February 26, 2008


Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling (Michael Asher, February 26, 2008, Daily Tech)

Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile -- the list goes on and on.

No more than anecdotal evidence, to be sure. But now, that evidence has been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.

Meteorologist Anthony Watts compiled the results of all the sources. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C -- a value large enough to erase nearly all the global warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year time. For all sources, it's the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down.

Scientists quoted in a past DailyTech article link the cooling to reduced solar activity which they claim is a much larger driver of climate change than man-made greenhouse gases.

It can hardly be a coincidence that global cooling follows Al Gore's yearlong discharge of global warming hot air into the atmosphere.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 26, 2008 6:38 PM


NH used to be under 1000 feet of ice...Fire up your SUV.



Posted by: rls777 at February 26, 2008 8:01 PM

For obvious reasons, we tend to think of Earth as a temperate planet with occasional ice ages.

In fact, it is an ice planet with brief temperate periods. The basic pattern is 2 million year ice ages separated by 10,000 year temperate periods. All of recorded human history has occurred in the current temperate period, now in approximately its 10,000th year.

Fire up the SUVs indeed.

Posted by: Ibid at February 26, 2008 8:29 PM

Whoops, on second thought, let's make that an energy tax on alternative fuels and hand out tax credits for environmentally friendly fossil fuels like oil.

Posted by: Perry at February 26, 2008 10:54 PM

Something that's been bugging me...remember how last winter was the "OMG! Warmest winter ev-ar!" Well, what is the second warmest winter - in other words, which winter was the former reigning champion? Also, what was the coldest winter and where does the current winter stand in the rankings? This sounds like pretty basic information, but lots of web searches (and my Google Fu is strong indeed) have been entirely fruitless.
There should be one of those insipid VH1 nostalgia shows: The Top 100 Coldest Winters! hosted by a C-list comedian.

Posted by: Bryan at February 27, 2008 9:23 AM

But...but... Here in Delaware we've only gotten about four inches of snow in three separate "storms" (if you can call them that) since December. And it was the driest January in a hundred years, and we had three record-warm days this winter -- it hit 72 here last week, for goodness sakes! How much more proof of AGW do you people need? Who cares about the brutal Chinese winter, think of our children!

Posted by: Random Lawyer at February 27, 2008 10:50 AM