September 25th, 2009 WUWT hit the 20 million mark. I was shocked then, because we’d gone from 10 million just six months prior. I wrote then in Another small milestone for WUWT:

Back on March 15th, 2009,  I was amazed to find that WUWT hit 10 million on the internal WordPress hit counter.

I started the WUWT blog in late November of 2006, and it took me over two years to get there

Now just six months later, I’m amazed again.

Now, just three months later, I’m gobsmacked at hitting 30 million.

WUWT sidebar counter 8AM 12/29/09

Longtime reader and surfacestations volunteer Gary Boden sent me an interesting email a few days ago.

To: Anthony Watts


First of all, here’s wishing you and your family a peaceful and blessed Christmas.

Second, as I predicted on September 25th:

Gary (19:24:11) :

Thirty million hits by 1 Jan 2010?

REPLY: Doubtful, but reader can always help by placing links on other blogs. – A

WUWT is just about to pass 29 million on the Blog Stats hit counter with eleven days to go.  You just may do it.


WUWT will end up December 2009 with a new record in monthly traffic. Though it has dipped during the holidays. I’ll have more at years end.

On behalf of myself, the moderation team, and contributors, readers, it has been our honor. – Anthony

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December 29, 2009 8:16 am

Congrats on a job well done!

Dave B
December 29, 2009 8:18 am

From one of your new readers and extremely interested Climategate observers… Congratulations!

Henry chance
December 29, 2009 8:18 am

And climate progress just celebrated a topic having 8 responses.
Just remember last month I pointed out you had a spike in visits but the e-mail fiasco was only announced for the last 1/3 of the month.

December 29, 2009 8:18 am

IN this case, I guess, quantity and quality have a causative/correlative effect.

December 29, 2009 8:20 am

Congratulations, and the honor is ours as readers and advocates of a reasoned analysis of climate. The efforts of people like you and McIntyre are a tremendous service to mankind – and I don’t feel that’s an exaggeration. The blog traffic is great news and gives me hope that the world may actually wake up sooner rather than later.

mark fuggle
December 29, 2009 8:20 am

Very well done Anthony.

December 29, 2009 8:22 am

Strength to strength. Congratulations Anthony, you have caught a wave of a yearning for knowledge and open discussion. Long may it continue.

December 29, 2009 8:23 am

And it’s been our pleasure.

Doug in Seattle
December 29, 2009 8:24 am

Thirty Million visitors is a great new milestone, but its one that will easily be exceeded during the new year.
Congratulations, we all appreciate what you do, not only for our own enlightenment, but for all of humanity that has for too long been kept in the dark about climate science.

Dave Johnson
December 29, 2009 8:25 am

Congratulations Anthony

December 29, 2009 8:29 am

This is one site that I can visit morning, noon, and night and always find something new to read and more to learn. Thanks Anthony for a great site.

December 29, 2009 8:31 am

May there be many more such pleasant surprises in your future.

December 29, 2009 8:33 am

It’s a result of positive feedback.

December 29, 2009 8:34 am

Congratulations, and thank you!

P Gosselin
December 29, 2009 8:36 am

Eat your hearts out MSM and warmists!
2009 is the year the AGW hypothesis crumbled.

Douglas DC
December 29, 2009 8:37 am

Links, Co-workers,family,I’ve even converted a few warmists. E-mail E-Mail E-mail.
Including congresscritters…
Go Antony!….

Dr.T G Watkins(Wales)
December 29, 2009 8:37 am

I’ve been watching the sidebar numbers over the last two weeks in particular. It will be interesting to see the graph. Congratulations all round. I expect even greater interest when the surface station critique is ready.

December 29, 2009 8:37 am

Well done on an incredible job.
Great to have this rock in a sea of lunacy.

Douglas DC
December 29, 2009 8:38 am

Dang it ,_Anthony_no Coffee and the flu has its deleterious effects…

Michael J. Bentley
December 29, 2009 8:38 am

From a very cold and still snow patched Pueblo, Colorado – Congrats and I echo the above!!! PS – Happy New Year!

Peter Carroll
December 29, 2009 8:38 am

If you plot hits vs. time it will look like a…….hockey stick.

Methow Ken
December 29, 2009 8:38 am

WUWT: The new mainstream. . . .
Long may you run; and many thanks for a hugely valuable and important public service.

December 29, 2009 8:38 am

Great site, look forward to viewing it everyday.

December 29, 2009 8:39 am

Let’s just say: Copenhagen, that’s enough to describe WUWT achievements.

December 29, 2009 8:40 am

Great job! It reflects the job you do in maintaining an honest forum for information and discussion, unlike some other people we might know …

December 29, 2009 8:43 am

Great job, Anthony, and congratulations. You have earned it, and this site is always interesting and informative.

December 29, 2009 8:44 am

Congratulations Anthony. I’ve been viewing here for several years now and rarely spend a day without looking. We’re still trying to get a UK Surface Stations off the ground but it appears our network is even more unfathomable than elsewhere, despite our history.

P Gosselin
December 29, 2009 8:45 am

Actually I’d like to see the raw data behind this hockey stick claim.
– Surely it is not protected by intellectual property rights,
– or subjected to confidentiality agreements,
– or only available to acedemics,
– or is not subject to the FOIA (don’t tell anyone that it is!),
– or is already available at other websites, or is lost
– or is deleted,
– or you don’t have the time for the “endless time-consuming demands for information”.

December 29, 2009 8:45 am

The truth shall set you free. Keep on trucking Anthony, I’ll try and do my part by hitting your tip jar as money allows. I know it is not cheap to run a site like this.

December 29, 2009 8:46 am

Dear Anthony and Your Team,
Congratulations on the milestone. You all deserve it.
Logging on to your wedsite is the highly anticipated pleasure of my day.
The energy flowing around your site is . . . energizing.
BUT: don’t dwell on looking back, keep looking ahead

December 29, 2009 8:46 am

Congrats & Thank You!
~Joe Sixpack

December 29, 2009 8:46 am

The WUWT rising levels, not of the seas of course, drowned all climate lies and… last but not least,”El Gordo” (the fat one) won’t ever forget WUWT. That’s a great feat too. ☺

P Gosselin
December 29, 2009 8:46 am

Sorry – I only wanted to make the first line bold.
Ainst yet mastered the text formatting.

December 29, 2009 8:47 am

I also award you the anti-Barrie-Harrop (as in anti-particle) award for this year.

Leon Brozyna
December 29, 2009 8:47 am

Congrats, but y’all needed that holiday respite to catch your breaths and recharge your souls. 200,000+ hits/day is quite a number. We’ll soon see how the new year looks; will it remain settled down or will the wild ride resume? And then there is that small matter of the weblog awards voting that is supposed to kick in next week.

Charles. U. Farley
December 29, 2009 8:47 am

Has been a pleasure to have helped in my own small way and im learning such a lot at the same time.
Cheers. CF.

Mike Bryant
December 29, 2009 8:49 am

Congratulations to Anthony and Team.
Life lessons learned at this site are more important than the light you throw on the global urban legend of catastrophic warming.
Thank you, thank you, thank YOU!!!
Mike Bryant

Atheist Ranter
December 29, 2009 8:50 am

Brilliant site, I would expect nothing less! You deserve it…

P Gosselin
December 29, 2009 8:50 am

I forgot to add the slash. Let’s see if this works.

December 29, 2009 8:51 am

I considered the BBC one of the better news outlets with the exception of their reporting on all things climate so i ignored that. (and some other things were i consider them biased but don’t want to elaborate here)
Only after ClimateGate did i look around for a more reliable source of information about AGW and all. It practically drew me to WUWT. There’s no other place like this to find information and really debate it without ending up in shouting matches.

December 29, 2009 8:52 am

Befitting and gratifying just now. Thanks AW and friends for building this ark. The flood of deception is far more destructive than water!

December 29, 2009 8:53 am

As a general rule, visitors should always feel free to explore advertisers of interest.
I personally find the pro-AGW ads of particular interest.

Spenc Canada
December 29, 2009 8:53 am

Does this mean a hockey stick graph for you? I’ll believe it when I see it! Or maybe not!

Peter Whale
December 29, 2009 8:53 am

Congratulations, happy and healthy new year to you and the team. Your audience awaits the new year with great expectations.

December 29, 2009 8:53 am

In case people are not aware, Harropium is a name dropping, cut and paste particle from Australia, who couldn’t make a photo kiosk chain work.

December 29, 2009 8:54 am

Meanwhile, attempts are being made to prevent WUWT appearing in the science blog category of the 2009 weblog awards.

Doug S
December 29, 2009 8:58 am

Yes, thanks for the truth Anthony. The free market of ideas and true scientific curiosity win again!
Happy new year.

December 29, 2009 8:59 am

Congratulations on a thought-provoking and valuable web site.
For comparison, I asked the CRU how many hits their site had received over the last three months but they said that they didn’t keep the raw data although the adjusted data could be made available.

DJ Meredith
December 29, 2009 9:00 am

A truly “rare and exciting event” that CRU would have never predicted!
And it’s all due to one simple premise….honesty. This is where you can come and find the truth, whether it’s good news or bad.

December 29, 2009 9:01 am

Oh sure, now I’ve got Hit Envy.
Congrats, Anthony.

December 29, 2009 9:01 am

Congrats! Now, what do you do with all your ‘spare’ time?

Retired Engineer
December 29, 2009 9:02 am

Something about building a better mouse trap?
Well done, sir!

December 29, 2009 9:04 am

This site has been a great resource. Those of us with scientific backgrounds but little or no training in climate science are especially appreciative!!
Continued success!!
New Jersey, USA.

Skeptic Tank
December 29, 2009 9:04 am

The first place I look when I want to know what’s going on in climate science. That’s becoming the case for more people every day.

Thomas J. Arnold.
December 29, 2009 9:06 am

I read this blog and TAV + CA because there is no BS and the science is reasoned and clear and the figures can be openly disputed, encore WUWT!
It is a duty to uphold the truth and allow (and make – through logical, rational TESTED science and argument) people to see reason.
Don’t stop (the blogs) keep ’em coming.

December 29, 2009 9:07 am

So, the warmer the Earth has gotten due to AGW, the higher the WUWT counter goes. By corollary, that can only mean that the higher C02 that is causing these warm temps also causes people to visit WUWT and post. I cannot see any other valid scientific reason. Can you?? haha
If the Earth has a fever, what does Anthony have?? Carpal Tunnel??

December 29, 2009 9:07 am

Herzliche Gratulation aus den Schweizer Bergen.
It’s an every day mandatory visit for me. Thanks for everything.
Best regards from the snowed in Swiss mountains.

December 29, 2009 9:08 am

I’d like to remind readers that clicking thru the advertisers’ links will help fund this site.

December 29, 2009 9:09 am

More properly, above should have been “science backgrounds”…. 🙂

December 29, 2009 9:10 am

So deserved! Truth tells! And so does the quality of the material presented.

Steve (Paris)
December 29, 2009 9:12 am

Thanks for the ongoing education is how science works Anthony. Is sure damm cold in Europe right now.

December 29, 2009 9:17 am

Here, in Portugal, we have few information about climate, so I read this blog allmost every day. Thank you, Antony!

December 29, 2009 9:17 am

Congratulations Anthony and the team!
Thank you for such a great informative site.
The readers of WUWT also deserve appreciation for maintaining the quality of discussions with their comments.
Wishing everyone the best in 2010 and beyond.
(FYI, India too is in the grip of an unusually severe winter)

Steve in SC
December 29, 2009 9:18 am

Most highly excellent work. You had to know this was coming.
I predict you will break records in the coming year as well.
I look forward to reading this site with its excellent articles and
largely inciteful commentary by an informed and intelligent readership.

Hank Hancock
December 29, 2009 9:24 am

Congratulations Anthony, guest contributors, and moderators for an incredible web site! Like many others who seek informative and non-value-added science, your site is where I enjoy my morning coffee and evening reading time. With 30 million hits as a clear testimony, WUWT has become one of the leading on-line forums for unbiased scientific inquiry and discussion. Many thanks, Anthony!

Atomic Hairdryer
December 29, 2009 9:24 am

Also big thanks to the contributors for helping educate and enlighten me about the fascinating world we live in.
Oh, and
Re:TerryS (08:54:23) :
Meanwhile, attempts are being made to prevent WUWT appearing in the science blog category of the 2009 weblog awards.

Doubt that will get far, but reminds me to add another nomination for RC in the religious category 🙂

Sam the Skeptic
December 29, 2009 9:29 am

I think I said something to that effect that I had learned more science from this site in one year than in the previous 60 in total. That was when I said congratulations for the 20m.
I don’t know what to say for another 10m in the space of a few months.
‘Awesome’ doesn’t start to describe it.
Or WUWT itself, come to that!

December 29, 2009 9:31 am

I’d love to see an old Neo Trace IP map of whereabouts the hits are coming from, showing the worldwide spread as it grows, and a nice simple unadjusted graph.

Mark Bowlin
December 29, 2009 9:34 am

That’s a genuine tribute to your vision with this site. You’ve successfully tapped into a desire for truth, alternate sources of information, and honest debate. Because of WUWT and a handful of other sites, the debate is not over, it’s just picking up speed. Congratulations, and may you reach 50 million next year!

John Blake
December 29, 2009 9:37 am

When your butterfly emerges from its chrysalis, send yellow Birth Announcements.

December 29, 2009 9:40 am

Mr. Watts,
Two thumbs up!! May your 2010 be just as successful as this year. Maybe you’ll find another bone like “climate / hockey stick / bad programming / cherry picking / gate” type things for us to chew on.
This is a great earth science & other issues of the day site. Hat tip to all of your contributors as well for their exellent works and comments. Job well done folks!
Tim Nesbitt

December 29, 2009 9:45 am

Thank you and congratulations. Well done.
Anthony, your effort (and that of your elves), to keep this site running is most appreciated. Your “research” and digging will eventually pay off in spades.
Best wishes for a productive and enlightening 2010.
Thank you!
The mean temp for December in Lethbridge, Alberta will end up at -14°C which is a huge 8C° below the 1971 to 2000 December average.

Reed Coray
December 29, 2009 9:45 am

30,000,000 and rising. If this keeps up, it won’t be long before the number of WUWT hits reaches the temperature of the earth just below the surface.

December 29, 2009 9:46 am

Great job Anthony, you are doing the world a service. I am an engineer and like being able to read your information and make my own opinions. I do not like to be told how and what to think without the details behind the reasoning. Following the weather is a hobby for me for the last 30 years and I have learned loads from you web site and have the Widget linked so others can read as well. http://home.roadrunner.com/~sherwoodweather/ Back in the day Walter Cronkite and the NYT would have said “That’s the way it is” and everyone would have believed and walked off the cliff. No more is that the case…..God Bless you and your family.

P Gosselin
December 29, 2009 9:47 am

At this rate you’ll be at 100 million by June
and a billion by 2012.

P Gosselin
December 29, 2009 9:51 am

Gratuliere Dich aus Deutschland!
Now you’ve got it from Switzerland and Germany.
Let’s see how many countries you can get a congratulations.
C’mon you Europeans, it’s not too late yet!

December 29, 2009 9:53 am


December 29, 2009 9:53 am

Now, just three months later, I’m gobsmacked at hitting 30 million.
Is that the value added data? ;-}

December 29, 2009 9:58 am

Anthony, I don’t think you can overstate just how much of an effect you and Steve are making. You are changing history. Thanks!

December 29, 2009 9:58 am

Congratulations from Brazil!

December 29, 2009 9:58 am

“Steve in SC (09:18:21) :
Most highly excellent work. You had to know this was coming.
I predict you will break records in the coming year as well.
I look forward to reading this site with its excellent articles and
largely inciteful commentary by an informed and intelligent readership.”
The inciteful is casual, the insightful is causal here.

Allan M
December 29, 2009 10:05 am

I too suggested, when you passed 20M, it would be 30M by christmas (still within the 12 days of -).
This makes me a better prophet than Al Gore.
Why aren’t I as rich as him?
Happy New Year. (100,000,000 by Dec?)

December 29, 2009 10:14 am

wakeupmaggy (09:31:58) :

I’d love to see an old Neo Trace IP map of whereabouts the hits are coming from, showing the worldwide spread as it grows, and a nice simple unadjusted graph.

If you click on the sitemeter icon above and to the right, it will take you to http://s36.sitemeter.com/stats.asp?site=s36wattsup which has maps and other data.
P Gosselin (08:45:40) :
Actually I’d like to see the raw data behind this hockey stick claim.
The only, err,
excuse me, hockey stick claim I see is was toungue-in-cheek. The 10/20/30 Mhit data is more like an exponential curve, but the Sitemeter folks can give you the graph of the last 12 months of hits, and that doesn’t look like any hockey stick I want to play with. Flat from March to September, then September – Decemeber each have more hits than the preceeding month.
I don’t know about WUWT, but the raw data for my web site is surprsingly dirty, the main artefact is to see multiple hits for the same page within a few seconds. It may be to network delays, internal delays at my ISP, I’m not sure. I also see hits to several pages in a few seconds, that may be due to browsers prefetching several pages.
Then again, the web page visit thermometers were not designed to look for tiny variances within a noisy environment.
Each hit record is typically 100 characters of ASCII data, so you’re looking for 3 GB of uncompressed data.

Michael T
December 29, 2009 10:16 am

You deserve it, Anthony and moderators.
I came across this blog as a geologist about a year ago, out of curiosity really. Now I’m almost a (skeptical) climatologist – some of the physics is still quite tough though!

Michael T
December 29, 2009 10:24 am

Oh – and a Happy New Year to all at WUWT and all of the very significant contributors (including dear Peter Hearnden on the moor) – could be a Very Interesting Year.

Douglas Field
December 29, 2009 10:24 am

Congratulations from Dunedin New Zealand.
Your site is an oasis of sanity in the present version of ‘tulipmamia’ that is sweeping the world.
Keep it up – the real and immediate danger is to the economic threat this mania is bringing to us all.

December 29, 2009 10:25 am

Don’t look now, but based on these data, the rate of change of your hits is increasing! Unlike, say, circulation of the WaPo and NYT, the percentage of Americans who “believe” in the AGW thesis, or average global temperature.
Quick, Anthony! Hide the incline!

December 29, 2009 10:38 am

As we used to say in the dairy business, Cream Rises.
Congratulations, where do I vote?
BTW, my guess is that you’re catching-up quick with some of the mainstream media. Anybody have numbers for NYT, WaPo, ABC and their ilk?

P Gosselin
December 29, 2009 10:42 am

Ric Werme
“and that doesn’t look like any hockey stick I want to play with.”
Well, then try using “Mike’s Nature trick” and you’ll get one you can play with!

December 29, 2009 10:43 am

Unprecedented. You clearly have reached a tipping point.

December 29, 2009 10:48 am

Congrats, and let’s hope that 2009 will be remembered as the year the AGW-hype fell to pieces thanks to WUWT and others. I’ll bet 2010 will bring great changes and that the warmists will be the new deniers!!

Henry chance
December 29, 2009 10:51 am

Much of the fine recent surge is due to climate gate.
On Nov 20 or 21 I said the first thing they would claim is the e-mails were taken out of context.
Well back at the warmistas.
Putting these numbers “IN context”
I doubt there would have been much upward action this fall and a spike in Nov if the Cartelhad released FOIA data and info on request years ago. We know 2 motives they had to hide data. One is adjustment and the other is the boosting from the models. The carbo climate crisis cartel was the trigger for this board.
JOnes and Mann, thanks for all the help.

David Jones
December 29, 2009 10:53 am

Many Congratulations on a magnificent achievement.
You, with Steve at Climate Audit (Oh sorry, I forgot that you virtually run that blog too!) are almost dounle-handed repelling the AGW wave.
Here’s to you for 2010 and many more hits.

December 29, 2009 10:56 am

Beware…your carbon footprint it’s increasing too.☺

December 29, 2009 10:58 am

P Gosselin (08:45:40) : Anthony won’t tell HIS “TRICK”

Viv Evans
December 29, 2009 10:59 am

Congratulations, Anthony and your team!
Way before ClimateGate I came here just to learn – didn’t post as I’m not a climate scientist.
Coming here was also a respite: an island of sanity, where truly fascinating things were debated, from sun spots to ice sheets.
Long may it continue – this site is one of the best, if not the best, place for learned debate.
I love it!

December 29, 2009 11:01 am

Congratulations Anthony.
I’m a retired science teacher and I’m very concerned about the continued dumbing down of science in schools, including here in Canada. Your blog is one that I access every day to see what some of the more knowledgeable people are discussing. Suggested links are appreciated.
I hope more people will go to Doug L. Hoffman’s fine “theresilientearth.com” for some excellent articles on geological and climate history. I purchased the book co-authored by Doug and Allen Simmons and I plan to draw it to the attention of the local school authorities as a source for senior high students. I’ll also give them a list of blogs such as yours to allow teachers to have some balance in any climate related discussions.
I realize I could be wating my time but it’s worth a try.
Continued success Anthony.

Galen Haugh
December 29, 2009 11:17 am

WUWT is beginning to mean We Understand Weather Too (much to the chagrin of those that would baffle the masses with their fudge factors and other nefarious actions).
BTW, if China has lifted it’s ban on WUWT, your hit count will skyrocket.
Congratulations, Mr. Watts!

Radioactive Man (Norway)
December 29, 2009 11:17 am

Grattis fra Norge!
It is evident that people are starved for unbiased, non-dumbed down, non-doctrinal information and discussion on this subject. Humans are by nature curious and inquisitive. People are sick of getting “scientists agree that…”, “the science says…” rammed down their throats, and belief in the doctrinal truths being treated as a moral question.
The tide is most assuredly turning (as is the climate).

December 29, 2009 11:18 am

Well, WUWT has certainly become an indispensible blog for me. But what I’d like to know is who was the 30 millionth visitor and what does he/she get?

Tom Winter
December 29, 2009 11:18 am

I appreciate your and your fellows work so much. Carry on!

December 29, 2009 11:19 am

Congratulations!! Going to your site is part of my morning ritual. Have to read the truth before I open my daily newspaper.

December 29, 2009 11:20 am

Dear Anthony,
Thank you for this wonderful resource and vibrant online community!
May it continue to achieve greater success and recognition!
A very big thank you to all the moderators for facilitating good standards and maintaining openness.

dave ward
December 29, 2009 11:20 am

Congrats from England! But just remember you have the CRU to thank for you rapid rise!
Picks up coat, and heads for the door…….

December 29, 2009 11:25 am

Speaks loudly to the hunger of the human mind.
congratulations, well earned and deeply appreciated.

December 29, 2009 11:26 am

Congratulations! Anthony, you deserve it!

December 29, 2009 11:29 am

How good is that!
Keep up the good work Anthony, and many thanks to you and the team for the enjoyment WUWT gives me.
The climate debate is far from over.

December 29, 2009 11:31 am

Wow. Just wow. Congrats Anthony and mods and readers and posters too.
And even you few dedicated conspiracy theorists as well. Happy New Year while I’m at it!

December 29, 2009 11:45 am

And whatever the topic is, the comments also make WUWT worth visiting!

December 29, 2009 11:48 am

Keep up the excellent work and – let me soothsay a little – 100 Million will be just around the corner! Ok, that might be a ways away but within sight.

December 29, 2009 11:55 am

Tripod (08:29:17) :
This is one site that I can visit morning, noon, and night and always find something new to read and more to learn. Thanks Anthony for a great site.
Yes, it’s treatening to ruin my sleep.
Among many other things, it dispells the vacuous elitist notion that only MSM “Journalists” with their “layers and layers” of editorial/peer review can report and discuss News, which now even involves anything the MSM wants to say it is, but nothing else. Wrong, as proven and still counting!

December 29, 2009 11:57 am

“threatening” – I blame WUWT!

December 29, 2009 12:08 pm

Congrats! It certainly demonstrates the enormous wealth of information WUWT readers have come to rely on.
Pat yourselves on the back for a job well done, and best wishes in 2010.
40 million by March 1st

December 29, 2009 12:18 pm

This is happening much faster than my models predicted it would. Therefore, it must be wrong. I am resetting your page view count back to 20 million now.
But seriously, congrats, Anthony. You deserve it.

December 29, 2009 12:19 pm

sHx (11:18:10) :
Well, WUWT has certainly become an indispensible blog for me. But what I’d like to know is who was the 30 millionth visitor and what does he/she get?
That’s actually very hard to identify – the real winner would be just an IP address, and for my hit to read this post it’s just a corporate proxy server that has likely forgotten who made the request.
I did identify the person who entered the 250,000th comment, but I don’t know if he ever heard the news and I forget who it was anyway. BTW, yours was comment 275895.

Stephen Brown
December 29, 2009 12:26 pm

Anthony, my sincerest congratulations to you for WUWT. Very special congratulations must go to the Moderators, those all-too-often unsung heroes whose efforts keep this site from descending into flame-wars and name calling. It is the civility which permeates this site which makes it so special: everyone is welcome, all ideas are considered and all reasonable comments are published.
The vast amount of work that it must take to keep WUWT going can only be imagined. To hit the 30 million hits mark must be some small reward for the WUWT Team. I imagine that your readership is the envy of more than a few of the MSM organisations!
Keep up the efforts Anthony and the Mods, we really do appreciate what you have achieved in producing this marvellous resource, this WUWT.

December 29, 2009 12:31 pm

30 million hits.
You’re getting famous faster than previously expected.

December 29, 2009 12:37 pm

Congratulations. I hope we all did our part by re-Tweeting posts, adding them to Facebook pages etc thereby inviting others to enjoy the excellent posts on WUWT.

Ian McEwan
December 29, 2009 12:42 pm

Congrats Antony and Team.
We are behind you. Keep the pressure up.

December 29, 2009 12:42 pm

Salutations de France Anthony.
Thank you for your incredible work.

P Gosselin
December 29, 2009 12:44 pm

I can hear the IPCC, Team etc. on this:
“It’s worse than we thought!!”

December 29, 2009 12:51 pm

In Portugal or Danmark or anyplace to you:

Bill H
December 29, 2009 12:57 pm

The truth has a way of seeking out and finding people.. Word of mouth is more powerful than the LMSM (Liberal Main Stream Media)
Excellent Job!!!!! Congrats on ethical treatment of skeptic and believer alike!

December 29, 2009 1:00 pm

This is absolutely fantastic. Mainstream media? What mainstream media? WUWT is now the antidote to mainstream media. Soon, Anthony, you’re going to be right up there with Al Gore. Only this time, you will tell the world about the real inconvenient truth, not the fake inconvenient truth of yore, err… I mean Gore. And then brace yourself for your own Nobel Peace Prize and an Oscar nomination.
Ok, I’m only kidding about that last part.

December 29, 2009 1:02 pm

Keep up the good work !
Is that just “Hits” or “Unique” visitors, eh?
I think I have to insist on you publishing the raw data please…

Bill H
December 29, 2009 1:02 pm

Real Climate could learn something from you Anthony!
How real science works…
Keep up the good work!

December 29, 2009 1:07 pm

“Among many other things, it dispells the vacuous elitist notion that only MSM “Journalists” with their “layers and layers” of editorial/peer review can report and discuss News…”
Totally agree with the above statement of J. P. Once you get away from the MSM (and some fake alternative news, too) you realize just how far fetched their reporting has become. Often the MSM are weeks behind in their reporting of “breaking news” and then almost always it lacks in substance and anaylysis. The scripted bantor is annoying and often is only relaying false alternatives. The unmentioned version is often where the truth lies. This site is one of the places to visit for the other more accurate version you will not get on TV/Newspapers/Radio.

December 29, 2009 1:07 pm

Warm congratulations (if you’ll pardon the pun!) from Fiona and her Mum, Janet in Yorkshire, England. WUWT and EU Referendum are the only 2 blogs we have to read every day. Thanks Anthony for linking to his posts from time to time.
His recent posts on Dr Paucharis financial shenanigans underpins what a major scam this really is. I liked one description of Dr P as a “Carboneer” as in privateer or pirate helping himself to other peoples money!
Long may you continue to shine a light into the darkest corners of the AGW conspiracy. Clearly more people than ever before are waking up to the COLD facts!
We wish you all the best and will support you all the way.

Sean Peake
December 29, 2009 1:13 pm

Congrats Andy. What I’d like to see, as one who builds Web site strategies for clients, is the number of new visitors and how they got there, their duration of stay and the number of page views—that way you can see how deep people are diving into the site for information.

December 29, 2009 1:18 pm

The reason I come here is because I get the latest news about the world weather and then lots of news and links from the comments section. People post links to the sites they consider the best, so it is an excellent filtering system, saves me having to wade through the web doing searches.
There is excellent moderation and I do not have to put up with inane trolls here and game playing. Given that the AGW crowd have been shown by climategate whistleblowing emails to kneecap anyone who disagrees with them, I surmise that the moderators have to deal with a lot of that sort of stuff here probably on a daily basis.
In addition to Anthony’s comments, the standard of comments by the visitors shows (to me at least) that there are many intelligent and just plain “nice” people visiting here. It may be a “virtual” community, but it is uplifting.

December 29, 2009 1:23 pm

Here’s an idea. Your popularity is such that you could start your own radio show dedicated to global warming skeptism. Advertisers would flock to it, even the carbon traders.

December 29, 2009 1:24 pm

And the hits just keep on coming. Congratulations, Anthony, moderators, guest posters. A favorite site for me, wish I could keep up with all the posts and comments.
As an aside, it would be quite interesting to periodically compare how the economies of states with Cap and Trade laws fare against those without such laws. Assuming, of course, that no federal law is passed. California and a few others now have such laws. If reducing CO2 via green laws is so good, California should be leading the nation in economic activity and low unemployment. Quite the contrary, actually.

Robert Austin
December 29, 2009 1:25 pm

Bob Kutz in the previous thread stated that “your side’s credibility fades by the day” referring to the skeptical view. I guess that explains the mere 30,000,000 hits. Thank you Anthony and team for you selfless efforts in maintaining this wonderful forum.

December 29, 2009 1:31 pm

I would like people to examine and expose exactly what is taught in the various “climate science” departments attached to the various universities around the world. If these departments are turning out people who all agree with the AGW thesis (I don’t know that they are, but they seem to), are they teaching science? How much maths, what sort of maths and physics, and so on.
I would see this as a legitimate scientific research project similar to the surface stations project.

December 29, 2009 1:32 pm


December 29, 2009 1:53 pm

To Anthony Watts, The Moderators, and omost of all the Screeching Mercury Monkeys
You all have brought education and reading pleasure to my life. Thank you all sincerely.

December 29, 2009 2:01 pm

Honoured to have a link to WUWT on my blog!

December 29, 2009 2:11 pm

Anthony, oh, wonders, and thank you.
These last few days I’ve been working on and around the nascent wiki Neutralpedia to enable it to become the vehicle for the climate science, data, and story that we need for the future. A competitor to Wikipedia would not only be good in its own right, it might give the incentive WP needs to reform.
I hope that NP may become a work-and-fun-place where the increasing number of readers and contributors here can really help rebuild the science – or rather, put together the work seen here into an encyclopedic, coherent form.

December 29, 2009 2:12 pm

Congratulations Anthony, the amount of work you and the mods put into this site is amazing.
But if I could make one comment…with that many readers the influence of this site is approaching that of MSM with the added value of allowing scientific debate. It is important to keep the debate open and not restrict the scientific comment to certain areas that you think are right…..the site is bigger than the man and open science must prevail.
Hoping the blog moves on to bigger and better things in 2010.

December 29, 2009 2:18 pm

Congratulations, Anthony and Team.
Just goes to show that people crave honest, clearly presented information and mature discussion without the nastiness that the ‘warmers’ seem to use at every opportunity, if the opinion does not match their ‘belief’.
It is cool and raining here in the middle of summer in Queensland.
Thankyou all for your hard work. If the MSM had done their work properly you would not have been so successful. But they didn’t and you did – the rest is history!

December 29, 2009 2:21 pm

It’s all been said: awesome; no one/no blog more deserving of such an international readership; and, especially, it is our pleasure! Great, deep satisfaction.

December 29, 2009 2:30 pm

When I make lists of sites to recommend for decent information in the climate debate, WUWT is always on these lists. The site is doing a very fine job and deserves the success!

Arthur Gevart
December 29, 2009 2:40 pm

Congrats from France!
Your blog is so clear and the forum full of many interesting informations, fun to read too!
Here it’s still an information blackout. Only some minor media mentionned man made global scam . And yes on wikipedia.fr too the warmist cult locked the entry.

December 29, 2009 2:51 pm

Good stuff always goes well. Keep it up!!

December 29, 2009 2:55 pm

LMSM =CMSM The head does the “news planning” while the two mouths of the monster give you the inaccurate versions to fight over. The truth lies outside the MSM – L or C. Stay out and think out of their box.

December 29, 2009 3:07 pm

Just wanted to say, again, many thanks for all the work you and your moderators do, Anthony, in providing a constant stream of informative, eye-opening and sometimes highly entertaining posts. Thanks also to all the interesting links provided by the many wonderful commentators here. I wonder if other daily visitors’ families are as fed up with them as my family is with me? At least I have a professional excuse, and you are providing an ESSENTIAL service here. Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!

December 29, 2009 3:08 pm

Lucy Skywalker (14:11:45) :

These last few days I’ve been working on and around the nascent wiki Neutralpedia to enable it to become the vehicle for the climate science, data, and story that we need for the future. A competitor to Wikipedia would not only be good in its own right, it might give the incentive WP needs to reform.

Wow. Excellent idea. However, eliminating bias is easier said than done. It seems to always lead to an infinite regress as in, who watches the watchers or who moderates the moderators? But I am sure you’re aware of that. Besides, it does not have to be perfect, just more neutral than that bastion of political correctness and global warming lies, Wikipedia.

December 29, 2009 3:12 pm

Almost exactly two years since I discovered WUWT and started to see the light. Thank you.

skyhook8 at dailyrasp
December 29, 2009 3:18 pm

Great work! Looking forward to more great posts and breaking info in 2010!!

Allen Ford
December 29, 2009 3:24 pm

Congratulations, but without wishing to rain on the parade, it is all part of the world wide, seismic shift in public opinion.
The best is yet to come!

Carsten Arnholm, Norway
December 29, 2009 3:27 pm

Congratulations Anthony! And thanks again for all your hard work. Please stay the course and 2010 may finally open the eyes of people and the old media.

Chris F
December 29, 2009 3:31 pm

Wonderful stats Anthony! This shows that a hell of a lot of people are looking for the truth and they will find it here.

Rick K
December 29, 2009 3:35 pm

Only 30 million?
Watts Up With That?

December 29, 2009 3:53 pm

Congratulations Anthony!
Kind Regards,

Nick Yates
December 29, 2009 4:05 pm

This is my favourite site. Thanks all at WUWT.
Unfortunately, our authoritan Labor government on Australia is still pushing ahead with it’s ”Internet Filter”. I just hope I can still read WUWT in 6 months time.

Frank K.
December 29, 2009 4:14 pm

I’ve been following your blogging ever since you began the surface stations project (an outgrowth of your initial queries at Roger Pielke Sr’s climate blog). Thanks for bringing some sanity to the often insane world of climate science.
best wishes for a prosperous 2010!
Frank K.

Steve Oregon
December 29, 2009 4:22 pm

I think a global map with all the locations of visitors plotted on it would be swell.

Al Gore's Brother
December 29, 2009 4:43 pm

And the temperature has dropped 0.5C over the last decade! Maybe this has been caused by more visits to this site? Coinkydink? I think not…

John C.
December 29, 2009 4:55 pm

I found a link to your site when the Climategate scandal broke. Since then I have added your site to my favorites list. I am just a layman when it comes to technical science, but I muddle my way through and glean any information I can. I appreciate the weather (not just climate change) stories also. Thanks for what you do.

December 29, 2009 5:16 pm

Congrats to the whole team. Just in time for a warmista’s post-normal blue moon …

That was not correct, but at least it could be understood. And thus the modern Blue Moon was born.

J Hagan
December 29, 2009 5:22 pm

Congratulations Anthony!
30 Million hits and accelerating. You know that as soon as the CRU team hears of this they’re going to move one of their weather stations right next to your servers.

Paul Vaughan
December 29, 2009 5:31 pm

An excerpt from a recent funding application which I have submitted:
“[…] our mainstream institutions are not only failing our society, but additionally threatening the sustainable defense of civilization. A threat of this magnitude requires that sensible minds pull together and prevail.”
WUWT is playing a vital role with articles on natural climate variations.
Both right- & left-wing elites want the fake climate bubble (both financial & political) to remain intact as an artificial, polarizing control-lever. THE PEOPLE are under attack on one front that appears as two.
Perhaps only via a fiercely bipartisan populist movement (perhaps in part led by WUWT) can left- & right- layman wings survive the deliberately-polarizing control-tactics of corrupt, bipartisan elite allies (who are clearly attempting to enlist us in infowars that will ensure our own (class) demise).
…or maybe we’re just having some fun? [ :
(can’t be too serious all the time…)
[lol! – the ironies of acquiring seats on the carrot train]

Peter S
December 29, 2009 5:47 pm

Well done Anthony. Puts the MSM sites to shame… time to drive up those advertising rates! Note to advertisers… you’re wasting your money on MSM – WUWT delivers huge audiences for your quality products and services!

December 29, 2009 5:59 pm

I’ve been reading you since you started. A very good information blog as far as I am concerned….
30 million viewers ‘eh… Read it and weep mainstream media. Read those figures and weep:-)

Capn Jack
December 29, 2009 6:05 pm

Personally, I think some Calendar girls in Lab Coats might have got you to 40 million. Instead of dumb Poley bears.
But no one ever listens to me.

photon without a Higgs
December 29, 2009 6:18 pm

Anthony Watts,
I still wish you’d advertise, even just once, on the front page of Yahoo. I’d contribute to help it happen. Maybe lots of others would chip in a little. It could add up quick.
A Yahoo front page ad of WUWT would let 1,000,000’s of people know about the other side of this global warming issue and where to learn all about it!!
You’d get to 10,000,000 gobsmacked quick!!

December 29, 2009 6:37 pm

Thankyou Anthony, Steve and Moderators for this excellent site. I have been visiting for over four years, but despite avidly reading (almost) every article and blog comment, I rarely leave a comment myself. I do however advertise and praise the site far and wide – with a few science teacher friends now avid devotees. I agree with an earlier comment – the civility that is apparent, information presented, and ideas considered by this site encourage even my teenagers to visit. We all appreciate this wonderful resource.

David Ball
December 29, 2009 6:55 pm

If memory serves, and Anthony and mods are welcome to correct me on this, I found this blog when it had about 2 million hits. Things in the skeptic camp were very different then. Before I found WUWT? the world was a pretty bleak place where those who did not tow the party line were outcast and made to feel they were the only ones who questioned AGW. A fringe element. Many of you know that feeling. I still ask myself the hard question ( am I wrong) which is an all important question to ask. It makes you examine all sides of the argument. Keeps the mind from closing. Keeps you humble and striving. Now I know I am not alone in my views and I know that my questions are not regarded as “dumb”. Keep the lines of communication open and keep your mind open. It is the way forward out of the mess created by those who would tell you they have it all figured out. Anthony, you and the mods have made a real difference in my life. I thank you once again.

photon without a Higgs
December 29, 2009 7:05 pm

KDK (08:18:53) :
IN this case, I guess, quantity and quality have a causative/correlative effect.
Curiosity too.

photon without a Higgs
December 29, 2009 7:08 pm

Christoph (08:23:02) :
And it’s been our pleasure.

Amen! I’m glad this web site exists!

December 29, 2009 7:10 pm

Breaking news, living history, lively alternative scientific discussion, fine posters from every continent – watts not to like? 🙂

December 29, 2009 7:23 pm

“photon without a Higgs (18:18:36) :
A Yahoo front page ad of WUWT would let 1,000,000’s of people know about the other side of this global warming issue and where to learn all about it!!
You’d get to 10,000,000 gobsmacked quick!!”
He’s growing exponentially so that would only buy you an offset. I wonder if there’s already a WUWT effect, like the slashdot effect.

Bill S
December 29, 2009 7:45 pm

No offense dude, but last status is “Updated 07/16/2009”.
Given recent events, I would suggest that your original blog is of utmost importance.
Today I hit GISS and Tamino. At a minimim – good PR. Challenge them please.
Bill S.

Mike McMillan
December 29, 2009 7:58 pm

Dittos !
Just a reminder to new visitors – you can help out.
Go to our surface station gallery
and see if any unsurveyed temperature stations are near you, then go to
and sign up. No matter which side of the debate you’re on, you’ll be helping the science.

December 29, 2009 8:58 pm

Spenc Canada (08:53:25) :
“Does this mean a hockey stick graph for you?”
Hey, I’ve got a hockey stick graph!
Certainly far more modest in terms of “raw data”, but at least it reflects reality (unlike the Mann-made hockey stick!)
Congratulations, Anthony … and from one whose knowledge of climate science has been greatly enhanced by all that I’ve gleaned here (and at Climate Audit), a sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU!
May 2010 be a year in which WUWT continues to go from great strength to greater strength!

December 29, 2009 10:14 pm

It’s not only the stories that make this such a ‘go-to’ site, it’s the intelligent comments and discussion. Well done all!

JP Miller
December 29, 2009 10:40 pm

Anthony and Moderators,
Great work! Keep the interesting, informative articles coming!
I only wish more actively publishing climate scientists would visit using real names and comment on the articles. How can we organize/ advocate/ encourage them to do this? They might come to understand the power of this approach to “doing science,” or at least to informing the broad public in a sensible, scientific way about their science.
Finally, while the “live/ real time” element here is awesome, I wish I had some better way of accessing/ organizing previous articles/ threads so as to quickly locate information to share with others. Hope you can do something along these lines in 2010.
Keep up the great work; maybe, just maybe you can play an important role in putting the “science” back into “climate science” (and getting the politics out by informing people so they realize they ought to vote out of office any politicians using the AGW hypothesis as an easy target for tax revenue.

December 29, 2009 11:25 pm

Hmmm it must be about time for Google to remove Wattsupwiththat from auto-suggest… must… stop… skeptics…
Grats Anthony on an amazing year.
For what its worth RC just passed 10 million hits after five years online.

December 30, 2009 12:28 am

Congratulations Anthony et al.
Yet 30 million is a small number considering the importance of the subject. It’s less than one visit per adult Dutchman since the inception of the blog.
Any person with access to internet and an inquisitive mind should visit WUWT at least once a week. Hence there is a potential for billions of hits per year.
We have to encourage family, friends and colleagues to get acquainted with WUWT. That’s really the only way to educate the masses and for politicians to take notice of dissenting opinions.

photon without a Higgs
December 30, 2009 12:34 am

DirkH (19:23:46) :
Yahoo has ~181 million visits a day by ~71 million people in the U.S. Yahoo is ranked 3rd over all of most visited sites after Google and Facebook.
click ‘day’ here to see:
Even Yahoo mail is ranked very high. A banner ad in Yahoo mail would reach a lot of people.

December 30, 2009 12:43 am

I should have said “one visit a year” per adult Dutchman.

December 30, 2009 1:51 am

Hi Anthony,
I believe the key to your success is:
a) Allowing dessenting / AGWers comments without filtering unlike RC.
b) Great, regularly updated content.
c) Lack of MSM objectivity

December 30, 2009 2:19 am

TerryS (08:54:23) :

Meanwhile, attempts are being made to prevent WUWT appearing in the science blog category of the 2009 weblog awards.

I think that anyone with a Facebook account should log-in and get stuck in there. WUWT and CA have two supporters there (Willis and Hilary), they need more now!
Willis made an excellent comment trying to explain the scientific method to these ignorant people but they’re just not having it and are unable to point to any example of non-science on WWUT or CA.

G Adlam
December 30, 2009 3:04 am

Well done Anthony & team! Since directed here by Chris Booker, its become a daily read – really informative. Whenever climate change comes up in conversation with friends, I tell people visit this site read the posts and make up your own mind. Is the science really settled? Is the debate really over? And is the “science” of AGW compelling?
I think you have made a major contribution by facilitating the distribution of information to a global audience. I have certainly learnt a lot, and I just love Leif’s posts when he is on a roll!
Happy New Year from a very cold England – keep up the good work!

December 30, 2009 4:54 am

Don’t want to be the techo-geek in the room, but the accepted term is ‘pageviews’ now. ‘Hit’ is very 1997. Still, 30 million of them, that’s a lot of pages served.

amicus curiae
December 30, 2009 7:04 am

Happy New Year from Aus!
congratulations, and well done to all, refreshing to find truth debate and sanity, I have become a daily visitor and I know some friends have too:-)
Looking forward to the continuation

December 30, 2009 10:50 am

Thank you Anthony. I’ve learned much here.

The OtherDan
December 30, 2009 11:25 am

The increase is all me-I go in and out a lot

December 30, 2009 11:33 am

This would seem to support starting a new “Tips & Notes” page more frequently. Suggest every week. Again, congratulations.

December 30, 2009 5:27 pm

Congratulations Anthony and WUWT for such a well deserved increase in your blog traffic. Your blog is certainly one of the best resources out there and it continually gets under the skin of the warmists and alarmists, which can only be a good thing.
Your increase in terms of tens of millions in such a short time certainly puts my little blog into perspective as I was excited getting about 1000 hits a month which suddenly increased to 1000 hits in about two and a half weeks.
So once again, Anthony… very well done and keep up the excellent work!

December 30, 2009 10:27 pm

It’s been a helluva wild ride the past two months since Climategate broke. I used to come here maybe once every two weeks, but since mid-Nov. I’ve become accustomed to visiting daily and often spending a whole lot of time here. Thanks for staying so active over Christmas/New Year’s.

January 1, 2010 11:23 pm

yeah, great work, keep up the amazing work u’ve got there, lol

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