My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

More on the temperature data...

I'm not predicting global cooling by any stretch...but how many cool months will it take before we start to forget about global warming?
Global warming sceptics are pointing to recent record cold temperatures in parts of North America and Asia and the return of Arctic Sea ice to suggest fears about climate change may be overblown.

According to the US National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), the average temperature of the global land surface in January 2008 was below the 20th century mean (-0.02°F/-0.01°C) for the first time since 1982.

Temperatures were also colder than average across large swathes of central Asia, the Middle East, the western US, western Alaska and southeastern China.

The NCDC reported that the cold conditions were associated with "the largest January snow cover extent on record for the Eurasian continent and for the Northern Hemisphere".

In some parts of China and central Asia, snow fell for the first time in living memory, the NCDC noted.

"For the contiguous United States, the average temperature was 30.5°F (-0.83°C) for January, which was 0.3°F (0.2°C) below the 20th century mean and the 49th coolest January on record, based on preliminary data".


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can go ahead and predict global cooling if you want. The enviroMENTAList kooks used less evidence than this to predict global warming.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

-0.2 degress celsius is likely not statistically different from 0.0. And given it was one month of one year, compared to 150 years of climate monitoring along with paleoclimatatological proxy-data, you'd be hard pressed to notice a change in the overall global temperature trend.

3:47 PM  

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