Tamino loses the plot with new hockeystick

Posted: March 22, 2013 by tallbloke in alarmism, climate, humour

tamino-wheelchairOver at the ‘Open Mind’ blog, Grant Foster, AKA ‘Tamino’ has put up an entertainingly ludicrous post on long term temperature trends. It’s a Baron von Richthofen flying circus of mish-mashed paleoproxy data (with creatively re-engineered core top dates), Hadley/CRU ‘adjusted’ instrumental data and climate model output for the next 90 years. The spliced up curve has a distinctive shape which he dubs ‘the wheelchair’.

The Wheelchair?  Grant? Does it need one because it doesn’t have a leg to stand on?

To me it called something else to mind, so at the risk of him getting all upset about me reworking his graph, here’s my take:


  1. Kon Dealer says:

    Like it 🙂
    We should also rework the authors’ names for this calumny of science.
    Can I suggest;
    Madeup, Shaken, Clart and Mixed?

  2. Paul Matthews says:

    In fact even Tamino admits that
    “The sharp uptick at the end — which the straight average shows even more strongly than the ensemble average of perturbed series — is probably not correct.”
    “The too-large uptick is an “artifact” of the fact that as proxies drop out of the reconstruction”

    While Nick Stokes says of the spike:
    ” I think they shouldn’t do this – the effect is fragile, and unnecessary.”
    “I doubt if anyone thinks they are real.”

    Even William Connolley put a question mark in the title of his thread about the paper.

    So we have three strongly ‘warmist’ bloggers all saying that it’s wrong.

    Meanwhile the climate scientists have been silent on the issue, even though it’s been over a week since the obvious criticisms were made.

  3. NikFromNYC says:

    I caught Tamino turning the Central England thermometer record into a hockey stick, too, a few years ago, like this:

  4. tallbloke says:

    Heh, nice one Nik. I note
    Now gets a big fat 404-not found.

    Propagandists prefer to cover their tracks once the end-effect-ends…

    He seems to have gone back to good old fashioned cherry picking the CET in 2011

  5. I’m pretty sure it was Rabbett who coined the “wheelchair” term.


    I like your shark idea better, and it fits the facts more closely too.

  6. ntesdorf says:

    This effort is worthy of the “Monty Python Flying Circus” Award for total stupidity. No, on second thoughts it is even disqualified from that Award on the grounds of insanity.

  7. tallbloke says:

    Harsh. It should make ‘the ministry of funny wheels’ at least…

  8. feet2thefire says:

    WTF? Where is the Younger-Dryas? Temps in Greenland were 8°C lower – and it lasted for 1200 years.


    His dips 1/4° and lasts about as long as a long movie.

    Steve Garcia

  9. feet2thefire says:

    I was sitting in a bar two nights ago and noticed on the wall in front of me a hand-painted area about 4 feet wide and 4 feet high of John Cleese’s Silly Walks – about 100 small stills of the different leg gestures and strides. I thought at first it was wallpaper.

    It was totally cool.

    Steve Garcia

  10. Roger Andrews says:

    Tamino’s CET hockey stick is getting on for five years old now, so I thought it would be interesting to see how well it compares with the updated CET record:

    Looks just like another failed climate model 🙂

  11. Geoff Cruickshank says:

    Talented chap, Tamino. Manages to propel his wheelchair while simultaneously indulging in a good deal of armwaving.

  12. Kon Dealer says:

    BREAKING NEWS!!! Met Office’s Richard Betts exposed as Alarmist Nutcase.

    “4C or more global warming being possible by the end of this century, with local warming higher in some places, up to 15C in the Arctic an extreme but plausible case”. http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/people/richard-betts

    Dr Richard Betts is Head of the Climate Impacts strategic area, which includes climate impacts research and also the climate change consultancy unit.
    The Met Office’s climate change consultancy area works directly with end-users in a wide range of sectors, to ensure climate change information is used effectively for decision-making.

  13. Nick Stokes says:

    “Does it need one because it doesn’t have a leg to stand on?”