Is NOAA Wrong?

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Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

On another post here on Watts Up With That, a commenter pointed out that NOAA says that September 2014 was the warmest September ever on record. The commenter asked, “Is NOAA  wrong?”

Sadly, as near as I can tell the answer is “Quite possibly”.

Here is the NOAA graphic in question, showing their idea of the current year to date in black, and the five warmest years in color.

noaa year to date global temperatureFigure 1. NOAA’s graphic showing the progress of the year to date. SOURCE

Man, they are squeezing it to claim this September was the warmest, looks like a three-way tie to me … but I digress.

Now, I have read in a lot of places that we currently have good agreement between the satellite temperature data and the ground temperature data. Each time I read that, I just laugh. While the two measurements are closer than they have been…

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2 Responses to Is NOAA Wrong?

  1. NOAA are ignoring margins of error, which are 0.12C

    Statistically all they can claim is that Sep 2014 was tied with 14 other years.

    What is worse though is that they make these ridiculous claims when they only have temperature measurements for, at best, half of the world’s landmass

    http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/noaa-make-false-claims-again/

    If a private company made such false claims, they would be in court in no time.

  2. There was a tremendous solar flair this October that radiated the Earth with extra energy. So October may have been warmer than usual due to that, even though overall, the Earth is cooling bit. The cooler half of the Gleissberg cycle will be kicking in soon, possibly in 2 or more years, and then temps will decrease.

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