Guest post by Alan Cheetham
The Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) Climate Choices web site (published in 2006) says: “here in the Northeast, the climate is changing. Records show that spring is arriving earlier, summers are growing hotter, and winters are becoming warmer and less snowy. These changes are consistent with global warming, an urgent phenomenon driven by heat-trapping emissions from human activities” http://www.climatechoices.org/ne/impacts_regional/regional-impacts.html
UCS: “summers are growing hotter”. The hottest month is July – shown in the following figure. No significant long-term trend. Warmest July: 1955. Coldest July: 2000.
But they said “summer”. Again, no significant long-term trend. Warmest summer: 1949.
UCS: “spring is arriving earlier”. Spring arrives in March in the Northeast. The warmest and coldest Marches were more than 50 years ago – perhaps the climate is stabilizing.
UCS: “winters are becoming warmer and less snowy”. January is the coldest month – no significant long-term trend. Warmest January: 1932.
Winters have warmed slightly due to some very cold winters in the early 1900s. Warmest winter: 2002, second warmest: 1932.
But there is no significant winter warming over the last 80 years.
(All of the above temperature graphs are from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/cag3/nt.html)
The following table summarizes the hot and cold records for most of the states in the US Northeast region (these are the hottest / coldest days recorded – not state averages for the given years). (From http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/extremes/scec/searchrecs.php)
(More details can be found here: http://www.appinsys.com/GlobalWarming/RS_NortheastUS.htm)
What are these “concerned scientists” so concerned about? According to their mission statement: “UCS seeks a great change in humanity’s stewardship of the earth.” http://www.ucsusa.org/about/
The UCS was started in 1969 as an anti-nuclear weapon organization, but switched its focus to global warming when the Soviet Union collapsed and it became clear that large amounts of funds were available from the left-wing foundations (Pew Trusts, Joyce Foundation, MacArthur Foundation…)
For more information on the UCS see: http://www.capitalresearch.org/pubs/pdf/v1186063502.pdf
And details about their funding: http://activistcash.com/organization_financials.cfm/o/145-union-of-concerned-scientists