A very different kind of graph.

Dr Roy Spencer is one of the few people who are in the camp of the warming-doubters (insert preferred nomenclature, ‘skeptic’, denialist etc)  who is actually a scientist actively involved in a key area of research in the topic. His particular area is the measurement of global temperatures using salivate data and for multiple reasons his data series is one oft-cited by those casting FUD around when it comes to anthropogenic global warming.

So when Roy Spencer finds an increase in temperature remarkable it is fair to say that it is remarkable. http://www.drroyspencer.com/2016/03/uah-v6-global-temperature-update-for-feb-2016-0-83-deg-c-new-record/

The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for February, 2016 is +0.83 deg. C, up almost 0.3 deg C from the January value of +0.54 deg. C (click for full size version), which is a new record for the warmest monthly anomaly since satellite monitoring began in late 1978.


Now maybe Spencer has messed up or the data is wrong in some way but that is a remarkable leap even during an El Niño.




  1. Archbishop Laudanum

    But, but… we had a snowstorm this week so that proves that global warming is a hoax. A hoax I tell you. All the signs are there, people. It’s a liberal conspiracy. It’s cold! In March! Snow! Liars! The California drought is caused by taxes. Sheeple. And so on.

    Seriously though. I’m terrified by the implications of these numbers. I was in Miami last year and the roads are regularly flooded. Better go visit Nauru, Seychelles etc while they are still there. Ironically, the flights to get there would contribute to the problem.


    • camestrosfelapton

      With these peak anomalies occurring during the Northern Hemisphere winter, there is this gulf between people’s subjective experience of the weather had much warmer things are actually getting. A local not-neccesarily-AGW-related summer heat wave in the US would probably shift the conversation back to climate change while actual continual increases won’t 😦


  2. Archbishop Laudanum

    I’m coming to the conclusion that it’s pretty hard to change people’s minds on anything. After 30 years of systematic and intentional disparagement of facts, experts, scientists, data, the value of education in general and the idea of the public good specifically, it’s hard to change a zeitgeist like that (not impossible, but requires something of magnitude). Over the past 30 years, the rise of cable and internet have allowed people to insulate themselves against things they don’t like or want to hear. It’s sold as freedom of choice and customization but it comes with a cost of shared discourse and the moderation that is inherent when people have to tolerate things other people like.

    Oh for the halcyon days of FM radio where you’d call in requests, having to buy full albums, the shared 6 pm news, an independent press, decently-funded public education and the oxford comma…. truly they were the golden days…. [**shakes fist, ends old man curmudgeon rant**]

    People don’t want to believe in climate change because 1) it’s inconvenient to them, may cost money or effort, 2) they don’t see it in their immediate world so it must not exist. Anecdotal evidence 4 evah.

    One of the reasons I love history and literature so much is that they trains us to enter the reality of people distant to us in time and space and take their world as seriously as our own. They cultivates empathy, an understanding of power relations, and are just plain fun.