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Monday, March 15, 2010

Baby, it's warm outside

Posted By on Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Somebody call Rush Limbaugh or Mike Masterson. Some so-called experts at the University of Arkansas apparently haven't gotten the message that climate change is a liberal hoax. Don't they know it snowed this winter? Remedial education is needed, quickly. Meanwhile, for the reality-based community, a snippet of actual research:

University of Arkansas researchers examined records of 65,987 daily mean temperature observations to reconstruct climate data in Manhattan, Kan., for the past 180 years and have found that 19th century temperatures were significantly cooler than in the 20th and early 21st centuries.

Quoting the UA's Dorian Burnette:

“It still gets cold today, but the trend from 1828 to the present day is unmistakable,” he said. “There is a warming trend in the cold extremes of about 5 degrees Celsius since 1855.” The data show an accelerated warming trend since 1969, again driven by a rise in cold season temperature extremes.

“This is consistent with what we see globally on average,” Burnette said.

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