It’s just a little bit of “magic” from an Illusionist… You know, the “old shell game”.
So, They Released the Data, Right?
Well, sort of…
When you read the press reports, it sounds like there was a release of the 1500 or so sites that were well sited, yet not subject to legal restrictions on data sharing. It also sounds like they are releasing the basic data for all of us to look at it.
The web page that gives you the data:
The data subset consists of a network of individual land stations that has been designated by the World Meteorological Organization for use in climate monitoring. The data show monthly average temperature values for over 1,500 land stations.
“The data” “individual land stations” “monthly average temperature values”. It all sounds like they are releasing the temperature data…
There is a link near the top of that page that mentions this is a subset of the HadCRUT3 data set… “But I thought HadCRUT3 was a product, not the “raw” data?”
And right you are… When you click through that link, you find that the “data” they have released is a partial subset of the output of the CRU Code, not the input. From:
I’ve bolded the key words:
HadCRUT3: Global surface temperatures
HadCRUT3 is a globally gridded product of near-surface temperatures, consisting of annual differences from 1961-90 normals. It covers the period 1850 to present and is updated monthly.
The data set is based on regular measurements of air temperature at a global network of long-term land stations and on sea-surface temperatures measured from ships and buoys. Global near-surface temperatures may also be reported as the differences from the average values at the beginning of the 20th century.
So this is the product and not the data. It has the HadCRUt 1850 cutoff in it. It is based on measurements and it not itself a measurement of anything. This is not the temperature data, this is the homogenized pasteurized processed data food product.
Nice deflection. Nice packaging that looks like it is releasing the data while not quite lying. Bad form. Very Bad Form.
Try again, please…
One is left to wonder if they subscribe to the broken behaviours of “Post Normal Science”. It looks like it… A good read on that subject (that does seem to explain the broken moral compass at CRU and Met Office) is here: