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Friday, August 10, 2012
MRC's Baker Whines: Media Won't Report That Record July Heat Is Just Barely A Record
Topic: NewsBusters

Brent Baker sums up his whining in the headline of his Aug. 9 NewsBusters post: "NBC Hypes July as ‘Hottest Month Ever’ – Doesn’t Bother to Mention It Was Barely Hotter Than 1936."

Yes, Baker is really complaining about that. He expands a little in his post:

So, all of NBC’s excitement came from temperatures 0.2 tenths of a degree hotter than before the widespread industrialization blamed for global warming and before the widespread development which causes heat islands that mean temperature stations which used to be in isolated areas are sitting next to pavement and buildings. 

But as LiveScience points out:

The heat of 1936 came during a drought that lasted much of the 1930s and contributed to the dust storms the ravaged the plains. By the summer of 1936, much of the plains were no longer being cultivated, and the bare ground contributed to the high temperatures, Burt said.

Further, as Slate notes, the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration adjusts recorded temperatures to account for the heat island effect.

To sum up: Baker fails at being a global warming denier.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:44 PM EDT

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