The gist is that Anthony is really, really, really upset at the crash-dive of Arctic sea ice this year. He’ll make any excuse whatever, disparage the records, disparage the scientists who work so hard to monitor sea ice, and blame it on anything — except global warming.
It’s really hilarious. It’s also pathetic. And, it’s downright ugly. I almost feel sorry for the guy.
The most interesting comment comes from Steven Mosher, who suggests how fake skeptics will respond to the record-smashing loss of Arctic sea ice:
you will know you’re a fake skeptic if you try to struggle with the fact of their being less ice in the arctic. You will know your are struggling with that fact if you.
1. start to question every metric you’ve relied on in the past.
2. change the topic to the south pole.
3. Blame things that cant melt ice (like wind). heat melts ice.
4. search around feverishly for one chart that supports your position.
5. Forget your own mistakes and focus on others.
Anthony should have paid attention. Almost as if by order, he adds a second post in which he says
So I’d tend to take NSIDC’s number with a grain of salt, particularly since they have not actively embraced the new IMS system when it comes to reporting totals. Clearly NSDIC knows the value of the media attention when they announce new lows, and director Serreze clearly knows how to make hay from it.
No matter what though, its all just quibbling over just a little more than 30 years of satellite data, and it is important to remember that.
Number 1. Check. But this is really just a repeat, Anthony already did this in his first post.
Of course Watts includes this:
Oh, and then there’s Antarctica, that other neglected ice child nobody talks about, with its above normal ice amounts right now:
Number 2. Check.
Of course what Anthony so desperately wants to believe is that the ice loss isn’t due to global warming. It’s anything but global warming!
You can thank the big Arctic storm of August 4th-8th for that dispersal.
“The Great Arctic Cyclone of 2012″ effect on Arctic sea ice is seen in this before and after image:
Number 3. Check. But this is just a repeat. Anthony already did that in his first post.
Then there’s this:
But, here’s a curiosity, another NSIDC product, the new and improved “multi-sensor” MASIE product …
Another product, NOAA’s National Ice Center Interactive Multisensor Snow and Ice Mapping System (IMS) plot …
Number 4. Check.
Walt Meier tries to tell Anthony that these products aren’t consistent from one year to the next (or even from day to day!) so they can’t be used for trend analysis or even year-to-year comparison. Anthony doesn’t believe him. What does Walt Meier know? He just used to work at the National Ice Center.
Funny that Watts is so critical of surface temperature data, insisting on the utmost quality control … but he won’t let go of sea ice products that are known to be invalid for comparison purposes. What a hypocrite!
Meier also tries to tell Watts that MASIE and IMS are the same product, just packaged differently. Watts doesn’t believe it. What the hell does Walt Meier know — he just used to work there! Reader MMM does what Anthony didn’t do: check the dates.
Anthony Watts outdoes himself yet again! When Walt Meier shows up to try and be helpful, Watts rejects him by saying, ” Walt, respectfully, MASIE says 4.7, IMS says 5.1. If MASIE and IMS are the same product, how can they show different numbers?” What Mr. low-Watt-bulb missed was that MASIE was reporting data for August 26th, and IMS was reporting for August 22nd. It would have been hard to miss – “Current ice extent (8/22): 5.096?. Given that IMS noted a 750,000 km2 loss per week, 4 days would be… about 400,000… or just about right to make IMS and MASIE equal again.
As for #5 … if I listed all the blunders Anthony Watts has tried to sweep under the rug, this post would take up the entire internet.
Anthony Watts has descended to a new low — which for him, is a record-shattering low to rival what’s happened to Arctic sea ice this year. His latest isn’t just delusional, it’s record-breaking delusional.