Hiding The Decline In Illinois

Berkeley says the surface temperature record is golden.

Low temperature readings in Olney, Illinois have declined (blue) since 1895. Not to be outdone by mother nature, USHCN has created a rise by subtracting from older temperatures and adding to newer temperatures.

For 19th century temperatures, USHCN subtracts almost three degrees from thermometer readings, and for the 21st century they add more than one degree to the readings. Their generic explanation is found here.


Good thing USHCN and Hansen got rid of this inconvenient cooling problem. “If the present refuses to get warmer, the past must become cooler.”


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17 Responses to Hiding The Decline In Illinois

  1. suyts says:

    Damn. Another one? I wish I’d have kept track of all the ones that have been manipulated like that.

  2. pwl says:

    “For 19th century temperatures, USHCN subtracts almost three degrees from thermometer readings, and for the 21st century they add more than one degree to the readings.”

    How do they justify this apparent fraudulent fabrication of data?

    How do they expect to get away with such blatant data fabrication?

    Is the raw unmannipulated data available?

  3. pwl says:

    I wonder which data Berkeley’s BEST will use? The mannipulated data or the raw data?

  4. Sundance says:

    The Illinois State Climatology Office arrived at 29.5F degrees for February 2011 based on gridded data from the Midwest Regional Climate Center. NCDC on the other hand arrived at 30.3F degrees for Feruary 2011 Illinois monthly temperature as posted on their web site. We’ll see what March brings.

  5. pwl says:

    They don’t seem to be unadjusting for CRWB (Climate Researcher Warming Bias) in their Quality Control methods. Shame.

  6. Gator says:

    I have been watching these rural staions for years now. Olney is one I use all the time, when showing that outside of UHI effects and marine influences, there is no linear warming. The midwest is full of stations that show no warming.

    Only the stations who have had localized infrastructure build up show any warming.

    For it to be global warming , it must be global.

  7. pwl says:

    Reading their mannipulation explaination:

    “Estimates for missing data are provided using a procedure similar to” Data Fabrication FRAUD.

    “fills in missing original data when needed (i.e. calculates estimated data) based on a “network” of the best correlated nearby stations”.

    That’s making up data. It’s fabricating data. It’s inventing data. It’s pulling numbers out of thin air or more appropriately out of their [censored].

    It is apparent that the USHCN temperature data isn’t real honest temperature data, it’s a statistical fantasy just like the Hansen GISS 1,200 km data fabrication fraud. Who knows how far and deep the data rot in the USHCN goes?

    Will BEST be doing similar statistical data fabrication games? Will Muller fabricate data in the same way too even though he chastised the Hockey Stick Team (Mann, Jones, Briffa, Wahl, et. al.) for their wayward “not allowed in science” methodologies? It seems that USHCN needs a bit of chastising too.

    Data fabrication is not science, it’s fraud when it’s passed off as real data and the parties involved receive money.

  8. pwl says:

    When you are missing data the solution is not to fabricate the data but to ensure that the data collection devices are working correctly or to provide redundant devices at the same collection site onward into the future. Data fabrication is just not acceptable. The folks at USHCN would fail high school grade 10 science.

  9. Scott says:

    You guys don’t understand Olney at all. The data needs to be adjusted because of recent research showing that white squirrels severely disrupt the local temperatures. Olney has plenty of white squirrels, and I’m sure the temperature adjustments were done to compensate for changes in their population.


  10. John H says:

    How about an actual explanation of their homogenization process and how it is actually fraudulent?

  11. Andy Weiss says:

    Who should we believe? Hansen or some hick farmer taking temperature readings in 1895? To pose the question is to answer it!

    • Amino Acids in Meteorites says:

      Ya, those farmers are such hicks, they just feed the world.

    • Scott says:

      There are plenty of people in Olney who don’t farm. In fact, Olney is one of the larger towns in the area (having over half the population of the entire county) and I’m confident the people around it (the real farmers) think the people living there are city slickers.


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