How They airbrushed out the Inconvenient Pause

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

In November 2015, just before the faithful gathered around their capering, gibbering witch-doctors and shamans in Paris for the New Superstition’s annual festival of thanks and praise, hugs and back-slapping, the Inconvenient Pause lengthened to 18 years 9 months. One-third of Man’s entire influence on climate since the Industrial Revolution had occurred since February 1997, yet on the then RSS dataset the 225 months since that month had shown no global warming at all (Fig. 1).


Figure 1. The least-squares linear-regression trend on the RSS version 3.3 satellite monthly global mean surface temperature anomaly dataset showed no global warming for 18 years 9 months since February 1997, though one-third of all anthropogenic forcings had occurred during the period of the Pause.

The accidental delegate from Burma had provoked shrieks of impotent fury from the congregation during the final benediction in Qatar in 2012, when he had said the Inconvenient Pause had endured for 16 years. Almost three years later, the Pause was almost three years longer. Senator Ted Cruz, chairing a Senate committee on global warming, waved Fig. 1 at the “Democrats” in the Chamber, to their discomfiture.

Then came the naturally-occurring el Niño of 2015/2016, ending the Pause. But there stood the Pause, still on the record-books, a standing indictment of the profiteers of doom and their inept climate models’ half-baked but overcooked predictions of rampant warming followed by a lurid catalogue of plagues of which the Psalmist at his most excitable would have been proud – except that they did not occur.

At the time I made a prediction of my own. I said that Dr Karl sMears of RSS, whose dataset had shown the Inconvenient Pause but who publicly derides those of us who ask questions about the Party Line as “denialists”, would soon allow the Party to prevail upon him to announce that the Inconvenient Pause was a mistake and that he would thereafter airbrush it away by some a of statistical prestidigitation.

Sure enough, the very next month he announced that the RSS dataset was going to be revised. Version 3 was no longer Politically Correct. All hail Version 4, which has recently become available. To see the extent of the tampering – er, make that “revision to allow for the previously-unheard-of phenomenon of orbital decay in the satellites”, Comrade – I plotted the 18 years and 9 months of temperature data from February 1997 to October 2015 using the new RSS data. Fig. 2 is the result.


Figure 2. Same period as Fig. 1, but this time using RSS v. 4.0 rather than v. 3.3.

Hey presto! No more Inconvenient Pause! All gone! Vanished into thick air! Just like that! Amazing! Zowee! Look! A quarter of a degree of global warming where there was none before! It’s worse than we thought!

Except that it isn’t. In 1990 the IPCC had predicted global warming from 1990 to 2025 at a rate equivalent to 2.8 K/century. But the RSS warming rate over the 18 years 9 months of the Airbrushed-Out Pause, according to the new and exciting data approved by the Politburo, is equivalent to less than half of IPCC’s originally predicted central rate.

We Want More Orbital Decay, And We Want It NOW! A rate of warming equivalent to little more than 1 degree per century is not enough. The Party has published many books saying there will be 6 degrees of warming, and some papers predicting up to 13 degrees. The RSS dataset still does not conform to the Party Line.

Now, one might think that RSS, an outfit whose sole task is to gather data from satellites, would know something about – er – as it were – satellites. These days, it’s not particularly difficult to adjust for orbital decay in real time using the GPS satellites, which by their nature must constantly correct themselves for it.

But the RSS team would now like us to believe they made no adjustments for orbital decay until recently, so that the Pause was really – really and truly – cross my heart and hope to die – trust me, I’m a climate scientist with a Party badge an’ all – an artefact of the slow decline in the altitude of satellites in orbit. As we say down the pub, “Pull the other one, squire – it’s got bells on.”

One might also think that the journal that published the sMears paper radically revising one of the two satellite global-temperature datasets would have taken the trouble to get the controllers of the other satellite dataset – John Christy and Roy Spencer of UAH – to peer-review it.

Roy Spencer had predicted the apparat would not do that. He was right. The apparat didn’t. John and Roy have dared to question the Party Line – politely, scientifically, and continuously. Therefore, they are Unpersons who do not – or, even if they do, should not – exist. Only one viewpoint is permissible – the Party Line. So they must not be consulted but insulted (and even shot at).

The orbital-decay ploy is not even new. Some years ago, while a leading climate scientist was putting the finishing touches to a paper showing a low climate sensitivity, he sent me a copy of the draft and I noticed that, since he had begun work on it, a new series of the satellite data on which he had hoped to rely had been published, making large ex-post-facto adjustments for “orbital decay” – which, however, proved insufficient to undermine the draft.

Frankly, it’s time for this unprincipled Humptidumptification of climate science to stop. The data are rewritten again and again until they mean whatever the Politburo want them to mean. Numerous climate datasets, now including the RSS dataset, have been tortured and contorted so often to force them into ever-less-plausible conformity with the Party Line that neither they nor the Party Line any longer possess any objective credibility whatsoever.

Let us end by looking at what really happened to global temperature during the Inconvenient Pause. Fig. 3 shows the UAH curve for the same period as Figs 1, 2.


Figure 3. The UAH record over the 18 years 9 months of the Inconvenient Pause

Looks pretty close to a Pause to me. Down the memory-hole with it, Comrades!

It is also worth looking at the entire run of satellite data for the 38 years 1979-2016. Fig. 4 shows RSS, using the latest version of the dataset; fig. 5 shows UAH.


Figure 4. The recently-revised RSS dataset from 1979-2016


Figure 5. The UAH dataset from 1979-2016

RSS now shows a warming almost 50% greater than the UAH warming.

Where stands the truth? You pays your money and you makes your choice: but, after the numerous alterations to the tamperature datasets, three points are clear.

First, on most of the global-temperature datasets, much of the warming of recent decades was not evident in the raw data and has been created by ex-post-facto manipulation of the data – whether for good reasons or bad. That raises the legitimate question whether our observational capacity is sufficiently reliable and sufficiently well resolved to provide useful illumination of the question whether our very small perturbation of a very large atmosphere will have a very small or a very large influence on future global temperature.

Secondly, no Inconvenient Pause will ever again be allowed to show in most datasets, even if there is one. Some parameter or another will be Karlamelized after the event, and numbly acquiescent pal-reviewers will check it not for scientific merit but simply for conformity to the Party Line, whereupon they will wave the paper through.

Thirdly, the rate of global warming, even after the ever-upward temperature tampering of almost all datasets (only UAH has gone the other way), is a lot less than predicted. RSS, having previously showed just 0.36 K global warming since 1990, now shows 0.52 K, near-coincident with IPCC’s least prediction made in 1990, but still well below its central prediction and a very long below its high-end prediction. In reality, even after the tampering, it’s a whole lot less bad than we thought.

Table 4 Observed and predicted global warming (K), 1990-2016

Source Observations over 27 years 1990-2016 AR1 predictions
Dataset RSS NCEI Mean HadC UAH Min. Mid Max.
Linear trend, 1990-2016 0.52 clip_image012 clip_image014 clip_image016 clip_image018 0.53 clip_image020 1.13
Centennial equivalent trend 1.91 clip_image022 clip_image024 clip_image026 clip_image028 1.94 clip_image030 4.17

As Fig. 6 shows, even after all the tampering, the mean warming rate among two terrestrial and two satellite datasets continues to be somewhat below IPCC’s least medium-term prediction made in 1990. Yet IPCC, though in its Fifth Assessment Report it has near-halved those medium-term predictions, has unaccountably left its longer-term predictions unaltered: for otherwise it would be apparent to all that the real-world temperature data are turning the climate scare into a non-event.


Figure 6. Mean of the NCEI, HadCRUT4, RSS and UAH datasets, 1990-2016,

vs. IPCC medium-term warming predictions in 1990.

Regular readers will notice that I have been largely absent from these pages in recent months. This is partly owing to illness, and partly because I have had my head down working on a paper that identifies the chief reason why the rate of warming shown by the untampered data is so much less than what IPCC had predicted with “substantial confidence” in 1990.

The draft paper is now out for review. If the reviewers find sound reasons for rejecting it, I shall not trouble you with it further. But my team has gone to uncommon lengths to verify our conclusions, including consulting the world’s foremost expert on the application of the relevant physical formulism to the climate and getting our understanding of the theory confirmed empirically by experiments conducted at a government laboratory.

If our paper is published, and if the wider scientific community finds little of substance to cavil at, it will mark the end of the global-warming scare.

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July 7, 2017 8:15 am

At the time I made a prediction of my own. I said that Dr Karl sMears of RSS, whose dataset had shown the Inconvenient Pause ….

Well if you anticipated that data would be fiddled why did you not use UAH which was maintained by serious, reliable scientists?
Well because you preferred RRS because it showed a marginally longer pause. You now get the karma of picking RSS , not for it’s metit or rigour but because you liked the result better.
Typical disingenuous political choice.

Reply to  Greg
July 7, 2017 8:31 am

So the statement made in 2015 precludes the previous several years’ use of RSS? Typical Progressive Projection Syndrome. Oh, and disingenuous chronology.

Reply to  stevekeohane
July 7, 2017 8:58 am

The reason for prior use was presumably the same as it continued use in 2015.

Reply to  stevekeohane
July 7, 2017 9:08 am

BTW what makes you think I am “progressive” ? Is that your stock response to everything which does not follow your own “party line” ?

Reply to  stevekeohane
July 7, 2017 2:45 pm

Roy Spencer:

This is why the skeptical community liked to follow the RSS dataset more than ours, since UAH showed at least some warming post-1997, while RSS showed essentially no warming (the “pause”).

Reply to  Greg
July 7, 2017 8:37 am

Actually Greg, Chris chose RSS because it was “acceptable” to the establishment. UAH is not nor will be until those 2 denihilists retire and are replaced by “proper” scientists.

Reply to  DeNihilist
July 7, 2017 9:06 am

I always found it reassuring that the warmist’s extraction was cooler than the skeptics’ extraction. That was somehow reassuring that both were being fairly honest scientifically, though using different techniques to get their results. That was one of the few good points in the whole dataset landscape.
Ironically is was Monkton’s focus on RSS that resulted in Mears being bombarded by calls demanding to know if it was true that his data showed this and pressure to “correct” it. He caved in.
Had he use UAH, there would have been less pressure and it would have been resolutely ignored.
Anyone who did not like the result could then be referred to the warmist’s data which showed an even longer pause : do you prefer that??

Reply to  DeNihilist
July 7, 2017 9:20 am

Sadly it will now be difficult for him to switch to using UAH without it being derided as a convenience move to the new least warming dataset. IMHO, he should have going with UAH initially even though it was marginally warmer.

Reply to  DeNihilist
July 7, 2017 9:22 am

Who is “Chris ” , a mate of yours?

Reply to  DeNihilist
July 7, 2017 3:29 pm

“until those 2 denihilists retire and are replaced by “proper” scientists.” That means someone who agrees with your world view, I take it. It surely has nothing whatsoever to do with science.

Reply to  DeNihilist
July 7, 2017 5:54 pm

“Greg July 7, 2017 at 9:06 am

Ironically is was Monkton’s focus on RSS that resulted in Mears being bombarded by calls demanding to know if it was true that his data showed this and pressure to “correct” it. He caved in.

Talk about fixation.
Can you back your claims up with proof? Say emails listing Lord Monckton as the cause?
Or do you obsess about Monckton endlessly too?

Reply to  DeNihilist
July 7, 2017 8:03 pm

” it will now be difficult for him to switch to using UAH without it being derided as a convenience move”
Not really. All he has to do is to point out the corruption of the data by Mears. Decision fully justified.

Reply to  DeNihilist
July 8, 2017 12:38 am

8/9 of the first posts on this thread by one person.
Shades of Oliver Manuel and the iron sun – remember him?

Reply to  DeNihilist
July 8, 2017 7:35 am

The obvious reason Christopher Monckton didn’t use UAH for his pause grahs is that when he started UAH was showing more warming than RSS.
His claim in March 2014 would have had to be that there was no warming for 5 years 7 months. Rather less dramatic than no warming for 17 years 6 months.

M Seward
Reply to  Greg
July 7, 2017 8:38 am

I imagine Monckton had an idea about Mears character from statements he had made about AGW and that it was only a matter of time.

Reply to  Greg
July 7, 2017 9:06 am

It is possible he used that data set because it was run by known warmist Frank Mears?
He did say that originally they were nearly the same before the bogus adjustments were made,chose RSS as the point for his position.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Greg
July 7, 2017 10:05 am

Greg, the hallmark of CM’s analyses has been and is the brilliant strategy of using the climateers’ own data, fudged as it is, to show they are still hugely over hyping a non problem. This clever gentleman is the one who publicized worldwide, using the absent member from Burma’s microphone at the Doha meeting of the IPCC to tell 25000 delegates in 2012 that a pause of over 16yrs was in progress. It was already beginning to niggle the faithful but they chose to ignore it until then.
The dreaded PAUSE became palpable and its implications led to a new mental illness that became known as the Climate Blues. This was serious enough that a number of prominent plus lesser warm proponent scientists actually dropped out of their careers, never to be heard from again! One a a debunked butterfly expert and a colleague a frog/Toad expert who reported the extinction of the Golden Toad from climate warning. Both the butterfly and the Toad are respectively flitting and hopping I, but, alas their experts are no where to be found.
Greg, a great psychological experiment is being performed by nature. The interesting clinical trial being performed is to see who are the most disillusioned hangers on at the end of this CAGW construct. Greg, this is a heads up for you!

Reply to  Gary Pearse
July 7, 2017 10:35 am

“Greg, this is a heads up for you!”
Like ohters it seems that for you it is sufficient to criticise CoB to become automatically a warmist, “progressive” or something else on your black/white world of climate science.
I’m highly sceptical that AGW is anywhere near being problem and am unconvinced that it is even detectable or distinguishable from natural variability in any reliable way. That does not make me an automatic fan of CoB. I did like the Burmah rep trick, I have to admit. Very quick thinking.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
July 12, 2017 9:52 am

Please; To all the commenters remember if the graphs were rounded to 1 degree they would be a straight line.
That where all this talk goes out the window for the average person.

Reply to  Greg
July 7, 2017 11:24 am

Of course it adds credibility to use an alarmist’s data set that shows a Pause. Unfortunately, Mears couldn’t handle the trolling. Hard to get invited to alarmist dinner parties when Monckton is using your dataset.

Reply to  rgbact
July 7, 2017 3:30 pm

Interesting. Is that another possible reason for hiding data? You’ll become an outcast if some nasty skeptic is using the dataset? I can believe it.

Reply to  Greg
July 7, 2017 3:21 pm

So you now let Monkton write an article. This man is a liar. He claimed for a number of years he was a Lord, complete and utter lie, where are his ethics? He lied about that what else is he lying about?

Reply to  steve
July 7, 2017 4:31 pm

The Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley is a Lord; i.e. he is a peer of the British Realm.
It is NOT a lie for him to mention his status even when anonymous trolls lie about it as you have.

Luis Anastasia
Reply to  steve
July 7, 2017 4:34 pm

richardscourtney, here in America we laugh at all “titles” of nobility. Furthermore we also laugh at “Lords” that claim to have cured AIDS:

Reply to  steve
July 7, 2017 5:58 pm

steve just announced to the world, that “steve” is without honor, tells lies at every chance and has dreams about his Lordship Monckton.
Where are your ethics steve? Have you ever demonstrated ethics?

Reply to  steve
July 7, 2017 10:25 pm

Luis Anastasia:
Steve lied and smeared: it is a fact that Christopher Monckton is a Noble Lord.
And here in the UK we regard with contempt those who “laugh” at cultures other than their own.

Reply to  steve
July 8, 2017 7:39 am

steve, Lord Monckton is definitly a Lord. What he isn’t is a member of the House of Lords which he has claimed to be in the past.

Reply to  steve
July 8, 2017 11:59 am

Lord Monckton does not have a Seat and does not have a right to vote in the House of Lords. But Lord Monckton most certainly IS a Member of the House of Lords which is he is entitled to stand in the elections of the Heriditry Peers which are held to decide which of their Members can fill vacancies for the limited number of them with Seats and voting rights in the House.
It would require HRH to repeal the Letters Patent of Lord Monckton for his Membership of the House Of Lords To be revoked.
I am not alone in my disdain for anonymous trolls who try to deflect attention from information they cannot refute by using lies in attempt to smear the provider of the information.

Reply to  steve
July 8, 2017 12:21 pm

“But Lord Monckton most certainly IS a Member of the House of Lords which is he is entitled to stand in the elections of the Heriditry Peers which are held to decide which of their Members can fill vacancies for the limited number of them with Seats and voting rights in the House. ”
Sorry. I wasn’t trying to troll. I thought it was common knowledge that he was not a member of the House of Lords. This letter seems to suggest that parliament thinks he isn’t
“I must repeat my predecessor’s statement that you are not and have never been a Member of the House of Lords. Your assertion that you are a Member, but without the right to sit or vote, is a contradiction in terms. No-one denies that you are, by virtue of your letters Patent, a Peer. That is an entirely separate issue to membership of the House.”
If you have evidence that this position has changed I’ll withdraw my claim.

Reply to  steve
July 8, 2017 2:01 pm

“And here in the UK we regard with contempt those who “laugh” at cultures other than their own.”
Good reply, Richard.

Luis Anastasia
Reply to  steve
July 8, 2017 7:44 pm

Richardscourtney, here in America, we trashed your nobility over 200 years ago. Your class structure still is hilarious.

Reply to  steve
July 9, 2017 12:52 am

The opinion of some flunky does not and cannot alter the fact that HRH has NOT revoked the Letters Patent of Lord Monckton which decree he IS a Member of the House of Lords and, therefore, he is entitled to vote for and to stand for Seats in the House of Lords.

Reply to  steve
July 9, 2017 7:51 am

It’s not some flunky who makes the law, it’s the House Of Lords Act of 1999:
“No-one shall be a member of the House of Lords by virtue of a hereditary peerage.”
Has Lord Monckton ever claimed he has the right to vote in the HoL? I thought his claim was that he had some sort of right to claim to be a non-voting member of the HoL.
“Therefore, Lord Monckton remains a Member not only of the Peerage but also of the House of Lords, save only that he cannot for now sit or vote there, and he was and is fully entitled to say so. ”
(This “Lord” argument is old and off topic) MOD

Bill Parsons
Reply to  steve
July 10, 2017 8:47 pm

“And here in the UK we regard with contempt those who “laugh” at cultures other than their own.”
I agree; I do openly sneer at cricket, however.

Reply to  steve
July 12, 2017 9:17 am

MIchael Mann- nobel prize?

Reply to  Greg
July 7, 2017 8:04 pm

That’s sMears.

Robert B
Reply to  Greg
July 7, 2017 8:04 pm

“Well because you preferred RRS because it showed a marginally longer pause. ”
Or he wanted to point out that one estimate of average global temperature anomalies (which is never measured but reconstructed from data with choices made as to the best way to do it) by a group that were not “deniers”, showed a very long pause.
The facts are that the results of their calculations were what was published. They are not necessarily what you would obtain yourself it you were to do a proper job.

Dan Sage
Reply to  Greg
July 7, 2017 8:32 pm

(Greg July 7, 2017 at 8:15 am)
Maybe Lord Monckton uses it like I use RSS, because they are a site with known CAGW leaning tendencies, but until just recently they reported relatively unmolested data. Therefore, it might be of more use to convince go along with the 97% consensus people. If you doubt me read their Climate page to see them squirm and refer to Ben Santer’s many publications, but still have to report data which disagrees with what they believed. At least they had a little bit of “integrity”, until now.

Dan Sage
Reply to  Dan Sage
July 7, 2017 10:16 pm

They no longer squirm, they just changed their climate page completely to agree with CAGW, or least get their plots in the ballpark. Maybe, there is no hope for science or civilization. The Progessives will just make you swear black is white, or they will kill you.

Gustaf Warren
Reply to  Greg
July 9, 2017 1:20 am

Greg if you ever made the naive decision to believe there’s unFAKED data filling EVERY dataset – you need to read the file calLed ”HarryReadMe.txt”
that makes it perfectly plain: ALL these datasets that the CRU or NASA or NOAA ever get their hands on,
are ”product.”
Not data.
There IS no global data.
HarryReadMe.txt astonishedly revealed: it’s ALL been trashed and more than HALF made up at ALL times.
Peace on yas.

July 7, 2017 8:22 am

I would very much like to see the data that shows the effect of orbital decay, I am completely skeptical as to its effects on magnitude in measurements. Orbital decay is real, however unless your satellite was initially placed in a poor orbit it is not that much of an issue unless you are concerned about your satellite’s discontinued function in about 50-100 years.

Reply to  rocketscientist
July 7, 2017 8:58 am

Also, orbital decay obviously means the altitude gets lower, which I would think would induce an artificial WARMING in the measurements. So, I’d expect the adjustment for orbital decay to be in the opposite direction from what they did.
Obviously I’m missing something. Anyone want to explain this?

Karl Kruse
Reply to  Mike Slay
July 7, 2017 12:11 pm

Hi Mike, Check out Roy Spencer’s website. He emphasizes that the satellite will measure the temperature of a given location at a different time of day as the orbit decays. That seems to be what the adjustments are intended to correct for. I am not pretending to understand all of this however.
Hope you are doing well, Karl

Mike McMillan
Reply to  rocketscientist
July 7, 2017 9:09 am

Just off the top of my head, it seems that unadjusted orbital decay would produce a slightly warmer reading, and that adjusting for it would cool the data, the opposite of what RSS has done.
As the satellite drifts lower, it moves closer to the source of the microwave radiation it measures, and gets a stronger, warmer reading. Intensity decreases by the square of the distance, but I think the distance here runs from the center of the earth since the radiation is moving radially outward from a layer of atmosphere, not a point source. The change in satellite altitude from decay would be measured in hundreds of feet, so the adjustment should be small.
Just a guess.

Reply to  rocketscientist
July 7, 2017 10:39 am

All this will be clearly explained in Christy’s papers since UAH also take account of orbital decay. This was one of the earlier correction after the technique was developed by Christy/Spencer.
I can’t comment on the mechanism but you can be sure that they did not get it back to front.

Reply to  rocketscientist
July 7, 2017 11:17 am

I think this paper is one that explains how they attempt to correct for orbital decay:
It is reference [6] in the Wikipedia article about the UAH satellite temperature dataset. I’m not going to try to explain this in any detail since I’m not sure I fully understand it. What I did manage to grok is that they cannot directly measure lower-tropospheric temperature using sensors on-board the satellite. One might be justified in calling the result an estimate rather than a measurement.
A fair bit of mathematical torturing of the raw data is required to arrive at the lower troposphere temperature estimate. Part of this involves subtracting one temperature that warms as the satellite altitude decreases. It is this subtraction of a warmer temperature that causes the lower troposphere temperature estimate to cool as the oribt decays.
I don’t have an opinion one way or the other as to whether these adjustments are valid — I’m just attempting to explain why their fix for orbital decay causes a warmer estimate for lower troposhperic temperatures.

Ray in SC
Reply to  wxobserver
July 8, 2017 2:14 pm

That paper may describe previous adjustments. RSS released the FAQ below describing the changes to RSS V4.0.
Paper Abstract ( link found in FAQ – Paper is paywalled.)
A previous paper from 2016 describing the methods used (link found in FAQ – not paywalled)
Satellite Crossing Times
From the FAQ:
“The biggest effect of the adjusted diurnal cycles is to reduce the amount of adjustment made to NOAA-15 as its equatorial crossing time drifted from about 7:30 in 1998 to about 4:00 in 2010….Of course, changing the diurnal correction also changes the results for all the other satellites, but the largest effect was for the time period when NOAA-15 was drifting rapidly (1999-2007), both because of the time of day that is was operating, and because of the lack of other co-observing AMSU satellites (prior to the launch of AQUA).”
Why would you make adjustments to all of the satellites based on the one with the most rapidly changing diurnal times?
“We also found anomalous behavior for NOAA-18 at the beginning of its mission.  The periods excluded in V4.0 are: ….NOAA-18:   Excluded before Jan 2009
So, data from NOAH-18 was bad for the first four years of operation until, suddenly in 2009, it was good.
– THE FAQ contains charts showing raw data, two levels of intermediate adjusted data, and final, “optimized” data. I don’t know how to insert the graph here but it is definitely worth a look on the FAQ. The charts show how the data was tortured into submission “optimized”.
From the 2016 Paper:
“The derivation of long-term trends in tropospheric temperature from satellite observations requires that the diurnally varying component for the observation be removed….Ideally, we would like to use a highly accurate, independent source of atmospheric and surface temperature specify the diurnal cycle. Unfortunately, no such data are available.”
Huh? I thought the surface temperature record was ‘settled science’.

Reply to  rocketscientist
July 7, 2017 12:18 pm

Any adjustments (satellite) that may be necessary should match the balloon data set for final calibration.

Reply to  eyesonu
July 8, 2017 2:10 pm

RSS now rejects radio sond data sets as the only independent long term non-satellite Lower Troposphere data.

Reply to  rocketscientist
July 7, 2017 12:39 pm

I know I would like to see the data and the algorithm they used to ‘correct’ the RSS data. I’m still waiting for the same from NOAA in regards to their last ‘adjustment’ of temperature data showing the past was a lot colder than had been reported and therefore making the present appear to be much warmer, increasing the slope of the temperature change.

Reply to  rocketscientist
July 7, 2017 1:25 pm

Orbital decay affects the orbital period. You had better know that extremely well or you will not be able to talk to your bird since your along-track position estimate error will grow with time. If the data collected was not tagged with the current ephemeris, the entire group needs to be fired. At 7 km/sec, could you even place the data without an extremely accurate set of positions and quaternions? Utter BS or massive negligence.

jim heath
July 7, 2017 8:25 am

Could rant on but let’s face it, it’s all crap.

July 7, 2017 8:26 am

Figure 2 appears to extend beyond the El Niño event of 2015-16, while Figure 1 ends just at the start of that event. What would the warming rate be in Figure 2 if it ended at the same place as Figure 1?

Reply to  Willard
July 7, 2017 10:58 am

I noticed the caption says they are for the same period, but fig 1 and fig 2 do not cover the same period one ends 2015 and one ends 2016, this needs to be corrected as they are a central tenant to the article.

Reply to  ironargonaut
July 7, 2017 8:10 pm

Tenet, not tenant.

I Came I Saw I Left
July 7, 2017 8:31 am

Climatus scientists and their toadies are peeved by the Inconvenient Pause (aka climatus interruptus) because while CO2 levels have become elevated and remain firm, the earth isn’t being screwed.
IMO these people are seriously disturbed. Here’s a case in point. This guy is so strung out on climate p.orn (orgas.mic delight caused by weather disasters/extreme weather events) that he is actually sad that a tropical depression is not going to become a tropical storm. You can’t make this stuff up.
“Update: Tropical Depression Four is now even less likely to become Tropical Storm Don. Sad!”

Reply to  I Came I Saw I Left
July 7, 2017 10:34 am

He should probably go see a counselor for that affliction!
Oh, wait a minute!

Reply to  ossqss
July 7, 2017 10:41 am

Thanks, I did not realise that it was tropical depression he had after listening to Trump. Makes sense. 😉

Reply to  ossqss
July 7, 2017 3:29 pm

I thought Margaritas cured tropical depression

Luis Anastasia
Reply to  ossqss
July 7, 2017 3:41 pm

Not only can margaritas cure tropical depression, they are highly effective against mid and high latitude depressions.

Reply to  ossqss
July 7, 2017 4:54 pm

Margaritas don’t cure depression. They might temporarily suppress it, but it can return with a vengeance, along with a severe headache the next morning.
A real Margarita is highly alcoholic, plus partakes of whatever active psychedelic ingredient comes from blue agave. It’s made from three parts 100% pure blue agave silver tequila (not reposado or anejo), two parts Cointreau (or other orange liqueur; Triple Sec is not only cheaper but IMO better) and one part Key Lime juice. IOW 5/6 high proof alcohol.
In bars, they mix 50% blue agave “tequila” (the rest ethanol from sugar) with a nonalcoholic concoction.

July 7, 2017 8:45 am

So much attention to the temperature record and so little to the real substancee of AGW which poposes a causal chain reaction of emissions to changes in atmos co2 and from there to warming all at an annual time scale

Reply to  chaamjamal
July 7, 2017 12:48 pm

While you never discuss any objection against your theorical approach, again here my comment for other readers…
The IPCC carbon budget concludes that changes in atmospheric CO2 are driven by fossil fuel emissions on a year by year basis.
The IPCC never said or implied that. Their carbon cycles are rough estimates of averaged seasonal to year by year carbon fluxes within wide margins of error and year by year variability.
Changes in the atmosphere are driven by human emissions at one side and variable sinks at the other side, which in average are driven by the total CO2 level above steady state for the current ocean surface temperature (not the human emissions of one year) and which variability in sink capacity is largely dependent on the influence of temperature variability on (tropical) vegetation and to a lesser extent ocean surface temperatures.
A testable implication of the validity of this carbon budget is that changes in atmospheric CO2 should be correlated with fossil fuel emissions at an annual time scale net of long term trends.
The variable changes in atmospheric CO2 don’t correlate with emissions, they correlate with temperature changes with a lag, because all what you test in the derivatives is the “noise” around the trend, not the cause of the trend itself.
The noise in the year by year changes is not more than +/- 1.5 ppmv around the trend of 90 ppmv.
Thus while temperature is responsible for almost all variability around the trend, you have not the slightest indication what caused the trend itself. That is anyway not by the same process (vegetation) which dominates the variability, as vegetation is a net, growing sink for CO2…

Reply to  Ferdinand Engelbeen
July 7, 2017 8:29 pm


Geoff Sherrington(@sherro1)
Reply to  Ferdinand Engelbeen
July 7, 2017 10:15 pm

A blogger Willb01 at Climate Etc noted a few days ago, re the annual oscillation in CO2 Mauna Loa “How do you know the decline is not a result of the SH winter cooling the oceans, perhaps increasing their ability to sink CO2?”
I thought this a good alternative hypothesis to the uptake/release of CO2 by plants. What do you think? Is it excluded or possibly ok?

July 7, 2017 8:46 am

The sad truth is we datasets adjusted multiple times. Are they that incompetent they can’t get it right over and over again?

Reply to  rbabcock
July 7, 2017 10:19 am

It was always numbers calculated from the data. The satellites don’t measure temperature, they measure radiance in wave bands. Temperature is now and always has been a number calculated from the data since band intensity would be a fairly pointless thing to report.

Reply to  rbabcock
July 7, 2017 11:21 am

Once adjusted it ceases to be data and becomes numbers calculated from the data.

In other words, “synthetic data” … still not over it.

Geoff Sherrington(@sherro1)
Reply to  rbabcock
July 7, 2017 10:31 pm

The type of adjustment that really annoys me is when the adjusted results are compared with official historical data that are not adjusted.
Produced in the 1950s or so, Australia’s official Year Books and CSIRO reports have given 3 sources of temperature information that were either not adjusted, or adjusted for quality control like outlier rejection only.
When you compare the official Australia BOM data set of ACORN-SAT today with those 1950s records, there are substantial differences. Compare them to BOM unadjusted data, you get smaller differences.
A reasonable person would question whether the Acorn adjustments are correct. I do, but I make no headway.
When we do this type of comparison to 1950s Year Books, we can see perhaps 0.4 deg C warming in the last 120 years. We cannot see the 0.9 deg C claimed officially by the BOM.
So I get annoyed.
Read the detail from Chris Gilham here.

Tom Halla
July 7, 2017 8:58 am

This does get reminiscent of Stalinist or PRC revisions to history. They would have had such a great time with Photoshop.
The real problem the green blob will have is eliminating all the earlier versions of the temperature records. As one prominent American politician discovered, she couldn’t just burn the tapes and have the history go away.

Reply to  Tom Halla
July 7, 2017 10:52 am

Heller at his blog has been doing a good job recently of comparing past and present, from which the shenanigans are readily apparent. He is doing a series of short youtube videos on it. Orwells 1984 Ministry of Truth as a general theme.

Reply to  ristvan
July 8, 2017 2:15 pm

“Heller at his blog has been doing a good job recently of comparing past and present,”
I like how Heller is taking each day of this year’s summer and comparing it to past summers. Each day shows it was hotter in the past than it is now.
Here’s July 8:comment image
As you can see, it was much hotter in the 1930’s than it is today.
Steven Mosher was trashing Heller the other day. Well, Heller has put out a challenge to Mosher to prove him wrong. It’s over on his website, Steven. Go prove Heller wrong if you can.

July 7, 2017 8:58 am

“If our paper is published, and if the wider scientific community finds little of substance to cavil at, it will mark the end of the global-warming scare.”
A couple of very big “ifs,” especially the second one. In any case, one paper no matter how central will never mark the end of this farcical dog and pony show..
As most of us have figured out by now, this is not about science.

I Came I Saw I Left
July 7, 2017 9:00 am

This Christopher Monckton of Brenchley really is a delightful writer. I aspire to such.

jim hogg
Reply to  I Came I Saw I Left
July 7, 2017 11:23 am

Please no, no . . . .Please don’t be impressed by all that egotistic, ostentatious froth laced with supposedly humorous ad hominems that he should have, like Boris Johnson, grown out of decades ago . . . If he would simply state his case with evidence and sound argument that would be much more effective. I’m a hard core sceptic but all of that guff is really pretty hard to swallow. Yes, there’s been a pause, but that doesn’t disprove anything fundamental to the AGW case. Climate is incredibly complex and though extreme scepticism is certainly justified in my view on account of our very limited knowledge of all the processes involved, we have to be consistent in our scepticism. We don’t know for sure that the AGW crowd are wrong. It’s too early to be sure either way. We don’t what would have happened if Co2 levels hadn’t increased over the last 50 years because there is no pattern of natural variability well enough understood to fall back on for comparison. But that cuts both ways. The essence of scepticism, funnily enough, is open mindedness. They don’t know, and we don’t know!! .(PS . .why would any man want to style himself as a lord btw . . . folks from the land of the free – weren’t all men created equal – in particular, should be appalled)

jim hogg
Reply to  jim hogg
July 7, 2017 11:25 am

Sorry . . mised out a “know” . .apologies.

Reply to  jim hogg
July 7, 2017 12:48 pm

Agree about Mr. Moncktens writing style, but remember one of the central global warming claims is was man’s fingerprint is overwhelming all natural variation a significant pause is proof this is not true.

Peter Morris
Reply to  jim hogg
July 7, 2017 1:07 pm

He doesn’t “style” himself to be a lord. He IS one. You know, from England. Another hallmark of skepticism is being able to research something and not just make assumptions. Way to shoot your argument right in the foot.

Reply to  jim hogg
July 7, 2017 2:27 pm

“Please don’t be impressed by all that egotistic, ostentatious froth laced with supposedly humorous ad hominems that he should have, like Boris Johnson, grown out of decades ago . . . ”
It sure looks like obvious sarcasm to me, and as long as it is obvious, I see no reason to treat your non-sarcastic, and to my mind somewhat egocentric criticisms as entirely consistent . .
“If he would simply state his case with evidence and sound argument that would be much more effective.”
In your opinion, right? I mean, you do realize that humor is subjective, and can be effective in ways that might not seem important to you (or I), yet be the intended effect the humorist seeks, right?
In this case, I suspect Mr. Monckton intends to bolster the spirits of those who might feel weary of a long battle, in which dead serious ad hominems and accusations of reckless/ignorant interference in the affairs of our self presumed betters, as well as clear demands for wealth and power, are pretty much relentless. I personally find it “effective” in that sense, and welcome the comic relief that I believe the author intended his essay to “tangentially” provide.

Geoff Sherrington(@sherro1)
Reply to  jim hogg
July 7, 2017 10:40 pm

Jim Hogg,
It depends on the audience. For a long time some of us in Australia (and I met Lord Monckton years ago) have been publicising severe questions about fiddles with temperature records. Those who have a duty to investigate and correct often prefer to do neither. Our BOM in Climategate labelled us as “fortunately, not very bright” or similar, which was their way to address technical matters at the time.
Lord Monckton has chosen his way to address others. It is thought by him to be a good way to penetrate the murk and have his words seen. It is his choice.
Perhaps he got through to you enough for it to stick. I think it works well.

Reply to  I Came I Saw I Left
July 7, 2017 11:26 am

Monckton should do a video called The Monckton Method, discussing creative writing that is both informative and highly entertaining at the same time. His writing style is right at the edge of being over the top, yet not, and, thus, successful.

Leonard Lane
Reply to  Robert Kernodle
July 7, 2017 12:18 pm

Agree Robert. Thank you. And, I have never seen anyone show him to be wrong. Many mumble around, attack him personally, but none scientifically refute Lord Monckton.

July 7, 2017 9:02 am

When completing my thesis, if I were to go back and “revision” my field data while back in the lab, I don’t think my advisor would have been comfortable signing off on my work, but it sure would have been easier. I could have determined the results and then fit the data to prove myself right. Only in climate science do they not let the scientific method stand in their way of desirable results.

Reply to  RWturner
July 7, 2017 9:09 am

Thank you for this comment.
A sad state of affairs when the progressives have any power. Think how bad it would be if Hillary got elected.

Leonard Lane
Reply to  Catcracking
July 7, 2017 11:34 pm

Unimaginably bad Catcracking. Give thanks for the blessings that we elected President Trump and not Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Reply to  RWturner
July 8, 2017 11:55 am

The word is “revise” your field data.

David Dirkse
July 7, 2017 9:09 am

Hey Christopher, do you remember this?

Reply to  David Dirkse
July 7, 2017 9:35 am

~30 years ago, is the best you have? If anything, this speaks to Monckton’s credibility, he drank the Kool-Aid once, it just didn’t taste very good. From personal experience, I was once a believer too, the science just does not hold up. Sadly I never received my Oil Royalty money.

Reply to  Duncan
July 7, 2017 9:57 am

This picture is what made me start looking for the truth (National Geographic “Global Warming” 2004). The caption in the article (paraphrasing) stated from tree core samples they can reconstruct past climate, like this log from a “millennia” ago. I was like, how in hell did a tree get on top of a mountain 1000 years ago, with not another tree in sight. The rest is history as they say.

I Came I Saw I Left
Reply to  David Dirkse
July 7, 2017 9:36 am

Egads!. Does this mean that humans have the ability to learn from their mistakes and change their minds?

Paul Penrose
Reply to  I Came I Saw I Left
July 7, 2017 11:00 am

Yes, they have that ability. Many never use it though.

Reply to  David Dirkse
July 7, 2017 10:54 am

It appears you enjoy making visually impaired to suffer from small text in small window not scaleable up. Couldn’t see author – or read the text either. Crap it was, some Jones joking about tide power.

Brett Keane
Reply to  David Dirkse
July 7, 2017 9:15 pm

Idiot! We all know. In fact, I trusted my climatologist colleagues too, until empirical data forced me to find out what was really happening. Like so many, including CMoB. Some people prefer to remain stupid though….

Chris Wright
Reply to  David Dirkse
July 8, 2017 3:57 am

That’s absolutely fascinating. So, 30 years ago, Christopher Monckton was a true believer.
This explains something that long puzzled me. He was actually Margaret Thatcher’s science advisor at a time when she was using climate change and nuclear power as weapons against the miners. She was instrumental in the creation of the IPCC. At the time Thatcher was a true believer, so Monckton’s advice would no doubt be exactly what she wanted to hear.
But of course, people have the right to change their minds, particularly when new evidence emerges. In her later years Thatcher became a climate sceptic – she described global warming as “hot air”. And so too has Christopher Monckton changed his mind, thank goodness.
Christopher, it would be fascinating if you could tell us why and how you changed your mind over the years.
And thank you very much for all the good work you have done, and good luck with the new paper!
From another Chris.

Reply to  Chris Wright
July 8, 2017 2:30 pm

“But of course, people have the right to change their minds, particularly when new evidence emerges.”
That’s true, but in the case of climate science there never was any “old” evidence to begin with. Just speculation. At some point Lord Monckton realized it was all speculation.

July 7, 2017 9:11 am

Don’t trust satalite sea levels either…..when envisat showed no sea level rise…they adjusted it out so it did

July 7, 2017 9:12 am

First Karlization, and now Mearsation. Either way, the CMIP5 models have been busted by Dr. Christy’s 29 March 2017 congressional testimony.

I Came I Saw I Left
July 7, 2017 9:15 am

“Frankly, it’s time for this unprincipled Humptidumptification of climate science to stop. ”
Love it
“When I use a̶ ̶w̶o̶r̶d̶ data,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”

July 7, 2017 9:25 am

Welcome back Lord M.
Glad you picked up on the fact that even their revised figures show a 1.29C per century rate of warming that effectively ends claims of a catastrophic scare right there. 1.29C is NOT a ‘catastrophe’, so I’d say that whichever way they call this they’re now hoisted by their own petard.
I think much more should be made of this point.

Reply to  CheshireRed
July 8, 2017 2:33 pm

“Glad you picked up on the fact that even their revised figures show a 1.29C per century rate of warming that effectively ends claims of a catastrophic scare right there.”
I’ve heard rumors that Lord M is going to whittle that figure down some more in the near future.

Phil Rae
July 7, 2017 9:25 am

Christopher……a couple of points that I think need to be addressed in the story, just for the sake of clarity. Thanks…….and a nice article!
“One-third of Man’s entire influence on climate since the Industrial Revolution had occurred since February 1997, yet on the then RSS dataset the 225 months since that month had shown no global warming at all (Fig. 1)”
Shouldn’t this actually say “posited influence on climate as a result of CO2 concentration” rather than just “climate”. Temperatures remain relatively unchanged despite those increasing CO2 concentrations which, I believe, is the whole point of your essay.
And at the end of Para 5, you’re missing the word “sort”, I believe!
“the Inconvenient Pause was a mistake and that he would thereafter airbrush it away by some a of statistical prestidigitation”

Terry Carruthers
July 7, 2017 9:54 am

Really need to correct Fig 2 so that it agrees with text and ends in Oct 15. This will be latched onto as being deceptive and used to dismiss the entire article. Also at least in Chrome on a Macbook the highlighting of some of the numbers in Table 4 makes them almost illegible.

July 7, 2017 9:55 am

If our paper is published, and if the wider scientific community finds little of substance to cavil at, it will mark the end of the global-warming scare.

Brave words sir! You don’t kill a religion with a few inconvenient facts. 😉
BTW … I have stumbled across Suicide of the West. It was written in 1964 but, if I was aware of it before, I ignored it. Things have only gotten worse over the intervening half century. Any thoughts?

Jerker Andersson
July 7, 2017 9:59 am

Christopher, I think you messed up the graph in figure 2.
You claim it is the same period as graph 1, it is not.
You compare 2 different time periods with each other where one ends with a El Nino.
Graph 2 must be remade to cover same time period as graph one to show how much the trend really changed in the same time period as graph 1.

July 7, 2017 10:10 am

Immediately above figure 4, the text ‘and a very long below’, should be ‘and a very long ‘way’ below’

Reply to  jsuther2013
July 7, 2017 1:04 pm

Correction: Table 4, not figure 4.

July 7, 2017 10:42 am

I look forward to your paper Christopher. We will have the popcorn ready when the current compliant concensus reaches critical mass Sir!

Reply to  ossqss
July 8, 2017 11:56 am

Get ready for some seriously stale popcorn before that happens.

Reply to  Chris
July 8, 2017 2:35 pm

Oh, ye of little faith! 🙂

Steve Case
July 7, 2017 10:53 am

Brenchley tells us:

The least-squares linear-regression trend on the RSS version 3.3 satellite monthly global mean surface temperature anomaly dataset showed no global warming for 18 years since 1997

How ’bout 96 years? NOAA’s Climate at a Glance tells us that Maximum Temperatures May – October haven’t increased since 1921.
The so-called mainstream press likes to tell us about heat waves and shows us images of dead cattle and cracked earth baking under a blazing sun. That’s maximum temperature they’re whining about not averages.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  Steve Case
July 7, 2017 11:12 am

Bravo. You are correct, average temperatures tell us nothing. If you do a plot of minimum temps you will find all the increases there. Increasing (nightly) minimums aren’t scary at all, so that’s why the alarmists always use the average.

Reply to  Steve Case
July 7, 2017 2:02 pm

Witness the breathless headlines from last month’s “historic” heatwave in Kalifornia, for example “99 Year Old Heat Record Shattered!” in Livermore, CA – by only a single degree. The hottest temperature ever recorded in my home town in N. Idaho was 117 f – set way back in 1962. Flat maximum daily temperatures for 100 years – inconvenient truth!

richard verney
Reply to  Steve Case
July 8, 2017 6:24 am

1. CO2 is said to be a well mixed gas and therefore operates in like manner on a global scale (subject to differences in humidity/water vapour feedback); and
2 The US is a large tract of Northern Hemisphere land; and
3. The US is a good representative sample of geography and topography, and is therefore a valid sub set of the behavoir of land masses in the Northern Hemisphere;
4. The US has the best sampling of data of any significant land surface.
If the US is not showing warming (the US was warmest in the 1930s/1940s), one would needs a strong explanation as to why the US is an outlier and not behaving in the same manner as the Northern Hemisphere as a whole.
The fact is that when you have good quality data, there is no warming, just multidecadal variations, seriously begs the question as to the quality and validity of the data for other areas, and whether the so called AGW thing is just a data issue brought about the manner in which poor quality data with insufficient spatial coverage is presented.

Steve Case
Reply to  richard verney
July 8, 2017 8:49 am


Reply to  richard verney
July 8, 2017 2:45 pm

“If the US is not showing warming (the US was warmest in the 1930s/1940s), one would needs a strong explanation as to why the US is an outlier and not behaving in the same manner as the Northern Hemisphere as a whole.”
Yes, that goes for today and for the hot 1930’s.
We have charts from the 1930’s which show the same temperature profile as the U.S. chart, i.e. the 1930’s shows to be as hot or hotter than subsequent years.
Here is an example from Finland, which is quite a distance from the good ole USA:comment image
As you can see, the temperature profile looks just like the U.S. chart reproduced below (the 1999 Hansen U.S. chart):comment image

Reply to  richard verney
July 8, 2017 2:49 pm

And look at how the CAGW promoters have bastardized the U.S. surface temperature chart since 1999. Here is a comparion of the 1999 chart to the 2017 chart. See any difference? The climate charlatans are SO dishonest.comment image

July 7, 2017 11:05 am

The accidental delegate from Burma was a very memorable moment.
Thank you, Lord Monckton for being so brave. Kudos.

July 7, 2017 11:25 am

The closing conclusions by the president of Conference Of the Parties COP 18 was also memorable:

Reply to  Science or Fiction
July 7, 2017 11:39 am

Trained seals?

July 7, 2017 11:30 am

Here is the 3:45 mm:ss closing by the president. This is how United Nations get consensus:
A truly memorable moment for those who care. 🙂

Reply to  Science or Fiction
July 7, 2017 1:44 pm

Am I the only one ROFL?

Paul Penrose
Reply to  Science or Fiction
July 7, 2017 3:32 pm

You are hardly alone. What a farce! That’s the way they do it in authoritarian regimes, folks. They pretend that the proceedings are fair and open, but in reality nobody can object and there is no real vote. Stalin and Mao would be proud.

Reply to  Science or Fiction
July 8, 2017 2:13 am

“NO objections”
@ 1’57 there is an objector … ignored
@ 2.10 he is removed by security

Reply to  1saveenergy
July 8, 2017 10:43 am

Good observation. 🙂

July 7, 2017 11:37 am

“profiteers of doom”! I love it- Lord Monckton certainly has a wonderful way with words.

July 7, 2017 11:57 am

And for those who wonder who really governed:
“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the, at least, 150 years, since the industrial revolution,”
“The tools that you design, the financial structures that you develop, the blends that you are able to put together, all of that, in the next five years, will decide the quality of certainly the energy and certainly the quality of the global economy for the next thirty-five years, and hence the quality of life for everyone else for hundreds of years.”
The New Yorker – The Climate Summit of Money
“I am the daughter of a revolutionary and I feel very comfortable with revolutions,”
– All quotes above by Christina Figueres

July 7, 2017 12:05 pm

The draft paper is now out for review. [A] If the reviewers find sound reasons for rejecting it, I shall not trouble you with it further.
[B] If our paper is published, and if the wider scientific community finds little of substance to cavil at, it will mark the end of the global-warming scare.

There are other scenarios:
[C] reviewers will find UNSOUND reasons for rejecting it….
[D] reviewers sit on it, neither rejecting, or accepting it.
My money is on [D] to win. Maybe [C] to place.

don penman
July 7, 2017 12:11 pm

I look forward to your paper being published and wish you success with it ,where is brenchley by the way.

Non Nomen
July 7, 2017 12:49 pm

Get well soon and drop your bombshell. You are fuelling our expectations once again.

July 7, 2017 12:49 pm

“Frankly, it’s time for this unprincipled Humptidumptification of climate science to stop.”
Frankly, it´s time for science to define its principles.

July 7, 2017 1:54 pm

It’s not like orbital decay is a new concept. Why has it taken so long to adjust for it? Settled science hardly!
The biggest problem I see climate science having is to keep coming up with new reasons to adjust the temps over coming decades. They have 1-2C of adjustments to come up with this century alone. Sooner or later people will ask questions.
The other question is, when you look at the natural phenomenon they use such as glaciers retreating and loss of ice, we know this has been occurring since the 19th century and what happens when these reach a new equilibrium.
The clock is now ticking which is why I suspect we are seeing the massive rush to get the gravy train running at full speed before it hits a major barrier.

July 7, 2017 3:31 pm

Just an observation: If we can’t even agree on what the temperature readings are, how in the world can we agree that the earth is warming based on them?

July 7, 2017 3:37 pm

“Hey presto! No more Inconvenient Pause! All gone! Vanished into thick air! Just like that! Amazing! Zowee! Look! A quarter of a degree of global warming where there was none before! It’s worse than we thought!”
Up to a point Lord Monckton.
Your “where there was none before” is not talking about the same period. From February 1997 to October 2016, the old preferred RSS shows about 0.12C warming, about half that of RSS 4, but not none.

Nick Stokes(@bilby)
July 7, 2017 4:29 pm

“RSS now shows a warming almost 50% greater than the UAH warming.”
Yes, for UAH V6. 1.82°C/Century since `979, vs 1.22 for UAH V6 But if you go to the currently published UAH V5.6, it tells you that the same period trend is 0.16°C/Century. A good deal closer to RSS V4 than to UAH V6.

Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
Reply to  Nick Stokes
July 7, 2017 9:22 pm

0.16 oC/century — may be it is 0.16 oC/decade — it is like all roads lead to —-
Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

July 7, 2017 8:21 pm

Go ahead Dr. pop sMears. Make my daycomment image

July 7, 2017 11:36 pm

Even in the “adjusted™” RSS v4 there is still a zero trend from mid 2001 to 2015comment image

Matt G
July 8, 2017 6:54 am

UAH should had been used due to better coverage around the poles. It is the leader in any data set where most of the poles are covered than anything else.
This is how HadCRUT4 airbrushed out the Inconvenient Pause.
Notice the scientific evidence right in front of their very eyes, being the adjustments are much larger than the errors they claim of +/-0.1c. How do we even know if these adjustments are in favour of greatly increased errors?
The errors the surface data sets claimed has always been nonsense because changing the coverage of stations used, has huge errors much bigger than the instruments themselves. The errors in the global surface data sets are more like +/- 0.5c, basically putting doubt on if we are any warmer than the 1930’s and 1940’s.

July 8, 2017 1:03 pm

The “airbrushing” of the recent “pause” in RSS LT data is far less egregious than the almost total elimination of the deep cooling during the third quarter of the last century that put the global land average in 1976 more than half a degree Celsius below its XX-century mean. It had climatologists of that era talking about about the possible inception of a new ice age.

Matt G
Reply to  1sky1
July 8, 2017 7:22 pm

Only need about 4 or 5 changes like the above graph and could easily adjust global data so the 1930’s and 1940’s were no different to recently.
That is the trick they have done removing more intense cooling periods.
Why do they do it? There are two examples shown below.
1) When a period warms to 0.5c (a), but then cools 0.5c (b) and finally warms 0.5c (c), results (a)=(c), b=0.5c cooler.
2) When a period warms to 0.5c (a), but then cools 0.5c adjusted to 0.1c after versions (b) and finally warms 0.5c (c), results in (b)=0.1c cooler than (a), but c = 0.4c warmer than (a).
3) When a period warms to 0.5c adjusted to 0.3c after versions (a), but then cools 0.5c adjusted to 0.1c after versions (b) and finally warms 0.5c adjusted to 0.7c after versions (c), results in (b)=0.1 cooler than (a), but c = 0.6c warmer than (a).
The second example is how they have conned people in making the recent warming period seem warmer than the 1930’s and 1940’s.
The third example is typical of something like the GISS especially has done and exaggerated warming even more by cooling the past and warming the present.

Nowy Kopernik
July 8, 2017 1:33 pm

If 1% of the effort to verify the satellite data was devoted to verification of the surface data we could a least resolve several pre-satellite issues in the data
The real challenge going forward is a dense network of reliable, ground sensors We need about 100,000 seniors distributed between land sensors where people live, land sensors where no people live and ocean sensors. There also needs to be a supply of replacements and some program of maintenance and monitoring. Then we need a robust, fully open access to the raw data so that people living near a sensor can compare its data to other sources Where are the Internet-connected Billionaires when we need them.

July 8, 2017 2:50 pm

“Where stands the truth? You pays your money and you makes your choice: but, after the numerous alterations to the tamperature datasets, three points are clear.”
LOL. “tamperature” = tampered temperature?

July 9, 2017 5:08 am

I think the reason for the model-data discrepancy past 1990 is that IPCC-supported GCMs use the wrong driver to project changes in Earth’s global temperature. CO2 is NOT controlling the climate! The observed warming for the past 130 years has likely been caused by a reduction in global cloud cover resulting from increasing solar magnetic activity, a mechanism that has nothing to do with so-called “greenhouse gases”. Available satellite data of cloud cover and global albedo and surface measurements of surface solar radiation since 1979 strongly support this hypothesis. See for example:
Herman et al. (2013) A net decrease in the Earth’s cloud, aerosol, and surface 340 nm reflectivity during the past 33 yr (1979–2011). Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 8505-8524
Also, a recently published study shows that the thermal effect of a planetary atmosphere (known as “greenhouse effect”) is independent of atmospheric composition, and that the Greenhouse concept has been misconstrued since its inception in the early 1800s:
Nikolov N, Zeller K (2017) New Insights on the Physical Nature of the Atmospheric Greenhouse Effect Deduced from an Empirical Planetary Temperature Model. Environ Pollut Climate Change 1: 112. DOI: 10.4172/2573-458X.1000112

July 10, 2017 3:49 am

Nice one. Just about sums up the wacky world of “climate science”.

July 10, 2017 4:24 am
Matt G
July 10, 2017 7:34 am

One simple physics problem that has so far been laid under the carpet involves relative humidity and temperature.
1) Even if global temperatures were certain on slight rises these depend on relative humidity.
2) If relative humidity stays the same or increases and global temperatures increase, then there is very good evidence that energy has increased in the system and therefore this trend can be trusted.
3) If relative humidity decreases and global temperatures increase, then there is huge doubt that global temperatures have actually risen at all.
Atmospheric relative humidity has declined and therefore less energy in the system requires the same temperature levels as before. This questions that even the slight global warming observed previously has been due to a warming planet and is in fact been caused by lower energy levels required for similar temperatures.
This moves towards scientific evidence confirming the pause even further and that any slight warming detected as only occurred due to relative humidity declining. Therefore has nothing to do with a warming planet, but incorrect measurements of confirming energy changes not necessarily temperature changes.

July 12, 2017 9:50 am

To all the commenters remember if the graphs were rounded to 1 degree they would be a straight line.
That where all this talk goes out the window for the average person.

July 12, 2017 12:53 pm

Global Warming is Dead
The argument about global warming has morphed into climate change. This subtle shift was necessary because the warming as evidenced by satellite measurements has stopped since 1998, even while CO2 concentrations have continued to increase. It has become increasingly obvious CO2 is not driving the warming, the climate, or anything else.
The hysteria about melting ice caps, sea level rise, stronger storms, droughts, floods, forest fires, etc., has not materialized:
* ice continues to accumulate at record levels in the Antarctic wherein lies 90% of the world’s ice inventory. Meanwhile, the Arctic Ice Cap has survived decades of predictions of its demise.
* sea level rise according to Nils-Axil Morner, the world’s leading authority on sea level change, has not changed at all.
* annual accumulated cyclonic energy is at historical lows, as are the overall number and strength of hurricanes and tornadoes.
* Droughts and floods continue their march in tune with oceanic oscillations, such as, La Ninas and the Indian Ocean Dipole.
* Forest fire activity remains at the mercy of lightning strikes, underbrush stockpiles and interference with nature by humans.
Climate Change has no Evidence
There is not one piece of empirical evidence linking human activities to the climate – NOT ONE. The only arguments for climate change are anecdotes, computer projections, Hockey Sticks, and consensus.
* Anecdotes are short, obscure historical or biographical accounts. Anecdotes cannot be traced to one another or anything else. Anecdotes are not proof.
* Computer projections are Ludic fallacies based on dubious initial conditions. The computer projections have failed, because their only input is greenhouse gases. Computer projections are not proof.
* Hockey Sticks are the cobbling together of two unrelated proxy data sets. These FrankenGraphs, which would have received an “F” in JHS science class 50 years ago, are incredibly embraced by many scientists today. Hockey Sticks are artificial fabrications, not proof.
* Consensus is an opinion or position reached by a group as a whole. Millennia and centuries ago the consensus believed the Earth was the center of the Universe and Solar System. Consensus is not proof.
To the contrary, there is abundant evidence proving the climate has changed often and sometimes violently, all without any human influence.
The Historical Temperature Record
For the last 600,000,000 years temperatures have hovered around 12C about 14% of the time, around 22C about 50% of the time, and somewhere in between 36% of the time. Right now we are at 14.5C, about 25% above the bottom of the historical range. (Ref: Dr. Christopher R. Scotese‘s PALEOMAP Project at We are no where near any temperature tipping point.
The 0.4C rise in temperature since the Industrial Revolution (IR) pales in comparison to the 1.6C increase of the Medieval Warming Period (WP), the 2.5C increase of the Roman WP, and the 3.2C increase of the Minoan WP using the IR as a baseline. The average temperature has been declining for the last 6,000 years. (Alley, R.B. 2000, The Younger Dryas cold interval as viewed from central Greenland, Quaternary Science Reviews, 19:213-226.) We are at the very end of the present 10,500 year old Interglacial WP. After this comes about 90,000 years of snow, ice, advancing glaciers and incredible loss of life. Enjoy the warmth while you can.
The Recent Temperature Record
The temperature data for the last 100 years has been twisted and contorted by scientists to comply with the global warming agenda. Under the guise of ‘homogenizing’ data sets, NOAA has chopped off the cooler temperatures of the late 1800s, thus making trends afterwards look warmer. Also, the percentage of fake temperature measurement stations since 1993 has increased from 5% to 43%, over an 800% increase. A new fake station was created in Africa which helped conclude that 2016 was the warmest year ever. This fake science from fake data has created an ever-increasing temperature record, when the satellite data says since 1998 there has been no warming at all.
The Historical CO2 Record
About 550,000,000 years ago CO2 was 7,000 ppm and has wound it‘s way down to where it is today, near it’s historic low (Berner, R.A. and Z. Kothavala, 2001. GEOCARB III: A Revised Model of Atmospheric CO2 over Phanerozoic Time, American Journal of Science, v.301, pp.182-204, February 2001.) Below 100 ppm photosynthesis ceases. We are very close to the tipping point of Earth turning into a lifeless snowball with too little CO2 for plants to reproduce. On the other hand, plants thrive in nurseries kept at CO2 concentrations of 1,000 ppm. Thanks to recent CO2 increases, vegetation has increased 11% in arid areas of the world.
The Recent CO2 Record
The famous Mauna Loa CO2 measurements began in 1958, coincidentally at a historic low CO2 level of 315 ppm. In 1942 and again in 1822 CO2 was 440 ppm, 40 ppm higher than today. (Ernst-Georg Beck, 180 Years of Atmospheric CO2 Gas Analysis By Chemical Methods, Energy & Environment, Volume 18 No. 2, 2007, Fig. 2).
For the last 1400 years there have been 6 distinctive cycles of CO2 concentration as registered in plant leaf stomata proxy data. Each cycle is about 230 years in duration with a 300 ppm minimum and 400 ppm maximum. As of 2016 400 ppm was reached, the top of the cycle. If history repeats, expect this deVries cycle to reverse and produce lower CO2 readings over the next 115 or so years.
To say we are nearing runaway, irreversible global warming due to recent paltry CO2 increases is ludicrous.
Temperatures and Fossil Fuel Use
For the last 150 years there has not always been a correlation between fossil fuel use and temperature. Between 1940 and 1970 while CO2 increased, fossil fuel use leveled off and slightly decreased. (Klyashtorin and Lyubushim, Energy & Environment, Vol 14, No 6, Fig 1). So, for 30 years while less fossil fuel was burned, more CO2 was being generated. The question is: how can this be?
Temperatures and Solar Irradiance
There have been three global cooling and three global warming periods within the last 250 years. These periods all march to the tune of changing solar irradiance, not CO2 concentrations. (Douglas V. Hoyt and Kenneth H. Schatten, A Discussion of Plausible Solar Irradiance Variations, 1700-1992, Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 98, No. All, Pages 18,895-18,906, November 1, 1993). Isn’t the correlation obvious? It’s the Sun, not CO2.
Greenhouse Gas Effect (GGE)
Only 3.27% of all CO2 generated comes from man, the other 96.73% comes from nature. Only 0.001% of water vapor comes from man; the other 99.999% comes from nature. Water vapor by a factor of 26 has more of a spectral absorption bandwidth or GGE than does CO2. After adding the contributions of methane, nitrous oxide, and CFCs it turns out only 0.28% of the GGE comes from man, the other 99.72% comes from nature. If man ceased to exist, the reduction in the GGE would be one part out of 357, or barely noticeable.
Planetary Mechanics – THE Driver of Climate Change
Planetary mechanics is the study of orbiting celestial bodies, including changes to the solar system barycenter, spin orbit coupling, and changes in angular momentum. It is the very interaction of the motion of the planets, Sun and moon which dictate our climate and our weather. This isn’t theory. This is astrophysics.
Jupiter, Venus and Earth are called the Tidal Planets for good reason. They control the Sun’s tide and its 11 year sunspot cycle. There are many harmonics of this basic 11 year Schwab cycle. There is the 22 year Hale magnetic cycle. There is the 44 year Solar Conveyor Belt cycle. Every 88 years there is the Gleisberg cycle – an amplitude modulation of Schwab cycles. There is the 230 deVries cycle. The 1,440 year Bond or Ice Debris Cycle. The 2,200 year Hallstadt Cycle.
There are numerous other cycles built from combinations of solar, lunar and planetary cycles. Every 18 years there is the Lunar Tidal Cycle which corresponds to abundance cycles on Earth. About every 60 years there is the Pacific Decadal Oscillation cycle, the most powerful climate force on the planet.
Then there is Uranus and Neptune (U-N) with their 178 year orbit beat cycle. The Sun also operates in 360 year cycles, a harmonic of the U-N cycle. Each 360 year cycle is composed of Regular Oscillations, followed by a Grand Solar Maximum, followed by a Grand Solar Minimum. This totally predictable 360 year cycle has resulted in the Oort, Sporer, Maunder, Dalton and other unnamed Minimums within the past two millennia.
In 2009, we entered the next Grand Solar Minimum – the Landscheidt Minimum. This isn’t unfounded speculation. This is traceable, predictable planetary mechanics (Duhau and de Jager, The Forthcoming Grand Minimum of Solar Activity, Journal of Cosmology, 2010, Vol 8, 1983-1999). From this point forward be prepared for relentless colder winter temperatures which will reach bottom around 2040. Along the way there will be ever-increasing fuel scarcity, crop failures, food shortages, famines and loss of life of millions. The next Little Ice Age has begun. No amount of pithy CO2 increase is going to provide enough life-saving warmth.
Planetary mechanics is the elephant in the room of climate change. The planets control the climate of the Sun which, combined with the Moon, control the climate on the Earth. CO2 is only a flea on the elephant’s ass coming along for the ride.
Climate Change is Big Business
The myth of global warming, climate change, climate change catastrophe – or whatever they are calling it today – continues, because of the trillions of dollars that would be lost and millions of leaf-raking jobs eliminated, if this charade were to be exposed.
* Banks and brokerage houses reap huge commissions from it.
* Scam artists like Maurice Strong thrive on it, creating schemes like carbon trading which suck billions of dollars from consumers’ wallets.
* Politicians need it to save us from imaginary hobgoblins and to justify tax increases to fund largesse programs that garner votes.
* Scientists keep busy by grazing at the trough of free grant money made available, but only if it can be shown that man is the cause.
* Corporations need it to sell cures for which there is no disease, and fatten up their bottom lines.
* The alternative energy, Green Building and sustainability industries came into existence and thrive off of it.
* The news media needs it to keep the frenzy going, the ratings up, and ad revenue coming in.
* The United Nations needs it to forge its role as the leader in One World Governance.
* Environmentalists, anti-industrialists, and other Communists need it in order to cut the legs out from underneath the evil, Capitalist United States and level the playing field for the world‘s less fortunate nations.
This is the hideous symbiosis of individuals, groups, businesses and governments that need the myth of climate change kept alive for their very financial survival. They are not going to go away, so long as they can continue to mainline on the juice. It is time to yank the tube out of their arms.
And one last thing: According to ice core records, the CO2 increases occur about 800 years AFTER the temperature increases. That is, CO2 doesn’t cause rising temperatures, rising water temperatures cause CO2 to gas out of solution from the world’s oceans into the atmosphere. CO2 is not a driver of climate. CO2 is a passenger.
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Bill Everett
July 14, 2017 8:05 am

When I study the temperature record I see the pause in continuous warming starting in or about 2002-2004 not 1998. I believe that El Ninos and La Ninas are distractions that mislead the viewer into misinterpretations of the path of average temperature. They can be ignored for purposes of viewing the path of average temperature change because they are short duration climate events whose cause is known.

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