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Global warming visits Birmingham, Alabama

NOAA MAP PROBABILITY OF SNOW IN US FOR CHRISTMAS

Today on Christmas Day, we have a case of “y’all watch this!” from Mother Nature. No Budweiser or moonshine was required before this happened. Today we have snow in Birmingham, Alabama.

From WBRC, Fox Channel 6 we get this……

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – People across north Alabama woke up Christmas morning to find more than presents under their Christmas trees… they also found snow.

Snow began falling just before sunrise Saturday in northwest Alabama and quickly spread east across the northern portion of the state.  People as far south as Montevallo reported seeing snow flakes. Snow was accumulating in many areas around the Birmingham area, especially in locations north of Interstate 20.

As you can see from the NOAA map they goofed as it snowed south of where they had <5% probability. Here’s what they had to say about it……

Each year, as Christmas Day approaches, people across Central Alabama begin dreaming of a White Christmas. However, historical records do not hold much hope for a truly classical White Christmas, that is, snow falling and measurable amounts on the ground on Christmas Day.

Cullman, Ala. (Dec. 25, 2010, MyFoxAL.com)

Cullman, Ala. (Dec. 25, 2010, MyFoxAL.com)

Looks like we had the White Christmas to me.  Another case of that global warming heat creating snow. Kind of like boiling water, then standing there waiting for it to freeze.

Source: NOAA

Source WBRC

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Michigan State University Joins NOAA in Satellitegate Cover Up

Michigan State University Joins NOAA in Satellitegate Cover Up by John O’Sullivan

The Satellitegate scandal festers on. US government passes the buck to Michigan State University but they won’t give straight answers either.

University Relations officer, Mark Fellows of Michigan State University (MSU) gives an official response to questions I put originally to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) months ago about their “degraded” NOAA-16 satellite.

I had sought answers as to how deep and extensive was the data contamination from a broken sensor that led NOAA to remove a “degraded” global temperature satellite from service. I wished to know whether NOAA was going to actively root out all corrupted data and re-publish their numbers.

However, NOAA tossed that hot potato over to MSU who now advises they “cannot make any representations on behalf of NOAA.” Thus neither NOAA nor MSU will come clean on the true extent of satellite temperature data corruption and a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request is now becoming ever more necessary to move this issue forward.

Government Lawyers Quickly on the Case

After the Satellitegate story broke in the summer NOAA had their lawyers on the case. A formal attorney’s letter advised me NOAA would not comment and referred the matter to their Coast Watch partner’s site that is run by Michigan State University (MSU). Their legal advisers declined to accept that their NOAA-16 satellite failure was as an issue they ought to address.

But MSU now points the finger back at NOAA leaving taxpayers no closer to the truth about the extent of satellite data corruption. But conversely what is mounting is further evidence to suggest that the US government may be engaging in a cover up.

Years of Satellite Data Undermined

My original articles reported that the US Government  has been forced to admit its satellite readings were ‘degraded’  and as Dr. John Christy indicates, the real Satellitegate is not about one satellite.

NOAA has reported a succession of record warm temperatures in recent years based on such satellite readings but these may all be fatally undermined if government stonewalling persists.

With top climate scientists and even prior governmental reports citing under funding and misallocation as the trigger for spiraling satellite data calamities researchers have shown flaws with five satellites that undermine global climate data records.

With public confidence in the official numbers falling why won’t the US government come clean and frankly answer the questions posed? If they did then we could once and for all clear up the suspicion over whether thousands of bogus super hot false temperatures have been fed into climate models for years.

University Admits only Images not Data was Fixed
As the weeks and months pass with no official answers on such questions I published my last article explaining that a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request would soon become the last viable option to get at the truth in this matter.

Interestingly, since publication of that article MSU contacted me via spokesman, Mark Fellows. While Fellows conceded that, “seriously degraded data from one satellite was the root cause of the problem” he would only go as far as admitting that “images” – not data had been removed from the MSU archives.

Therefore we are still no closer to a definitive statement as to whether “degraded” satellite data has been infecting global climate models.

Five Years of Public Records Deleted

Typical of U.S. satellites, and admitted to by Fellows and other authorities, the offending NOAA-16 data handling is automated and human operators do not routinely check the numbers. Respected climate scientist, Dr Roy Spencer advised me he knew of the fault in the satellite’s sensor in 2005 and he and other experts abandoned using its corrupted temperatures for climate modeling.

Following Spencer’s advice and before publishing my first Satellitegate article, I checked the NOAA-16 satellite’s AVHRR Subsystem Summary. What I found were numerous entries up to 2010 but nowhere any mention of sensor problems likely to cause data degradation. However, after publication of my articles, all entries from the NOAA-16 AVHRR Subsystem Summary from 2005 onwards were removed. Why?

NOAA Sells Degraded Data to Unwitting Researchers
Continuation of such obstructive conduct makes it increasingly reasonable to infer that NOAA may be implicated in malfeasance and possible fraud. We still do not see evidence that NOAA acted with due diligence on these bogus temperatures. By its omissions to publish caveats, upon the evidence of Spencer and others, NOAA appears to have knowingly failed to notify customers of the contamination of its temperature products for at least five years, maybe more.

Thus with no evidence in its favor the public may conclude the US government wrongfully sold degraded temperature data to unwitting climate research institutes around the world.

With a huge can of worms now opened MSU has joined NOAA in declining to explain this bizarre, indeed, potentially criminal conduct. Is it any wonder that skeptics see such disingenuous responses as little more than stalling tactics in what is becoming increasingly seen as a government cover up?

Below is a full copy of the MSU email. Note that the university cites removal of “images” not of data:

Re: CoastWatch thermal data
From: Mark Fellows
To:John O’Sullivan

Dear Mr. O’Sullivan:

Your queries to CoastWatch were forwarded to me. You should understand that we can only provide information regarding the CoastWatch program, which is a partnership including MSU. We cannot make any representations on behalf of NOAA.

The main focus of the Great Lakes CoastWatch website is to provide commercial, charter and recreational anglers with information on lake surface temperatures. It is not intended, nor advertised, to be a primary source for any scientific or climate studies. The CoastWatch team is not aware of any such studies that have used imagery or data obtained from the website.

The CoastWatch computer system is highly automated to reduce cost. It ingests pre-processed thermal imagery generated by instruments on NOAA satellites. On the evening of August 9, 2010, it came the attention of the CoastWatch team that some thermal images on the website contained obviously erroneous temperatures. It was soon determined that seriously degraded data from one satellite was the root cause of the problem.

The team took immediate action to remove the image from the website and reprogrammed the system to no longer ingest data from that satellite. In addition, the team searched the image archive for other obviously erroneous temperature images and removed them. [emphasis added]

The following notice was posted on the web site and all internal pages:

NOTICE (8/11/2010): Due to degradation of a satellite sensor used by this mapping product, some images have exhibited extreme high and low surface temperatures. Please disregard these images as anomalies. Future images will not include data from the degraded satellite and images caused by the faulty satellite sensor will be/have been removed from the image archive. [emphasis added]

In the 16 years that this service has been available, this is the first known instance of seriously degraded thermal data being delivered on the website. The CoastWatch team is currently evaluating whether other reprogramming changes are necessary to avoid such problems in the future.

On behalf of Great Lakes CoastWatch,

Mark Fellows

University Relations

Michigan State University

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Editor Comment: It appears we now have what is termed “circular buck-passing” going on, a typical government response when they don’t want to give answers. NOAA passes the buck to Michigan State who then pass the buck back to NOAA. My how “convenient” this is as all they need do is point the finger back towards the other party.

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Satellitegate Update by John O’Sullivan

Satellitegate US Agency Faces Courtroom Climate Showdown 

The controversy over ‘Satellitegate’ hots up as NOAA faces a court appearance for refusing to release evidence that would show whether one or more US satellites exagerrated global warming temperatures.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a federal agency focused on reporting the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere. When the story first broke NOAA bizarrely announced it would withdraw satellite ‘images’ from its archives but failed to state whether reams of cooked data had also been withdrawn.

An official US Government statement last July confirmed that the NOAA-16 earth orbiting satellite used to measure surface temperatures suffered failure due to a “degraded” sensor system. But skeptics now fear that because government climate scientists won’t answer any more questions or reveal the discredited data archives they may be guilty of fraudulently cooking the books to show super boiling temperatures.

The story broke after an anonymous member of the public contacted a skeptic blog when he stumbled across thousands of alarming readings on a government website. The website showed thousands of surface temperatures of over 400 degrees fahrenheit. Dubbed Satellitegate the shocking revelations proved that all such bogus data had been fed automatically into data banks that the US Government then sold all over the world.

As proprietary temperature data products the junk numbers were used by domestic and international weather and climate researchers. Fears are growing that the junk data may have contaminated scores of climate models worldwide and artificially increased average global warming records by several degrees.

In the three months since the story hit the news NOAA still hasn’t come clean as to the  true extent of the data contamination. Now it may be necessary for lawyers to file an official Freedom of Information request (FOIA) to compel the government, under federal legislation, to stop the cover up and reveal the truth.

US Government Has History of Breaking Law over Satellite Failures

This won’t the first time NOAA has cynically broken the law to hide embarrasing satellite problems. In 2008 desmogblog.com became embroiled in a similar FOIA confrontation- see ‘NOAA Stonewalls on DCSOVR Documents.’ It is believed that the DCSOVR satellite costing over $100 million may be cannabalised to destroy incriminating evidence that NOAA and NASA were conspiring to prevent the launch of that satellite because it would prove the numbers from other such sources were fake.

As desmogblog.com reports, “DSCOVR is designed to view the planet from the unique vantage point of one million miles distant, and according to leading researchers would immediately settle any remaining debate on the origins or seriousness of global warming.”

Degraded Climate Data Knowingly Sold for Over Five Years

Among the questions NOAA still hasn’t answered are: (1.) how long did NOAA knowingly sell to its network of international customers (mostly government weather and climate researchers) ‘degraded’ data and, (2.) why was no action taken until the story caused a public outcry five years after prominent climate researchers first made the faults known?

Sadly, some commentators on this issue omit to consider that it is common practice in corruption cases for conspirators to shroud their malevolence in the cloak of incompetence. To be fair to the commentator in question he has since publicly conceded, “But, I don’t know the full story.”

How the Law Addresses Corruption

Too often, those with little or no legal experience fail to address whether the alleged perpetrators have the means, motive and opportunity to engage in such conspiratorial acts. Willful ignorance of the facts and/or the law are recurrent themes in government corruption cases on which I’ve worked in both the UK and New York.

Courts must look for the mens rea (guilty mind) component of the wrongful act in conjunction with the actus reus (the rotten deed itself) otherwise, quite rightly, they will never convict.

Lawyers defending the indefensible will often resort to that hoary old chestnut of applying the “merely negligent” gambit to get government workers off serious charges. I have heard endlessly over the years from defense attorneys that we should “never presume malice where simple incompetence will do.” To the raw, untrained eye it often works.

Indeed, there is no prerequisite to doubt such an affirmative defense when there is the absence of any pattern of “error” because it is that pattern of repeated errors that leads to the guilty. What becomes apparent in good fraud cases is that the evidence always displays a pattern- a predictable sequence- of “errors” that go way beyond mere chance. 

The Question that NOAA Still Won’t Answer

What makes the Satellitegate controversy so intriguing are three simple questions:

Why do the thousands of high temperature “errors”  favor the alarmist (thus government) case?

2. Why were such “errors” only acknowledged by the US government when the story became big news?

3. Why won’t NOAA answer my follow on questions and release all the facts?

Invariably, apologists for science fraud often refer to systemic “errors” as nothing more serious than simple laboratory “selection bias” – and it sure is! Those involved only see what suits them. However, as we have seen in correspondingly substantial frauds (e.g. multi-billion dollar Madoff scandal and sub-prime mortgages) such “error” bias profits the individual or the organisation that crunched the numbers.

When that link between conscious act and subsequent gain becomes clear then it constitutes criminal fraud. Often when such cases are proved you’ll hear those same sanctimonious words uttered by apologists, “lessons will be learned” and they sure are – particularly lessons as to how best to mitigate being caught in the future!

How Self-preservation instinct leads to Conspiracy to Commit Fraud

As I have seen in courtrooms, many middle ranking officers, those loyal lieutenants, often rally behind the misdeeds of their superiors because they are clearly motivated by misplaced self-preservation in a process of ‘CYA.’  You “cover your ass” and concomitantly, by such a survival strategy you also cover the behinds of colleagues by wagon circling as a group. You know full well that your undoubted strength in numbers increases your own personal chances of avoiding censure/prosecution.

So how do anti-corruption specialists prove malfeasance/fraud under the civil burden of “the preponderance of the evidence?” Well, ultimately we need to demonstrate a good probability that X , Y or Z are unlikely to be merely incompetent time after time when their repeated errors favor only one outcome as opposed to a random one. When it becomes statistically improbable that such “errors” could be down to chance alone, that’s when a jury convicts.

What those without legal training also often fail to grasp are two key concepts that courts must address that may be fatal for those implicated parties:

Omission-conscious failure to positively remedy a known error is malfeasance and may thus constitute conspiracy to commit fraud;

Loss or destruction of evidence by any party subject to an FOIA constitutes evidence abuse which is dealt with by the spoliation doctrine (i.e. the offending party is sanctioned under law because the law states that a party shall be punished when it ought to anticipate legal proceedings-thus securing conviction by default judgment).[1.]

The worst evidence of hyper-inflated global warming data that I found was on a web page entitled, ‘Michigan State University Remote Sensing & GIS Research and Outreach Services.’ When I contacted NOAA for further information I was denied by their lawyers. Is this necessary if we are talking about a non-problem over trivial errors of data no one uses? Does that smell of negligence or more of fraud? Taxpayers have a right to know what evidence has now become conveniently “lost” or destroyed.

NOAA and MSU have effectively blocked further access to all associated data preventing my associates and me from analyzing it to identify if there is any case to answer.  We merely want NOAA to address the following:

Since removing ‘images’ from their archives has NOAA or its Sea Watch partners taken steps to also remove infected ‘data’ from their archives?
When did NOAA/Sea Watch Partners first know of this problem?
Has NOAA and/or Sea Watch partners ascertained the scope and extent of this data error and what action (i) has been (ii) will be taken to avoid any further recurrence?
Has NOAA/Sea Watch partners identified whether satellite data temperature anomalies impact other data sets and findings including global climate models?
Why has NOAA sinisterly removed all entries for the NOAA-16 subsystem log about the satellite’s health and performance from 2005 onwards when such entries were cleared displayed online up to the date of my first ‘Satellitegate’ article?
Were there errors also made in the NOAA-16 subsystem log that is a totally unconnected process to that of the degraded sensor.
Will NOAA preserve/provide my investigators and me with the details of all the aforementioned data no longer displayed online, plus all associated data that may be relevant to investigations into the ‘Satellitegate’ controversy?
Does NOAA continue to feed automated ‘degraded’ satellite data into its proprietary products that are bought by weather and climate researchers around the world?
Why has NOAA not given any official notifications to (i) it’s paying customers and (ii) the public via its website/publications of the NOAA-16 faults despite Drs. Roy Spencer and John Curry making it known since 2005 that data was no longer reliable?

What Are the Public Left to Think Now?

As any competent government corruption attorney will tell you, repeated errors constitute malfeasance when a continuous and unrelenting omission to address a known sequence of data ‘degradations’ can be judged to be nothing short of a conscious and willful act.

Moreover, when there is also the intentional failure to divulge the evidence that would prove conscious intent not to correct a fault in your favor then that is also proof of fraud. Thus, a group of those who knew of the errors and collectively and consciously failed to act are as guilty of conspiracy to defraud as those who perpretrated the original wrong. Bankers have been jailed for less, why aren’t climate scientists?

[1.] Koesel, MM; Turnbull, TL; Gourash, DF; ’Spoliation of evidence: sanctions and remedies for destruction of evidence,’(2006), American Bar Association.

Source: John O’Sullivan

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Global warming is dead, long live the new king

The king is dead, long live the king. Global warming is being pronounced dead as I type.  George Monbiot, a global warmer if there ever was one has pronounced it dead in his column at the Guardian titled “Climate change enlightenment was fun while it lasted. But now it’s dead.” The United Nations can’t put a treaty on global warming together any better than they do anything else and a cap & trade bill has been declared all but dead in the United States Congress. Global warming is justifiably dying on the vine.

This has been prompting many skeptics to wonder what the next new scary booga-booga we’re all gonna die thing will be put forth next. You know greedy governments and the financial market won’t just go away and they’ll use  by the alarmist crowd like a tool to get what they want.

So who’s the new king of alarmism? Well, based upon this article in the Daily Mail I’d have to say that our next boogie man is going to be Sol himself, aka the sun. The article is alarmingly titled “Massive solar flare ‘could paralyse Earth in 2013.'” Does that sound scary enough to you. Egaaadddddssssss! We’re all going to die.

Does anyone else besides me wonder why they can’t get off the warming shtick? First its global warming, now we’re going to get stir-fried by a gigantic, humongous, massive solar flare.

I am beginning to liken science in some cases as not being much better than the guy on the street with the sign that says something to the effect of “Repent sinners! The end is near!” About all I can see is that in some scientific circles we’re seeing perhaps what will be someday termed as the end of common sense. If the title wasn’t enough to scare you read the quote…..

A massive solar flare could cause global chaos in 2013, causing blackouts and wrecking satellite communications, a conference heard yesterday.

Nasa has warned that a peak in the sun’s magnetic energy cycle and the number of sun spots or flares around 2013 could generate huge radiation levels.

The resulting solar storm could cause a geomagnetic storm on Earth, knocking out electricity grids around the world for hours, days, or even months, bringing much of normal life grinding to a halt.

NASA? Hmmmm, they’re kind of dying on the vine aren’t they? Obama has neutered them going into outer space to visit places like the Moon and Mars, the space shuttles are being retired almost as I type, and they’ve been relegated to being our global warming agency, except global warming is rapidly becoming a non-issue with the public.

It’s still an issue with me because of the continued streams of BS coming out of various people and agencies that “the science is settled,” or we’re going to have “unprecedented” heat-cold-wind-tornaodes-warmth-floods-drought-cholera-measles-genital warts-melting ice caps and you name it courtesy of our old friend global warming, all designed to make people massively wealthy via carbon trading schemes and carbon taxes, not to mention that there are some who want to control everybody and everything, like “The Doctor Kevorkian of Climate Change.”

We not only have to worry about solar flares now, we also have the nefarious…..

Scientists are said to fear that a similar effect could be achieved by a hostile power exploding a nuclear weapon in space, producing a massive burst of electromagnetic energy known as a high altitude electromagnetic pulse.

Wow! I will bet applications for grant money are already being thought about, not to mention NASA will have a new crisis so they can go beg for more money from Congress since Obama seems to be shutting the tap off for them.

Please note that I fail to see any kind of scientific basis for this prediction in this whole article, other that it’s a prediction. Sounds about like global warming. Ummm…we don’t have any proof except for some computer models and altered data with a lot of wild-assed guesses but we have “unprecedented” global warming and “the science is settled,” and don’t look too close lest you find out we have no science please.  Just send lots of grant money so I don’t join the ranks of the unemployed.

I also find this rather unusual considering the fact that it appears we’re not having any increase in sunspot activity, which is leading some to wonder if we’re heading for a major solar minimum cycle that may really cool things off.

Well government agencies are obviously on the money hunt again as evidenced by this post titled “NOAA/NCDC – USHCN is broken please send 100 million dollars.” In case you are unaware NOAA is part of the global warming crowd along with GISS and  NASA.

It also seems the United Nations is rapidly changing it’s direction in redistributing the wealth of the planet via a $1.4 trillion tax on things like airline tickets and other things to go into a “Global Solidarity Fund.” Gotta love Obama, he can’t spend our money fast enough and the UN can’t spend everyone else’s money fast enough.

Well, the king is dead, long live the new king just may be applied to a new reason for us to all have a global panic-attack and send 100’s of millions of dollars to the latest “the end is near” craze.

Time will tell if this is more CO2 Insanity  or not.

Source: The Daily Mail

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NOAA – PLUMEGATE -SEAFOODGATE

Suggested new NOAA logo

We now appear to have twin-sisters to Satellitegate (of which you can read about here, here, herehere, and here), that I’m dubbing Plumegate and Seafoodgate.

It appears NOAA wasn’t just content with covering up problems with their satellites such as kaput sensors, sensors relaying faulty data and new satellites being sent into space with missing sensors. We now have what appear to be more cover-ups courtesy of NOAA, and who knows who else might be involved? Perhaps BP? Perhaps Obama? I can’t say but it would not surprise me if either of them were in on this.

Per this article at Mother Jones we have reports of NOAA trying to suppress scientists (ala BP read here) by trying to cover up the oil plumes they claim are still floating around the gulf……

Speaking of the BP cover-up, there are two very important pieces of news today about the extent to which the real impacts of the disaster have been hidden. In the St. Petersburg Times, Craig Pittman has this scathing report on how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration attempted to silence scientists who discovered the vast undersea plumes of dispersed oil in the Gulf:

The reaction that USF announcement received from the Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the federal agencies that sponsored their research: Shut up.

So, NOAA first tries to get USF to retract their report about the oil plumes and when that nefarious plan fails, they then proceed to try to talk them into keeping it a secret by not revealing it to the public. Per the article…..

Lubchenco confirmed Monday that her agency told USF and other academic institutions involved in the study of undersea plumes that they should hold off talking so openly about it. “What we asked for, was for people to stop speculating before they had a chance to analyze what they were finding,” Lubchenco said. “We think that’s in everybody’s interest. … We just wanted to try to make sure that we knew something before we speculated about it.”

Sounds like a lot of back-pedaling to me to cover up them trying to keep this out of the public eye so we’ll all thing everything is just wonderful in the Gulf of Mexico,  not to mention at NOAA, when it appears that is not the case. This isn’t the only nefarious thing that appears to be going on in the gulf either.  It appears we also have what I’ll call Seafoodgate.

There’s another extremely important piece out today, wherein the Associated Press documents how oil is already finding its way into the food web. Scientists are finding traces of oil in crab larvae:

The government said last week that three-quarters of the spilled oil has been removed or naturally dissipated from the water. But the crab larvae discovery was an ominous sign that crude had already infiltrated the Gulf’s vast food web — and could affect it for years to come.

Appears that we have yet another incident of government dishonesty. What I have been hearing on the news as of late is about how the seafood is just fine, the oil is gone, and y’all come on down to N’awlins and have some Shrimp Etouffee. This just doesn’t sound like it is an honest assessment of the situation to me.

I post this to again show how NOAA seems to have possibly caught a contagious disease called “Pinocchio Syndrome,” which causes what appear to be lies, cover-ups, ignoring facts, altering data, and other similar problems with the truth.

It seems like Ronald Reagan may have been thinking of the gulf oil spill when he said “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'” Terrifying indeed, because it appears this is coming true.

Source: Mother Earth

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Leading US Physicist Labels Satellitegate Scandal a ‘Catastrophe’

Launching wasted tax dollars into space?

Leading US Physicist Labels Satellitegate Scandal a ‘Catastrophe’ By: John O’Sullivan

Respected American physicist, Dr Charles R. Anderson has waded into the escalating Satellitegate controversy publishing a damning analysis on his blog.

In a fresh week of revelations when NOAA calls in their lawyers to handle the fallout, Anderson adds further fuel to the fire and fumes against NOAA, one of the four agencies charged with responsiblity for collating global climate temperatures. NOAA is now fighting a reargaurd legal defense to hold onto some semblance of credibility with growing evidence of systemic global warming data flaws by government climatologists.

NOAA Systemically Excised Data with ‘Poor Interpolations’

Anderson, a successful Materials Physicist with his own laboratory, has looked closely at the evidence uncovered on NOAA. He has been astonished to discover, “Both higher altitudes and higher latitudes have been systematically removed from the measured temperature record with very poor and biased interpolated results taking their place.”

Like other esteemed scientists, Anderson has been quick to spot sinister flaws in official temperatures across northern Lake Michigan as revealed in my earlier articles.

I had proven that the website operated by the Michigan State University had published ridiculously high surface water temperatures widely distributed over the lake many indicating super-boiling conditions. The fear is that these anomalies have been fed across the entire satellite dataset. The satellite that first ignited the fury is NOAA-16. But as we have since learned there are now five key satellites that have become either degraded or seriously compromised.

In his post Satellite Temperature Record Now Unreliable Anderson’s findings corroborate my own that NOAA sought to cover up the “sensor degradation” on their satellite, NOAA-16. The U.S. physicist agrees there may now be thousands of temperatures in the range of 415-604 degrees Fahrenheit automatically fed into computer climate models and contaminating climate models with a substantial warming bias. This may have gone on for a far longer period than the five years originally identified.

Anderson continues, “One has to marvel at either the scientific incompetence this reveals or the completely unethical behavior of NOAA and its paid researchers that is laid open before us.”

Indian Government Knew of Faults in 2004

I have further uncovered proof that the Indian government was long ago onto these faults, too. Researcher, Devendra Singh, tried and failed to draw attention to the increasing problems with the satellite as early as 2004 but his paper remained largely ignored outside of his native homeland.

Indian scientist, Singh reported that NOAA-16 started malfunctioning due to a scan motor problem that caused a ‘barcode’ appearance. Singh’s paper, ‘Performance of the NOAA-16 and AIRS temperature soundings over India’ exposed the satellite’s growing faults and identified three key errors that needed to be addressed.

Singh writes, “The first one is the instrument observation error. The second is caused by the differences in the observation time and location between the satellite and radiosonde. The third is sampling error due to atmospheric horizontal inhomogeneity of the field of view (FOV).” These from India thus endorse Dr. Anderson’s findings.

Photo of the barcode problem noted by Singh

NOAA Proven to have engaged in Long-term Cover Up

My investigations are increasingly proving that such data was flagged by non-NOAA agencies years ago, but NOAA declined to publish notice of the faults until the problem was publicized loudly and widely in my first ‘satellitegate’ article, US Government in Massive New Global Warming Scandal – NOAA Disgraced. Official explanations initially dismissed my findings. But then NOAA conceded my story was accurate in the face of the evidence.

My second article, shortly thereafter, exposed that a succession of record warm temperatures in recent years may be based on contaminated satellite readings. But NOAA spokesman, Program Coordinator, Chuck Pistis declined to clarify the extent of the satellite instrument problem or how long the fault might have gone undetected.

Thereafter, in my third article, Official: Satellite Failure Means Decade of Global Warming Data Doubtful we saw the smoking gun evidence of a cover up after examining the offending satellite’s AVHRR Subsystem Summary. The official summary shows no report of any ‘sensor degradation’ (NOAA’s admission) since its launch in September 2000.

Subsystem Summary Details Censored Between 2005-10

But even more sinister is the fact that the official online summary now only shows events recorded up to 2005. All subsequent notations, that was on NOAA’s web pages last week and showed entries inclusive to summer 2010, have now been removed. However, climatechangefraud.com is displaying a sample of the missing evidence copied before NOAA took down the revealing web pages after it entered into ‘damage limitation mode.’

As events have unfolded we are also learning that major systemic failures in the rest of the satellite global data-collecting network were also not reported. Such serious flaws affect up to five U.S satellites as reported in an excellent article by Susan Bohan here.

NOAA Tears Up its Own ‘ Data Transparency’ Policy

But rather than come clean NOAA has this week ordered their lawyers to circle the wagons.  Glenn Tallia, their Senior Counselor, wrote to advise me, “The data and associated website at issue are not NOAA’s but instead are those of the Michigan State Sea Grant program. Thus, we have referred your e-mail to the Michigan State Sea Grant program.”

Yes, Glenn, clearly the final data output was published by Michigan but the underlying fault is with your satellite!

With NOAA now hiding behind their attorneys we appear to see a contradiction of NOAA’s official pledge that “ The basic tenet of physical climate data management at NOAA is full and open data access” published in their document, NOAA/National Climatic Data Center Open Access to Physical Climate Data Policy December 2009.
Sadly, we may now be at the start of yet another protracted delay and concealment process that tarnished NASA’s and CRU’s reputations in Climategate. We saw in that scandal that for 3-7 years the US and the UK government agencies cynically and unlawfully stymied Freedom of Information requests (FOIA).

NASA’s disgrace was affirmed in March 2010 when they finally conceded that their data was in worse shape than the much-maligned Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the UK’s University of East Anglia. CRU’s Professor Phil Jones only escaped criminal prosecution by way of a technicality.
The attorney credited with successfully forcing NASA to come clean was Christopher Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Horner is now advising me as to how best to pursue a possible FOIA of my own against NOAA if they continue their obfuscation.

American Physicist Pick Out Key Issues

Meanwhile, back on his blog Anderson points to the key issues that NOAA tries to cover up. He refers to how Charles Pistis, Program Coordinator of the Michigan Sea Grant project, tried to pass off the dodgy data as being an accidental product of the satellite’s malfunction sensors taking readings off the top of clouds rather than the surface temperatures.

By contrast, Anderson cogently refutes this explanation showing that such bogus data was consistently of very high temperatures not associated with those detected from cloud tops. He advises it is fair to assume that NOAA were using this temperature anomaly to favorably hype a doomsaying agenda of ever-increasing temperatures that served the misinformation process of government propaganda.

As Pistis admitted, all such satellite data is fed automatically into records and apparently as long as it showed high enough temperatures to satisfy the catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (AGW) advocates of those numbers were not going to make careful scrutiny for at least half a decade.

Anderson bemoans, “One has to marvel at either the scientific incompetence this reveals or the completely unethical behavior of NOAA and its paid researchers that is laid open before us.”

“Charles Pistis has evaded the repeated question of whether the temperature measurement data from such satellites has gone into the NOAA temperature record. This sure suggests this is an awkward question to answer.”

Now Satellites NOAA-17 and 18 Suffer Calamities

While NOAA’s Nero fiddles ‘Rome’ continues to burn and the satellite network just keeps on falling apart. After NOAA-16 bit the dust last week NOAA-17 became rated ‘poor’ due to ‘scan motor degradation” while NOAA-18’s gyro’s are regarded by many now as good as dead. However, these satellites that each cross the U.S. twice per day at twelve-hour intervals are still giving “direct readout”(HRPT or APT) or central processing to customers. So please, NOAA, tell us – is this GIGO still being fed into official climate models?

NOAA-17 appears in even worse condition. On February 12 and 19 2010 NOAA-17 concedes it has “ AVHRR Scan Motor Degradation” with “Product(s) or Data Impacted.”

Beleaguered NOAA customers have been told, “direct readout users are going to have to deal with the missing data gaps as best they can.”

On August 9, 2010, NOAA 17 was listed as on ‘poor’ with scan motor problems and rising motor currents. NOAA admits, “Constant rephase by the MIRP was causing data dropouts on all the HRPT stream and APT and GAC derivatives. Auto re-phase has now been disabled and the resulting AVHRR products are almost all unusable.”

NOAA continues with tests on ‘17’ with a view to finding a solution. On page 53 we find that NOAA-17 has an inoperable AMSU Instrument.  The status for August 17, 2010 was RED (not operational) and NOAA is undertaking “urgent gyro tests on NOAA 18.” For further details see here. More evidence proving NOAA is running a “degrading” satellite network can be read here.

Dr. Anderson sums up saying; “It is now perfectly clear that there are no reliable worldwide temperature records and that we have little more than anecdotal information on the temperature history of the Earth.”

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Satellitegate: Scientists Speak

GOES-8 Satellite that will be missing 14 sensors it should have to see if we have global warming or not

From John O’Sullivan, via Canada Free Press, we get further information on Satellitegate. Satellitegate refers to problems that have been discovered with old satellites, satellite data, and even problems with satellites that have yet to be launched. This evidently has caused lots of action about this at NASA, NOAA, GISS and elsewhere.

In his article titled “Top Scientists Speak out on the Satellitegate Scandal” you can read about how this being exposed has affected things and some opinions of some scientists. It appears that one satellite has been shuttered and datasets may be disappearing.

US Government admits global warming satellite sensors “degraded” – temperatures may be out by 10-15 degrees. Now five satellites in controversy. Top scientists speak out.

In an escalating row dubbed ‘Satellitegate’ further evidence proves NOAA knew of these faults for years. World’s top climate scientists and even prior governmental reports cite underfunding and misallocation as the trigger for spiraling satellite data calamities. Key flaws with five satellites undermines global data.

Most disturbing of all is that it took publication of my article last week to persuade the authorities to withdraw the errant NOAA-16 satellite from service. But as Dr. John Christy indicates, the real Satellitegate is not about one satellite. The scandal is endemic with comparable flaws across the entire network; the scandal is also that it took a tip off from a member of the public and the widespread broadcast of my article before one of the offending junk boxes, NOAA-16, got taken down.

If you want to read about the whole big and getting bigger all the time scandal here are the links to the other articles and posts about Satellitegate.

  • You can read the whole article at Canada Free Press here.
  • This link is to my post about John O’Sullivan’s article on thr 10-15 degree warming added by NOAA-16.
  • This link is to my first post about the article titled “Dimmer View of Earth” in the Contra Costa Times, by Susan Bohan.
  • This link is to John O’Sullivan’s original article at Climate Change Fraud.
  • This link is to my post about John O’Sullivan’s article about the 600+ degree city of Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.

Sources: John O’Sullivan, Canada Free Press, Climate Change Fraud

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The Arctic is not melting

The “warmers’ are such an amazing propaganda machine. Joseph Goebbels, the king of Nazi propaganda, surely would feel like a proud papa were he to return from his well deserved visit to Hell. At least the “warmers” haven’t sent us “skeptics” to concentration camps, yet. Though I’d wager some would love to. Words like honesty, truth, accuracy, and reality are apparently not in their vocabulary.  People such as Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Lenin and William James (father of modern psychology) have all made statements to the effect of “tell a lie often enough and people will believe it, ” which kind of sounds like the “warmer” mantra.

Speaking of Hell, the “warmers” want you to think it’s hotter than Hell in the Arctic this year. But is it? Or, is this just another case of mass propaganda put out by the “warmers” to be foisted upon the public by a mainstream media who are either clueless, in cahoots with them, or both.

If you read any previous posts on here you’re aware of some “funny” things going on with how data is collected by NOAA, GISS, NASA, etc. We’ve had

  • 612 degree temperatures in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.
  • Satellite-gate about how the Landsat 7 satellite doesn’t work all that well, and how new, yet to be launched satellites, will be missing a lot of sensors they should have aboard.
  • Satellite-gate 10-15 About how the  NOAA data is 10-15 degrees high due to satellite data being incorrect.

We have some wacky people and government agencies providing some very wacky data, that, as evidenced by the deletion of satellite sensor arrays from those new satellites, leads me to surmise that something is rotten.

I did find some  more information which leads me to the conclusion that the data they use is perpetuating a fraud upon the general public. Many “eat” the “alarmist” newspaper articles, TV shows and “alarmist” website BS up like candy. Remember, newspapers are a hurting industry, they’re in business to sell papers and they need sensationalism to sell papers. You can say the same about TV and internet.

An article titled “No problem in the Arctic – Plenty of Sea-Ice – No global warming – you can relax now” isn’t going to sell many papers. An article titled “Sea-Ice Melting! No Arctic Ice by 2030! We’re all gonna die!” will certainly get the general public’s attention. Toss in some Photoshopped pictures of polar bears sitting on mini-icebergs, and the  “alarmist” BS about the iceberg that just broke off a glacier in Greenland (here), and you’re going to sell lots of news.

This morning I found an article at Pajamas Media about how NOAA and GISS are obtaining their alleged Arctic temperatures. They then use this faux data to make claims that it’s really hot up there, the ice is melting, the polar bears are dying, and you’ll be able to sail the Queen Mary though the new Northwest Passage in a couple of decades because due to global warming the polar cap will melt. Below is one snippet.

In the case of the Arctic that one thermometer and the few that are on the fringe of the Arctic are used to calculate the average temperature of everything north of eighty degrees. When one uses a 250-degree smoothing factor for the data from GISS, the truth is suddenly and shockingly revealed: they don’t have any thermometers north of eighty degrees and very few north of sixty degrees. The 1,200 kilometer smoothing floods the Arctic with assumed temperature readings that don’t actually exist.

So what does this all mean in miles? To get into further detail than the PJ article, each degree of latitude is approximately 69 miles. From 80 degrees north, where their highest (if I read the article right theres’ only 1)sensor is, it is about 690 miles to the North Pole (90 degrees north), (10 degrees x 69 miles = 690 miles). For an equivalent it’s like having a sensor in Salt Lake City, Utah and claiming the temperature there is the temperature in San Francisco, California.  You can see approximate degrees latitude and approximate distances on the below map.

From 60 degrees north, the line where most sensors cease to exist, it’s approximately 2,070 miles (30 degrees x 69 miles =2,070 miles). That’s like having a sensor in San Francisco, California and using it to ascertain the temperature in St. Louis, Missouri. Again, an extremely long distance to be claiming one temperature is the same as the other.

The 1,2oo kilometer smoothing basically means that they will take one sensor and use it as data for the whole area in a 1,200 kilometer 360 degree radius. What’s 1,200 kilometers? It is the equivalent of 745 miles. The approximate distance from San Francisco, California to Phoenix, Arizona. To give you an idea of what kind of temperature disparity this kind of “smoothing” can cause, as I write, it’s 56 degrees in San Francisco. In Phoenix it’s 99 degrees. Get the point? It’s called how to warm things up for the general public, many of who read these things without understanding them or bothering to do any research on whether the article, website, or TV show is being realistic or “alarmist.”

As en example, using their method, I could create a chart now showing that it’s 99 degrees in San Francisco when it’s really 43 degrees cooler because I’m using that 1200 km “smoothing” that allows me to effectively cheat and claim the temperatures are the same in both cities, regardless how preposterous the claim is. This is one way you get all the claimed global warming. Toss in that satellite data that is 10-15 degrees higher and you have voilà, the “hottest June,” “the hottest 6 months,” “the hottest year,” Hopefully you get the point that it’s tantamount to a lot of “hot air” and as far as reality is concerned, it’s not much scientific value, unless you’re into science fiction stories.

Now let’s get to the sea-ice extent in the Arctic and what’s really happening at the north and south poles vs. what the “warmers” would like you to believe. As far as the “warmers” are concerned that Arctic sea-ice is melting at record rates. It’s yet more proof of global warming and designed to foster the false belief that we’ll soon all think we’re roasting in Hell with Joseph Goebbels, unless we start worshipping at the Church of Global Warming and put lots of money in that basket when it’s passed around. What I call “Alarmism” at its best.

The website Watts Up with That has a nice sea-ice page with all the latest charts on what the sea-ice extent is doing. They’re regularly updated, too, which is good because you’re not looking at old or faux data, it’s right from the source in real-time. Per his “Sea Ice News 18” summer is over in the Arctic. The ice shouldn’t be melting anymore, it should start building now that it’s getting colder. Per the chart below you can see  for yourself that the temperature has peaked and is now dropping.

Per the next chart below, you can plainly see (the red line) that it’s not as bad as the “alarmist” have made it out to be. It’s better than 2oo7 (purple line) and 2008 (green line) and actually seems to be on course, so far, with 2009 (blue line). Please note that 2009 was better (more ice) than 2007, which is the year the “warmers” tout as proof we’re melting like the Wicked Witch of the North in the Wizard of Oz.

You’ll see there is one small period where 2010 drops slightly below 2007, which has also been flying around the MSM as proof that the ice is melting. The only problem is this only lasted a matter of days before it changed back. Notice you didn’t hear anything about that in the MSM, did you? They don’t want you to know that it was only a blip on the radar. They’ll take any tidbit they can find and use it to preach global warming.

You should check out Watts Up with that here as they have more charts and explanations about what’s happening in the Arctic and the Antarctic.

By the way the Antarctic isn’t melting away either. You can plainly see per the below chart that 2010 (red line) is probably going to set a record as the sea-ice extent is significantly higher than 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and even 2009. Something else you don’t hear from the MSM.

This is how they get you sucked into believing in global warming. They use data with missing chunks, incorrect data, skewed data, non-existent data, manufactured data, and do nice little “scientific” things like 1,200 km smoothing, which allows one to use a higher temperature from half a continent away as the data you want to claim is in an area that you want to show is warming,

Don’t believe me? Here’s a quote attributed to Dr. James Hansen, Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).

The 12-month running mean global temperature in the GISS analysis has reached a new record in 2010. The main factor is our estimated temperature change for the Arctic region.

Hell, who needs reality? Let’s just estimate what we want the public to hear! Will this type of CO Insanity ever go away? I”m not holding my breath.

Sources: Pajamas Media, Watts Up With That

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“Satellite-gate” NOAA data 10-15° high

"NOTICE: Due to degradation of a satellite sensor used by this mapping product, some images have exhibited extreme high and low surface temperatures. “Please disregard these images as anomalies. Future images will not include data from the degraded satellite and images caused by the faulty satellite sensor will be/have been removed from the image archive.”

NOAA goes “Oops!” again. We reported the other day here about satellite-gate, where we see problems with the current Landsat 7 satellite and problems with new satellites about to be launched that have been neutered of many sensors they should have functioning. I speculated at the time that the satellites may have been neutered deliberately because if allowed to actually provide any real data it might prove that global warming was the crock of shit that I and many others think it is. Evidently there’s more problems with another current satellite.

This afternoon I got the following e-mail from John O’ Sullivan, which is below.

Friends,

It seems judging by the US Govt’s reaction to my article yesterday we now have a major controversy brewing over a malfunction with climate sensors onboard the ‘NOAA-16’ satellite.
The entire data set has been removed from the official NOAA government website. Disclaimers have been posted and NOAA are declining to answer my questions as to whether a decade’s worth of North American satellite data is will discredited and will now have to be junked. If my requests are repeatedly ignored/denied I shall file an order to show cause in the federal court and cite FOIA.
Per John’s article we can see more on how NOAA is deleting data and hiding from telling people the truth, which sounds strangely like the antics surrounding climategate. Instead of “hide the decline,” it’s increase the angle.
US Government admits satellite temperature readings “degraded.” All data taken offline in shock move. Global warming temperatures may be 10 to 15 degrees too high.The fault was first detected after a tip-off from an anonymous member of the public to climate skeptic blog, Climate Change Fraud (view original article) (August 9, 2010).

You can read the whole original articles at the above links. My comments on an article published at CO2 Insanity about Landsat 7 being wanked and the new satellites not having all the sensors they were planned to have is here if you wish to avail yourself of something besides global warming BS. I also posted a few terse comments here about the fraudulent 600 degree temperature John O’Sullivan wrote about. Below is what NOAA’s Chuck Phistis said after NOAA first denied any problems existed.

I just relooked and (sic) the image again AND IT IS in my archive. I do not know why the temperatures were so inaccurate (sic). It appears to have been a malfunction in the satellite. WE have posted thousands if (sic) images since the inauguration of our Coatwatch (sic) service in 1994. I have never seen one like this.”

Yes Chuck, 612 degrees is just a bit on the high side. No wonder we have all these “warmers” scurrying about claiming it’s the warmest year on record. Lying bastards, dumb bastards, or malfunctioning satellite (perhaps Janet Jackson runs it?), it doesn’t matter to me, there’s a rather large elephant in the global warming bathtub that is warming the water from tepid to boiling over. It gets better per the below quote.

But the spokesman for the Michigan Sea Grant Extension, a ‘Coastwatch’ partner with NOAA screening the offending data, then confessed that its hastily hidden web pages had, indeed, showed dozens of temperature recordings three or four times higher than seasonal norms.

This makes me wonder if “dozens” is merely the tip of the old iceberg? If you start linking all this together and tie in the fact that data is being yanked off their website in what appears a blatant attempt to cover this all up, it appears that the pendulum is swinging even more towards the global warming is BS direction.

Data like this gets used by the MET Office, James Hansen at GISS, the IPCC and  a host of others who are trying to make it seem like global warming is going to burn us to a crisp any minute, not to mention other people who are using this fraudulent data to bolster things like sea-level rises and melting ice at the poles. Then all of this phony data gets used by the people who want to bring  you carbon trading and carbon tax you into the poor house like Al Gore and his carbon cabal,

So far the only global warming I’m convinced of is “inconveniently” in Al Gore’s pants. I’m sure the “sex crazed poodle” is finding out the real meaning of “inconvenient truth.” Perhaps in addition to inventing global warming and inventing the internet Al was the inventor of hot pants?

More CO2 Insanity.

Source: Climate Change Fraud – John O’Sullivan

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NOAA’s 600 Degree City

Egg Harbor, Wisconsin?

According to some new data brought to light by John O’ Sullivan at Climate Change Fraud NOAA’s really been “cooking the books.” So much so that according to their  data the above photo should be what Egg Harbor, Wisconsin looks like. Perhaps they should change the name to Fried Egg Harbor? Read John’s article here.

Source: Climate Change Fraud

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