How Hot Is It?

     A recently published report  may blow the lid off the climate change controversy. The peer reviewed analysis is authored by a group of scientists and statisticians who took a closer look at the data used by NASA, NOAA and the Met Office in the UK in their assessment of global average surface temperature. They found  “nearly all” of the alleged ‘warming’ effect was the result of changes made to the data after the temperatures were recorded. The data had been changed to account for other heat sources such as the heat generated by big cities.  

     The question is:  “How much of the data manipulation is real science and how much is political fantasy."  Many folks think the changes were designed to incriminate humans as the cause of global warming.  After examining other historical data, cyclical patterns, and satellite data, the researchers concluded the three data sets mentioned above, “are not a valid representation of reality.”  
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     The city of Phoenix recently reported a high temperature of 117 degrees, breaking a record set in 1905.  — over a century ago.   My wife’s mother was born in 1898 and lived in central Missouri all her life.  I remember her telling us  she remembered one year when she was a young girl that it snowed in every month of that year — again, over a century ago.   These two events confirm to me, even thought we may be in a cyclical warming trend at present, there are widely variable weather patterns going back for  centuries.  Whether the climate change is man-made is, in my opinion, still a matter of conjecture.  

     Some people are, by nature, short sighted, gullible, and easily swayed by so-called scientific data. Individuals relate mostly to their life experience.  Anything that happened before they were born is ancient history.  Maybe this is why older people are less apt to be taken in by the faddish ‘hula-hoop’ predictions of the global warming crowd.  It’s scary to think the median age of the US population is only 38 years old. 

      I suggest we should be  worrying about the present pesticide poisoning of our planet rather than some nebulous event that may or may not occur in the future.