The hero of Climategate on 17th November 2009 had a tremendous sense of style, as recounted by ‘Dominic’ on Climate Audit almost two months later:
I find the initial posting here with the link to the FOIA.zip file at RC almost divine. It was on a thread called “Miracles and Strip Bark Standardization” which had a cartoon showing scientists at a blackboard with a step in the calculation saying “and then a miracle occurs”. Then at 5.24am the all important posting simply said
A Miracle Just Happened
Not even an exclamation mark. Someone subtle (too subtle in fact) and with a sense of humour. So cryptic yet so magical.
RC stood for RealClimate of course, which had just been hacked as part of the Climategate release process. The original Climate Audit thread of 16th November was Miracles and Strip Bark Standardization – though it sadly no longer shows the above cartoon at the end, as Steve McIntyre had mischievously originally done. The comment by ‘RC’ – a link that pointed to the FOIA.zip file containing the emails – is still visible here. Too subtle for anyone to realise exactly what miracle had happened for a day or two. But this post on the ten year anniversary has one purpose only: to say thank you.