One Year Since Bill Gray Passed Away

It has been one year since my good friend Dr. Bill Gray passed away in Fort Collins. He has inspired everything I have done with climate since then, and is the primary source of my motivation for this fight.

April 16, 2016


Dr. Bill Gray has passed away. He was my hero, and an inspiration.

Besides being a top tropical meteorologist and hurricane forecaster, Bill was a man of the highest integrity and character. Bill had his funding cut off by Al Gore in 1993 for refusing to go along with Gore’s global warming politics. Unlike so many others, Bill chose scientific integrity over politics and money, and fought against climate fraud to his last breath.

I spoke with Bill on Sunday by phone, and his last words to me were “I hear the beer is colder on the other side. We will have to have our next one there.”  He kept his great sense of humor right up to the end.

I look forward to our next pint, but for now I am heartbroken. Bill passed away on a snowy day in Colorado. His late wife Nancy was Mayor of Fort Collins during the 1980’s, and was responsible for the great system of bike trails there.


Rest in Peace Bill. I will miss you terribly. Bill asked me to carry the climate torch forward for him the next few decades, and I promised him I would.

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30 Responses to One Year Since Bill Gray Passed Away

  1. Rud Istvan says:

    You are keeping your promise and honoring him. The videos are terrific.

  2. SteveKeohane says:

    I couldn’t put it as well as Rud did, so let me second that!

  3. Reynold Stone says:

    Bill Gray – a great man of incredible integrity. Gone but will never be forgotten!

  4. Colorado Wellington says:

    It feels like yesterday, Tony. The year went by incredibly fast. Bill must be smiling as he watches what you have accomplished in that time.

  5. grnmtnboys74 says:

    Love the photos Tony! What type of camera/lens combination do you use?

  6. Patrick says:

    Your passion is great, Tony! Bill shouldn’t be disappointed when he looks down from time to time. Your posts are always worth reading.

  7. Psalmon says:

    I hope Trump names something substantial, something highly productive and valuable after Dr. Gray.

  8. Max says:

    All strength to Tony Heller.
    Bill Gray would be proud of you I’m sure.
    I wish Donald would listen to you instead of Ivanka.
    Cheers from Brisbane, Australia.

  9. AndyOz says:

    Bill sounds like an amazing gentleman.
    You’re not carrying the climate torch alone, Tony.
    You have supporters all over the world.

    • Robertv says:

      The world was lucky to have him around to be a pain in the ass for fake science for such a long time.

    • Robertv says:

      Following Gray’s retirement from CSU’s faculty, he became a controversial figure in the discussion on climate change,[11] particularly his stance against anthropogenic global warming.[16] Gray was skeptical of current theories of human-induced global warming, which he said is supported by scientists afraid of losing grant funding[17] and promoted by government leaders and environmentalists seeking world government.[18] Although he agreed that global warming was taking place, he argued that humans were only responsible for a tiny portion and it was largely part of the Earth’s natural cycle.[16][18] In June 2011, Gray wrote a paper directed at the American Meteorological Society, criticizing their advocation of anthropogenic global warming. He said that members were following a political agenda rather than a scientific one as well as working for special interests rather than the scientific community at large.[19]

      • Louis Hooffstetter says:

        I couldn’t help but note the final paragraph of the Wikipedia article which says “Peter Webster, a Georgia Institute of Technology professor (was) part of the anonymous peer review on several of Gray’s National Science Foundation proposals. In every case he turned down the global warming research component because he believed it was not up to standards… Webster… is also critical of Gray for his personal attacks on the scientists with whom he disagreed.”

        Puhleeze! This is a complete whitewash of how the climate science community black balled Dr. Gray. Webster and other ‘anonymous peer reviewers’ shot down every one of Dr. Gray’s NSF proposals. Heidi Cullen’s suggestion that the American Meteorological Society decertify meteorologists who don’t warn about climate change was aimed at Dr. Gray. Dr. Gray suffered more personal attacks from the climate ‘scientists’ (witch doctors) with whom he disagreed than anyone. And as for Webster, he will likely be best remembered for his study published in 2005 that said the number of category 4 and 5 storms globally rose between the 1970s and the early 2000s, and attributed stronger storms to warmer seas. It’s pure crap.

        • Gerald Machnee says:

          Wikipedia is not an authority for weather and climate. Any input is modified by a certain individual and it ain’t Trump.

  10. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    Thank you, Tony, for this reminder of a great scientist, idealist, and humanitarian who witnessed the transformation of science from a force for good to an evil force for the oppression and control of mankind.

  11. R. de Haan says:

    Simply great. Thanks.

  12. Brian G Valentine says:

    I had a lot of correspondence with Bill, he was great.

    Only the loud mouths on leftist TV talk shows get any attention. People who actually know something are ignored.

  13. gregole says:

    Bill Gray. Tony Heller. Crusaders for truth. You both inspire me.

    I come here everyday to check out your blog; and I find example after example of depths of depravity from the Warmunist ranks – they mostly just make me laugh. And I find inspiration in the truth of data, and I find inspiration in your dogged efforts to reveal these fraudsters.

    Bill must have been an amazing human being to have inspired you and fired you up! I’m thankful he did that.

  14. Kyoji Kimoto says:

    Dear Mr. Steven Goddard:
    I have been much informed from your blog on the fraud by the AGW scientists.
    I am a retired fuel cell researcher having a 5-year experience of computer simulation of chemical processes. Thereore, I have studied most of the leading papers of the AGW theory of the IPCC to find basic mathematical errors.
    I would like to send you several papers criticiing the theory, which I have sent to Dr.Gray. Could you please inform me of your mail address?
    Mr. Kyoji Kimoto

  15. Hans Conser says:

    I remember Bill Gray for his amazing hurricane forecasts. I grew up in the Caribbean, he was well known to us, a household name really.

    Keep up the good work Tony.

  16. RAH says:

    That picture of your bike in the snow? It’s looking like you might get another chance to take a similar pic.

  17. RAH says:

    Everyday Heroes pass that few know about. Yesterday 4/22/17 Steve Thompson passed away. I doubt that name rings a bell to anyone here but I happen to know of the man through a friend that is a former Airline and Air Force Reserve pilot and was a friend of Steve’s.

    Steve Thompson was critical in saving the lives of 172 people on Eastern Airlines Flight 855 in 1983.

    “The incident
    Eastern Air Lines Flight 855 took off from Miami International Airport at 08:56 on a flight to Nassau International Airport in the Bahamas carrying 162 passengers and 10 crew.[1] On board was a veteran flight crew, consisting of Captain Richard Boddy (58), Captain Steve Thompson (48) and Flight Engineer Dudley Barnes (44). Captain Boddy had more than 12,000 hours of total flying experience, although he was new to the L-1011, having logged just 13 hours in the aircraft type. On this flight, Captain Thompson served as a supervisory check airman. He had accrued close to 17,000 flight hours throughout his career, with 282 hours in the L-1011. Flight Engineer Barnes had more than 9,000 hours of total flying time, with 2,666 hours clocked in the L-1011 cockpit.[2]
    At 09:15, while descending through 15,000 feet (4,572 m), the low oil pressure indicator on the TriStar’s number 2 engine illuminated.[3] The flight engineer noted that the oil pressure on the #2 engine was fluctuating between 15 and 25 psi; the minimum pressure required for normal engine operation was 30 psi.[4] The captain ordered the flight engineer to shut down the engine.
    By this time, the plane was about 50 miles (80 km) from Nassau.[4] Due to the worsening weather conditions over Nassau,[5] the crew elected to return to Miami to land. Flight 855 received a clearance back to Miami, as well as instructions to begin a climb to FL200 (20,000 ft, 6,096 m nominal altitude).[3]

    En route back to Miami, low oil pressure lights for engines #1 and #3 illuminated,[1] and the oil quantity gauges for all three engines read zero.[4] At 09:23, Flight 855 informed Miami ARTCC of the engine gauge readings but stated, “We believe it to be faulty indications since the chance of all three engines having zero oil pressure and zero quantity is almost nil.”[4] At 09:28, at an altitude of 16,000 feet (4,877 m), the #3 engine failed. Five minutes later, the #1 engine flamed out while the crew was attempting to restart the #2 engine.[3] Cabin lights went off and flight deck instruments stopped working. The aircraft descended without power from about 13,000 feet (3,962 m) to about 4,000 feet (1,219 m), at a rate of descent of approximately 1,600 feet (488 m) per minute.[4] The crew successfully restarted the #2 engine on the third attempt and executed a one-engine landing at Miami at 09:46.[3][6] After the landing the power from #2 engine was insufficient for the aircraft to taxi; a tug had to be used to tow it to the airport terminal, where the occupants disembarked normally.[6] None of the 172 passengers and crew aboard were injured in the incident.[3]
    The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of the incident was as follows:
    [T]he omission of all the O-ring seals on the master chip detector assemblies leading to the loss of lubrication and damage to the airplane’s three engines as a result of the failure of mechanics to follow the established and proper procedures for the installation of master chip detectors in the engine lubrication system, the repeated failure of supervisory personnel to require mechanics to comply strictly with the prescribed installation procedures, and the failure of Eastern Air Lines management to assess adequately the significance of similar previous occurrences and to act effectively to institute corrective action. Contributing to the cause of the incident was the failure of Federal Aviation Administration maintenance inspectors to assess the significance of the incidents involving master chip detectors and to take effective surveillance and enforcement measures to prevent the recurrence of the incidents.
    — NTSB Aircraft Accident Report AAR-84-04: Eastern Airlines, INC., Lockheed L-1011, N334EA”

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      Thanks, RAH. That’s a great story of professionalism, ingenuity and perseverance.

      And O-rings again. Little things matter. Big man-made machines are made of little things.

  18. RAH says:

    Jet engines are really pretty simple. They require a high level of precision but there just aren’t that many parts to them. On the other hand the Big radial engines have lots of parts that require precision production and installation. The Wright R-3350 engine used in the B-29 was the most complex machine ever mass produced when it went into production. Here is a video of the start of an even larger Wright radial engine. Anyone that hasn’t been close enough to feel one of these things when it comes to life has missed something.

  19. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    A member of Congress has now confirmed the harsh reality of our corrupt political system:

    This Republican member of Congress reports that he was required to pay the Republican Party:

    _ a.) $200,000 a year to serve as the Republician member of a Congressional Committee;

    _b.) $400,000 a year to serve as the Republican Chair of the Congressional Committee.

  20. Sunsettommy says:

    A brand new science paper was released this month in memory of…. ,

    “This Pro Bono Research Is Dedicated to the Memory of

    Dr. William M. Gray (Emeritus)
    Professor of Atmospheric Science
    Colorado State University”

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