An Inconvenient Goof

The lead voice on concern for global climate change is the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. GISS is part of NASA, though it’s located at Columbia University. They are the one who provide much of the context that’s turned global temperature data into an instrument of hysteria.

Recently, some of GISS’s work has been reexamined. Steve McIntyre of seems to be leading the charge here. McIntyre found 1998 was not the hottest year on record in the United States, as had been claimed. It’s now replaced (though barely) by 1934.

After GISS acknowledged their errors and changed their numbers, the new data show 5 of the 10 hottest years on record in the U.S. came before World War II!

The numbers aren’t radically different, but it’s going to be very tough to spin them the same way they were spun before.

There’s a pretty good summary of what went on here, on Daily Tech.

4 thoughts on “An Inconvenient Goof”

  1. Not that I deny we are in one of many global climate heat spells and we humans shouldn’t watch closely to this mega phenomenon, but when is Al Gore and studies suggesting the man made warming effect started? This global propaganda in many ways is much stronger than the issue itself.

  2. Hey John,

    I just wanted to tell someone from the Stamford and Norwalk Clubs something interesting….

    I was talking to Geoff Fox, the Meteorologist from WTNH-8, last month and I mentioned that Sky Wardwell (K1GF) had passed away and that his call sign would be available July 13th. Well, Geoff (WA1U) applied for K1GF and according to he was the only applicant. So, it looks like Geoff Fox will become K1GF sometime around August 1. Cool eh?


    Tom – K1TA

    K1GF (Ham Radio Call Sign)

  3. The daily-tech article and the follow up questions are worth the read. The commenters are people in the field. And this I learned.

    The last 20 years of temperature data is based on satellite data. Now satellites can not measure temperature but rather measure wavelengths, which is then converted in to temperature by means of a model.

    A model, now believe me I have constructed a few mathematical models, and there is ALWAYS an error associated with the model, the fit is never perfect. Never.

    What has always puzzled me about the global warming data is how people throw around stats that say, “increased by 1/4 to 1/2 degree over x years”.

    How do you measure a 1/4 degree? Really it is not trivial. Even in situations where you can make contact and have great laboratory equipment. Never mind using models.

    Also given that the temperature from where I am writing now is different a 100 yards away.

  4. I always say “when in doubt, blame global warming”. The global warming data is wrong? Blame global warming. Car won’t start? Blame global warming.

    “And so it goes.”

    -Kurt Vonnegut

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