Each month, as new data is compiled and released by the National Climatic Data Center I add it to the data set since 1998. It is well known that globally, temperatures have leveled off or even slightly cooled since 1998 (or 1995 as reported by some). The United States has the most comprehensive set of surface temperature sensors and the data is freely available so I track this data to compare it to what the data manipulators at NASA are saying about global temperatures. The graph below shows the trend for the past 13 years in the contiguous United States. The cooling trend is now the steepest it has been. Through January, the cooling trend is -0.96 deg. F per decade or -9.6 deg F per century. This is just the current trend and at some point it is bound to go up but at this point it looks like an investment in fur futures would be wise.
The important point to this trend is that it is completely at odds with everything the IPCC predicted in each of their past summary assessment reports. We were supposed to be seeing an exponential rise in global temperatures. If they couldn’t get 15 years into the future correct, by what extension of logic should we be concerned about the validity of their other, longer-term, computer projections?
Most Recent 12-Month Period (Feb. Jan.) 1998-2011
Average = 54.09 deg. F
Trend = – 0.96 deg. F/ Decade (- 9.6 deg. F/century)