What is the temperature supposed to be?
But in 5,000 years the oceans will rise two feet. Or not, no one will be around to be held accountable.
As someone who knows a thing or two about temperature measurement, I can say the amount of hand-waving required to determine historical average temperatures, to the tenth of a degree F even, on a *global* basis is absolutely breathtaking.
And all this supposed warming she is citing is Within the Margin of Error of their Measurements. Hundredths of a Degree!!!
Ding! Ding! Ding!
Here's a little exercise: Get several thermometers of different types (mercury, coil, digital, IR) and place them in the same location. Let them sit for 24 hours. Use them to measure the temperature of that one single spot. Record their various readings to the first decimal place F.
What did you find? Remind yourself that the alarmists are claiming hottest vs not-hottest in values of less than a degree.
Now consider the claims that "the earth" and "the year" of such-and-such "year" is the first or third or tenth hottest or whatever'th on record.
Take note of the numerical temperature claims AND the DIFFERENCES between the supposedly hottest year, 2nd hottest year, 3rd hottest year, 27th hottest year, and so on.
1) How does one measure the "temperature of the earth?" Does one do this orally, rectally, with mercury, IR, plastic strip.....?
2) How does one measure the "average" temperature "of the earth?" And is this "average" what the
journalists scientists are referring to when these journalists scientists refer to the "temperature of the earth?"
3) How does one measure the temperature of "a year?" Does one do this on New Years Eve? On July 4?
4) If you somehow had an oven that you knew with absolute certainty heated its interior to exactly 100.000 F degrees, and you placed a single thermometer of your choice in that 100.000 deg oven, and you recorded the reading of that specific thermometer in that 100.000 deg oven every day for one full month, do you think that particular thermometer would read the exact same reading, to the tenth of a degree, for an entire month? How about for a full year? How about for every day since 1970?
And all this is trying to done simply to calibrate the error within a single thermometer and among several thermometers at a SINGLE POINT ON EARTH.
Now consider: how does one measure "the temperature of the earth?" Does one take one thermometer of one single type and race around the earth and take the 10,000 measurements every day at places known not to change, and repeat this every day since 1970, and take these measurements in the air and in space and in the clouds and at sea and under the sea and in the dirt and on the dirt and in cities and on grass and in the forest and...
It is not easy to measure the temperature of the earth, and the TEMPERATURE DIFFERENCES CLAIMED WITH ALARM BY THOSE CLAIMING (falsely) THAT RECENT YEARS ARE THE HOTTEST ON RECORD ARE TINY COMPARED WITH ERRORS INHERENT IN USING MANY CHANGING TEMPERATURE MEASURING DEVICES IN A VARIETY OF CHANGING PLACES USING A VARIETY OF CHANGING TECHNIQUES OVER INTERVALS OF ONE YEAR AND THEN OVER A MERE FEW DECADES.