Global Warming a Y2K bug?

Couple of posts on a hilarious find of a bug in the data used to track the surface temperatures in the US. You know, the data that the Goristas are using to blame you for Global Warming.

First Daily Tech:
My earlier column this week detailed the work of a volunteer team to assess problems with US temperature data used for climate modeling. One of these people is Steve McIntyre, who operates the site While inspecting historical temperature graphs, he noticed a strange discontinuity, or "jump" in many locations, all occurring around the time of January, 2000.

These graphs were created by NASA's Reto Ruedy and James Hansen (who shot to fame when he accused the administration of trying to censor his views on climate change). Hansen refused to provide McKintyre with the algorithm used to generate graph data, so McKintyre reverse-engineered it. The result appeared to be a Y2K bug in the handling of the raw data.

McKintyre notified the pair of the bug; Ruedy replied and acknowledged the problem as an "oversight" that would be fixed in the next data refresh.

NASA has now silently released corrected figures, and the changes are truly astounding. The warmest year on record is now 1934. 1998 (long trumpeted by the media as record-breaking) moves to second place. 1921 takes third. In fact, 5 of the 10 warmest years on record now all occur before World War II. Anthony Watts has put the new data in chart form, along with a more detailed summary of the events.
And here's the Coyote blogs take on the situation:
This is really big news, and a fabulous example of why two-way scientific discourse is still valuable, in the same week that both Newsweek and Al Gore tried to make the case that climate skeptics were counter-productive and evil.


This is not the end but the beginning of the total reexamination that needs to occur of the USHCN and GISS data bases.
I really encourage you all to read the Coyote blog post linked. Lots of background info and explanation.

Just thought I 'd share it with you all, since I doubt this will be big news in the Dutch, or more generally the European MSM.


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