miami temperature data 1880-2008Check out this cool site sponsored by NASA that compiles all of the surface temperature data from around the world, dating as far back as 1880 in some places. Pretty cool stuff. And no, it isn’t your imagination, it is getting much hotter in Miami.

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4 Responses to Is It me, Or Is It HOT!

  1. TransitDave says:

    Well, call me a denier, but comparing the rural and smaller towns to larger metro areas, the trend looks as though temps are indeed averaging up for the urban areas, while rural areas seem to be about the same, in some instances increasing, in others decreasing……This could as easily be attributed to the urban heat island effect of more asphalt roads which retain heat, as to any other cause…….This “Global warming” evidence is made up of anecdotal evidence, at best, not the type on which to make policy, certainly not anything to sacrifice one’s living standard for……………..It is, however, a strong arguement for planting more trees, and I can go along with that….

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  2. Tony Garcia says:

    First, I would hardly call actual temperature measurements ‘anectodtal’. Its called data. Look at the water temperature measurements. Same conclusion. Look at the water level measurements (which are now provided in real-time). The data is there - there is a noticeable upward trend in temperatures, and a measurable effect on the climate and environment.
    Second, look at different locations. This is not an urban heat island effect. Look at the Northwest territories. Look at Key West (hardly a urban place). Shoot, look at the Everglades. The evidence is pretty hard to refute. My experience with ‘deniers’ is that no amount of sensible evidence will convince them. That’s ok - most policy makers at this point are well past ‘believing’ and are moving forward to mitigate and adapt to this new world we inhabit.

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  3. Adam O. says:

    The other thing to consider is that annual averages can and do mask an increasingly dramatic seasonal cycle, where winters are colder and summers hotter. It’s been a while since people who study the climate stopped calling it Global Warming and started calling it Global Climate Change. That being said. it does look like Miami has been getting warmer-on average.

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  4. Tony Garcia says:

    I agree. I usually don’t call it warming. I think the relevant thing is that the evidence points to a departure from a typical pattern (whether it be hot or cold/ dry or wet, etc)

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