Sunday, November 16, 2014

No, the science isn't settled...

Yet another early winter for North America.  Is it the 3rd or 4th in a row...hard to say? But as sure as the snow flies, climate deniers will be out in force quoting NOAA and NASA as the final authorities on the reality of global warming. The inconvenient truth, however, is better reflected in the actual temperature data from the Historical Climatological Network (HCN) as shown above.

In fact, about half the so-called warming in the USA has been due to 'adjustments' to surface temperature records done by NOAA & NASA thus allowing for the rather arbitrary claims of climate catastrophe. This helps explain how the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change can claim the sky is falling while observational data show that our most recent (there have been many) warming trend ended about 15 years ago.

Apparently, the IPCC's 55 different computer 'models' (pick the one that you like) are no match for natural variability in the earth's atmosphere as they all failed to account for the slowing in temperature increases, the growth in Antarctic sea ice, or the fact that the sea levels were 'rising' just as fast some 70 years ago. So the next time Paul Douglas (our local chicken-little here in Minnesota's frozen tundra) tells you the 'science is settled,' tell him when the day comes that he can accurately predict next week's weather, you might listen to his hysteria on the next century's climate.

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