Holy Hockey Sticks !

Last month I was surprised to find WUWT broke the 2 million hits barrier.

This month, it’s worse than we thought:

wordpress.com internal traffic counter for WUWT - click for larger image

Just another effect of Climategate.

In other news, some other websites didn’t appear to benefit from the Climategate “bump”.

From Alexa.com

As always, I say I could not have done this alone. My sincere thanks to the many contributors, and moderators Charles, DB, and Evan. Of course, let’s not forget all the readers and commenters. Truly a global village we have here.

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193 thoughts on “Holy Hockey Sticks !

  1. I’m not surprised, but I am impressed.
    And of course, pretty much everyone looking at it will immediately recognize the hockey stick. I knew it would eventually show up in a legitimate form in climate science…

  2. I had a look at Tamino one day (just a reflex after his starring role in some of the Climategate emails) and it was a pitiful sight (and site) of true believers talking themselves up and vainly reassuring each other the world hasn’t changed.

  3. There are several stories here.
    The MSM are trashing what little reputation they had by ignoring the Climategate story. Educated citizens are now seeking their news from people who will report on all the facts rather than avoid inconvenient ones. And the excellent stewardship of the scientific case for climate realism by WUWT.

  4. Anthony,
    Could we please see an overlay of the top stats graph – appropriately stretched, centered, and adjusted – with original “hokey stick” (excuse me, that’s ‘hockey stick’) graph of Mann and “The Team”; with r and r-squared, also. Just expanding on 3×2’s comment.
    Seriously, I am surprised, impressed, and thankful. Great job.

  5. That looks more like a goalie’s stick. In my city (Vancouver) we have Roberto Luongo. Suck rocks, the rest of you!

  6. Hi Anthony,
    This is very impressive, and looked at another way, it shows who the “deniers” really are.
    This is proof that, in general, the “true believers” just do not want to know about Climategate. They don’t want to know what those emails show. They don’t want to know what the IPCC scientists really think. They just want to go on believing.
    There’ll never be a proof for the existence of God, but this graph you’ve shown is certainly a proof for the existence of religion. 🙂
    Best regards, Alex

  7. You need to “adjust” the raw data, because I have personally visited this site three million times over the past two weeks.
    Or at least it has felt that way.
    My wife is not entirely pleased by your success, especially when I let the fires go out.

  8. Outstanding! Thank you and your team for your fantastic coverage of Climategate.
    “Truth is such a rare thing, it is delighted to tell it.” Emily Dickinson

  9. Ah! Now I understand why my browser was taking so long to connect.
    Well done Sir. And your support team.

  10. WUWT should be among the “trick” why “climategate” now has 13.3 million entries in google, vs. only 9.8 million entries for “GW” (as of this writing). Congrats Anthony and moderators! Super-great job!

  11. Andy in New Zealand (00:30:29) :
    Ok Anthony… we want to see the raw data please 🙂
    REPLY: That IS the raw data. – A
    NeoWORX is free. But if you really want to blow us away with raw data, add a free Google Analytics tracker and grant public access to the reports!
    My next book is how this website saved the world – thank you, Mr. Watts!

  12. You have been doing just wonderful work, Anthony, and I feel I am privileged to have the opportunity to read what this site publishes. What you have been up to is what scientific method is really all about. I salute you.

  13. Now if you could only get 5% of the tens of thousands of political idiots going to Copenhagen to ruin our civilization to read WUWT
    Thank you Anthony,

  14. Mr. Watts,
    I think that you are going to have a moderately significant place in the history of science. You’ll be one of those people who are listed beside Galileo and Pasteur.
    Al Gore will be listed along with Charles Ponzi.

  15. PajamasMediaTV has the CEI interviewing spokesmen of three Green groups.
    The interesting part actually is that they all hit the same talking points. Obviously the memos have been sent and memorized.
    Unfortunately you have to get really into the details to trip these guys up….I don’t think they’d last as lone with some of the bloggers/commenters. The CEI guys just hit the high points.
    http://www.pjtv.com/video/PJTV_Daily/Warmists_Give_Climategate_the_Cold_Shoulder/2770/;jsessionid=abcToQhiR2apceU8mLjvs

  16. Head of the British Antarctic Survey on BBC Radio4 an hour ago. They’ve just discovered that sea-levels will rise by 1.4metres this century (double the previous estimate).The BBC man was very supportive. Mentioned sceptics and how to convince them but no mention of why they’re so uppity in the first place!

  17. Nice one!
    A hockey stick we can believe in – the data so raw they’re still bleeding.
    The other sites seem to show the true state of ‘warming’: it ain’t happening.
    I conclude with an unscientific but gleeful tee-hee-hee!

  18. Well done Anthony, I’ve been a regular visitor to your site for around three years. I posted on RealClimate about three years ago saying that for a hypothesis to be true there must be some mathematical expression which defines the hypothesis and enables us to test the validity through doing sums. So I said, where is the mathematical relationship between CO2 and Temperature that would prove once and for all that the warmists were right.
    I was inexperienced then, and having tried to post since on a number of topics realise that it was an absolute fluke that my post made it onto the screens of the readers of RealClimate given Gavin’s penchant for censoring anything vaguely resembling debate.
    Anyway, in the flood of vituperation that followed from the many wierdos that seem to haunt that site, one of them, not his/her exact words, told me if I wanted to talk rubbish like that I should bugger off to WattsUpWith that or ClimateAudit, at that time I’d never heard of WattsUpWithThat, but I am thankful for the beraters that they directed me to this site and I’ve been regularly visiting ever since.
    Funny old world.

  19. I thank you Anthony, your efforts go far beyond the call of duty.
    I would like to ask all the impossible question ;
    HOW DO YOU GET A POLITICIAN TO ;
    (1) admit that he was wrong !
    (2) that he has cost the country a few billions of dollars (or Euros)
    (3) and yes I am a ……….

  20. Great job, Anthony!
    Thanks from Austria (not Australia!).
    It´s too bad we do not have a page like yours in german language.
    Most of the austrians are believers, allmost all of them think, co2 is a polutant.
    They do not realy care about AGW, but it is worst enough to be sure, that co2 ist a “killer”. Our stupid goverment is pushing the AGW theorie, not only the greens and there is nothing in big media about climategate.

  21. I feel so special since I’ve been here since the beginning. I do kind of miss stevenson screen experiments. Those were the days.
    Now we are so preppy pretty soon we are going to have Abercrombie banner adds.

  22. Much has been accomplished here, Anthony.
    Our sleepy little town is abuzz with the news of ClimateGate and the AGW hoax. I didn’t have to tell them, they already knew.
    And, even better, heavy rain in the long range forecast.
    Just another part of the cycle, but you cannot please the State of California, for before you can say levee, they’ll be screaming about too much water.

  23. Congrats to Anthony & the mods for holding it all together through this blow-out. Knew you were going to blow through the 3 mil mark. Good to see confirmation.
    Another view of the traffic can be seen at Quantcast:
    http://www.quantcast.com/profile/traffic-compare?domain0=realclimate.org&domain1=climateprogress.org&domain2=wattsupwiththat.com&domain3=climatecrisis.net&domain4=
    In other news of the day, here at the eastern end of Lake Erie we’re forecast to get 3-6″ of global warming today (AKA snow).

  24. The greens revolted against the Green Revolution.
    Now the Hockey Stick too has a meaning mirroring its original attempt to control mental attitudes. It was the graphical version of doublespeak. The original Hockey Stick was the greens’ doublegraph, the newgraph!
    But the rational people saw through it and have parodied the newgraph with the peoplegraph! (I really don’t know how to develop this image, any good script writers out there??)

  25. This is proof that, in general, the “true believers” just do not want to know about Climategate.
    Alternatively, the True Believers may have started coming here to enlighten us and stayed for the enlightenment…

  26. Congratulations Anthony, although I think its something of an aberration caused by Climategate, its nice to know that so many people are watching.
    I myself became quite addicted to checking out WUWT every hour or so. Its quite sad really.
    By the way, I’ve never seen such neck-breaking ducking and covering as I’ve seen on “Climate Progress”, “Doltoid” and of course “RealClimate”. The sky fell down and they’re trying to tell us all that its supposed to be that low.

  27. In the spirit of AW’s praiseworthy even-handedness we should all wish Dr Phil,Jones all the best in his new job in Italy – he is, I’m sure I got this right, to be the curator of the Turin Shroud.

  28. Congratulations!
    I would like to temporarily name the villlage hobbiton, the graph peak the side of mordor and you Anthony baggins.
    There’s some good science in this world Mr Anthony… and it’s worth fighting for.

  29. If that second graph were a cardiogram print out of four people in a room then I’m afraid that two of the other three are struggling to keep a pulse going, and the fourth (Tamino) has gone terminal. I had to look really hard to notice that that particular flat line wasn’t the bottom of the graph.
    WUWT has a healthy pulse in comparison, but on Nov 17th it got a large shot of adrenalin or something similar. This only confirms that more and more people are coming here to find out what is going on because the MSM continue to cover their eyes and ears while they speak, scared to find out that many of us know the jig is up and we don’t believe their waffle anymore.
    OT but an interview on Aussie Sky TV tonight showed the new Liberal Party leader to be a very cool customer. Very measured and strong in responding to the interviewer trying to show that the Liberals have no alternative to the Rudd proposal. Sure his response was mainly to attack the ETS as an unsustainable tax burden, but he wasn’t to be rushed on what his party would do given the chance. Early days yet, but this could be an earth shaking moment not only in Australian politics, but for global politics as well. And Aussies call New Zealand the Shakey Isles!

  30. But, but, but …
    I took pride in being a skeptic.
    I reveled in the thrill of being a denier.
    I don’t want us to be RIGHT, damn it!
    Seriously, this is fantastic, and I really appreciate you guys and gals putting up with wannabes like me.
    But we ain’t finished yet. Lots to do.
    The alarmists will feel alone and lost without a cause, and them folks got lots of PR and lobbyists on their donation-funded payroll.

  31. Tell me if I am wrong or that the scientists making claims about the size and quantity of Jellyfish in Japan fishing areas that came from the China Sea. They claim pollution and global warming are responsible, but I was under the impression that pollution kills Marine life if not hamper their abilities to grow healthy and proportionatly. The video attached is what is in question.
    http://media.theage.com.au/news-video/environment-news/japan-giant-jellyfish-sink-ship-936688.html

  32. TheTimes newspaper (UK) totally ignored all reporting on Climategate though it did run one short leader efectively just dismissing the whole matter as irrelevant (cf, Paul Krugman) and one greatly intemperate column by Aaronovitch effectively saying the whole reporting of Climategate was the only real scam. Today, however, the Times leads page one with a strory from SCAR about ice meltdown in the Antarctic which is supposedly a massive threat to hordes of cities all over the world.
    What are your views, Antony, on Scar? What is their track record? Are any of their `advisory’ panel linked in any way to Climategate? I have decided not to run to the hills yet in spite of Scar/Times. What sort of risk am I running?

  33. I’ll grant you it looks impressive, but is the current level of traffic really unprecedented? For some reason this graph conveniently omits the Medieval Internet Period.

  34. Well done Anthony and the only Team in Climate Science that matters!
    Meanwhile the mighty Baghdad Bob Collective are desperately rushing around trying to plug the ever-increasing leaks that will only serve to delay the impending dam burst.
    The reputation of that once mighty organ of truth is heading the way of the CRU and many of its employees will not be happy about this.
    Perhaps there’s the odd mole or three lurking who has access to the e-mail chain between the Director General and Downing Street?
    Just a thought.

  35. Jimmy Haigh (02:10:50) :
    I just wish we could all meet up for a beer somewhere and sometime.
    You’re on – my place, you’re paying, and Andrew decides when.

  36. Congratulations for a genuinely useful hockey stick. It seems to have had an effect with the Australian Liberals with their would be leader Hockey knocked out of the competition . Now it should be wielded to bash that prize buffoon Richard Black into touch, for his lunatic report about the Antarctic ice melting.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8387137.stm
    It appears he is not aware that by being known as Phil Jones’ poodle, Black’s credibility is zero.
    All he does is “Regurgitate, Regurgitate, Regurgitate, Regurgitate”
    Absolute bullocks – Reticulum, Rumen, Omasum, sorry, can’t resist, Obomasum!!! Otherwise known as the poor arithmetic of POTUS.

  37. “I had a look at Tamino one day (just a reflex after his starring role in some of the Climategate emails) and it was a pitiful sight (and site) of true believers talking themselves up and vainly reassuring each other the world hasn’t changed.”
    Same at Climate Progress where my posts disagreeing with their position (climategate = nothing to see..move along!) were deleted by their mods.
    That is one thing I really must commend WUWT and Climate Audit on. I’ve never had a post here go missing yet over at Climate Progress and Real Climate is utterly pointless to read the comment sections since there is always crazy amounts of selective pruning.

  38. Congratulations WUWT. Bravo, sport. And the great thing is you can offset all the extra carbon produced by your vast Net traffic with Kleiner Perkins and GIM! They’re Al Gore and CRU endorsed! Colonel Neville.

  39. Meanwhile back at the ranch,
    The BBC are reporting that the antarctic ice is melting far faster than previously thought(how convenient for Copenhagen) and sea levels will rise far more than previously thought.
    The BBC seem to unaware that the antarctic continent ice is at record levels or if they are its having no influence on their corporate scaremongering tactics. Could we have have an antarctic sea ice level graph to show the reality instead of the fraudulent fantasies being peddled by the BBC please?
    The lies of the AAM scaremongers always melt away in the face of actual evidence and the high numbers of people wanting actual evidence in the face of lies would benefit by having real information about the polar caps especially now as the antarctic melt season nears.

  40. Anthony and team may your bums never drop off they are a handy piece of Kit.
    I was once a mathematician, we are surrounded by turning points.
    Merminks, yeah I guess we found some.
    In Australia, Gun shearers call top fleece by dinging the bell.
    Gratz.

  41. Rereke Whakaaro (02:38:11) :
    Maybe we could designate a said hour of a said day to all have a beer for WUWT and sanity? It’ll have to be this week for me though – I’ll be on (quite) Big Oil’s dollar on an oil rig in The South China Sea from next Sunday or so until the New Year.

  42. Well done, Anthony. Climategate is bringing them in. Keep up the good work in that regard.
    Credit where it’s due, though. Check the influence on the rise against hits from Australia. We know we’re to blame. Our PM keeps apologising, it MUST be our fault. 🙂
    Andrew Bolt and Tim Blair are linking you daily (at least) because of the quality of your posts and the topicality (is that a word?) of AGW to us here now. Our government was (and still is) millimetres from signing into effect an emissions trading scheme. Grass-roots uproar from supporters of the political opposition (stirred by Bolt and Blair) have resulted in a change in opposition leadership, which MAY block the passage of this unscientific, expensive bill.
    Salutations from Australia! Keep the facts coming. Maybe eventually they’ll listen (though here it’s a little more urgent).
    Evan

  43. Hi everyone.
    Just wanted to let you know that your stats are increadible,
    please keep up the exelence,
    From my own poll, in conversation only [without asking a Question] over the last 18 months, 9 out of 10 say , yeah, i know its rubbish, but , what can i do about it.
    I will from now on, i will point them in your direction.
    cheers,
    Scott.

  44. Congratulations anthony, found you at the urging of Chris Booker UK Telegraph some months ago.
    http://www.actoncopenhagen.decc.gov.uk- search engine does not work which is a shame because I was going to search for something denialist; ” Global warming is a scam”
    Their logo and artwork has been well and truly spoofed on UK blogs but too rudely for here.

  45. I’ve been visiting this site for about a year – Christopher Booker’s articles mentioned it. Now its daily reading after the newspapers normally, but THIS week I visit before the papers in the morning and again late afternoon to see developments (I’m in UK).
    What I found encouraging last week was Andrew Neil, (former editor Sunday Times, now presenter of the Daily Politics and This Week, a political magazine programme both on BBC) bring up Climategate and insist on a robust debate on the evidence for AGW. Also Times, Telegraph, Mail & Guardian have all run stories covering different perspectives on Climategate – it is entering the mainstream. And all in a week!
    Today its the FT
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8aefbf52-d9e1-11de-b2d5-00144feabdc0.html
    “Secrecy in science is a corrosive force
    By Michael Schrage ”
    I suspect the examination of the material from CRU, and the subsequent re-examination of the Team’s work will lead to more and more unraveling of the sorry edifice of their case for evidence for AGW.

  46. Keep going Anthony,
    press them on cheating,
    and ignorance, climatologists
    which can not define climate
    are ….., as explained recently
    at: http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/open-letter/ :
    Article 1 of the FCCC providing definitions offers none on the term “climate”, and if it had been based on the common explanation on “average weather”, the word “weather” would have required a definition as well. That the drafters failed to do so is a clear indication that they either lacked the scientific competence to do so, or they knew it would make no sense, because ‘average weather’ is statistics, and remain statistics regardless of any name given to the set of statistics.
    Instead the FCCC defines in
    Para. 2. “Climate change” means a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.
    Para. 3. “Climate system” means the totality of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere and their interactions.
    Both explanations explain nothing. It is nonsense to say: Climate change means the change of climate, while ‘climate system’ does not say anything more as the interaction of nature. Science is using layman’s terms without being able or willing to define them in a scientifically reasonable manner, or not to use them at all. A detailed discussion is available at: http://www.whatisclimate.com/.

  47. Don’t get to carried away by this “Hockey stick graph” it merely represents a recovery from the “little ice age” of AGW skepticism in the mid 2000’s.

    In the spirit of AW’s praiseworthy even-handedness we should all wish Dr Phil,Jones all the best in his new job in Italy – he is, I’m sure I got this right, to be the curator of the Turin Shroud.”
    That is unfortunate as the Turin shroud investigation did have some rigorous science carried out.

  48. WUWT benefits from a combination of good science, insightful commentary, timely release of information (thanks mod team!) and a blind deaf and dumb media that won’t talk honestly about climategate. There’s no reason to go to a pro-AGW blog right now…the media is doing their work for them. This site provides the other side.

  49. Hats off to you Anthony & Co – what a tremendous result.
    Something similar happened here in the UK when a political scandal broke about the smearing of opposition politicians by a government civil servant.
    The blog that broke it [Guido Fawkes] saw his traffic treble and it stabilised at about 2x the previous rate IIRC. He changed how political bloggers were treated by the MSM in the UK – from sad loners obsessing from their bedrooms to serious players who could force people from office by saying what the lobby journalists wouldn’t cover.
    Looks like you and Mr McIntyre have done exactly the same thing – only on a global scale. Respect.

  50. “Capn Jack Walker (02:53:33) :
    Anthony and team may your bums never drop off they are a handy piece of Kit.
    I was once a mathematician, we are surrounded by turning points.
    Merminks, yeah I guess we found some.
    In Australia, Gun shearers call top fleece by dinging the bell.
    Gratz.”
    And “kit” is the Amharic word for bum. Go figure!

  51. Anthony, btw, WUWT is coming up in the #2 position at Bing for climategate, with #1 being Climategate Document Database – Alleged CRU Email.

  52. Looking for hockey sticks?
    See if you can dig up the historical number of hits on “climategate” on Google.
    Seems to have increased by a million or more hits in a day; currently at 13M2 (that’s 13,200,000)

  53. Thank goodness for the hands across the sea. Not our finest hour over on this side of the pond; ‘the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science’ indeed. Let’s hope that ‘all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands’.

  54. Well done to Anthony and the mods. I can only think you were being your kind self by not including realclimate. Wattsupwiththat is showing double the amount of visitors compared to realclimate.org. Climateaudit.org is running neck and neck with realclimate, but when you include camirror.wordpress.com, it also comfortably beats it.

  55. This is now the first site I visit for climate-related info. I figure, if it ain’t here, it’s nowhere, man.

  56. It’s down to all those folks who keep plugging you in the ‘traditional media’. It’s along the lines of ‘you’ve just written the biggest load of religious BS this year. Go and read some proper analysis at that pesky website WUWT.’
    Course, if you start writing religious BS here, maybe people’ll start doing the same to you!
    Hope not.

  57. Sorry, Paul Hanlon is me, I’m at a different computer. Another bit of good news is climatedepot is about half wattsupwiththat, which must make WUWT the premier site to go to for “real” climate news. I like climatedepot, but it’s a bit too “in your face” to be taken seriously, and has nowhere to leave comments.

  58. I am sorry but using the same techniques as the CRU I inverted the graph and then reversed it and just as I suspected, you are hiding the decline in site hits per month.
    Shame on you Anthony! Not to worry I hear the UEA have vacancies so if the boss sacks you there are other options 🙂

  59. Anthony et al,
    I just want to add my 2 cents to all the other kudos you’ve rightfully received in this thread. It is gratifying to know that you, along with all of us — together, are making a positive difference in the world. Amazing, isn’t it?
    We need to keep the pressure in every way we can – individually and collectively.
    The great thing about WUWT is it gives us the information and ammunition to do battle for the truth.
    I can think of no greater compliment.
    Carry on…

  60. Congrats Anthony & mods!!
    I do LOVE this site!
    Rarely post, but read everyday.
    I’ve learned so much from what you and others have posted.
    Thank you, thank you , thank you.

  61. The flaw of Turnbull
    Was to fall for the Gorebull
    Warming that is,
    Or rather isnt!
    For the CRU facts
    Just cannot be attacked (nor an ETS tax!)
    And the truth sets us free
    Of the hoaxers foul glee
    As they’re caught in their acts
    Of betrayal (of us all)
    So while Krudd’s wicked scheme
    Like a nightmarish dream
    Ended up going downstream
    Turnbull’s career ended drear
    With Abbott’s victory scream!
    So Copenhagen talk fest
    With those damn hoaxer pests
    Rudd’s ego is left rather flat
    No tax by that scum
    Left behind in the scrum
    As the Liberals return to their best!
    The end (Feel free to forwrad, edit or use as you see best Andrew Bolt.)
    I suppose “climate change” is hazardous after all – its’ claimed Turnbull’s scalp. 😉
    Although in so doing its done us all a favour most likely! I always thought Turnbull was in the wrong party for his essential nature.

  62. It’s great.
    I posted some WUWT links at an investors blog and was jumped by an American who was clearly convinced of the warmist side of the equation.
    We exchanged some views and arguments and he was a fast learner, not a person who’s ego conflicts with his brain.
    Now look what he has written at his blog.
    It was what he called the most difficult blog posting he ever made but he gets the message and he will be a more convinced skeptic than I am.
    http://panamaconnections.blogspot.com/2009/11/climategatehas-environmental-movement.html

  63. “This is the hour of the Shire-folk, when they arise
    from their quiet fields,
    to shake the towers and counsels of the Great.
    Who of all the Wise could have foreseen it?”

  64. Gibbs: Despite research dispute, ‘climate change is happening’
    By Tony Romm – 11/30/09 03:21 PM ET
    “The White House on Monday made exceptionally clear that it wants nothing to do with the furor over documents that global warming skeptics say prove the phenomenon is not a threat”.
    Despite the incident, which rocked international headlines last week, climate science is sound, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stressed this afternoon, and the White House nonetheless believes “climate change is happening.”
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/69797-gibbs-despite-research-dispute-climate-change-is-happening
    Anthony, this will be the attitude of all Copenhagen participants.
    It’s them who are in denial, not us.

  65. Jimmy Haigh (02:10:50) :
    I just wish we could all meet up for a beer somewhere and sometime.

    How about a first WUWT Conference for Realism in Science and Sanity in Politics (WCRSSP, pronounced ‘Watts Crisp’)?
    /Mr Lynn

  66. ahh …. That’sss hows I like’es my Data….. Wrawww an’ Wrrrriggling. Just like Golum likes’es his fishes;-)

  67. Impressive. And Watts it going to look like when the positive feedback tipping-point is reached?

  68. “3×2 (00:32:18) :
    YOU are the cause of Global Warming – the correlation is clear.”
    Correlation proves just that, correlation. Global warming could be the cause for the number of visits to this site, or, the number of visits could be the cause of global warming. See what I did there 🙂
    “helvio (00:53:54) :
    Al Gore estimates that this website will dominate the whole internet by 2050!”
    That is just impossible, the tubes aren’t big enough for that.
    I want a “Vote for WUWT and sanity” T-shirt

  69. As always wonderful job. Hopefully our governments will be listening, although they still seem to be stuck thinking your hockey stick is the temperature graph.
    Congratulations Anthony and moderators!

  70. This is off topic, but the Sun is playing a backseat role during these important times, but SIDC has just released the Nov figures. The Nov figure is 4.2 which is extremely low for a count expected in the upramp of a cycle, the onset of a solar grand minimum is strengthening daily. We could not wish for better timing.
    The Layman’s Count will be updated tomorrow which is expected to severely downgrade this already low figure. As the world eventually dumps the IPCC mantra, real questions will be asked on what drives our natural climate variation. The time is near for real science to explore real outcomes.

  71. Normally, my biggest support goes to the moderators and admins who keep things sane and intelligent. I know well where you guys come from (see our investing site above).
    Recently, however, this site has been more of a journalistic affair and I’ve been both captivated and impressed.
    This has been a lot of good work and I think we can all thank you sincerely.
    Mark

  72. Link between CRU and Holdren confirmed. ClimateG enters the Obama Administration.
    This is very inconvenient for the White House and a President who said he would always listen to the American Public, who said all his bills would be published at his web site before he send them out for a vote and who said that the science must be restored.
    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/17183

  73. British Antarctic Survey are reporting that the ice is melting and that over the next century we ‘could’ see sea levels rise by up to to 1.4m
    They claim the hole in the ozone layer has caused Antarctic cooling but it is healing and the ice will start to melt from underneath in the western ice shelf.
    Any basis in science for all of this? We just have uncritical reporting from the BBC.

  74. heh heh – that was almost mean to put Tamino’s readership numbers up there. I think most high school girls with facebook pages have got him beat!

  75. People instinctively know when they are being lied to and fed the politically correct line. That is why all those “pravda” style sites are no more than quiet, unnoticed backwaters. That is why they come to sites like WUWT and CA which is throbbing with debate and opinions – something unheard of on the pravda sites. And when they read the pathetic attempts of the alarmists they can judge for themselves where the truth lies.

  76. If you plot WattsUpWithThat visitor count against CO2 readings in the atmosphere, it clearly shows WattsUpWithThat visitor count is the cause of CO2 rising in the atmosphere.
    Congrats … great site Anthony.
    Open science is the only science.

  77. Anthony,
    Your site does credit to the spirit of independent and open science! Your part in feeding that spirit with energy and focus has been your acheivement.
    How can we promote independent and private funding for research to help sustain this spirit of independent and open science? Hey, it seems to me that private universities do it all the time!
    John

  78. Let’s blame everything on anthropogenic global warming:
    Michael Jackon’s death? AGW.
    Jennifer Lopez sex tapes? AGW.
    Tiger Woods car accident? AGW.
    After all, the science is settled. No need to check the facts.

  79. @ Howard Preece (02:36:09) “Today, however, the Times leads page one with a strory (sic) from SCAR about ice meltdown in the Antarctic which is supposedly a massive threat to hordes of cities all over the world.”
    The SCAR press release link in the Times story does not say what the Times says it says. The SCAR release is replete with the usual “maybe” “could” “if” “or” “should”, etc. SCAR only implies what the Times printed. You wouldn’t buy a used car after this kind of pitch.
    This is just manna for the Copenhagen bound masses.

  80. Nice job, Anthony and crew!
    Don’t discount the effect of Twitter, too. You joined Sept or Oct, I think.

  81. It takes a village to control the idiots.
    I’m thinking you’ll need more bandwidth to handle the increased traffic due to Climategate! I put $25 in the pot, just in case — small token of appreciation for all you do in the war against the AGW hucksters. I encourage all the villagers to do the same.

  82. In the interest of full disclosure, I was wrong about the e-mails. I strongly believed their release might be a ploy in the first couple of days after the e-mails were released. That was not the case.
    The old military mind, however, remembers the Battle of the Bulge and similar historical counterattacks and constrains us to keep our powder dry. Today, counterattacks are known as “spin”.
    That ain’t no hockey stick, that’s a TSUNAMI.
    Absolutely incredible work, Anthony and team.
    Thanks to all the pros who comment and add so much to this site.
    Thanks to all the readers like me who add to the numbers and try to understand.
    Thanks to all the contributors.

  83. Great work and congratulations, Anthony and colleagues. Anthony you have a genius (a scientist’s nose for) those “puzzling things in life” and you know how to attract and select both “assistants”: and topics. From being puzzled about how temperature in the U.S. is measured — how accurately sited, recorded, and raw data kept unadulterated — you have engaged the array of other sciences necessary for understanding climate. And you have pointed us to other blogs and sources for the same.
    Thanks for sticking to the basic principles of the scientific method in every area and, with discipline, permitting the wide range of comments/opinions. Without either, neither science nor representative democracy can survive. Your hockey stick is for the real game.
    I wish Leif Svalgaard would rejoin “you” (it feels like “us”). His expertise in solar research and his insightful commitment to the scientific method — in his every comment, no matter how droll or exasperated — added immeasureably to scienctific discussion and education.
    And education, in many ways, is the core of the blog. How many readers have gained, re-learned, re-examined, and/or enhanced their knowledge of the science, and the scepticism of the scientific method, that citizens of any free society must have? Kudos and a great debt of gratitude to you, Anthony. I am delighted to subscribe (with an annual, paid quarterly, amount) to WUWT.

  84. Anthony,
    I salute you here from Portugal. We need to keep on this great work. The number of sites opposing AGW, in Portuguese, also have a hockey stick effect. Keep on the great work!
    Ecotretas

  85. Rats! This used to be a site for a “select” few. Now we’ve got to wait in line to comment with the rest of the hoi-polloi. Kidding aside, it’s great to see your success. Especially since the intelligentsia treated you and the surfacestations project as Don Quixote.
    Speaking of which surfacestations.org got mentioned on Ars Tecnnica . Snarky comment that also shows they don’t grasp the significance.

  86. Today was a great day for all of us in Australia opposed to Labor’s “Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme” – the CPRS.
    A grassroots revolt the likes of which the Liberal Party (the Conservatives) has never seen turned the tide at the last minute and led directly to the downfall of Liberal Party AGW true believers Opposition leader Turnbull and his media-favoured sidekick Joe Hockey.
    A huge vote of thanks to WUWT, Tim Blair, Andrew Bolt and a handful of conservative politicians who weren’t afraid to say the AGW Emperor has no clothes. In return they copped the full force of being branded climate change deniers and worse by Labor PM KRudd and a lazy, compliant, lickspittle media.
    I dips me lid (take my hat off) to Senators Barnaby Joyce and Cory Bernardi and MPs Wilson Tuckey and Dennis Jensen ably supported by Professor Ian Plimer and Professor Bob Carter. These never-say-die champs fought a marvellous rearguard action pretty much on their own until the last week or so when Tony Abbott and the cavalry saved the day.
    The next year or so will make for interesting politics – but at last the AGW doomsters who want to tax us into oblivion now have a fight on their hands.

  87. Last sentence in thread start is clearly correct; and perhaps one of the best encapsulations of the service WUWT is providing in these ”dynamic” times; i.e.:
    ”Truly a global village we have here.”
    While it’s not always easy to tell on 1st read, it’s clear both from context and those who self-identify that people from all over the world are making WUWT one of the central ”clearinghouses” in the struggle to have objective science win out in the struggle with a modern AGW equivalent of the Inquisition out of the the Middle Ages.
    SIDEBAR: I concur with prior comment: An actual WUWT conference could be a really interesting, educational, and fun event. As someone who organized several conferences for specialized software engineers, IMO even with all the modern techie communication tools it’s still hard to beat being able to meet & greet and look people in the eye at a real conference. . . . Of course organizing and running a conference can quickly become non-trivial.
    Still: It’s a tempting thought. . . .

  88. Congrats to:
    1) Anthony – this site is invaluable;
    2) Admins and Mods- see above; and,
    3) The Commenters who share even more information.
    Ron de Haan (4:53:51) – Yesterday, I read that quote from WH spokesman Gibbs, in response to a question concerning Climategate, that the Whitehouse believes that “climate change is happening.” My initial thought was to wish for a sentient reporter to ask Mr. Gibbs: “And when throughout history does the Whitehouse believe that climate change was not happening?”

  89. Well done Anthony and Co. You are performing a great public service. I started looking at your site after regularly reading Christopher Booker in the Telegraph. Today it is the first site I’m visiting.
    I am very angry that the mainstream media, but especially the BEEB, are not running with climategate as their main news. It seems that T. Woods esq. and his ‘accident’ are more important!? (not).

  90. I’m a first-time commenter, but I’ve read most of the blogs here (a lot of them I’ve read twice). I just wanted to offer a heartfelt thank you. Anthony, you run this site fearlessly. In the end, that’s all most of us really want, to live and pursue our interests without fear. You allow opposing points of view, and you don’t even have to worry about the results. That’s how it goes when you’re more interested in the absolute, actual, factual truth, rather than being an agenda-driven goon, a la OwlGore.
    I will donate to the cause within the next few days, as a more tangible expression of support.

  91. You’d better copyright that graph or it might get lifted and show up in the next IPCC Report or in Michael Mann’s studies…har har.
    Congrats though. This is ONE hockey stick that is actually based upon reality.
    Chris
    Norfolk, VA, USA

  92. Does this mean that our emails (that is what this site is ya know) are getting more reads than “theirs”?

  93. By the way, for those searching for their village idiot, I believe they will all be at Copenhagen in a few days?

  94. Nice work!! A clear result of quality, fact based blogging. Keep this up and hopefully your taffic will reach zero!

  95. No scantily clad girls. No sports heroes. No overly made-up, slick talking, horrifyingly handsome commentator. No need. Truth suffices. Here’s to truth!

  96. It is not a hockey stick
    but a spear,
    a lance!, a pike!,
    a thunder!
    which the dark clouds of thermaggedon will rip apart
    so letting the sun light of truth to shine…

  97. The number of viewers of WUWT should come as no surprise. Anthony has been consistent from the beginning about demanding thorough and accurate documentation of all claims. I was attracted to WUWT at first because of the work done in documenting the compliance with established standards of the weather recording stations throughout the US.
    Then he stumbled across the “readjustment” made to the US temperature records; instead of a reasonable downward shift which could be justified by the urbanization of the areas around the weather stations, Anthony found that the reverse had happened: stations which showed NO change had their records adjusted! The trouble with renormalization is that a legitimate process would require field work: each site would have to be individually inspected, placed in one of the five categories, historical records investigated, and appropriate adjustments made. Such activity would be labor intensive, and was not done.
    WUWT has had the benefit of a superb corps of contributors. I have learned much from the regular comments in the various threads. The comments add much to the initial posts.
    I direct the following question to the readers: the “researchers” at the University of East Anglia claim that the original temperature data has been lost. I find it highly improbable that the original sources of that data have lost the data. Is it possible to contact all of the original providers and re-assemble the data base?
    Surely contributors from around the world would not have forwarded their records to CRU without keeping copies? Keeping a record of one’s correspondence is just good scientific practice.

  98. Congrats Anthony and moderators!! And the paper journals wonder why they’re losing readership. Maybe if they reported the news ?!?!!?

  99. NOT SO FAST!
    Anthony – I’ve just run your raw stats through the CRU’s data adjustment software package – and it’s not looking quite so good I’m afraid…
    http://i45.tinypic.com/t06hl1.jpg
    REPLY: Oh, simple, the data is inverted. Never use upside down data. – A

  100. Andrew (07:12:04) : It is a BBC diplomatic communique disguised as a journalist report. They took a whole week to think it over.
    “The IPCC was designed by the UN in the Cold War era, before the internet and before GoogleWave.
    Maybe we should think about how a Citizen’s Panel on Climate Change might work in today’s world”
    So, they are proposing to change the IPCC in a CPCC (looks like CCCP!!)

  101. Walter Cronanty (06:31:37) :
    My initial thought was to wish for a sentient reporter to ask Mr. Gibbs: “And when throughout history does the Whitehouse believe that climate change was not happening?”
    Thanks for that! Walter, couldn’t quite put that into words, perfect!
    Perhaps that should be the next “Quote of the Week”!

  102. Anthony and all your support staff are brilliant.Also the scientific contributors and commentators fill me with awe.
    I wish I hadn’t flunked out of school and could contribute more but I will spread the word to my best abilities.
    Thank you all.

  103. Anthony is now a news leader in many ways. “Climategate” was first coined here.
    I posted the expression tree ring circus here and on several other blogs for the first time months ago. It is a name already used for some ki’ds book author.
    This site has set the foundation for the fraud exposure. The bad data sites and manipulation of records plus the reported saga of refused FOIA requests.
    Looks like the convention in Copenhagen of village idiots is going to have a cloud over it.
    Pamela Gray (06:47:52) :
    By the way, for those searching for their “village idiot”, I believe they will all be at Copenhagen in a few days
    So Pamela, are they planning a surge in copenhagen?
    What if they all come home sick from drinking too much green koolaid???

  104. poor global warmers
    ship sinking
    abandon ship
    not enough life boats
    steven schneider will be on one
    others stuck in stewage, saying
    “i have no recollection Senator….”

  105. Anthony: You deserve all of this success and more. Congratulations, and thank you so much for what you do.

  106. There goes the Turin Shroud! It needs perfect climatic conditions to survive and we all know how good Dr Phil is at that!

  107. Congratulations on a well-deserved milestone Anthony.
    I searched the CBS, ABC and NBC sites for “climategate” and found zero links. On MSNBC I found 3 links and when following the links found stories about people living in log cabins with solar power, garden plots and nothing concerning the greatest scientific scandal of the century. Your work is not done I’m afraid; and also heartened to be able to continue enjoying your insight and my education.

  108. I appreciate the advances in readership, however there is far too much back-slapping and congratulations going around. One only has to watch MSM reports to see that nothing has been effectively accomplished… yet.
    Encouraging to the struggle, is Australia’s return to sanity:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8387653.stm
    Most people on the street are completely unaware of the CRU leaks nor their significance.
    There is a long and difficult journey ahead. Anyone who think the AGW/CO2 movement has been decapitated is mistaken. This is a global political movement and it has many heads and tentacles. Like the mythical Hydra, it will be a difficult beast to kill.
    So, have a party, but then get back to work.

  109. Anthony and moderators,
    This site has been a God send in these times. I have used it to bring many friends up to speed on the current CC situation. I have also deposited 30$ in your account to help you out and I wish you all the very best of the Christmas season! Bon chance!

  110. The most impresive thing is that ratings were soaring even before climategate hit.
    Well done everyone!

  111. I keep hearing, from the MSM / BBC etc., that “the science is settled. Global Warming is a fact, and is caused by anthropogenic CO2”. If the science is so settled, why is the funding for “research” increasing? Surely if all the answers have been confirmed, no more research and funding is necessary. Everyone can go back to their day jobs……
    My heartfelt thanks to Anthony and all staff for the excellent work. Keeping up the pressure is the only way to bring climatic science back on track.

  112. Just a quick question: How are these numbers counted? WUWT is usually my 3rd click of the day and I stay on all day. Do I could as one ‘click’ or does each visit to any of the threads count as a ‘click’?
    I found WUWT in the spring of this year. I can’t remember exactly how it happened but I’m sure I ended up on surRealClimate of all places first and read through the – as someone once so vividly painted – ‘spittle flecked invective’ and ended up here. So… Thank you, surReal Climate!

  113. Well done. Great site… if we all click the google links on your site the green lobby will be much poorer and you richer… click click click i have.

  114. Let me be alone and criticize the graph. The graph shows a monthly set of points. The upward spike was actually around the 20th as i recall. So we have reason to believe the upward slope was consistent and fairly steep following october’s rise.
    The increase all came in roughly the last 10 days of November after Anthony sent a message from the airport commenting on an alert from MKcIntyre.

  115. The higher the WUWT hit graph goes, the more of a “vested interest” you have in ClimateGate. Please learn from other’s mistakes, stay humble, and continue to search for Truth over self-validation. Thanks for the work you do.

  116. Based on modeling using the Erlang C formula and using the inbound intents and outbound replies as a proxy for CPU temperature, we are able to state unequivocally with 95% confidence that WUWT server CPU core temperatures are increasing at an alarming rate. Anthropogenic Server Warming (ASW) is indeed man caused.
    Soon the WUWT servers will reach the tipping point and go into thermal runaway, beyond which the albedo forcing of fans will have no effect. It is occurring at an unprecedented rate and is much worse that our models predicted.
    The science is settled. There is no debate.

  117. Kudos on a job so well done it can be claimed to have changed the world at least as much as man generated CO2.
    Now whatever you do don’t throw away the original data.

  118. Anthony…I happened upon your site last Spring while looking for discussion on solar cycle 24. I’ve been hooked ever since.
    Your articles, contributors, moderators, and commentors (others I missed?) keep me riveted. WUWT is my source for objective information and well-supported analysis.
    Huzzah!
    Ron de Haan (07:06:08) :
    Scientific American, not so “scientific”.
    Also seems a bit un-American.

  119. I may be posting so late that no one will see this, but…..
    I had a chat with the editorial-page editor of our local paper to ask if I was wasting my time writing an op-ed from the sceptic’s POV, and was quite shocked when he instantly accepted and will give me 750 words. Further chat led to the information that his paper had received virtually nothing on Climategate from the wire services that they use. Is this a smoking gun?
    IanM

  120. The Copenhagen summit next week will generate vast quantities of hot air. It will see 16,500 people coming in from 192 countries. That amounts to 41,000 tons of carbon dioxide, roughly the same as the carbon emissions of Morocco in 2006.*

    16,500 people jetting off to Copenhagen [plus their MSM entourage] will generate a lot of beneficial CO2. These unselfish tax-paid providers of a necessary atmospheric plant food that is in short supply get my thanks, from the bottom of my heart: *click

  121. I’ve always been a great believer in scientific methods and have – from personal experience – a high opinion of scientists’ integrity. This is why I thought that the so-called consensus that present climate-change is caused by human intervention was correct.
    No more. I’ve since (among other things, of course) learned that major figures in climate circles no longer consider themselve scientists in the classic sense of the word. Instead, they are practicing what they themselves call “post-normal science”:
    http://buythetruth.wordpress.com/2009/10/31/climate-change-and-the-death-of-science/
    That has entirely eroded my trust in their work. This is of course a sad state of affairs, as far as science’s reputation is concerned, but then, no longer having to worry about imminent planetary heat death is a compensation…
    I apologize for frowning upon the work of websites such as this one in the past; will not be fooled again, I hope.

  122. Hank Hancock (08:40:15) :
    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA – Thank you, that was a good chuckle. Personally I am a ASW skeptic since I believe he is being hosted by WordPress which should be using VIPs and a server farm instead of a single server. That said, I offer a revised theory of Anthony’s impact: Anthropological Data Center Warming (ADCW)
    This could have already reached the tipping point where the Data Center is incapable of providing sufficient cooling and/or power – so while the science may not be settled, we must act now by shutting down the interwebs and other electronic communications and reverting to the clean, nonpolluting Pony Express for all communications!!!!!11!1

  123. Anthony, I don’t really have time right now, but I will see if I can come up with some trick to fix that Mar 09 to Aug 09 decline. Later.

  124. I’ve said it before. You know you’ve got a quality blog when you’re not only spearheading an issue as great as Climategate but also fostering a comment section that contains some of the best humor and insight found on the internet.
    Gosh. This is fun.
    Congrats to Anthony and his great team.

  125. Leon Brozyna (02:08:47) :
    In other news of the day, here at the eastern end of Lake Erie we’re forecast to get 3-6″ of global warming today (AKA snow).

    I’ll tip my hat to the first television weatherperson who uses Leon’s phrase when describing snowfall.
    It looks like WUWT’s internet popularity correlates well with the AGW-alarmist crowd’s temperature record. Since according to the AGW camp anything that correlates with temperature is a valid temperature proxy, we can’t lose. If hits on WUWT continue to increase, it will be sure sign the BS of AGW is dying. If hits on WUWT fall (heaven forbid), we will have proof that temperatures are falling.

  126. Sorry OT but indeed relevant :
    http://sidc.oma.be/products/ri/
    SIDC has released its update of the Provisional International monthly mean Sunspot Number, and for November it is 4.2 (the same as September).
    This is strange because the unofficial, accumulated value based on the Boulder (NOAA/SWPC) sunspot number, reached 7.7 ( Higher than Sept or Oct).
    Perhaps it has to do with the fact that November saw a flurry of Tiny Tims, not real spots.
    This brings the total number of months in a row with smoothed sunspot number below 5 to 20 months… quite an achievement.

  127. Andrew (07:12:04) :
    The BBC piece is more diversion, ala Monbiot. The real meat is in some of the excellent comments, many taking BBC to task for their re-(mis)-direction.

  128. Where’s the smoothed, massaged curve. I no longer trust raw data, I need to have a ‘value-added’ computational layer before giving that chart any credence.
    In fact, when your done processing a new graph, you should probably just delete that raw data. That’s the only way to ensure that your not confusing or misleading anyone with needless details.

  129. Anthony,
    You’re not the only one.
    I happened to get caught up in the harry_read_me.txt analysis.
    I continue to post a link to each new article you write.
    Congratulations.
    Steve

  130. Oh dear.
    Last time I noticed there were claimed to be 250,000 people whose jobs were based on the hypothesis of AGW. Seems like there’s going to be a lot more unemployed people in future.
    Congrats to Anthony and the moderators on their work.
    My once daily visit has become 3 times a day at least. I feel certain my wife thinks I’m visiting pornography sites; but she’s the computer expert in the family and knows I’m not.

  131. You got a hockey stick with real raw data alone without having to “adjust”, “re-adust”, and fudge?
    Amazing!

  132. Let me echo Barry’s great compliment:
    Thanks for keeping the science honest.
    However, my peer reviewed analysis of your increase in hits, clearly shows it correlated to the recent increase (with an appropriate lag effect) to CO2 levels.
    Q: How many climate scientists does it take to change a light bulb?
    A: None.
    There’s a consensus that it’s going to change, so they’ve decided to keep us in the dark.
    From Salty Dog December 1, 09 10:04 AM

  133. There’s a hidden story in those numbers.
    What’s really impressive are the October numbers. Look at that jump — and all before Climategate hit.

  134. Congratulations! I have been reading this site since about April 2008.
    Anyway, can I ask you to provide me the raw data and methods behind this impressing graph?
    REPLY: Sure, just send a communications to wordpress.com support and ask for it. They have it all and it is automatically generated by WordPress in my dashboard. – A

  135. evanmjones (16:16:44) :
    There’s a hidden story in those numbers.
    What’s really impressive are the October numbers. Look at that jump — and all before Climategate hit.

    tallbloke (08:21:28) :
    The most impresive thing is that ratings were soaring even before climategate hit.
    Well done everyone!
    ——————————
    My thoughts exactly Evan. 🙂

  136. My only complaint is that with a dozen articles being posted per day I can just barely read them all (some days I find I missed a few, especially if I skipped even one day for any reason…) and skim some of the comments. It is no longer possible to have an extended conversation in time (as things roll off the bottom of the article list so quickly.)
    On the plus side, the Trolls seem to be quite missing in the flood, having been washed away in any given thread by the torrent of events lately…
    So: Congratulations! (But with fond memories of when it was just our private little getaway spot where a few friends could meet for drinks, discussion, and sceenry… )

  137. Last time I noticed there were claimed to be 250,000 people whose jobs were based on the hypothesis of AGW. Seems like there’s going to be a lot more unemployed people in future.
    Wait ’til you see the list of website names up for sale…

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