Interesting nuances in IPCC groups treatment of New Zealand temperature data

We have all seen the news that The New Zealand Climate Science Education Trust, a newly registered arm of the Coalition, has filed a claim in the High Court seeking a declaration to invalidate the NZ Temperature Record, currently promoted by NIWA, and featured on its website.

It is fascinating the the Jones et al global temperature compilations which date from the 1980’s and are the series that fathered “Global Warming” – did NOT incorporate adjustments/corrections anything like those warming tweaks of NIWA.
Now the Jones et al global series ended in 2005 as CRUT2 and from 2006 the UK Met Office took over the data. The UKMO DID introduce warming adjustments/corrections very similar in magnitude to those used by NIWA.
This blog article of mine from 2007 points out the degree of warming over different timespans for two selections of grid cells covering New Zealand – for CRUT2 – CRUT3 (UKMO) and NIWA.
So we see, the very most emminent of experts – simply do not agree. So it may not be that simple for the New Zealand High Court.

Contradiction in Victorian bushfires reporting

The Royal Commission into the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires has released its report. My main interest in this over 18 months has been to understand the timeline of what happened around Melbourne on the 7th of Feb 2009. A particularly telling fact for me was the statement by the noted fire expert Dr Tolhurst to the ABC TV show 4Corners on the 16th Feb 2009. Note that he was in fire HQ but had not heard of casualties by 8pm – when he went home. Now we hear from this news item quoting the Royal Commission report being critical of the then Police Commissioner – saying that fatalities were known by 6pm. I find it near impossible to believe that if the police knew of deaths at 6pm – that this information would not have filtered through to a savvy fire expert in HQ within 2 hours.
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