Planet pulls April Fools joke on Andrew Bolt

Anyone remember this little post by Andrew Bolt wrote on 1 April 2010?

Steven Goddard and Anthony Watts:

Barring an about face by nature or adjustments, it appears that for the first time since 2001, Arctic Sea ice will hit the “normal” line as defined by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) for this time of year.

Could the ABC please send alarmist Marian Wilkinson back up to the Arctic to file an update on this report of 2008:…

Bolt then produces this graph that somehow – in his mind at least – “disproves” concerns about the loss of Arctic sea ice:

Phew, nothing to worry about Andrew!

Of course, he can’t resist having a go at Wilkinson:

Turns out Wilkinson may have been right:

If you want to see climate change happening before your eyes, scientists will tell you: “Go to the end of the earth”, and that’s why we’re here, in the Arctic Circle.

Silly scientists and alarmist journalists! Don’t they know sea ice is increasing!

Zap! Pow! Take that evil warmists!  

Oh wait…  

Latest update from US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC):  

...yes...but... um... I know! Sun spots did it!

To quote the NSIDC:

As of August 16, 2010, Arctic ice extent was 5.95 million square kilometers (2.30 million square miles),1.68 million square kilometers (649,000 square miles) below the 1979 to 2000 average

Red lines is the average extent of Arctic sea ice (1979-2000 average), the white is the extent of the sea ice as of 16/8/2010:

Obviously fabricated data!

The planet just pulled an April Fools joke on you Andrew.


One thought on “Planet pulls April Fools joke on Andrew Bolt

  1. Surprise surprise – because we all know that Bolt is the authority on scientific journalism! I don’t understand how The Herald Sun expects to maintain any credibility when they continually allow a him to write about things that his obviously ignorant about.
    Such great summer ice cover – that’s why polar bears are turning on geese eggs like never before!

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