As another frigid, snowy winter storm bares its teeth across much of the Northeastern United States, climate scientists today released new numbers they say show the planet is still getting warmer.
"There are times such as today when we can have snow even in a globally warming world. But the long-term trends are very clear. They're not going to disappear. There isn't an error in our calculations," said Gavin Schmidt, the deputy director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.
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The year 2013 tied with 2003 as the fourth warmest on record, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NASA, which uses a slightly different method for calculating global temperature, ranks 2013 as the seventh-warmest year since 1880, tied with 2009 and 2006.
Last year was the 37th in a row in which global temperatures were higher than the 20 th century average, scientists said, and nine of the 10 warmest years on record all occurred in the 21 st century.
"The long-term trends in climate are extremely robust," NASA's Schmidt said during a conference call with reporters, noting that any single short-term hot or cold spell doesn't dispel global warming science. "Quite frankly, people have a very short memory when it comes to their own experience of weather and climate."
Australia sweated through its hottest year on record, going back 104 years, the NOAA report said.
Last year also brought the worst drought in 30 years to Botswana and Namibia in southern Africa, NOAA said.
Most of the planet's land and ocean areas were warmer than average, or broke heat records in 2013, scientists said. Only the central United States was cooler than average.
"No region of the globe was record cold during 2013," the NOAA analysis said.
The United States experienced seven severe weather and climate disasters costing, $1 billion or more in 2013, according to NOAA.
Around the world, there were 41 billion-dollar weather disasters in 2013, second only to 2010, The Associated Press reported.
Last week, climate scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric research in Boulder, Colo., released data showing Arctic freezes weren't lasting as long as they used to.
A vast majority of the world's climate scientists said the planet's temperature was rising because gases released by the burning of fossil fuels are trapping heat in Earth's atmosphere, creating a greenhouse effect. A recent draft report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urges countries to cut emissions and shift to cleaner sources of energy.
As usual, red, you don't think this through enough to realize the desperation of the warmers...
"Australia sweated through its hottest year on record, going back 104 years, the NOAA report said."—ok, why did it take so long to get back to how warm it got over 100 years ago, before co2?
"Last year also brought the worst drought in 30 years to Botswana and Namibia in southern Africa, NOAA said."—why was it worse 30 years ago?
It's really tough for you to keep making the case of "it's getting worse" if you keep reminding us it was worse decades and even a century ago, red...
I've been trying to locate the results of a poll that was made at a high school several months ago, but I can't find it now.
The gist of the poll was to ask high school students if they felt they had or were experiencing global warming due to 'climate change'. I think that there were about 20% that didn't know about the subject. But of the 80% remaining over 90% said yes they had/were. The funny part about the poll is that high schoolers had not experienced any global warming since the day of their birth. But they had been led to believe they had by a media that propagated false data from the 'climate scientists'. When those students were told that there had not been any global warming in their lifetimes over 80% said that was wrong and they didn't believe it. When they were shown the actual data, almost half still didn't believe it.
It is very easy to be misled and very hard to admit it.
Red, Nature magazine, search for "Climate change: The case of the missing heat"
Read it, it's where climate model meets climate reality.
"Now, as the global-warming hiatus enters its sixteenth year, scientists are at last making headway in the case of the missing heat. Some have pointed to the Sun, volcanoes and even pollution from China as potential culprits, but recent studies suggest that the oceans are key to explaining the anomaly. The latest suspect is the El Niño of 1997–98, which pumped prodigious quantities of heat out of the oceans and into the atmosphere — perhaps enough to tip the equatorial Pacific into a prolonged cold state that has suppressed global temperatures ever since."
"Simulations conducted in advance of the 2013–14 assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggest that the warming should have continued at an average rate of 0.21 °C per decade from 1998 to 2012. Instead, the observed warming during that period was just 0.04 °C per decade, as measured by the UK Met Office in Exeter and the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK"
That's right willie boy don't trust those NASA and NOAA calculations. Those guys are probably NEA educated.
Unlike you they probably were taught evolution and that #$%$ in their schools. PK and JJ will give you some good calculations for sure. Also maybe NASA just wants to control our lives.