Sunday, February 13, 2011

It was cold down south in January -so climate change is debunked, right?

NASA's GISTEMP site has just released the January surface temperature anomalies :
Temperature anomalies for Jan 2011 based on comparison to 1951-1980 trends (click to enlarge).
So despite what people in, say Texas, think, it hasn't been colder than normal everywhere. In fact both polar regions were warmer than the base periods. in particular the Arctic has had an extraordinarily warm winter due to a warmer than usual Arctic Ocean and record low sea ice levels.

This in turn has pushed the cold winter air that forms in the polar regions towards the mid-latitudes.  
Not surprising, as 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year on record. But maybe its all due to high solar activity, which is reflected by sunspot abundance. Let' see:
Monthly sunspot numbers since 1750, from Solar Physics, Marshall Space Flight Center (click for larger image).
Guess not...although its probably all a calphiate-marxist-L.L. Bean-Suguaro cacti plot against freedom.

BTW:  It may hit 65 F here in SE Pennsylvania this Friday.

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