What Global Warming? USA Temperatures DOWN as Climatologists Claim 2015 Was Hottest Year
2015 was the hottest year on record – but not in the USA, says NASA
THE USA, one of the world’s biggest producers of carbon, did not experience its hottest year on record in 2015, bucking global trends which suggest post industrial revolution activities are warming the planet.
NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and weather experts all today released data which recorded 2015 has the hottest year since records began in the 1800s, but average temperatures have risen by just 1°C since 1850.
But the provisional results, which scientists unanimously accept are higher than normal due to the El Niño effect which began last year, include some anomalies including areas of cooling and where records were not set such as in North America.
Todays announcement that a major developed nation like the US did not experience its hottest year ever is likely to fuel the argument put forward by many US-based climate sceptics that human activities simply do not have the level of impact being claimed by the climate change lobby.
NASA and NOAA scientists were forced to accept that El Niño was partly responsible for the overall record busting year and that some areas had not been as affected such as the states.
A NASA spokesman said: “Phenomena such as El Niño or La Niña, which warm or cool the tropical Pacific Ocean, can contribute to short-term variations in global average temperature.
“A warming El Niño was in effect for most of 2015.
“Weather dynamics often affect regional temperatures, so not every region on Earth experienced record average temperatures last year.
“For example, NASA and NOAA found that the 2015 annual mean temperature for the contiguous 48 United States was the second warmest on record.”
But NASA’s GISS Director Gavin Schmidt argued the results were still significant.
He said: “2015 was remarkable even in the context of the ongoing El Niño.
“Last year’s temperatures had an assist from El Niño, but it is the cumulative effect of the long-term trend that has resulted in the record warming that we are seeing.”
NASA also said most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with 15 of the 16 warmest years on record occurring since 2001.
The UK Met Office also today admitted the El Niño effect was partly responsible for 2015 breaking previous post-industrial records, but said climate change was also to blame.
El Niño is an occasional weather phenomena, when temperatures rise in the Pacific, causing weather chaos across the globe, including increased temperatures, floods, storms and in some cases freezing winters.
Scientists at the Met Office Hadley Centre and the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit today said provisional full-year figures for global average temperatures reveal that 2015 was the warmest year in a record dating back 165 years.
“Some people claim the calculations for temperature rise cannot be relied upon”