Warmest Year On Record: Here’s Why It’s A Meaningless Number

cartoon-settled-scienceRecent news that 2015 will likely be the warmest on record gave global warming alarmists another log of anxiety to throw on the bonfire of fear they’ve set, and probably moved more than a few climate agnostics who haven’t been paying attention toward the gang’s position. But really, there’s nothing to see here.

According to NASA data released Tuesday, last month was the warmest October ever recorded — which means we don’t really know how how warm it was in any October before 1880. Due to the hot month, many, such as the Washington Post’s weather editor, believe that this “year that has essentially locked up the title of warmest on record.” And so it might be. So what?

Moving on from that grade-school taunt to an educated and credentialed climate scientist, we learn this business about a record warm temperature is “just nonsense.”

“When someone points to this and says this is the warmest temperature on record, what are they talking about?” asks Richard Lindzen, professor of meteorology at MIT. “It’s just nonsense. This is a very tiny change period. And they are arguing over hundredths of a degree when it is uncertain in tenths of a degree.”

Lindzen earned a physics degree from Harvard in 1960 and a doctorate in applied mathematics, also from Harvard, in 1964.

Speaking Thursday at a climate summit sponsored by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Lindzen advised that “the most important thing to keep in mind is, when you ask, ‘Is it warming, is it cooling?’ etc. — is that we are talking about something tiny (temperature changes) and that is the crucial point.”

Lindzen acknowledged that “people get excited over this,” but he doesn’t believe the report is anything to be alarmed about.

“We are speaking of small changes; 0.25 Celsius would be about 51% of the recent warming, and that strongly suggests a low and inconsequential climate sensitivity — meaning no problem at all,” Lindzen said. “I urge you when looking at a graph, check the scales. The uncertainty here is tenths of a degree.”

Read the entire post from Climate Depot. Lindzen had more to say at the summit, as did other climate scientists and professionals who dare think and speak against the warming narrative. They don’t sound like the crackpots the alarmists make them out to be — they simply make sense.

Meantime, don’t forget that one of the United Nations’ top global warming officials has revealed the real reason behind the climate scare — and it’s not about saving the planet. Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been caught torturing temperature data to stir up a crisis where none exists.

If we’re going to talk about records, it’s the record of these two parties we should be discussing.


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