Warm year passing

by Gareth on January 6, 2011

2010 was the fifth warmest year in the long term New Zealand record, and December the third warmest, according to figures released by NIWA and analysis by Jim Salinger. Salinger’s rankings are based on the revised “seven station series”. According to Jim:

[December] was 1.6 °C above the 1971-2000 average and the third equal warmest with 1988. Only 1934 and 2005 December’s were warmer, with the average temperature being 18.5 and 17.5 °C respectively.

This capped off another warm year, with an average temperature of 13.1°C, making 2010 the fifth warmest year nationally since the seven station series began in 1906. Only 1971, 1998, 1999 and 2005 have been warmer with temperatures of 13.2, 13.4, 13.4 and 13.1°C respectively.

NZ’s warmth is being helped along by a strong La Niña in the tropical Pacific, bringing warm moist air down towards the country. NIWA’s climate summary for the December has all the weather details and local statistics. Their annual summary for 2010 will be available soon.

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Joe Fone January 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I thought you boys might enjoy this comment on Benny Peiser’s account of the UK Met Office’s bloody hopeless forecasting record:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/12/20/warm-bias-how-the-met-office-mislead-the-british-public/#more-29800

Robert M says:

“Look people, you have to understand that the temps outside your front doors are simply raw (data), and will not be accurate until adjusted and homogenized. Next summer after everyone forgets how cold it is, the Met will discover some heat that ya’ll are missing now and it will turn out that this winter is not nearly as cold as you are experiencing…”

I nearly fell off my chair laughing at this brilliant comment, dripping with sarcasm! It is so tragically true.

Eventually you nutjobs will catch on that you’ve backed the wrong horse, but it might take a few more severe winters yet. Oh and a few more Climategates.

bill January 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm

DNFTT – PTLRBI !

johnmacmot January 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Oh Gawd, there you are again, Joe, and your syndrome is just as strong.

The abuse, the anger, the ignorance, the idealogical blinkers, it’s all there.

I wouldn’t call you a nutjob, Joe, although some would say there is plenty of evidence. You are an interesting case study of the denialist personality, along with some of your compatriots. You realise that silly posts like this make you look like a joke, don’t you?

Joe Fone January 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm

You can’t handle the sarcasm can you? Too close to the truth maybe?

bill January 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Seriously folks – ignore the JFPD*, it’s abusive conflict entrepreneurs like him that are the reason we have the little red button in the first place. This sad little man likes all the negative attention. Don’t give it to him.

*Joe Fone Personality Disorder

johnmacmot January 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm

You’re quite right, of course, Bill.

I have an interesting mental picture of our friend Joe, and “sad little man” doesn’t clash with it at all.

He’s fun to play with, but there are more stimulating things to do – cut my toenails, clean the shower, that sort of stuff.

johnmacmot January 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm

LOL!
You’re quite funny, Joe.

Could you explain this “truth” you’re referring to, Joe, with some hard evidence, perhaps? It’s fairly elusive for rational people.

Nigel Taptiklis January 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm

The internet is being captured by organised trolls. It’s time we fought back:

http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2010/12/13/reclaim-the-cyber-commons/

bill January 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm

That was an interesting article, Nigel, as was the link to this comment.

I don’t doubt that some of our more egregious contrarians are simply what Marxist-Leninists would refer to as ‘useful idiots’. They’re ideologically motivated zealots whose actions might benefit elites but they’ll do it for love, not payment (Where’s there entrepreneuerial spirit? But we must acknowledge that, for the most part, they would hardly be giving good value for money if they were !)

But you’ve really got to wonder when you start seeing ‘tag team’ efforts like the one following this post!

Again, the workman is scarcely worthy of his hire, but I don’t think there’s much doubt this kind of thing is a coordinated effort, however unimpressive the results may be.

Richard Christie January 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Thanks for the link, a good article from Monbiot.
I wish there were a few more like him active in this country.

bill January 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm

To get an idea of just how dumb – and there’s no other word for it – it is to cling to the ‘recent record cold and snow in Europe disproves AGW’ meme you could do worse than listen to this podcast.

Joe Fone January 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

Nigel Taptiklis: “The internet is being captured by organised trolls. It’s time we fought back”

And the article says, “I’m talking about the daily attempts to control and influence content”.

How ironic. Kind of like William Connolley controlling and influencing the content of Wikipedia then? That is until he was sacked for deleting entries critical of AGW religious dogma.

bill January 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

We all know what to do to this disorganised troll, don’t we?

Joe Fone January 9, 2011 at 11:23 am

Good on you Bill. Can’t stand the heat? You know what to do.

I’ll leave you children to play in your Chicken Little sand pit.

RW January 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Promises, promises…some other jerk will lumber into the ring if you leave.

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