Just a quick post to point out that Bob Tisdale doesn’t read things very carefully, or doesn’t take much time to think about what he has read. In a recent Watts Up With That (WUWT) post called Why the NOAA global temperature produce doesn’t omply with WMO standards Bob quotes a NOAA press release
According to NOAA scientists, the globally averaged temperature for June 2013 tied with 2006 as the fifth warmest June since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 37th consecutive June and 340th consecutive month (more than 28 years) with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average June temperature was June 1976 and the last below-average temperature for any month was February 1985.
He then provides a link to the NOAA temperature anomaly data and comments
the “last below-average temperature for any month was” in reality was December 1984, not February 1985. Makes one wonder, if they can’t read a list of temperature anomalies, should we believe they can read thermometers?
Hold on a minute Bob. The temperature anomaly data presented here is, I believe, relative to the period 1900-1999 (20th century average). The press release is, as far as I can tell, referring to the average for the entire instrumental period (1880-2013). The average for this entire period is 0.0234oC and hence – as far as I can see – February 1985 was the last month with a temperature anomaly below this average. I will accept that the press release is not worded as carefully as maybe it could have been, but a little thought may have lead to Bob realising that he had misunderstood what was being said rather than them making some kind of silly mistake (as he has assumed).