[Vision2020] NOAA: NCDC: June 2010, Jan. Through June 2010, Global Temperatures are Warmest on Record

Paul Rumelhart godshatter at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 18 15:01:40 PDT 2010

This reminds me.  I've been meaning to run Moscow's numbers for 
temperature graphed over time.  So I went to the USHCN website 
(http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/ushcn/v2/monthly/) and downloaded 
their massaged averages file (9641C_201007_F52.avg.gz).  I also 
downloaded their list of stations (ushcn-v2-stations.txt).  I then 
looked up Moscow in the stations file to get it's station ID, which is 
106152, and selectively extracted those rows from the averages file 
after unzipping it.  I then loaded this data into the Open Office 
Spreadsheet application (Excel would also work, but doesn't run on my 
operating system).  I removed the monthly data, leaving only the year 
and the annual mean columns.  I then made a computed column which 
divided the annual mean numbers by 10, since they have one decimal place 
and are saved in the file as integers.  I averaged the annual mean 
temperatures and then made another computed column where I subtracted 
the average from the individual annual mean / 10 numbers.  This gives me 
the temperature anomaly for each year, the amount that it differs from 
the average.

I then plotted that using Open Office, and told it to compute the trend 
line.  The trend comes out to be negative, Moscow is according to the 
data cooling at about a degree a century.

Ted Moffett wrote:
> Given the reasoning of many of the so called "skeptics" (many are not 
> really skeptics, of course, but confirmation bias driven denialists, 
> while all competent scientists are skeptics by training, including the 
> climate scientists who state that the scientific evidence, after 
> rigorous skeptical analysis, is compelling that human impacts are 
> altering climate to a degree requiring action)

I have to admit, I'm skeptical that this definition of the group of 
people who question the AGW theory is really accurate.


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