Hot enough for ya?

Cooling down with facts

Posted: October 28, 2012 at 2:58 a.m.

Just when it looked like global warming acolytes had the long, hot summer they could sink their thermometers into, facts got stuck into their political machinery.

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Editorial, Pages 85 on 10/28/2012

Where does Masterson get such nonsense?

MAS: "Nope. Not a single state set a record for high temperatures.">>

First of all, the entire US represents about 2% of the earth's surface. Global warming, climate change refers to the energy content of the entire planet, not a cherry pick of a tiny patch of land over a tiny amount of time.

But he want's to play that game, he ought to get his facts right, and he does not:

"In 118 years of U.S. records, July 2012 stands as king, hotter than any month previously observed. NOAA reports today that the average temperature across the continental U.S. was 3.3 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th century average, 0.2 degrees hotter than the previous record set in July, 1936.

Not only was the month of July unrivaled for its hot temperatures across the nation, but so too were the first seven months of the calendar year and the last 12 months. In fact, the last four 12-month periods have each successively established new records for the warmest period of that length."

This doesn't in any way prove climate change regardless of whatever flaky media source Masterson is looking to, but it is entirely consistent with what climate scientists have correctly predicted for *decades.* As is this:

"The hottest 10 years on record in order: 2010, 2005, 1998, 2003, 2002, 2009, 2006, 2007, 2004, 2001"

MAS: "the thermometer... in Little Rock one day,.... Denver topped out at ...>>

That Masterson is appealing to temperatures in individual cities reveals he hasn't the foggiest notion of what he is talking about on climate change.

MAS: "well below the record of 114 set in 1933 and again in 1954.">>

Again: "The U.S.'s land area accounts for only 2% of the earth's total surface area. Thus this has had infinitesimal effect on global trends."

M: "leaves me... wondering how the most recent decade was proclaimed “the warmest ever.”>>

Who said that? Masterson doesn't say.

Mas: "these actual facts don’t fit a politically spun narrative...">>

If Mr. Masterson wants to speak of "actual facts" he ought to do his homework before he begins. And another thing. He's going to have to eat his global warming crow so he can do it now, or he can do it later, but it's only going to be hotter and less tasty later.

"(I) form opinions and positions then usually take action based on an endless supply of woefully shallow misinformation." --Mike Masterson, 12-11-11, Doughnuts column

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October 30, 2012 at 9:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )