Watts: SMHI apologizes to Dr. Jones
Of course, that’s not the way that Anthony Watt’s reports it. But that’s tone of the letter he links to.
With reference to the current debate regarding, amongst other things, access to climate data we have found that our letter to you dated 21 December 2009 unfortunately have rendered bad publicity both to SMHI and to the climate research community. We understand now that our response to your request forwarded by UK MetOffice 30 November 2009 may have been misinterpreted, maybe due to the fact that the formulations may have been a bit harsh.
Sweden (SMHI) is apologizing to Jones for their earlier denial on Dec 21 which has caused embarrassment to both parties.
Did Jones misinterpret what SMHI said on Dec 21? Here is what they said.
Given the information that the version of the data from the SMHI stations that you hold are likely to differ from the data we hold, SMHI do not want the data to be released on your web site.
This is the timeline as I understand it, posted with the understanding that I have not followed this closely. I’d be happy to see comments regarding errors, corrections, or missing pieces.
CRU received data from many national weather services, including Sweden.
CRU homogenized that data
(filled in missing data, removed blanks, adjusted for UHI, etc …)
CRU was asked to release its data (free the data!)
CRU said “we can’t, we have service agreements that say we can’t”
Nov 30: CRU then asked Sweden for permission to release the homogenized Swedish data
Dec 21: Sweden said “no, you can’t, you changed it”
Mar 1: Jones testifies that Sweden won’t let him release the homogenized data
Mar 4: Sweden is embarrassed and apologizes to Jones.
Mar 4: Sweden agrees to let Jones release homogenized data, asks for a link back to Swedish web site for data.
Today: On the Swedish weather data web site, you find this license.
3.2 The Licensee owns no right to use the data or products provided under this agreement for commercial purposes and not for development or production of meteorological, hydrological and oceanographic value added-value services. The licensee does not own nor authorized to redistribute, sell, assign or otherwise transfer data products or documentation without further processing to third parties unless the parties have received written permission from SMHI.
Emphasis mine. Translation by Google.