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…”