UAH Results For 2016
By Paul Homewood
UAH temperature anomalies dropped sharply in December, from 0.45C to 0.24C, and are now back to December 2014 levels.
This means that 2016 ended up only 0.021C warmer than 1998, an insignificant amount, but one which makes last year technically the warmest in the satellite record beginning in 1979:
If a temperature rise of just 0.021C in 18 years was projected over a century, it would mean a rise of only 0.116C.
Such an inconsequential rise would not only be miles below anything forecast by computer models, it would almost certainly be beneficial.
It certainly would not justify the climate policies being forced on the world.
Climate sceptics have been regularly taken to task for cherry picking 1998 as a start point, when highlighting the standstill in global temperatures.
Unfortunately for warmists, this argument can no longer be employed, as comparing 1998 with 2016 is comparing like for like.
Arguably the 2015/16 El Nino was even stronger than 1997/98. The latter may have peaked slightly higher, but last year’s lasted much longer. In 1997/98, El Nino conditions existed for 16 months, compared to 23 months this time.
Furthermore, La Nina conditions began in August 1998, depressing temperatures in November/December. Currently we are still waiting for La Nina to start.
RSS data will be available in the next few days, but I would anticipate very similar results.