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Liberals Have All The Answers, But Their Answers Aren't Actually True

Mike28 Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 2:01 PM
since I don't give a rat's patootie what the temps are at the N pole or the S pole or any other god-forsaken location, why not just take the temps of all the major population areas (cities) and average them. Since all that brick and mortar and concrete and paving should hold heat we should see a gradual increase in avg temps as the cities grew. Betcha the temps don't show that.
rightmostofthetime Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 3:00 PM
Actually, the climate scientists DO account for "heat islands" due to what you're talking about. The problem is (as Michael Crichton pointed out quite well in State of Fear) is that they're not sure exactly how much of an adjustment to make in their data. Putting adjusted data into climate models is skewing the data from the start. Are they adjusting the temps in heat islands down too much, not enough, or just right? They don't know.

Moonbat Exterminator wrote: JR, your assertion that computing a single number for the average temperature of the planet is mathematically impossible is incorrect. It would in fact be a simple, straightforward calculation. In statistics, it's called the mean of sampling means. The weakness of such a statistic is that the enormous variability in the data far exceeds the variability in that number. Even the 90 % confidence interval would be much larger than the variations in that average, making it useless from a practical standpoint. - Al Gore Warming

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