Here we go again. Phil Chapman, in the Australian:
All four agencies that track Earth’s temperature (the Hadley Climate Research Unit in Britain, the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, the Christy group at the University of Alabama, and Remote Sensing Systems Inc in California) report that it cooled by about 0.7C in 2007. This is the fastest temperature change in the instrumental record and it puts us back where we were in 1930. If the temperature does not soon recover, we will have to conclude that global warming is over.
it must be noted that the cooling in 2007 was even faster than in typical glacial transitions. If it continued for 20 years, the temperature would be 14C cooler in 2027.
By then, most of the advanced nations would have ceased to exist, vanishing under the ice, and the rest of the world would be faced with a catastrophe beyond imagining.
Well, that’s a worry. If only someone had thought to collect temperatures for 2008… Oh wait, they did:
(Graph copied from here.)
It must be noted that if the warming trend of 2008 continues for another 20 years, the oceans will boil.
That the rapid temperature decline in 2007 coincided with the failure of [solar] cycle No.24 to begin on schedule is not proof of a causal connection but it is cause for concern.
Look at the graph below: (from Ken Tapping)
You can’t yet say that cycle 24 is late and while we are at a minimum, you can’t argue that minima produce cold weather, since the last minimum in 1997 wasn’t that cold.
We cannot really know, but my guess is that the odds are at least 50-50 that we will see significant cooling rather than warming in coming decades.
Hey, do you think he would be willing to bet on it?