Australia Weather Bureau Caught Tampering With Climate Numbers

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Bureau of Meteorology at Darwin Airport

Australian scientists at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) ordered a review of temperature recording instruments after the government agency was caught tampering with temperature logs in several locations.

Agency officials admit that the problem with instruments recording low temperatures likely happened in several locations throughout Australia, but they refuse to admit to manipulating temperature readings. The BOM located missing logs in Goulburn and the Snow Mountains, both of which are in New South Wales.

Meteorologist Lance Pidgeon watched the 13 degrees Fahrenheit Goulburn recording from July 2 disappear from the bureau’s website. The temperature readings fluctuated briefly and then disappeared from the government’s website.

“The temperature dropped to minus 10 (13 degrees Fahrenheit), stayed there for some time and then it changed to minus 10.4 (14 degrees Fahrenheit) and then it disappeared,” Pidgeon said, adding that he notified scientist Jennifer Marohasy about the problem, who then brought the readings to the attention of the bureau.

The bureau would later restore the original 13 degrees Fahrenheit reading after a brief question and answer session with Marohasy.

“The Bureau’s quality ­control system, designed to filter out spurious low or high values was set at minus 10 minimum for Goulburn which is why the record automatically adjusted,” a bureau spokeswoman told reporters Monday. BOM added that there are limits placed on how low temperatures could go in some very cold areas of the country.

Bureaus Chief Executive Andrew Johnson told Australian Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg that the failure to record the low temperatures at Goulburn in early July was due to faulty equipment. A similar failure wiped out a reading of 13 degrees Fahrenheit at Thredbo Top on July 16, even though temperatures at that station have been recorded as low as 5.54 degrees Fahrenheit.

Failure to observe the low temperatures had “been interpreted by a member of the community in such a way as to imply the bureau sought to manipulate the data record,” Johnson said, according to The Australian. “I categorically reject this ­implication.”

Marohasy, for her part, told reporters that Johnson’s claims are nearly impossible to believe given that there are screen shots that show the very low temperatures before being “quality assured” out. It could take several weeks before the equipment is eventually tested, reviewed and ready for service, Johnson said.

“I have taken steps to ensure that the hardware at this location is replaced immediately,” he added. “To ensure that I have full ­assurance on these matters, I have actioned an internal review of our AWS network and associated data quality control processes for temperature observations.”

BOM has been put under the microscope before for similar manipulations. The agency was accused in 2014 of tampering with the country’s temperature record to make it appear as if temperatures had warmed over the decades, according to reports in August 2014.

Marohasey claimed at the time that BOM’s adjusted temperature records are “propaganda” and not science. She analyzed raw temperature data from places across Australia, compared them to BOM data, and found the agency’s data created an artificial warming trend.

Marohasey said BOM adjustments changed Aussie temperature records from a slight cooling trend to one of “dramatic warming” over the past century.

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Comments (6)

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    I am sure it was just an innocent error . Maybe they just followed
    the NOAA handbook on cooking the temperature record .

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    Maybe Gore is a consulting climate expert
    and interpreteur for them.

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    Spurwing Plover


    Cheat,Lie,Tamper with the data call in a liberal news confrence(A gathering of vultures and sharks)make wild claims that backyard BBQ’s cuase Global Warming have them banned becuase of this lie just like the did with DDT and Chloral Flora Carbons JUNK SCIENCE

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    They know full well a little ice age is upon us, so to attempt the end run around democracy by creating a false crisis of climate chnage to pass draconian laws limiting freedoms, the Left is desperate to lie, deceive, cheat & steal to keep their deception on track.

    Glad they have been caught red handed.

    In southern NSW we had -10.0 C overnight. Had to crack the ice in the car door lock by hitting it with my hand , before I could open my door…

    The Little Ice Age cometh – the sun is going quiet, so they are petrified the temps will plummet before the Left can steal democracy from Australians in Australia….no climate change, no crisis, no power…

    Bring on Climate Nuremberg…..

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      Could it be that this scam was supposed to yield income for a select few by way of carbon credits and governments by way of carbon taxes before the cooling began. They could have then claimed credit for saving the planet.

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    Spurwing Plover


    Back in the 1970’s the same liberal rag TIME was blabbering all about Global Cooling and a New Ice Age(I do beleive it was in IN SEARCH OF with the late LEONARD NIMOY)and TIME was showing a penguin on a ice berg instead of the Polarbear which proves this entire MANBEARPIG global warming is as phonie and the MANBEARPIG

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