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UAH: June 2008: still negative anomaly

According to UAH MSU, the global temperature anomaly in June 2008 was -0.11 °C, up from -0.18 °C in May 2008.

A similar warming from -0.083 °C in May 2008 to +0.035 °C in June 2008 has been reported by RSS MSU, too. On the other hand, GISTEMP and HadCRUT3 inform about month-on-month warming.

But let us focus on UAH MSU. Anomaly-wise, June 2008 was the third coldest month of the 21st century so far, after May 2008 and July 2004 (that had -0.12 °C, almost the same temperature).

If I were as manipulative (or stupid) as Al Gore, I would also build on the fact that three of the four months in this century with a negative temperature anomaly occurred in 2008 (July 2004; January, May, June 2008).

But this statement is not so surprising for sensible people because the temperature is a continuous (although not smooth) function of time and nearby months should be expected to have similar temperatures. Once we know that May 2008 was the coldest month, it shouldn't shock you that you will find nearby months in the hit parade, too.

Polar regions

In terms of the anomaly, the land in the Southern polar lands - Antarctica - cooled by a hefty 2.35 °C from the previous month - from +0.82 to -1.53 °C. Such things happen near the poles where all changes are amplified and where the area is not too large to guarantee a constancy of temperature.

The Northern polar region cooled from 1.03 to 0.49 °C between May and June 2008. The total sea ice anomaly is currently near zero, as a positive anomaly of the Southern Hemisphere cancels the negative anomaly of the Northern Hemisphere. A year ago, the total anomaly was around -2 million squared kilometers. Those "experts" who bet that there will be less ice in 2008 than 2007 don't look particularly clever to me. ;-)

By the way, a Dutch team just published a study that shows that the Greenland melting cycle exhibits no trend in the last 17 years. See Andrew Revkin's blog and NYT article.

The first half of 2008

The first half of 2008 is over so we can say something about this period. According to the UAH MSU data, the average temperature anomaly for those six months was -0.03 °C, making the H1 of 2008 the coldest half-year since H1 of 1997. It's been a half-year of a cooling U.S. job market, too. ;-)

No, it is not a typo. I really mean that 2008 has been cooler than the "cold" La Nina years and half-years during the 1998-2001 La Nina episode, too. And that's true despite the fact that the 1998-2001 La Nina episode was both longer and stronger than the recent one. To summarize, there's no global warming in the recent 10 years of data.

This absence of warming becomes even more striking in the middle troposphere where the bulk of the greenhouse effect is being predicted while the reality shows an even slower warming trend if any. In fact, the trend since 1979 is 0.00 °C per decade on the Southern Hemisphere and 0.05 °C per decade globally, justifying the claim that there exists no satellite-observed global warming in the mid troposphere.

UAH MSU sees the global June 2008 anomaly in the mid troposphere as -0.20 °C and the average of H1 of 2008 equals -0.18 °C. Since the beginning of the UAH satellite records in 1979, only a few half-years in 1984, 1985, 1989, 1993 were cooler than H1 of 2008.

La Nina and the Sun

The La Nina conditions have changed to ENSO-neutral conditions that are expected to last at least through the Fall 2008 which should remove the negative ENSO bias: we will see whether we will return to "hot" temperatures.

The Sun remains sunspot-free and quiet which could keep the Earth rather cool.

Other people's comments: Steve McIntyre, Anthony Watts

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