Saturday, June 27, 2009

From the department of Duh

It seems that the amount of energy that the earth receives from the sun varies over the years.

Very interesting discussion at Wattsupwiththat on data quality (a perennial problem with science in general, and Climate Science in particular, at least lately). There's a real problem with urbanization causing measured temperatures to increase over time, simply because a previously rural sensor is now in the middle of an "Urban Heat Island".

But of course, the climate models couldn't possibly be wrong. No sir. That's settled. Yessir.

Hey you deniers! Get the heck off my lawn!


Anonymous said...

Shame on you, BP. Doubting the great Manbearpig and his legions of false prophets of doom.
They have decreed their rightousness, reguardless of truth.
Just "pay up" and do not question the taxes that will befall you.

/sarc off

Borepatch said...

Spider-pig, Spider-pig. Does whatever a ... Spider-pig ... can.

don davis said...

i recently learned that the earth's distance from the sun varies more than i'd thought. the part i knew about was the eccentricity of the earth's orbit (+/1.7% variation in distance). the other part is the size of the sun's orbit around the solar system's center of mass. The sun's orbital radius is +/-3% of the earth's, cheiefly because of saturn's and jupiter's motion. so, the variation in the earth's distance from the sun can be as big as +/-4.7%. this amounts to 18.8% variation in how much light we receive.

note that this 19% variation is about what the graph shows. note also that the graph's curve has a principal wavelength of about 20 years, which closely matches the time it takes for earth,jupiter, & saturn to repeat their arrangements around the sun.