Jo Nova calls out fake news from the BOM

On Thursday 9th the Bureau of Meteorology released a statement that 2019 was Australia’s hottest year on record. Jo Nova used the most reliable source of information since 1979, the satellite monitoring system, to produce this picture of the annual temperatures. Read the full story.

For forty years NASA satellites have been circling the Earth covering our landmass day and night.  But yet again, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has released the obligatory “hottest ever year” media release without mentioning that it wasn’t the hottest year in the far more accurate satellite record of Australia, and that this new “record” depends entirely on adjustments and quite possibly on ignoring all the data recorded in the 1800s.

In fairness to the BOM the officer who read the statement articulated the word Australia with refreshing clarity compared with the usual lapse into “Ostraya”.

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24 Responses to Jo Nova calls out fake news from the BOM

  1. stackja

    BOM manipulating data?
    I am shocked!

  2. Scott Osmond

    Close them down. Fire them all.

  3. stackja

    The left’s long march continues through the institutions.

  4. Up The Workers!

    The B.o.M. (Bureau of Mendacity) – closely related to the C.S.I.R.O. (Crap Science Inspired by Religious Oratory) – both run by the ever-unreliable A.L.P.B.C. (Australian Liars Party Bullshittery Corporation)

    The science is settled, buried, dessicated, turned to dust!

  5. a happy little debunker

    Today – our ABC has used it’s media muscle to try and persuade the populace that within the Fire Triangle it is somehow easier for Australia to control extreme temperatures and the winds than the fuel load!

    I suppose we can’t blame them for not being objective – what with some 23+ former fire chiefs telling them it is better to fight fires (that have a tenuous link to climate change) than prevent the build up of fuels – that result these infernos.

  6. David Brewer

    I don’t believe the BoM’s long-term series, which is compiled from ACORN adjusted data.

    That said, you can’t just take satellite numbers as proxies either, the two are measuring different layers.

    Terrific article by Roy Spencer on the Australian bushfires here. Only flaw is that he takes the BoM series on trust. Conclusion:

    My personal opinion, based upon the available evidence, is that any long-term increase in wildfire activity in any specific location like Australia (or California) is dominated by the increase in human-caused ignition events, whether they be accidental or purposeful. A related reason is the increasing pressure by the public to reduce prescribed burns, clearing of dead vegetation, and cutting of fire breaks, which the public believes to have short term benefits to beauty and wildlife preservation, but results in long term consequences that are just the opposite and much worse.

    Recent news reports claim that dozens of people have been arrested in Australia on arson charges, a phenomenon which we must assume has also increased by at least five-fold (like population) in the last 100 years. Accidental sources of ignition also increase in lockstep with the increasing population and all of the infrastructure that comes along with more people (vehicles, power lines, campfires, discarded matches and cigarettes, etc.)

    So, to automatically blame the Australian bushfires on human-caused climate change is mostly alarmist nonsense, with virtually no basis in fact.

    That will probably be roughly the conclusion of the next Royal Commission on fires, after two or three years of work, costing many millions of dollars – provided of course that the Commissioner can see through all the bullshit he is going to get about global warming.

  7. mem

    Don’t you just love how the BOM can come up with a single temperature increase relating to the whole of Australia. What nonsense. Where I live in the south east of this vast continent that covers tropical, sub-tropical and temperate climate zones, we have had more below than above average temperatures so far this summer yet somehow we are supposed to believe it has got hotter. Bunkum.

  8. Crossie

    After the unexplained recent increased temperature recordings for Penrith when the same has not happened at close-by Richmond I do not believe anything coming out of BoM. I will do my best to raise this troubling fact wherever I can. We are being lied to and manipulated in order to submit to being ruled by the climate change aristocracy.

    They may not be good at making money by the usual business means but by golly they are good at extorting money from taxpayers.

  9. Mark M

    Data the BoM publishes no longer matches the records in digitised newspapers on trove.

  10. Lets face it. Orgs like the BoM have been infested with activists.
    Our schools teach kids that it’s good to be an activist. They believe they are a force for good and will lie cheat and hide to achieve their goal (saving the planet or some such nonsense).

    If we had unfettered access to their emails and text messages, I’m sure we’d find co-ordination between staff at the B0M and the equivalent orgs in the US and UK (climategate emails exposed some).
    All it takes is a minister with balls. (so no chance)

  11. Crossie

    Mark M
    #3287725, posted on January 10, 2020 at 7:49 am
    Data the BoM publishes no longer matches the records in digitised newspapers on trove.

    BoM in full 1984 mode and where they live two and two equals five.

    Or as the saying goes, who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes? They have PhDs unlike those yokels from long ago and they will decide what is acceptable data and what needs “correcting”.

  12. stackja

    On 10 January 2011, unusual climactic conditions combined to inundate Toowoomba and the upper Lockyer Valley with an intensity of rainfall rarely seen. It resulted in catastrophic flash flooding. Continuing rainfall over the following days caused widespread flooding further downstream. Jun 5, 2012
    Inquest into the deaths caused by the south-east Queensland …
    pdf

  13. Leo G

    My personal opinion, based upon the available evidence, is that any long-term increase in wildfire activity in any specific location like Australia (or California) is dominated by the increase in human-caused ignition events, whether they be accidental or purposeful.
    A related reason is the increasing pressure by the public to reduce prescribed burns, clearing of dead vegetation, and cutting of fire breaks, which the public believes to have short term benefits to beauty and wildlife preservation, but results in long term consequences that are just the opposite and much worse.

    Not mentioned are purposeful increases in the carbon mass stored in forest, woodland and scrubland and the conversion of pasture to scrubland as a government policy response to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

  14. DaveR

    You gotta hand it to our BOM. The current 1 sec electronic temperature measurements are vastly different to the previous averaged mercury thermometer data, the the older readings form the bulk of the historical record; there is no independently reviewed calibration of the new measurements to the old; the homogenistaion process in the ACORN-Sat2 record lowers older temperatures by more than the global warming signal claimed to exist; they studiously avoid the records from the Federation Drought (1896-1903) whose raw data was hotter than today; and they refuse to use any long-term temperature series from before ca 1910 for a whole variety of unacceptable reasons. And they constantly refuse any suggestion of external audit or technical review.

    BOM = not fit for purpose.

  15. I_am_not_a_robot

    Comparing the BoM mean anomaly map with the UAH global temperature anomalies, although they relate to different base periods, there is some agreement on NE NSW and SE Queensland although the UAH map indicates a +1C anomaly while the BoM map indicates +2C anomaly.
    However the UAH shows a +0.6C anomaly for the southern half of the continent while the BoM shows up to +2.5C anomaly.
    Roughly the same applies to the BoM max anomaly map, showing vast areas on inland WA with +3C anomaly where there are very few if any long-term records at all.
    For instance Giles opened in 1956, Warburton in 1940, Carnegie in 1942.
    The UAH map shows areas of Canada and USA with an anomaly of -0.6C, what can be inferred from that CC™ -wise?
    As with Australia, nothing.

  16. Leo G

    BOM = not fit for purpose.

    An abomination?

  17. Dr Faustus

    So, to automatically blame the Australian bushfires on human-caused climate change is mostly alarmist nonsense, with virtually no basis in fact.

    Back in the day, when the Great Pacific Climate Shift was a thing, there was a rational, science-based explanation for climate-induced droughts and heatwaves. Now, it’s Ch7 and AGL and Dick DiNatale.

  18. cuckoo

    In fairness to the BOM the officer who read the statement articulated the word Australia with refreshing clarity compared with the usual lapse into “Ostraya”.

    Or ‘Shtraya, as it is pronounced by any ABC staffer under 40.

  19. I don’t get why a benign comment I posted earlier is in the sin bin. I wonder if it was the word b. a. l. l. s?

    Baa Humbug
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    #3287752, posted on January 10, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Lets face it. Orgs like the BoM have been infested with activists.
    Our schools teach kids that it’s good to be an activist. They believe they are a force for good and will lie cheat and hide to achieve their goal (saving the planet or some such nonsense).

    If we had unfettered access to their emails and text messages, I’m sure we’d find co-ordination between staff at the B0M and the equivalent orgs in the US and UK (climategate emails exposed some).
    All it takes is a minister with ba11s. (so no chance)

  20. duncanm

    Baa Humbug
    #3287752, posted on January 10, 2020 at 8:27 am
    ..
    If we had unfettered access to their emails and text messages, I’m sure we’d find co-ordination between staff at the B0M and the equivalent orgs in the US and UK (climategate emails exposed some).

    nah – not at all…
    http://di2.nu/foia/foia.pl

    search on ‘bom.gov.au’ reveals things like..

    cc: “Shoni Dawkins”
    date: Fri, 7 Sep 2007 08:28:03 +1000
    from: “David Jones”
    subject: RE: African stations used in HadCRU global data set
    to: “Phil Jones”
    Thanks Phil for the input and paper. I will get back to you with comments next week. Fortunately in Australia our sceptics are rather scientifically incompetent. It is also easier for us in that we have a policy of providing any complainer with every single station observation when they question our data (this usually snows them) and the Australian data is in pretty good order anyway.

  21. duncanm

    .. well that quote got screwed a little..

    cc: “Shoni Dawkins”
    date: Fri, 7 Sep 2007 08:28:03 +1000
    from: “David Jones”
    subject: RE: African stations used in HadCRU global data set
    to: “Phil Jones”
    Thanks Phil for the input and paper. I will get back to you with comments next week. Fortunately in Australia our sceptics are rather scientifically incompetent. It is also easier for us in that we have a policy of providing any complainer with every single station observation when they question our data (this usually snows them) and the Australian data is in pretty good order anyway.

  22. Crossie

    In fairness to the BOM the officer who read the statement articulated the word Australia with refreshing clarity compared with the usual lapse into “Ostraya”.

    Or ‘Shtraya, as it is pronounced by any ABC staffer under 40.

    It’s even more grating when they pronounce it Orstrahlia.

  23. Pyrmonter

    Nova’s usual compliant is the introduction of digital thermometers, which occurred some years ago. What then is her explanation for 2019 being hotter than 2018 etc?

  24. 2dogs

    Nova’s usual compliant is the introduction of digital thermometers

    No, her usual complaint is against recent adjustments made to lower temperatures in old data.

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