Wednesday, February 21, 2018

What - more altered climate data?

Rick emails to point out interesting happenings at NOAA:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has yet again been caught exaggerating ‘global warming’ by fiddling with the raw temperature data. 
This time, that data concerns the recent record-breaking cold across the northeastern U.S. which NOAA is trying to erase from history.

If you believe NOAA’s charts, there was nothing particularly unusual about this winter’s cold weather which caused sharks to freeze in the ocean and iguanas to drop out of trees.
Basically, NOAA has changed the record cold that the Northeast suffered into something, well, normal.  Rather than the coldest winter on record (remember, cold record were set all over the Northeast), this was kind of in the middle of the pack.

I saw this and my reaction was what, again?

We're told that it's the hottest year ever and yet the record temperatures for most (39) States were set over 50 years ago.

Peer reviewed scientific articles say that NOAA's temperature record does not reflect reality.

The National Academy of Science is worried about the quality of the temperature data.

Government data used for Paris Climate Accords is wildly inaccurate.

This, by the way, is where all the science action is: how trustworthy is the historical record (specifically, has it been modified beyond all resemblance to reality)?  I've been posting about this for going on 10 years now, and so the conclusion that I've reached is that modifying data by 50% or more is considered business as usual among climate scientists.  I see no reason to change any of this from that post:
At this point, climate science in general and Anthropogenic Global Warming in particular are shattered. Nothing in the peer-reviewed journals can be trusted. Any climate data that is not available to John Q Public needs to be dismissed out of hand. Any adjustment process that is not 100% transparent - fully documented procedures, as well as adjustments published on a station-by-station basis, with a justification for each change - needs to be dismissed out of hand.
Think about that - this is considered normal by this branch of science.  There's a reason that there is a tag for posts here called "Junk Science".


Jess said...

I think they call that "tweaking" the data, instead of outright corruption. It sounds better to them, and make me more angry. Trump needs to fire enough of the NASA liars to make the others honest.

Ted said...

You can see this almost every night on the Local News. The Weather babe Cheerfully announces how Today's Hot or Cold weather broke the record!!!! or was close. But if you read the Graphic they put on the screen, the previous record was inevitably between 50 to 90 years ago. It never seems to dawn on them that they are just confirming that nothing has actually changed in the last 75 years or so.

Jeffrey Smith said...

Bah, iguanas drop out of trees whenever Miami has a cold snap (meaning lows under 50F for those who live in places where it actually gets cold). For some reason Northerners think this is either funny wierd or apocalyptic wierd, but it's just normal Florida wierdness.

That being said, I do think our weather here is in general warmer than it used to be. Two decades ago and earlier, I never needed to put the A/C on before May. For the last five years at least, I have had to start using it in February. In three of those years, I put it on February and shut it off in October, running it round the clock. This year is a bit cooler, meaning so far this month I have only put it on during the afternoon: nights are still cool enough to use open windows. That used to be how May was....