NOAA (that's the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration for those you who don't know) says that January 2010 was the warmest January in history according to two different satellite records.Â But gee, February was only the second warmest ever.
And now it's March.Â And guess what.Â The first half has been a doozy (and no, I don't mean that weather guy on Fox News in the morning).Â Yep, folks, the UAH satellite data shows more record-breaking temperatures as we pass the Ides the March.Â Check this out:
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So the yellow line is the 20-year daily average global temperature from the satellite record, the purple line is of the 20-year record high temperaturesâ€ and the green line is the 2010 temperature through the 15th of March.
Hey guys, you can even make your own chart here if you don't like this one.Â Kind of like those "hands on" exhibits at the children's museum.Â Be sure to do all the years, because as we must know by now you can't just look at one or two years.Â That's why the 20-year averages are in there, to show where things have been over a longer period of time.
So anyway, the point of this here graph is to demonstrate that the planet is continuing to get warmer.Â The jigs and jags are the normal short term variations you get because some months may have more rainy days (or snowy days).Â Also, on a slightly longer scale, some years El Nino bumps the temperatures up a little and some years La Nina drags them down a bit.Â Keeping in mind, of course, that even in La Nina years the temperature isn't cooler, just not as warmer.Â Kind of like putting your stove burner on high and medium (but not off).Â Check out this chart that clearly shows that the planet has been warming and continues to warm even with the yearly variations. Note the chart needs to be updated as the last year is 2007, a particularly mild year due to a strong La Nina.Â The temperatures in 2008 and 2009 are back up in ties for the warmest ever.
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As you can see, it is NOT getting cooler.Â It is, in fact, getting warmer.Â Lots warmer.
So next time someone tries to tell you that the planet is cooling (or "moderating"), just send them to the NASA link and have them play around with the data.
Oh, by the way, in case you missed it.Â The site is the UAH, i.e., the University of Alabama in Huntsville.Â Home of climate skeptics John Christy and Roy Spencer.Â And guess what.Â Their own data prove that the planet is getting warmer.Â Isn't that ironic.Â But then, both Christy and Spencer have admitted that even they agree the planet is warming.Â And another skeptic, Pat Michaels tells a denialist convention that "THE CLIMATE IS STILL WARMING, GET OVER IT.
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