At roughly 11:00AM Eastern Time Wednesday, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration announced that for the second straight month, America saw below-average temperatures. As a result, regardless of how warm July was, it now appears unlikely that 2006 will surpass 1934 as the hottest year on record. Yet, a Google News search suggested that not one news agency bothered to report this announcement. Not one.
For those not in the media who might be interested (emphasis mine throughout):
For the second consecutive month, temperatures across the continental United States were cooler-than-average, according to scientists at the NOAA National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Drought conditions improved in some areas, but large parts of the nation remained in moderate to extreme drought. October ranked as the 12th wettest October when compared with historical precipitation records for the month.
The announcement continued:
The October 2006 temperature for the contiguous United States (based on preliminary data) was 0.9 degrees F (0.5 degrees C) below the 20th century average of 54.8 degrees F (12.7 degrees C). After a record warm January through August period, this was the second consecutive month of below average temperatures.
The combination of a cooler-than-average September and October dropped the year-to-date national temperature from record warmest to third warmest for the January through October 2006 period. The record warmest January through October occurred in 1934.
Hmmm. So, let me get this straight. The globe supposedly has been warming for decades as a result of man-made greenhouse gases. Yet, the warmest year on record is still 72 years ago. That doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense, does it?
Here’s some more data to refute the claims by the global warmingists:
Global land- and ocean-surface temperatures brought the fourth warmest October and tied the fifth warmest year-to-date period since records began in 1880. October land surface temperatures were third warmest, while ocean surface temperatures were fourth warmest in the 127-year record. An El Niño episode began in September and continued to intensify throughout October as ocean temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific continued to warm.
Um, excuse me? Global land and ocean-surface temperatures so far this year are the fifth warmest since 1880? If global warming is occurring, shouldn’t we be setting new all-time highs?
Alas, this shouldn’t surprise us, for it has always seemed obvious that the same people that buy into global warming are the ones that also believe the economy is just as bad today as during the Great Depression. What is it about radical liberalism that destroys a person’s math and science skills?