With July barely over, #NASA is trumpeting that 2016 is on track to be the hottest year ever, even though the satellite record is telling us something quite different. Indeed, July 2016 is continuing the trend of temperatures returning to normal now that the recent #El Niño has officially ended. El Niños are naturally occurring events where the tropical Pacific Ocean becomes warmer than normal for an extended period and can influence climate across the globe.
Satellites show much less warming
The UAH (University of Alabama/Huntsville) satellite dataset has been measuring the lower troposphere since 1979 and is accurate to within .001 degrees Celsius. It was hailed as the “gold standard” by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) until it stopped showing a well-documented global warming pause (or hiatus).
According to the preliminary analysis done by climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer, who has just released satellite temperature data for July 2016, the global cooling that started last month is still underway. Albeit slower after this particularly massive El Niño.
He shows that July 2016 was 0.39 degrees Celsius (0.70°F) higher than average, up .05 degrees from the June 2016 value of 0.34 degrees Celsius (0.61°F), but still a marked decline from its peak of 0.83 degrees Celsius (1.49°F) in February 2016.
Despite the constant barrage of hottest-year-ever claims and ridiculous climate change predictions, Dr. Spencer believes that 2016 is “unlikely” to be a record warm year in the satellite record. Meanwhile, the constant assertions of impending doom in this contentious election cycle simply aren’t occurring.