Sunday, August 12, 2007

Hot Enough For You? Well, It was Hotter in 1934

The global warming alarmists love to cite NASA's listing of the hottest years for U.S. surface air temperature in the lower 48 states. Until recently, you would have seen that the hottest year on record was 1998, with 2001 in the top 10. This was supposed to prove the warming trend that the alarmists have warned us about, and that only someone in scientific denial would challenge.

Well, Mark Steyn informs us that NASA was flubbing its number crunching. When the flaw in methodology was pointed out, by a Canadian gentleman named Steve McIntyre at, and NASA corrected its data, Lo and Behold, the hottest year on record was not 1998, but rather 1934. Indeed, 4 of the 10 hottest years on record were in the 1930's, in the midst of the Great Depression, not normally considered to be the heyday of American fossil fuel consumption.


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