Away to Thailand to visit one of my sons. Will be away for a couple of weeks but will be online most of the time. 24-hour flight tomorrow. We’ll probably be the only people on the leg to Thailand with a snowboard – presumably not usual inbound luggage. For our daughter who’s visiting there for Christmas as well. She’s planning to go snowboarding in India.


  1. jst
    Posted Dec 16, 2010 at 8:50 PM | Permalink

    Travel safely.

  2. Scott Brim
    Posted Dec 16, 2010 at 9:15 PM | Permalink

    It’s always good to get away from the salt mine for awhile. Have a safe trip.

  3. Rick Bradford
    Posted Dec 16, 2010 at 9:49 PM | Permalink


    It’s unseasonably cold here as well – all the Bangkok locals are wearing beanies and thick jackets. I’d say it was no more than 18C early this morning, though the Met Office said 22C. Brrrrr!

  4. Geoff Sherrington
    Posted Dec 17, 2010 at 12:47 AM | Permalink


    It’s good that your daughter will be in the Indian snowfields before 2035.

    Have a beaut break Geoff.

  5. Posted Dec 17, 2010 at 3:31 AM | Permalink

    This is how rumors start… imagine if there’s just one climate-aware customary officer in the USA or Thailand, they’ll see Steve McIntyre (no less!) going to Southeast Asia with a snowboard, they’ll think this is going to be an epic La Nina… and wonder if the divergent tree rings were a warning not a problem 🙂

  6. Posted Dec 17, 2010 at 3:35 AM | Permalink

    Oops… customs officer not customary… d*mned Android spellchecker…

  7. TAC
    Posted Dec 17, 2010 at 5:07 AM | Permalink


    Happy holidays and travel! What a year!


  8. richard b
    Posted Dec 17, 2010 at 6:41 AM | Permalink

    Have a good trip Mr M and happy Xmas to you and your family

  9. Brian H
    Posted Dec 17, 2010 at 6:54 AM | Permalink

    Tell the Thais you heard Global Cooling was coming soon and hoped to do some schussing in their highlands! I’m sure you’ll get some really google-eyed reactions.

  10. EdeF
    Posted Dec 17, 2010 at 10:18 AM | Permalink

    Ryan O and companies paper now available at Journal of Climate. Happy Christmas and New Year to all.

  11. kim
    Posted Dec 17, 2010 at 11:22 AM | Permalink

    Sawadi, Khap.

  12. Fred
    Posted Dec 17, 2010 at 11:28 AM | Permalink

    Snow boards in Thailand eh?

    Probably less provocative than a Hockey Stick 🙂

    Merry Christmas to you and your family . . may you get to spend it on a beach.

    Sure beats shoveling snow in Toronto.

  13. WxForecaster
    Posted Dec 17, 2010 at 2:01 PM | Permalink

    God speed, Steve–
    If you’re not aware, I’ve had the confirming experience of negating jet lag on a trip to China from LAX using…

    Highly recommended

    • P Gosselin
      Posted Dec 17, 2010 at 5:27 PM | Permalink

      Never worked for me. I’ve found that walking around after landing and then having a couple of beers in the late afternnon standing up worked the best. In Thailand there are surely more exotic things to drink that will work just as well.

      • Hu McCulloch
        Posted Dec 19, 2010 at 9:45 AM | Permalink

        The first time I went to Europe, I tried to beat jet lag by adjusting my schedule by 1 hour a day for 5 days, so I would have only 1 hour left when I arrived.

        But when I arrived, I found that I had adjusted in the wrong direction, so that I was 11 hours off. 😦

        Since then, I just don’t worry about it!

  14. IanUK
    Posted Dec 17, 2010 at 2:43 PM | Permalink

    All very fine and well deserved, but you haven’t said how you’re going to offset your carbon usage!

  15. P Gosselin
    Posted Dec 17, 2010 at 5:21 PM | Permalink

    Thailand, 75°F weather and beaches. Lucky you.
    I have to shovel snow and drive 25 mph on unplowed streets until probably April.

  16. RayG
    Posted Dec 17, 2010 at 9:10 PM | Permalink

    Too late now for the outbound leg but something to think about for return trip or in the future. The Bose noise canceling head phones do work and leave me and family members in a much better state after long flights, e.g., Left Coast to East Coast or to Europe. They do cost more but IMO are worth the delta. And no, no financial or other interest in Bose, just a very satisfied customer.

    Bon voyage.

  17. Brooks Hurd
    Posted Dec 18, 2010 at 8:15 AM | Permalink

    Enjoy your trip to Thailand for Christmas with your family.

  18. justbeau
    Posted Dec 19, 2010 at 9:16 AM | Permalink

    It will be nice to confirm there is still some snow left in the Himalayas, despite what the IPCC thinks.

  19. Hu McCulloch
    Posted Dec 19, 2010 at 9:48 AM | Permalink

    Steve —
    Have fun!
    Is there any chance you could set up an Unthreaded thread for current chitchat while you’re away, or do you mind if one of us sets one up?

  20. Posted Dec 19, 2010 at 12:21 PM | Permalink

    Enjoy your trip and enjoy the wonderful weather !!!

  21. Robert E. Phelan
    Posted Dec 19, 2010 at 10:16 PM | Permalink

    Best wishes, enjoy, and stay safe.

  22. Stacey
    Posted Dec 20, 2010 at 2:23 PM | Permalink

    Mr McIntyre

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family and also of course to the contributors and posters to your blog.

  23. Redbone
    Posted Dec 21, 2010 at 9:20 AM | Permalink

    Is the food at restaurants in Thailand anything like Thai restaurants in North America?

  24. David L. Hagen
    Posted Dec 21, 2010 at 4:45 PM | Permalink

    Enjoy this Christmas present:

    See the New federal guidelines intended to secure scientific integrity

    See the Holdren Memo: Scientific Integrity December 17, 2010

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  25. Jimmy Haigh
    Posted Dec 21, 2010 at 8:36 PM | Permalink


    If I see you in Pattaya the beers are on me.



  26. C Monster
    Posted Dec 22, 2010 at 5:11 PM | Permalink

    Steve, did you see your Nobel nomination?


  27. Fred
    Posted Dec 23, 2010 at 11:52 AM | Permalink

    A little reminder of home for ya Steve . . .

    The Leafs are still losing.

    Have a Merry Christmas

    • Mark F
      Posted Dec 23, 2010 at 4:00 PM | Permalink

      The Leafs may still be losing, but they’re the most successful money-makers for their owners in the league. Care to draw any comparisons to the AGW funding trough?

    • Posted Dec 24, 2010 at 9:45 PM | Permalink

      Maybe they should change their name to the Leaves.

  28. Jimmy Haigh
    Posted Dec 25, 2010 at 12:34 AM | Permalink


    This is my last day in Pattaya – I have to go to work in Indonesia tomorrow. I’ll probably be going to an oil rig on Hogmanay. A tragedy for any Scotsman.

    I’ve made a visit to the tip jar as a beer token of my esteem…

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