From 2001 to 2011 — Summers cooler, winters colder

Russ Steele

Anthony Watts has a very interesting post at Watts Up With That which I will not recreate here. His lead in headline:

NCDC data shows that the contiguous USA has not warmed in the past decade, summers are cooler, winters are getting colder.

Anthony has a series of very telling graphic evidence of the climate change over the last ten years. Here is a sample:

Be sure the read Anthony’s Update. It is a real eye opener.  The current NCDC data shows cooling, but the cooling is even more telling once the NCDC “adjustments” are removed.  We maybe on the cusp of the Next Grand Minimum!

Some thoughts on the BEST Project

Russ Steele

The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project has received a lot of interest in the lame stream press and on the lefty blogs making all kinds of claims the BEST press releases support human caused climate change.  Well yes, the plant is warming, but then again it has since the last ice age, with some ups during Medieval Warm Period and downs during the Little Ice Age.  The BEST project did not assess the cause of the warming, only that it has been warming from about 1977 to 2002.

My interest in the BEST results was that it confirmed the temperatures during the Dalton Minimum, our last Grand Minimum.

If you are interested in critiques of the BEST project look here:

Willis Eschenbach: A preliminary assessment of BEST’s decline

Anthony Watts:  BEST: What I agree with and what I disagree with – plus a call for additional transparency to prevent “pal” review

Steve McIntyre:  First Thoughts on BEST

William Briggs:  D.J. Keenan’s And My BEST Methodology Reviews

While the focus is on the warming, in the last ten year the temperatures have been declining.

 And we are beginning to see some of the early preliminary results, shorter grape growing seasons and extended ski seasons.   I say preliminary, because we are looking at only a few events, we need a longer period of a more positive assessment.