Things did not go well the past year for the Warmists:
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.
Here’s the kicker, though:
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.
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My comment: As this gets around, watch how quickly you start hearing how “this has long been predicted by global warming theory” followed by a quick segue from “global warming” to “climate change” as the operative phrase.
FYI, warming skeptics do not dispute the approximately .7 degrees C. (1.0 degree F.) of warming over the past century. They question the degree to which human activity is responsible, the significance of that level of warming, and the dire predictions of computer models based on human-caused CO2 increases. Skeptics also point out that climate is always changing, that we are coming out of what is called the “Little Ice Age,” which ended approximately 150 years ago, and that we are in an inter-glacial period that began roughly 10,000 years ago. And now, we’re also seeing a period of inactivity on the Sun, which has its own ups and downs that in turn affect the Earth’s climate.