Monthly Archives: November 2008

Hot Hot Hot – Just how warm was October 2008?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the average temperature for October was 58.2 degrees, which was 1.1 degrees above the twentieth century average of 57.1 making it the second warmest October since record keeping began in 1880. 

The warmest October on record was 2003.  As for the Earth’s land areas, it was the warmest October on record.


Only, this isn’t true.

Now, the report from the NOAA does, in fact, include the corrections in the October data.  Last week NASA released their report which incorrectly stated the readings from Russia, reusing the records from the previous month (September).

Though this probably was just an oversight by NASA, it did create quite a stir in the blogosphere since NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which produced last week’s report, is run by Dr. James Hansen, who is Al Gore’s chief scientific ally.

See posts in Watts Up With That and Climate Audit which discuss the NASA error.

According to The Weather Guys (Bob Swanson & Doyle Rice) the main source for the above information:

“And so far this year, 2008 is the ninth-warmest year on record for the planet, with all nine of the Earth’s warmest years occurring since the mid-1990s.”

Click here for the full article in the USA Today.


Here are the facts thanks to ICECAP:   

“This is not surprising as NOAA has become the biggest outlier in recent months. They have thanks to Tom Peterson and Tom Karl a global data base that is worth nothing. There is little or no adjustment for urbanization, land use changes, no adjustment for bad station siting (69% of the 560 US climate stations surveyed by Anthony Watts team of volunteers were poor or very poorly sited), 2/3rds of the stations globally dropped out around 1990, the number of missing months increased tenfold in the FSU and Africa after 1990, and changes in instrumentation like here in the US that Tom Karl himself found produced a warm bias of 0.5F. All these introduce a warm bias, none of which are corrected for. Not less than 6 peer review studies (bold in references) have shown these issues may account for up to 50% of the warming since 1900.

Trust only the satellite. In fact, this October was the 10th warmest of the 30 years of data for the MSU satellite according to UAH with only a 0.167C (0.3F) anomaly instead of the 1.1F (2nd warmest out of 129 years) as per NOAA. Unfortunately satellite data extends only back to 1979.”


Trust only satellite


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