Ending the year on an up note

I thought about writing a year end recap, but then I saw my traffic count for the month at 00 GMT (4PM PST), and thought that would do just as well at telling the story for this year. After a slight dip in October and November, WUWT has reached a new high at nearly 900,000 page views this month.

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Not bad for a 12 month growth. My hit counter, as of this writing, stands at:

6,840,995 hits

In December 2007, I hadn’t even broken 500,000.

Thanks to each and every one of you for visiting, contributing, and commenting. Thanks especially to the moderating team who keeps the temperature of this blog down whilst I think up new topics.

Here were the top 7 most popular posts in 2008, in case you missed them:

Top Posts

January 2008 – 4 sources say “globally cooler” in the past 12 months 140,090 views

A look at temperature anomalies for all 4 global metrics: Part 1 64,508 views

Where have all the sunspots gone? 59,144 views

Sudan hit by Apollo Asteroid 36,543 views

UAH: Global Temperature Dives in May 35,521 views

Solar Cycle 24 has officially started 34,877 views

Arctic sea ice back to its previous level, bears safe; film at 11 27,091 views

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Jon Jewett

Congratulations Anthony!
For the New Year:
May God Bless us Every One…..
And a special blessing for the “rough men (and women) that stand ready to do violence on our behalf”. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/g/georgeorwe159448.html
For those with a literary inclination: http://classiclit.about.com/od/christmaspoempoetry/a/christmas_india.htm
Steamboat Jack

Novoburgo

OT and anecdotal, but…with the close of December 2008 I can now summarize
The year at Bangor, Maine (KBGR):
*Anomalies:
Dec 08 = 24.4F (-0.1F)
Year 08 = 44.45F (-0.25F)
21st Cent. = 44.50F (-0.20F) (Eight years to date)
Warmest year 2006 (+2.1F), Coldest year(s) 2003 & 2004 (-1.3F)
*Based on 1971-2000
Caveat: These figures have been compiled from the raw monthly climate forms (CF6)
for Bangor Intl. Airport. These data have not been manipulated or mangled by Mr. Mann, nor massaged by NOAA and Dr. Hansen. They were not submitted for approval or editing by the NCDC. I am independently wealthy (in a manner of speaking) and consequently to not rely on royalties from the oil industry. The climatic average upon which these figures are based were from the original summary obtained from the Caribou, Maine WFO and differ from the more recently revised GISS data.
Having said all that:
No global warming here!
Mucho thanks to Anthony (and congratulations) and to the readers of WUWT. Have a Happy New Year. Dress warm.

DR

For those interested:
USA early January forecast from Piers Corbin:
http://www.lowefo.com/pdf/News081229.pdf
* Around 6-8 JAN 2009 North / NorthEast USA Extremely SERIOUS Massive snow deluges and blizzards with build up of smaller blizzards from start /2nd Jan. (85% confidence). “These are likely to be WORSE than the snow and blizzard deluges which have already battered much of USA and the whole of Canada” said Piers
Video:
http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=-4572604506602442348

J.Hansford.

Good job Anthony and ‘grats on the 900 000 hits for the month…. However a headline in a Brisbane newspaper, Australia, for the last day of 2008, was that 2009 would be hotter…. Sigh.
But I have a feeling 2009 will not be hotter and watching the mainstream media try and make it so, is going to be very, very entertaining…. to say the least.

Mike Bryant

Congratulations Anthony and Team! What a great job… this blog has taught me much over the last year. Yes it has informed me about the climate, the sorry state of climate studies, but mostly I have learned about the value of the clearheaded, calm approach that Anthony and team have brought to this debate. Thanks again for the hard work that each of you brings to this enterprise.
Do you think it’s time for an update of “A look at temperature anomalies for all 4 global metrics”. It’s always fun to revisit a classic.
May the new year bring more success and the further crumbling of the AGW hypothesis…
Thanks again,
Mike Bryant

swampie

Congratulations, Anthony.
Uh, I may be responsible for about 100,000 of those hits myself. (Looking down sheepishly, scuffling shoes in confetti and discarded party hats that were made from the carcasses of trees snatched screaming from Gaia’s bosom).

Leon Brozyna

Congrats on a terrific year’s growth.
A bigger target for AGW true believers.
A Happy New Year to all!

swampie

Novoburger said: “Dress warm.”
Hey, we’re in a global warming event! Put on a bathing suit, open up some windows for ventilation, and turn on the fan. Heat is a killer, you know. Better avoid it.

swampie

Heh. Oops, I suppose that misspelling of Novo’s name was a Freudian slip. I was picturing Novo out on the patio grilling because the north is warming faster than the south.

Wally

Using U.S. HCN Data adjusted for urbanization effects, time-of-observations, station moves, and instrument changes for all the stations in VA from 1879 to 1995 there has been a average temperature change of 0.0073°F per year or 0.04 C per decade. Based on this I’m not too worried about climate change here. Might have to see if I can dig up the last 13 years of data.

King of Cool

Oh what fun, another year to look forward to of fierce debate with no decisive end. Another year of who can pick the best and biggest cherries – maybe we should rename them googleberries?
A year when there will be frantic action by the AGW believers to reduce CO2 emissions so that they claim credit if global warming stops.
A year when the increasing numbers of the rebel fighters will assemble in New York and the Empire forces meet in Copenhagen under a new and dynamic leader.
A year that will see the Empire re-invigorated and propaganda produced that will stretch the imagination of the peoples of every country in the world.
A year when there will be more people watching the progress of the summer Arctic ice melt than the Wimbledon tennis finals.
Team Anthony you have an ominous task – good luck!

Novoburgo

Yo Swampie, I’ve been called late for dinner and “other” things but never a burger.
But, not a bad guess.
Novoburgo= New Town/borough= Newborough=Newberry
Happy New Year…it’s 12:00

David Walton

I have entered “Watts Up With That?” traffic data into a highly refined normalizing simulation/prediction engine and have discovered that it is highly likely that by the the year 2023 Anthony’s traffic will have increased to daily hit rate so great that it will completely devour 99% of the projected global bandwidth of the internet.
Unless something is done immediately to mitigate Anthony’s relentless acquisition of internet traffic a tipping point will be reached by 2017, at which point his complete domination of the internet will be irreversible.
Polar bear web cams will become extinct. Email impossible, and the world wide web will drown in an ever rising ocean of “Watts Up With That” web site hits.

Steve Carson

OFT question: I’m fascinated by real temperature across the globe, and I have been trying to find the “source” data where possible.
I found a number of sources, none so far really in the right format, but surely someone has collated “all” or a subset of “all” temperature records from ground-based temperature stations since they started recording?
I guess the ideal would be something like a database with:
– a table for the weather station – location etc, and a site ID
– a table with measurement type IDs – daily min; daily max; others?
– a much larger database with site ID, measurement ID, value
(Great if it had rainfall as well)
Anyone know if this exists, partially exists?
If not, can anyone point me towards the best sources for being able to create it?
Has anyone got an extraction program for some/all of the data sources so up to date temperature can be extracted?
Thanks, Steve

David Ball

Imho, there is no better blog in cyberspace, or any other space. I, for one, can appreciate the strength and courage it takes to ask the tough questions and to post what you think is relevant to the topic. Then to suffer the slings and barbs that come flying your way when you do that. I would also like to let you know that WUWT has brought my father and I closer together. He and I spend a good deal of time discussing the threads and postings. -We must smile in the face of adversity, and welcome it with a warm handshake. Then we ask adversity to reveal it’s methodology so it can be verified. Apparently adversity already knows what next months temperature anomaly is going to be. Who needs accurate data when you can come up with better numbers on your own? Keep on trucking (or zipping along quietly in your electric car) , Anthony !!!

David Y.

Congratulations, Anthony!
And many kudos to you for being a steady, always rational presence in a turbulent (at times quite argumentative) discussion.
In my household, Chico is considered “the best place on Earth” (just ask my 4-year old who’s been taught that by my wife, CSU-Chico class of ’91), and you are a great online ambassador for the place.
All the best to you and your family for (the likely cool) 2009 and beyond,
David Y.
PS-My wife and I are looking at a vacation to one of the islands this year; maybe an urban heat island? 😉

David Y.

re: Swampie (20:06:56): Same here! This has become my first stop of the day, and I seem to be back 20-30x each day. Great brain stuff, ain’t it?
Best to all my fellow voices here–and let’s hope we have ever-better science available to us in 2009 (likely in no small part due to Mr. Watts’ tireless efforts!)
-DY

BillR

WUPT has been a daily companion for the last 1.5 years. I thank the efforts of Anthony and anyone else involved with the endeavor and wish all a happy and prosperous 2009.

Mike McMillan

Traffic chart still has that correlation with rising CO2 levels. Unadjusted, even.
Congrats and thanks, Anthony.
Best for the new year, everyone.

evanjones

It has been quite a journey. It’s a real honor to be permitted to moderate here, though I have been a little constrained lately.
The Big Story this New Year’s in The City has been how COLD it is here. Times Square emptied out the instant the ball fell as everyone made tracks for warmer climes.

BillR

..err that’s WUWT…

Graeme Rodaughan

David Walton (21:15:17) :
I have entered “Watts Up With That?” traffic data into a highly refined normalizing simulation/prediction engine and have discovered that it is highly likely that by the the year 2023 Anthony’s traffic will have increased to daily hit rate so great that it will completely devour 99% of the projected global bandwidth of the internet.

The only possible solution is a CAP and TRADE on web site hits.
We could set the price of web site hits to $20 per 1000. We’ll soon be Billionaires with all the traffic going on – just need to regulate it….

John Laidlaw

Anthony and moderating team: thank you for providing a fascinating and information-full 2008. Happy New Year! Please continue the struggle in 2009 – you are greatly appreciated.
Reply: Thanks, I was just wondering if we were all chopped liver.
~ charles the moderator
REPLY2: No slight of my moderating team was intended as I was thinking about traffic, not comments. But I’ve edited the post accordingly. Thanks – Anthony

Douglas DC

Happy New Year to my favorite Weather/Climate Blog.
BTW where does that -50 F. weather go from the interior of Alaska?
-I’m seeing cold wx in the Pac NW again within 10 days…

Don Shaw

Congratulations to Anthony for the best website in the Internet.
As a semi retired engineer, this site is really great for me as it provides real data that allows an understanding of climate change issues even though I am not schooled in the particular field. Now I consider this topic one of my hobbies. I was always a skeptic of the AGW claims since it became obvious to me that the MSM and politicians were exaggerating the issue just to make political point. WUWT provides the data to support my skepticism. I’m surprised that more people don’t realize when they are being scammed.
FYI I send your monthly UAH (etc) temperature plots to many of my friends and your presentations of the facts and data have converted others to becoming skeptics also. Hopefully the word can be spread via the internet to overcome the MSM distortions of the facts. It’s the ony hope we have to expose the fraud.
I check out your site often each day. Keep up the great work and hopefully enough of our fellow citizend can begin to realize the weak case on which the AGW’s are baseing their radical energy proposals. I firmly believe the anti CO2 crowd will kill the economy if allowed to take control of our energy policy.
Also want to thank all those who add thoughtful and informative posts that further my understanding of the complex science.
Wishing everyone a happy 2009.

davidc

Steve,
http://www.wunderground.com/
seems to have daily data for individual locations around the world for the last 10 years (the few that I’ve looked at). It’s not in a suitable format for automatic download and I’ve no idea if the data is reliable, but it might be a good place to start.

The more your blog grows the more the AGW guys hate it.
I’ve been declared stupid now by the ever classy tamino.
http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2009/01/01/stupid-is-as-stupid-does-geek-fight/
Good to know now cause, it would stink to go through life thinking I could learn when I clearly can’t.

anna v

Well done, Anthony. May the Power be with you to keep it up. Hold on to your hat because next year will be a hot wind year from the hot air coming in defense of AGW.
Unfortunately the soon to be new president has been hoodwinked to the bandwagon and it is going to be a rude awakening, hopefully in 2009.
A happy New Year to all and thanks for the contribution of all the intelligent participants.

Thank you much for such a blog. You have many readers from western Europe. I Hope the same trend for you in 2009.

Jeff B.

Congrats and thanks to you Anthony. You and Joe have the AGW conspirators shaking with fear. Godspeed in 2009!

Penguin

6,840,995 hits, That’s what’s up !!!
Thanks Anthony (and team) for your enormous effort in aiding and providing balanced scientific discussions relating to the recent warming of the planet.
This site has proved that climate debate is not always a case of “hot air” .
We may not be able to immediately combat Al Gore and his media driven “Urban Green Island Effect”. But we live in hope that sanity may one day prevail.
Best Wishes for a cool 2009 !

Roger Sowell

Mega Dittos on WUWT having record hits, Anthony and Team! Newcomer here, have just been on to this a few days, perhaps a couple of weeks. Fascinating stuff. And civil…so rare!
My forecast for 2009 has two parts. First, from a California perspective, is to watch for gathering storm clouds over Sacramento as CARB (California Air Resources Board) continues its mandated task of writing carbon-reduction rules for this state. Follow along at
http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/cc.htm
They are going to prevent sea level rise and snowpack melting by command and control, and by cap and trade. Whether the place is cooling or not. And, without regard to any outside experts who point out how wrong the whole approach is. So there! Oh, and in particular without regard to how small the California contribution is to global man-made CO2 and other GHG emissions. (around 2 percent of the world’s man-made GHG on a good day.)
Second, from a U.S. of A. perspective, is to watch for thunder and lightning in Washington DC as Senators draft another version of the Climate Change bill, probably Boxer and Warner. The voice of reason may be drowned out, but at least we will make the attempt to be heard. We will see if facts carry any weight in the new administration. Very doubtful, given who the key advisors are.
I got a bunch of new sweaters for Christmas. Looks like it was just in the nick of time, too. Stay warm, yall. Throw another log on the fire. Oh wait, that is illegal now in many parts of California.
Roger E. Sowell
Marina del Rey, California

I guess this alexa.com comparison is well known but since I have’nt seen it posted here, looks like a good moment to do:
http://plazamoyua.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/wuwt-rc.jpg
Let them call the names, you will keep on growing.
Congratulations!

Peter Pond

As a newcomer during 2008 to this blog, my congratulations and thanks to Anthony and his moderators. This blog is informative, interesting and amusing. Let us hope that 2009 reveals more about the hugely complex mechanism that is the Earth’s climate.
A Happy New Year to you all.
Peter Pond
NSW, Australia

tallbloke

Congrats on the success of your informative and entertaining blog Anthony. Lots more fun to come in 2009!

Dear Anthony: Congratiolations with the success of the site. The increasing traffic is for sure due to the quality of the content.
Thank you very much for all the effort to sort out the propaganda of the politically correct Global Warming Scientists.
Happy New Near from (cold and ice-scating)The Netherlands.

Excellent job both in maintaining the blog and also in keeping a calm, scientific view of things througout.
Another purely local bit of data for you – my own little Davis weather station in my backyard here on the east coast of Scotland showed a year average temperature of 9.3 C which is 0.4 C below the average for the past 4 years. The average annual temperature for 2004-2007 was pretty well flat at 9.7 C, so this year there has been a definite drop.
Anyone interested in more detailed data and some plots can look here. The ‘Archives’ link shows the data since mid-2003.
Thanks again, and keep up the good work.

Roger

Congratulations Anthony. Before I was referred to your site this year I, like many others, did not realize the disparity between the the facts and what the Goreites are spewing on a daily basis. I thank you for providing scientific exposure to all of the models, predictions, opinions, guesses and just plain ‘ol lies being propagated in the mainstream media. Keep up the good work and hopefully we can eventually start to see/hear you on TV and Radio on a regular basis. After all, as David posted earlier, you will soon dominate internet traffic and need to widen your avenues of communication. Happy New Year!

Sam the Skeptic

Congratulations and well done … and a Happy New Year.
You’ve certainly convinced this non-scientific peasant of a lot of things he suspected all along.
And I bet Christopher Booker’s support hasn’t done you any harm, either!

Thank you everyone again including all the hard-working moderators… what a presence this blog represents…
I think that AGW is going to be like snow overloading a weak roof… scientists are steadily defecting… it’s going to cave in at some point, and there are going to be a lot of cold, wet, vulnerable people around… and some will probably react aggressively.
Root corruption in Science is a new animal – even though Bjorn Lomborg’s stats show that this root corruption is endemic in environmental science altogether – and nobody knows quite how to handle it. But with such websites, one can still live in hope.

Perry Debell

Well done Anthony.
It is a great shame that the Church of England Commissioners have not visited your site even once. From the link below, you will see that they are going to invest £150 million in Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management. If he were a religious man, he would refuse to take the money, from the widows and orphans upon which the money should be spent. As if that’s going to happen?
http://www.religiousintelligence.co.uk/news/?NewsID=3568
Actually the site is called Religious Intelligence!! Now that’s truly a laugh.
Perry

Mike Bryant

Hmmmm,
Where are the congratulations and thanks from the AGW faithful. This website also provides a platform for David and Mary and anyone who would like to speak. I would expect to see at least a small thank you from some who represent the other side of the debate. Perhaps some of them have already commented here and I just missed it…

gary gulrud

Ditto the “Godspeed”, Anthony. I may have learned more here about human nature than about GW, nothing wrong with that.

Congratulations! I hope the traffic continues going up and the temperature going down… Ecotretas

Wally

“Steve Carson (21:23:12) :
OFT question: I’m fascinated by real temperature across the globe, and I have been trying to find the “source” data where possible.
I found a number of sources, none so far really in the right format, but surely someone has collated “all” or a subset of “all” temperature records from ground-based temperature stations since they started recording?
I guess the ideal would be something like a database with:
– a table for the weather station – location etc, and a site ID
– a table with measurement type IDs – daily min; daily max; others?
– a much larger database with site ID, measurement ID, value
(Great if it had rainfall as well)
Anyone know if this exists, partially exists?
If not, can anyone point me towards the best sources for being able to create it?
Has anyone got an extraction program for some/all of the data sources so up to date temperature can be extracted?
Thanks, Steve”
http://cdiac.ornl.gov/ftp/ushcn_monthly/ has the US data for the stations used in the climate studies. I do not know of the equivalent for world data.
However, you could do a FOIA request to NASA to get all their climate numbers if you wish. You may not wish to get it, I downloaded the data from the 19 VA weather stations which was about 24,000 monthly data points, the world wide database has got to be enormous. The data above has been corrected for station movements, and other things. Raw data would be great but would require many man years of effort to clean up. I got the raw data for a couple of sites in WA state and it was really really bad.
Happy New Year

Very amazing how you got the traffic like that.

kim

Good on ya’. By the way, Pielke Pere is on a tear. And Tamino waxes wroth.
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Happy New Year from Slovenia, Mr Anthony, your team and all participants on this blog!
I am a retired mechanical engineer and for a long time I believed the story of AGW. OK, since many years ago I did not read the usual trash of slovenian left wing media (the legacy of the ex communist time) but I was subscribed to The Economist, New Scientist and Der Spiegel, believing their objectivity. I was even happy,expecting the climate to get milder in my home town. So far so that I even planted an olive tree in my garden!
However, after my retirenment, I decided to study this subject a little more. Now, I have colected a library of some 20 books, among them from Roy Spencer, Fred Singer, Henrik Svensmark etc. In addition, I am following related blogs in 7 languages (I very much like the blog of the Czech President Vaclav Klaus – the only intelectual and honest politician to openly speak his mind!) and so I discovered WUWT some months ago.
As a result, I became a convinced sceptic on AGW and WUWT is my dayly read.
Well, it does not look promissing about my producing olive oil at all!

dearieme

This counting of traffic is all very well, Anthony, but what do the tree-rings say?

Steven Hill

happy new year to all, let’s pray that the world has food in the future with the cold that’s coming.
best regards,
Steve