Oops. It turns out that 1998 wasn’t the hottest year on record for the US, after all.
Global warming must be working backwards, because NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, having fixed some calculating errors, has discovered that the hottest year was in fact 1934.
That’s not all, as Steve McIntyre explains:
Four of the top 10 are now from the 1930s: 1934, 1931, 1938 and 1939, while only 3 of the top 10 are from the last 10 years (1998, 2006, 1999). Several years (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004) fell well down the leaderboard, behind even 1900.
These figures apply only to the US, and the corrections - says McIntyre - do “not make any real difference to the world rankings”, which generally put 1998 as the world’s hottest year since records were kept.
But two things should be noted.
First, that the most basic calculations behind the global warming hysteria can be screwed up, and stay undetected for years.
Second, that NASA quietly changed these figures without any of the press releases and alarmist reports that usually follow the discovery of some data that will feed the fear.