One more:
Macapa — New evidence of global warming has been found in this Brazilian city at the mouth of the Amazon River.
Dr. Bruno Penwicky PHD, Professor of Climatology at Gomer State University, said evidence of warming is “incontrovertible”.
“There’s lots of palm trees and stuff, plus it’s always hot and humid here.” Prof. Clinckerdinck, head of an international team of scientists, has been in Macapa for a month, studying the phenomena caused by global warming.
“We walk up and down the beach all day, taking air and water samples. Then we sit under beach umbrellas and analyze the results. I’m telling you, it’s frightening.”
The professor then excused himself, mumbling something about “mai tais” and “nap”.

November 21, 2008 10:02 am

With apologies to bad poets everywhere …
As I was sungazing through the air
I saw a spot that wasn’t there
It wasn’t there again today
I wish to God It’d go away.

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