Yes, it’s been a hot summer – but certainly not everywhere.
“Lamestream” media outlets have gone bonkers with an announcement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that “more than 3,000 temperature records have been matched or broken in the past week, continuing a trend that left us with the hottest June on record.”
The first question is, 3,000 out of how many potential locations? 100,000? Half-a-million?
The second question is, who’s keeping the records?
And of course, the mainstream media insist, all of this heat is because of human-caused climate change.
The truth be told, my friend, Joe Bastardi, has just crunched the numbers illustrating that half of the U.S experienced above normal temperatures in June, while the other half was below normal.
In the meantime, in places like Scandinavia, June was one of the coldest on record.
At the end of the day, all of these thermal ups and downs are perfectly normal. As I explain in my best-seller, “Climategate,” the warmest decade on record in the United States was the 1930s, with 22 of our now 50 states recording highest temperatures ever during those years.
Examples include 110 degrees in Millsboro, Del., on July 21, 1930; 118 degrees at Keokuk, Iowa, on July 20, 1942; and Steele, N.D., reaching 121 degrees on July 6, 1936. Thirty-eight states recorded all-time highs before 1960. Likewise, the hottest year on record in the U.S. was 1934.
Seeing that the U.S. has maintained the most complete, widespread, long-standing, uninterrupted set of temperature records on the planet, these records should not be taken lightly.
Going back even further, proxy data shows us that between 900 and 1300 AD the average temperature on the earth’s surface was likely at least 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.2 degrees Celsius) warmer than today. This period is known as the Medieval Warm Period, or MWP.
From 1350 to 1800 AD, there was a global cool down reversing the warmth of the MWP, with temperatures at one point falling to roughly 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.2 degrees Celsius) cooler than today. This 450-year period is known as the Little Ice Age, or LIA.
Following the LIA, temperatures stabilized for approximately 50 years. Then, between 1850 and 1940, temperatures increased 1 degree Fahrenheit (.6 degrees Celsius).
Next, from 1940 to 1970, the earth cooled about .2 degrees Fahrenheit (.1 degree Censius); this was followed by a minor warming of a mere .34 degrees Fahrenheit (.2 degrees Celsius) occurring between 1970 and 1998.
Thus, since 1850 there has been an increase in temperature of 1.1 degree Fahrenheit (.7 degrees Censius). Everyone – including Al Gore – agrees with this. And, 88 percent of that warming occurred before 1940!
And, Gore and his green friends are forced to agree with this one, too: Since 1998, there has been no additional warming. Period.
Another important point I make in my most recent book, “Eco-Tyranny,” is that most of the world’s thermometers have only been installed since the 1980s, including more than 1,000 in the U.S., with 400 of those placed after 1998. Logically, with the additional data points entered from locations never before measured, there is a statistical likelihood that the overall average temperature of the planet could skew warmer. That’s especially possible when you realize the man responsible for much of the planet’s thermometer distribution and monitoring is a radical environmental activist named James Hansen, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, a division of NASA, who proclaimed in 2009: “We have only four years left …”
By the way, if the designated record keepers would rely solely on satellite data, which accurately monitors the entire planet and has been providing precise readings since 1979, they would see figures confirming that the planet’s temperature is not warming. In fact, Phil Jones, the man at the center of the 2009 Climategate email scandal, finally admitted in 2010 that over the last 15 years there has been no “statistically significant” warming.
Two more factoids that rub the warmists the wrong way: The U.S. spring tornado season was 25 percent of normal, and the current hurricane season is also trending abnormally low.