Climategate: Something's Rotten in Denmark ... and East Anglia, Asheville, and New York City (PJM Exclusive)
Programmer Ian “Harry” Harris, in the Harry_Read_Me.txt file, commented about:
[The] hopeless state of their (CRU) data base. ... No uniform data integrity, it’s just a catalogue of issues that continues to grow as they’re found. ... I am very sorry to report that the rest of the databases seem to be in nearly as poor a state as Australia was. There are hundreds if not thousands of pairs of dummy stations, one with no WMO and one with, usually overlapping and with the same station name and very similar coordinates. I know it could be old and new stations, but why such large overlaps if that's the case?Aarrggghhh! There truly is no end in sight. ...
This whole project is SUCH A MESS. No wonder I needed therapy!!
I am seriously close to giving up, again. The history of this is so complex that I can’t get far enough into it before by head hurts and I have to stop. Each parameter has a tortuous history of manual and semi-automated interventions that I simply cannot just go back to early versions and run the updateprog. I could be throwing away all kinds of corrections - to lat/lons, to WMOs (yes!), and more. So what the hell can I do about all these duplicate stations?
Climategate has sparked a flurry of examinations of the global data sets -- not only at CRU, but in nations worldwide and at the global data centers at NOAA and NASA. Though the Hadley Centre implied their data was in agreement with other data sets and thus trustworthy, the truth is other data centers are complicit in the data manipulation fraud.
The New Zealand Climate Coalition had long solicited data from New Zealand's National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA), which is responsible for New Zealand's National Climate Database. For years the data was not released, despite many requests to NIWA’s Dr. Jim Salinger -- who came from CRU. With Dr. Salingers’ departure from NIWA, the data was released and showed quite a different story than the manipulated data. The raw data showed a warming of just 0.06C per century since records started in 1850. This compared to a warming of 0.92C per century in NIWA’s (CRU's) adjusted data.
Willis Eschenbach, in a guest post on Anthony Watts' blog, found a smoking gun at Darwin station in Australia. Raw data from NOAA (from their GHCN, Global Historical Climate Network, that compiled data that NASA and Hadley work with) showed a cooling of 0.7C. After NOAA "homogenized" the data for Darwin, that changed dramatically. In Willis’ words:
YIKES! Before getting homogenized, temperatures in Darwin were falling at 0.7 Celsius per century ... but after the homogenization, they were warming at 1.2 Celsius per century. And the adjustment that they made was over two degrees per century ... when those guys “adjust,” they don’t mess around.