Ah, Newsweek — About That Hottest Year On Record

Posted By: 'Okie' | 9:39 am — 8/10/2007 | 5 Comments See comments below:

Sometimes the ironies of life are just too sweet. You quit your job, go to get a beer, buy a ticket and win Lotto — you get dumped and then turn around and meet the love of your life on the bridge — or you could be Newsweek magazine, which in this week’s issue tries, once and for all, to silence any and all opposition to the belief that man-caused global warming is real, and that without immediate-severe interaction will doom us all. What’s ironic is that some interesting information about the data sets that the Warmies have been relying on are like the owls in David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” — they aren’t what they seem.

Over at DailyTech.com, Blogger Finds Y2K Bug in NASA Climate Data bursts the Warmies’ bubble about 1998 being the warmest year on record. You see, they had a little problem with the software that was analyzing the data from all those NOAA recording stations, which blogger Steve McIntyre, at climateaudit.org brought to their attention. (Steve’s site seems to be having a bad case of DOS attack as I write this — fancy that!) The kicker is that after “fixing” the bug and re-running the data sets, a few modifications in thinking are in order. DailyTech’s Michael Asher:

NASA has now silently released corrected figures, and the changes are truly astounding. The warmest year on record is now 1934. 1998 (long trumpeted by the media as record-breaking) moves to second place. 1921 takes third. In fact, 5 of the 10 warmest years on record now all occur before World War II. Anthony Watts has put the new data in chart form, along with a more detailed summary of the events.

The effect of the correction on global temperatures is minor (some 1-2% less warming than originally thought), but the effect on the US global warming propaganda machine could be huge.

Ya think? At least is should be huge, but I’m not gonna hold my breath waiting for Newsweek and the rest of the MSM to report this, let alone give it any attention push. The ‘Okie’ don’t look good with a blue palor.

More interesting technical analysis on this can be found at Coyote Blog, with charts and everything. I’m sure that Okie on the Lam resident environmental chemist Glenn Speck will be weighing in after digesting all this. If so Glenn, send me an email and I’ll present your thoughts as a post instead of a comment.

The Beatrice Fiddler reacted to my original post with this:

I’m not going to feel sorry for Newsweek after their disgusting display in this week’s article about global warming.

But if I were going to feel sorry for them, I would consider it after Okieonthelam considered their “article” and then pounced.

That’s gotta hurt.

Sorry Newsweek, but sweet, sweet irony — gotta love it!

Hope it hurts — Hurts real good!

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