UPDATED! SEE A THE BOTTOM OF THE POST
Again, I’m late to the party because I overestimated the intellectual capacity of the alarmist loons. Steve wrote about this yesterday. To get you all up to speed on this. A little known blogger at WaPo (a guy named Andy Freedman) wrote a drive-by, character assassination piece on Drs Spencer and Christy.
Apparently what set this small man off was a press release regarding the 33rd anniversary of satellite data from UAH(University of Alabama-Huntsville). The character assassin didn’t link to the press release, but only quoted part of it. I haven’t looked to see if it was an accurate reflection of the press release, given the history of these delusional twits, it is entirely likely Freedman has gotten it wrong in either context or content, and likely it would be intentional. I’ll put that on my list of things to do. The part of the press release that sent Freedman in a full fledged dissension into mental depravity was this little jewel…..
“Globally averaged, Earth’s atmosphere has warmed about 0.45 Celsius (about 0.82° F) during the almost one-third of a century that sensors aboard NOAA and NASA satellites have measured the temperature of oxygen molecules in the air,” the release states. “This is at the lower end of computer model projections of how much the atmosphere should have warmed due to the effects of extra greenhouse gases since the first Microwave Sounding Unit (MSU) went into service in Earth orbit in late November 1978.”
“While 0.45 degrees C of warming is noticeable in climate terms, it isn’t obvious that it represents an impending disaster,” says John Christy of UAH, who, along with Roy Spencer, has maintained one of the satellite-derived temperature records.
“The climate models produce some aspects of the weather reasonably well, but they have yet to demonstrate an ability to confidently predict climate change in upper air temperatures,” Christy states in the press release.
“The satellites should have shown more deep-atmosphere warming than the surface, not less,” Spencer says. “Whatever warming or cooling there is should be magnified with height. We believe this is telling us something significant about exactly why the climate system has not warmed as much as expected in recent decades.”
Freedman went full stupid on that. Illogically, he starts to defend models which have failed to predict our temps. He quotes debunked 5 y/o literature. Then he enlists climate’s equivalent to the 3 stooges Santer, Dessler, and Abraham. This seems an odd choice at first glance, because all 3 have had butthurt from the skeptical community. The most recent was Dessler’s laughable attempt to rebut S&B2011. Its a rather long story, even the abbreviated version, but one can start at WUWT to get a feel for the spankage Andy Dessler received from Spencer and the skeptical community. And you can look here for my take and a couple of good links for more Dessler spankage. Then, I realized why Freedman enlisted this twitted trio, they’ve all harbor ill will towards people that shatter their delusions. Freedman goes on to post a silly graph from Abraham given to Freedman by Dessler. It shows, gasp corrections! Freedman envokes a Santer paper which stated, “surface warming has outpaced atmospheric warming.” Dessler stated……
“As far as the data go, I don’t really trust the satellite data. While satellites clearly have some advantages over the surface thermometer record, such as better sampling, measuring temperature from a satellite is actually an incredibly difficult problem. That’s why, every few years, another big problem in the UAH temperature calculation is discovered. And, when these problems are fixed, the trend always goes up,” he said via email.
“It’s also worth noting that there have not been any similar revisions to the surface temperature data, despite the fact that people have looked at it very, very carefully.”
The bolded statements in the above quote are demonstrably false. So, how is it that I know this isn’t about science and is about character assassination? History. Freedman isn’t a novice to climatology. He has several posts about climate. It is possible that he is delusional, but I don’t think one can be this delusional and still function as an individual. The same goes for Santer and Dessler. Here’s the problem with their statements. First, if they are all mentally deficient as it appears, they would have us believe they are unaware of the RSS data set. (The other satellite data set.) That they are unaware of Hansen’s algorithm which is constantly applied to the GISS data set. That no one, not even Jones can look carefully had HadCrut’s genesis. (The computer ate his homework.) But, the most glaring bit of evidence as to why I know this is simply character assassination is that there is no discernable difference in the temp trends of the various data sets for the time period referenced.
Wow, decent participation, but no comments….. for the people that wish to know, the color code is as follows….. Red is GISS, Blue is RSS, Green is HadCrut, and Bluegreen(aqua…whatever) is UAH. Now, here’s a bit of irony. As I already noted, RSS has the same 33 year trend. However, this decade there’s been noticeable divergence in the various temp series.
They’re bagging on the wrong guys. This is why I know it was about personalities and not about any science. You would have thought Dessler and this Freedman character would have known this. Oops
Link for the original graph …. http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/gistemp/from:1979/trend/offset:-0.45/plot/hadcrut3vgl/from:1979/trend/offset:-0.14/plot/rss/from:1979/trend/offset:-0.4/plot/uah/from:1979/plot/uah/from:1979/trend/offset:0.3
My thanks to commentator Robin for reminding.