According to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, and repeated endlessly in national news broadcasts, more than 170 all-time hot weather records were broken or tied during the second half of June.
Jake Crouch, a scientist at the National Climatic Data Center, told Reuters news agency, cautiously, "It's hard to pinpoint climate change as the driving factor, but it appears that it is playing a role." Then he lost control and blurted out "What's going on for 2012 is exactly what we would expect from climate change."
So, NOAA, always in the forefront of public discussion of "climate change," predicted a year or two ago that increasing human emissions of greenhouses gases were 95 percent certain to produce record high temperatures in continental US during June 2012?
Actually, NOAA never made any such prediction. It plodded along until the end of June and then, after a month of sensational media reporting of heat waves, forest fires, floods and droughts -- all in the continental US -- it sent spokesman Crouch out to declare the party line that all we had seen on TV was "exactly what we would expect from climate change."
We do not claim any expertise in climatology, but we do ask some common sense questions about this latest alarm.
Is this the hottest June on record for the continental US? Actually NOAA says it was still only be the 14th hottest June on record -- the hottest being June 1933, during the Dust Bowl period.
Since 70 percent of the Earth's surface is water, and the continental US constitutes only a small fraction of the remaining land mass, what do continental US temperatures tell us about "global" climate?
Greenhouse gases rapidly mix in the atmosphere so that their concentrations are fairly uniform throughout the troposphere. As mid-America swelters, are the South Africans and Australians shivering in extraordinary winter cold? If they are, or aren't, that story has not made it onto nightly news.
How much hotter is the planet this month, compared to the average global temperature since 1981, when satellite microwave measurements began? (We do know the answer to this one: three eighths of a degree Centigrade (UAH data).
How fast is earth warming (between 70 degrees south and 82 degrees north, where people live? The 1979-2012 average warming (NOAA RSS data) is +.134 degrees Centigrade per decade, or one degree in 74 years.
Except for the ski and snowmobiling industries, what damage would, say, a one degree C (1.3 degrees F) temperature increase mean for Vermont? How much saved in plowing roads? How much saved in fuel oil bills? How much gained by a longer growing season?
Informed citizens need to penetrate the flood of global "climate change" alarmism to look at what the science really says. It's not easy for laymen to grasp the many complexities of climate, but it doesn't take much to get the idea that we are regularly being assaulted by the "bad humans cause global warming which causes extreme weather events" propaganda.