2 June 2010

3 For 1 Sale on Record Highs In Alaska

Posted by Dan Satterfield

Over the past 12 months Alaska broke three record highs for each record low. The high latitudes are warming much faster than the tropics. (Ask to use this image please)

Steve Scolnik at Capital Climate had an image on his blog that caught my eye today. It’s a graph of the record highs versus the record lows so far this year in the U.S.

From Capital Climate Steve Scolnik. Click image to read his post.

(See Graph on the right.)

This is something that I have been following for quite awhile. I’m not alone either. The scientists at the National Centers for Atmospheric Research in Boulder have also been watching it.

With numerous blog sites still in deep denial that the planet is getting warmer, they show very clearly just how deeply deluded many of those who profess to be skeptical of climate change are.

There really is no convincing some people but I put together some graphs that my readers can grab the next time someone gives you this kind of bunk.

I focused on Alaska because the high latitudes have been forecast to and in reality are, warming much faster than the tropical areas of the planet. So after seeing the 2010 records on Capital Climate, I decided to look at Alaska to see how the data shaped up over the last year and the last few months.

From Gerald Meehl Nat. Centers For Atmospheric Research

In May Alaska had 60 record highs and 6 record lows. Only 4 of the last twelve months had more record lows than record highs and one of those 4 was almost a tie.  (4 lows to 3 highs)

You might say that only a year is far too short a time to say anything definitive. You might also accuse me of doing the very things that climate change deniers do by showing only a very short period of record. This is very common when you want to make the bogus claim the temps. are getting cooler or climate change stopped in 1998.

So on the right is the long term from the folks at NCAR.

The kicker? They didn’t even include Alaska!!. That would have skewed it even more!

So the next time you visit one of these sites claiming it’s all a hoax with their manipulated graphs, tell them to bundle it up and submit to a peer reviewed journal. Because that is how real science works. That’s what the folks at NCAR did.

Strange how virtually none of them seem to do that….