That federal warmest evah claim

2014, we’re told today by NASA and NOAA, was the planet’s warmest year evah. (Er, make that “evah” since record-keeping began in—get this—1880.)

What we’re not told by the trumpets of the snooze media is that 2014 was the warmest year evah by the teeny-tiny measure of four one-hundredths of a degree.

Whoppingly warm, eh? Truly toasty, for sure.

And, at that tiny amount, very likely a measurement error.

Via Watts Up With That.

UPDATE:  From Joe D’Aleo at WeatherBell:  “We know there are significant differences urban versus rural, mountain versus valley, land versus water, forest versus grassland, etc.. Trying to create a dataset with one number representing the Global Average Temperatures is a daunting task…”

But not necessarily so hard when your aim is political to begin with.

Indeed, as Judith Curry at Climate Etc. put it on Jan. 20: “Naive scientist that I am, it didn’t occur to me until last night that the timing of the NASA/NOAA [news release] on warmest year was motivated by the timing of the President’s SOTU address…”

2 responses to “That federal warmest evah claim

  1. Hm… I am keeping that oil stove for a while notwithstanding. The last two weeks it have seen some serious use.

  2. It does seem to be getting colder each winter rather than warmer. I hope it’s just seasonal variation.