NOAA: U.S. Temperature Above Normal in July

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Contact: John Leslie 301-713-2087, ext. 174

Aug. 8, 2008

NOAA: U.S. Temperature Above Normal in July  

July 2008 was the 30th warmest July for the contiguous United States, based on records dating back to 1895, according to an analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. The average July temperature—74.9 degrees F—was 0.7 degrees above the 20th century mean, based on preliminary data.

 

U.S. Temperature Highlights

 

  • July temperatures were generally higher than average across the West and Northeast and below average in the Midwest.

 

  • Five states (Conn., Mass., N.J., R.I. and Utah) were much warmer than average. Rhode Island had its sixth warmest July, and Massachusetts and Utah both had their eighth warmest July, based on statewide data going back to 1895. Six states (Ill., Ind., Ky., Mo., N.M. and W.Va.) were cooler than average.

 

  • Based on NOAA’s Residential Energy Demand Temperature Index, contiguous U.S. temperature-related energy demand was approximately three percent above average in July.

 

U.S. Precipitation Highlights

 

  • An average of 2.90 inches of precipitation fell across the contiguous United States in July, which is near the 20th century average of 2.76 inches.

 

  • Seven states (Ill., Mass., Mo., N.H., N.Y., R.I. and Vt.) were much wetter than average, with Vermont having its third wettest July on record. Massachusetts and New Hampshire had their fifth wettest July.

 

  • Idaho and Louisiana were much drier than average, with Idaho having its sixth driest July on record and Louisiana its seventh driest July.

 

  • The lack of significant rainfall across the Southeast had little impact on drought conditions. At the end of July, 59 percent of the region was classified in moderate-to-exceptional drought, based on the U.S. Drought Monitor. For the contiguous U.S., about 28 percent of the nation was in moderate to exceptional drought.

 

Midwest Flooding

 

  • Heavy rains fell across parts of the Midwest again in July, continuing a trend that began last October. An area from central Iowa through northeastern Missouri and western Illinois accumulated more than twice the normal July rainfall. At Long Branch Reservoir in north central Missouri, 18.64 inches fell – more than three times the normal amount. The heavy rains triggered widespread flash flooding in Missouri and Iowa. Mark Twain Lake in Missouri reached a record of 640.36 feet above mean sea level on July 30. Illinois and Missouri had their wettest January to July on record.

 


Wildfires

 

  • Continued dry conditions in July across northern and central California hindered efforts to contain a dozen large wildfires. Large fires also developed last month in other states, including Texas, Oklahoma, and North Carolina. From January 1st to July 31st, 53,796 wildfires have burned more than 3.5 million acres of the United States, according to statistics from the National Interagency Fire Center. This activity is close to the 1999-2008 average and well below the year-to-date extent of the past two years.

 

Other Events

 

  • A rare EF-2 tornado struck in New Hampshire on July 24 and claimed one life and injured several others.

 

  • Hurricane Bertha formed in the tropical Atlantic on July 3, and while not making landfall, was the longest-lived, pre-August Atlantic tropical cyclone on record. It became extratropical on July 20. The same day, Hurricane Dolly developed in the Caribbean Sea and made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane at South Padre Island, Texas on July 22. Dolly is the most intense tropical cyclone to make U.S. landfall since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

 

  • Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Dolly brought relief from drought across parts of the Southwest and in southern Texas. However, up to eight inches of rain fell within 36 hours over parts of southern New Mexico, resulting in many flash floods, which claimed one life, and brought total property damage estimates of around $1.5 billion.

 

NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.

 

On the Web:

NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov

NCDC July 2008 analysis: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/2008/jul/jul08.html

 

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82 thoughts on “NOAA: U.S. Temperature Above Normal in July

  1. Wow. 30th. That’s….er…..uh……(yawn) not very politically correct for the weather. I am sure Hansen would like to adjust that figure.

  2. I love this:

    NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment

    NOAA. The prophet of Gaia.

  3. “NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources. ”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA… sorry couldn’t contain myself.

  4. I find the temperature readings hard to believe. This has been the coolest sumer in So Cal that I can remember and I have hardly had to use the AC. Interesting to say the least…

  5. UAH came in 0.048°C above the 20th century bench mark for world temps. The NCDC came in 0.7°F above the 20th century mean for the lower 48 states.

    1) what happens if AK and HI are added to the mix?
    2) Despite the difference between °C and °F, there seems to be no agreement between the data sets. Is the US anomalously hotter than the rest of the world or is the data biased?
    3) when will the US get metric?

  6. A press release.

    Wonderful.

    No science here. Filled with talking points for the talking heads operating under the guidance of, “If it bleeds, it leads.” (yet another yawn)

  7. The AGW sayers of sooth said the warming monsters were on a ten year break. This new development should be worth a new hockey stick. Expected values Vs empirical data.

    This should prove conclusively an inverted trend and the world will now warm for ten years followed by catastrophic cooling which will result in a 27 foot drop in sea levels and a new glacer covering Canada.

    Everybody panic!

  8. The 30th warmest July? Big deal. Since gloom and doom prognosticators say that all the oil reserves in the world will be used up in approximately 50 years, why do we even worry about more gloom and doom predications from basically the same group of people that in 50 years the planet might be in crisis due to CO2 based global warming? If in the future there is no oil, how can we keep increasing the level of man-made CO2. I know this incredibly silly logic but is it anymore ridiculous than the whole global warming hype? I just don’t get it.

  9. NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.

    Translated: We know everything of the past and the future for every aspect of your environment, and we will control it as we deem necessary.

    I don’t have the words to express my contempt for that expression. Scientists should know better.

  10. Hoping not to sound too naive, but aren’t the NOAA US temperaturee averages calculated using SURFACE STATIONS?

  11. Pieter,

    The US was scheduled to convert to metric in the early 1980’s. The election of Reagan in 1980 resulted in that being canceled and no politician has since dared to counter the wisdom of his decision.

    Having lived many years in Canada (now in US) I developed a skill that has served me well. I nearly always think in metric and automatically translate back and forth. The results are sometimes a few grams/ounces or degrees off, but that doesn’t matter for most day to day stuff.

  12. This news release, from a governmental agency, is pure propoganda. It’s intent is to promote global warming fear.

    What is most disconcerting is that I suspect the authors honestly believe that they are reporting honest news.

    Are we becoming the next Soviet Union?

    Oh Boy!!!

  13. Bill Marsh,
    Great point, cooler this July than the three previous, surely that is newsworthy.
    Mike

  14. NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.

    Look at IPCC better than NOAA :

    IPCC make predictions until 2300 :

    http://www.ipcc.ch/meetings/session28/doc8.pdf

    The expert meeting included presentations focused on needs for scenarios as seen from a policymaking perspective, a review of past IPCC scenarios, overviews of evolving plans in the research community, needs and opportunities for scenarios on two different time scales (“near term”—to 2035, and “long term”—to 2100, extended to 2300 for some applications)…

    (emphasis is mine)

    Let’s imagine a prediction made en 1707 (Queen Ann) about us and our way of life.

  15. 0.7 degrees above the 20th century mean, Like, WOW. That must mean that is was colder than recently.

    What is it with these people?

    They must maintain the fiction, the hysteria. 30th warmest in 113 years, that’s about average I’d say. Talk about grasping for straws.

  16. Hey NOAA, which were coolest and where do they rank as coolest?
    Enquiring minds want to know.
    Mike

  17. I meant which STATES were coolest and where did they rank on the coolness scale for last month.

  18. A rare EF-2 tornado struck in New Hampshire on July 24 and claimed one life and injured several others

    Well, that’s a bit gratuitous. I presume they meant rare for New Hampshire. All of the states have experienced at least one F2 tornado since 1950 to 2005 with the exception of Nevada. The states bordering NH have all experienced more than NH. The ones in Mass. are all along the NH border. The total number of F2’s 1950 to 2005 has been 7850.

    http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/nebraska/F2tornadoes-us1950-2005.html

    Also, see the note at the bottom of the side panel.

    If this were an isolated example it wouldn’t be so bad but this type of reporting is becoming more prevalent. It’s sickening to witness. You really have to wonder why so many stoop so low.

    Satististics don’t lie but you can lie with statistics.

  19. NOAA – National Obsession Accentuation Agency

    Anything to prove their religion is correct. Again I refer to an incredible
    exposition on the religion of AGW (Thank you Freeman Dyson):
    The Question of Global Warming
    A MUST read for any who are really interested in the issue of AGW. It goes without saying that our government agencies are deeply invested in the PYA concept, having invested so much in a religion that will get some people a lot of money.
    A number of my family were given to mathematics and statistics. One of them once commented: “Figures lie, and liars figure.”

  20. Let us run these temps thru Hansens’s Magical Mystery temperature algorithm and i am sure it will be among the highest temperatures ever.

  21. Susan (09:10:13) : I find the temperature readings hard to believe. This has been the coolest summer in So Cal that I can remember and I have hardly had to use the AC. Interesting to say the least

    I live right outside of DC. DC is notorious for its summer weather. The house that I live in was built 50 years ago and doesn’t have central a/c. Sometimes it seems the upstairs bedrooms need a/c even in winter but, this year, I’ve only had to resort to it once upstairs. Go figure…

  22. I believe that here in the Phoenix, AZ area, July temperatures were below average (based on the “official” airport readings), and precipitation is something like 1.5″ above average. Not bad when average precip is something like 7 or 8″. I guess they wouldn’t comment on areas that are below average temperature or having non-AGW related weather. Oh, also I think we had a much milder wildfire season in AZ – which is good because it left resources available for the California fires.

  23. Tom Shields — “Since gloom and doom prognosticators say that all the oil reserves in the world will be used up in approximately 50 years, why do we even worry about more gloom and doom predications from basically the same group of people that in 50 years the planet might be in crisis due to CO2 based global warming?

    Indeed. You would think that the D(Gl)oom crowd (the greens) would be all over advocating using up the oil as fast as possible so that in 50 years all of their dreams would come true: man would no longer pollute the environment, largely because most humans would die off anyway thus allowing them to achieve what they think is a “sustainable” population.

    (Anytime a green says “sustainable” what they mean is that the earth ought to contain a mere 200 million souls. They are more informed by Marx and Ehrlich than science, and ironically they call it science. The mind boggles.)

    Of course, logical consistency isn’t a green trait, is it? “We want power sources that don’t emit CO2. That’s the most important thing.” Cool, we know how to do nuclear power. “Oh no, we can’t do that.” Well then, is CO2 important or not? Obviously the answer is that it’s not, that what’s important is that they get to dictate.

  24. “NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.”

    Wow those guys are really, really smart. Why don’t they go ahead and predict two or three monthly means? They can predict a few solar surface events while they are at it. Let’s see how close they get…

    Maybe they can explain the sun to Leif too.

  25. Wow Marot, 2035 is a near-time prediction That’s 27 years… I believe the UNEP made some predictions July 1989. I wonder how those worked out?

    “According to July 5, 1989, article in the Miami Herald, the then-director of the New York office of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Noel Brown, warned of a “10-year window of opportunity to solve” global warming. According to the 1989 article, “A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ‘eco-refugees,’ threatening political chaos.”

    Not too awe inspiring I’m afraid.

  26. It is interesting to note that Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island are all high-population-density states, where the likelihood of urban heat island contamination is higher than average. That is not to say that NOAA doesn’t manage to obtain tainted results even in truly rural locations. Even in the absence of a La Nina, the Pacific is cool — tons of record lows all summer from Alaska to Monterey, California.

  27. “NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.”

    Sounds like good job for Obama if that USA President thing doesn’t work out for him.

  28. NOAA must be high on something. MA may be a high population state with a massive Urban Heat Island, but we froze this July. From persional exerience — I used to leave on a three week vacation in mid-August back in the 70s and until I left we had almost continuous summer heat, which had only broken by the time I got back the week after Labor Day. This year the summer heat ended in late July and I have been using a blanket for the last week. I work outside and from 2001 to 2005 I had to keep two or three bottles of ice with me all the time for me to drink as it melted. This year, I only used one.

  29. Bill Marsh (10:10:02) :

    Did they mention that it was also cooler this July than the 3 previous?

    No. You’re not supposed to mention that.

  30. Wow… that’s sad. I honestly thought as I was reading through the press release that I would get to the bottom and find out it was written by The Onion or something. After pretty much the ENTIRE year being cooler on average finally a month shows up that is slightly warmer and they have to put out a press release!?

    It’s things like this that make me think they are beginning to grasp at straws. Why no press release for the rest of the year being cooler? Why no reporting when things don’t go as you predict? Confirmation bias much?

  31. Just wanted to congratulate Anthony and all who contribute here. You just recorded three million hits!
    Mike Bryant

  32. Dav,

    “A rare EF-2 tornado struck in New Hampshire on July 24 and claimed one life and injured several others”

    English is such an imprecise language. I think that means that the EF-2 Tornado was rare, as in possessing unusual properties not normally found in EF-2 Tornados, not that EF-2 Tornados themselves are rare.

  33. From M White’s link above (10:14:35) :

    “The evidence is pretty convincing that the models give a good simulation of climate,” lead author David Bader of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California told reporters last week. He concedes that the report did not examine predictions of future climate change.

    Lead author David Bader issues a personal opinion and “concedes” that he has no backing for it.

    This is science?? No, Mr. Bader is engaging in unscientific, partisan, money-grubbing advocacy.

    Mr. Bader should read this peer reviewed paper, which shows that computer models do not, and can not, predict the climate: click

  34. You want to see the direction of the temp. go to United States Climate Summary put in year to date the period 2000 through 2008 and see what direction the temperature is taking.

  35. NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources. NOAA completely understands and predicts the devastating effects of CO2 on Earth’s climate and people. NOAA also accomplishes these wonderful things on a budget that does not allow us to upgrade our hard drives, arrange for timely backups of our computers, or follow the requirements of laws that require logs for quality assurance. We also adjust, homogenize, smooth and massage data as required so that the data matches our truth. Trust us. We know what we are doing.

  36. NOAA: July 2008 was the 30th warmest July for the contiguous United States, based on records dating back to 1895, according to an analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. The average July temperature—74.9 degrees F—was 0.7 degrees above the 20th century mean, based on preliminary data.

    Even setting aside Anthony, enc.’s, rather unsettling findings regarding the likely lack of scientific credibility of the vast majority of U.S. surface station temps, and thus the apparent lack of sufficient intent of the part of the “Climate Science” data-gatherers to actually do science ab initio:

    Still, since the NCDC also intends to use the provenly unscientific Mann Hockey Stick Figure in its new climate position paper, I simply don’t believe anything else NOAA/NCDC says, that is, at least until whatever they say is actually confirmed and perhaps even put into perspective scientifically by an independent source.

    NOAA still has a chance to significantly help to rectify this particular self-discrediting situation by deleting the Mann HS figure from its proposed NCDC position paper [as I have already helpfully recommended to NOAA/NCDC, since the scientists there apparently don’t read Climate Audit, the publications by M and M, read and follow the findings of the NAS, etc..]

  37. On models being predictive, an interesting article:

    http://www.uoguelph.ca/news/2008/08/accuracy_of_cli_1.html

    “Despite using two climate models that both predicted the same future climate, they found the biological impacts were vastly different depending on which model was used. Their findings were recently published in the journal Global Change Biology.”
    […]
    “Predictions based on the Canadian model indicated the species would expand across Ontario and into northern and western regions of Canada and northern United States because these areas would provide the warm and moist conditions favourable to the swede midge. Whereas the predictions based on the British model indicated the areas suitable for the insect would significantly shrink.”

  38. Sorry, but i having a real problem believing that they know the average on July in 1895 as compared to 2008. The numbers in 1895 were most likly more accurate than today. If that tells you what I think of this.

  39. I do wonder what the mean temp really is> I have for my own curiosity computed the mean for my location here in N E Alabama. For my location it was 77.2. Not bad for the deep south. They are predicting that we might have a record low temp on Sunday morning in Birmingham, Al. we only had 5 days with a low of 70 or above and the highest was 73.8. We only had 10 days with 90 or above the highest was 95.2. I think that this is just a tad (that means a little bit in southern) below normal for the month of July.

    As for predicted crop failures if they don’t happen on their own just make mandatory shift of portions of the crops to fuel and watch what happens suddenly you don’t have a surplus but stress to make the needed amounts for food stuffs. If there is then a short fall guess what we just had a crop failure for food stuffs. Remember there is a subsidy for the fuel production and food stuff is only market driven. Instant shortage.

    Don’t you just love the green agenda.

    Bill Derryberry

  40. Deadwood:
    With a skill and level of precision like that you could work for NOAA!! There was an old sitcom on BBC – “Never mind the quality, feel the width”

  41. According to the graph Brian D referenced, this July was the 3rd coldest of the last eleven years.

  42. What about natural variences.That’s was the global warming crowd ,which is shrinking daily , says when it is cooler or colder than normal.I for the life of me can’t see how this country has been so blindsided by all these lies and scare tatics by Al Gore and Henson .Maybe they shoud be on trial for crimes against humanity.I mean we as A country are wast’t all this money on something that we have NO control of.Just think for A moment. My 60 watt bulb in my home in N.C. is causing Ice to melt at the artic.How stupid is that. How can ice melt when the air temp doesn’t get above freezing???????? The only way is something has to be in the water to begin with and that something is VOLCANOS’S.

  43. The true citation is :

    NOAA: U.S. Temperature Above Normal in July

    July 2008 was the 73th coolest July for the contiguous United States, based on records dating back to 1895, according to an analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

    Do you agree ?

  44. I’m melting! I’m melting! What a world! What a world! (the witch in the wizard of Oz)

    Just for grins and giggles, I’ve been following the temps here in Pueblo, Colorado this summer. Pueblo is high dry grassland with an annual rain fall of about 11 inches. The summers here can get hot.

    We had a run of 100 degree days late July and early August. To the best of my record keeping, there is only one day where we broke a record (105 on August 2nd) set in 1903.

    I look at the monthly averages on AOL (brought into my home by the weather channel), and they show a record of just 100 degrees set in 1980. As a matter of fact, All of the records are late 20th century. Somehow I think I’ll believe the local paper which has been around for darn near 150 years.

    My theory is that we might be hot, but if we ain’t breakin’ records, it ain’t as hot as it has been. And yes, I know my little spot on the world is just that, a little spot. (a really great little spot I might add!)

  45. Maybe someone would like to confirm this one way or another, but I’ve just had an e-mail from Montreal telling me it’s the worst Summer on record. Is that right?

    Max

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  47. DAV (10:53:19) :

    A rare EF-2 tornado struck in New Hampshire on July 24 and claimed one life and injured several others

    Well, that’s a bit gratuitous. I presume they meant rare for New Hampshire.

    Right, we average something like two tornadoes a year, and those are usually weaker. The fatality was the first since 1895 or something like that. One thing interesting about the tornado was that it stayed on the ground for 80 minutes and traveled 50 miles. The latter is a record for the state.

    My wife drove across the path a couple days ago and was duly impressed with the swath of tree and structure damage.

    The most famous New England tornado was the Worcester Massachusetts tornado of 1953 which was classified (retrospectively) as a F4 storm. Some folks made a pretty good case to get it F5 status but failed. One important scientific result from that storm was it was the first storm to clearly show that a thunderstorm could inject moist air into the stratosphere. Oh – it last 84 minutes, just a little longer than the EF-2.

    However, all in all the 2008 storm doesn’t seem to deserve notice in the press release. I think the odd weather pattern with the tropical feel and persistant upper level low is more significant. The 13 days of rain (6″ or so) was not entirely appreciated here…. Another death happened yesterday when a SUV was washed off a road in flash flooding.

  48. Well here in southern ontario Canada it’s been rain, rain, and more rain.
    temps have been cool all this spring and summer. By this time in the season it’s usually hot, humid with some thunder storms. Temps on the local weather station have mostly been below average. The good news is no watering restrictions and the levels in the great lakes are up.

    The bad news is I have to cut the lawn every other day!!!

  49. Max (15:11:01) wrote: “Maybe someone would like to confirm this one way or another, but I’ve just had an e-mail from Montreal telling me it’s the worst Summer on record.”

    What do they mean by “the worst”? Was it too cold, too hot, too windy, too wet, or too what?

    Regardless, NOAA’s release is simply breathless in the sense they try to make something out of nothing. But that really shouldn’t surprise anyone!

    Jack Koenig, Editor
    The Mysterious Climate Project
    http://www.climateclinic.com

  50. Let’s not forget two things about the NCDC’s reports for the US.
    1) They are not Urban Heat Island Adjusted
    2) They are preliminary and the corrected results will not be published

  51. averages for temperature are COMPLETELY ridiculous.

    It takes an awful lot of assumption and hubris to think that the temperature has an “average” like a living being, and isn’t changing due to the continuously changing nature of our universe.

  52. Meanwhile, Australia and New Zealand are losing crops due to extremely cold weather and late hard frosts. Lettuce is selling at a higher price than meat. Looking at the sea ice extent around Antarctica, with just a bit more ice, there would be an ice bridge between the southern tip of South America, and the ice around Antarctica. Plus the SH sea ice anomaly chart shows the beginnings of a hockey stick shape! Karma seems to have a yen to bite someone.

  53. From the NOAA press release:

    Five states (Conn., Mass., N.J., R.I. and Utah) were much warmer than average… Six states (Ill., Ind., Ky., Mo., N.M. and W.Va.) were cooler than average.

    [my emphasis]

    No bias there. Just like the NOAA’s [un-issued] press releases for the months when there was dramatic cooling.

  54. Four out of five of those “much” warming states would fit under a postage stamp. Any one of those cooling states is bigger those four combined.

  55. Here is eastern Ontario, Canada, we have had a very cool summer. Only two days since mid-June has it exceeded 86 F (30 C), In recent years were we’ve been closer to 20 by now. Our NOAA, Environment Canada, is drinking the same Kool Aid (pardon the pun) as NOAA. Trying to tell us that overall summer temps have been normal or slightly above normal due to the facts that night time temperatures were higher (since the day time temps have been tangibly lower by any account). While we are sleeping at night, we are clearly missing the best part of our short Canadian summer. Utter trash. They are not being intellectually honest with empirical data – for the sole purpose of keeping the population on alert for catastrophic global warming. Everyone is grumbling about the cool weather.

  56. just an add from the northeast. its been a really beautiful summer with mild days and cool nights. I dont know where Nasa is, but this has been an air conditionless summer in which I almost had to put the heat on a few times

  57. David Pridham “Trying to tell us that overall summer temps have been normal or slightly above normal due to the facts that night time temperatures were higher (since the day time temps have been tangibly lower by any account). While we are sleeping at night, we are clearly missing the best part of our short Canadian summer. Utter trash. They are not being intellectually honest with empirical data”

    So you think they should leave out temperatures from 23.00 to 7.00 you’re not awake!! So leaving this time slot out would be more honest would it?
    Let’s not beat around the bush, the average temperatures are there for a reason, not to support the religous cult of global cooling!

  58. David Pridham “Trying to tell us that overall summer temps have been normal or slightly above normal due to the facts that night time temperatures were higher (since the day time temps have been tangibly lower by any account). While we are sleeping at night, we are clearly missing the best part of our short Canadian summer. Utter trash. They are not being intellectually honest with empirical data”

    So you think they should leave out temperatures from 23.00 to 7.00 you’re not awake!! So leaving this time slot out would be more honest would it?
    Let’s not beat around the bush, the average temperatures are there for a reason, not to support the religous cult of global cooling!

  59. Environment Canada’s prediction was for a warmer and dryer than normal summer in eastern Canada. 75% of the days thus far between June and August 11th have had measurable precipitation and cloud cover dominates. Temps struggle to surpass 24 C (76 F) on the sunnier days – a far cry from the average of 27 C (81 F) during the height of the summer. Night time lows have been bang on the historical norm of about 15 C (60 F). We have had NO sleepless summer nights where the temps stay in the 70’s. Air conditoners sit rusting in the summer of 2008. We have yet to water our lawn in 2008. Yet, Environment Canada continues to try to convince the media that its forecast is almost bang on. I can do so by telling people that nights are warmer than average – since everyone would understand their dishonesty if they tried to convince us that daytime temps were anywhere close to average. It’s warm late at night while you’re sleeping folks, honest! Environment Canada is complicit with Al Gore’s lie of the century and are in damage control to either manipulate empirical data or outright lie. Average (or more precisely MEAN) temperatures are important – just don;t mislead. EVERYONE in this City who has shivered through a cool, rainfilled summer knows that they are being fed a lie.

  60. To throw out the gauntel and accuse me of following the “Cult” of global cooling is a common tactic of the frothing-at-mouth Al Gore zealots. If ever a cult of intolerence of other’s ideas existed, it’s from the Global Warming zealots. Between death threats and threats to cut-off funding to climatologists who don’t follow Gore’s pseudo science – the global warmers are on-par with most militant special interest groups ever witnessed. Web sites are available for those who follow Gore’s mantra – but are unwilling to put in their own time to research the subject – that provide rehersed respones to global warming debates at cocktail parties and dinner engagement. Canned responses from lemmings. Think for yourselves everyone and don’t let them intimidate you.

  61. [July 2008 was the 30th warmest July for the contiguous United States, based on records dating back to 1895]

    Does that include the 60% UHI effect part of the warming.

  62. Maybe someone would like to confirm this one way or another, but I’ve just had an e-mail from Montreal telling me it’s the worst Summer on record. Is that right?

    Max

    If it’s in an e-mail, it must be true, Max. Whatever “it” and “true” is, it’s bad, really bad. There’s even a consensus on this matter. Just ask any Parrot, or perhaps Alex Baldwin.

  63. David Pridham- You do realise that average temperatures are taken from the entire 24 hours don’t you? It includes the high of the day, the low of the night and the remaining 23 hours and 58 minutes.
    Darwin had the same doubters but as more evidence came to light, the theory of Evolution by natural selection became accepted as the best theory. The only doubters are religous extremists that deny the evidence and force their warped ideas on the young and gullible, the same opposition that AGW is facing now.
    Keep telling yourself that the Canadian government is lying to you about the temperatures….its all a conspiracy isn’t it!

  64. Coolest rainiest summer in over 15 yrs and Environment Canada is sticking with their forecast of a warmer, dryer summer than average. They control the information and spin it to meet their mission statement. Shockingly, they have not released a media report regarding July temperatures. In early July , they quickly released a statement suggested that June temps were 0.5 C warmer than average at our airport – due to the “warm nights” – which supported their un-erring predictions of a warmer than average summmer which is intended to keep a global warming doubting public on the edge of their seats. Here we are in mid-August and no similar statement has been released since it would be impossible for them to stastically manipulate any mean, median or mode temperature data for July to meet their mission statement.

    I’m not surprised by the sheer audacity of the Gore zealots – comparing people who refuse to blindly accept the man-made global warming myth to luudites or Evolution deniers. There was considerably more scientic evidence to support Darwin’s original evolution hypothesis than the made made global warming theory.

    More web sites with scripted responses for Global Warming deniers are clearly needed.

  65. David Pridham- “There was considerably more scientific evidence to support Darwin’s original evolution hypothesis than the made made global warming theory. ”
    Where do you get this garbage from!! Darwin’s theory was largely based on observation and hypothesising using palaeontological and natural historic evidence available at the time, there was very little scientific method used (ie. the testing of the hypothesis using a control etc.) The proponants of AGW have experiments, models etc. to test the theory (and no serious scientist would ever say “the science is settled”! Leave that to the politicians who know [moderator deletion] anyhow.
    Why do you try and tell us that the Canadian Government is misinforming its population when it has only released the June figures. HadCRUT3 hasn’t released the July figures yet, does that mean there in this conspiracy as well? Why are you trying to scare people into believing your deluded conspiracy theory, take a note out of Anthony’s book; drop the scare tactics and stick to the truth……and stop trying to destroy those trilobites..the truth is out!!

  66. Well lets see where to begin…
    I suppose first here in Omaha, we spent a whopping 4 whole hours at or above 100 degrees this year, and most days have been hovering near or below the average temp posted (I remember using my heater in May a few times). We had a rare F2 tornado in Omaha as well (they don’t usually hit inside the city, this one walked down the road about a half a mile from my house). We have had cloud cover most of the summer.
    I remember tward the beginning of the year I read that this was going to be oe of the worst years yet. I didn’t think so. There is a reason. We are currently in one of the largest solar activity minimums in some time. If you want to see some startiling numbers compare the solar activity graph with the global temp one. (Dont forget to remember that heating and cooling a large body like the earth will take some time to accomplish so it doesn’t change instantly). I pose this to you which is more likely to warm the earth, the sun who’s mere presence can raise temperatures 20 to 30 degrees in a few hours, or CO2 which as a gas is a fraction of the earths atmosphere (Oh and dont forget how much CO2 is currently sitting bottled up on shelves in the form of your favorite soft drink, beer etc and yes an individual bottle will be drunk and gas released, but it will be replaced so a stable amount of co2 is being trapped now that wasn’t at the start of the century)
    I recomend a BBC production called “The Global Warming Swindle” for any interested. Even one of the original members of Greenpeace has come to realize this.
    Ohh and as for the sun, we are expected to remain at near zero levels untill December so my prediction is for another cold and wet winter.

  67. Ohh yeah one other thing, if man is actually providing some imputus to global warming, why is it that we continuously hear the statement “we need to reduce burning of greenhouse producing coal, oil, etc.” emphasising the CO2, when we should be more concerned with the word BURNING, does that word not imply releasing heat, are we not talking about warming? seems like these would go more hand in hand than a guess that we are trapping heat more, it still gets plenty cold arround here in the winter when the suns rays are not as direct (yep just the angle of inciddence of the suns rays can swing a climate 70 degrees or more in a few months)

  68. “Why are you trying to scare people into believing your deluded conspiracy theory, take a note out of Anthony’s book; drop the scare tactics and stick to the truth……and stop trying to destroy those trilobites..the truth is out!!”

    This is global warming cultist’s mantra….that it’s “case closed”, global warming is here and caused by man. No further room for debate or conjecture and any contradictory scientific information or thesis should not tolerated and should be expunged from the record.

    It’s also certainly out of the realm of possibility that government organizations (NOAA, Envirnment Canada) might twist the truth to the unwashed masses to serve their own purposes. Can’t imagine that scenario playing out in our society. I’ll just crawl back into my neo-con hole – where I crush trilobite fossils that I run across and in the same breath deny both global warming and the holocaust.

  69. David Predham- “This is global warming cultist’s mantra….that it’s “case closed”, global warming is here and caused by man. No further room for debate or conjecture and any contradictory scientific information or thesis should not tolerated and should be expunged from the record.”
    I pity you if you believe this hogwash. Good science is based on debate and testing the hypothesis and no scientist would say “Case closed”. Your last paragraph seems to contradict what you have previosly been telling us, could you kindly remove the foam from your mouth and try and argue your point coherently or,to put it kindly “Put up or shut up!”.

  70. I know it’s late in this post but i just saw on accuweather ,global warming, site where july was the 4th warmest since 1880.Now since i’ve been educated by Anthony here at watts up with that about missing weather temp data all over the U.S. I wonder how much data was there with this report since they are bias towards global warming?

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