Meteorologist Brendan Godwin spent a year in Antarctica as part of the Bureau of Meteorology’s research effort and likes to touch base with former colleagues, much as he stays on top of his erstwhile employer’s latest alarmist epistles and data-tickling. At a reunion dinner in 2013 he encountered Dr Martin Riddle (above), then the Australian Antarctic Division’s acting chief scientist. Godwin recalls:
I met with him over canapes before the dinner and spoke with him for about 20 minutes. I tried to get a sneak preview what his talk was going to be about. He said he was Australia’s lead scientist on the IPCC and, aside from giving us an update on the scientific program in the Antarctic, he was going to talk about climate and global warming.
I asked him, were we not in an interglacial warm period in the 100,000 year Milankovitch Cycle and wasn’t all this current warming natural? His jaw dropped and was aghast. Our discussion ended there and he raced off not looking too happy. I couldn’t help but getting the feeling that I wasn’t supposed to know anything about the Milankovitch Cycles. It seemed like no one was supposed to know this.
Godwin’s thoughts on the mysteries of the BoM’s temperature “homogenisation” can be read in full via the link below.