(references: *Al Gore's mansion... Dubya's ranch: * Obamas' vacations using separate jets: * )
Like pretty much everyone else, I've been following the bickering over the possible existence and perhaps extent of "Man-Made Climate Change" (formerly known as "Global Warming" and before that, "Global Cooling"...) So I decided to perform a few experiments on my own. Here are some simple observations:
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From top to bottom, those temps read, 33 degrees, 28.8 degrees, 34 degrees, and 31 degrees, with the first and second coming from the front and back of my house. All observations were within two minutes of each other at roughly 2:30 AM, 2/19/15. That's quite a variety of readings for a specific area and time. To be fair, the thermometer that read 33 degrees was attached to the front of the house and the one that registered 28.8 degrees was attached to the back deck. Still, little things mean a lot.
- Back on 2/14 at 4:10 AM, I tried a similar experiment and got 1.9 from the deck thermometer, 7 from weather.com, and 13 degrees from the front thermometer... Wow...
- A number of years ago I tried to chart a couple seasons' worth of temperature fluctuations expecting to get the standard sinusoid cycles. Instead, what I got was two wildly different sinusoids. What had I done wrong? The years hadn't been that different from each other. I was using a quality digital thermometer and I never moved it. So why were the readings so disparate? It took me time, but then it dawned on me that I had replaced all the windows in the house and that ultimately changed the core temperature of the entire structure including the basement.
As far as I can tell, it boils down to a number of things...
- Yes, the climate is changing, but that shouldn't come as any great surprise.
- "Climate Science" has not been without its scandals such as this one...
- I'll speak the unspoken -- while there are well intentioned people out there, there also "Climate Hustlers". Al Gore and the POTUS lunge to mind... Sadly, even amongst those with the best of intentions have absolutely no clue when it comes to the math and computer models being used. (It's nice to be a computer engineer.)
Confused by the feeders...
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