Stop the cotton-picking presses!
Read all about it!
Temperatures adjusted up!
In the 1930s.
Temperatures adjusted down.
In the 1990s and 2000s.
Actually, as reported in Noel Sheppard’s Blog, 8/9/07: “A change in climate history data at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies recently occurred which dramatically alters the debate over global warming. Yet, this transpired with no official announcement from GISS head James Hansen…”
The change? Reporting as if commenting on a golf match, Steve McIntyre of Climate Audit, had looked at NASA’s report “Contiguous 48 U.S. Surface Air Temperature Anomaly”, which displays average annual mean temperatures from 1880 through 2006, and found:
“Four of the top 10 are now from the 1930s: 1934, 1931, 1938 and 1939, while only 3 of the top 10 are from the last 10 years (1998, 2006, 1999). Several years (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004) fell well down the leaderboard, behind even 1900.”
Since the American climate data collection system is the finest on the planet, I wonder when the inevitable revisions to world temperature “records” will be made, and whether they will be quietly adjusted, with no media fanfare, as NASA’s records for the contiguous 48 American states.
I don’t wonder.
I know the answer.
For several years we were told that 1998 was the hottest year on record. Frequently that statement didn’t include the qualifier that it was so hot because it was an El Niño year, one of the two strongest of the past century.
The year of Katrina, 2005, was only tied for 15th warmest of the past 127 years. In contrast, 2006 was the fourth warmest in that period, but was virtually hurricane free.
Yet we read all about man-caused global warming causing the highest temperatures of the past century, of the past millennium, even since the birth of Christ.
Then NASA quietly changes the American records.
They didn’t want to causes headlines about any “inconvenient truths.”
A “Strong Ox” Post Script
Recently a warming trend in Nevada, which to me corresponds very closely with the phenomenal recent growth in Nevada’s population (creating “urban heat islands”, which like the heating trend in Nevada, are characteristically much warmer at night), was breathlessly reported as a wake-up call for Nevada politicians “to do something.”
What the “something” Nevada’s politicians were supposed to do to combat global warming was not even hinted at in the article.
I suggested they do like California politicians, only more so, and sharply increase taxes and greatly tighten regulations on development and business activities. That will discourage businesses and people from moving to Nevada, and when the taxes get really high and the casinos, and businesses and employees that depend on the casinos, start to fold, it will even discourage tourists from going there.
I'll bet that the temperature, as well as prosperity, will come down and make the Democrat politicians happy.
California’s politicians haven’t succeeded in killing California’s population and economic growth yet, because the small group of Republicans in the California Senate can still block ruinous legislation and thwart the desires of the majority Democrats and Governor Schwarzenegger.
The Democrats won't stand for that much longer.