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26 Jan 10 - Joseph D'Aleo and Anthony Watts came out today with a stunning 111-page exposé that just simply trashes any credibility that that may have remained with NOAA, NASA, and CRU.
In this paper, the two long-time meteorologists explain "why all press releases form NOAA's NCDC, NASA's GISS, and Hadley/CRU should henceforth be ignored. The terrestrial data sets have become seriously flawed and can no longer be trusted for climate trend assessment."
"Around 1990, NOAA began weeding out more than three-quarters of the climate-measuring stations around the world. It can be shown that they systematically and purposefully, country by country, removed higher-latitude, higher-altitude and rural locations, all of which had a tendency to be cooler."
"Perhaps one of the biggest issues with the global data is the disappearance of temperature monitoring stations from the networks after 1990. More than 6000 stations were active in the mid-1970s. 1500 or less are in use today."
In Russia, the Ria Novosti agency reported that the Hadley Center for Climate Change had used data from only 25% of the Russian reporting stations, thereby creating a far greater warming than was exhibited by using 100% of the raw data.
In Canada, the number of stations dropped from 600 to less than 50. Just one thermometer remains for everything north of the 65th parallel. That station is Eureka, which has been described as "The Garden Spot of the Artic," because though winters are frigid, summers are slightly warmer than at other places in the Arctic.
They cherry-picked the data, in other words.
"In Europe, higher mountain stations were dropped, leaving behind more coastal cities. The dropout in Europe as a whole was almost 65%. In Nordic countries it was 50%."
D'Aleo and Watts continue their scathing attack: "Instrumental temperature data for the pre-satellite era (1850-1980) have been so widely, systematically, and unidirectionally tampered with that it cannot be credibly asserted there has been any significant "global warming" in the 20th century."
The flaws are so great that the surface-temperature databases are "useless." They are "skewed," "overstated," "gravely-compromised."
"Global terrestrial data bases are seriously flawed and can no longer be trusted to assess climate trends or VALIDATE model forecasts."
See entire paper:
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