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Did Piers Morgan Study History At School?

December 10, 2012

By Paul Homewood




Last week Piers Morgan, (better known to UK readers as Piers Moron), staged a debate on his show between Bill Nye and Marc Morano.

Morgan introduced the discussion by saying

Our big story tonight, you are so hot, America. And I mean that literally. The temperature was a balmy 60 degrees this afternoon in New York just outside CNN’s studios. The average high temperature in December is normally 43. A warm front has flooded the lower 48 states with 482 daily high temperature records across the country on Monday alone. Quite extraordinary but is it evidence of manmade global warming?

But just how extraordinary was this temperature?


USHCN data for New York suggests that while it was unusual, it certainly was not unprecedented, as the graph below shows.




The hottest December day was in 1998, when the mercury reached 75F. In the record since 1876, there have actually been 171 December days prior to this year that recorded 60F or higher.

In other words, the likelihood is that New York will see such a temperature in December every year on average.

Many of these events took place in the first half of the 20thC. For instance, on 10th December 1946, the temperature in Central Park reached 70F.




Even back in 1881, the temperature reached 67F.




Meanwhile, December temperatures in New York State have been declining for the last 20 years.


NOAA, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information ServiceNational Climatic Data Center, U.S. Department of Commerce

December Temperature
New York

December 1991 – 2011 Trend = -0.14 degF / Decade

Output Graph


Morgan ends by saying to Marc Morano

OK. Look, I respect that you have views. I don’t think they’re facts and there are many scientists who would take issue with you about the use of the word facts.

I don’t think Morgan would recognise a fact, even if it jumped up and hit him in the face!




All data for New York is available from USHCN here.

  1. December 10, 2012 3:29 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings.

  2. Joseph Wilson permalink
    December 10, 2012 3:41 pm

    Moron was the guy caught out lying at the phone hacking inquiry.

  3. December 10, 2012 5:43 pm

    You’ve obviously overlooked the brand new “fact” that 67F in 1881 was caused by natural variation whereas a lower but noteworthy 60F in 2012 is caused by climate change.. The models predicted, I mean projected this all along. You evidently weren’t paying attention.

    The 1930s “dust bowl” clearly didn’t happen, and will have to be expunged from school history books. Historical data is irrelevant – what matters is what’s happening outside your window right now – and it’s ALL proof positive of global warming sorry climate change.

  4. Brian H permalink
    December 21, 2012 5:13 am

    If Piers knew the depth of his own moronicity, he’d be permanently maroon.

    Oh, wait …

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