How The Earth’s Temperature Looks On An AlcoholThermometer

Imagine that each red line is a line from a mercury alcohol thermometer which goes from 0 to 120° F as many thermometers do, except they typically go lower, often at about -40°F.

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So each red line on this graph represents an annual temp as a thermometer would display it.  The source is the GISS data.

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Yep, the earth is burning up.  Running a fever!!!  Quick someone give it an aspirin!!!  We should tax ourselves into oblivion because of this.

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22 Responses to How The Earth’s Temperature Looks On An AlcoholThermometer

  1. kim2ooo says:

    Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings and commented:
    GREAT GRAPH!

  2. miked1947 says:

    Mercury is silver! Red would be an alcohol thermometer. But that is what I expect the last 100+ years to look like! ;)

  3. Latitude says:

    rotfl…….I’m a climate scientist…I see the difference

    NOT

  4. cdquarles says:

    Yay. An absolute temp graph with a zero baseline. Even though it uses folded, spindled, and mutilated data with the past rewritten. Still look at that. :)

  5. suyts says:

    I think if people think on this for a bit, it’ll have some impact. I’m glad all enjoyed! :)

  6. Kev-in-Uk says:

    Just think it would be great with grey error bars of some description – I dunno – say, plus or minus 2deg F? Obviously, we know it wont make a ha’peth of difference but it will more realistic?

    • suyts says:

      But, there’s no error bars on thermometers!!! :)

      I was going for the thermometer look. I couldn’t figure out how to put pics of a thermometer on the spread sheet and have the alcohol rise in each one.

      But, the next time I make one of those temp graphs I’ll put some margins of error on them.

      Thanks for popping by Kev!

  7. tckev says:

    You can give it the GISS effect of having the data Hansenized by averaging, normalizing and drinking most of the alcohol then try drawing the graph.

  8. Leo Morgan says:

    Yeah, I’d be keen to see the graph from absolute zero, too. If you can’t do it yourself; do you mind if I or other readers of you blog do it?

    • suyts says:

      No, no, Leo you go right ahead if you want. It really isn’t a matter of can or can’t but rather time and the allocation of it. But, if readers really want a graph going from absolute zero to current temps, who am I to stand in the way? You guys get it and I’ll post it on the blog!

  9. Brilliant! What a useful visual aid to remind us of just exactly what all the numbers really mean. 10/10 for a great idea!

    • suyts says:

      Dave, thanks for dropping by and commenting. I’m sorry about the long wait in moderation. I got busy with a couple of posts. I’m just a one man outfit. At any rate, thanks! Now that you’ve been approved for commenting, you will no longer be moderated, provided you keep links in comments 2 or less.

      Welcome!

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