With just more than three weeks left in the year, it’s virtually certain that 2012 will displace 1998 as the warmest year on record for the contiguous U.S. according to NOAA. The agency’s monthly State of the Climate Report, released on Thursday, shows that temperatures across the lower 48 states averaged 44.1°F for November — 2.1°F higher than the 20th century average.
The actual data NOAA is using shows that 2012 is third warmest after 1934 and 1921.
NOAA adjusts older temperatures downwards and recent temperatures upwards. The total adjustment is more than 1.5 degrees.
They issue press releases claiming unprecedented heat – while failing to disclose that they have altered the data.
If Enron did this, people would be prosecuted.
As of 1999, Hansen showed 1934 almost a full degree Fahrenheit warmer than 1998. How did 1998 retroactively become the hottest year ?