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    Climategate goes American: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies involved

    Climategate goes American: NOAA, GISS and the mystery of the vanishing weather stations


    January 16th, 2010

    For those who haven’t seen it, here’s a link to US weatherman John Coleman’s magisterial demolition of the Great AGW Scam. I particularly recommend part 4 because that’s the one with all the meat. It shows how temperature readings have been manipulated at the two key climate data centres in the United States – the NASA Goddard Science and Space Institute at Columbia University in New York and the NOAA National Climate Data Center in Ashville, North Carolina. (Hat tip: Platosays)
    This is a scandal to rank with Climategate.


    What it shows is that, just like in Britain at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) temperature data records have been grotesquely distorted by activist scientists in order to exaggerate the appearance of late 20th century global warming. They achieved this – with an insouciant disregard for scientific integrity which quite beggars belief – through the simple expedient of ignoring most of those weather station sited in higher, colder places and using mainly ones in warmer spots. Then, they averaged out the temperature readings given by the warmer stations to give a global average. Et voila: exactly the scary “climate change” they needed to persuade bodies like the IPCC that AGW was a clear and present danger requiring urgent pan-governmental action.


    The man who spotted all this is a computer programmer called EM Smith – aka the Chiefio. You can read the full report at his excellent blog. In the 70s, the Chiefio discovered, GISS and NOAA took their temperature data from 6,000 weather stations around the world. By 1990, though, this figure had mysteriously dropped to 1500. Even more mysteriously this 75 per cent reduction in the number of stations used had a clear bias against those at higher latitudes and elevations.
    Here’s an excellent example of this: Bolivia.
    Notice that nice rosy red over the top of Bolivia? Bolivia is that country near, but not on, the coast just about half way up the Pacific Ocean side. It has a patch of high cold Andes Mountains where most of the population live.
    One Small Problem with the anomally map. There has not been any thermometer data for Bolivia in GHCN since 1990.
    None. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Nothing. Empty Set.
    So just how can it be so Hot Hot Hot! in Bolivia if there is NO data from the last 20 years?
    Easy. GIStemp “makes it up” from “nearby” thermometers up to 1200 km away. So what is within 1200 km of Bolivia? The beaches of Chili, Peru and the Amazon Jungle.
    Not exactly the same as snow capped peaks and high cold desert, but hey, you gotta make do with what you have, you know?
    Meteorologist Joseph D’Aleo has also been on the case. You can find a link to his superb analysis of the scandal at Watts Up With That. (Sorry: I would give you a more direct link to his pdf file but I can’t work out how to do it)
    In Canada the number of stations dropped from 600 to 35 in 2009. The percentage of stations in the lower elevations (below 300 feet) tripled and those at higher elevations above 3000 feet were reduced in half. Canada’s semi-permanent depicted warmth comes from interpolating from more southerly locations to fill northerly vacant grid boxes, even as a pure average of the available stations shows a COOLING. Just 1 thermometer remains for everything north of latitude 65N – that station is Eureka. Eureka according to Wikipedia has been described as “The Garden Spot of the Arctic” .
    You know what this means, don’t you? It means the ragbag of eco-loons, politicians and technocrats pushing AGW can no longer plausibly deploy their main excuse about Climategate – that it was all a little local difficulty of no great importance because the HadCrut temperature data sets were independently confirmed by those at GISS and NOAA. What this story demonstrates, as many of us suspected all along, is that not just the British temperature records but those in the US too have been hijacked by political activists. I need hardly say that this breaking scandal has been almost completely ignored by the MSM.


    Not unpredictably, the director of one of the two institutions implicated in this – Dr James Hansen of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies – has issued a (very carefully worded – which makes you wonder what he’s not telling us) denial of any skullduggery.
    “NASA has not been involved in any manipulation of climate data used in the annual GISS global temperature analysis.”
    The idea that a man of Dr Hansen’s radical persuasion should be running an organisation as important as GISS is looking increasingly absurd. To get an idea how absurd, think Tony Benn in charge of Britain’s defence policy, or – let’s get really weird – imagine if Ed Balls were in charge of Education or Gordon Brown were running the country. More on Hansen’s activist sympathies in another blog.

    Climategate goes American: NOAA, GISS and the mystery of the vanishing weather stations – Telegraph Blogs

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    Lets see if this has any legitimacy.

    It's from a blog on the Telegraph's website, so a highly dubious and biased source. As I'm sure everyone knows, The Telegraph is one of the most disingenuous, manipulative, right wing pieces of shit newspapers going. Almost as bad as The Mail (see other thread).

    I'm curious about the factual reasoning employed in this piece as well. The claim of using thermometers in different locations (one hotter, one colder) does seem to be a rather irrelevant one. If they took temperatures from a high altitude and then switched to a desert or coastal setting, the differences would be enormous. I'm sure the scientists involved would've been aware of this. It is their job to get this right after all....

    Anyway, best to check the links and see how much is fact or opinion.

    It is interesting that a lot of the right wing rags in the UK are publishing this stuff all at the same time. It almost feels coordinated......
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    Right wing and left. Are you still stuck in between that paradigm?

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    I won't take junk from non-scientific publications for without a pinch (truckload) of salt.


    Now, the main lobbyists against global warming are funding heavy media coverage on any little thingy they can find. No surprise that these 'newspapers', just worth using in the toilet, most of the times, belong or are funded by some of their friends.


    It's just sad to see so many TD users actually echoing on these...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Jones View Post
    Right wing and left. Are you still stuck in between that paradigm?
    When it's relevant and utilised by just about everyone on the planet, then yes, I guess I'm "stuck". Sorry about that. Just using the term in an accurately descriptive manner. Bad me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunTzu View Post
    It's just sad to see so many TD users actually echoing on these...
    Nobody else will listen to them.

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    ^ hehehe

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