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Booker & The Fiddling With Temperature Records In The Arctic

February 7, 2015

By Paul Homewood




Booker with episode two of the temperature fiddling scandal: 


When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.

Two weeks ago, under the headline “How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming”, I wrote about Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a cooling trend was changed to one that showed a marked warming.

This was only the latest of many examples of a practice long recognised by expert observers around the world – one that raises an ever larger question mark over the entire official surface-temperature record.

Following my last article, Homewood checked a swathe of other South American weather stations around the original three. In each case he found the same suspicious one-way “adjustments”. First these were made by the US government’s Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN). They were then amplified by two of the main official surface records, the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (Giss) and the National Climate Data Center (NCDC), which use the warming trends to estimate temperatures across the vast regions of the Earth where no measurements are taken. Yet these are the very records on which scientists and politicians rely for their belief in “global warming”.

Homewood has now turned his attention to the weather stations across much of the Arctic, between Canada (51 degrees W) and the heart of Siberia (87 degrees E). Again, in nearly every case, the same one-way adjustments have been made, to show warming up to 1 degree C or more higher than was indicated by the data that was actually recorded. This has surprised no one more than Trausti Jonsson, who was long in charge of climate research for the Iceland met office (and with whom Homewood has been in touch). Jonsson was amazed to see how the new version completely “disappears” Iceland’s “sea ice years” around 1970, when a period of extreme cooling almost devastated his country’s economy.

One of the first examples of these “adjustments” was exposed in 2007 by the statistician Steve McIntyre, when he discovered a paper published in 1987 by James Hansen, the scientist (later turned fanatical climate activist) who for many years ran Giss. Hansen’s original graph showed temperatures in the Arctic as having been much higher around 1940 than at any time since. But as Homewood reveals in his blog post, “Temperature adjustments transform Arctic history”, Giss has turned this upside down. Arctic temperatures from that time have been lowered so much that that they are now dwarfed by those of the past 20 years.

Homewood’s interest in the Arctic is partly because the “vanishing” of its polar ice (and the polar bears) has become such a poster-child for those trying to persuade us that we are threatened by runaway warming. But he chose that particular stretch of the Arctic because it is where ice is affected by warmer water brought in by cyclical shifts in a major Atlantic current – this last peaked at just the time 75 years ago when Arctic ice retreated even further than it has done recently. The ice-melt is not caused by rising global temperatures at all.

Of much more serious significance, however, is the way this wholesale manipulation of the official temperature record – for reasons GHCN and GISS have never plausibly explained – has become the real elephant in the room of the greatest and most costly scare the world has known. This really does begin to look like one of the greatest scientific scandals of all time.

  1. February 8, 2015 1:08 am

    Paul, congratulations again. Traction gained.

  2. February 8, 2015 1:56 am

    Reblogged this on Power To The People and commented:
    Fiddling W Arctic Temp Records To Sell Alarmist #Climate Chg Biggest Scandal Of Century

  3. February 8, 2015 4:07 am

    Congrats Paul! You deserve these shout outs with all the fine work you are doing here. Keep it up!

  4. A C Osborn permalink
    February 8, 2015 12:09 pm

    Paul, have the articles brought about any increase in traffic to your sight as they should do?

    • February 8, 2015 1:08 pm

      At least doubled recently.

      The two Paraguayan posts have had about 7000 views each, which is the sort of number WUWT gets on a typical post

  5. Eliza permalink
    February 8, 2015 12:09 pm

    This is not a joke anymore.

    • February 8, 2015 3:29 pm

      Eliza, for a systematic exploration of this not only in GHCN, but USHCN, GISS, HadCRUT, BOM (Australia), NIWA, and Meteoschweiz see essay When Data Isn’t in ebook Blowing Smoke. Several earlier contributions by Paul Homewood are included with full credit given.

  6. mf56 permalink
    February 8, 2015 2:25 pm

    Thanks Paul. I get loads of abuse over at on the “General Chatter” section. The site is run by a physics graduate that has never done any real world physics.

  7. February 8, 2015 4:00 pm

    Great post …… wonder how them polar bears ever survived the mid evil warming period ….. clever bunch of bears I suppose 😉 Would love your or anyone else’s comments on –

  8. February 8, 2015 5:37 pm

    Thanks, Paul. You are doing a lot of good exposing the climate fraud.
    And thanks to Christopher Booker, for his excellent articles in The Telegraph.

  9. February 8, 2015 5:53 pm

    Reblogged this on Wolsten and commented:
    Good to see Paul Homewood’s excellent research getting coverage in the main stream media.

  10. February 8, 2015 6:15 pm

    Reblogged this on troymo and commented:
    more on this subject

  11. Green Sand permalink
    February 8, 2015 7:08 pm

    Just made the DRUDGE REPORT

  12. February 8, 2015 9:37 pm

    Congratulations!!! Thank you for your diligence on the continuing reveal of the junk science and flat out lying that backs the “Green” agenda

  13. A C Osborn permalink
    February 9, 2015 12:23 pm

    Comments on the Chris Booker article are now over 15,000.
    Great work by you all in getting exposure.

  14. February 10, 2015 8:41 pm

    You are doing some hard work here, keep up the good work.
    However, I believe in looking at the big picture, and judging the obvious facts I find there, after all facts don’t lie.


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