Climate Depot’s full statement to USA Today on ‘Hottest’ Year And Arctic Ice: NOAA’s Jay Lawrimore ‘should be ashamed of himself’ ([email protected])

Below is the full text of the response Climate Depot Executive Editor Marc Morano sent to USA Today: A few of Morano’s comments did appear July 16, 2010 article. ‘World sizzles to record for the year’ by reporter Oren Dorell. Below are the full comments sent to USA Today.

Comments by Marc Morano – Publisher of Climate Depot:

Jay Lawrimore, (chief of climate analysis branch at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center) should be ashamed of himself. ([email protected]) Cherry picking one month out of the Arctic when Arctic ice rebounded significantly in 2009 from the low of 2007. (by an area more than one and half the size of Texas in 2009) Even the low point of Arctic sea ice extent in 2007 was not caused by CO2 driven warming. Multiple peer-review papers found it was due to high pressure days, ocean currents and “unusual winds.” (see links below)

The government is ignoring the record ice growth in the Antarctic and the fact that global sea ice recently hit a 30 year high.

As for the declaration that we are experiencing the “hottest” year — this is a purely political statement. Lawrimore knows that these statistics are merely tenths of a degree or less. (See: MIT’s Richard Lindzen: ‘For small changes in climate associated with tenths of a degree, there is no need for any external cause’ & MIT’s Richard Lindzen: ‘Lull in warming was unsurprising, given an earlier ‘obsessing about tenths of a degree in the 1980s and early 1990s’: ‘Global temperature just fluctuates. I think the best explanation is the ocean. The timescale for ocean circulations can be decades.’ & MIT’s Richard Lindzen: Earth is never in equilibrium: ‘Global warming enthusiasts are arguing that the past decade has been the warmest on record. We are still speaking of tenths of a degree, and the records themselves have come into question’)

(Meteorologist D’Aleo disputes: ‘Weather stations NOAA uses are in warmer urban areas’ — ‘The only reliable data set right now is satellite’ — ‘Oceans entering a cooling cycle that will lower temps’)

The same people were shouting that we should not pay attention to global cooling of a few years ago because of the small variations. (Note: More ‘reliable’ satelite monitoring of temps does not agree with NOAA)

Lawrimore’s predictions of climate doom are including “more flood events, droughts and heavy snowfalls” are just plain silly. A prediction is not evidence and the models used to make these “predictions” are not “predictions” according to the UN IPCC lead authors, but merely “emission scenarios.” The U.S. government is simply playing the climate fear card by hyping predictions and cherry-picking data. [Update: Climatologist Dr. Richard Keen slams NOAA’s Jay Lawrimore for ‘a complete lack of understanding of weather (which makes up climate).’]

Funny how the government is cherry-picking just Arctic ice for the month of June when global sea ice is currently as a 30 year high. See: Global sea ice anomaly is positive: Physicist: “Imagine that. Several decades of news reports about Armageddon and melting ice and after 30 years, we’re exactly where we were in 1980.”

Antarctic sea ice is nearing record high again as well. See: June 2010: Antarctic sea ice more than two standard deviations *above* normal; CO2 blamed

See July 2010: Antarctic sea ice peaks at third highest in the satellite record

See: October 2009: Antarctic Summer Ice Melt at ‘lowest ever recorded in the satellite history’

‘Ice has flatlined in the North Pole, while it goes through the roof in the South Pole…The widely claimed polar meltdown continues to be nothing more than bad fiction’

Arctic chills down: ‘Arctic shows no signs of warming, according to the latest data from the Danish Meteorological Institute’s Centre for Ocean and Ice — ‘Casts doubt on climate models that had predicted a steady warming of the Arctic’

Warmist Scientist Mark Serreze Recants for stirring up Arctic ice scare stories: ‘In hindsight, probably too much was read into 2007, and I would take some blame for that…we read too much into it’

Analysis of 2007 ‘record’ Arctic ice low: ‘Ice was compacting…It lost area – while it gained thickness’

Climate Depot Arctic Fact Sheet – Get the latest peer-reviewed studies and analysis — Arctic Ice Changes in past 3 years due to ‘shifting winds’