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GISS's October Data. The large reddish-brown area in Russia is actually September readings.
Amateur team finds NASA error similar to one they discovered a year ago.

NASA'S Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) is one of the world's primary sources for climate data. GISS issues regular updates on world temperatures based on their analysis of temperature readings from thousands of monitoring stations over the globe.

GISS’ most recent data release originally reported last October as being extraordinarily warm-- a full 0.78C above normal. This would have made it the warmest October on record; a huge increase over the previous month's data.

Those results set off alarm bells with Steve McIntyre and his gang of Baker Street irregulars at Climateaudit.org. They noted that NASA's data didn't agree at all with the satellite temperature record, which showed October to be very mild, continuing the same trend of slight cooling that has persisted since 1998. So they dug a little deeper.

McIntyre, the same man who found errors last year in GISS's US temperature record, quickly noted that most of the temperature increase was coming from Russia. A chart of world temperatures showed that in October, most of Russia, the largest nation on Earth, was not only registering hot, but literally off the scale. Yet anecdotal reports were suggesting that worldwide, October was actually slightly colder than normal. Could there be another error in GISS's data?

An alert reader on McIntyre's blog revealed that there was a very large problem. Looking at the actual readings from individual stations in Russia showed a curious anomaly. The locations had all been assigned the exact temperatures from a month earlier-- the much warmer month of September. Russia cools very rapidly in the fall months, so recycling the data from the earlier month had led to a massive temperature increase.

A few locations in Ireland were also found to be using September data.

Steve McIntyre informed GISS of the error by email. According to McIntyre, there was no response, but within "about an hour", GISS pulled down the erroneous data, citing a "mishap" and pointing the finger of blame upstream to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA).

NOAA's Deputy Director of Communications, Scott Smullens, tells DailyTech that NOAA is responsible only for temperature readings in the US, not those in other nations.

The error not only affected October data, but due to the complex algorithm GISS uses to convert actual temperature readings into their output results, altered the previously published values for several other months as well. The values for August 2008, for instance, changed by 0.11C and the global anomaly as far back as 2005 increased by a hundredth of a degree.

GISS is run by Dr. James Hansen, a strident global warming advocate who has accused oil companies of "crimes against humanity".  Hansen recently made headlines when he travelled to London to testify on behalf of a group of environmentalists who had damaged a coal plant in protest against global warming. Hansen also serves as science advisor to Al Gore.

Dr. Hansen could not be reached for comment.



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RE: In Other Words
By porkpie on 11/11/2008 5:18:41 PM , Rating: 4
Other people have analyzed them and found all sorts of funny behavior. GISS artificially lowers the temperature at thousands of sites for data from the early 1900s, then raises it for recent data. Their source code to "correct" the data is tens of thousands of lines of code. It has hundreds of other unjustified and unexplained adjustments. Lots of sites are left out entirely, or even worse, left only for certain periods, then reincluded when their readings start showing warming again.

The ClimateAudit website has exposed dozens of GISS's little tricks to inflate temperature data. This story is just the tip of the ice berg.


RE: In Other Words
By lucasb on 11/11/08, Rating: 0
RE: In Other Words
By porkpie on 11/11/2008 5:35:06 PM , Rating: 5
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GISS isn't the only major source of temperature records
Right, and GISS ALWAYS show a lot hotter than the others.

As this story tells, Hansen is working with Al Gore and testifying in court that eco-terrorists have the right to tear up power plants. He gave up being an objective scientist a long time ago.


RE: In Other Words
By Ringold on 11/11/2008 5:37:58 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah, Argentina, bastion of morality in government? Your government last I heard planned to confiscate private pension funds in a desperate measure to shore up government finances, and may still be heading towards a debt default. Moody's, a bond rating agency, was not at all impressed.

Not sure what Argentina had to do with any of this anyway.


RE: In Other Words
By lucasb on 11/11/2008 6:16:41 PM , Rating: 1
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Not sure what Argentina had to do with any of this anyway.

I was saying that the law system which I'm subjected to operates with the "innocent until proven guilty" principle.
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Moody's, a bond rating agency, was not at all impressed.

What, one of rating agencies who gave investment grades to mortgage-backed securities and derivatives? They must be very professional and trustworthy.
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Your government last I heard planned to confiscate private pension funds in a desperate measure to shore up government finances, and may still be heading towards a debt default.

Yes, I am ashamed of that and I (as an opositor) am fighting to prevent that. Another confiscation of savings to serve our inmoral, ilicit and overpaid debt and the thirst of a somewhat populist administration in an electoral year. But since I presume that you are not very knowledgeable about the economy of Argentina (why would you be interested in it?), I will give you the benefit of doubt and offer a little advice:
- AFAIK, in the USA, Social Security is still managed by the government. 401(k)s and IRAs are tax favored saving accounts which supplement SS. Even if you do not save a dime (a very bad decision), you can count on SS until it becomes completely unfunded.
- Do some research on Latin America before taking at face value the news, opinions and advice presented by US media, which is overly critic of Latin American leftists, even the moderate ones.


RE: In Other Words
By Ringold on 11/11/2008 9:42:52 PM , Rating: 2
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What, one of rating agencies who gave investment grades to mortgage-backed securities and derivatives?


Ouch. Good point. But still, you know the debt load is concerning to say the least.

As for US media bias, they rarely mention S.A. if it's not Chavez saying something silly. I have to get most of my news on the region from other sources.

I shouldn't of made it sound too harsh on Argentina as a whole. Government doesn't necessarily reflect on the people governed. Good luck in your opposition.


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