Using Statistics Without A License At The Washington Post

Last summer NASA reported on the unprecedented Greenland meltdown

Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt

“Ice cores from Summit show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889, this event is right on time,” says Lora Koenig, a Goddard glaciologist and a member of the research team analyzing the satellite data.

NASA – Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt

The unprecedented event occurs once every 150 years, like clockwork. So the Washington Post did some brilliant analysis and determined that the frequency is increasing, based on the fact that there has been no change in frequency.

Bottom line: A major surface ice sheet melting event occurred in Greenland coupled with highly unusual temperatures. A similar event occurred in 1889 and, thus, links to manmade climate change are not yet conclusive. On the other hand, a pattern of pronounced warming in the Arctic in recent decades and other indicators such as melting sea ice, glacier melt, etc. suggest manmade climate change increased the likelihood of an event of this magnitude.

Greenland ice sheet surface melt: massive meltdown or meaningless trickle? – Capital Weather Gang – The Washington Post

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9 Responses to Using Statistics Without A License At The Washington Post

  1. Pathway says:

    But was Hendrek’s dog affected by the melting.

  2. Andy DC says:

    The 2 hours of 35 degree weather last summer caused much more melting than the last time there were 2 hours of 35 degree weather. In fact 97% of the ice sheet melted. Obviously a result of man made climate change!

  3. gator69 says:

    “…manmade climate change increased the likelihood of an event of this magnitude.”

    Are they referring to UHI in Greenland? That’s the only manmade climate change science has identified.

  4. Dave N says:

    NASA’s lack of grasp of the English language is unprecedented.

  5. Tel says:

    Am I missing the bleeding obvious?

    1889 + 150 = 2039

    Not quite clockwork, but we could say in the ballpark.

  6. gofer says:

    What do you think HIllary? “What difference does it make?”

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