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How not to measure temperature, British facepalm edition

I had to share this “laugh out loud” moment from Bishop Hill and the photo of this weather station. Andrew Montford writes:
Settled science

Much amusement is to be had from a posting at a blog called Sudden Oak Life.

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Courage in Congress

It’s hard to believe. But it can happen.

And it did happen. Not from Lamar Smith, who is on a rabid witch-hunt against scientists from NOAA. 36 more words

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When someone cannot argue on the basis of evidence and logic, a tempting ploy is to discredit their opponent by tarnishing their character. This is, of course, an invalid argument, since it is entirely possible that even one of tarnished reputation can offer a correct and convincing argument. Alas, the general public and the media, people who are laughingly called "journalists", is not capable of engaging in this simple exercise of rhetorical criticism. They believe in their "gut", after all. Representative Eddie Johnson challenged Chairman and Representative Lamar Smith on this kind of tactic. Here are excerpts from the letter I urge you to read: 2015-11-20_212728

2015-11-20_212830 Still, some can see what's happening, and have the balls to speak out. Applause to Representative Eddie Johnson. Update, 24th November 2015 Lamar Smith responds. Ars Technica weighs in. The article Smith is flaming about was published Science. A copy is available, as is its supplementary material. Roberts at Vox provides an overview, summary, and evaluation. I'm interested in this because of my own work on and writings about the supposed "hiatus", for which I find very little evidence, if some statistical contradictions in some published work. Smith's goals certainly change depending upon with who he is speaking, ranging from ferreting out fraud, to seeing that miniscule amounts of taxpayer dollars are properly spent. And he presumes there are political motivations for work, where data, taken at face value, can be used to establish results. Representative Smith, like many on this issue, forget that scientific research does not follow the rhetorical rules of a courtroom. In fact, viewed from a statistical and especially Bayesian perspective, American courtrooms (and perhaps other courtrooms) are terrible mechanisms for deciding important things. (See also 1 and 2.) Irrespective, it seems to me Smith's Committee is incapable of reproducing the calculations needed to verify the results of Karl, et al, and, so, is pursuing the only thing they know how to do. And, if I may be permitted a bit of the same liberties Smith is being allowed, assigning motivation for something he cannot possibly know, the reason he's doing this is to once again cloud evidence for warming in the collective mind of the American public during the COP21 negotiations in Paris, or, at least, dominate the news media with intimations of wrongdoing while these are ongoing. You are a public servant, too, Representative Smith. Who pays your campaign bills? Oh, surprise, surprise, it's the oil and gas industry. That doesn't influence you the least bit, does it?

Corrupted Australian Surface Temperature Records

Older records may be fragile but was diligence any better in recent decades?

Guest essay by Bob Fernley Jones


Out of over 20,000 Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) weather stations on record… 2,918 more words

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Global Temperature Report: October 2015: Warmest October in the satellite temperature record

From University of Alabama, Huntsville:

Global climate trend since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.11 C per decade
October temperatures (preliminary)
Global composite temp.: +0.43 C (about 0.77 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for October. 604 more words

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Dissent in the climate ranks over Karl's "pause buster" temperature data tweaking

WUWT readers may recall that on June 4th, 2015, WUWT published a scathing criticism of the paper by Karl et al (“Possible artifacts of data biases in the recent global surface warming hiatus… 469 more words

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All the RSS Temperature Trends that are Fit to Plot

Guest essay by Barry Wise

Christopher Monckton has pointed out that a trend of zero or smaller can be calculated stretching back over 18 years, but critics have pointed out that this encompasses the super el Niño of 1998 and so biases the trend downward while the overall temperature is still rising. 861 more words

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Same Old Same Old

Here’s temperature anomaly in the USA (yearly averages for the “lower 48”) since 1880, according to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration): 1,212 more words

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