Air Date: July 20, 2012
Host: Jim Schneider
Guest: Brian Sussman
You’ve no doubt now heard that for many cities across the U.S., July 4th was the hottest on record. However, did you hear this inconvenient truth? 37 cities recorded their all-time coolestmaximum temperature on Independence Day.
Meantime, USA TODAY insists that the U.S. “is in the middle of its worst drought in 55 years.
Actually, when all the records are combined, another meteorologist crunched the numbers illustrating that half of the U.S experienced above normal temperatures this summer, while the other half was below normal.
Meantime, in places like Scandinavia, and the British Isles, this summer is going down as one of their coldest on record.
Historical information shows that between 900 and 1300AD, the average temperature on the earth’s surface was likely at least 2°F warmer than today. This period is known as the Medieval Warm Period (MWP).
From 1350 to 1800AD there was a global cool down reversing the warmth of the MWP, with temperatures at one point falling to roughly 2°F cooler than today. This 450-year period is known as the Little Ice Age (LIA).
Following the LIA, temperatures stabilized for approximately 50 years. Then between 1850 and 1940, temperatures increased 1°F.
Next, from 1940 to 1970, the earth cooled about .2°F (.1°C); this was followed by a minor warming of a mere .34°F (.2°C) occurring between 1970 and 1998.
Thus, since 1850 there has been an increase in temperature of 1.1°F (.7°C). Everyone—including Al Gore—agrees with this. And, 88 percent of that warming occurred before 1940!
And, Gore and his green friends are forced to agree with this one too: since 1998, there has been no additional warming. Period.
The truth is, all of these thermal ups and downs are perfectly normal.
Still, of course, the media says all of this heat is because of human-caused climate change.
In other words, you are the problem!