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November 19, 2008

According to James Hansen, head of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and global warming alarmist, this October was the hottest ever on record and man is the culprit.  Hansen continues to say that "heads of major fossil-fuel companies who spread disinformation about global warming should be 'tried for high crimes against humanity and nature.'" 

But empirical evidence shows a whole different story, says Investor's Business Daily (IBD):

  • Hansen's claim of the hottest October ever came after reports of unseasonal snow and record low temperatures.
  • China's official new agency reported that Tibet has suffered its "worst snowstorm ever."
  • The Swiss lowlands got the most snow for any October since records began; Zurich received 20 centimeters, breaking the record of 14 centimeters set in 1999.
  • Ocala, Fla., experience the second lowest temperature recorded for October since 1850; elsewhere in the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th warmest October in 114 years.
  • Numerous other studies shows that the Earth cooled 0.7C in 2007, the fastest decline in the age of instrumentation, putting us back to where the earth was in 1930.

So, how can Hansen claim this October was the warmest?  The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records were not based on October readings at all; rather, figures from the previous month has simply been carried over and repeated 2 months running, say U.S. meteorologists Anthony Watts and Steve McIntyre.

Originally, the Goddard Institute claimed to have discovered a new "hotspot" in the Arctic -- in a month when satellite images were showing Arctic sea-ice 30 percent more extensive than at the same time last year.  Now, it says it got the data from another body and didn't have the resources to verify it.  However, cooking of the numbers does nothing to help solve the global warming crisis, says IBD.

Source: Editorial, "Cold, Hard Facts," Investor's Business Daily, November 17, 2008; Christopher Booker, "The world has never seen such freezing heat," UK Telegraph, November 16, 2008.

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