Climate Comedian: Dr Jim Salinger

God give me strength…

Last year was New Zealand’s second warmest on record and more above-average temperatures are in store this year, says climate scientist Dr Jim Salinger.

Dr Jim has a book out, of course.

The Auckland-based weather expert, author of the new book Living in a Warmer World, said warmer than average temperatures would continue long-term as the globe heats up.

I have no doubt Dr Jim has “hard numbers” to back these things up.

But all the hot air has come out of the global warming fiasco. ?The fact any Climate Comedian has the courage to make public statements about global warming by cherry picking some extremely short term local data isn’t science.

Dr Jim should take his book to the USA. ?It should sell like hot cakes. ?They would absolutely love it if “the globe” is going to warm up a little.

Result if "polar vortex" affecting the US right now.

Result of “polar vortex” affecting the US right now.

Record mean annual temperatures occurred in Masterton, Omarama, Timaru, Invercargill and the Chatham Islands, and mean temperatures during winter were 1.27C above the long-term average, the highest on record.

The New Zealand region had only two cooler than average years – 2004 and 2009 – in the past decade.

The 10-year mean temperature for 2004-2013 was 0.26C above average, the highest on record, Dr Salinger said.

His findings followed the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s announcement that the Australian area-averaged mean temperature last year was 1.2C above the long-term average – the highest since records began in 1910. Australians have begun the year in a heatwave with temperatures reaching the high-40s.

Early figures had also shown above average temperatures worldwide last year, according to the World Meteorological Organisation, which produces an estimated global mean temperature by drawing on data from three global climate datasets maintained in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Preliminary data from the organisation for between January and November indicated that the estimated global mean temperature for 2013 was 0.49C above the long-term average of 14C.

Dr Salinger said 2013 was the world’s sixth-warmest year since global records began in 1880.

Blah blah blah.

Lies, damn lies and data.

The problem is that Dr Jim and his ilk have spent their careers proving something that is now falling apart in front of their eyes.

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It appears that you can cherry pick your Climate Comedian from either side of the debate to “prove” something.

I still have the feeling that a few generations from now the people will laugh at us for running around trying to change light bulbs to save the planet. ?I’m sure we are living in the climatic dark ages.

Why now? ?Before, we didn’t have the data, nor the processing power.

It’s like our scientists have discovered a huge puzzle, but they don’t even know there are pieces missing, they don’t know it has pieces from another puzzle, some of them decide the shape of the pieces aren’t correct and they will alter them “to fit”, some pieces are ignored altogether, and the rest are put together making a grotesque image and they then claim this is what it is supposed to look like.

It must be pretty frustrating to dedicate a career to a field that turns out to be a complete joke.

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