Is New Zealand Officially Without Temperature?

New Zealand Not Quite Official Temperatures

New Zealand Not Quite Official Temperatures

Original on NIWA page at:

An email pointed me to this posting that claims the New Zealand Official Temperature Record has been abandoned by the folks we thought were responsible for it. Golly…

You really ought to read the article. If it is even 1/2 validated, it’s a shocker…

Some quotes (all taken blissfully out of context ;-) :

Most of this will upset NIWA’s supporters. If you’re a NIWA supporter, go find a buddy to hug before reading on. This will rock your world.

Because NIWA formally denies all responsibility for the national temperature record (NZTR).

Now that is surprising – shocking, really. Forget their defensive posturing since our paper criticising it last November – now they’ve given that up and say the NZTR isn’t their problem, they’re not responsible for maintaining it and apparently there’s no such thing as an “official” New Zealand Temperature Record anyway.

Got that? In a fit of “duck and cover” the agency that HAD been telling us how good and official their temperature record was now says there is no such thing and it’s not their fault… Hmmm…..

They’re not defending the temperature record or the mistakes in it, they’re virtually saying: “You’re right, the dataset could be shonky, so we’re washing our hands of it.” Which gives us no confidence in the “science” they might have applied to it. What the hell’s going on? I actually hope their lawyers know a cunning trick to get them out of this, and it’s not what it seems. Because it’s my NIWA too!

OK, how about Australia next? Maybe then we can get Canada and the USA to admit they’ve got more holes than bucket…

But it gets worse.

NIWA has formally stated that, in their opinion, they are not required to use the best available information nor to apply the best scientific practices and techniques available at any given time. They don’t think that forms any part of their statutory obligation to pursue “excellence”.

Who knew you could peddle backwards so fast…

NIWA denies there is any such thing as an “official” NZ Temperature Record, although they’re happy to create an acronym for it (NZTR). The famous “Seven-station series” (7SS) is completely unofficial and strictly for internal research purposes. Nobody else should rely on it.
It certainly looks like the NZ temperature record

So it doesn’t exist except as an acronym – and in the laboratory – and they aren’t obliged to look after it.

There is more in the article…

What can I say? One down and a hundred to go?

And what does this imply for GHCN?

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1 Response to Is New Zealand Officially Without Temperature?

  1. xyzlatin says:

    The wheels are grinding exceedingly slowly, but grind they will.
    One of the problems is that the alternative energy folk (solar, wind power) are promoting themselves as holier than thou and deserving of Government support and largesse. This has become a philosophy that is hard to combat.
    They scare the populace with ideas that resources are scarce and will run out soon, so that is their reason. They dont need the temperature records really, whether it is hot or cold, the fact is that resources may run out (in a couple of thousand years).
    The counter argument that says that we acknowledge resources are finite, but still alternative energy should still stand on its own feet and be competitive, is a finesse that is hard for most people not economists to understand.

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