Honeycutt-Nuccitelli Climate Bet Progress Report…So Far New Decade Is Cooler Than The Last…Ready To Concede?

To mark the start of the new decade, NoTricksZone and its readers made a climate bet (see right side bar) against two warmists from Skeptical Science: Rob Honeycutt and Dana Nuccitelli (and others). Also see update-5. The warmists are pledging more than $14,000.00!

Rob overall has been a good sport and is a pleasure to deal with. Dana, on the other hand, has been, shall we say, a bit abrasive.

Climate Bet Graph_Robin Pittwood

The coolists are clearly in the lead. Chart by Robin Pittwood – Kiwi Thinker

The bet is on whether or not the current 2011-2020 decade would be warmer or cooler than the previous 2001-2010 decade. NTZ and its readers say it will be cooler or the same. Messieurs Honeycutt and Nuccitelli say it’s going to get warmer for sure. After all, man is spewing more CO2 into the atmosphere than ever. The money won will be donated to a charity for children in need.

Almost two and half years have now passed and I think it’s a good time to see how the bet is coming along. Thanks to Robin Pittwood and his Kiwi Thinker blog, we now have preliminary results for the first 2 years and 5 months.

Clearly in the chart above we see that the current decade is running a bit cooler than the last one. In fact, temperatures haven’t warmed in 15 years.

Of course it’s still early and nobody really knows what tricks Mother Nature could play. But Rob and Dana really should be scratching their heads, though. Okay, the bet was made before they found out that oceans eat up warming. Indeed it is warming, they insist, but the cooling is just covering it up! You just wait…the warming will be back, they keep saying. And when it comes back, it’ll be for real. Besides, cooling is caused by warming anyway. Right?

Problem is, nobody knows when the warming will be back. Even the Prince of Global Warming Darkness himself, Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber of the Palace of Doom and Gloom in Potsdam recently said the warming may be delayed even another decade. Doesn’t look good, Rob and Dana.

Like I wrote, it’s remotely possible that it will warm a bit this decade, and maybe Rob and Dana could even eke out a victory. But will a few hundredths or even a tenth of a degree be enough?

Not really because of the model projections are rising much faster and the divergence between observed temperature and model projections will be more glaring than ever. Even if the two do pull off an upset, it’ll be a hollow victory. They’ll still have lost the science argument, which is all about sensitivity. By the end of the decade, it could be that we will not have seen any significant warming in over 22 years.

73-models-vs-obs Roy Spencer

Temperature would have to jump 0.4°C in the next 7 years just to be at the lower range of the model projections. Chart: www.drroyspencer.com/

To be on the safe side, I’ve asked Robin Pittwood to disclose his calculations and the data he used to produce his non-hockey stick chart.

First he told me he had lost the data, then he told me that it was private property and that I was not privy to it. Next he said it was not covered by the Freedom of Information Act, and so he didn’t have to provide it. He also asked why he should provide it to me if my sole aim was just to find something wrong with it. Then he said I had to be a scientist to see it. During all of this he told the press that I was just a hack of Big Oil and the coal industry. But I never relented, and so he eventually coughed it up. /sarc 🙂

Robin’s Excel table here.

Thanks Robin!


23 responses to “Honeycutt-Nuccitelli Climate Bet Progress Report…So Far New Decade Is Cooler Than The Last…Ready To Concede?”

  1. DirkH

    ” First he said he had lost the data, then he told me that it was private property and I was not privy to it.”

    ROTFL! Thanks, I completely forgot about Phil Jones’ outrageous behaviour – on which our German media never ever commented!

  2. Mindert Eiting

    On the risk of repeating gossip, I have read somewhere that Rob H. said that 2013 would be for him a decisive year. Is that true? If so, Pierre, you may expect around Christmas time our lost son coming home. BTW, I really liked Rob and Dana here as a comic couple. If they are married, so to say, they may both return to NTZ.

  3. matthu

    Hi Pierre
    Judging by your list of bettors here
    I don’t think you ever included my name in your list of cool side bettors?

    I placed the following bet here
    15. Juni 2011 at 23:52 | Permalink | Reply
    I am on the cool side – put me down for $100.

    Please add me to your list, and please make sure that you use my current email address from this message. Thanks!

  4. Graeme No.3

    One prediction most likely to come true, is that when it comes time to pay out, they will be missing.

    1. DirkH

      What was the currency used called again? I think it was the USD, right? It will be very cheap in the end.

  5. matthu

    Glad to have this update. Would love to be able to download the Excel file, but it seems there may be a problem there …

    Could I ask you to provide an updated list of bets, please? The last list did not include many of the later bets placed, particular those placed after you extended the deadline to October 1.

    See for instance my bet placed

    15. Juni 2011 at 23:52

    I am on the cool side – put me down for $100.


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  7. J Martin

    Looks like a safe bet to me.

    The PDO has gone negative, the AMO will soon go negative, the current half-height solar high will decline to a severe solar low in 2020 when sunsopts are expected to be absent. The effect of the previous solar high is buffered by about ten years and the support for temperatures that that gives will have gone well before 2020. Volcanic activity is increasing and any decent eruption will drop temperatures for some 3 years, Hekla looks good for a decent sized blast before 2020, maybe any day.

    Clearly mother nature is on the side of children in need.

  8. goldminor

    Your cooling bet will win easily. I believe that by 2017 there will be no doubt as to which way the climate is heading. I also made a forecast after a warmist prodded me that the Arctic sea ice extent will stop around 6 mil sq km. That may be a bit high of an estimate, but I was somewhat aggravated. WUWT was asking the readership to bet on the Sept average extent and I choose 5.3 to 5.4 mil sq km. That is only4 months away to see whose guess is correct.

  9. Oakden Wolf

    Pierre, one decent-sized El Nino is going to drag the curve way up, just like happened in 1998. Before that even the tropospheric temperature data from Messrs. Spencer and Christy was flat. After that, even they were stuck with an increasing trend.

    So I think the bet is going to go to the warmists. And also, one decent-sized El Nino is going to show how climate warms — as a step function. Not something that the models capture because they don’t do air-sea interactions well yet, something the modelers frequently note.

    Good luck with the bet. You’re going to lose.

    1. John F. Hultquist

      I like to give gold stars to folks that manage to contradict themselves in a single sentence. Silver goes to one who manages the feat in a single paragraph. Unfortunately, you only get bronze. It took you 2 paragraphs:

      1. drag the curve way up . . . an increasing trend

      2. climate warms — as a step function

      But what actually surprised me about your comment is this bit of untruth:
      “ . . . After that, . . . an increasing trend.”

      I just checked the chart on Roy Spencer’s site. I don’t see an increasing trend from 1998 until today. The departure from average (vertical scale) in 1998 was about +0.65 and the latest number shown is +.07. Just saying . . .

  10. matthu

    Why should one El Nino affect a 1o year average to such an extent?

    Judging by the red curve, once we were 3 years into the bet, the level of 2001-2010 deviated only very slightly and ended up in much the same position.

    By contrast, after 3 years the black 2011-2020 curve is already 0.05 degrees below the red curve. It has considerable ground to make up particularly when you consider these are smoothed values.

    None of the forecasts I have seen predict sudden warming over the next 5 years, so we may find that the black curve has got even more ground to make up in 5 years time.

    But it is to your credit if you still feel confident. I know the trend of historical temperature figures have been adjusted in the past – though this is less easy to justify with satellite figures I fear.

    If you contact the organisers of the bet, they may still be willing to accept your placing a bet on the warm side, even at this late stage.

    Don’t bet the house on it, though.

  11. mwhite

    MPs vote to force us to cut our electricity usage by over one third by 2030


    That’ll fix the economy.

    1. DirkH

      That pretty much rules out a switch from gasoline to electric vehicles, because that would increase electricity consumtion.

      1. John F. Hultquist

        I thought UK MPs were smart and well educated. They must not have learned chess! They hardly seem able to complete one simple thought, let alone thinking several steps forward. Never fear though. Here is the solution:

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