Warmest November since measurements began? An analysis of global satellite data leads to a different conclusion
By Dr. Sebastian Lüning and Prof Fritz Vahrenholt
On December 21, 2013 Spiegel Online reported:
Worldwide temperature record: Warmest November since measurements began. Warm air over Russia resulted in the warmest November since 1891. The entire year 2013 jumps upwards on the temperature ranking list. Is the pause in global warming over? […] Germany on the other hand had an average November. Westerly winds were the rule and they brought more rain than normal to Central Europe, reported the German Weather Service. While in North Germany the sun shined more than average, as a whole in Germany it was grayer than normal for the time of year. In Australia, parts of North America and Greenland it was even unusually cool. Also Great Britain and Spain experienced lower than usual temperatures. Over the ocean a mean temperature of approx. 16.3°C was measured, that’s 0.54°C above average.
A new November temperature record? How wonderful. In times when the global average temperature refuses to rise and produces only negative headlines, they are now obviously resorting to monthly temperatures. And if the monthly temperatures don’t work out, then daily temperatures are taken: i.e. the hottest 4th of April since measurements began. The main thing is to produce headlines.
A series of problems with surface stations
But now it is known that there is a series of problems with the uneven distribution of surface stations over the globe. Thus it makes sense to compare the alleged November record with the satellite data, which are recorded evenly from every corner of the globe. The established satellite datasets are UAH and RSS. You can see them at the NOAA website. But horrors. Based on the satellite data, November 2013 is not a heat champion at all. When you look at the UAH data, November 2013 was only the ninth warmest. And when using RSS data, November 2013 landed only in 16th place. What a flop. The hot area over Russia also exists in the RSS and UAH data, but is less extreme (see comment on this at WUWT).
Figure: Global temperature anomalies for November 2013. Russia is covered by a warm anomaly. Source: NOAA.
Prof. Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt, is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Hamburg and was a member of the Council for Sustainable Development under chancellors Gerhard Schroder and Angela Merkel. He is co-author with Sebastian Lüning of the climate science book “Die kalte Sonne“ (The Neglected Sun).
Dr. Sebastain Lüning is an award winning geologist/paleontologist and has published over 20 scientific papers, having researched at the Universities of Wales, London, Manchester and Bremen. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Vienna. He also has been a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for 20 years.