press conference going on right now with NCDC’s Tom Karl and NASA GISS Dr. James Hansen. They want us to believe them, about the certainty of their conclusions from data. I just checked the “State of the Climate Report” being referred to, and one has to wonder, when they are this sloppy with important details, can we really trust their conclusions derived from details? I had to laugh when I saw this in the SOTC for 2012:
You’d think they could get a simple detail like a date/time stamp on the official reports right. The “downloaded” time is the time my browser accessed it. The updated time is over a year ago, for a report made this month.
See for yourself here: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/
Scroll all the way to the bottom.
You have to wonder, like the warden in the Shawshank Redemption, are they being purposely obtuse?
Date/time stamps are crucial in science. Flubs like that would be enough to get most forensic science tossed out of court if they can’t establish the point in time exactly. It is a small detail to some, and a major detail to others. The devil is in the details, and if you want to convince people that your conclusions are accurate, pay attention to the details. Science is all about the details.
But maybe I’m wrong, and KarlHansian date and time is adjustable, much like they do with temperature, like that changing temperature of July 1936:
For example, the July 2012 SOTC report, issued in early August, announced that a new record had been set with the average July temperature for the contiguous United States at 77.6 degrees, one-fifth of a degree higher than in July 1936. However, the NCDC now says the July 2012 average was actually about 76.9 degrees, nearly 0.7 degrees less. This is almost 0.5 degrees cooler than the 77.4 degrees claimed as the previous monthly record in 1936. What is going on?