Russell Steele: Government tinkers with temperature data |

Russell Steele: Government tinkers with temperature data

Regarding Tom Ferrer’s letter (Sept. 17), Earth’s hottest year on record, Mr. Ferrer dismissed the referenced website as a climate change denier’s site, ignoring the peer reviewed paper at the link showing no warming for 18 years.

He searched Google, where he claims to have found three websites showing that 2014 was the hottest year on record, citing Wiki as the source.

I made no claim about the hottest year. My claim was the trend in global temperature has been flat since 1997. There has been no significant warming for the last 18 years according to the satellite data. Warming has paused, while CO2 increases.

The data at Wiki is a different story. Government agencies have been tinkering with the temperature data, lowering past temperatures and boosting current temperatures, which is fraud.

To prove the point, all one needs is a spreadsheet to plot the raw weather station data taken from the forms filled out by weather station observers for over 50-plus years, and then compare the plots with the current NOAA results. Wow, you can see the difference, you can observe the tampering.

Russell Steele

Nevada City

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