It is truly amazing that no major US media outlet managed to challenge the recent NASA/GISS statement that 2014 was the warmest year ever. There was no equivocation in the US media about that being the truth. And they quoted “scientists” that said this proved that man-made global warming was an unarguable fact.
A UK media organization took the time to read the presser and concluded that the leader of NASA’s GISS organization needed to be challenged. The upshot is that GISS’s Director Gavin Schmidt, according to the DailyMail.com “ has now admitted NASA thinks the likelihood that 2014 was the warmest year since 1880 is just 38 per cent.”
Wow, perhaps it could be said that it is 62% unlikely to be the warmest year ever.
There is more to this issue. The temperature difference between 2010, the formerly “highest temperature ever”, and 2014 according to the GISS was 0.02C. The margin of error is 0.1C for these temperature measurements. In case you did not catch that, one cannot reasonably distinguish a difference smaller than 0.1 C.
Further, the satellite measurements of global temperature indicate that 2014 is not the hottest since 1978 (when these units went into service). The satellites cover the globe. The GISS measurements are basically ground related and only have partial coverage of the globe. Great swaths of the northern and southern global areas have no land based temperature measurements so GISS infers temperatures in those areas
“Satellites answer this question with a clear “No”: 1998 was 0.3 °C warmer than 2014. This difference (decrease of temperature) is rather safely greater than their error margin which allows you to say that the global mean temperature as defined and calculated via the RSS methodology, for example, almost certainly didn’t peak in 2014. (If it did, it would be no big deal, anyway, but it did not.) The year 2014 was tied on the 6th and 7th place among the 36 according to the RSS AMSU satellite methodology, for example.”
The lesson here is that continual screaming from the housetops “the sky is falling” begins to wear very thin when year after year the catastrophes didn’t happen. This brings us to this blog’s recurrent theme—-The media have been faithfully reporting those predicted catastrophes and seem unwilling to stop doing this even though the catastrophes haven’t happen. Do they ever inquire as to why? Do they care if they are being used? Or are they really not interested doing their job?
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