HAS WORLD COOLING BEGUN?

March 14, 2008, 9:37 am News

<span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"">All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.

2008-03-14 Temperature Monitors Report Wide-Scale Global Cooling Twelve-month long drop in world temperatures wipes out a century of warming *Michael Asher, *[www.dailytech.com](http://www.dailytech.com/Temperature+Monitors+Report+Widescale+Global+Cooling/article10866.htm)*, February 26, 2008*
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2008-03-14 Temperature Monitors Report Wide-Scale Global Cooling Twelve-month long drop in world temperatures wipes out a century of warming *Michael Asher, *[www.dailytech.com](http://www.dailytech.com/Temperature+Monitors+Report+Widescale+Global+Cooling/article10866.htm)*, February 26, 2008*
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![http://www.fcpp.org/images/publications/7390_large_hadcrut.jpg](mailbox:///Users/terrydunleavy/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/wxrazgdr.default/Mail/Local%20Folders/Inbox?number=890485148&part=1.2&filename=image003.jpg)*Observe these world temperatures according to the Hadley Center for Climate Prediction (chart). Note the steep drop over the last year - twelve-month long drop in world temperatures wipes out a century of warming.* Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees [its first snow ](http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8U3RFHO0&show_article=1)in all recorded history. North America has [the most snowcover ](http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=332289)in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in [Minnesota](http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8UO7SJ00&show_article=1), Texas, Florida, Mexico, [Australia](http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071219/COMMENTARY/10575140), [Greece](http://www.ana.gr/anaweb/user/showplain?maindoc=6157497&maindocimg=6154941&service=6),Iran, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile -- the list goes on and on. No more than anecdotal evidence, to be sure. But now, that evidence has been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously. A compiled list of all the sources can be seen [here](http://www.wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com/2008/02/19/january-2008-4-sources-say-globally-cooler-in-the-past-12-months/). The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C -- a value large enough to wipe out most of the warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year's time. For all four sources, it's the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down. Scientists quoted in a [past *DailyTech*](http://www.dailytech.com/Solar+Activity+Diminishes+Researchers+Predict+Another+Ice+Age/article10630.htm) article link the cooling to reduced solar activity which they claim is a much larger driver of climate change than man-made greenhouse gases. The dramatic cooling seen in just 12 months time seems to bear that out. While the data doesn't itself disprove that carbon dioxide is acting to warm the planet, it does demonstrate clearly that more powerful factors are now cooling it. Let's hope those factors stop fast. Cold is more damaging than heat. The mean temperature of the planet is about 54 degrees. Humans -- and most of the crops and animals we depend on -- prefer a temperature closer to 70. Historically, the warm periods such as the Medieval Climate Optimum were beneficial for civilization. Corresponding cooling events such as the Little Ice Age, though, were uniformly bad news.
Related Items: * [Climate Change in the Recent Past](http://www.fcpp.org/main/publication_detail.php?PubID=1743) * [More on Climate Change . . .](http://www.fcpp.org/main/issue_jump.php?IssueID=12&SubCategoryID=2)  
![http://www.fcpp.org/images/publications/7390_large_hadcrut.jpg](mailbox:///Users/terrydunleavy/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/wxrazgdr.default/Mail/Local%20Folders/Inbox?number=890485148&part=1.2&filename=image003.jpg)*Observe these world temperatures according to the Hadley Center for Climate Prediction (chart). Note the steep drop over the last year - twelve-month long drop in world temperatures wipes out a century of warming.* Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees [its first snow ](http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8U3RFHO0&show_article=1)in all recorded history. North America has [the most snowcover ](http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=332289)in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in [Minnesota](http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8UO7SJ00&show_article=1), Texas, Florida, Mexico, [Australia](http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071219/COMMENTARY/10575140), [Greece](http://www.ana.gr/anaweb/user/showplain?maindoc=6157497&maindocimg=6154941&service=6),Iran, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile -- the list goes on and on. No more than anecdotal evidence, to be sure. But now, that evidence has been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously. A compiled list of all the sources can be seen [here](http://www.wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com/2008/02/19/january-2008-4-sources-say-globally-cooler-in-the-past-12-months/). The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C -- a value large enough to wipe out most of the warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year's time. For all four sources, it's the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down. Scientists quoted in a [past *DailyTech*](http://www.dailytech.com/Solar+Activity+Diminishes+Researchers+Predict+Another+Ice+Age/article10630.htm) article link the cooling to reduced solar activity which they claim is a much larger driver of climate change than man-made greenhouse gases. The dramatic cooling seen in just 12 months time seems to bear that out. While the data doesn't itself disprove that carbon dioxide is acting to warm the planet, it does demonstrate clearly that more powerful factors are now cooling it. Let's hope those factors stop fast. Cold is more damaging than heat. The mean temperature of the planet is about 54 degrees. Humans -- and most of the crops and animals we depend on -- prefer a temperature closer to 70. Historically, the warm periods such as the Medieval Climate Optimum were beneficial for civilization. Corresponding cooling events such as the Little Ice Age, though, were uniformly bad news.
Related Items: * [Climate Change in the Recent Past](http://www.fcpp.org/main/publication_detail.php?PubID=1743) * [More on Climate Change . . .](http://www.fcpp.org/main/issue_jump.php?IssueID=12&SubCategoryID=2)  

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