Merry Christmas to all of you. And to Mike, Gavin, Jim, Ben and and all those who have worked so hard to provide us with interesting statistical entertainment during the past year.


  1. Gary
    Posted Dec 25, 2008 at 10:02 AM | Permalink

    And Merry Christmas to you too, Steve, for sharing your gifts of a curious mind, a relentless drive to make the practice of scientific investigation rise to it’s ideals, your wry humor, and willingness to get down in the trenches.

  2. RomanM
    Posted Dec 25, 2008 at 10:04 AM | Permalink

    … and a merry Christmas to you as well!!

    Thanks for providing me with great material to use as retirement projects. Now, if you could only do something about the frigid and stormy weather we have been suffering through here, I would be even more grateful. 🙂

  3. Craig Loehle
    Posted Dec 25, 2008 at 10:48 AM | Permalink

    Thanks to you Steve for making the impenetrably tedius into hilarious food for thought. And thanks to the PDO cold phase for a white Christmas all across North America!

  4. Andrew
    Posted Dec 25, 2008 at 10:51 AM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Everyone! Climate Audit is great!

    Anyway, the climate reminds me of all the girlfriends I ever had.

    I make all the right moves, and say all the right things and everything falls into place for 6 months.

    Then she changes her mind and everything I thought I knew goes out the window.

    Don’t forget the reason for the season.


  5. Vernon
    Posted Dec 25, 2008 at 11:26 AM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for having this site.

  6. StuartR
    Posted Dec 25, 2008 at 11:31 AM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas. Please keep up the excellent discourse and auditing.

  7. Posted Dec 25, 2008 at 11:32 AM | Permalink

    You forget Santer Claus.

  8. Reid
    Posted Dec 25, 2008 at 11:57 AM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas and Happy Festivus!

    Keep warm in the great white north as the planet cools.

  9. Stuart Harmon
    Posted Dec 25, 2008 at 12:08 PM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas and I thought a bit of culture from my fellow country man Dylan Thomas would be appropriate :-
    A Child’s Christmas in Wales :-

    One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six……….

    Carry on with the good work.

  10. Pat Frank
    Posted Dec 25, 2008 at 12:54 PM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas Steve, and you, too, Ross. You’re heroes of our day; rather unsung now, but to be recognized later with the wisdom brought by time — the fate of most heroes.

    Like the others above, I’m grateful for your continued humor and patience in the face of persistent obstruction, Steve. I’m sure those are the qualities that got you through a major in mathematics; though in contrast, of course, the math book authors strove for clarity and were never hostile to questions.

    What I’ve learned here from you has made me a better scientist, and like Roman, has opened the door to some worthwhile projects. That’s a great gift. Thanks, Steve.

  11. Posted Dec 25, 2008 at 1:35 PM | Permalink

    Have you seen Steig and Schneider’s new paper? They use a “modified principal component analysis technique” (abstract) to find warming where others have found cooling.

  12. Graeme Rodaughan
    Posted Dec 25, 2008 at 1:57 PM | Permalink

    Great Blog, Brilliant Work.

    2008 – the year that the weather (as opposed to climate?) visibly changed.

    Best wishes for 2009.

  13. Posted Dec 25, 2008 at 2:05 PM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    For those who haven’t read Watts Up. I had a little trouble with NSIDC ice area data and after some time they have made some changes to the data documentation and perhaps the area anomaly plot on their site.


  14. Joseph
    Posted Dec 25, 2008 at 4:26 PM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas to all! This is a great blog, very educational.

    OT – I have just finished reading “The Deniers” by Lawrence Solomon. It is a terrific accounting of the accomplished scientists who have stood up against global warming hysteria, political persecution and fraud. Steve and Ross figure prominently in Chapter 2; “The Case of the Disappearing Hockey Stick”. Congratulations to you both!

  15. TAC
    Posted Dec 25, 2008 at 5:32 PM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas to all! This has been a very entertaining year, and I cannot thank Steve M, and all the rest of you, enough. Looking forward to 2009. 🙂

  16. Jeff Alberts
    Posted Dec 25, 2008 at 9:48 PM | Permalink

    Merry pagan solstice ritual

  17. John Andrews
    Posted Dec 26, 2008 at 12:04 AM | Permalink

    Thanks, Steve, and have a merry Christmas, too.

    John Andrews, Knoxville, Tennessee

  18. Posted Dec 26, 2008 at 12:41 AM | Permalink

    Happy festivities and keep up the good work! Your work is very inspiring and with things as they are we’ll probably have a ball in 2009.

  19. J.Hansford.
    Posted Dec 26, 2008 at 4:10 AM | Permalink

    Now that’s a good Christmas story…. Merry Christmas and a happy new year Steve and posters.

  20. Hans Erren
    Posted Dec 26, 2008 at 5:15 AM | Permalink

    The gift that keeps on giving. 😀

  21. Urederra
    Posted Dec 26, 2008 at 7:06 AM | Permalink

    I hope you guys (and gals) had a merry saturnalia festival. Fruitful new year to all of you. If temperatures keep raising in Siberia as GISS/NOAA reports and the GCMs predict, we might be able to celebrate next saturnalia in Siberia wearing swimming trunks.

  22. PaddikJ
    Posted Dec 26, 2008 at 11:33 AM | Permalink

    A superbly submlime solstice season to Steve and his Merry Auditors, whose tenacious sweating of the details & wry humor make Climate Audit the Web’s best climate blog; even for an innumerate schmoe like me.

    But about that back-handed wassail to The Team: Carry on!

  23. Jeff Norman
    Posted Dec 26, 2008 at 9:26 PM | Permalink


    Ben = Santer Claus 😉

    M.C. and a H.N.Y.

  24. Bob B
    Posted Dec 27, 2008 at 5:27 PM | Permalink

    Steve, on this Christmas, I thank God for some one like you who has the patience and “stick-to-it-nis” to follow through and audit the “professional” climate scientists like Mann and Gavin Schmidt. – snip-

    Thank you sincerely.

    Bob B

  25. Henrik Oelund
    Posted Dec 27, 2008 at 5:41 PM | Permalink

    Thank you Mr McIntyre for your inspirational work and your wit. My fever just disappeared when I had finished laughing.
    Please – I want more! (All in good time, of course).

  26. George Taylor
    Posted Dec 28, 2008 at 1:25 AM | Permalink

    As I a longtime lurker and CA addict, I greatly appreciate all
    you have done for climate science. I liked what Pat said in #10:
    you truly are heroes of our time, and will eventually be recognized
    as such. I respect your courage and persistence.
    Happy New Year!

  27. Marcus
    Posted Dec 28, 2008 at 5:44 AM | Permalink

    Dear Mr McIntyre,
    Thank you very much for the effort you have put into this site. Apart from everything else, it reminds me of my days at university when I was lucky enough to come across a really good teacher.

    Mark Pollock

  28. Posted Dec 29, 2008 at 2:05 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for everything you do.

    Merry XMas and a Happy New Year to you.

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