Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It Was Snowing In Hershey Yesterday But NOAA Declares 2013 4th Warmest Year On Record

When the polar vortex visited the United States in January, climate deniers had a field day.  The very people who say more intense hurricanes, longer droughts, and rising temperatures mean nothing were even ready to say that the bone-chilling temperatures meant that the global climate was cooling.

While unseasonably warm temperatures followed the global vortex's last visit, we now have another round of snow in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and so more clownish denial of global warming is assured.  And the cynical game of misleading good people will be played once more.

Yet, the scientific record grows, with NOAA just declaring 2013 the fourth warmest!

In its own words, NOAA says this about 2013:

  • The year 2013 ties with 2003 as the fourth warmest year globally since records began in 1880. The annual global combined land and ocean surface temperature was 0.62°C (1.12°F) above the 20th century average of 13.9°C (57.0°F). This marks the 37th consecutive year (since 1976) that the yearly global temperature was above average. Currently, the warmest year on record is 2010, which was 0.66°C (1.19°F) above average. Including 2013, 9 of the 10 warmest years in the 134-year period of record have occurred in the 21st century. Only one year during the 20th century—1998—was warmer than 2013.

That's science, not foolish denial.

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