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
3. Central and Saharan Africa
4. Almost all of Asia
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