Thanks first to Bedanga, my scientific and mathematical Indian friend on Facebook, for liking yesterday’s entry. Always makes me feel more confident when someone not a BA (Hons) in English (as I am) finds my propositions sensible. 😉
Yesterday’s post ended with the latest global temperature measurements. Naturally, since the AGW blindfolders don’t like what they see there they go on to deny the validity of the data. It’s an old one but a goodie from their perspective. Of satellites and temperatures counters their doubts.
There are a variety of rumors floating around the "skeptic" blogosphere involving claimed problems with satellite temperature measurements. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of confusion on this point. While a lengthy analysis of this topic would be useful, for now we will just briefly hit the main points:
- These stories were sparked by image maps of surface temperatures for the US/Canada Great Lakes posted by an automated processing system at the NOAA-funded Great Lakes Coastwatch program website. In areas with full or partial cloud cover, these maps sometimes show obviously erroneous temperature estimates over the lakes.
- There is a great deal of confusion about whether this represents a broader problem with satellite temperature measurements, and perhaps "invalidates" the satellite temperature record.
Another discussion of the possible link between anthropogenic global warming and the extreme events in Pakistan, Russia etc: Are 2010 weather extremes a sign of global climate change? from Climate Science Watch.
Now play “spot the loonie” with the following videos. Some are loonies, but some are not. Far be it from me to suggest who the loonie[s] is [are], but I don’t think you will find it hard to guess:
OK, did you get it? Only one video featured any dead-set loonies. Which one was it?
You may find a whole barrel of them on CFact TV, a product of the think tank Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow brought to you by Exxon-Mobil etc. We in Oz have our very own Senator
Dingbat Steve Fielding listed there as one of their “expert” speakers!
Finally, loonies on another topic, thanks to Len in Texas.
Right wing extremists are now spouting the theory (they call it fact) that pregnant women from the Middle East and from Mexico are coming into the United States for the sole purpose of having their babies and then taking them back home to raise as terrorists that will then return to the United States (as U.S. citizens) and blow the place up. Last night, Anderson Cooper had one of the proponents of that theory, U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on his show. He asked Rep. Gohmert to present any proof that he or his cohorts might possess in support of their theory. He got no proof in response to his request, but he certainly got an entertaining meltdown and tantrum from Mr. Gohmert…