From the New York Daily News:
The data doesn’t support him.
UPDATE: WeatherBell meteorologist Joe D’Aleo sends along this graph, showing population with temperature plotted together. This makes a strong case for UHI and waste heat effects.
Will the Sea level go up a foot by 2020? Doubtful.
|The Battery , NY||Station ID: 8518750|
|Latitude: 40° 42.0′ N||Mean Range: 4.53 ft.|
|Longitude: 74° 0.8′ W||Diurnal Range: 5.06 ft.|
|Established: May 24 1920|
|NOAA Chart #: 12335|
|Time Meridian: 75 W|
Mean Sea Level Difference:
for 8518750 The Battery, NY
1983-2001 1960-1978 Difference:
5.86 ft.-5.65 ft. = 0.21 ft.
Based on current NOAA data, it will take over 100 years to gain a foot of sea level rise.
At 2.77mm per year, we can only hope to see 8 x 2.77mm = 22.16mm or 0.072 foot (0.872 inches) rise by 2020. That’s not even close to Mayor Bloomberg’s claims. Note I’m being generous and using 8 years since 2013 isn’t even half over yet.
And, it really is easy to get freaked out if you don’t pay attention to anything but hype: