Well, Dr. Richard Muller, who had previously expressed doubts about the validity of the global temperature record, has come to realize that climate-scientists had it right all along. From http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/30/o...imate-change-skeptic.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all (which may or may not be behind a "registration wall" -- I'm registered with the NY Times, so I can't tell whether or not others will be able to see Muller's piece). So basically, Dr. Muller confirmed what climate-scientists have known for many years. Like I said (in the title of this thread), "Been there, done that, wore out the t-shirt." And as it turns out, it's really not very hard for a "citizen scientist" with programming skills to do much of what Dr. Muller's team did (albeit with much less sophisticated processing techniques) -- i.e. confirm that UHI and "data homogenization" just aren't significant factors in global-average temperature calculations. For those lurkers who haven't seen this yet, here's a link to some interesting results that I got when I crunched the GHCN raw data: http://tinyurl.com/globaltemperatureresultsV2 Basically, I was able to confirm the NASA results by processing raw data from fewer than 70 rural stations scattered around the world (out of thousands of stations in the GHCN network). You will see how similar the official NASA and the (unofficial) "fewer than 70 rural stations" results are to each other, and you will see (via Google-Earth image snapshots) just how incredibly sparsely you can sample the global temperature network and still confirm the official NASA global temperature results. So if you haven't seen this yet, take a look -- there's a README file that explains exactly how I produced my results. And if you have, go ahead and take another look (I updated the README file to clarify a few things). And then share the link with skeptical co-workers/friends/family. And like I said, this stuff is all "old hat" as far as climate-scientists are concerned. It's high time that this became "old hat" for the lay public as well.