The Incredibly, Rapidly Disappearing Heat

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NASA has released its picture of the week, which is a graphic of global land temperature anomalies for the period July 4-11. Click here for details. What jump outs at me is the number of blue areas that have suddenly popped up on the continents. Where did they all come from?

We keep hearing about the NOAA’s record hot first half of 2010. and seeing these maps covered with all them red dots all them, like this one here for June (sure looks hot, doesn’t it?):

Surely one can see the differences. In some cases they are very dramatic. Compare:

1. Mexico / western North America
2. Greenland
3. Central and Saharan Africa
4. Almost all of Asia
5. Australia

Can the planet really cool that quickly?

You know what I think? I think the NOAA is producing a bunch of crap.

Curiously, the references cited by NASA above all refer to “scorching heatwaves” and “hotspots”. No mention of the cool or cold spots that seem to have the upper hand on the continents.

UPDATE: For more detail and light on this subject, Steve Goddard at WUWT has written up a great analysis, see: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/07/16/co2-optical-illusion/#comment-432509

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7 responses to “The Incredibly, Rapidly Disappearing Heat”

  1. Brian H

    Obviously all that heat radiated itself away into space, evading the dreaded CO2 by using the sneaky blackbody mechanism. It overdid it, though, resulting in the current heat deficits.

  2. Derek

    South Africa warm, when it has supposedly been unseasonally cold. ?

    I wonder has someone released an “inverted” image. ?

    No doubt it will soon be “corrected”..

    (humor / sarc on)
    Heat can not go into space you silly people, (well not more than “we” say it does), it must go into the oceans, obviously Saint Jim says so…
    (humor / sarc off)
    Not that the argo buoys agree – hence they must be wrong and hence have been dismissed.
    Fuuny how the ocean temps arn’t included in the (first) above plot..

  3. DirkH

    Derek Says:
    “[…]Fuuny how the ocean temps arn’t included in the (first) above plot..”

    Stupid! Oceans always have the same temperature; their top 3 meters do NOT contain more heat energy than the entire atmosphere and there is NO El Nino and NO La Nina! The only thing that oceans do is they RISE! Wait… The only TWO things that oceans do is RISE and ACIDIFY!

  4. Derek

    DirkH says,
    The only TWO things that oceans do is RISE and ACIDIFY!

    Derek –
    and hopefully rot the legs off Al Gore’s condo.
    No, no, that would be such an injustice,
    it couldn’t possibly happen, could it.

    Unfortunately, not.

    Oooops, did I forget sarc on, off,
    must have caught it from DirkH. LOL.

    1. pgosselin

      Hey guys, Jo Nova/Frank Lansner have got a really great post at Jo’s site. More on GISS antics.
      It never fails to amaze me what goes on at the GISS culinary institute for climatic arts and data cooking.

  5. MS

    The maps are using different reference points. The NASA July map: “This global map shows temperature anomalies for July 4–11, 2010, compared to temperatures for the same dates from 2000 to 2008.” But the NOAA June map uses 1971-2000 as a reference. I hope this helps. It is tricky business.

    Reply: Thanks for clearing this up. Tricky, and often misleading. -PG

  6. Derek

    If I may also add, thank you MS. That explains a lot.

    I constantly wonder how they (GISS et al) get away with an “accepted” record that shows the 1930s so much cooler than the 1990s.
    I am sure it wasn’t always like that……..

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