Thanks again to my readers, another record month

And the hits just keep on coming…

646,024 for the Month of July, up from 582,079 in June.

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July 31, 2008 5:35 pm

No thank you for providing good content!

July 31, 2008 5:35 pm

I think you can thank “the lord” for this one.

July 31, 2008 5:45 pm

Beyond the Hockey Stick– You’re almost going linear! Anthony, I so enjoy your site and the great information and analysis you share. Also, I appreciate the way you monitor the comments and keep it fairly civilized.

Ralph Short
July 31, 2008 5:46 pm

Anthony Watts, this is the best site on this issue that I have ever visited. Basically, it is because you follow the evidence, wherever it leads, instead of an agenda.

July 31, 2008 5:47 pm

You may be selling yourself short posting #s before the month is done!
REPLY: The count ends at 00UTC, or 5PM PST I’m already on August 2008 now.

July 31, 2008 5:48 pm

Post it and they will come.

Leon Brozyna
July 31, 2008 5:49 pm

And thank you for the quality and civility; we all reap the rewards of the hard work you {and don’t let us forget jeez} have done here.
And if there are any other behind the scenes personages that pitch in from time to time of which we are unaware, congrats to them as well.

Tom Shields
July 31, 2008 5:52 pm

Your website is hotter than the Artic in July. No doubt you must be sniffing too much CO2.

Andrew Crawford
July 31, 2008 6:01 pm

I think it’s very obvious, based on this trend, and the well-understood principle of positive feedback, that within 20 years, all of the peering capacity of all the world’s ISPs will be taken up purely by people reading your blog.
Some people might be dubious and find fault in my reasoning, but I plan to deal with that by not disclosing how I arrived at my results and labelling them as “deniers”. The maths is settled. And even if there’s a chance I’m wrong – surely the precautionary principle requires that we take action now, just in case?
So please, try to write in a more bandwidth-efficient manner. For instance, if you were to stop writing with actual words, and instead use repeating groups of letters – AZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ AZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ AZZZZZZZZZZZZ etc – compression technology would allow you to keep blogging using only a tiny fraction of your current bandwidth. Sure, some people might complain that they can’t understand what you mean or that there’s no point trying to read a blog that consists only of compression-friendly repeated letter groups; but really it’s a small price to pay for a better world for our children.
Thanks. I know you’ll understand.

Pamela Gray
July 31, 2008 6:09 pm

I visit this site more than once a day. The scientific discussion helps me relieve my mind of its want to dwell on more emotional stuff. It also is my romper room for myself and my understanding (or lack thereof) of solar issues, weather and climate. I have no trouble saying this is a hobby for me but one that is intellectually stimulating. I learn something new every time a take a peak here.

Steven Hill
July 31, 2008 6:41 pm

Thanks for the site….I come here often and it’s great!

Retired Engineer
July 31, 2008 6:42 pm

“The Truth Shall Set You Free”
An open exchange of ideas. It doesn’t get any better.

July 31, 2008 6:54 pm

Ha ha! Take that! And that!
It is your fault really. You brought it on yourself.
John M Reynolds
(congrats on maintaining such an interesting blog)

Mike Bryant
July 31, 2008 6:55 pm

I agree with all the above kudos. I add my own. Bravo! YOU ARE THE MAN!!
Thank you for the voice of reason.

July 31, 2008 6:59 pm

Plenty of good comments here. Ralph Short puts in words what I think, too:

Anthony Watts, this is the best site on this issue that I have ever visited. Basically, it is because you follow the evidence, wherever it leads, instead of an agenda.

July 31, 2008 7:31 pm

Anthony, thanks for a providing a “guiding path” in the quest of TRUTH. This is a “GREAT” Site.

Jon Jewett
July 31, 2008 8:35 pm

Congrats on the new achievement.
But, should the day come that your loyal followers start talking about how a “thrill ran down my leg at his words”, I will start to worry.
Best Wishes,
Steamboat Jack

Frank Perdicaro
July 31, 2008 8:47 pm

An amazing graph — not only for the content, but because it
follows rational standard for labeling the axes.
How many other graphs do you see — wherever they are — where the
scale is shown starting from zero? It is such a common trick in
presentation visuals to scale the Y axis and truncate the X axis to show
or “prove” some particular point. (Never mind if the rest of the data
shows something else.)
Thanks for putting up such a rare item — an honest graph.

July 31, 2008 8:55 pm

Maybe, alarmist will say that you are the cause for this years cooling.
This is as good a correlation as co2 is.

July 31, 2008 8:56 pm

I would like to thank everyone one here, it’s about truth in the end.

Joe S
July 31, 2008 8:56 pm

I enjoy coming around. I’d be embarassed to say how often. Will tell ya, though, I’ve got a shotrcut on my desktop just above my Quick Launch.
I make note of your blog stats all the time. It’s amazing how fast it grows.
Tonight it’s at:
Blog Stats
2,832,561 hits

July 31, 2008 8:56 pm

I would like to thank everyone here, it’s about truth in the end.

July 31, 2008 8:58 pm

Hi Anthony,
I am from Australia and a journalist for the “Herald Sun’ newspaper,
Andrew Bolt who is also an avid blogger has just chalked up 1,2,000,000
hits on his site for the month of July regarding the global warming debate as a ‘denier”. This has to be a world record for the number of blogs regarding one subject. Looking forward to the next monthly Global Temp charts. Andrew
has used these temp charts to alert the public about global cooling but they are just not listening. His blogs are not even mentioned in thier opinion column.
Am I wrong or is democracy just about to go down the chute. Not if I can help it.

July 31, 2008 9:07 pm

Welcome to the tipping point!
I knew you had a winner the first time I happened by early last summer. (And I think I can claim consensus on that.)

July 31, 2008 9:09 pm

P.S., jeez is the tops.

Mike C
July 31, 2008 10:06 pm

It’s the guys from Real Climate who sit there all day hitting the F5 button in the hopes that you will exceede your traffic limit and get shut down.

Emmanuel ROBERT
July 31, 2008 10:36 pm

This blog is just on the top of my favourites. Certainly one of the very best in the field of climate…
I have learnt quite a lot of things since december. Thank you very much Anthony, and congratulations.
My swag is, at least, another + 250 000 in january or february 09.
Winter in Europe will certainly help.

Richard deSousa
July 31, 2008 10:48 pm

Congrats, Anthony!! 🙂

Frederick Davies
July 31, 2008 11:57 pm

Congratulations! Just keep up the good work and the hits will keep coming.

Frank L/ Denmark
August 1, 2008 12:05 am

Hi Anthony, busy man! And congrats!
Sometimes i do a little digging myself shown on a Danish site, but some of the results i produce may be of interest of others than the little danish audience. Therefore, if you dare, it would be nice to have an email where i could send some “higlights” from the Danish debate. I hope you have a little crew so you personally are not drowning in work….

August 1, 2008 12:54 am

I think it’s very obvious, based on this trend, and the well-understood principle of positive feedback, that within 20 years, all of the peering capacity of all the world’s ISPs will be taken up purely by people reading your blog.
I got a good laugh out of that.
Anthony, don’t be so reluctant to moneytorise your blog. It’s an accepted model on the Internet. People donate to keep voices and views they think important being heard.
$5 here, $5 there. Pretty soon it mounts up. And I’ll start the ball rolling with a $10 donation.
REPLY: Money doesn’t interest me as much as the work does. – Anthony

Carsten Arnholm, Norway
August 1, 2008 1:01 am

Congratulations, and thank you for the real science you are providing. And in an understandable way too. I must agree with those who say this is the most interesting site on climate issues.
I am looking forward to the next monthly global temperature graph (my hunch is it will be flat or slightly negative?).
I am also looking forward to more solar related stuff. Today is a partial solar eclipse here (starting 30 mins. from now) and when I look through my telescope, I can assert there are absolutely no sunspots.

Carsten Arnholm, Norway
August 1, 2008 1:26 am

Btw. There are live images from Svalbard of the ongoing solar eclipse at

August 1, 2008 1:34 am

Well done Anthony, keep up the good work and thanks to all for brightening up what is still a cool and wet Ireland, will summer ever arrive here!

August 1, 2008 2:21 am

admit it, actually your graphic exhibits the global warming curve.
Consult Hansen for approval of this fact.

August 1, 2008 3:19 am

Wow! This is just one of the most interesting and most educational blog that i have ever read. you deserve to be on my top list! I will surely learn so much from reading your blogs! Keep blogging!

August 1, 2008 4:57 am

I think you are causing global cooling. Your website hits are going up, the temps are going down. Is that a correlation or what?

Roger Carr
August 1, 2008 5:31 am

andrewbolt4eva (20:58:18) writes: Andrew (Bolt) has used these temp charts to alert the public about global cooling but they are just not listening.
I think the stats you quote for the Andrew Bolt Blog in themselves say that the public is listening; listening and responding – not just the public, either. Click on my name, above, and read the “Christopher Monckton warns…” link from Andrew’s blog. That note from Monckton seems to have been generated from one of Andrew’s readers.
People are listening real good.

August 1, 2008 5:43 am

Congratulations Anthony.
You’ve become THE “Go-To Guy” not just on climate, CO2 and “AGW,” but in fact in the whole environmental realm – Sun, Earth, Ocean, Atmosphere.
A simply amazing accomplishment.
There are many pretenders on the web, but you clearly stand out as the real deal.
I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work, diligence, fairness and wonderful insight.

August 1, 2008 5:59 am

Thank you very much for your time, effort and insight.
Hyon and Terry

August 1, 2008 6:14 am

Although I disagree with some of the stuff you post (more often with the interpretations that some commenters here provide, though), you do an excellent job of clearly conveying information, and the work you do with auditing surface stations is of the utmost importance to all fields which fall under atmospheric science. I hope you continue to have success.
Congrats, keep up the great work!

August 1, 2008 6:18 am

Great work, don’t know how you find all the time. Simply amazing! Site is now my homepage!

EW Matthews
August 1, 2008 6:48 am

You have been a life saver Anthony.
After British Columbia government gave us the carbon tax I quit my party that was the government. My stress level was really high for a month till I found your blog. Now you are the first news source I log on in the morning. The AGW gang may think they have won in BC but the blow back is coming >:) Already the comments the pravda (province paper) have stirred the sleeping dragon of opinion against the alarmist.
its only a matter of time now.
I now join another party and now working to defeat the Liberals and their alarmist axis. Enemy at the gate! To the walls to the walls!

August 1, 2008 7:06 am

If you want to start August with a spike, I think many of us are waiting for your updated Observed Geomagnetic Averaged Planetary Index graph, an updated sunspot graph, and the July temperature anomaly charts as soon as they are available! Thanks for gathering and compiling all this info in one place!

Mike Hodges
August 1, 2008 7:09 am

And correlated inversely is your lack of sleep. Good thing correlation does not imply causation. Keep up the good work. I read it daily and quite often too much.!! Congrats

BobW in NC
August 1, 2008 7:12 am

Congratulations, Anthony (et al). I add my kudos, for all the reasons given above. This site exemplifies intelligent and cogent information, sanity, reason, and excellent science (even if much of what’s discussed is well above me)!
I constantly forward links to articles in Watts Up With That – spread the word far and wide!

Mike Hodges
August 1, 2008 7:21 am

I see Andrew Bolt is commenting. Love his blog too.
I also want to emphasize again. This blog and other blogs are the way inform people of the on the climate change debate. You are up to 600,000 plus per month. NYT, if my memory serves me correctly has dropped below 100k daily (68k is coming to mind). A one page ad hits at best those people for one day. (a bit more for people that leave their paper around and a lot less because people don’t actually read advertisements then goes to the landfill/recycling)
Resources into this and blogs like Andrews are much more effective over the long term. Again, great stuff and sleep is overrated!!

retired engineer
August 1, 2008 8:16 am

Speaking of solar eclipse: (Carsten Arnholm, Norway)
“Lucas Heinrich, a physics student from Berlin who traveled to Novosibirsk with classmates, described it as “unbelievable.”
“It became cold and dark, and suddenly it was light again. I am very happy — it was worth the trip,” Heinrich said.
It got cold in 2 minutes? Who says the sun doesn’t drive the climate?
Anthony, you have done a great job. I have learned more about weather, climate, and science in the past six months than in the several thousand years (so it seems) since school. Open forums, opposing views. The only thing we all agree on is that it’s a great place to spend time. Thanks.

David Y
August 1, 2008 8:17 am

Hi Anthony,
Keep up the great work!
Also, I thought you might enjoy a piece from this morning’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (though I question some of the logic in it):
FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2008, 9:47 a.m.
By Sharif Durhams
It’s Aug. 1 and we’ve yet to see 90
It has, at times, been warm, muggy and sweaty this summer.
But it hasn’t yet been 90 degrees.
The official temperature in Milwaukee hit 88 degrees four times this month – July 15, 16, 17 and on Wednesday. But the temperature at Mitchell International Airport hasn’t gotten any closer to that sweltering mark, according to the National Weather Service in Sullivan. In Madison, the temperature reached 88 degrees in July 16, but no 90.
There are still plenty of chances for the temperature to hit 90 degrees this summer, with the next real chance coming Sunday or Monday. But the last summer Milwaukee didn’t reach 90 degrees was in 2000. Before that, 1915.
In Madison, the temperature didn’t reach 90 degrees in 2004, but before that, the last summer without such sweltering heat was 1924.
Meteorologists at the weather service say several factors could be keeping the temperature down, but part of it may be the ground’s fault. So much rain fell in June that the soil is saturated, the forecasters say. When the temperature hits the 80s, that moisture evaporates relatively quickly and keeps the air from heating more.
Also, thunderstorms developed several times last month and cooled the air when the temperature threatened to break out of the upper 80s.

Drew Latta
August 1, 2008 8:44 am

Keep up the good work!
Despite the activity here, there was but one sunspot in July. The sun is yet slumbering.

sammy k
August 1, 2008 9:27 am

love reading your site…”wattsupwiththat” couldnt be a more appropriate title…carryon on the fine work

Pierre Gosselin
August 1, 2008 10:49 am

When you hit a million, I think you ought to throw one heck of a big party.
How about a Debate’s Over Party?
And by all means, do send the folks at RC an invitation!
Perhaps the readers here have a better idea for celebrating this upcoming milestone.

August 1, 2008 10:52 am

It’s a family blog. My ideas are not “appropriate”.

August 1, 2008 11:37 am

Has anyone seen this? It’s just got posted on IceCap. WOW!!

MIke Sander
August 1, 2008 11:38 am

Congrats, Anthony.
The blog is great and highly educational. Not agenda driven, but data driven…

Ken Westerman
August 1, 2008 12:06 pm

Yes, this site is very informative, and keeps the playing field level. Even if it isn’t heard by policy makers. But it is heard by hard-working, honest Americans. This is a comment I left at Real Climate Friday, August 1, at 1PM MDT:
REPLY: Ken there was not comment in the posting, FYI. I don’t know what happened to it but it is not in the oroginal message you submitted.

Leon Brozyna
August 1, 2008 12:31 pm

Two months ago a similar posting yielded 28 comments, last month that was up to 45 comments, and this newest posting is already up to 57 (and counting) comments. You’re reaching a tipping point.

Tom in Florida
August 1, 2008 2:50 pm

Congrats again! However, I cannot find the line that shows the “1979-2000 average” with which I can compare the current figures

Paul K
August 1, 2008 2:59 pm

I was just reading your thread on Viscount Monckton, and found that the posts just tailed off. What happened? Has he been arrested for copyright violations by publishing a private communication from a real scientist? Has the APS admitted his paper received extensive scientific peer review?
Lots of sound and fury, and now… nothing?
Your graph reminds me of the famous PT Barnum quote. When asked what should happen if he should ever run out of suckers, he replied:
“There’s a new one born every second.”

Ken Westerman
August 1, 2008 3:38 pm

Ah darnit. The comment didn’t post. If those folks at Real Climate cared about anyone else’s voice, then I should be able to find my comment. I will give it a couple of hours, but frankly…my faith in the moderator over there is minimal. They don’t seem to find appreciation in debate. Like they are too stuck up or afraid. We, on the other hand, can learn from our wrongs…in order to improve our stance on issues such as this. That is sensibility.

August 1, 2008 4:03 pm

Hi Anthony, just to add my voice & say congratulations. This is a great blog – usually I manage to check in a couple of times a day to see “Watts up” and am rarely disappointed.

August 1, 2008 4:53 pm

Reading the above comments is more than just refreshing (with the exception of a few comments from the Pogies), it also indicates how support for the anthropogenic global warming hoax continues to unravel.
The Mysterious Climate Project (TMCP) of climate change tutorials now has over 115,000 subscribers, all of which have been obtained since May 2007. So it doesn’t surprise me that Anthony has such a large following. But Anthony’s following has a far greater diversity than anything he could ever have imagined, and I might add, anything I could ever hope for. From the novice to the expert, participants mingle like no other site on the ‘Net.
As author and editor of TMCP, I’ve found it an invaluable source of information including an abundance of incredible links to other resources.
Way to go, Anthony! Although you’ve censored me more than once, I still respect you and your judgement more than ever!
Jack Koenig, Editor
The Mysterious Climate Project

August 1, 2008 9:04 pm

Nobody beats the Rev!

August 2, 2008 2:53 am

Just found the site, and am now a regular reader. You do good!

August 2, 2008 4:46 pm

Great Blog, thanks for taking the time to express your truths. It is truly appreciated, by all ( at least by me). Thanks for your hard work, as a fellow blogger I know the daily grind of publishing new, interesting items. Thanks again for you hard work.
Peace,Shundahai( A Newe word which means “Peace and Harmony with All Creation) Gregor Gable
Nuclear and Indigenous
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August 2, 2008 11:57 pm

You and jeez deserve the thanks. You do the work and we enjoy the results. I’m tired now but I’ll see about a more tangible form of appreciation tomorrow.

Leon Brozyna
August 26, 2008 11:07 pm

Seen the Alexa tracking numbers; here’s another one:
If only we could see that chart w/o those two spikes in the first three months of the year. The difference between the two sites might be more pronounced.

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