Yet another question mark has been raised regarding the monitoring of global temperature. Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) of NASA announced about a week ago that October was the hottest on record. Oddly enough, this was the same month that Tibet experienced its worst snowstorm ever, London has its first October snow in 70 years, and large parts of the US have record cold and snowfall (including 115 record cold temperatures and 63 new snowfall records). The US actually had the 70th warmest October in the past 114 years.
GISS maps showed that a large part of Russia was 10 degrees higher than normal. This would explain the increase in global temperature except for the fact that the numbers were apparently from September and not October. GISS quickly revised its figures and claimed to have found an area of the Arctic that was unusually hot (yes, the same Arctic that has recovered from the extreme summer melt so well that it has 31.3% more sea ice than last year and the largest growth ever recorded).
GISS has resorted to some fingerpointing that throws some doubt on the main source of data that Global Warming alarmists such as the IPCC use as their main source of evidence. Dr. James Hansen has been forced to revise his numbers in the past, including having to admit that the warmest decade in the 20th century was actually the 1930’s and not the 1990’s as he previously claimed.
The carbon credits scheme is sure to be in the works with Obama and the Democrats soon to take control. Such a ploy for wealth redistribution should be based in fact and not speculation based on invalid statistics. Errors such as this should raise red flags and cause investigations, not be ignored as seems to happen these days with the whole global warming topic.
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