07 February 2008

Still Waiting for Greenhouse

The plot above is of satellite temperature readings of the lower atmosphere from UAH (red) and RSS (blue). UAH is University of Alabama Huntsville, and RSS is Remote Sensing Systems, two trusted climate satellite groups that have recently reconciled data measurement differences.
....both the RSS and the UAH temperature records show that January 2008 was below the long term (1979-1998) average for the month. This is the first time since January 2000 (exactly 8 years ago) that both records were colder than normal. Figure 3 shows both records from January 2001 through January 2008 and illustrates that over this time period—more than 7 years, during which time global emissions of carbon dioxide have increased by probably 15-20% (the actual data are only available through 2004, but the emissions growth from 2001 to 2004 was over 11% and we doubt things have slowed down any, see here for data )—there has been absolutely no warming whatsoever in the lower atmosphere.
World Climate Report

Also check out Roger Pielke's take on deep ocean heating, and Richard Lindzen's Case Against Climate Alarmism (H/T Tom Nelson)

This is only short term weather noise, of course. We will need to keep watching to see if the apparent "disconnect" between atmospheric CO2 and temperature trends continues. Of course this is not the first de-coupling of CO2 and temperature. Nor will it be the last.

Only the highly gullible have made up their minds that a catastrophic anthropogenic global warming disaster from greenhouse gases is just over the next hill. It is the smart ones who are skeptical--the ones who actually believe in science.

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