This is the five thousandth published post on WUWT, since this is a computer written blog, publishing the number in binary seemed appropos. 1388 for you hexadecimal fans.

I don’t have anything profound to say. It is just a number, and other blogs have reached and exceeded this number, so it is no biggie. But, I will share a few thoughts.

  • I find myself running the most visited climate related website in the world. I never set out to do that, it just happened to turn out that way. WUWT has been a part of climate history, partly by skill, partly by persistence, partly by luck.
  • I think of blogging much like I did my days of broadcast TV, it is a 24/7 occupation. I’m always “on”.
  • I’m proud of what this blog has achieved. I’m proud of the reach we have.
  • OTOH there are things I’m not proud of. I’ve made some stupid mistakes, said some things I regret, and sometimes I’ve let my emotions get the better of me. I’m human. That said, I’ve learned much too. I’d like to think I’ve learned from mistakes and that I’m better at this job now than when I started.
  • I’m thankful for the supportive community we have here. I was stunned and gratified that you all came to my aid in getting funds to publish the surfacestations paper. Know that all of you have my sincere gratitude.
  • Some days it is a struggle to post something new. From that I realize that I’m tired, probably I need a vacation. I haven’t really had one in several years where I can “disconnect”. Every business trip or even trips with the family inevitably turn into another station survey. My kids know what an MMTS and Stevenson Screen is. They shouldn’t.
  • I get more email every day than I can respond to. For those of you that have sent inquires and never got an answer, know that I’m sorry for that. I have to choose what time I have.
  • I’ve made thousands of friends, and probably an equal number of enemies. Some days it is a sobering thought. As a result, I have had to be more diligent with my home and business security than I did before.
  • I wish I was thirty pounds lighter. I spend way too much time in front of a PC.
  • I worry more than I used to. Life seems far more complex than it was 4.5 years ago when I first started doing this. Getting things done seems harder than it used to be.
  • Living in California has become depressing. Owning a business in California even more so. The regulation and business climate here is insane. Just today I learned our electricity rates would be going up to pay for Smartmeters. Pissed I am.
  • I thank Steve McIntyre, who has always been an inspiration. He set the standard. I’m sure he feels many of the same things I do.
  • I’m doubly grateful to the volunteer moderators and guest authors. Without you, I’d be toastier than I am now.
  • We live in interesting times, times get more interesting with each passing day.

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.

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Mike McMillan
May 10, 2011 4:05 pm

Thank you.

chris b
May 10, 2011 4:08 pm


May 10, 2011 4:08 pm

As a result, I have had to be more diligent with my home and business security than I did before.
Oh, my. 🙁

May 10, 2011 4:08 pm

aye. thank you. you’ve done well and good.

Paul A. Gaier
May 10, 2011 4:11 pm

Thank YOU. I follow you on Twitter. Always will. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. -Paul

May 10, 2011 4:14 pm

Yes, Anthony, thanks for all your good work – lang may yer lum reek.

May 10, 2011 4:15 pm

Wish I had your guts, energy, and staying power. Love the blog, and look forward to every new post.
Thanks to you and all those that help you make it possible.

Stevo lane
May 10, 2011 4:16 pm

You are not alone Mr Watt

May 10, 2011 4:16 pm

Thanks Anthony and thanks to the mods, guest authors and reader comments. I’ve learned much here and hope to learn more.
Dave Aschim

Robert of Ottawa
May 10, 2011 4:17 pm

Watts, you are a seminal point, an intersection, of historical battlles of ideology; this isn’t just about climate. This is about the struggle between frustrated totalitarian ideologues and sensible people.
You are, Anthony, an unwilling soldier in a really big ideological war. The Communists died, and their spirits went green. Seriously.
OK Guys’n’girls, lets celebrate this moment with a $5 donation
REPLY: No please, don’t send money. Write a letter to the editor instead. – Anthony

Jim Goodridge
May 10, 2011 4:18 pm

Anthony, You have been a great inspiration. Thanks very much. Jim

Actually no, Jim you are the inspiration. You set me on the path of discovery. – Anthony

Philip Finck
May 10, 2011 4:20 pm

Your blog is a great resource. As a geologist it provides invaluable links to new, peer reviewed papers that saves me incredible amounts of time. These papers often raise interesting and different perspectives with relation to climate science and other earth science related issues.
All of the other typical AGW papers are easy to find but become the same old, same old. An example of a very interesting paper is Woodworth, et al, 2009.
The information is top notch with the occasional `nut bar comment’ thrown in from both sides of the debate.
Keep up the great job.

Bob Diaz
May 10, 2011 4:21 pm

We live in interesting times …
True, but at least we have interesting blogs, like Watts Up With That.
Keep up the good work.

richard verney
May 10, 2011 4:22 pm

Well done!
Just think how many comments have been generated by those 5000 posts and even that does not give the full picture of the interest stimulated by this site.
Thanks Anthony.

Roger Carr
May 10, 2011 4:24 pm

I find sanity here; if only in the exposure of insanity.
Thanks, pal.

May 10, 2011 4:24 pm

The success of this enterprise is a great testimony to you, Anthony. You deserve every bit of that success, and all of us thank you for the time and thought you devote to this. You have made a great difference.
I have been devoting energy to the cause for about 15 years myself. To me, it seemed for many of those years to be a never-ending situation of cutting off yet another head of the hydra, but it is starting to look as if they are growing back less rapidly. I’m looking forward to the next 5,000 posts here, and hope that by that time it is clear we have finally managed to drive the wooden stake into the heart of this beast.

May 10, 2011 4:24 pm

Well and humbly done. Both attributes are missing in your critics. Thanks

Mr and Mrs David Hume
May 10, 2011 4:25 pm

We are full of admiration at your achievement and your manner of reaching it.

Jimmy Haigh
May 10, 2011 4:28 pm

lapogus says:
May 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm
“Yes, Anthony, thanks for all your good work – lang may yer lum reek.”
Can I second lapogus’ comment?
And lapogus – I’ll be in the Black Watch on the 4th June – say 8PM? We can raise a glass to WUWT!

May 10, 2011 4:29 pm

I know from my work, that there are 10 different viewpoints on binary,
those who love it
those who just dont get it

May 10, 2011 4:31 pm

Yes, thank you Anthony. You have inspired me to be better blogger and both Ellen and I have really enjoyed working with you on climate projects.

Theo Goodwin
May 10, 2011 4:33 pm

Anthony writes:
“I find myself running the most visited climate related website in the world. I never set out to do that, it just happened to turn out that way. WUWT has been a part of climate history, partly by skill, partly by persistence, partly by luck.”
In light of this, what can one say? You are the most modest and humble human being I have encountered. The following are a few things you are too modest to mention:
1. Organizational skills. You have the best organized website in existence. Organization includes not just formal matters but the day to day efforts to freshen up things. This site is fresh every day. Unbelievable.
2. A gift for organizing information in a way that makes reading not just a pleasure but a real treat. My favorite example is the Sea Ice page. It is like a masterfully written book on sea ice phenomena that contains bits and snippets of a world traveling Naturalist’s photos, drawings, and stories. Of course, surfacestations.org is a down home masterpiece along the same lines.
3. An excellent eye for important new articles and newsworthy developments. The information provided on this site is far superior to the information that can be found on all the other sites. Your comments are extremely helpful when it comes to putting things into perspective.
4. Superb archives. Not just the site archives, but the archives found in the specialty pages.
5. An updated, relatively cumulative critique of climate science and climate policy. Where else can one find that?
6. This site is the best tool for teaching and learning about climate science that has been created. It is a model for what education should be.
I could list many other items. Maybe someday I will, but the Day Job continues to beckon. In summary, you deserve a Nobel Prize for Letters and a Pulitzer Prize for Journalism and some more things along those lines. Of course, we all know that modern civilization is greatly indebted to you for its defense in the face of battalions of religious fanatics. Thank You, Sir.

Ric Locke
May 10, 2011 4:33 pm

And if California becomes intolerable, there’s always Texas. We have lots of weather here 🙂 and, if you wish, you can live in or near Austin, at whatever range from the nearest liberal enclave makes you comfortable.

May 10, 2011 4:33 pm

Clever title.
“Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

Stan Needham
May 10, 2011 4:34 pm

As someone who was one of the very first visitors to your blog, you have my utmost admiration.

May 10, 2011 4:34 pm

“partly by luck”
No Anthony, we are the lucky ones.
There’s very few people that can do what you do, and even fewer that can do it so well.
Thank you

May 10, 2011 4:37 pm

You are an amazing man, and I thank you.
I also thoroughly enjoy seeing warmists getting their panties in a bunch due to what you do. Keep up the good work.

Paul Penrose
May 10, 2011 4:41 pm

Know that you have made a difference, Anthony. That’s a part of your legacy that can never be taken from you. Thank you for your persistence. I will be forever grateful.

Rob Dawg
May 10, 2011 4:43 pm

Living in California has become depressing. Owning a business in California even more so. The regulation and business climate here is insane. Just today I learned our electricity rates would be going up to pay for Smartmeters. Pissed I am.
Thanks for all you do and all you put up with. California is indeed legislating itself into death spiral but don’t let it get to you.

May 10, 2011 4:45 pm

“partly by skill,”
“partly by persistence,”
“partly by luck.”
I don’t think so. No luck involved. Just hard work on your part!

May 10, 2011 4:50 pm

Every now and then I like to reread your first post (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2006/11/17/welcome-to-watts-up-with-that/) and smile at the distance you’ve come.
Well done, Anthony.

May 10, 2011 4:50 pm

Best on the web and I enjoy every minute I spend here expanding my education from all your reports and respondents- even the trolls.
My big number-$ 14 trillion dollars-almost the federal debt, and from a book that’s out of date. “If Columbus, from the minute he stepped ashore in the “new world”, started borrowing money at $20,000 dollars a minute , would have by the year 2000 , only spent less than half our national debt.” Now that is a big scary number!

Karl Mandry - retired engineer and builder
May 10, 2011 4:50 pm

Dear Mr Watts:
I apologize for being a softy. Tears come when I see the dedication, the humility, and the integrity in the pursuit of the truth evidenced by you and others including Mr. McIntyre. With apologies to all those who I can’t name here who believe and act as you do in pursuing science with the highest standards, I am among thousands – if they had the time to just look- deeply indebted and grateful.

May 10, 2011 4:51 pm

Well Anthony,
One can only hope that the new smart meter will not catch fire like some of them CFL’s.
If you don’t exceed the mandated input to your home by running the AC in the summer, you should be fine.
California in the future h/t Sleeper (FF to 7:40)

May 10, 2011 4:55 pm

Thanks to you I now know how our weather data is gathered and why the reports sometimes defy what actually happens locally.

John Bennett
May 10, 2011 4:58 pm

01000011 01101111 01101110 01100111 01110010 01100001 01110100 01110101 01101100 01100001 01110100 01101001 01101111 01101110 01110011 00100001
That’s “Congratulations!” in binary, by the way. Well, ASCII characters expressed in binary… but I digest.
Great work.

BobW in NC
May 10, 2011 4:58 pm

Anthony – your blog is the epitome, the sine qua non of balanced, unbiased information and data for us layfolks and for professionals alike. And on top of that, it’s fun to read, although sometimes a mindbender. A point of sanity in an otherwise chaotic science environment.
As I noted earlier, I routinely pass on posts from your blog. They are well-written and solid. I personally have learned so much, so…
I humbly say – “Thank you.” All the time and effort you invest is gold for us.
The best to you and your family.
BobW in NC

May 10, 2011 5:01 pm

“WUWT has been a part of climate history, partly by skill, partly by persistence, partly by luck.”
Partly by just. . . attitude to the question. WUWT has never been afraid of publishing thoughtful opinions from any pov on the question. In fact, often you’ve sought out men and women like Walt Meier and Judith Curry to come here and tell some of us why we don’t quite have it right after all.
If you think it isn’t noticed by the audience, it very certainly is. It’s a sizeable part of the success WUWT has enjoyed. While I would never suggest that anyone *ought* to only have one site bookmarked on any important question they have an interest in, the fact is that if WUWT *is* the only site that one has bookmarked on the Climate question, you can do quite nicely from the articles, links and references that appear here.
I can’t think of another site I’d be willing to say that about. No disrespect intended to any of them, but true nonetheless.

Theo Goodwin
May 10, 2011 5:02 pm

Rob Dawg says:
May 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm
“Living in California has become depressing. Owning a business in California even more so. The regulation and business climate here is insane. Just today I learned our electricity rates would be going up to pay for Smartmeters. Pissed I am.”
“Thanks for all you do and all you put up with. California is indeed legislating itself into death spiral but don’t let it get to you.”
California is an experiment in Progressivism, created by God, as a warning to all others who might be tempted to follow the Progressive Genie. Its demise will be long and terribly painful but wonderfully instructive to all about how mankind should live.
Surely, someone will come up with a “fix” for the Smartmeters. Right out of the movie “Bliss,” is it not? What a nightmare.

Nigel S
May 10, 2011 5:07 pm

lapogus says:
May 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm
Yes, Anthony, thanks for all your good work – lang may yer lum reek.
Luckily this reek causes global enlightenment rather than dimming.

May 10, 2011 5:11 pm

And as a somewhat-frequent guest author for the past few years, I would like to thank you, Anthony, for allowing my posts to reach a large audience, and to thank you and the moderators for all of the work that goes into maintaining WUWT and keeping it a nice place to exchange information and thoughts.

Tom t
May 10, 2011 5:15 pm

I am sure that there are blog with many more posts. But few of them rely so much on one key person, and way fewer have said as many sensible things as WUWT, and I can’t imagine any of them has a more dedicated person as the head of it. We are all in your debt.

May 10, 2011 5:16 pm

Ric Locke says:
May 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm
“And if California becomes intolerable, there’s always Texas…”
The Hill Country & Edwards Plateau area is definitely worth a look. Scenery, history, and the humidity is lower. Remember Dr. Steve Lyons from the Weather Channel? When he decided to go back to gubmint work, he took over the NWS Office in San Angelo.

Mike Bromley the Kurd of Kanuckistan
May 10, 2011 5:16 pm

ANthony, as a relative newcomer to all of this, all I can say is that you provide the seed of service which will lead to a harvest of disseminated ideas. Exposing the nuts and bolts of the Vaudeville Act that is CAGW, or whatever the heck it will be called after the Durban Derby, goes further towards “saving the planet” than those climate jockeys could ever hope to.
Keep up the good fight, and thank you for your diligence.

May 10, 2011 5:19 pm

I stumbled upon your humble blog a couple years ago and now I know more about Climate and CO2 then I ever wanted to. Can’t help it. This site is an addiction that I need a daily fix of. Whenever I get into a debate with someone that says we gotta do something or the world is coming to an end unless we act or I debate someone on the Hydro mess we in Ontario see ourselves in (we aren’t California yet but we are getting there and we have been paying for “smart meters” for a couple years now. Thank God there is an election this fall) I always end by refering them to your site and say get back to me. I never hear from them again. Thanx Anthony I know you make a difference. Your reach extends far and wide and here in Canada it shows with our media using you as resource.
I like to think that you are partly responsible for the Conservatives here in Ontario pledging to cancell the 7 billion dollar wind turbine contract that the liberals signed with a Korean company if they win the election this fall.

May 10, 2011 5:19 pm

Don’t worry about your kids. Kids who participate in Daddy’s job are MUCH better off than kids who just see Daddy’s paycheck. You’re doing EXACTLY the right thing.

Shanghai Dan
May 10, 2011 5:34 pm

1001110001000… This is the five thousandth published post on WUWT, since this is a computer written blog, publishing the number in binary seemed appropos. 1388 for you hexadecimal fans.
Once YET AGAIN, we Octal fans get the cold shoulder… 11610 representing!
Congrats on the achievement!

May 10, 2011 5:35 pm

Since the post is sort of open, I would like to bring attention to another piece of fraud from the warmist community:
This graph from Skeptikalscience:
Pretends that sea level rise is following the worst-case-scenario of the IPCC prediction.
And it seems sort of right at first glance, but watch closely:
The worst-case scenario of the IPCC is 6 centimeters per decade.
The figure also shows 6 centimeters rise, pretending that it follows the IPCC worst-case.
But take a closer look!
The 6 centimeters rise in the figure is not for 10 years, it is for 20!

May 10, 2011 5:35 pm

You are an inspiration.
I believe you and Steve Mc. should receive a Nobel Prize one day.

May 10, 2011 5:36 pm

Thanks for the well-run, content-rich website. I’m a long-time lurker who has not always found the time to explore everything, but has found everything explored very useful, helpful, and rational as rebuttals to those who have continued to expand the intellectual fad that is the Deep Certainty over man-made global warming.
Thanks from another person inspired by your efforts. And if the intellectual fad passes, you will have helped facilitate that event.
And please take a vacation — your fans need you in top shape. :^)

Michael Larkin
May 10, 2011 5:38 pm

Finding your blog was the cherry on the cake of climategate.
I’ve said this once before, but you don’t need to post as much as you do – even at half the frequency, there’s still plenty to be chewing on for your readers. Maybe you need to start pacing yourself and thereby creating a little more leisure time. Nobody wins if you burn yourself out – least of all, us.
Thanks for your blog. I’ve learnt a great deal here.

May 10, 2011 5:41 pm

Anthony –
Merely inspirational you are. That’s all. Just an obvious and awesome commitment to excellence. You have also demonstrated how ethics matter in our day-to-day lives.
Big stuff. Thanks for that.

Eric Anderson
May 10, 2011 5:42 pm

Congratulations, and thanks for all the tremendous effort. Keep up the great work.

Ed Barbar
May 10, 2011 5:44 pm

Sorry for the spam, but I thought you might like to see how another web site approaches climate, and any question as to their intentions. It’s from realclimate.org, when I actually think they mean realcensors.org. It’s posted under “Handbook of Denialism”. Note the rebuttals are simple to refute with a little bit of web time, especially Al gore’s ramp.
I wrote (OK Skeptic)
I think there are good reasons to be skeptical. These are as follows.
a) The cost to do anything about it is enormous, hence a high degree of certainty is required.
b) The US can’t do much about it anyway. China has taken the lead as the largest C02 producer, and as the next 1,000,000,000 Chinese get their fair share of energy, they will push that number higher.
c) Climate is complex, and I don’t think humans have a great understanding of it (recall the human gnome project promised all kinds of solutions, but it turns out it is much more complex)
d) There seems to be a huge emotional component to some AGW scientists, so I don’t trust their work (looking forward to BEST getting out their data/algorithms/code and letting others munch on it for a few years only to get the earth’s temperature right!)
[Response: I think you are unfair. Please tell us which scientific disciplines practise more openness. and try getting data/algorithms/code from those who argue that AGW is not a problem – see my attempt reported in the NewScientist. -rasmus]
e) If this is such a big deal, why aren’t the global warming people more willing to share their data/algorithms/code in a meaningful way.
[Response: Please see this commment.]
f) IPCC, greens, and others have made preposterous claims, which in the end has probably alienated people from the global warming cause.
[Response: The contents of the IPCC reports should reflect the scientific literature, and the drafting of this report should be transparent. Hence, any claim should be based on the assessment of results published in the scientific literature. This is probably different from whatever is meant by “greens”. Please provide a logical connection. You argue for transparency, but I see none behind the claims that you present. -rasmus]
With a spokesman like Al Gore “the Seas will Rise, the Pestilence, Plague, Drought, and Famine will rule the earth,” and other such old testament claptrap, you are going to find a lot of people associating that catastrophe with AGW, and thinking to themselves “Not likely.” The point is, with opportunists like that out there, leading credence to AGW could enable even more parasites to add no value (as an example of this, I live in a tiny town in California, and it took Federal money, which was 40 – 100 times the annual electric cost of its street lights, to replace them with LEDs. Please agree that is insane!)
g) As I don’t think there is much that can be done about it, I don’t see much need to get off the fence. Study the problem, observe, and let’s see how the models match up to the reality. (As Richard Muller pointed out, buying Priuses in the US isn’t going to solve the C02 problem.)
Changing to an all nuclear source of fuel might, and I wish the stimulus money had been spent on that. My skepticism goes only so far. I do agree there is some non-zero, real chance that AGW will occur if it hasn’t, though I also suspect all this doom and gloom is grossly overstated as a way for unscrupulous people to take money away from others. And I would like to take the obvious, meaningful steps, like encouraging Nuclear, perhaps making it cheaper than Coal at some point. Oh well, that’s probably not in the cards for the average warmista.
Martin Vermeer says:
OK Skeptic rambles:
I live in a tiny town in California, and it took Federal money, which was 40 – 100 times the annual electric cost of its street lights, to replace them with LEDs. Please agree that is insane!
Eh, there are other costs besides electricity. How often were those incandescent or sodium or whatever lamps replaced? How much did that cost in lamps? How much in labor?
…and how long will those LEDs last? Have you ever seen a LED burn out? I suppose they do sometimes, but have yet to see it.
SecularAnimist says:
OK Skeptic wrote: “With a spokesman like Al Gore ‘the Seas will Rise, the Pestilence, Plague, Drought, and Famine will rule the earth,’ and other such old testament claptrap …”
When you blatantly and maliciously lie, to people who know better, about what Al Gore has said, why should you expect anything in response but derision and contempt?
Rasmus demonstrates heroic patience in his responses to your copied-and-pasted litany of dishonest Ditto-Head denialist talking points. It is far better than you deserve.
Are the moderators relaxing their standards for this thread, so as to allow such offensively ignorant and stupid bunkum to be posted as examples of the “denialism” that is the subject of the book review?
Pete Dunkelberg says:
OK Skeptic,
your list of reasons is essentially versions of misdirected mistrust of science and misplaced trust of other sources and their unfounded claims.
First, “The cost to do anything about it is enormous ….”
The cost of business as usual (BAU) is far greater. The cost of climate disruption will be the enormous cost. If we continue burning carbon as you wish, atmospheric CO2 will easily go above 550 ppm. How high was sea level the last time that happened? Meanwhile we do not acknowledge the costs of carbon based energy. The pollution, environmental and health costs of coal, it faced, would make it much more expensive than its official price. Oil brings pollution, foreign dependence, and is a factor in our troubled relationship with the middle east. Chalk up some of the defense budget to oil.
Second, blame China … so all is vanity. No, the US must act and lead. Saying others must go first is the road to destruction.
Then later: buying Priuses won’t solve the problem
Future models will be plug-in optional electric. Electric cars, and decarbonizing the grid plus roof top or backyard solar power will help plenty. It is basic knowledge that a combination of 15 or so fairly large moves will be needed to do what we should do, so of course no one move is the whole solution. This is displayed nicely in a pie chart of 15 wedges somewhere.
Note that all that “all is vanity” stuff serves the interests of Big Carbon (and is a collection of bad arguments).
Then: “I don’t think humans have a great understanding of it (climate).”
Speak for yourself. Scientists understand climate quite well enough to know that continuing with BAU is folly.
Then: a misguided statement about “preposterous claims.” That’s just a slur based on not knowing science. Most commenters here at least read research papers. It is true that the denial industry uses incorrect statements (often made up by them) to push false doubt. What you may not know is the deniers make preposterous claims over and over, and little else.
Then a crack about Al Gore. I didn’t take it as meant to be a real quote. I don’t think that matters for your argument. Just saying his name refutes atmospheric science in the view of some. Learn science and your appreciation for him will grow. But if you are among those who can not reason well when his name is used, do yourself a favor and leave him out of your deliberations.
Consider that the chance that you are right and physics is wrong is nil. Then consider that if you are wrong, and your consul to do nothing is heeded, the human cost will be extreme. And consider that although there is initial cost to replacing old power plants with renewable energy, we will be better off when it is done. Can you in fairness still consul no action?

May 10, 2011 5:45 pm

Thank you Anthony.
You are an inspiration and WUWT contains a wealth of information.
Regards, eh? ☺
From the once-frozen plains of western Canada … where spring may have finally arrived … albeit two weeks late.

May 10, 2011 5:46 pm

” My kids know what an MMTS and Stevenson Screen is. They shouldn’t.”
As the daughter of an aerospace engineer, who hauled us all over the country from 1955-1969, I can say that you are mistaken. Many of my friends didn’t understand that their fathers had a life, skills and interests outside of the family. I had the honor of knowing who my father was because he shared that life with us. Being in the same school from K-12 was not important. He needlessly apologized for that. Your children have likely gained much from participating in your activities.

May 10, 2011 5:48 pm

As this thread is sort of loose, I would like to bring attention to a figure posted by Skepticalscience:
The figure pretends to present sea level rise compared to IPCC projections.
The maximum (worst case) IPCC projection is about 6 mm a decade, and the figure pretends to follow that trend.
But take notice: the figure takes 20 years to reach 6 centimeters, not 10.

May 10, 2011 5:49 pm

Thanks for your time and effort, sir.

Jim Masterson
May 10, 2011 5:54 pm

This is the five thousandth published post on WUWT, since this is a computer written blog, publishing the number in binary seemed appropos. 1388 for you hexadecimal fans.
I was going to mention octal, but I see someone already has. The old CDC Cybers were octal based machines.
No one’s mentioned quaternary or base four: 1032020. DNA and RNA both use a base four system.
Congratulations and thanks for the breath of fresh air every day.

Paul Deacon
May 10, 2011 6:02 pm

About the vacation – just take it.

Don Marchant
May 10, 2011 6:05 pm

Thanks for providing a spot where sanity can be found along with lively, reasoned discussion. It is much appreciated.

James Allison
May 10, 2011 6:13 pm

Coming to this site is like getting to lick the icing on the cake of life.

May 10, 2011 6:15 pm

Anthony, ditto to all the accolades, I think you have the best science site going and owe you big time for the education you provide.

Tim Neilson
May 10, 2011 6:18 pm

There should be a monument raised to those who are saving humanity from the self inflicted catastrophe of “action on climate change”. Steve McIntyre’s name would lead the roll, but “Anthony Watts” would have a prominent place of honour.

Geoff Sherrington
May 10, 2011 6:19 pm

Congrats, Anthony. I fear that the fact that you count blogs is a sign of stress – you seemed a bit that way when we met in Melbourne. Worrying does no good, it confines the mind. You’ve now set boundaries on what you can and cannot do, so you are eligible by far for some lower key effort (that does not equate with lower quality).
However, the importance of WUWT is partially measured by its activity and numbers. If I attempt to recruit another contributor, I do not have a good idea of the demographics of your present subscribers, so I do not know if there is an age bracket or a qualifications bracket that is under represented.
If you could derive the information and tell us a wants list like “More people needed in 20-30 age group with qualifications in earth sciences” or “political activists we see on other blogs” or “media reporters”, to pluck 3 categories from the air, it would help us recruit. You might be filled to brimming with people like me, retired, science background, more able to critique than calculate, but very willing to help.

May 10, 2011 6:28 pm

congratulations anthony –
do hope mrs watts if doing well.
both of u should take it easy whenever the opportunity arises.
this blog is an inspiration and has led tech-challenged people like me to explore a subject we had wrongly “taken for granted”.

Bob Barker
May 10, 2011 6:33 pm

Excellent website that lives up to it’s name. You never know what you will find when you “link in” to WUWT, but invariably there is something interesting going on.

May 10, 2011 6:37 pm

About time you took a decent break Anthony,where the only climate concern is,
`is it a nice one?`
Don`t burn yourself out, shut the blog for a week or two,we`ll still be here.

old construction worker
May 10, 2011 6:39 pm

Congratulations. Just remember family comes first. And nobody, no company, no State or Country is too big to fail.

Cal Smith
May 10, 2011 6:52 pm

John X and Ric Locke have recommended you relocate to the hill country of Texas. I did that last year from just down the road from you a bit in California’s gold country. My wife and I decided there was no need for us to be participants in California’s economic suicide. Give us a shout if you are ever in Austin and we will treat you to an evening at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema- the very best movie theater in the country. The owners started in the theater business in Bakersfield and gave up after a couple of years. They moved to Austin and enjoyed fantastic success due to the business friendly nature of Texas. You should be able to do the same.

Peter S
May 10, 2011 6:59 pm

5000 posts! That’s a body of work. And with that comes authority. And with that comes an assured place in the history of the AGW phenomenon.
The best, Anthony!

May 10, 2011 7:02 pm

partly by luck” – I agree, as in : “the more I practise, the luckier I get” (Gary Player?)
One of the things that to my mind really sets WUWT apart from the opposition is this : any evidence that supports CAGW will be posted here.

Mark Besse
May 10, 2011 7:04 pm

Thank you, thank you and thank you very much.

May 10, 2011 7:06 pm

Take a break, good Anthony. The sun will continue to rise. You’ll need energy closer to 2012.

May 10, 2011 7:08 pm

Congratulations Anthony.
Having had the honour of hosting you on your Townsville leg of your Australian tour last year and sharing a Lemon, Lime and Bitters or two on the Strand in Townsville I know the hard work and dedication you put into your website. The amazing job you do of keeping things fresh and up to date does you great credit.
If you are sick of California remember that there is this quiet little place down under called Queensland that would welcome you and your family with open arms. It gets a bit windy and wet at times (Yasi) but generally the weather is beautiful one day and perfect the next.
BTW have you noticed that Andrew Bolt has his own show on TV now which started last Sunday. It was a ratings smash. Perhaps you might get a call up as a guest when your surface stations paper is released.
Cheers Michael

Christian Bultmann
May 10, 2011 7:16 pm

“REPLY: No please, don’t send money.”
So how come Greenpeace or Al Gore never says anything like that.

May 10, 2011 7:17 pm

All the many (far wiser) commenters above: What you all said.
We are very lucky to have WUWT and the hard-working genius behind it. I have learned so very much here: as much about the style and spirit in which to conduct a serious inquiry into the world, as about the results of that inquiry. Open-minded, even-handed, mild-mannered, fair, firm, funny. And far too humble. Many, many thanks.

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
May 10, 2011 7:23 pm

A. Family
B. Business
C. Blog and related
If you think you’re not assigning enough importance to the first, consider how heavily the first weighs as one of the reasons for doing the other two.
If you can’t see how the first is a reason for doing either of the other two, why not?

Ron Pittenger, Heretic
May 10, 2011 7:24 pm

I first visited in the summer of 2009, but started reading daily with Climategate. When the oil rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, this was the first place to have pictures and text from people who’d actually been close to it. When the Mystery Missile was videoed off the California coast, this was the site that had the best coverage, pictures, and possible explanations. When the earthquake/tsunami in Japan created problems at the Fukushima Diaichi reactors, this was the first site to point to a connection with real information at BraveNewClimate and World Nuclear News.
Luck has very little to do with your success. Like Smith-Barney, you earned it, every bit of it.
Thanks, and here’s hoping for many, many thousands more!
Ron Pittenger, Heretic

May 10, 2011 7:29 pm

Thank you Anthony.

May 10, 2011 7:43 pm

You do a truly spectacular job that is deeply appreciated across the political spectrum.

May 10, 2011 7:47 pm

Anthony, congratulations for a job well-done! 5,000 posts is a heroic effort. And, thank you again for allowing me to present a guest post from time to time and reach a far wider audience than I would otherwise.
I’ve learned much from these posts and comments and links, and look forward to learning much more as the folly of “greenhouse” gas catastrophic global warming becomes more and more evident.
At one point, some months ago, I believed I might be banned from WUWT for espousing my anti-nuclear power views. Much to your credit, you allowed me to continue to make comments and the occasional guest post.
I thank you, very much, for that, and for having WUWT be the best blog around.

May 10, 2011 7:49 pm

finding this site was a great thing for me. I am glad you are here….
as for the business thing, move to Texas we LOVE business and have the “climate” to prove it! LOL!

May 10, 2011 7:49 pm

Mr Watts
First of all GRACIAS, muchas Gracias.
Secondly I will appreciate you take a break, I also need a break and can not take it if the posts keep on coming. WUWT is an addictive site.
Tercero: Can we agree after all the information we have at hand, that the world is cooling and therefore start dealing with that scenario. Which would be the implications? What can we do to be prepared? Which will be the progression?
Finalmente un gran Salud en su nombre y todos los que hacen posible este hermoso sitio. Un gran salud con Carmenere chileno.

May 10, 2011 7:54 pm

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!
There are insufficient superlatives to describe this website and the products of your dedication, Anthony. It’s also difficult to figure out how one could measure the degree by which you and your contributors have subverted the CAGW narrative – but you have. It is almost certain that not one of your regular readers here has failed to share the astounding revelations of distorted science, issues with measuring temperatures, and discussions of different models for understanding climate with relatives and colleagues (and students), so your influence — along with Steve McIntyre’s and a few others– goes well beyond immediate WUWT participants, and most likely is a major contributor to the declining influence of CAGW alarmism reflected in North American and English polls.
I know what you mean by worrying more, but you should be able to sleep the sleep of the just. Like George Bailey’s in “It’s a Wonderful Life”, your life and work have made the world a better place.
I do hope you take a complete break for a while somewhere with no computer access, and give yourself and Mrs. Watts a chance to restore and refresh yourselves. We all need mental holidays now and then. And that does not mean logging on once or twice every day while you are away (as seemed to happen during a previous ‘holiday’ you took).
As others have already said – we’ll still be here for you when you come back!

May 10, 2011 7:57 pm

polistra says:
May 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Don’t worry about your kids. Kids who participate in Daddy’s job are MUCH better off than kids who just see Daddy’s paycheck. You’re doing EXACTLY the right thing.

Polistra is right, Anthony–As a kid, I was hauled around the mountains “prospecting” with my dad, then later found geology to be my favorite science and life-long vocation. Others have said how important it is that our kids know their dads actually work for a living–something quite common with our ancestors as most were farmers/ranchers, but nowadays most kids believe milk is harvested in plastic jugs and meat is always found conveniently sliced and packaged–show them a cow and they simply can’t get the connection (or so shocked they become vegans). Oh, that we all had more professional time with our kids.
Congrats, Anthony, on my favorite blog.

May 10, 2011 8:18 pm

Thank you Anthony – WUWT is my favorite news source – long may your success continue.
PS. It wouldn’t hurt to add a lot more advertising. This might help to defray your costs (e.g. the increasingly onerous CA taxes). I’m sure that your ‘demographic’ are sometimes in need of various services and products, and linking those needs to assorted providers is a free-market opportunity for a quality publisher such as yourself.

May 10, 2011 8:33 pm

+1 Internets to you, sir.

May 10, 2011 8:38 pm

5000 posting, put on one big PDF?
I’d love to have them all.
I’d PAY for it.

Frank Kotler
May 10, 2011 8:43 pm

A few days back, I commented on a “Reference Pages” thread, observing a minor glitch on the ENSO/SST page – the Sea Level graph was labeled “Salinty”. It was corrected almost immediately. Prodded by your quick work, U. of Colorado finally updated their own page. You do even more good than you know! Thanks, Anthony!

Mike Spilligan
May 10, 2011 8:44 pm

Congratulations! I’ve been reading WUWT for about two years, from before Climategate, which was amazing to read day by day and feeling that an organic change was taking place.
I have total admiration for your sheer hard work and tenacity in such trying but exciting times. Thanks, too, to your guests and moderators.

Clay Sanborn
May 10, 2011 8:52 pm

I watched your hit stat grow by ~341,000 hits since last Sat, just 4 days ago. That is hard evidence of yours and the moderators’ impact on truth and sanity.
I’m not sure you realize the strong positive influence you, Steve McIntyre, and so many of the science posters (sorry for not naming you all) to this site have had.
But please take a vacation from this – long as it takes. We don’t want you, or the moderators to burn out.
Thanks to all of you!!

Faye Busch
May 10, 2011 9:01 pm

Dear Anthony, I am just an “older” female from Australia who isn’t scientifically trained who reads your blog every day. I try hard to get the gist of what you learned people write – sometimes a bit sinks in. However, I am passionate about destroying so-called Climate Change and its associated hell. PM Gillard (known as Juliar) will pass the Carbon Tax here in Australia over my dead body!
I attended your Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast Australia talk on Wednesday 16 June 2010 – sitting up the front as I am annoyingly partly deaf. I remember saying hello to you in the coffee room as you walked by – something about an article saying Climate Change was affecting the whales.
I knew you were a special person then but after reading your above post just now, you are VERY special. I know how difficult it is for you, having owned and run a Motel and Restaurant 24/7 in Goondiwindi Queensland for 21 years – if you care too much and take pride, your occupation owns you. Nothing is ever good enough and you wish you could do more.
All the best to you and your family. And look after your health.

May 10, 2011 9:04 pm

Thank you, Anthony. Your superb website has given us a lot of help in fighting a totally inappropriate wind farm. We haven’t won yet but there is a fair chance we will win in the courts. Who will be hit number 20,000?

May 10, 2011 9:05 pm

Thanks you for this post. You must know that the people here are very grateful for the work you have done – I for one never cease to be amazed how you seem to pour stuff out and wonder how you cope with your regular work let alone your family life. I look in here first thing in the morning before breakfast because I know that overnight Rumpelstiltskin (you) have spun more straw into gold. There is so much to read (and learn). I also enjoy the humour in the comments.
So at least know that the people here appreciate your efforts. But I know you already know!

Mr Lynn
May 10, 2011 9:11 pm

The other day I went back in the archives to the start of this blog, and was amazed at how, from a tentative few sparks, it has exploded into a veritable conflagration. Before I discovered WUWT, I had little interest in matters climatic, except for a layman’s intuition that the claims of the ‘global warming’ alarmists were the sheerest poppycock. These were folks who could not even begin to account for the end of the last Ice Age, not to mention how the Earth survived eons when CO2 was vastly higher. A little geological perspective is all you need, really, but this site has become a daily tutorial in the infinitely more complicated—and intriguing—nature of the Earth’s turbulent atmospheric envelope, and in a host of other related phenomena.
Somehow, Anthony, you have managed by a combination of presentation skill, complete integrity, and an enduring intellectual curiosity to become a magnet for a fine crowd of interesting people. The 5k posts are indeed an accomplishment, but the roundtable of discussions they have engendered are even more so. Too often I have to tear myself away from a thread, lest the day pass without my leaving the screen, or getting any more mundane tasks done.
So thanks, and as someone said above, take some time off—so the rest of us can, too!
/Mr Lynn

May 10, 2011 9:25 pm

Anthony, Thanks!
Regarding kids and work, my parents ran an A&W drive-in restaurant that absorbed nearly all the day every day. I’m living proof that being raised on bacon-cheese burgers, chili dogs, onion rings, and root beer is possible (and I was thin). Mom ran a book store for several years too. At the restaurant when both mom and dad were there, my sister and I often did homework sitting on the floor. We were none the worse for the wear. We flourished. Mom and dad kept us as a priority, but life happens, and things were not always great, but most of all, we remember the good times. Don’t let the blog hurt your family life, but trust that keeping your family in it will work. You are doing a service for the world. The hockey team members may scoff, but you are making the world a better place. As long as the family knows they are a part of that, and that you love them regardless, they will appreciate it and you, and what it does for you. The kids will appreciate knowing what you know, mostly because you taught them. My kids know what metallic bonding means, and why Gibbs free energy matters. Even my eight-year old understands more about atoms and chemistry than most college grads, and I’m mostly just a manager these days.
Anyway, I want to encourage you to take rest and breaks when needed, but don’t feel guilty about the kids. Keep them involved, and keep them a priority, but they are unlikely to resent the blog if you make an honest effort at proportion. For most of us parents, everything we do is for our kids at the foundation level. So, for what it’s worth, take heart. What you do is good!

Helen Armstrong
May 10, 2011 9:31 pm

Can I just say – a heartfelt thank you.

May 10, 2011 9:38 pm

Anthony, the measure of the efficacy of your work is amply demonstrated by the sad crumbling of your major rival who is reduced to sputtering ad hominem ravings against you and this forum. His response numbers are in marked decline and seemingly grouped around a core of tired old fellow travelers, continuously droning the old CAGW catechisms.
As to California, I was born there (San Diego) in 1930 and have fond remembrances of the golden light of the land and the optimistic outlook of the people. Now, I live as a fairly close neighbor of Roy Spencer in tornado alley, Alabama. When I have time to daydream, I often return to the California days and feel sad about what has happened to that great place.
Keep up the great work, Anthony. You are deeply appreciated.

May 10, 2011 9:47 pm

I started looking into the science behind global warming at SC24. It took me very little time to narrow down the most important blogs in the field to RealClimate, WUWT, and Climate Audit. Those three sites were what turned me into a confirmed skeptic. You should be proud of the work you have done and the high standards you have maintained here.

Neil Jones
May 10, 2011 10:31 pm

After watching “An Inconvenient Truth” I knew something was wrong. As a psychologist I realised there was more psychological trickery than science in it and understood enough statistics to recognise how bad the data was being tortured. I went on a search for a place where a better science would be practised. By luck I came to here and found an oasis of sanity, reason and Socratic debate.
Thank you for all you have done.

May 10, 2011 10:37 pm

I’ve lurked here for a few years, and have to comment for the first time. I visit your site every single day. I thank you for your time and dedication, and although you certainly deserve some time off, Please NO!

May 10, 2011 10:42 pm

Jimmy – yes, June 4th, 8pm should be good. (irrc my mother’s getting married that day, but it is low key and I’m fairly sure the dinner is in the afternoon). It will be good to meet in the flesh. If the Blackie isn’t open (it has been intermittent in the last few months) suggest a Thrappledowser in the crags?

UK Sceptic
May 10, 2011 10:53 pm

WUWT is a must-read that I check out several times a day. It’s an oasis of critical thought in a world that’s gone batsh*t insane. For this I thank you Anthony and everyone involved.

Frank Perdicaro
May 10, 2011 10:58 pm

Has it been 4.5 years and 5K posts? Wow! That was fast.
I dropped in about 4 years ago at the prodding of Clayton Cramer, due to
coding issues with floating point Y2K errors and have never left.
But I did leave California. Consider leaving, as the state is truly depressing,
bankrupt morally and fiscally.
IIRC, I was the first one to state that the work here will eventually result
in a Nobel Prize for somebody. This is a new way (or an old way sped up)
of doing science. I am not sure what word to use for what others call
“climate science”.
Luck? Not really. “Serendipity favors the prepared mind.” How many
know the weather tie-in for that quote? OK, it was the man that discovered
cloud seeding accidentally. No hockey stick was used.

May 10, 2011 11:15 pm

I wholeheartely endorse the accolades you received above. You deserve them. As you did in the posting, I also send the same accolades to all those who have contributed to this site. Anthony and all of you have been so much fun to read, to debate, and to learn from each other. Integrity shows. Thanks Anthony. Thanks all.

CRS, Dr.P.H.
May 10, 2011 11:20 pm

Congratulations and thank you for a job well done, Anthony!
I stumbled onto WUWT during the initial explosion of Climategate, and am humbled to be in such fine company. The quality of contributions to WUWT is amazing, including comments from visitors. You’ve collected an interesting bunch of characters.
Thanks to the Mods and guest writers as well. Always let us know when you need a break, and don’t be bashful about reminding us to “fling funds”….I’ve saved a lot of money by canceling certain journal subscriptions. Cheers!

May 10, 2011 11:31 pm

I am WUWT’s biggest fan.
A wild ass claim, as I know you have many fans out here.
Thanks for all the work you have done. I read you first, every day.
Forever your servant,

Patrick Davis
May 10, 2011 11:55 pm

Give this man a VB! Well done Anthony!

May 11, 2011 12:00 am

Thank you Anthony. Your efforts, integrity and good demeanor always make your contribution to this crucial field a pleasure to read and absorb. You have been an inspiration and an education to me, and to many others as well, I am sure.

Jack Savage
May 11, 2011 12:24 am

More power to your elbow!
I have often wondered at and envied how you manage to put out a continuous stream of relevent and interesting stuff.
It seems it is done by hard work.
Rest assured it is appreciated.

Peter Walsh
May 11, 2011 12:41 am

You are far too modest in some of your comments.
Without you, we, your guests, would have no means of expressing our concerns.
Sit back in your chair, give your additional 30lbs a rub, and just tell yourself that “I’ve done well kid”

May 11, 2011 12:46 am

Thanks for doing what you do Anthony.
One idea:
I wish I was thirty pounds lighter. I spend way too much time in front of a PC.
Run the PC off a treadmill. When the battery runs low, take a break, then recharge the battery before rebooting. This way, you’ll lose weight and rest your eyes more.
Seriously though, when I was running my internet based business, I took a two day a week job in forestry to get me away from the screen and keep myself fit. You must find the right balance.

May 11, 2011 1:01 am

And I bet the big oil money/Tax funding has helped /sarc
It’s all been said before so a simple ‘well done’ and pat on the back, realise that you are liked and respected on every continent of the world and there’s not many people that can claim that even the Hollywood elite.

May 11, 2011 1:04 am

WUWT has been an enlightening experience.
It has opened my mind and eyes not just to the CAGW debate, but to the way governments, lobby and interest groups, and the world in general think and act.
Things are not always as we are told they are.
MSM has a lot to answer for, but ironically they are doing the job the are paid to do.
The same critical thinking I have learnt in WUWT I have been able to apply in other circumstances, such as the NATO v Libya, and many other world events and organisations actions. There is always a lot more to it than meets the eye.
THANKS to you, your family and team and other contributors for all the hard work.
Without WUWT and the likes we would all be screwed.
Brett Mitchell

anna v
May 11, 2011 1:11 am

Anthony, when you started, your blog was an oasis in a schizophrenic wilderness populated with AGW blogs. This, as well as the Climate Audit site were really important in focusing people who could see through the misrepresentations and outside frau ds .
May you have many more enjoyable years with enormous popularity and may you continue to have the support of good and discriminating moderators.
An advice: pace yourself. Do not burn the candle both ends

May 11, 2011 1:11 am

Congratulations, Mr Watts. In 2006 the science was ‘settled.’ Now it isn’t. “Cometh the hour, cometh the man.”

May 11, 2011 1:38 am

“I’ve made some stupid mistakes, said some things I regret, and sometimes I’ve let my emotions get the better of me. I’m human. That said, I’ve learned much too. I’d like to think I’ve learned from mistakes and that I’m better at this job now than when I started.”

Anthony, what wouldn’t I give to hear those words coming from the Gores and Jones, not to mention Schmidts, of this world. But they just do not have the honesty and decency that you display. From them: only arrogance.
Thank you.

May 11, 2011 1:38 am

HEAR! Arrgghh!

Johnny in NQ
May 11, 2011 2:08 am

Thank you.

May 11, 2011 2:32 am

WUWT has been my entrance door to the world of scientific community; my graph links posted on WUWT up to date had well over 65,000 viewings.
p.s. apologies for occasionally stepping over the line.

May 11, 2011 2:41 am

“I sometimes think that never grows so red the rose, as where some buried caesar bled” The Bard
It does seem somewhat ironic that you and WUWT have blossomed in California of all places where the implications of low carbon ecconomics are adversely affecting everyone in that state.
I am in my seventies and would have died in blisfull ignorance in matters climatic, had I not chanced on this cite.
Not only do I now question science, I question everything. The hero’s that I will take with me to my grave, have all be mentioned on WUWT and I know that very many of your visitors will be like minded.
When I was running a small business in the UK, I received what I considered to be the best advice anyone in business could obtain. “Never be seduced by your own advertising” I get the feeling that even though you might never have heard this, you understand it’s full import.
Many thanks for your inestimable contributions todate and for the continuing education.
You said in your first ever blog that you did not appreciate anonymity.
On this special occasion, I feel disposed to sign off with my real name.
Regards and best wishes to you and your familly.
Peter ONeil
In your first ever

Allan M
May 11, 2011 2:58 am

I’m proud of what this blog has achieved. I’m proud of the reach we have.
And you have every right to be proud of it! Keep up the good work – we need you.
And your kids can’t learn too much – they’ll just grow up as more interesting people.
Geoff Sherrington says:
May 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm
If you could derive the information and tell us a wants list like “More people needed in 20-30 age group with qualifications in earth sciences” or “political activists we see on other blogs” or “media reporters”, to pluck 3 categories from the air, it would help us recruit.
Anthony already attracts readers, and commenters, from the most varied backgrounds. I haven’t been able to leave the flat (apartment) since 2009. Still waiting for a reply to my job application. (Sorry to copy it all, but I haven’t worked out how to link to individual comments.)
from:George Will: The Green Bubble Has Burst
Posted on June 4, 2009 by Anthony Watts
Allan M says:
June 6, 2009 at 3:09 am
This blog is becoming obsessed with pianos. They have been mentioned twice in one week now.
At this point , I would like to offer myself for the post of:
Honorary Emeritus Resident Pianist, Ex Symposium to WUWT
As a great-great-great-grandpupil of Beethoven (true), I feel I am excellently qualified for the post (but please, not the acronym).
By the nature of the job, being an old crock who doesn’t get paid I never turn up to play anything; this a good allegory of the first law of thermodynamics, and yet another illustration that the warmist’s positive feedbacks are wrong.
The effect of a few (7 or 8) pianos, especially if tuned separately and then brought together, can, like my singing, cause quite severe local precipitation effects; but this is only weather. However, the response (like CO2) is logarithmic, and the effect of 50 may only cause slight local flooding.
The warmists are desparate now, and may even sieze on this for their cause. So if you need an authoritative article on the effects of grand pianos on global average temperature, then just let me know.
Back in 2000 I played the Ferrari Steinway (a Model D done out in Ferrari red).
Is this what stopped the apocalypse in its tracks?

May 11, 2011 3:25 am

Dear Mr Watts and Team
Thank you for a very professionally run web site which educates and entertains.

May 11, 2011 3:37 am

It has been great to have been able to use this web site for the last couple of years of the collapse of AGW. The large number of people I have “turned onto ” WUWT have almost all got to understand just how the “consensus” gang have been misleading them.
They, and I, have learned so much about science as well as climate and it is such a great feeling to be able to use facts found here to confidently debate with so many people about CO2 and to often change their position from warmist to skeptic.
As the AGW horror show winds down I really hope that we can have more and more other science covered on here. The recent threads about nuclear radiation have been extremely interesting and over and above the scientific content in itself they have been very instructive to many regarding the hysterical deception churned out by the Main Stream Media.
Eyes have been opened, minds expanded and people set free by the openness and directness of so many contributers to WUWT. Well done Mr. Watts.

wayne Job
May 11, 2011 3:48 am

The later part of the twentieth century saw the decline of truth, honesty, integrity, common sense and logic in politics,science and our places of learning. Anthony and most people who post on this site seem to have escaped the rather unfortunate decline in manners and sensibilities. Thank you Anthony, I oft see you give people a quick lesson in manners. Science is a quest for the truth, the philosophers stone, the god particle. It is well that this endeavour to seek the truth is open and beyond the control of big brother, the internet it would seem is the final frontier, the last bastion of free thought and dissemination of ideas. Mr Watts sir, I feel you may be remembered in history as a beacon, shining a light of truth in a rather sad and dark period of science.

A C Osborn
May 11, 2011 4:04 am

Thank you Anthony. It is a pitty that you do not have a $ for every post & comment on here, because you would be financially rich as well as rich in the human attributes that matter most.

Jack Jennings (aus)
May 11, 2011 4:07 am

 Hey Anthony
As Bob Tisdale says:
May 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm
“thank you and the moderators for all of the work that goes into maintaining WUWT and keeping it a nice place to exchange information  thoughts.”
Anthony and Mods, I bring my kids here.
Thanks,   Jack

May 11, 2011 4:13 am

Well done Anthony, not to forget the mods and guest writers.

Tom in Florida
May 11, 2011 5:25 am

Time for you and the family to take a get-a-way. Look into this:
And if you are really thinking about leaving Kalifornia may I again suggest the Gulf Coast of Florida. Beautiful warm waters, wonderful weather, no state income taxes, limited supply of left wing nut jobs. Nothing to worry about except an occasional hurricane, but as a meteorologist that should intrigue you.

Barry Sheridan
May 11, 2011 5:40 am

You have made a substantial contribution Anthony to science. Your site is a place that allows a balanced view to get an airing, I for one am grateful to you and all your contributors and readers who add comments that enriches the experience of visiting here. This being the only site I visit nearly everyday. Thank you.

Steve C
May 11, 2011 6:37 am

Anthony, you may not have set out to run the No.1 climate blog, but by keeping the mind open and the discussion polite you’ve ensured it anyhow. And do make time for that vacation – with a bit of advance notice, I’m sure the “usual suspect” guest posters could keep thinks ticking over for a while, and the rest of us can keep an eye on the “Tips and Notes” until you return. Make it a cycling holiday and you can deal with that 30 lbs at the same time! 🙂
Thank you for restoring my faith that there is science in climate.

May 11, 2011 6:38 am

Many thanks Anthony and the moderators. Running a civil and informative web blog is a significant achievement.

Robin Kool
May 11, 2011 6:56 am

Anthony, I check your blog almost every day.
I deeply appreciate that the discours is civil and always comes back to the facts.
The reference pages are just great.
You have enabled the interested layman – me – to get a real idea of the debate and the facts.
Thanks a lot.

May 11, 2011 7:09 am

I visit your site every day and much appreciate it. If you have time to think about the weight issue there is a good possibility I can help you lose it ‘cos I do some amateur research on diabetes and obesity.
Diabetes (2) is soley caused by trans-fats. Most (90%+) of obesity is caused by trans-fats in the UK/USA. While diabetes (which is caused by the poisoning of something called the modifies electron transport chain in pancreatic beta cells by trans-fatty acids) is mostly incurable (but is curable in some genetic sub-types), obesity caused by trans-fats is always curable. This is for the simple reason than most body cells (except beta cells and CNS cells etc.) die off on average every two years and you grow replacements. When the new cell and mitochondrial wall’s fat component is made up from natural cis-isomer form fatty acids then glucose transport is restored to normal and metabolism is restored to normal also, There is a repair element to the improvement as well. Anyway – and this is all too brief – the idea is that replacing trans fats in your diet by natural fats your metabolism is restored and the weight peels off without effort. I lost eight stones in two years down to a normal BMI without any effort. Most of the weight loss comes in the first year peak rate of loss being between months 3-5 typically. Diabetes 2 will improve slightly or be fully cured in about 20% of cases.
All you do is ban the trans-fats, I don’t know what the labelling system is where you live but in the UK there is no labelling required. The most dangerous trans-fats can only be inferred from the “polyunsatrurates” labelling. As a minimum remove all non cold pressed oils from your diet and take a minimum of 1 tablespoonful of either cold-pressed hemp oil or cold-pressed flax (linseed) oil a day for a year or two thereafter maintain a couple of teaspoonsful a week. Take off the spoon or integrate into food. Roast and fry only with animal fat or olive oil.
Obesity, diabetes, CV disease and Alzheimers are largely manufactured by the medical profession, the pharmaceutical industry and the food industry all of whom are mad-keen on killing people for money. They make the AGW scammers seem like innocent children.

May 11, 2011 7:20 am

Discovering WUWT has: set me on a road to enlightenment (scepticism); brought many friends and acquaintances; increased my knowledge about many things and led to my discovery of others; entertained me; inspired me to greater things. Thank you.
Do plan a vacation. When you come back you will feel invigorated and work and life will seem easier. There are plently here to hold the fort for you and keep WUWT busy and thriving.

Craig F
May 11, 2011 7:23 am

I’ve long wanted to write something like the following and this is the perfect post.
infrequent commenter bit long, long time reader.
Not sure when my interest in climate science started but I started to read more and more articles in the press and magazines that quoted scientific studies that just didn’t sit right with me. I remember thinking that claims about C)2, its behaviour and it’s properties just were not as I recalled from my earliest physics lessons. That eventually led me, as it should everyone interested, to here.
I can’t thank Anthony enough for the job he has done and continues to do despite how difficult it surely is to take a stance that is, well, I hesitate to use the word ‘opposite’, but opts to at least promote open discussion on why claims made in the support of anthropogenic global warming ( and its subsequent re-named and re-hashed progeny) might not always be as they seem and could well have motives other than the laudable ‘saving the planet’
The articles here are always informative, well attributed, always cited and more importantly, fair and balanced.
The wealth of knowledge I have gained since visiting here the first time is priceless. I know more about areas that I’d previously had little interest in and for that I am grateful. So much so that I am considering a PhD in this area (probably paleo-climatology) just so that I can speak with a little authority on so much that I believe is wrong and underhand by many already in the field. (long story and I’ll need more stats-based credit first)
It’s sad that this blog is attacked by many already entrenched in their views who would better serve science by having a debate than a slanging-match.
But the blog is here and it’s evident how grateful we all are for the work that Anthony, the contributors and blog moderators continue to do for what can only be intellectual reward.
One other thing that I must mention is that despite the wealth of knowledge gained from the posted articles and various off-shoot pages here there is also a treasure-trove of education to be had from the commentators. It would be crass to point out any individuals amongst so many fantastic posters but suffice to say that the community is incredibly knowledgeable and on the whole, honest, open and willing to debate based upon fact. It’s a shame that such does not exist in many other places purporting to ‘teach’ us of the causes and ‘dangers’ of climate change.
I just want to thank you all. You make a good part of my day worth looking forward to.

George E. Smith
May 11, 2011 7:47 am

I’m not a numerologist; but I occasionally hear a lunatic lady numerologist on late night radio, and she can explain and predict anything just from a few random numbers.
Would she predict the exact same events, if all the numbers were in binary; or would the whole of history be changed ??
How about heaxadecimal.
Why don’t they cut off everybody’s big toes and thumbs at birth, so that hexadecimal became our normal counting mode automatically. Hey if they can cut off other important body parts at birth; why not big toes and thumbs. Some people are all thumbs anyway, so they could benefit from losing a couple.
Well anyway Anthony, somehow by sheer random HS luck and accident; you have created a monster here, and the greens, don’t quite know how to control it. Don’t believe those who say you can only do this by hard work. You know better than I do , that isn’t so. That’s why you fall asleep in front of the T&V in the evenings; plain boredom is what does it.
In any case Anthony, now you kow that when you need to rattle the tin can for a good purpose; there’s a good supply of equally crazy people out here willing to help.
Just based on the stuff you manage to find, and post here, I can’t wait to see the paper in print. Does Joe Romm have to pay real money for all the guff he writes ?
It remains to be seen whether the Feds, finally wise up, and decide to do something to rectify the pestilence that you and your gang of volunteers have dug up, to shine a light on.

George E. Smith
May 11, 2011 8:17 am

“”””” Geoff Sherrington says:
May 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm
If you could derive the information and tell us a wants list like “More people needed in 20-30 age group with qualifications in earth sciences” or “political activists we see on other blogs” or “media reporters”, to pluck 3 categories from the air, it would help us recruit.
Anthony already attracts readers, and commenters, from the most varied backgrounds. I haven’t been able to leave the flat (apartment) since 2009. Still waiting for a reply to my job application. (Sorry to copy it all, but I haven’t worked out how to link to individual comments.)
from:George Will: The Green Bubble Has Burst
Posted on June 4, 2009 by Anthony Watts
Allan M says:
June 6, 2009 at 3:09 am
This blog is becoming obsessed with pianos. They have been mentioned twice in one week now.
At this point , I would like to offer myself for the post of:
Honorary Emeritus Resident Pianist, Ex Symposium to WUWT
As a great-great-great-grandpupil of Beethoven (true), I feel I am excellently qualified for the post (but please, not the acronym). “””””
Well Geoff, I couldn’t play the piano, if my life depended on it; but I do have a two cylinder Yamaha, which sadly nobody plays. I am, however, an accomplished gramophone player; and do it regularly when I have the house to myself. But despite that complete lack of talent, I did take some organ lessons, from a very accomplished University music Student. She started me out at about F A C E and whatever the hell goes in between, along with some kindergarten instant piano books. Now I am taking my lessons on this giant 4-manual pipe organ in a local Church, and I bought myself a two manual electronic (Allen) church organ. So for about my fifth lesson, I arrived at the Church with the score for the Cesar Franck Fantasy in C- Major, Opus 16, perhaps the easiest of those 12 giant works of the French Organ Literature. She thought I was stark raving mad. So I kept plugging away at it, until one day, sitting at that magnificent 4-manual, I played the entire fantasy through without a single mistake. So her French teacher was a pupil of Cesar Franck, which makes me just three generations disconnected from Franck, and I think it is only about five more generations back to JS Bach.
Well with my bad eyesight, I simply can’t read the music well enough, to keep it up, and some circuit board in my Allen crapped out, so I don’t have the instrument available to keep up the practice. Well my former teacher, can instantly play anything written on paper, on the piano, or organ or cello, totally sight unseen, and never heard before starting to play. That’s real talent. And yes I’m sure she still thinks I’m stark raving mad.
So do keep up your piano skills Geoff, and give a shout when you can play his Opus 106, and Opus 110. I envy you.

May 11, 2011 8:45 am

“My kids know what an MMTS and Stevenson Screen is. They shouldn’t.”
Au contraire, Anthony. You have given them the greatest gift a parent can – you have shared your life, and passions, and knowledge, with them.
WUWT and Climate Audit have triumphed because they combine commitment to integrity with a demand for civil discourse. One or both is generally lacking in most sites (on either side) that roam over this territory.
I dips my lid to your work ethic. It is an astonishing achievement to keep this up, and keep improving, over the years. Wrangling guest authors, volunteers, your own research, plus family and business, makes your average mega-entrepreneur look like a wimp. Sustaining quality control over it all is even more impressive.
Like other posters, I implore you to look after your health and family, and maybe think about how WUWT could be reconstituted so that you don’t have to expend so much personal energy on it. People will complain about any change, but it is clearly nothing like the original enterprise.
Very best wishes to you and yours.

Greg, Spokane WA
May 11, 2011 9:09 am

Thanks for all you do and for the list of the real reasons why this blog is, by far, the best climate blog and probably the best science blog.
Your wife and kids need to contact Willis, tell him he’s taking over the site for a week, and then kidnap you. Leaving anything with internet capability home. 😉
After that you can move to Texas or some other rational state.

May 11, 2011 9:20 am

In a world full of chicken littles you are an oasis of common sense. Congrats Anthony!

May 11, 2011 9:23 am

I see no reason why you cannot grow this good thing even further! I see it as an investment opportunity for many, including myself.
Let us know if that opportunity exists.
As always, thanks for helping us see through the fog out there. 🙂

Johm D
May 11, 2011 9:29 am

Thank you for an Island of sanity in Bedlam.
Bedlams latest:- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13335683
I would like to hear your comments on YOU TUBE “THE MAGIC OF MR ROSSI”

Theo Goodwin
May 11, 2011 9:38 am

Tom in Florida says:
May 11, 2011 at 5:25 am
Though I agree with everything Tom said, check out Sebastian and Sebastian Inlet on the East Coast of Florida. The big difference: waves! The East Coast has them. Surprisingly, most of the Florida coast is not overbuilt. Sebastian Inlet looks virginal. Of course, it is a tad lonely at times.

UK Marcus
May 11, 2011 9:38 am

Thank you Anthony, mods and guests.
A short verse, in appreciation, by that well known wordsmith – anon
Work like you dont need the money,
Love like you’ve never been hurt,
Dance like there’s nobody watching,
Sing like there’s nobody listening, and
Live like it’s Heaven on Earth.

Cold Englishman
May 11, 2011 9:57 am

I was a very early visitor to this site, and have had a WUWT fix daily since. I don’t now know why, but I was investigating Stevenson screens, and came across Anthony’s whitewash versus paint versus nothing scheme and was hooked. The site transformed the study of ‘climate’ for me, some of it is way over my head, but most is so well presented, that even an old surveyor like me can ‘get it’.
I have also been so impressed with Anthony’s good manners and willingness to hear all comments, yes even the trolls, provided only that they are not foul or insulting. You won’t get that with the other side of the argument, because they lost the argument once and for all with Climategate, yet another WUWT ‘tour de force’
Well done Sir, you must be exhausted, but if you come to England, or should I say when you come to England, give us plenty of notice so that we can give you the same support that the cousins ‘down under’ have done for you.

May 11, 2011 10:23 am

May I suggest a schedule for blogging? Say, the first 25 days of each month, then nothing for the remainder? That would give everybody (Anthony, mods, contributors, guests, me, etc.) a common schedule and every month from 3 to 6 days of R&R–we could affectionately call it WUWT25.
Just a silly suggestion, but a common break would put us all on the same schedule and optimize our work and our “off” periods. I’m guessing we’d still get the same amount of content and discussion.

May 11, 2011 10:26 am

Congratulations Mr. Watts

A G Foster
May 11, 2011 11:31 am

There was a time when I thought Nigel Calder, Michael Crichton, and I were the only skeptics alive. It’s been good to chance upon the eagle’s nest. –AGF

May 11, 2011 11:42 am

Who knew that tilting at windmills would become so important?
Servantes must have been a prophet.
And yes, the more visible you are, the more security you need.
Liars and gangsters always operate hand in hand.
Thank you again, Mr. Watts.
If worst comes to worst, you and your family will always find a welcoming home in every village and town of Earth. I am so sorry about California.

nandheeswaran jothi
May 11, 2011 12:02 pm

Thanks for all the hard work. I learnt a lot about the uncertainties in the data and analysis in this field from you and all the others on this site. WUWT has helped shed more light on this critically important issue than any other site or person has done
Anthony Watts Says:
“I’m made thousands of friends, and probably an equal number of enemies. Some days it is a sobering thought. As a result, I have had to be more diligent with my home and business security than I did before. ”
Somehow i don’t believe you made as many enemies as friends. you probably made several friends each enemy you made. That is mostly because you and the other moderators here run a very respectable and fair site

F. Ross
May 11, 2011 12:16 pm

Anthony – thank you so much for all your hard work. Your site is a daily “must read” for me and is truly enlightening.
…and if you find some troublesome gnat giving you a bad time, well just extend your right hand and display a binary four [on your fingers] toward the offender.

May 11, 2011 12:18 pm

You are a person with an extraordinary blessing in your gifts, combined with your hard work. I can witness to everything everyone has said here. I too have been captivated by the fight for integrity that you exemplify and I do what I can in my way. I too have burned the midnight oil, fallen asleep over my computer probably as often as in my bed, whooped with the successes and wept with the failures.
But please do not be seduced by success (even with us). Consider how to pass on your skills. Consider how to make yourself redundant before circumstances force. Keep checking with God, Great Spirit, your intuition, for your path. Consider what is really needed in the changing circumstances – whether you personally are called to answer that need.
Personally I believe we’ve actually won the war although nobody is conceding defeat. But I also believe we need to build for the future. One thing I believe we need for this is a Climate Science wiki, to bypass Wikipedia, which has an inbuilt limitation that was put there for the best of reasons, but works savagely against non-orthodox science – its rule of “No Original Research”.
So much important science has passed through your blog, but to my perception, this needs to be collected together, distilled, refined, and made readily accessible – like your wonderful reference pages. And we need simple primers for newcomers, that like Cook’s SS are linked to the best available references. A wiki looks like the obvious answer. Would you consider making a sideways step, reducing the blog volume in order to start developing/facilitating a wiki? This would give you a path of creative transition that leaves huge benefit for future generations. It would also, I think, leave you much more free regarding how you spend your time – because it would attract its own development team.
I started to set up just such a wiki (using MediaWiki software like WP) but I have to face the fact that Great Spirit and circumstances are calling me elsewhere. I’d still be willing to pass on my tiny humble seed for other climate skeptics to develop – or I’d be delighted if another wiki gets started – because I still passionately believe that the true skeptics’ Climate Science needs such a wiki.

May 11, 2011 12:44 pm

Best wishes for continued success. You work so hard.

May 11, 2011 1:01 pm

“I find myself running the most visited climate related website in the world. ”
Congratulations Anthony. I am certain the a*$%!*%s at realclimate hate your guts for it because you did it without coming down to their level.

May 11, 2011 1:18 pm

I must add my thanks Anthony. Your blog is always my first stop. I’m really grateful for the information I have gleaned and continue to get from here.

May 11, 2011 1:27 pm

1001110001000 posts!
I actually replied in 01 or 10 of them.
Something that I don’t believe has been addressed on
Watts Up With That is a question that’s “bugged” me for years:
“What’s up Doc?” and is there such a thing as “down Doc”?
Perhaps too trivial for this highly esteemed award winning blog, but perplexing nonetheless.

May 11, 2011 2:02 pm

I consider WUWT to be the best run blog on the internet. I read it every day. It has maintained my sanity while I work in a definite CAGW oriented government workplace. I am thankful for an amazed at your dedication Anthony.

Jimmy Haigh
May 11, 2011 2:37 pm

lapogus says:
“If the Blackie isn’t open (it has been intermittent in the last few months) suggest a Thrappledowser in the crags?”
I had to google “Thrappledowser”…
Maybe best to send me an e-mail at: jimmy-haigh at fsmail dot net

Tom in Florida
May 11, 2011 6:01 pm

Theo Goodwin says: (May 11, 2011 at 9:38 am)
“Though I agree with everything Tom said, check out Sebastian and Sebastian Inlet on the East Coast of Florida. The big difference: waves! The East Coast has them. ”
Yes, and Sebastian Inlet is shark haven, not that the Venice Pier area is much different. Why else would you have a beach bar & restaurant called “Sharkey’s”. BTW, that is the only place in over 19 years that I have come close to a shark while swimming.

May 11, 2011 6:32 pm

Thanks for all your effort. “Watts Up With That?” is my daily read.
My simple mind is still amused by the website name play on words.

Rick W
May 11, 2011 6:45 pm

= Thank you Anthony!!!

Reed Coray
May 11, 2011 9:43 pm

The bottom line:
WUWT 1, RealClimate 0
Thank you Anthony

May 12, 2011 5:59 am

Thank you Anthony for what you do here. I only discovered this place about a year ago, and it has been enlightening. There’s nothing better than a good debate, and you provide one of the best forums for the exchange of ideas. The learning process never ends, and I can only imagine how exhaustive it can be to do this day in and day out. Thank you for your diligence, patience and effort.

May 12, 2011 6:26 am

I would be remiss if I did not say thank you to your team of moderators and guest posters as well. Thank you. As a seriously interested layperson, your site is an indispensable daily source of information and ideas.

Dave Worley
May 12, 2011 7:37 pm

I think you should get out of California.
Come on down to the Gulf Coast.
Between hurricanes and the high water you can witness nature’s unbridled fury firsthand.
It’s humbling and awe inspiring at the same time.
That’s why folks are so friendly here….we know that nature makes the rules. We know her benevolence and her fury, both wonderful.

Dave Worley
May 12, 2011 8:14 pm

Most of my liberal acquaintences are now admitting embarrasment of their gullibility during the global warming fad. I think the fad has peaked and is falling fast, and with it much of the heated discourse. Maybe folks in California are a little late in giving it up though.
Perhaps you are somewhat battle weary, and as the fog of war clears you have more time to reflect upon it. IMHO your job is nearly done, just a matter of maintenence now. Time to move on?
…….Or time to challenge the next “progressive” fad, as yet unseen, because I doubt that they will ever quit trying something.
……Or maybe get behind some positive initiative…like putting a telescope on the moon. I know………I’m a broken record.
Best of luck to you, wherever your path may lead.

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