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Still finding CRU issues

I'm still adding new email summaries to the bottom of my earlier post. If you haven't done so, you might like to check it out again.



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Excellent job sir! I linked to your excellent list in the following

Keep up the good work.


Nov 23, 2009 at 4:48 PM | Unregistered Commentercaptdallas2

I've also been collecting a list of interesting stuff from the emails - but the work is dreadfully slow. If you want to crosscheck to see if you've missed something, it's available at

My favourite one is where they discuss how Science accepted a paper where the analysis was basically counting from 1 to 14 .....

Nov 23, 2009 at 5:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterHPX

Hate to just butt in here, but have you considered compiling a list of analysis of the data as well as the emails?

In case you are interested I did a post on the CRU land temp data for the Americas and that intriguing '1940's blip'.


Nov 23, 2009 at 7:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterAJStrta


It's on the list of things to do. So much to do. Got to sleep.

Nov 23, 2009 at 7:36 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

FYI I just posed my first bit of code analysis - - based not just on the Harry_read_me but on the files it refers to.

Here's my conclusion:
I've examined two files in some depth and found (OK so Harry found some of this)

* Inappropriate programming language usage
* Totally nuts shell tricks
* Hard coded constant files
* Incoherent file naming conventions
* Use of program library subroutines that appear to be
o far from ideal in how they do things when they work
o do not produce an answer consistent with other way to calculate the same thing
o but which fail at undefined times
o and where when the function fails the the program silently continues without reporting the error


Nov 23, 2009 at 8:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterFrancisT

I actually cross-read the 15000 lines of ' HARRY_READ_ME.txt ' , noting noteworhy lines.
My Favourite:

13745 So the temps are in degs C, vapour pressure's in hPa, wind's in m/s and cloud's fractional.

13747 Then I thought about it. 17.5mm/day is pretty good - especially as it looks to be Eastern Sahara.


Nov 23, 2009 at 11:59 PM | Unregistered Commentersome matlab programmer

Bishop, here is one of the best narrative accounts emerging from the CRUd CRUsade. It shows the awful power of groupthink (see Wikipedia on that) to influence and subvert. Willis Eschenbach relates how he requested basic data from CRU, was refused, used FOI, and was obstructed; he interleaves the story with evidence from the emails and comments, as motives for past actions become clear. I think it ought to go in your upcoming book, if Willis is willing.

Nov 24, 2009 at 10:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterLucy Skywalker

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