Oh gosh, this is going to cause some heads to explode

People send me stuff….sometimes it’s hate mail, sometimes it’s requests for research, sometimes it’s silly science. I didn’t expect this one.

Today I got this notice in the email.

Name: Anuj Agarwal

Email: xxxxxxx

Message: Hi Watts Up With That Team,

My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Watts Up With That has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Weather Blogs on the web.


I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Weather Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.



So I thought, no big deal. I’m already in their list of top 100 science blogs, at #42, as seen on our right sidebar.

Then I saw these new ranks:

Congratulations to Dr. Roy Spencer for being #2. I’m shocked really, especially with REDDIT as competition.

Some other notable ranks:

  • Met Service/Met Office 7 and 8 respectively
  • AGU Atmospheric sciences, 10
  • Cliff Mass #11 (he should be #4 IMHO)
  • BoM #12
  • NASA #14
  • Penn State #23
  • Judith Curry #28 (she should be #3 IMHO)
  • RealClimate #30
  • Royal Meteorological Society #34

Now, watch the screaming begin. I’m going to have a beer.

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Roy Spencer
January 12, 2018 3:09 pm

I got the email too. Some sort of scam to attract traffic I assume.

Reply to  Anthony Watts
January 12, 2018 4:23 pm

#1#1#1….. 😀

Reply to  Anthony Watts
January 12, 2018 5:14 pm

Looks like icisil nailed a possible reason. Feedspot is out to harvest emails to sell.

While WUWT honestly deserves the top spot for multiple reasons; it’s possible the feedspot is ranking sites by the number of visitors, to maximize potential email addresses.

Anyone visiting the feedspot parasite, should first check they’re signing into websites anonymously.

Reply to  Anthony Watts
January 12, 2018 6:02 pm

Both of those links above are dated 2015.

Reply to  Anthony Watts
January 12, 2018 7:44 pm

The odd thing is that on the Quora link, Agarwal was the first to respond, and he doesn’t dvny that they do use your contact list. Instead, he says that they have kindly allowed you to opt out, if you know what to do:
“To stop referral email invitations, click on the ‘Referral Email Invitation’ tab on the account settings page and click the ‘Stop Invitation’ button.”

Jeff Mitchell
Reply to  Anthony Watts
January 12, 2018 9:28 pm
Reply to  Anthony Watts
January 13, 2018 4:16 am

Isn’t Agarwal or Agarwal family one of the billionaire families in India. If so they would not need advertising.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Roy Spencer
January 12, 2018 3:55 pm

Scam or not, I liked the pic of you hugging a tree. 😎

Reply to  Gunga Din
January 12, 2018 4:52 pm

Yeah, tree hugger, heart warmer.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Gunga Din
January 12, 2018 10:32 pm

That’s Roy, is it not?

Bob K
Reply to  Gunga Din
January 12, 2018 10:41 pm

That’s picture of Roy Spencer, not AW.
Btw, I wonder, whether Roy and all the other 99 did get similar emails, too?

Gunga Din
Reply to  Gunga Din
January 13, 2018 11:40 am

I was replying to Dr. Roy’s comment. He was the “you” in my comment.

michael hart
Reply to  Roy Spencer
January 12, 2018 4:21 pm

Exactly. They are getting more publicity out of you than you are getting out of them.

Javert Chip
Reply to  michael hart
January 12, 2018 4:51 pm

Only really do we get an article about Hotwhopper Sou, and I more-or-less understand why.

But, like Griff & his polar bears, the laughter & spontaneous spitting of coffee on the computer screen is well worth it.

We at WUAT then go into deep angst about having (thru the Streisand effect) massively raised Sou’s traffic numbers. Practically speaking, we probably raise he traffic ten-fold (27/day to 270/day), but the effect lasts for less than 48 hours.

God only knows what kind of scam Anuj Agarwal (and Feedspot) are running…but we do know about Griff & Sou.

January 12, 2018 3:09 pm

A big congrats to Anthony and team Watts!

Reply to  RobR
January 12, 2018 4:53 pm

Agreed, congratulations, you certainly deserve that.

January 12, 2018 3:11 pm

A nice winter brew, hopefully. 😉🍻

January 12, 2018 3:11 pm

I’ll have a beer in your honor also.


Reply to  JonasM
January 12, 2018 3:31 pm

Surely this merits a wine – or two.
Never mind.
I have imbibed them on your behalf!

And hugs,


D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Auto
January 12, 2018 3:56 pm

Gee, if you want a wine or two, just wait until Griff comes along. Oh wait, did you mean…?

Reply to  Auto
January 13, 2018 1:34 pm

I sure did. Vin rouge!


Wim Röst
January 12, 2018 3:13 pm


January 12, 2018 3:14 pm

Anthony ==> #1 — Weather Blog……

It has taken a lot of perseverance on your part to see this thing through — but if nothing else, the Climate Alarm Team is not fooling itself — it knows who their real opposition is: WUWT.

I’ll buy ya that beer (and I’;m a tee-totaller!)

Dr. Bob
January 12, 2018 3:15 pm

Celebrate with a beer on me too. This is great news and I cannot disagree with your other selections for #2 to #4 either.

Philip Mulholland
January 12, 2018 3:19 pm

Congratulations Anthony, well deserved.

Ore-gonE Left
January 12, 2018 3:20 pm

A bigly congrats!!!!!
Make Weather Great Again!!

Tom Judd
Reply to  Ore-gonE Left
January 12, 2018 3:35 pm

It’s yuuuuge!

Reply to  Ore-gonE Left
January 12, 2018 3:45 pm

(weather never was great… ☺)

Reply to  afonzarelli
January 12, 2018 4:55 pm

There were a couple of days this past spring …

Extreme Hiatus
January 12, 2018 3:22 pm

Congrats Anthony! Well deserved. To think it all started with a change of paint!

But… I thought weather and climate were two distinct things, except hot weather of course.

January 12, 2018 3:26 pm

Well done Anthony, Top again & I agree with your other selections as runners up.
I shall celebrate with a glass of cider, then off to bed.

January 12, 2018 3:29 pm

Kudos and of course and perhaps more importantly cheers

Lonnie E. Schubert
January 12, 2018 3:37 pm


Jimmy Haigh
January 12, 2018 3:39 pm

There’s no doubt about it: WUWT is one of the best blogs on the planet.

Barbara Skolaut
Reply to  Jimmy Haigh
January 13, 2018 8:47 am

What Jimmy said.

Robert from oz
January 12, 2018 3:39 pm

So your an ex seal and get 34 posts a week wow congrats Anthony .

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
January 12, 2018 3:40 pm

You shouldn’t be surprised and thoroughly deserve your outstanding place. Well done and please keep up the good work!

January 12, 2018 3:42 pm

Don’t drink all that beer…you’ll get a headache!

January 12, 2018 3:45 pm

Congratulations to you and to everybody that has made it possible: moderators, contributors, readers and commenters.

January 12, 2018 3:47 pm

What’s he selling?

Reply to  chaamjamal
January 12, 2018 6:45 pm

He wants a reciprocal link from WUWT because WUWT gets a lot of traffic.

you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog

That “badge” will be a link back to his website.

January 12, 2018 3:49 pm

“I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world’
I second that. Congratulations

Joe Bastardi
January 12, 2018 3:50 pm

More Fun Than the College Football Playoffs Heh Dr Pepper here

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Joe Bastardi
January 12, 2018 7:14 pm

Joe, you deserve more recognition also for your efforts. You rule the long-range forecasting sector of meteorology.

Reply to  Joe Bastardi
January 12, 2018 9:25 pm

I would most certainly second that!!

Richard G
Reply to  Joe Bastardi
January 12, 2018 10:51 pm

I left WU years ago and now get all my weather info from WeatherBell, MeteoStar and Earth nullschool.

Joel Snider
January 12, 2018 3:55 pm

I think when modern times become history, Anthony Watts will be heralded with even greater laurels.
Congratulations. The world at large owes you more than it even yet knows.

Mike Wryley
January 12, 2018 4:00 pm

we’ll let this percolate for a day or so before getting too excited, but if this is credible,
time to spread the word among the warm mongers

January 12, 2018 4:03 pm

Great stuff Anthony. Well done!

January 12, 2018 4:14 pm

Whoever/whatever put that list and all the others together must have spent a huge amount of time doing it.

Looks like congratulations are in order. Congratulations!

January 12, 2018 4:38 pm

Ok…But WUWT is #1 Science Climate Blog on the Internet. Keep up it Team WUWT!!!

Gary Pearse
January 12, 2018 4:41 pm

Anthony, I’m just finishing my second beer of the evening in Dom Republic, and since a 3rd is out of the question, I’m giving myself a dispensation to retroactively dedicate them both to you! Hearty congratulations!

I wrote not long ago on a recent thread that I detected a gloomy resignation on the part of a down-in-the-dumps Team. They’ve been hit mercilessly with a flurry of punches. Trump cancelled global warming by withdrawing from the marxbrothers Parasite Manifesto, He opened up offshore oil and gas exploration around 5he US including California which should become a big oil state, Arctic ice off New Jersey, frozen sharks on Massachusetts beaches, snow in Louisiana and hypothermia in Green sea turtles in the gulf, snow for the second year on Sahara dunes, which they had to parry with how this was a global warming event to much laughter. I don’t think there is enough motivation and energy left for heads to explode. We are witnessing the final epidemic of the Climate Blues which sidelined so many careers permanently. Gavin is silent. Mann in desperation has teamed up with Gore to help the Climate Dreareality Project in its last incarnation as people are flocking away in droves from from his Inconvenient Spoof. Even Hollywood has moved on to #Me Too on a subject as old as Hollywood itself. No more back atchas tweeted by the State Penn sciency types. They are about to turn out the lights on this gross agenda. A Nobel Prize for you, Anthony, deserving as you are, isn’t in the cards. It isn’t worth it anyway since the committee was taken over by the marxbrothers.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
January 13, 2018 1:15 am

Well put Gary! I think people have CO2 and air pollution mixed up. I am currently in Bangkok, and after touring down town for several hours in a Tuk-tuk, I am all for cleaning up air pollution. Batteries would work great here too for converting to some electrics, especial these trikes and tuks where there are millions and millions of them spewing out noxious fumes. Don’t worry about the CO2; worry about the CO Carbon Monoxide poisoning. That will kill you deader than a doorbell, or shorten your lifespan.

The majority of the people on the planet live between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. Clean air, clean water and a sensible environmental policy is not what we are fighting; it is outright Leftist Marxist control of energy policy and therefore our politics and democracy. And other necessities of life in the pursuit of happiness and freedom.

Reply to  Earthling2
January 13, 2018 5:49 am

Don’t forget most taxi’s in Bangkok are now run on propane gas!! Tuk-Tuks are limited to the tourist areas only. Back in the 1980’s the city was full of them and motor cycles and it was much worse. In a city where most people earn 300 baht (U$ 9.00) a day their concerns are not about climate and pollution but about feeding themselves and paying for their children’s schooling.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Earthling2
January 13, 2018 8:56 am

15yrs ago i was in Benin West Africa on a project in the north. Returning to Cotonou, the capital, I always insisted we traveled to miss the rush hour. Old motorbikes and other vehicles running on high sulphur, cheap gasoline made a blue smoke layer visibility of about 30m or less. And they ask these countries to inventory the only product from it all that is harmless!

Reply to  Earthling2
January 15, 2018 8:38 am

Not entirely true Pixie…but yes, they are working on it. I am here in Bangkok and all over Thailand this next few weeks and while they are trying to move taxi’s to propane in short order, it isn’t happening as fast as they would like. Out of the dozen taxi’s I took the last week, only two were propane. It will happen, and is worlds apart from Manila who is also trying, but the Philippines is light years behind Thailand in clean transportation. The tourist area is huge encompassing vast area’s of the city, and there are thousands and thousands of old Tuks roaring around. Plus every long boat has a 40 year old Diesel engine belching out black smoke. And that is all over every canal and the rivers covering all of Bangkok which is covering hundreds of square miles. Actually, I was expecting Bangkok to be unbearable, but they are making progress.

When I was in Cebu, Philippines last week, (2nd largest city) not one taxi was propane. Of course it isn’t the taxi’s anyway, it is the old diesel buses and Jeepney’s belching out black soot, smoke and particulates that hang in the air. And the tens of thousands of old motorbikes with no pollution control. Between the bikes and trikes, and buses and Jeepney’s, it is almost impossible to breath in the heat of the day. Just sickening, and I really felt like a heart attack coming on. I had to duck into A/C shops just to catch my breath. There is a lot of low hanging fruit to pick in doing the right thing, and these commercial transport options, especially the tuks, trikes, bikes and Jeepney’s could vastly improve air quality for tens of millions of people by utilizing the decades of research into better batteries and electric motors. Let’s not confuse clean air for hundreds of millions of people, for reducing CO2. This is about basic human health.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
January 13, 2018 11:50 am

Don’t celebrate yet.

Last year our company lost its biggest customer, Microsoft. They negotiated a deal to select their power from the market, rather than getting it from us. The reason? They want 100% green, renewable energy. Even though we own the second largest wind generation capacity for utilities in the country. Because a third of our generation is from dirty evil coal, we are not good enough.

So for 2018 guess what one of our top goals is? Going green. Forget about the science. It is politics and economics. And when the politicians and the heads of large companies believe in climate change as a serious threat, what the activist scientists do means little.

Michael Jankowski
January 12, 2018 4:45 pm

Real Climate should be number 2.

Reply to  Michael Jankowski
January 12, 2018 5:04 pm

(comic relief)…

January 12, 2018 5:00 pm

Awards aside, WUWT is first rate and important. Thank you Anthony.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  commieBob
January 12, 2018 7:28 pm

I’ll second that, CB. Anthony, what you have accomplished here will help insure the future of free speech and free thinking worldwide.

January 12, 2018 5:19 pm

Congratulations!!! Well-deserved, inspiring for all climate realists, and such a kick in the teeth, for the alarmist crowd! I bet they’re feeling really “hot under the collar, these days”!

Leon Brozyna
January 12, 2018 5:37 pm

Congrats on another well deserved recognition and a Top 100 Weather Blog badge to join the Top 100 Science Blog badge … keep rackin’ ’em up.

January 12, 2018 5:38 pm

Congrats on your #1 ranking. I was surprised to see the mail too. Never knew somebody actually does all this for weather blogs.

BTW I run a weather blog in India called keaweather.net

Richard G
Reply to  keaweather
January 12, 2018 11:00 pm

I saw that in the list. Keaweather #31. Congrats and a shout out from California to India.

Timo Soren
January 12, 2018 5:45 pm

Fist (circularly pumping) Woot Woot Woot!

January 12, 2018 5:45 pm

Anthony, I’m having a beer with you! Got a six pack of unknown origin at my porch for Christmas. Had one then and saving the other 4 for special occasions!

You should still be number 1 in my book. Roy and Judith are really good. Keep up the good work.

Cheers to you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply to  eyesonu
January 13, 2018 12:12 pm

“Had one then and saving the other 4 for special occasions!”

I saw that !! 🙂

January 12, 2018 5:51 pm

WUWT, definitely number one in my book! Comgrats!

Reply to  JimG1
January 12, 2018 5:52 pm


January 12, 2018 6:48 pm

I love Dr Roy’s picture.

January 12, 2018 7:22 pm

Off the beer for a number of reasons, but having a quiet chablis with pate to share the joy. No, the pate is on the bead, not in the chablis!

Reply to  neil
January 13, 2018 1:45 pm


Pate on bead.


January 12, 2018 7:28 pm

Anthony, if only they’d award you a Nobel Prize in the process you’d know they were legit, and you’d be in the company of real giants in the climate science realm, a la Mann and Schmidt. 🙂

Reply to  John
January 12, 2018 7:39 pm

Have to add that I’m glad I found this place. I admittedly check it way too many times/day for updates. Though put in perspective with the dozens of CAGW articles the likes of Huff Post, The Guardian and Business Insider put out daily, it doesn’t seem as obsessive.

Thanks for all you, Roy, Joe, Judith, Jo Nova, Tallbloke, Ball, etc.. do to educate the masses. It’s a refreshing change.

January 12, 2018 7:43 pm

Its a website where sanity reigns. Not is we can only infect all the useful idiots who are still promoting the scam. Thanks Anthony

January 12, 2018 7:49 pm

Scam notification or not, WUWT is the top interesting site on the Internet….so once again, congrats to Anthony and the Watts Up Team!

January 12, 2018 8:05 pm


January 12, 2018 10:01 pm

Why does AGU only go up to 10?

January 12, 2018 10:37 pm

Congratulations, Anthony. It is well deserved.

January 12, 2018 11:24 pm

So the motivation for making you number one is because they believe that WUWT gets the most coverage. That sounds pretty good to me.

Michael S. Kelly
Reply to  LewSkannen
January 13, 2018 12:11 am

I make $1 grillion per nanosecond without even becoming conscious, using this one weird trick…

Ed Zuiderwijk
January 13, 2018 3:06 am

And he didn’t even ask for your bank details where your inherited money could be sent! 🙂

January 13, 2018 11:22 am

haha oh the irony is thick in this one. Celebrating a scam. Very fitting considering the stuff that is usually posted here 😉


Reply to  benben
January 13, 2018 12:09 pm

“Celebrating a scam. Very fitting considering the stuff that is usually posted here “

… by you.

Reply to  benben
January 13, 2018 1:56 pm


Don’t like it?

Don’t read it.

Or do you feel so insecure, you feel you must.

Paul Courtney
January 13, 2018 11:52 am

Well, that’s weather, not climate. It’s that most wonderful time of the year here in midwest when we are reminded by w@rmists that weather is not climate (also known as “winter”). So when can we expect long overdue accolades to our host for climate? From “climate scientists”? When climate change comes to hell, I suppose.

January 13, 2018 12:51 pm

OK we are not able to award Anthony a Nobel Prize by ourselves. Most of us can’t even pass him a beer.
But in a celebratory fashion, lets hit the donation button to help Anthony celebrate as he so much deserves. My donation is coming right up, again!

January 14, 2018 8:47 am

Dear Anthony,
I would like to suggest a new feature on WUWT where readers can order special bumper stickers like these..or make a donation and pick a sticker.

–Question Climate Authority

etc etc.

January 14, 2018 7:51 pm

Is RealClimate still a thing?

January 15, 2018 5:21 pm

does screeming of joy also count as screeming? 🙂 congrats! I join you with a glass of wine!

January 16, 2018 10:06 am

Quality is its own reward.

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