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Quick—What’s the Hottest Year on Record?

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Have a look at this…

In the United States, the calendar year 1998 ranked as the hottest of them all – until someone checked the math.

After a Toronto skeptic tipped NASA this month to one flaw in its climate calculations, the U.S. agency ordered a full data review.

Days later, it put out a revised list of all-time hottest years. The Dust Bowl year of 1934 now ranks as hottest ever in the U.S. – not 1998.

More significantly, the agency reduced the mean U.S. “temperature anomalies” for the years 2000 to 2006 by 0.15 degrees Celsius.

NASA officials have dismissed the changes as trivial. Even the Canadian who spotted the original flaw says the revisions are “not necessarily material to climate policy.” [Full Story]

Tell me if this gels—Data on the web indicates that, in the last 30 years, the global temp has risen 0.7 degrees C.  Experts say that an increase of just 1 degree C spells certain doom.  I can’t go a week without hearing the news report that greenhouse gases are causing arctic ice cap recession.  Yet we’re still not as hot as we were just after the Great Depression, 73 years ago, and scientists have observed a similar polar recession on Mars.  Surely Halliburton hasn’t been terra-forming the red planet under our noses for all these years. 

I guess I can see 15% as trivial.  After all, it’s only the difference between an A or a B on your history final.  I would hate for a surgeon to miss 15% of a tumor.  Drop the curve of Apollo 13’s descent on its way back to earth by 15%, and Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Hayes would never have survived the trip. 

But this, friends, is global warming.  The greatest single threat to mankind.  No one dares question its veracity. 

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Written by taj

August 17, 2007 at 12:34 pm

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  1. I blogged about this on my site (Is It Getting Warmer?) as well. A few

    points that I think are relevant:

    It appears that it was an honest mistake.I don’t think we should make a big deal about honest mistakes. More importantly, I think

    it is critical that scientists own up to these mistakes as soon as possible.He who is perfect should throw the first stone…

    It really doesn’t matter much. So now 1998 is second. So what? It was so close to first that it was a virtual tie.

    I have real problems with any calculations that show the average temperature of the globe anyway since: a) there are not enough

    measurement points to be statistically significant. b)the method of acquiring the temperatures is suspect (especially older

    than 25-50 years ago). c)the method of calculating these averages does not appear to be thermodynamically correct and

    mathematically accurate.

    It was warm in 1934 in certain parts of the globe and it was warm in 1998 in certain parts of the globe – that is all that is clear.

    You can read my full thoughts on this at http://globalwarming-factorfiction.com/2007/08/17/1998-was-not-the-warmest/

    Sean O

    August 17, 2007 at 1:22 pm

  2. I’ve always loved Rush Limbaugh’s simple question about global warming: How, when you can’t predict tomorrow’s weather, can you have any clue about the weather in 10, 50, 100 years?

    Andrew

    August 22, 2007 at 12:16 pm


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