Sunday, February 21, 2010

No Global Warming?

January 2010 compared to 1971-2000 average temperatures, NASA

There's a lot of misunderstanding and trash talk about climate change these days, and I'd like to point out that in spite of all the warts and errant emails, January 2010 was the second warmest on record since the 1880s (source: Jeff Masters blog).

It makes sense too. You can see the cool areas in northern Australia, Europe, and the south-central US including Florida. Oh, and it's warmer in Vancouver. You really can't deny that.

You can debate all you want what it means, or compare it to what you think happened in the Medieval days, whether carbon dioxide is the culprit, whatever. But I still hear people saying "there has been no global warming since 1995." This is blatantly untrue. The rate of warming may have slowed since then, and when annualized the results don't seem very much, but the temperatures are still warmer and warmer.

There are some that will still say that "they cooked off all the numbers and faked them." Sorry folks, since 1979 we've had some satellite sensors up in space that aside from some calibration issues, is very good quality data - and NASA is taking efforts to make the data available to the public so you can interpret it for yourself.

So let's clear the air here: climate change and a warming trend is happening.


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Anonymous said...

feel free to take two nobel peace prizes outta petty cash.......

Anonymous said...

I am glad that we did not listen to those same experts in the 70's that said we were headed for global cooling and should melt the polar ice caps.

Just sayin'

Mike Leahy

Anonymous said...

I am glad that we did not listen to those same experts in the 70's when it came to global cooling. Can you imagine the impact of trying to melt the polar ice caps?

Makes me shiver!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just sayin'.....

Mike Leahy