Friday, July 2, 2010

Missing News: Where's Watts Up With That

COMMENT: Since June 13 Australia has been privy to a lecture tour by American meteorologist Anthony Watts.  Anthony Watts runs one of the most popular science blogs on the internet,, WUWT was awarded the 2008 Weblog Award for Best Science Blog and is currently rated Number 1 science blog by Wikio. Anthony has been presenting a series of lectures across Australia in conjunction with Dr David Stockwell,  Prof. Bob Carter, David Archibold, Jo Nova and other scientists. He has been presenting advance results on his surface stations project to photographically survey every one of the 1221 USHCN weather stations in the USA used as a “high quality network” that has fallen into neglect.
He’ll also tell his story of conversion from climate alarmist to skeptic in the 1990s, as well as some salient points about what he’s learned from his climate blogging experience.
You'd think this event would be worth some coverage by our National Broadcaster. Perhaps an interview with Tony Jones on Lateline or a piece with Sydney Radio presenter Deborah Cameron. But search for the name "Anthony Watts" on ABC News and you won't find much about Anthony Watts the meteorologist. You will find plenty of stories mentioning Anthony Watts the Hooker/Forward for the North Queensland Cowboys Rugby League team. You'll find stories about a Jack Watts - a forward for AFL team Melbourne. You'll find mention of Naomi Watts, an Australian Actress. There are stories about Adelaide Crows forward Fergus Watts, radio celebrity Merrick Watts and Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, but nothing on Anthony Watts the noted US meteorologist. We have requested ABC rectify the situation.
While we wait for ABC's gears to grind into action, readers may be interested in a recent  interview with Anthony featured on Quadrant online titled  Anthony Watts interviewed.

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