New Study Finds Half of Reported Temperature Rise Is Fictitious

Published August 3, 2012

Climate Change Weekly #58

A reanalysis of U.S. surface temperature station data shows temperatures are rising only half as much as claimed by the U.S. Historical Climatology Network and other government gatekeepers of temperature data. The reanalysis is the first using the Siting Classification System devised by the MATEO-France French national meteorological service and recently approved by the World Meteorological Organization.

The new analysis, conducted by a team of scientists led by surface station expert Anthony Watts, shows government gatekeepers are improperly reporting double the temperature increase that is occurring in the real world. Fully 92 percent of the overstated temperature rise results from erroneous and scientifically unjustified government “adjustments” to the raw temperature data. The authors note global temperature trends are unlikely to be substantially different from those reported in their new analysis.

Lead author Anthony Watts explained how government officials overlook meaningful siting problems that add fictitious warming to the raw data.

“The USHCN is one of the main metrics used to gauge the temperature changes in the United States,” wrote Watts in a press release announcing the findings. “The first wide-scale effort to address siting issues, Watts (2009), a collated photographic survey, showed that approximately 90% of USHCN stations were compromised by encroachment of urbanity in the form of heat sinks and sources, such as concrete, asphalt, air conditioning system heat exchangers, roadways, airport tarmac, and other issues. This finding was backed up by an August 2011 U.S. General Accounting Office investigation and report titled: Climate Monitoring: NOAA Can Improve Management of the U.S. Historical Climatology Network.”

SOURCE: Watts Up With That?


Muller fails again in new paper … Muller’s daughter/colleague is in the ‘Green Government’ business … Monckton debunks Skeptic article on global warming … July sets record for fewest tornadoes … Eschenbach debunks thunderstorm claims


University of California-Berkeley professor Richard Muller authored an editorial in the New York Times claiming his new research is causing him to convert from the global warming skeptic camp to the IPCC camp. Muller, who is a long-time global warming alarmist, relies on data that meteorologist Anthony Watts shows to be corrupted by artificial heat sinks. Moreover, climate scientist Patrick Michaels told Climate Change Weekly the Muller paper indicates temperatures are warming at a much more modest pace than predicted by global warming alarmists.

SOURCE: Environment & Climate News


Elizabeth Muller, co-founder and executive director of her father Richard Muller’s Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project, runs a “Green Government” consultancy advising government entities how to reduce their carbon footprint and enact other asserted “green” programs. Muller’s consultancy adds to the embarrassment of public statements by BEST front-man Richard Muller showing he was a global warming alarmist as least as far back as 2003, despite his recent assertions that he is a long-time skeptic.



Readers of Skeptic magazine should exercise skepticism themselves regarding the magazine’s biased and flawed reporting on global warming, Christopher Monckton observes in a paper published by the Science and Public Policy Institute. Monckton documents dozens of flaws and misrepresentations in the Skeptic article, pointing out the article misrepresents the fundamental issues in the global warming debate. Monckton also notes the article’s repeated use of the term “deniers” is a dead giveaway to its propagandistic design.

SOURCE: Science and Public Policy Institute


July 2012 set a record for the fewest tornadoes ever recorded during the month of July. There were also no hurricanes or tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean during July, science blogger Steven Goddard reports.

SOURCE: Real Science

ESCHENBACH DEBUNKS THUNDERSTORM CLAIMS contributor Willis Eschenbach has written a short paper debunking claims that stronger thunderstorms are punching holes in the Earth’s protective ozone layer. The media published numerous articles during the past week about the claimed link between stronger thunderstorms and ozone damage, deceiving many people into believing global warming is causing yet another crisis.

SOURCE: Watts Up With That?

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