Update: The UK Met Office has responded. See below.
So No, it would seem...
...he thinks it rose by up to fifteen degrees Celsius in the Holocene (Richard corrected his workings but Anthony hasn't corrected his), which is really silly.
Anthony Watts has made a new 'sticky' post, making false claims about the UK Met Office. Apparently some chap in deep denial, Doug Keenan, has once again been harassing the UK Parliament again with dumb questions. (Why doesn't he ask a scientist, I wonder.)
Richard Telford has crunched Doug's numbers and this is what he found.
Is Anthony Watts as dumb as he looks? We know he protested the Marcott study but does he really think this? This is what Doug Keenan and Anthony Watts seem to think happened to temperatures during the Holocene, putting Doug's 'statistics' to work.
A rise of 5 to 15° Celsius:
Anthony Watts very foolishly tries to preach to and put down Associate Professor Richard Telford, when richard telford says:
May 27, 2013 at 7:26 am “Met Office has set the cat amongst the pigeons”
More of a red herring than a cat. Only Keenan cannot tell the difference.
REPLY: Mr. Telford, who is on the government climate science payroll, would do well to embrace this: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when hisOkay, I modified Anthony's quote slightly but don't you think it's a better fit?
salarytip jar, speaker fees and Heartland Institute handouts depends upon his not understanding it!”
- Upton Sinclair
When Richard points out:
If you have to stoop to using ad hominem arguments, you could at least ensure that the ad hominem is correct. The salary of academics is not dependent on their opinions – a concept known as academic freedom.Anthony responds in typical illiterati fashion, showing he doesn't even know what an ad hom attack is, let alone what was the global temperature range of the Holocene:
REPLY: A famous quote is an “ad hom” LOL!. Yes no dependency, sure, no ‘publish or perish’ until such time you get that cushy deal known as tenure, where you can be free to be as loony as Paul Ehrlich without fear of losing your job. It doesn’t work that way in the real world outside academia my friend. – Anthony
For readers who might not be familiar with it, this is what Marcott et al (2013) found for the Holocene. Note the difference in the temperature scale:
And this is where we are heading:
|Adapted from Jos Hagelaars|
The UK Met Office has published their reply to the Parliamentary Question asked on behalf of Doug Keenan. In short, their response is: "What a dumb question."
You can read their longer version here.