Monday, January 07, 2013

Does NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) keep two separate sets of climate books for the USA? | Watts Up With That?
But now in two places, NCDC is reporting that the CONUS Tavg for July 2012 is 76.93°F about 0.47°F cooler than 77.4°F claimed as the previous monthly record in 1936, meaning that July 2012 by that comparison WAS NOT THE HOTTEST MONTH ON RECORD.

The question for now is: why do we appear to have two different sets of data for the past two years between the official database and the SOTC reports and why have they let this claim they made stand if the data does not support it?
Carl Bialik: Don't Let Math Pull the Wool Over Your Eyes -
In the latest study, Kimmo Eriksson, a mathematician and researcher of social psychology at Sweden's Mälardalen University, chose two abstracts from papers published in research journals, one in evolutionary anthropology and one in sociology. He gave them to 200 people to rate for quality—with one twist. At random, one of the two abstracts received an additional sentence, the one above with the math equation, which he pulled from an unrelated paper in psychology. The study's 200 participants all had master's or doctoral degrees. Those with degrees in math, science or technology rated the abstract with the tacked-on sentence as slightly lower-quality than the other. But participants with degrees in humanities, social science or other fields preferred the one with the bogus math, with some rating it much more highly on a scale of 0 to 100.
Weather on steroids: climate change in action - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
More hot weather can easily lead to a vicious cycle that creates even more hot weather and higher electricity prices. Hot days lead to massive increases in the use of air conditioners around Australia and homes and offices fight off the heat. This kind of intensive energy adds to the problem of climate change
India:  Cold weather claims 26 lives in Bihar
Patna: The intense cold wave has claimed at least 26 lives in Bihar since early Saturday. The bone-chilling north-westerly winds continued blowing across the state, sending temperatures tumbling further down early Monday, officials here said.

"The inclement weather claimed 11 lives on Sunday and six people were reported dead early Monday. As many as nine people lost their lives due to the cold weather conditions on Saturday," said an official of the state disaster management department here.

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