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NOAA Claim: Warmest June Ever – But They Made Up Much of the Data!

Posted by iusbvision on September 8, 2010

After all the mess that the now former global warming orthodoxy called data has been largely exposed as fraudulent, incomplete or just plain wrong. Some global warming alarmists never learn.

Meteorologist Art Horn:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) claimed that this past June was the warmest ever in its temperature records, which go back to 1880. The global average temperature in June was 61.1 degrees, or 1.22 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of 59.9 degrees. At face value, this appears to be consistent with the theory that global warming is caused by mankind’s use of fossil fuels. But face value can be deceiving, and the value is not what it appears to be.

In fact, the claim that June 2010 was the warmest on record has no value at all.

NOAA gets its temperature data from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. They calculate the average temperature of the Earth using data from land-based thermometers and ocean buoy and ship measurements of water temperature. However, there is a major problem with how GISS measures temperature in a very large region — the Arctic.

The problem is that they don’t have any thermometers there. So they make it up. No, really!

Despite this lack of arctic temperature data, GISS shows that this June the area north of eighty degrees latitude was up to four degrees warmer than the long-term average. You must be asking: how can GISS show any temperature readings at all north of eighty degrees if they don’t have any data? Really, I’m not kidding — they make it up.

GISS uses measured temperature data from lower latitudes and then extrapolates them to the Arctic. Using this method, any readings warmer than average in the lower latitudes are pushed into the Arctic by a smoothing technique. GISS uses a 1,200 kilometer smoothing for its data, meaning that the temperature reading for one thermometer is used as the temperature for a 1,200 kilometer box in all directions from that location. Where there are more thermometers, the boxes overlap, and the readings of one thermometer are averaged with others around them. This reduces the effect of each individual thermometer.

But in data-sparse regions, the value of one thermometer takes on a much greater value.

In the case of the Arctic that one thermometer and the few that are on the fringe of the Arctic are used to calculate the average temperature of everything north of eighty degrees. When one uses a 250-degree smoothing factor for the data from GISS, the truth is suddenly and shockingly revealed: they don’t have any thermometers north of eighty degrees and very few north of sixty degrees. The 1,200 kilometer smoothing floods the Arctic with assumed temperature readings that don’t actually exist.


More on those ground stations and how they are manipulated to generate fraudulent alarmist warming data HERE. We have written much more in our Alarmism category and of course Anthony Watts has been tracking hundreds of these ground stations in his series “how not to measure temperature“.

Before anyone says it, yes we know that it is not unusual to extrapolate data between temperature readings that are a bit far apart; but this method only works if you have a large sample over a large region. NOAA as they went further north has very few and eventually no stations to read from so the assumptions made in the extrapolations become  more than just useless, they become laughable. This is not the first time the data from these ground stations has been manipulated as we have shown you in our Alarmism category.

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