The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) became the first major source of temperature data that has published its December 2008 figures. As a reader of Anthony Watts' blog nicknamed "crosspatch" revealed, you can now draw graphs that include the whole year 2008. Here is one:
Click to zoom in. The graph shows the average U.S. temperatures in the most recent 10 years - between 1999 and 2008 - in Fahrenheit degrees. Here is how I created it:
- go to an NCDC page
- in the form, choose "Mean Temperature, Annual, United States, From 1999, To 2008, Base Period 1901-2000"
What you see if you do a linear regression is a cooling trend by 0.49 °F = 0.27 °C per decade. The cooling between 2006 and 2008 was more dramatic: from 55 °F to 53 °F, by a whopping two degrees Fahrenheit!
Soon afterwords, RSS MSU joined NCDC and gave us the first figure for the December 2008 global temperature. Anomaly-wise, which was 0.174 °C, December was 0.04 °C cooler than November.
The middle troposphere where global warming should be faster than on the surface offers us even more remarkable data. The December anomaly was -0.028 °C, cooler than the average in the last 30 years. In fact, 8 months out of 12 in 2008 were cooler than the average month with the same name in 1979-2008.
Here is the 1979-2008 graph (360 months) for the middle troposphere. There's virtually no trend here (even though the calculated trend from the regression is about +0.9 °C per century) and the 1998 El Nino is the only eye-catching feature of this otherwise chaotic graph. The mid troposphere is now cooler than e.g. in January 1980 - do you remember that you were a bit younger than today? No global warming since that time. Click the graph to zoom in.
The copyright year should say 2009 - sorry for this frequent January typo. ;-)
Incidentally, it was the first time I imported text files from the web directly into Mathematica 7 (as a table) and after a few contacts with the helpful F1 key, the procedure was unbelievably straightforward; see a simple Mathematica notebook.
By the way, during the final three months of 2008, the 12-month running mean (of the RSS mid troposphere anomaly) was at its lowest level since 1994.
Nobel prize winners against AGW myths
If you want to see another scientific Nobel prize winner who disagrees with the AGW quasi-religious myths, see the 2002 TED talk by Kary Mullis (chemistry prize, 1993; YouTube version). There's a lot of interesting stuff in the talk, e.g. about the vacuum and the church, whether the scientific method is obvious, and his funny childhood experiments, but if you're interested in the climate, go to 20:00.
He tells you why the people in the IPCC do it for the money and travel and won't tell you the truth etc. He says that most warming seen by the surface stations has been due to the skyline effect and includes warming at night only. Via Tom Nelson.
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