Of Locality of POV

Sometimes ‘slip ups’ happen.

I was going to empty the SPAM queue and did my usual ‘quick scan’ for things that didn’t belong there. (on various occasions I’ve found comments in there with no discernible reason – a couple from Oscar and Adrian lately, for example). This time I was being quick and nothing jumped out at me so I hit the “dump em” button. Then, in that gap between “click” and “too late to see anything”, I saw a comment from Peter Offenhartz. (Hope I spelled that right).

He was basically complaining that the Mount Hamilton picture was cherry picking and that I ought to look at (mumble) New Hampshire or some such where it was 75 F and normal was 48 F and that clearly showed climate change / global warming. Unfortunately, when the button is clicked to dump, it’s dumped, even if the slow link lets you see it for a while before the screen wipe returns…

At any rate, in rebuttal, I offer this image, shamelessly lifted from this posting at WUWT:


Temperature Anomaly March 2012

Temperature Anomaly March 2012

There’s a very similar looking year to date graph in the article.

The point? Well, just look at it. Other than the part of the arctic where there are no thermometers (that score a perpetual bright red for what can only be reasons of error) the only place on the planet that is significantly warm is the eastern USA!

Note in the upper right corner, the anomaly value is negative.

So it’s pretty clear that the world is being very cold right now… But some folks can’t tell a representative sample, like Mount Hamilton, when they see one and confuse their local weather for global warming…

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A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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9 Responses to Of Locality of POV

  1. philjourdan says:

    After our last couple of winters, we have earned the right to some red here in the east! If we are to base global temperatures on the Eastern half of the US, then 2010 and 2011 were 2 of the coldest years on record. Yet we are told they are in the top 10 by those wishing us back to the stone age.

  2. “Better red than dead” I’d say, but alarmist wouldn’t agree. They’d rather cut the world population down to a “manageable few million” than take their shirts off in March.

  3. adolfogiurfa says:

    Color ink-jet should be forbidden at NOAA and other agencies….perhaps it will balance your budget!

  4. gregole says:

    Has anyone else noticed the red blob of high temperature anomaly in the eastern US looks exactly like a cherry? Just sayin’…

  5. dearieme says:

    We’ve been having some days of unseasonably warm weather in Cambridgeshire: I’ve been sunbathing, helped by the fact that our drought has been so severe that our lawn is firm enough to support chair legs. On the other hand, in February we had a few days of unusually cold weather: we got ice on the inside of a double-glazed wiindow!

    It all seems like weather to me.

  6. Peter Offenhartz says:

    You spelled my name right but misquoted me badly. The place I mentioned was Caribou Maine. The previous RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE for the date in question (March 21????) was 50F; the new record was 73F. It’s rare that high temperature records are broken by more than one or two degrees.

    And of course this has nothing to do with global warming, just as the recent weather in California have anything to do with global climate. I was merely pointing out that your own POV is a mite parochial.

    [ It wasn’t a quote. As stated in the posting, it was a rough paraphrase at best of a glimpse as your text was being wiped, so a ‘rough guess’ at best. Per “parochial”, um, no. I was using it as an example of a phenomenon of much broader scope. The atmosphere is shorter. That causes places at altitude to be colder than otherwise. As stated in the posting. -E.M.Smith ]

  7. R. de Haan says:

    Yeah, sunbathing was the latest weather trend in West Germany too.
    High pressure, hardly any wind, no clouds, so the sun did what it had to do.
    But now the tide has turned.
    Temps will go about 10 degrees Celsius down, strong night frost and snow is in the latest prediction. This is still March you know.
    When the weather comes from the South, you’re lucky.
    If it comes from the North, winter coats all over again.
    No springtime weather on the horizon.

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, and per Peter’s Complaint:

    I’d note that I had 75 and 48 vs his 73 and 50, so each was withing 2 F (from a brief snippet of a scan as things were deleted) and I had New Hampshire instead of Main – in otherwords right next door. For a couple of second glimpse as things were going POOF! and then remembered a day or two later, I’d say that was pretty good.

    Now he is also noting that it was a record and not just any old temperature. Big whoop. The total temperature record is so short that we’ll be setting records, both high and low, for generations to come. (That’s why we have so many ever year, both highs and lows). Any particular temperature range says more about how little we know of true ranges than anything else.

    But hey, he’s got an agenda to promote…

  9. Pascvaks says:

    The only thing that’s never true, usually, and never changes, much, is fiction. Comparing New England to Northern California is like comparing ducks to geese. It can be done at a distance. Now I understand that several millions of years ago California would have been the duck and New England the goose. But you know what they say about time and water and straws on camel’s backs. Too much is hard to take.

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