Introducing the WUWT Global Temperature Page

By WUWT regular “Just The Facts”

Our newest addition is the WUWT Global Temperature Page, which includes graphs, graphics and animations on Global Atmospheric, Surface and Ocean Temperatures, as well as a summary of Northern Hemisphere Temperatures at the end.

Also, in response to various requests for tutorials, I’ve been compiling a list of all of the potential variables in Earth’s Climate System in this post Earth’s Climate System Is Ridiculously Complex – With Draft Link Tutorial and will add it as a WUWT Reference Pagesonce it is more complete. I am crowdsourcing this list, so if you have any additions, corrections, recommendations, etc. please leave them in comments on that thread.

I have also made a couple changes to Sea Ice Page, adding titles to several of the graphics and testing a new link anchoring function, i.e. you’ll note pink tags like “Graphic 1” next to the first 7 titles. The goal of anchoring function would be to allow WUWT users to link directly to any graph on any of the WUWT Reference Pages, but I wanted to test it out before rolling it out further. What do you think about this functionality? Would anyone actually use it?

Additionally, Dr. Roy Spencer’s UAH Lower Atmosphere Temperature Anomaly Chart found at the top of this post and in the Global Temperature page, has also been added to WUWT’s Atmosphere Page and Global Climate History Page. If you really like to keep an eye on Atmospheric Temperatures it is recommended that you visit the University of Alabama at Huntsville’s Discover AMSU Temperature Page, which offers daily atmospheric temperatures from a range of heights based upon the Aqua Satellite.

If you have not had the opportunity to review the other WUWT Reference Pagesit is highly recommended:

Please note that WUWT cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data within the reference pages, as WUWT is simply an aggregator. All of the data is linked from third party sources. If you doubt the accuracy of any of the graphs on the WUWT Reference Pages, please note it in comments and try to leverage the extensive Source Guides at the bottom of the Reference Pages to identify the associated source data.

If you have have any suggested additions or improvements to any of the WUWT Reference Pages, please let us know in comments below.

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ferd berple
July 17, 2011 11:41 am

could we have a temperature graph showing a 60 or 65 year running average? It might be interesting to see how this looks compared to the standard 30 year climate running average, to see if there is possibly a cyclical component in temperature that is affecting the average.

Roger Knights
July 17, 2011 12:04 pm

GISS global temp anomaly for June is 50. The first half of the year’s average is about 48, which is below average for the last decade.

July 17, 2011 12:56 pm

Nothing more than fakery. It is impossible to measure Earth temperature.

July 17, 2011 1:19 pm

Alex says: “Nothing more than fakery. It is impossible to measure Earth temperature.”
Alex, I doubt that ‘fakery’ is even close to the correct word. I prefer ‘moot’ in this context. Moot! Moot! Moot! I think the closest thing to a relevant global temperature is an oceanic composite temperature. Not unproblematic, but still 100 times more meaningful than average atmospheric temperature.

July 17, 2011 1:35 pm

@Roger Knights
“GISS global temp anomaly for June is 50. The first half of the year’s average is about 48, which is below average for the last decade.”
Is this La Nina? No! It MUST be Global Cooling!

Erik Styles
July 17, 2011 1:53 pm

at last….temp page the crucial one

July 17, 2011 2:25 pm

Suw you can take the earth’s temperature … I believe the proper place to insert the thermometer is approximately near Dallas, TX. 🙂

July 17, 2011 2:37 pm

aside from whether or not AGW ever happens does anyone else notice the silliness of the media whenever it hits 100 degrees anywhere? they act like its some kind of an emergency: “stay indoors or if you must venture outside(where there is, god forbid, NO AC!!) remember to drink to plenty of fluids in order to keep hydrated”….

Howard T. Lewis III
July 17, 2011 2:40 pm

[Snip. Discussions of HAARP are off-limits on WUWT. Please see the site Policy under “About” on the mast head menu. ~dbs, mod.]

Howard T. Lewis III
July 17, 2011 3:02 pm

[Snip. There are plenty of blogs where HAARP is discussed. This is not one of them. Please read the site Policy. ~dbs, mod.]

July 17, 2011 3:13 pm

I’m sorry to sound dumb but where is the link to all the WUWT Reference Pages, please?

July 17, 2011 3:16 pm

O.K. I’ve found it. It’s across the top and I was searching down the sidebar. Sorry!

Al Gored
July 17, 2011 3:47 pm

Global cooling confirmed:
“Earth may have formed more than 4.5 billion years ago, but it’s still cooling. A new study reveals that only about half of our planet’s internal heat stems from natural radioactivity. The rest is primordial heat left over from when Earth first coalesced from a hot ball of gas, dust, and other material.”

Jeff Alberts
July 17, 2011 4:42 pm

I have to agree with Jorge. Global Temperature or any of its derivatives is pretty meaningless.

July 17, 2011 4:58 pm

Before I forget ….
ENSO (El Nino/La Nina Southern Oscillation) Page
has a section on typing Niño. I suggest you include the HTML “character entity” form too, in fact, I’d list it first as anyone on any OS can use it.
If you type Niño (I hope I have that looking right, you’ll get Niño.
See the bottom of my Guide to WUWT for more details and more characters. Like the degree sign, which I use a lot.
Also, I’ve added a new hack, err, feature for all us folks who think the number of pages served is important or just interesting – both the top level page and the monthly pages (starting part way into July) now include the total number of page views.

July 17, 2011 5:16 pm

Howard T. Lewis III says:
July 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm
dbs snipped and replaced: [Snip. Discussions of HAARP are off-limits on WUWT.]
I cornered Anthony at the ICCC to talk to him about some posts I wanted to do. One is to create a new page hanging off of my Guide to WUWT page that lists all the banned topics with an explanation why, and links to pages that provide information for both sides. HAARP or Chemtrails will be first. Probably Chemtrails, those make me more apoplectic due to the lack of citizen science.
Anthony gave me permission to write a post here to introduce the page and have a snip free discussion about all the banned topics. (It was unstated, but if things get out of control, discussion will come to a screeching halt, I’m sure.)
It will be a while before I get that page and post ready, people who can find my contact info can send me their favorite links. Don’t post them here, the moderators will snip them and think black thoughts about me.
Before that will be an update on Rossi’s Energy Catalyzer. The mainstream media is still nearly completely clueless, a huge number of Google links are to June and July pages, so in the blogosphere things are taking off exponentially (or maybe hyperbolically). There’s a lot to update, and a lot to say. Send me your favorite links, don’t post them here….

Mac the Knife
July 17, 2011 7:02 pm

Seem to be encountering a glitch…. the page load up is stuck on ” Transferring data from…’
Reply I’ve checked from a couple computers and browsers and can’t recreate the issue. Sitemeter is a traffic tracking application used on WUWT;
but the link for the Global Temperature Page is the same as on every other page on WUWT. And the Global Temperature Page should be the same size as the other Reference Pages. Are you still having the problem? Is anyone else experiencing download issues/slow loading of the Global Temperature Page? JTF

July 17, 2011 7:06 pm

Seriously, a “global temperature” is completely and absolutely meaningless. All it can possibly tell us is the average temperature AT THE MEASURING POINTS. Anyone who has even so much as a thermometer in their car knows how variable temperature can be in even small areas. The very fact that an “average” has such dramatic spikes should tell you this, unless you believe the overall energy balance of the planet is so rapidly variable.
Unless you actually enjoy the concept of chasing rainbows, don’t bother trying to correlate today with 60 or 100 years ago. Temperatures are measured differently, and often at airports or similarly non-representative locations, not to mention the massive difference in number of measuring stations just in the last 20 years.
I’m somewhat amused, and often amazed, at the credence given to these numbers. Any credibility, other than as a broad index, is misplaced. And I say this whether the month is higher or lower. The numbers are essentially random and should be recognized as such.

July 17, 2011 7:09 pm

As a follow up to that post: the 1998 El Niño event PROVES this. THe planet did NOT suddenly get dramatically warmer in 1998, just the areas where we happen to have the most temperature measurements. Both El Niño and La Niña involve moving heat around, not creating or removing it.

Mac the Knife
July 17, 2011 7:10 pm

Ric Werme says:
July 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm
“Before I forget ….
See the bottom of my Guide to WUWT for more details and more characters. Like the degree sign, which I use a lot.”
Most appreciated – didn’t know how to conjure them up!

Philip Andersen
July 18, 2011 12:57 am

Title correction: “introducting” should be “introducing”… Keep up the good work!44
Reply Corrected, Thx JTF

Hugo M
July 18, 2011 6:49 am

@ Just the facts: I see there is already a graph relating lower stratospheric to tropospheric temperatures and showing a zero trend. But hidden behind this zero trend, a very interesting development is going on. Figure 10 of the late Noor van Andel’s draft on “CO2 and climate change” shows each of these temperatures separately, with the tropospheric temperatures becoming warmer all the while the lower stratosphere is getting colder in almost equal proportions. Because it is the temperature difference between these two which provides the energy for thunderstorms, it would be very interesting to relate and display this difference along with the “Accumulated Cyclone Energy” diagram created by Ryan N. Maue.
See here: Van Andel linked the metoffice page at as the original source. However, be aware that “the crown” is claimed to hold a copyright on these diagrams (and data?).

July 18, 2011 6:56 am

Anthony, after all your work on surface stations and the problems with scientific accuracy and scientific data in concocting such a fantasy, why would you post such a page without some intro page summarizing all the qualifiers?
REPLY: Because I didn’t do the page, see the header of the story. – Anthony
REPLY: Valid point. I’ve added a version of the disclaimer included in this post, “Please note that WUWT cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data within this page, as all of the data is linked from third party sources and WUWT is simply an aggregator.” to the top of the Global Temperature Page, and will add it to the other Reference Pages when I have a chance. Beyond that, there needs to be a degree of skepticism applied to every data source, but we do not want to get involved in qualifying each of the dozens of data sources on the Reference Pages. If a graphic has been questionably adjusted and this has been validated, we will add a tag, e.g. for the University of Colorado “Global Mean Sea Level Change Graph” I previously added with a “Correction” of 0.3 mm/year added May, 5th 2011, due to a “Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (GIA)”. If you think there should be similar tags added to any of the other the graphics, please provide your suggestions below. If any of data sources or individual graphics are demonstrated to be erroneous, we will remove them. – JTF

July 18, 2011 7:11 am

Does anyone know why RSS TLS (lower stratosphere temperature) is so weird? It stays constant until el-chicon, then steps down, then stays constant until pinatubo, then steps down again, and again stays constant ever after. What is up with that?

P. Berkin
July 18, 2011 8:57 am

This is without his permission, so I hope that he won’t mind but the link below is to an answer given by E.M.Smith earlier this year, stating why he views an “average global temperature” as something of a conceit…

George E. Smith
July 18, 2011 11:35 am

Well the highest global Temperature is about +136 deg F, and the lowest global Temperature, is about -138 deg F, so one could say that the average of the earth’s extreme Temperature range, is about -1 deg F, which is about 60 deg F LOWER than what people claim the true average Temperature is.
I have NO idea, what any of that implies; but I tend to line up with those who say, we have no idea what the earth mean global Temperature is.
I’m prepared to accept that Dr James Hansen’s GISSTemp is an accurate record of GISSTemp.
I’ll even accept that the UEA CRU’s HADCrut, is an accurate record of HADCrut. I just don’t think either of them has anything much to do with what the mean global Temperature of the earth is. And so long as Dr Hansen, doesn’t move all his owl boxes around, or re-position the Weber grills, I’ll continue to accept his GISSTemp plots, as an accurate record of GISSTemp; but if he starts mucking with the system, and turning stations on or off, or changing their hardware, etc, then I would have to become suspicious of the validity of his GISSTemp graphs.

Viv Evans
July 18, 2011 12:07 pm

Just a huge thank-you to JTF for getting all these data into the reference pages, and to Anthony for making them a feature of WUWT.
This is such a valuable resource – and now and then, it is great to just look at them …

Jeffrey Eric Grant
July 19, 2011 5:39 am

I love the references. Thanks.
Even IF the average global temperatures could be “normalized” into ONE number which could be believed, what does it say? How do we react to it?
This may not be the place to ask, but I always wonder WHY something exists. I wonder WHY our government is spending sooo much of our money on this. What is the reason? WHY are most of the temperature graphs going up?
I grew up in Seattle; my father always told me not to go outdoors if the temperature ever got up to 80 degrees F — it’s way too hot.
So, now I live in Connecticut and the temp is over 80 all the time. I got used to it….

David Appell
July 19, 2011 6:55 pm


July 19, 2011 7:52 pm

Looking at the UAH satellite temperature curve at the start of the article I see two things wrong with it. First, he uses a 13-month running average to smooth the curve. A running average destroys data and should not be used. A non-destructive and more informative way to look at these temperatures is to use the “magic marker” method – a transparent colored overlay that utilizes the human ability for pattern recognition. The second thing wrong is an erroneous identification of the 1982/83 La Nina as “Pinatubo cooling.” Pinatubo cooling stayed in the stratosphere and had no influence on the tropospheric temperature as he imagines. It did not even start until two years after the eruption. This misidentification started with Self et al. who had no idea what satellite temperature oscillations actually mean and thought that the temperature dip was due to volcanic cooling overriding an El Nino warming at that point.That of course is pure nonsense but it keeps being repeated ad nauseam by people who do not understand the temperature oscillations in the satellite record. Roy Spencer who creates the data apparently does not understand it either. The Pinatubo story is fully explained on pages 17 to 21 of my book “What Warming?” All the temperature curves in that book also use the magic marker method which makes otherwise hard to recognize features jump out at you. If you don’t use that method you are not making maximum use of the available temperature data.

Jeffrey Eric Grant
July 20, 2011 7:32 am

Arno, I really don’t understand your point. The UAH data (which I assume has been correctly stated) shows a definite increase from its inception. I would “trust” that data before the land or sea based temperature thermometers. Your book “What Warming” suggests (among other things) that there has been no warming of the earth since 1979. Even Phil Jones has stated thet there has been no “statistically significant” warming since 1998.
I think you are all twisting straws in the wind. Even if there has been warming, it is not enough for me to agree that our government should spend $billions to “correct” it.
Instead, I say, lets study the atmospheric processes until the point at which we are at least aware of the general characteristics and then, if needed, take appropriate actions. I can withstand at least a five degree avarage increase (as stated in my last post), and I’ll bet the earth systems can too. But, as it is going now, we will have to wait for a few hundred more years to find out.
btw, with the heat wave penetrating the USA right now, I’ll bet the CAGW crowd can’t wait to say that we’ve waited too long already!

July 20, 2011 4:31 pm

On the “Home Page” format of WattsUpWithThat, request you add two fixed “titles” or labels immediately above the two links to the “Next” and “Earlier” threads: Earlier + Later. Next Thread + Previous Thread. Back + Next? Just something to indicate chronological direction will help.
While paging back and forth, it is now too easy to get mixed up and lose time paging back and forth looking for a specific title. This is particularly true for threads that have more than a few days old – a few hours old – considering how many more threads Anthony puts up recently!

July 21, 2011 4:49 am

racookpe1978 says:
July 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

While paging back and forth, it is now too easy to get mixed up and lose time paging back and forth looking for a specific title. This is particularly true for threads that have more than a few days old – a few hours old – considering how many more threads Anthony puts up recently!

That’s one reason why I created the monthly summaries in my Guide pages. Start there (that has a two week summary) or go to
I only list the stories’ title, that’s a bit problematic when someone goes excessively cute with the title. However, I find my lists useful grazing. Your grazing habits may vary.

August 7, 2011 9:01 pm

The objective, according to GISS scientists, is to provide an estimate of temperature change that could be compared with predictions of global climate change in response to atmospheric carbon dioxide, aerosols, and changes in solar activity.

August 11, 2011 10:38 pm

But the global temperature mainly depends on how much energy the planet receives from the Sun and how much it radiates back into space—quantities that change very little. The amount of energy radiated by the Earth depends significantly on the chemical composition of the atmosphere, particularly the amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

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