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UPDATE: I’m happy to report that Steve writes in with an update on the tragic accident that sent him to New Zealand. It is good news. – Anthony

UPDATE2: Steve asked me to intervene, saying he had issues with the renewal of the domain. I intervened with the domain registrar last night, paid the outstanding bill, and all is working again today (Sunday).  – Anthony

My inbox has exploded in the short time I went out for coffee this morning. Steve McIntyre’s Climate Audit is now going to a park page for Aplus.net

1. No, it hasn’t been hacked.

2. Steve simply forgot (or didn’t get a reminder email) to renew his annual domain name fee. I set it up for him back in 2009 after Climategate but he gets the email notices and is billed to pay for the fee. He must have missed them, or is traveling again and out of touch, or his credit card date expired.

3. Stuff happens. Patience.

4. For the moment, I have set it to use climateaudit.wordpress.com  rather than climateaudit.org. Simply click on the link above and you’ll see all is well. You may need to refresh / clear your DNS cache or reboot to see it.


5. Dr. Ross McKitrick tells me via email:

He’s in NZ dealing with an emergency. His daughter was seriously injured in a swimming accident and underwent lifesaving surgery. She’s recovering but they’ll be there for a while yet.

I’ll attempt to renew the domain name myself with the hosting company.

6. The domain appears to have been renewed, it appears Steve is on it already:

Domain ID:D105658560-LROR


Created On:31-Jan-2005 13:07:55 UTC

Last Updated On:02-Feb-2013 08:41:20 UTC

Expiration Date:31-Jan-2014 13:07:55 UTC

It will take about 8 hours for the DNS to update. I’ll set it back to the primary domain then in the wordpress.com dashboard.

I wish Steve and his family Godspeed, as I’m sure the entire Skeptical community does. I’ll have updates when/if I know anything further.


UPDATE2: Steve writes in to me (along with Lucia and Andrew Montford) with this update:

Thanks for the kind wishes. Here is an update on Emily’s excellent progress from a couple of days ago that we sent to family and family friends, in which I should have included you. It has been harrowing.  She broke and dislocated her neck (C5 vertebra) in a swimming accident plus concussion. Many people do not walk away from the hospital after such an injury; the risk was permanent paralysis.  She is an adventurous girl.  She spent last winter snowboarding in northern Kashmir near Taliban country, sometimes hearing gunshots.  The injury occurred in a relatively innocuous situation, horsing around on a beach.  We left Canada about two weeks ago fearing the worst. I’ll be returning this week. Emily’s recall appointment is in 2 weeks. She had a New Zealand health card and her direct costs have been covered.  

Cheers, Steve

It is unclear to me if Steve wanted me to include the much longer update or not, so in deference to privacy, I’m not including it. Suffice it to say that his daughter stands to make a full recovery and will be discharged from the hospital tomorrow. – Anthony


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Oh No! Hope his daughter make it through OK. This is just a reminder of what’s really important… Family.

Best wishes to Steve and his family during this crisis. I’m sure we’re all pulling for his daughter.

Lance Hilpert

The IP address takes one to the domain host, aplus.net, who is currently taking bids on the domain name due expiration. I suspect this will not escape the notice of the radical warmists, who will undoubtedly bid on the site name. Hope somebody can pay the fees before that happens.
L in AZ
REPLY: No worries, not only do they have a 30 day grace period, but the fee has already been paid. Just waiting for the DNS update. – Anthony

cui bono

Best wishes to Steve, his daughter, and the family.

Jim Hodgen

You’re a good friend Anthony. Godspeed to his daughter and best wishes for him and his family. Please keep us posted on how things are going for them.

Bill H

Saying a prayer for the family and his daughter.!


Thoughts and prayers to the McIntyre family…

I trust you have sent greetings and good wishes to Steve, his daughter and family from all of us who are denizens of WUWT.


Best wishes for Steve’s daughter from Germany. I wish her a full recovery.


The agony during the long trip over the pond to NZ must have been inexorable for Mr. McIntyre and his wife. God speed to his daughter’s recovery.


Thank you, Anthony. You are a trooper.
My thoughts are with Steve and his family. Nothing is more important than family.
That said, it’s a relief to know he hasn’t closed down his website and retired, which was something I suspected given his posts in the recent past.

Mike Fowle

Would like to join in the good wishes.

Bravo for you, Anthony, and I hope Steve, Ross, and Ross’ daughter are doing well.


Godspeed Steve and best wishes for your daughter recovery. I am always grateful to you and your endless search for the truth. The tenacity you shown, is in the family genes and will help in the coming healing, I can safely say we readers at WUWT are behind you in thoughts and prayers..

Tom J

Best wishes to all.


Zulu Bravo to you,Anthony.If only we had a few more like you around. Best wishes to Mr.McIntyre and his family,especially his daughter. I hate to ask,but shark or riptide?


Good grief!! More caffiene. That should be Bravo Zulu.

Disko Troop

My best wishes to Mr McIntyre, his daughter, and family. Speedy recovery.
Ivor Ward

Solar Minimum Cured Global Warming!
Thank you Solar Cycle 24.
Climate Change has been happening for billions of years, is natural, and Can’t be Cured.

Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings and commented:
My thoughts are with Mr. McIntyre and his family.

Best wishes to the McIntyre family, without whom all our lives would be more difficult.

Andrew Harding

My best wishes for Emily’s continuing recovery and for Steve and family’s nerves to be a bit more soothed. You never stop worrying about your children, even when they are 25, 23 and 17 (as mine are) and are no longer children!


Best of wishes for a speedy recovery for Steve’s daughter.


A true Good Samaritan, for Steve and the McIntyre family. Best wishes, and I hope Emily has a full and speedy recovery.


Best wishes from all of us here Australia


Hope all goes well for her and wishing a speedy recovery.

D. J. Hawkins

Best wishes to Steve and his family, and a prayer for Emily’s complete and speedy recovery.

Nice job, Anthony.
Best wishes to Steve, his daughter, and their entire family.


Thank you Anthony!


People, time to hit the tip jar at Climate Audit. My donation just made…
Steve, I really hope your daughter makes a full recovery. Best wishes to you, and your family, from a humble admirer of your work.


All the best to Steve, Emily and the rest of the family.


Best wishes to Steve and family, and a full recovery to Emily.

Carsten Arnholm

Best wishes from Norway, for a speedy recovery! I’m glad the news are optimistic. Take good care of your family, Steve.


Best wishes for the future to Emily and all Steve’s family.

Bernie Hutchins

Yes, of course the tip jar at Climate Audit, AND the one at WUWT.
Presumptuous on my part; but I think of Steve and Anthony, and so many others here, as family.

Bob Scott

I can only add my best wishes and hope that the flood of similar posts will show that the efforts of Steve and Ross are appreciated. I now check in to their sites on a daily basis. The numbers will swell as the months go by.


Anthony: thanks for the news and for helping to bridge the gap with Steve. I am shocked and saddened to learn of his daughter’s injury but it sounds as if she may make a full recovery. What very good luck; and my prayers go to them all.


Best wishes and recovery!

Arfur Bryant

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Latimer Alder

We already knew that Steve is a tough cookie. Good to know that his daughter is too!
May their gods go with them all.


My best wishes, too, and well done Anthony. It just goes to show how close we all are, every day, to a major personal crisis. A few inches, in either direction, might have resulted in a far worse result. As one of the others said, incidents such as this put things into perspective.

Steve, concentrate on your kid for as long as she needs. It’ll all be here when you get back and there’s more than enough pinch hitters around.
Our thoughts and best hopes are with you and her.

Good work ,Anthony, for stepping in to assist Steve’s site. Good news too that there has been a good outcome to what could have been a catastrophic accident. New Zealand medical services have come through and delivered again for Steve and his family. Good news all round.

Wonderful news. These types of accidents can be harrowing!
Best wishes to your daughter Steve. Here’s to a full recovery!


I sort of had hunch that the subscription fee renewal deadline had been missed , and could not help worrying and speculate if somthing serious might have happened to mr. Macintyre like car accident , stroke or somthing. Well I hate to say it seems I was not to far off, but I am awfully glad that he did not loose his daugther, and things turned out not to be as bad as they could have been . I wish him and his family all the best and I with all my heart hope his daughter makes a speedy and complete recovery.

Andrew W

There’s no such thing as a “New Zealand health card” in this context, the NZ tax payer (through ACC) picks up the medical bills for all accidents.

Kip Hansen

God bless. Your daughter is in our prayers.
While living here in the Caribbean, my wife and I once got a call from a son that his brother had just been airlifted to the Albany NY Trauma center after a motorcycle accident — not know if he would live or die — harrowing is the right word.

Beth Cooper

Adding to all the goodwill out there for a speedy recovery for your daughter, to Steve and family.

My thoughts are on Steve and his family.
Take care.


Best wishes for a full and rapid recovery. Let us know if, and how, we can help.