Temperature Records

Temperature Records

There has been an unending stream of media reports about how the last few years have been the warmest on record.

They gloss over that they are only referring to the last 150 years, because temperatures have been higher than today on several occasions over the past 10,000 years, a period between glaciations know as the Holocene.

Recently, a presentation by Tony Heller caught my attention, in which he had facts, coupled with evidence, that shed light on the media’s hypocrisy. 

What follows uses some of the materials from Mr. Heller’s presentation, coupled with additional information. (Relevant links are itemized below.)

The first chart is Figure 3, from Dr. Roy Spencer’s evaluation of the heat island effect.

It shows that the urban heat island effect has skewed reported temperatures higher than where population density is low. Areas with low population density are representative of the vast majority of land surface areas.

Heller points out that temperatures in the 1930s were higher than today. He uses the 1930 and 1936 Olympics to highlight this fact.

Lake Placid, 1932 Olympics:

And Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 1936 Olympics:

Heller also used the next chart from Real Climate Science. It shows that the temperatures, as supported by the above news articles, were higher in the 1930s than today.

Nearly every year over the past decade, the media, including the Associated Press (AP) and Reuters, have published stories about the current year’s temperature being the highest on record.

Americans have been fed misinformation, including from our governmental agencies, including NASA and NOAA. Here’s the headline from NASA’s website:

“NASA, NOAA Analyses Reveal 2019 Second Warmest Year on Record”

BUT the headline is wrong:

Today’s temperatures are not the highest, or second highest, on record: Not for the past one-hundred-fifty years, or for the past 10,000 years.


Heller: The Thing of the Past: Pulling Back the curtain on Junk Science

Spencer: Could Recent U.S. Warming Trends be Largely Spurious? January 29th, 2021 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

Real Climate Science



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15 Replies to “Temperature Records”

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  2. The media has no respect for public trust nor challenges to their declarations. Thank you for bringing the truth to our attention.

  3. Past temperature has warmed mostly at night and in winter, not so much in summer. So average temperature has risen some, but at times that could be considered an improvement.
    Further, global temperature prior to WWII is quite uncertain. This is because very few temperature data are available then from the southern hemisphere, and few good data are available from the oceans anywhere.

    • I agree that temperature data is problematic, for a number of reasons. Satellite data is an improvement, but it is too recent for establishing long term trends.
      Thanks for your comments.

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  5. Hello Donn,
    Great job again. The Real News of the 1930’s winter Olympics being near cancelled due to warm weather is something that the average person could easily understand climate cycles. Wouldn’t it be great if CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News and the New York Times would report this, rather than Al Gore propaganda. I wrote on my blog about the anti-American impact of the Biden Executive Orders to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline and to reengage the Obama “War on Carbon” This is un-American and serious. My biggest concern is folks like you and our small circle of friends know it but the truth is not getting out to the general public. LinkedIn may be the most effective way to spread the word. I have posted on my LinkedIn page and think if all of our friends did, it will help. That is why I started my Blog, however I only see a couple visits per day. Keep up the great job.

    • Thanks for your comments. It’s difficult to get our fact based messages through the fog created by the media, but we must keep trying.

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