Today I was delighted to see Anthony Watt’s post on receiving Best Science Blog in the 2008 Weblog awards for his blog at Wattsupwiththat.com.
Like so many (millions per day now) I follow this blog with great interest. Aside from the great information it provides on science, weather, climate change and related technology, I am constantly inspired by the fact based rigor of his succinct analytical writings and many of the contributing discussion debaters.
His transparent informed approach augers so well for balancing opinion and decision making, which to be sure is why his site is so popular. His approach to deliver it so successfully, in this highly visible and challenging world of blogging, is a lesson for us all on how to communicate to make decisions by using information well.
I also suspect his resource now supports many changes to improve climate based management processes in the world. And it is almost certainly used for related environment decisions in business the political arenas.
In reading some of the congratulatory comments on his post today I noted this light hearted contribution from Aussie John who wrote:
It was April and the Aboriginals in a remote part of Northern Australia asked their new elder if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was an elder in a modern community he had never been taught the old secrets.
‘How can you be so sure?’ the elder asked. The weatherman replied, ‘Our satellites have reported that the Aboriginals in the north are collecting firewood like crazy, and that’s always a sure sign.’
When he looked at the sky he couldn’t tell what the winter was going to be like. Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he told his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the tribe should collect firewood to be prepared.
But being a practical leader, after several days he had an idea. He walked out to the telephone booth on the highway, called the Bureau of Meteorology and asked, ‘Is the coming winter in this area going to be cold?’
The meteorologist responded, ‘It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold.’ So the elder went back to his people and told them to collect even more wood in order to be prepared.
A week later he called the Bureau of Meteorology again. ‘Does it still look like it is going to be a very cold winter?’
The meteorologist again replied, ‘Yes, it’s going to be a very cold winter.’ The elder again went back to his community and ordered them to collect every scrap of firewood they could find.
Two weeks later the elder called the Bureau again. ‘Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?’ he asked.’ Absolutely,’ the man replied. ‘It’s looking more and more like it is going to be one of the coldest winters ever.’
Another comment followed Aussie John, pointing out there is no winter in the north of Australia.
All jokes aside, this re-enforces the points we all try to make about adding the “Intelligence Process” as the key for making information of value.