"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Now You See It - Now You Don't!

Teenage sceptic Kristen Byrnes on her website Ponder the Maunder
has a story on Hansen's disappearing graph which poses difficult questions about Urban Heat Island Effect. The simple answer to the problem was to delete the graph!

The graph below was a part of James Hansen's surface temperature analysis for many years. It was continuously updated like the many other graphs on the NASA GISS site. It shows land temperatures warming much faster than ocean temperatures. The graph disappeared from the NASA GISS website without an explanation following the widley publicized Climategate email below:

From: Tom Wigley
To: Phil Jones
Subject: LAND vs OCEAN
Date: Fri, 06 Nov 2009 17:36:15 -0700
We probably need to say more about this. Land warming since

1980 has been twice the ocean warming -- and skeptics might
laim that this proves that urban warming is real and important.
Emails to NASA GISS asking for an explanation of why the graph disappeared have gone unanswered.
Another part of the global deception that is passed off as science is uncovered by a teenage girl! It gives one some hope for the future!

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