U.N. meteorologist predicts cooler summer

Apr 04, 2008

A U.N. meteorologist says the cooling effect of the La Nina current in the Pacific will likely mean slightly lower temperatures across the world this year.

World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Michel Jarraud told the BBC it was likely that La Nina would reduce temperatures by a fraction of a degree.

The effects of La Nina and El Nino in the Pacific resonate round the world. While El Nino warms the planet, La Nina cools it. This year, the Pacific is in the grip of a powerful La Nina current that has contributed to heavy rain in Australia and record low temperatures in parts of China, the BBC said Friday.

Jarraud, however, said temperatures this year will still be well above the average.

"When you look at climate change you should not look at any particular year," he said. "You should look at trends over a pretty long period and the trend of temperature globally is still very much indicative of warming."

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

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RAL
2.3 / 5 (6) Apr 04, 2008
Fraud science vs. Actual Real Data. Who wins?

It's all good and well that they are now saying the temperature may go up again in the next five years, but this isn't the bill of goods they've been selling. The reason we are supposed to be increasing taxes and crushing the world economy is that Anthropogenic Global Warming was purportedly relentlessly on the march, a disaster in the making, so awful that it's nearly too late! (add 12*e^45 exclamation points here)

Now we hear that temps haven't increased for a decade and will actually decrease this year. This is like someone trying to fudge a project at the 8th grade science fair. Wake up and call these jerks out before they screw the global economy up.
NotParker
3.4 / 5 (5) Apr 05, 2008
"well above the average"

1) The "average" encompasses the coolest decade in the last 75 years.

2) "well above" actually means close to 0 above the average in the Southern Hemisphere and slightly above average in the Northern Hemisphere.


mikiwud
2.3 / 5 (3) Apr 06, 2008
For Global Warmists.
What is the Optimum Average Global Temperature and Why?
This question should be answered before anything else.
deepsand
2.3 / 5 (3) Apr 06, 2008
Fraud science vs. Actual Real Data. Who wins?

It's all good and well that they are now saying the temperature may go up again in the next five years, but this isn't the bill of goods they've been selling. The reason we are supposed to be increasing taxes and crushing the world economy is that Anthropogenic Global Warming was purportedly relentlessly on the march, a disaster in the making, so awful that it's nearly too late! (add 12*e^45 exclamation points here)

Now we hear that temps haven't increased for a decade and will actually decrease this year. This is like someone trying to fudge a project at the 8th grade science fair. Wake up and call these jerks out before they screw the global economy up.


Where in the article does it say that "temps haven't increased for a decade?"

Also, does it not say that "temperatures this year will still be well above the average?"

Lastly, as noted by the article, the effects of both El Nino and La Nina are short term, rather than being part of the long term trend.
Sepp
2.8 / 5 (5) Apr 07, 2008
Actually, according to this report

http://blog.hassl...ling.pdf

temperatures have already decreased world wide in 7007. So now we have a more or less official prediction that 2008 will bring another year's worth of cooling.

It would seem that anthropogenic global warming is up for re-examination, if we want to approach things scientifically, rather than just from a dogmatist propagandist point of view.

My view:

Man-made Global Warming - The Debate is not over!

http://blog.hassl...deb.html
deepsand
5 / 5 (1) Apr 09, 2008
Well, mikiwud & Rick69, I note that you've taken issue with my post, but ahve failed to even attempt of offer any substantive rebuttal.

Clicking on a link is easy; anyone can do that. Rational discourse, in the other hand, requires a great deal more effort, not to mention knowledge and understanding.

Why not give the latter a try sometime?