In looking through the emails and data that were hacked concerning Climate Change, which you can download in its entirety here, there are a number of interesting things stashed away in the 62 MB file.
The email below was dated November 10, 2009, so it is not yet a month old. I highlighted the email headers in bold, and also included a section in bold that has Phil Jones, who is now the former head of the unit asking “Could the Weather Generator be altered to produce more realistic hourly data”.
Wow! I assume the Weather Generator is the computer modeling software that comes up with the nice hockey stick graphs.
From: Phil Jones
Subject: FW: Helpdesk query 1489: Hourly data have discontinuities at day joins
Date: Tue Nov 10 16:35:20 2009
I thought that this didn’t happen.
From: C G Kilsby
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 15:35:37 +0000
Subject: FW: Helpdesk query 1489: Hourly data have discontinuities at day
Interesting one for you….
From: Lyndsey Middleton [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 10 November 2009 2:43 PM
To: C G Kilsby
Subject: Helpdesk query 1489: Hourly data have discontinuities at day joins
Another Weather Generator query for you. It was raised by Richard Watkins of Manchester
University (and COPSE project) following a visit from Roger yesterday.
Can you let me know your response please?
Long Description=The hourly data from the Weather
Generator have discontinuities at each
midnight join. The e.g. temperature
jumps, may be as high as 9�C. The
hourly data seem to have been generated
independently for each day, rather than
fitting a curve from the maximum of one
day to the minimum of the next. The
minimum to maximum curve, i.e. within
each day, is fine.
Could the Weather Generator be altered
to produce more realistic hourly data
by fitting from Tmax to Tmin the
following day, please? This would be
helpful particularly for any use of the
data for building simulation with plant
UK Climate Impacts Programme
School of Geography and Environment
South Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3QY
Tel: 01865 285 718 (direct) or 01865 285717 (switchboard)
My working days are: Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9 am to 12.30pm
Prof. Phil Jones
Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) 1603 592090
School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) 1603 507784
University of East Anglia
Norwich Email firstname.lastname@example.org