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Jennifer Marohasy: University Professor Sacked for Telling-the-Truth

BACK in 2016, when I asked Peter Ridd if he would write a chapter for the book I was editing I could not possibly have envisaged it could contribute to the end of his thirty-year career as a university professor. Considering that Peter enrolled at James Cook University as an undergraduate back in 1978, he

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2018-05-18 20:01   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Guilty of Agreeing to Meet with Scott Pruitt

SCOTT Pruitt heads the US Environmental Protection Agency. Last year he was planning to visit Australia, and the proposed agenda did include a two-hour roundtable with me and colleagues from three Australian universities. Some of this is reported today in The Guardian. Along with the inference I’m a nutter – because I have accused the

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2018-05-04 08:10   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Wine and Climate Change in Australia – Journalist Michael Brissenden Just Makes Stuff-Up

MICHAEL Brissenden, considered one of Australia’s most experienced journalists, failed on so many counts with the Four Corners documentary ‘Weather Alert’. He suggested that wine grower’s Brown Brothers are relocating at least part of their business to Tasmania because it is too hot in Victoria, which is untrue. He also failed to explain to the

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2018-04-26 09:34   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Complaint Lodged Against Four Corners’ Weather Alert

JO NOVA began a recent blog post” After years of telling skeptics that you don’t ask a plumber to do heart surgery, the ABC “Weather Alert! last Monday was 90% plumbers. The formerly iconic FourCorners “public affairs” show crafted a 43 minute advertisement for the Renewables Industry and Carbon Trading Bankers and the Green Blob.

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2018-03-13 06:40   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Sarah Ferguson and Michael Brissenden Withhold Important Information from the Australian Public Concerning Climate Change

Australian politicians, and the media they sponsor, have been throwing their hands in the air and screaming unprecedented climate change – particularly over the last two weeks. A focus has been on the record number of new record hot days. But in all of this, there is no mention that the method used to actually

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2018-03-06 04:55   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: ‘Kill Climate Deniers’ – Now Showing at a Sydney Theatre

JUST two generations back, in the 1960s, mainstream Australian society shunned both unmarried pregnant women and also homosexuals. They were loathed, and it would have been considered reasonable for the local police to turn-a-blind eye should misfortune befall members of either group – should they be killed. In my opinion, human-beings are not naturally hateful,

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2018-03-05 06:44   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: BoM Blast for Dubious Record Hot Day

IN September 2017, the BoM claimed a series of new record hot days across south eastern Australia, including on 23 September at Mildura. At that time, the mainstream media reported this as a new record for the state of Victoria, specifically claiming it was the hottest September day ever recorded – all the way-back to

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2018-02-11 05:15   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Peter Ridd Asks for your Help – Now

PROFESSOR Peter Ridd is a physicist at James Cook University who has dared to question scientific findings that purport to show the Great Barrier Reef is in trouble. Specifically, he has been formally censured by the University and told to remain quiet about the matter – or risk his job. The issue dates back to

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2018-02-01 00:52   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Avoid Fake News: Listen to Alternative Perspectives

IT was all over the news this morning: Pope Francis condemning ‘fake news’, which he defined as: The spreading of disinformation… It has to do with false information based on non-existent or distorted data meant to deceive and manipulate the reader. In fact, the Pope is guilty of exactly what he preaches against, particularly with

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2018-01-25 01:20   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Already Hottest January on Record for St Helens, Tasmania

LAST week, Andrew Johnson, CEO of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, wrote that the Bureau’s “stewardship of Australia’s temperature record” had been found to be scientifically sound [1]. He also claimed it was in accordance with World Meteorological Organisation guidelines. In fact, it’s not. If it was scientifically sound, or in accordance with WMO guidelines,

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2018-01-22 02:24   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: A Law Unto Themselves: The Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Sunday, 12th November 2017 – 4PM Honourable Josh Frydenberg MP Minister for Environment and Energy Dear Minister Re: Suspend announcement of new record hot days – Inform WMO that Bureau’s measurements are currently not comparable with mercury thermometers – Give directive for release of more A8 forms – Establish an audit mechanism 1. BACKGROUND I

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2017-11-12 21:41   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Averaging by Convention – or Not

FOR some time, weather enthusiasts across Australia have been noticing rapid temperature fluctuations at the ‘latest observations’ page at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s website. For example, Peter Cornish, a retired hydrologist, wrote to the Bureau on 17 December 2012 asking whether the 1.5 degrees Celsius drop in temperature in the space of one minute

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2017-10-16 19:17   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Faux Record Hot Days, Including at Mildura

Alan Jones AO Radio 2GB, Sydney Dear Alan, This spring has begun with the Bureau of Meteorology announcing a new ‘hottest September day on record’ almost every other day. Last Saturday, for example, we heard that it was the hottest September day in Mildura since 1889. Really? Hotter than 1905 or even 1938 – those

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2017-09-28 04:09   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Bureau Management Rewrites the Rules – Again

Following is the latest advice from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology regarding measurement of temperatures from automatic weather stations (AWS). This advice contains numerous errors of fact and is inconsistent with the information in an internal review issued just last Thursday. The following misinformation has just been posted at the official Bureau website:…

2017-09-11 13:37   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: John has Plus 10 Degrees, Bureau Loses Minus 10 Degrees

He studied chemistry at Imperial College, London, has 10 degrees, including a law degree, and has published more than 100 scientific papers. I’m referring to my husband, John Abbot. He is also a man of few words. Last Friday morning, after flipping through the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s latest 77-page internal report – Review of

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2017-09-11 04:45   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Vindicated: Bureau not following WMO guidelines

TWO decades ago the Australian Bureau of Meteorology replaced most of the manually-read mercury thermometers in its weather stations with electronic probes that could be read automatically – so since at least 1997 most of the temperature data has been collected by automatic weather stations (AWS). Before this happened there was extensive testing of the

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2017-09-07 17:17   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Vindicated: Bureau acknowledges limits set on how cold temperatures can be recorded

THE Bureau has a network of 695 automatic weather stations (AWS) across Australia. In a report released late yesterday it acknowledged issues with the performance of just two of these: Goulburn Airport (Goulburn) and Thredbo Top Station (Thredbo). These are the same two weather stations that I reported at my blog were not recording temperatures

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2017-09-07 15:58   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Are Recordings from Electronic Devices Comparable – or Not?

Because a change in equipment can potentially create discontinuities in a temperature record, it is Australian Bureau of Meteorology policy to have new equipment recording side-by-side with old equipment for a period of at least 2 years. In this way, readings from the new equipment can be compared with readings from the old equipment, including

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2017-09-06 03:09   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Two Decades of Temperature Data from Australia – Not Fit for Purpose

Australia is a large continent in the Southern Hemisphere. The temperatures measured and recorded by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology contribute to the calculation of global averages. These values, of course, suggest catastrophic human-caused global warming. Two decades ago the Bureau replaced most of the manually-read mercury thermometers in its weather stations with electronic devises

2017-09-01 13:26   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Concerned About Prof Peter Ridd

I have been chatting off-and-on with Peter Ridd, now Professor of Physics at James Cook University, for nearly two decades. We both resent the lack of honesty in the reporting of many environmental issues. Earlier this week, Prof Ridd was concerned that his recent comments to Sid Maher at The Australian newspaper [1], and then

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2017-08-25 04:56   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Most of the Recent Warming Could be Natural

AFTER deconstructing 2,000-year old proxy-temperature series back to their most basic components, and then rebuilding them using the latest big data techniques, John Abbot and I show what global temperatures might have done in the absence of an industrial revolution.  The results from this novel technique, just published in GeoResJ [1], accord with climate sensitivity

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2017-08-20 22:52   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Four-Steps Needed to Restore Confidence in Bureau’s Handling of Temperature Data

THE Minister for Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, needs to immediately instigate the following four-step process to restore confidence in the recording and handling of historical temperature data. Step 1 – Instruct the Bureau to immediately: 1. Lift any limits currently placed on the recording of minimum temperatures; 2. Make publicly available the dates on

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2017-08-08 02:12   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Remembering Diane Ainsworth

I can’t find a good photograph of Diane Ainsworth – one that does her justice. Thirty years ago, she had a cheeky smile, deep-set eyes, mousey-coloured thick wiry hair, and a very thin waist. We were friends at boarding school, and in the same hockey team: I was the centre-forward and she my fast and

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2017-08-06 00:27   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Bureau of Inconsistencies: Need for Urgent Independent Inquiry

MINISTER Josh Frydenberg was told by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology on, or about, Wednesday 5th July 2017 that limits had been placed on how cold temperatures could be recorded across mainland Australia. This winter we have experienced record low temperatures.   But only the keenest weather observers have noticed, because the Bureau has been changing

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2017-08-03 01:35   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Bureau Misleads Minister Frydenberg on Goulburn

RATHER than admit that temperature dropped to a record low -10.4 degree Celsius on the morning of Sunday 2nd July at Goulburn, the Bureau of Meteorology has come-up with yet another even more absurd story. Responding to a letter from Josh Frydenberg, the Minister for  Environment and Energy, Andrew Johnson, CEO and Director of Meteorology,

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2017-07-30 10:29   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Skilful Monthly Rainfall Forecasts

THE accurate weather forecast of James Stagg back in June 1944 is considered crucial to the successful D-day invasion that changed the course of WWII. Should we find ourselves at war again, is there an institution or individual capable of providing an accurate short or long-term weather forecast? Dr John Abbot and I are working towards

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2017-07-24 11:37   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Bureau Still Limiting Cooling to Minus 10 Degrees

TWO weeks ago, in response to my queries the Australian Bureau of Meteorology acknowledged that it had put in place limits on the lowest temperature that an individual weather station could record.  So, when the automatic weather station which now operates in the town of Goulburn (not far from Canberra), recorded a measurement of minus

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2017-07-18 10:28   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: In Search of a New Way

FIFTY years ago, on 7 July 1967, Time magazine ran a cover story entitled, ‘The Hippies: Philosophy of a Subculture’.   Modern environmentalism is in some ways a product of this Flower Power movement, but a still-born version. It has become replete with particular moral codes – right ways of doing things – ostensibly underpinned by a

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2017-07-07 09:55   Click to comment

Jennifer Marohasy: Bureau Now Sets Strict Limits on Cooling

OVER recent years I have documented the blatant remodelling of temperature measurements through the process of homogenisation. I have explained that it is the homogenised datasets that are used to report climate change by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO.   I had assumed, however, that the raw data, kept in the CDO dataset,

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2017-07-05 01:18   Click to comment

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