Sunday Silly

Measuring temperature has its risks and uncertainties, you can bank on it.

Is this how we visually frame the “Hottest Year Ever”?

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Here’s the location in warmer times. The location is reminiscent of some other thermometers in parking lots we’ve seen.

h/t to Mike Smith

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December 19, 2010 3:15 am

Oh now I get it! The sign should have had “K” for Kelvin instead of “F” for Fahrenheit!

December 19, 2010 3:16 am

The temperature looks correct for the conditions. It’s just that it shows an “F” instead of a “K”

Luis Dias
December 19, 2010 3:17 am

No. No it isn’t.

December 19, 2010 3:30 am

Now we know where Hansen gets his information.

Patrick Davis
December 19, 2010 3:40 am

Maaaate, that’s funny!

December 19, 2010 3:47 am

No, no, you are all wrong.
Mr. Gore will tell you that that is the temperature measured at the bottom of the foundations of the structure.

December 19, 2010 3:49 am

Speaking of funny, somebody needs to do a screen capture if this hasn’t been done already.
Earth’s orbit around and orientation toward the Sun change over spans of many thousands of years. In turn, these changing “orbital mechanics” force climate to change because they change where and how much sunlight reaches Earth. (Please see for more details.) Thus, changing Earth’s exposure to sunlight forces climate to change. According to scientists’ models of Earth’s orbit and orientation toward the Sun indicate that our world should be just beginning to enter a new period of cooling — perhaps the next ice age.

John Cooper
December 19, 2010 4:09 am

Maybe the decimal point between the two sixes is burned out?

Chris in (cold)Hervey Bay
December 19, 2010 4:16 am

Another photoshop attempt by the believers. Desperation ???

December 19, 2010 4:26 am

Close enough for government work.

December 19, 2010 4:26 am

OT but maybe worthy of a WUWT posting. ;O)

BBC – 2 September 2010
“Scientists have shown that a severe snowfall in North America and Northern Europe in the winter of 2009-10 was caused by a rare, once-in-a-century, collision of two weather systems.
They concluded the harsh winter and heavy snow was an example of hard to predict weather events, not a change in climate.”

We will have to wait and see I suppose.

James Barker
December 19, 2010 4:37 am

Hot time in the old town tonight?

December 19, 2010 5:16 am

Bdaman says at 3:49 am:
“… According to scientists’ models of Earth’s orbit and orientation toward the Sun indicate that our world should be just beginning to enter a new period of cooling — perhaps the next ice age.
Let us not go over that unbelievable statement from NASA.
Get ready for the next ice age. Post about it.
And tell the IPCC and the good people at to visit from time to time.

December 19, 2010 5:28 am

To follow-up on bdaman’s link…..
Note the obligatory CO2 statement in the paragraph following the one quoted:
“However, a new force for change has arisen: humans. After the industrial revolution, humans introduced increasing amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and changed the surface of the landscape to an extent great enough to influence climate on local and global scales. By driving up carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere (by about 30 percent), humans have increased its capacity to trap warmth near the surface.”
I suppose if they don’t include stuff like this, they will lose more funding @ NASA.

James Chamberlain
December 19, 2010 5:41 am

I assume that number has already had the value added? That’s a LOT of value.

December 19, 2010 5:50 am

Here’s my prediction. The weather year will be redefined to run august to august to avoid hottest year ever statements in the middle of a big freeze.

Dan Lee
December 19, 2010 6:36 am

Bdaman, it sounds like NASA is saying that humanity’s contribution of CO2 to the atmosphere has saved us all from a new Ice Age.
If that’s the case we should be pumping as much CO2 into the air as we can. If they think global warming would be bad, what do they imagine a new Ice Age would bring?
Warmth has always been very good for humanity, it has been during earth’s warming spells that humanity has prospered, and during its cooling spells that we have suffered. A new Ice Age would (will be) the worst disaster in human history.
It’s nice to know that NASA thinks we can avert it by driving SUVs.

Pamela Gray
December 19, 2010 6:44 am

Great. Now they have a new and warmer temp to fill in all those grids.

December 19, 2010 6:45 am

Accurate reporting of GISS temp. Sort of Hansen was here signature.

December 19, 2010 6:59 am

Heh…reminds me of one time I called the local bank operated temperature and time phone number to get an update. It said “Our temperature measurement system is working accurately again now, thank you for your comments and concern…time…9:43 pm, temperature…169 degrees….click.”

Hu McCulloch
December 19, 2010 7:00 am

Where are the sensors in displays like these? Is some care taken to shield them from radiation? Are they measuring the air temperature, or the masonry temperature? When they are working, that is! 🙂
I assume that the sensor is built into the display somewhere, and is not just remotely reporting the temperature at the nearest airport.

December 19, 2010 7:30 am

We’ve got the point, but they seem to have lost their’s! LOL

December 19, 2010 8:17 am

The hazards of weather forecasting. Silly mistakes by our esteemed Met Office. Made me chuckle:
The Met Office predictions for this Tuesday. Surely something wrong here ed.:
Sunny Intervals
Max: -1°C (30°F)
Min: 0°C (32°F)
Wind: E 14mph

December 19, 2010 8:19 am

From the NASA website link provided above… let me see if I understand it…Humans produced more greenhouse gases which in turn causes more heat to be absorbed from the incoming sunlight which in turn causes more water evaporation and more cloud cover which causes more sunlight to be reflected back into space and thus less sunlight to be absorbed by the increase CO2. Quick everybody panic we all gonna die!

December 19, 2010 8:20 am

Darn you for making me calculate that. 19 F

December 19, 2010 8:52 am

OT – the Sun is spotless again………
The sign is only showing “Rotten Degrees”
Happy Holidays all.
VY 73, pRadio

Alan Bates
December 19, 2010 9:11 am

Open pedant mode
It can’t be in Kelvin because the unit is just … K.
&#176C Celsius. (Centigrade is dead – long live Celsius!)
&#176F Fahrenheit.
But just plain … K
/pedant mode

Alan Bates
December 19, 2010 9:12 am

Doesn’t this site recognize html degree symbol?

DJ Meredith
December 19, 2010 9:49 am

A clever trick if I ever did see one!
Nice to finally see the actual output of a GISS “adjustment” in real time.

Retired Engineer
December 19, 2010 10:20 am

Who in their right mind would design a sensor/display that could go up to +266? Either a serious software glitch or Photoshop. The display does seem very bright, considering the snowstorm. I like the Kelvin concept, but why the “+”? We ever get “-” Kelvins, we be in serious trouble.
Silly? Yes. Skeptical? Yes.

December 19, 2010 10:37 am

Degree test using [alt] 248 – 32°

Billy Liar
December 19, 2010 11:29 am

Alan Bates says:
December 19, 2010 at 9:11 am
Open pedant mode
It can’t be in Kelvin because the unit is just … K.
&#176C Celsius. (Centigrade is dead – long live Celsius!)
&#176F Fahrenheit.
But just plain … K
/pedant mode

Rule number one of pedantry. Get it right!

December 19, 2010 12:36 pm

This is when GISS Hansen would tell everyone to trust the thermometers and not what they observe outside.

December 19, 2010 12:55 pm

I think the real temp is either -2°C or -10°F depending how the instrumentation works. I think somewhere a signed int (or short) is being used as a long int without proper typecasting.

December 19, 2010 12:57 pm

Oh it is 266, I read it as 268 when I did my C correction calc, and forgot to redo it after I realized my mistake. I have a bad flu and am a bit muzzy today 🙁

December 19, 2010 3:03 pm

That’s not snow, its ash…

December 19, 2010 4:00 pm

A bit of 250km smearing will make sure you enjoy a mild winter and will be demonstraed “in a peer reviewed published in all the right journals paper” with ample Steigian red to make the point.
Or just a cold day in Hell?

December 19, 2010 4:15 pm

I had to e-mail Accuweather one evening in August when the temps said 15C and the Real-Feel temp was -129C which made me chuckle. August was pretty cool in the UK, but not quite that cool (my high was only around 21C). It’s a shame it doesn’t go the other way with the MSM questioning heat records being broken as claimed by the likes of GISS.

December 19, 2010 6:03 pm

Thanks the article

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