Activist Dana Nuccitelli Starting To Sweat? Satellite Data Show Current Decade Running COOLER Than The Previous!

Many readers will recall the climate bet for charity this site and its readers (the coolists) entered into against the climate alarmists, principally climate loudmouth Dana Nuccitelli and Rob Honeycutt, back in January 2011.

The coolists maintain that the 2011 – 2020 decade will be the same or cooler than the 2001 – 2010 decade. The alarmists of course are absolutely convinced that the current decade will be warmer.

Listening to the media lately, one might think that the coolists are getting trounced. Nothing could be further from the truth. The bet is based on the RSS and UAH satellite data, and they tell us a different story. Nuccitelli and his buddies can cite NOAA, GISS or NCDC all they want, but those datasets are not going to matter come 12/31/2020.

Robin Pittwood of the Kiwithinker has been so kind to tabulate the race so far as it develops. The first four years of the decade are now behind us, and Robin tells the coolists are maintaining a slight lead. Yes, this decade so far is running COOLER than the previous one! Hardly a good development for the Nuccitelli & Co. The dang oceans must have eaten up all the heat.

Climate Bet_Robin Pittwood

Chart shows this decade continues to be cooler than the previous one. Source: Robin Pittwood of the Kiwthinker.

With the current CO2 emissions trajectory running at the IPCC’s worst case scenario, this decade so far theoretically should have been at least a good 0.2°C warmer, and certainly not cooler. Something must have gone terribly wrong for the cocky climate boy-wonder in California.

Robin writes:

We are now 40% through the race … and clearly it is still close with the coolists in the lead by half a nose.

Now back to the hype we’re hearing about the ‘hot’ 2014. Notice that during 2014 (months 37 to 48) the green line just keeps trucking along at the same basic slope as it has for the past few years and much of the previous decade too. There was even a small El Nino in 2014, whose effect is conspicuous by its absence. Maybe the heat that is missing in the observed atmospheric temperature trend is hiding in the ocean?  ;-)”

So we’ve got another 6 years to go and now is a good time to speculate how those might go. Personally I expect 2015 to be a warm one as well, because of the current Tiny Tim El Nino. But then we all know what happens after an El Nino. Right, global temperatures tend to drop due to La Nina that follows.

Also boding ill for Nuccitelli and Co. is the projection that the current solar cycle will soon be winding down and so it is quite possible we will be seeing a cool period around 2018, similar to what we saw back around 2008. Indeed it’s too early to call it for the coolists, but I must say I’m quite comfortable with our current position.

Let’s assume that the coolists do win the bet and thus deliver the major upset. How will the warmists react? Are they going to cry foul? Or are they going to be relieved and a bit happy because the planet is not warming like they thought. That would be the rational reaction.

I doubt very much Dana is sweating about this at all. He’s a master rationalizer and will creatively concoct a way to deny it.

Awhile back at this site William “Winston” Connelly demanded that the terms of the bet be modified. Sorry, it is a bit late for that, and it’s not his bet anyway.

Should the coolists win, the warmists are going to have a lot explaining to do. But they are well prepared, as already there is a huge supply of excuses out there for them to choose from.

And even if the warmists should somehow eke out a victory, it’ll be quite a hollow one because they all claimed it would be min. 0.2° warmer. A few hundredths warmer would also take the air out of the alarmism.

Fun blogging lies ahead.


3 responses to “Activist Dana Nuccitelli Starting To Sweat? Satellite Data Show Current Decade Running COOLER Than The Previous!”

  1. John F. Hultquist

    The chart – accumulating global average temperature – shows 2 noticeable bends in the red line and 1 in the green line. Then the lines swing upward again.

    Have these been discussed elsewhere?
    They seem to be associated with years of less Arctic Ocean summer sea ice. This allows the water there to shed heat. Floating ice prevents water from being in contact with the cold air as late summer turns to fall. If such is the cause, then there is an interesting possibility.
    Some people – coolists – think Earth’s atmosphere will cool over the next 5 years with the implication that Arctic Ocean ice will not get as low as it has during recent years. Thus the water there will not give up as much heat and the atmosphere will not cool quite as fast.
    Other people – warmists – take great pleasure in pointing out the “ice free” ocean is just in sight. “Ice free” is in quotes here because it doesn’t mean no ice; the goal apparently is below 1 M sq. Km.
    Anyway, both coolists and warmists can hype the same phenomenon. And will.

    (posted at both ‘ntz’ and ‘K-t’)

  2. Alan Poirier

    So sweet. RSS is the only dataset that I have faith in. UAH is not bad and will be better with the new version. All the rest have been gridded, homogenized and manipulated to the point where they have become worthless.

  3. Andrew McRae

    Although still a work-in-progress (which gets the trend in TOA OLR wrong), my amateur climate model also predicts a cooling trend should have begun in 2011.

    It’s calibrated to HadleySST3 and I’m sure you guys would not want to use that data set for your bet as the odds would be against in that case. 🙂
    Of course that also doesn’t look good for my climate model, as the cooling should have begun, so there should not be a warming since Jan 2011. But we should learn from the best, and what do the IPCC’s experts always say when their models don’t match reality? “Short Term Natural Variability!”
    Okay, so I say this recent warming in HadSST3 was just Short Term Natural Variability, now there should be no dispute about my model. 🙂

    Yes I think the coolists are on safe ground. It’s the reduced solar activity that does it.

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