UPDATE 11 Jan 2017: see below
Look at your published data, NIWA
TVNZ trumpets a record year for temperature in New Zealand and around the world. They seem very pleased, as though it’s a creditable step, or as though the ridiculous argument that humans are causing dangerous global warming has been strengthened. Certainly, their newswriter amplifies the magnification:
“It’s official: 2016 was a scorcher. The hottest year ever recorded around the world and here in New Zealand. The nearly one-degree temperature rise fuelling calls for our government to cut greenhouse gas emissions.”
NIWA wheels out a fresh, articulate, American ex-meteorologist and ex-TV show host to put a gloss over this latest global warming message. The sycophantic TVNZ interviewer prompts the NIWA man to parrot the orthodox global warming story but ventures no thinking about it.
A Coalition scientist had a look at NIWA’s Seven-Station Series on the website and discovered a surprising fact: 1998 was hotter than 2016! Only by a teensy-weensy 0.01°C, but it was warmer. Our premier climatologists have started the year with a rip-snorter of a gaffe.
NIWA released data showing the average national temperature in 2016 was 13.4
0°C. But we downloaded the latest data file for the seven-station series on NIWA’s web site, which shows clearly that the average temperature in 1998 was 13.41°C.
How can NIWA claim with a straight face that 2016
with the lower temperature is the record year by only 0.01°C?
It’s a strange world where it’s up to bloggers to discover
mistakes exaggeration by professionals.
Or are they concealing yet another methodology?
UPDATE 11 Jan 2017
My apologies to the readers, it seems my headline is wrong. As Simon explains in a comment below, I quite misread the facts. I haven’t finished checking, but I thought it sensible to stop misleading people as soon as possible.
A replacement laptop finally arrived after weeks of battle with Acer, so I’ve been setting it up. Normal service will be resumed soon; probably tomorrow. Lovely new laptop. Gigabyte.