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More Fake News From The Guardian

March 2, 2017

By Paul Homewood


h/t Joe Public





More fake news from the Guardian:


Spring is arriving ever earlier in the northern hemisphere. One sedge species in Greenland is springing to growth 26 days earlier than it did a decade ago. And in the US, spring arrived 22 days early this year in Washington DC.

The evidence comes from those silent witnesses, the natural things that respond to climate signals. The relatively new science of phenology – the calendar record of first bud, first flower, first nesting behaviour and first migrant arrivals – has over the last three decades repeatedly confirmed meteorological fears of global warming as a consequence of the combustion of fossil fuels.

Researchers say the evidence from the plant world is consistent with the instrumental record: 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded, and it was the third record-breaking year in succession. Sixteen of the hottest years ever recorded have happened in the 21st century.


Of course, when we consider the facts we get a totally different story.

Take Greenland, for instance. The article refers to a study in West Greenland, which looks at 12 years of observations.

When we look at the official DMI data for SW Greenland, we find that spring temperatures have indeed risen since 2000, but have simply returned to the levels seen in the 1920s to 1940s.

In fact, spring temperatures were unusually low in the 1980s and 90s.

There is also a similar pattern with winter temperatures.




As for Washington DC, the claim is based on using a 1981-2010 baseline.

If we look at daily temperature records in spring at the long running USHCN station of Oakland, MD, we find that the hottest days occurred in the 1940s.





Night time temperatures were also higher in the 1940s and 50s.




Being a decadal study, this analysis from CDIAC only runs to 2010. But statewide spring temperatures show no upward trend since 2001. Indeed three of the last four years have been below average.





We find the same pattern with spring mean temperatures at Oakland:





And for good measure, temperatures in February there. Unfortunately, GISS have no data for 2016, but February 2015 was one of the coldest on record.





According to Weather Underground, mean temperatures at Oakland last month were 2C. While it was certainly mild, it was not as warm as years such as 1925, 1932 and 1949, which all got close to 4C.






In February 1932, for instance, temperatures reached 76F, compared to a top temperature of 70F last month.

Such temperatures nowadays would send Guardian readers into apoplexy!




From start to finish, the Guardian report is fraudulent fake news, based in turn on junk science and cherry picked, dodgy data.

  1. A C Osborn permalink
    March 2, 2017 8:50 pm

    I wouldn’t expect anything else from them.

  2. BLACK PEARL permalink
    March 2, 2017 8:52 pm

    Are you going to drop them a line pointing out their folly ?
    Lazy reporters not bothering to check all the facts ?
    Or just more preaching to the already brainwashed / indoctrinated ?
    Anything for a headline, buts its always been this way I guess
    No wonder newspaper circulation is plummeting with online availability of actual facts, such as produced by Mr Homewood
    Surely some publisher is missing a huge market for an honest unbiased factual rag, in these new days of swamp draining !

    • Gerry, England permalink
      March 3, 2017 2:00 pm

      What is the point of telling them anything? They have no wish to know the truth just like their TV company, the BBC. (funny to see the licence contractor Crapita being caught out on dodgy practices. Mail reporter sat in on a day of court cases and the majority were thrown out as being wrong and bogus).

      There is a big hole for a responsible journal but could they economically do it properly when up against the ‘press release article’ merchants.

  3. March 2, 2017 9:25 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    A change in our climate however is taking place very sensibly. Both heats and colds are become much more moderate within the memory even of the middle-aged. Snows are less frequent and less deep. They do not often lie, below the mountains, more than one, two, or three days, and very rarely a week. They are remembered to have been formerly frequent, deep, and of long continuance. The elderly inform me the earth used to be covered with snow about three months in every year. The rivers, which then seldom failed to freeze over in the course of the winter, scarcely ever do so now. This change has produced an unfortunate fluctuation between heat and cold, in the spring of the year, which is very fatal to fruits. From the year 1741 to 1769, an interval of twenty-eight years, there was no instance of fruit killed by the frost in the neighbourhood of Monticello. An intense cold, produced by constant snows, kept the buds locked up till the sun could obtain, in the spring of the year, so fixed an ascendency as to dissolve those snows, and protect the buds, during their developement, from every danger of returning cold. The accumulated snows of the winter remaining to be dissolved all together in the spring, produced those overflowings of our rivers, so frequent then, and so rare now.
    Thomas Jefferson

    • Max Sawyer permalink
      March 4, 2017 4:58 pm

      No doubt Thomas Jefferson then went on to ascribe the changes he observed to the emissions from 18th century cars, lorries and fossil-fuel fired power stations. Why do we bother – the current groupthink is so entrenched because of the expenditure of financial and political capital that I am at a loss to suggest what can break its consensus. Perhaps a world leader with the courage to say, “enough is enough”?

  4. John F. Hultquist permalink
    March 2, 2017 10:30 pm

    In Washington State, USA, the temperature has been and continues to be colder than the average (Normals). Lots of snow and more coming: Heavy snow on the order of 20-30+
    inches seems like a slam dunk at Mount Baker and Paradise (Mt Rainier).” [National Weather Service]

    January and February numbers are shown in charts, here:
    Yakima WA for 2 months

  5. chris moffatt permalink
    March 2, 2017 10:54 pm

    Everything happening just as normal here in rural eastern Virginia. Daffodils and crocus blooming as normal. No migratory songbirds have left yet (usually happens between end of March and end of April). Ducks all still here. No ospreys have appeared yet (usually happens end of Feb). Redbuds, red maples starting blooming as normal. A few buds starting on a few azaleas – happens any time between December and May). We expect at least one more hard frost before real spring takes over which will be end of March as it’s always been.

    Winter has been warmer than average; only had a little ice in the creek one time, gone next day. One snowfall – 7 inches gone in three days. All the animals seem to like warm weather as do I. If this is “global warming” bring it on but it isn’t – it’s just natural variability. We have warmer winters and colder winters and always have had.

    • chris moffatt permalink
      March 3, 2017 5:54 pm

      Update March 3. Freezing overnight and now we have snow showers. Also (and this is a sure way to tell when it’s spring or not) the goldfinches haven’t even started to get into breeding plumage.

    • chris moffatt permalink
      March 6, 2017 1:04 am

      Update March 4: overnight low of 24F. Today’s high 39F. Nasty NW wind. Where is this early Spring?

  6. Coeur de Lion permalink
    March 2, 2017 11:43 pm

    A pity the Grauniad is going bust- it often had quite interesting and useful artiicles. But was up against the great truths of our times- Leftism does not work.

  7. March 3, 2017 6:36 am

    The Grauniad can no longer afford to pay for real journalists. They just cut and paste what their green buddies publish without any fact-checking. In this case they’ve taken it from Climate News Network, which is mainly a bunch of ex-Grauniad and ex-BBC environmental journalists. No wonder it is fake news.

    • Athelstan permalink
      March 3, 2017 10:19 am

      Good point – though not much of a graun surprise, it is crass cherry pickin’ repetition and I don’t ponder long on it but…..I do wonder on, where is the professional doom monger, botanist and Atmospheric physics expert George Monbiot – is he wilding in Wales and has he taken his bats ‘ome to his belfry – or are theys still abroad?

      Whiling…….but nevertheless it has always fascinated me, the daffs in the parks hereabouts, seem to have it about ‘right’ [according to yours truly:^)) ] this year. Though, they vary it depending on sunshine, precipitation and soil temps, I’ve seen ’em out in Jan and gone by March, our just out in March and almost last until June…………..all very interesting but dependent on local conditions and annual variations – only, I perceive. Nature it performs in patterns laid down and on a different time scale not understood by man.

    • March 3, 2017 2:47 pm

      Looks like none of them ever worked for the Guardian or BBC. Americans must take responsibility for Climate News Network:

  8. Tim Hammond permalink
    March 3, 2017 10:28 am

    “One sedge species in Greenland is springing to growth 26 days earlier than it did a decade ago.”

    Is that not the absolute definition of a local event rather than global?

    We know global temperatures have either not increased or have increased so little that we cannot pick out the claimed man-made warming from natural variability with any real confidence in the last decade or more, so how does that tiny amount of global warming make spring come 26 days early? It is simply impossible,

  9. CheshireRed permalink
    March 3, 2017 10:48 am

    An elegant take-down.

  10. March 3, 2017 11:34 am

    The real facts don’t support the warmist case so alternative ones have to be invoked to try and blame humans somehow, anyhow.

  11. Bitter&twisted permalink
    March 3, 2017 11:47 am

    The “Gruaniard” never lets facts get in the way of a climate scare story.

  12. March 3, 2017 12:44 pm

    If you want to see the cherry blossoms in DC, better get there today. As in years past, they did bloom early. But the next 3 days are going to see sub freezing nights and cold days. Very typical. And unfortunately very bad for fruit tree growers. I guess Global warming causes normal weather too.

  13. Athelstan permalink
    March 4, 2017 12:26 am

    ” I guess Global warming causes normal weather too.”

    Oh that’s good, very good.

    Btw, a tad early for cherry blossoms here in west Yorkshireville eastpondia.

  14. Sparks permalink
    March 4, 2017 10:34 pm

    I think you’re wrong Paul, and you’re the cause of man made global warming… shut up!! it;s true.

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