Climate Prat of 2013 – We have a winnah!

Great post, Pointman.


Unlike last year, the available selection this one has been noticeably thin. A lot of the usual prats have been smart enough to pick up on the winds of change and are quietly deserting the sinking ship. All we’ve heard from them is the occasional splash of their tiny, wee, small, pale and pink, ratty hands as they silently paddle away into the darkness. That’s not to say there haven’t been any prats around but there’s been very few of the good old true-believer Panzergrenadier variety of prat you could really enjoy giving a bloody good hiding to.

One or two new ones have appeared on the scene but they fall somewhere in that middle ground between being a true climate prat and simply being too thick to realise times have changed. George Clooney is probably a typical example; armed with all the knowledge one usually acquires before dropping out of…

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About Bob Tisdale

Research interest: the long-term aftereffects of El Niño and La Nina events on global sea surface temperature and ocean heat content. Author of the ebook Who Turned on the Heat? and regular contributor at WattsUpWithThat.
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4 Responses to Climate Prat of 2013 – We have a winnah!

  1. Totolly awsome post – inspired, lyrical, a page turner, incisive and informative. Can you do my obituary?

  2. Merry Christmas Bob,
    And may 2014 see the end of the Global Warming Scare Campaign!
    This is off topic but I don’t know how else to contact you.

    It is a bit late to be asking for a Christmas present, so I will ask for a New Year gift.
    In ‘Climate Models Fail – Supplement – 1’ Fig. 2-31 shows the SST anomalies for the North Atlantic and the decadal trends for the periods Nov. 1981 to Dec. 2002 and Jan. 2003 to July 2013.
    Could you do a post showing similar charts for the global oceans, the northern and southern hemisphere oceans, the North and South Pacific, the North and South Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, the Arctic Ocean and the Southern Ocean.
    If you have already done such a post please send me the link.

    I have read Section 9 in “Climate Models Fail’ and it is very informative, but to achieve a major policy change in Australia I need simpler data that will resonate with government Ministers and their political advisors. My assessment is that Ministers in the Abbott government would be receptive to sensible conclusions based on authoritative data.
    To let you know where I am coming from on this I refer you to my most recent letter to the CSIRO, via Minister Macfarlance here .

    I expect to get a response from the CSIRO around the end of February.
    As you will see from my letter I am arguing that in the real world the evaporative cooling response to an increase in surface temperature is so strong that man-made emissions of CO2 can’t cause potentially dangerous global warming.
    In my reply to the anticipated February response from the CSIRO, I also want to argue that because water molecules absorb longwave radiation, man-made emissions of CO2 can’t cause potentially dangerous global warming, irrespective of any uncertainties about the evaporative cooling response.

    The oceans cover 80% of the southern hemisphere; 60% of the northern hemisphere and hence 70% of the global surface. Therefore, unless CSIRO can demonstrate that the increase in man-made emissions of CO2 since the late 70s caused significant warming of the world’s oceans, it can’t cause potentially dangerous global warming.

    I am hoping the charts that I request above will substantiate the proposition that man-made emissions of CO2 cause only minor warming of the oceans and any significant warming that has occurred in some of the major ocean basins is most likely due primarily to regionally reduced cloud cover and a consequential increase in solar radiation at the ocean surface.
    I would also like to do a table showing decadal temperature trends for each of the major ocean basins above for the periods of say Nov. 1981 – Dec. 2002 and Jan. 2003 – July 2013.

    With your depth of knowledge on how the oceans and the climate interact you will no doubt add further insights in your posts.

    Have a Happy and Holy Christmas

    Kind regards


  3. Bob Tisdale says:

    Laurie, I’ll try to post it right after the first of the year, if that’s okay. That way I can have a full 13 years for the later period, assuming you’d want the data to be up to date.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.


  4. Thanks very much Bob,
    I am guessing at what will be in the CSIRO and tentatively preparing some rebuttals.
    I don’t expect a response from the CSIRO until end February, so early in the New Year will be great.

    All the best to you and your family for Christmas and a most successful 2014.



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