NO, we aren't looking for a red-hot October here! Not yet, anyway. We are mocking NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), as explained in the Torygraph:
A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by Al Gore's chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record.
This was startling. Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China's official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its "worst snowstorm ever". In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years.
Hmm. On the flip side, the NY Times was telling us in late October that, at least in parts of the Northeast including the greatest city in the world, it was one of the warmer Octobers on record, so the news of a globally warm October may not have come as a cold slap in the face to plenty of media types. But let's press on:
So what explained the anomaly? GISS's computerised temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-sceptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running.
Ouch. But the story only starts there - at Watts Up With That, mentioned above, weather anomalies from Russia are getting a long look. Let's just say that questions have been raised - this is taken from Watts Up:
In most Russian cities, district-level combined heat and power plants (Russian: ТЭЦ, Тепло-электро централь) produce more than 50 % of the nation’s electricity and simultaneously provide hot water for neighbouring city blocks.
And that heat is passed around the city by above-ground steam pipes, not all of which are insulated. Hence, it is *possible* that warm weather anomalies in Russian reporting are simply picking up man-made heat. From Watts Up:
Maybe it’s the steam pipes. We need to send somebody to Russia to find out. Of the many station lat/lons I looked at, Verhojansk was the only one I found with enough Google Earth resolution to see the steam pipes. Maybe the heart of our Russian temperature anomaly lies in central heating.
I suspect the question has occurred to them, but I wonder what would "global" warming data look like if the Russian data were discarded?