In part 1 I focused on the temperature of the Boise area. In the year 2011 the average temperature was 0.07 °C below average, or it had a temperature anomaly of -0.07 °C. That is a meaninglessly small deviation from the average temperature. That most years are so close to average is an important clue to how stable the Earth’s climate really is. Any reader will know that I am not a fan of using temperature anomaly as a measure of climate and today I am going to demonstrate why it is a generally a worthless measure of the Earth’s climate.
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Now that 2011 is over it is time to start looking closer look at the year. I am going to start off at the regional level. That is the area that I happen to live in. Most places in the world will have experienced a different year climate-wise than the one I did, but the type of analysis that I am going to provide for my region can be done by anyone with enough patience to find, collect and then analyze the data.
Posted January 8th, 2012. 2 comments
Why some may wonder about the purpose purpose of the regional updates, there is much that can be learned from a careful and detailed analysis from the data over the course of one year. When 2011 wraps up, I will start to show just how much critical information can be gleaned from this data. Of […]
Posted December 12th, 2011. 3 comments
Later today there is going to be a debate at my daughter’s school about Global Warming. She is one of the few students to sign-up for the opposing side of the debate. Since the debate will be taking place at the 8th grade level I am not exactly sure the depth that the debate will cover, but she is getting to take the original “proof” copy of my book to school to use for her debate. I suspect that it is far too much information for her debate, but she will be well prepared. The one other thing I also wanted to prepare her with was some basic information about what is going on with the climate in the year of 2011 with the Earth’s temperature. This was also a topic that I wanted to write about anyway, so the time is right for this article.
Posted November 16th, 2011. 9 comments
Once again it is time for the 2011 regional temperature update. This is the series where I show how the temperature and the temperature anomaly for the year in the region I live in. I also use this to show the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect for the city of Boise. I do that by comparing to the daily temperatures of McCall which is a more rural town located ~100 miles away from Boise.
Posted October 11th, 2011. 1 comment
My 2011 experiment of comparing the Urban Heat Island (UHI) in my region is proceeding and the very interesting summer results are starting to show up. The results are pretty clear that urban areas do impact the anomaly data for an area and using such contaminated data will give a false warming bias that is not being properly accounted for in the temperature records. Feel free to review the earlier articles on this.
The two temperature records continue to show that they are in fact comparable for weather. Warming and cooling fronts reach both places nearly simultaneously. In this manner weather is removed as a variable for the two locations leaving only the warming and cooling that take place each day.
Posted August 1st, 2011. Add a comment
I caught some news yesterday and today about the snow depths. One of the guests at last night’s festivities had just arrived from Montana and he informed me of the issues with snow removal that are ongoing around Glacier National Park. It only took me a few moments this morning to find this news article. The road in question opened in July of 1933 and that marks one of the 3 openings later than the 4th of July. The other took place in WWII because of reduced staffing. So 2011 goes down as the LATEST snow removal issue ever recorded. They have bee working on removing the snow since April 1st. That is 3 months of snow removal work that is not yet done. That has never happened in the past 78 years.
Posted July 5th, 2011. 3 comments
One of the main reasons I am breaking the year down in the way that I am is to really show the difference between temperature anomaly data and temperature data. It also highlights the issue related to the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. I have been comparing the temperature of Boise, Idaho to that of McCall, Idaho. The two places are ~100 miles apart and share the same weather. A warm front will cause both places to warm up and a cold front the reverse. This is easily shown in the daily temperature data for both locations year to date.
Posted July 1st, 2011. 3 comments
In the global warming debate there is the idea that for the first time ever the entire Earth is showing warming. In the past there were aberrations where a single part of the Earth would warm up. An hotly debated example of that is the Medieval Warming Period (MWP) where the idea is presented that the warming 1,000 years ago was only around Greenland and Norway while the rest of the Earth was cool. This leads to the idea that what is happening now is unprecedented.
I decided to take a closer look at the modern temperature data for the Earth by different region. I chose the UAH data for this because it has the most data by specific latitude. Using three specific zones it is possible to break the Earth down into three specific regions that are nearly identical in coverage.
Posted June 20th, 2011. 1 comment
So far every month of the year is showing a cooling trend for at least the past 10 years and May is no exception to that. The average global temperature anomaly for the RSS and UAH came in at 0.129 °C for the month of May. So far this year matches up very well with 1991 year to date. The AGW crowd would argue that the Earth should be 0.5 °C warmer than 1991 based on the difference in the CO2 level. Once again I have to ask, where is the warming?