Sunday Silly

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

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

Image via FAILBLOG.org - click

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

39 thoughts on “Sunday Silly

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
    http://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/big-questions/what-are-the-primary-causes-of-the-earth-system-variability/

  4. 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.”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11152077

    We will have to wait and see I suppose.

  5. 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.
    http://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/big-questions/what-are-the-primary-causes-of-the-earth-system-variability/
    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 giss.nasa.gov to visit science.nasa.gov from time to time.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.”

  10. 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.

  11. 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.:
    Tuesday
    Sunny Intervals
    Max: -1°C (30°F)
    Min: 0°C (32°F)
    Wind: E 14mph
     

  12. 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!

  13. 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

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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 🙁

  20. 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?

  21. 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.

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