Ed Driscoll

The Great Data Migration

Kate McMillan on Phil Jones, prior to his alleged recent suicide watch:

Here’s Phil Jones, who recently stood aside as director of the Climatic Research Unit in East Anglia, gravid with data in a 1996 email:

In our maximum latewood density reconstruction from the polar Urals to AD 914, the most anomalous summer is AD 1032. A lot of other volcano years are there with summers of -3 to -4 sigma such as 1816,1601,1783 and 1453 (I think this later one is Kuwae that is being found in the Ice Cores in the Antarctic. However 1032 is 6 sigma and it may be the Baitoushan event which you say is 1010 +/- 50 years or the Billy Mitchell event.

Jones nine years later in a 2005 email:

(McKitrick and McIntyre) have been after the CRU station data for years. If they ever hear there is a freedom of Information act now in the UK, I think I’ll delete the file rather than send to anyone.

Jones three days ago:

We interpret data. We don’t create or collect it. It’s all available from other sources.

Including from Maggie’s Farm, where I found the above post.

And speaking of great data migrations, check out “MoveOn’s Triple Whopper” on the Pajamas homepage: “Air quality in the United States has improved dramatically over the past 40 years, yet Moveon.Org wants you to believe that breathing the air is like being a pack-a-day smoker.” (As the thumbnail I created of Beldar Conehead blowing through an entire pack of smokes in a single puff hopefully highlights.)

Meanwhile, The Grauniad helpfully suggests, “If you’re going to do good science, release the computer code too.”

True. It could prevent embarrassing moments such as this: