The top WUWT posts of 2010

What were the most viewed stories of 2010 on WUWT? Our WordPress stats counter shows the most viewed stories:

And here they are with links, should you wish to visit or bookmark:

Sea Ice Page

484,896
Widget

119,405
Climategate

77,362
New paper makes a hockey sticky wicket of Mann et al 98/99/08

76,398
The Gulf oil rig explosion – on the scene photos

57,589
Solar geomagnetic index reaches unprecedented low – only “zero” could be lower – in a month when sunspots became more active

52,110
Hal Lewis: My Resignation From The American Physical Society – an important moment in science history

51,589
Cancun COP16 attendees fall for the old “dihydrogen monoxide” petition as well as signing up to cripple the U.S. Economy

49,040
ENSO/Sea Level/Sea Surface Temperature Page

43,025
You ask, I provide. November 2nd, 1922. Arctic Ocean Getting Warm; Seals Vanish and Icebergs Melt.

39,685
Arctic Sea Ice about to hit ‘normal’ – what will the news say?

39,309
Lord Monckton wins global warming debate at Oxford Union

38,047
The scandal deepens – IPCC AR4 riddled with non peer reviewed WWF papers

32,645
BBC swaps “coldest December since 1981” headline

31,447
Climate change: proposed personal briefing

30,591
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40 thoughts on “The top WUWT posts of 2010

  1. I am pleased to see a solar related post almost at the top of the most viewed for 2010.
    Anthony & mods, thanks for a whole 2010 filled with WUWT.
    Best wishes for 2011!
    John

  2. “Golly Gee” I sure like your site . . . I mean, I really like it.. . . I have enjoyed reading all the posts over the last year. I really like the ease of use and the ease in following a discussion, the archives, the maps, recent posts etc. It’s neat, clean and easy to view. I hope you don’t mind that I recommend it to others as an example of a great site. And if it weren’t for Climate Depot.com I would not have ever “stumbled” upon it. I am not a Scientist, although I wanted to be one . . . But, most importantly I have always admired the “discipline” of the inquirers even if the discipline does become undisciplined at times.
    The only thing I would add . . . would be a spell check for people like me . . .
    Thank you and best wishes for Success . . . and for Health, Wisdom, and Wealth . . . . . . . . in that Order!

  3. AN-TH-O-NEEEEEE!!!!
    Isn’t there a bowl game you should be watching or something?
    (Bullhorn: “Put down the keyboard. Step away from the computer and nobody gets hurt, see?)

  4. WOW !!!
    Lots of hits.
    Except for the sea ice page, there isn’t really a pattern with the other links. Lots of different topics.
    Here’s to more success to you Anthony next year !!!

  5. I wish you all the very best for 2011 Mr Watts and the WUWT team.Not forgetting the contributors to the comments.
    Rather than argue toe to toe with AGW advocates about the science(Which I admit knowing bugger all about but they never do)I will always refer them to here.
    Have a good one.

  6. 2010 will be hard to top. To Anthony and the entire WUWT team, thanks. Here’s to hoping for an even better 2011.
    James Sexton
    I would be curious about a comparison with views to comments on these threads.

  7. Some of the best coverage of the Gulf oil disaster was here. The details and the photos were very well done. It was a subject outside of the normal scope of the blog; yet, it was very informative.
    Thanks for the great work, and please accept my best wishes for 2011!

  8. With all of the pages in the blogosphere, newsites, and other entities linking to the thousands of posts at WUWT, the Google page ranking for many search terms shows WUWT content quite highly.
    This is an example of a “positive feedback”.

  9. Why did you wait so long to post this? You could have done this one back in the spring and we could have talked about it all year. After all, “2010 — the warmest year ever” was announced long, long ago.

  10. As a frustrated ham radio operator, I stumbled across WUWT Binging “zero sunspots” Many hours of very educational reading have ensued since! Many thanks! Happy New Year!

  11. One thing stands out…..
    Global Warming is strictly a product of leisure time and affluent societies.
    If we were worried about our next meal, not a one of us would have the time for it.
    That means that all in all, the world is doing a whole lot better…
    ….and that’s good news

  12. Yup! I read all of ’em and many more.
    Thanks for another year of keeping science on the front burner. No doubt discussion will hot up next year as well. More sweaty collars will, no doubt, pop an apoplexic button or two with ‘news of fresh disasters’ (for those of you who remember Beyond the Fringe) bring more walls of AGW tumbling down.
    See you all at the Thames Ice Festival or skating the Six Cities Tour.

  13. I don’t whether to thank you, or not, Anthony! Since stumbling over your site earlier this year, I’ve been addicted to the darned thing.
    Thank you anyway, and best wishes to everybody for 2011.

  14. latitude says:
    December 30, 2010 at 12:53 pm
    One thing stands out…..That means that all in all, the world is doing a whole lot better…
    ….and that’s good news
    =====================================================
    Spot on, my friend.

  15. James Sexton says:
    December 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm
    2010 will be hard to top.
    —————————-
    Oh, I think 2011 will be a doozy. Think about it. When the AGW proponents are grasping at straws, they’ll hang on for dear life no matter how ridiculous. It’s going to be an interesting year. I’ve got the popcorn ready.

  16. What I would like to see somewhere is an index of 100 or more climate topics or statements, such as “Sea level not rising at Tuvalu”, “Antarctic ice increasing” etc, with a link to a discussion on the subject. Ideally that index would be here at WUWT or CA. I can’t see such a list but perhaps I have not looked hard enough.
    Lord Monckton comes out with the kind of statements that I want to see.

  17. R. de Haan says:
    December 30, 2010 at 10:25 am
    > Anthony,
    > Is it possible for you to list the most commented posts too?
    I don’t know if WordPress makes that easy. I can do to it from home with the data I maintain to support my Guide to WUWT http://home.comcast.net/~ewerme/wuwt/index.html I’ll see what I can do tonight.
    Please don’t ask Anthony for favors this week, he’s supposed to be goofing off instead of playing around.

  18. Dave Dodd says:
    December 30, 2010 at 12:49 pm
    > As a frustrated ham radio operator, I stumbled across WUWT Binging “zero sunspots”
    We have some frustrated amateur sunspot photographers here too. I’m not a ham, otherwise I’d say 73.

  19. Are these figures adjusted or unadjusted? And can you give us the algorithm to show us how this was calculated? I’m saving a screen shot in case rankings change over the years.

  20. Off topic, but Charles the Moderator will want to know that WordPress has just released a critical security update.
    http://wordpress.org/news/2010/12/3-0-4-update/
    It seems like it would be possible for someone to take over the blog, which is why they stopped their holiday party to put out the patch.
    [Note: this blog is hosted on wordpress.com, where all such patches are automatically applied – thanks for the concern -moderator]

  21. “””” Vorlath says:
    December 30, 2010 at 1:59 pm
    James Sexton says:
    December 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm
    2010 will be hard to top.
    —————————-
    Oh, I think 2011 will be a doozy. Think about it. When the AGW proponents are grasping at straws, they’ll hang on for dear life no matter how ridiculous. It’s going to be an interesting year. I’ve got the popcorn ready.””
    Tony Broomfield says
    I have a major problem with folks talking about getting out popcorn to observe the coming year and all it brings.
    The pro and con lobbies of “Whether tis nobler in the mind to argue for or against a man assisted version of Warmup the planet , or , suffer the slings and sunspots of outraged bloggers who know not a jot about very much at all really…………”
    I cannot get my breath
    It would appear that Blogging, especially when taken up and “Hit”frequently enough to get a mention anywhere other than the blog itself, has taken over the function of masturbation.
    I am sure my 2 children will be overawed with the erudite blogospherians and all they sail in but I have serious doubts that they will survive to my age without a major struggle.
    The planet is running out of oxygen
    We need it to survive
    Oxygen bandits take note
    Pretty soon it will be outlawed
    (Banditry that is).
    Shame on you Watts
    You are a bandwidth bandit too

  22. I was 46 years old, kept hearing about CAGW, but having lived thru the late 70’s was skeptical of catastrophic warming, so I googled “arctic sea ice” or something, and ended up at WUWT (just before Climategate).
    Now I am watching history being made.

  23. Oh, I prey . . . . you do tell Tony, Why is this site a “bandwidth bandit”?
    Does he have too many angels dancing on the head of his pin . . . pen?

  24. I have been reading WUWT everyday now for the last couple of years and so I must say a very big thank you to Anthony and everyone at WUWT.
    I wish you and everyone involved a very healthy and happy New year.
    Please keep up the good work, you do make a difference!
    Sincerely,
    Owen Smith
    Cornwall, Ontario

  25. I suspect that some things that “go viral” on the web, such as the 10:10 issue (noted at 12:43 pm), are not in the top of the list here because the thing can be sourced from so many other places. If that is even partly true then the listing posted above is also a gauge of the uniqueness encountered here. The Sea Ice Page is an excellent example of this. Where else can all the various ice pages be viewed and then accessed so directly. Last year I used a folder of relevant bookmarks – this year it is not needed.
    ————
    Chrispin at 1:09 “See you all at the Thames Ice Festival
    That’s funny and frightening.
    ———–
    Jaymam at 2:10 an index of topics ??
    Scroll to the upper right and look for Ric Werme’s ‘Guide to WUWT’
    The rectangle is blue, the letters, white – between Facebook and Twitter.
    Laurie Bowen @ 10:56 spell check?
    Try a word processor and cut and paste.
    ———–
    There is a story about folks that know one another so well that instead of telling jokes, they have them numbered. Someone calls out, say 19, and they all laugh. An old joke still makes them laugh.
    Me too: “Bullhorn See H.R. @ 11:13, if that doesn’t yet work.

  26. I came to this site about a year before climategate and I’ve been lazily trolling ever since. Happy new year to you Mr Watts, all the great contributors, moderators and commenters from all backgrounds who make this blog so interesting.
    May this be the year the consensus is undone and the ‘science’ unsettled :).

  27. Okay, Anthony wound up with the most viewed 15 posts (including some undated links for things that hang around all the time).
    I looked at the regular posts with more than 500 comments, and there were more from previous years than I expected. I tried again starting with last November, and came up with 15. Must be the right limits. The original Climategate post is first, of course. 10:10 makes this list, it certainly struck a nerve. Okay, it exploded a lot of nerves.

    Comments Date Title
    1616 2009-11-19 Breaking News Story: CRU has apparently been hacked – hundreds of files released
    1225 2010-08-30 New paper makes a hockey sticky wicket of Mann et al 98/99/08
    1061 2009-12-19 Obama returns from the Copenhagen global warming conference
    909 2009-12-08 The Smoking Gun At Darwin Zero
    789 2010-02-25 Judith, I love ya, but you’re way wrong …
    671 2010-10-16 Hal Lewis: My Resignation From The American Physical Society – an important moment in science history
    627 2010-07-23 Explaining misconceptions on “The Greenhouse Effect”
    622 2009-12-27 The Unbearable Complexity of Climate
    617 2010-02-24 On the Credibility of Climate Research, Part II: Towards Rebuilding Trust
    603 2010-08-05 Why the CO2 increase is man made (part 1)
    603 2010-09-30 O…M…G – Video explodes skeptical kids in bloodbath
    596 2010-02-09 Climategate: Plausibility and the blogosphere in the post-normal age.
    579 2010-03-16 Another Look at Climate Sensitivity
    546 2010-04-08 NSIDC’s Walt Meier responds to Willis
    529 2010-02-22 The most slimy essay ever from the Guardian and Columbia University
  28. It’s perverse. Anthony sets up a blog re poor siting of instruments and the theme does not make the hit list. Yet, it’s a most important theme because if there are big errors with siting & recording, then many of the top discussion items rest on wobbly bases.
    So in 2011 we might occasionally revisit the founding constitution rather than looking at the minor regulations, to use a political analogy?

  29. Since the story was in Jan 2010 and stated “coldest December since 1981,″ I wonder if they will be able to use the same headline in 2011.

  30. The more desperate people become the more likely they are to do crazy, stupid things. No doubt 2011 will be another banner year for the Mad Mob of AGW.
    PS: “They” are always with us. Have been since the Cave Days. What they stand for is as changing as the weather. But there is a common thread, I guess you could call it their “climate” factor. This changes less frequently. Since the French Revolution, they’ve been keen on Utopian Dreams and World Socialism (Pure Communism). This too will change, gradually, very gradually.

  31. I was wondering how the big boa constrictors make out this month with cold in everglades. I know January 2010 they took a big hit trying to keep warm and many big ones died. Wow what a cold month. Looks like a big warm spell for next 10 days or so.

  32. Tony Broomfield says:
    December 30, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Vorlath says:
    December 30, 2010 at 1:59 pm
    James Sexton says:
    December 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm
    2010 will be hard to top.
    Oh, I think 2011 will be a doozy. I’ve got the popcorn ready.””

    Tony Broomfield says, I have a major problem with folks talking about getting out popcorn to observe the coming year and all it brings.
    I am sure my 2 children will be overawed with the erudite blogospherians and all they sail in but I have serious doubts that they will survive to my age without a major struggle.
    The planet is running out of oxygen.
    ————–
    Tony Broomfield,
    May I suggest that you try hair shirts instead of enjoying popcorn, if it suits your darker moods. I prefer to watch the arguments with a good single malt accompanied by a nice assortment of dried fruit and when my wife is not around a nice cigar.
    I see you evoked the children theme. I do have a concern for my progeny which is quite the opposite of your concern. I worry that the significant growth of wealth and prosperity of future generations which I predict will make it more difficult for my progeny to appreciate the very simple things that started mankind on its glorious path to our limitless modern achievements. I hope my progeny do not forget the essence of their culture. Viva to Julian Simon, Jacob Bronowski and Indur M. Goklany!!!
    Are you running out of oxygen? Then stop running. : )
    I leave you with a thought for both old 2010 and a new 2011. An argumentative world is a very free world and a healthy world. SEE YOU AROUND IN FUTURE ARGUMENTS!!
    John

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