In the past week or so, NASA released data and NOAA released a report confirming climate activists’ fears: 2009 is going to challenge global temperature records. There are a number of reasons this is especially troubling to me, which I’ll get to below.
First, the news is this. Two independent scientific agencies confirm that September 2009 had the 2nd highest surface temperatures on record. Dating back to 1880, the only warmer September occurred in 2005. From NOAA: the combined global land and ocean surface temperature was 1.12 degrees F above the 20th century average of 59.0 degrees F. NASA’s measurement, probably the best in the world, indicated a 1.17F anomaly, very much in line with NOAA’s calculation.