While Vicky Hartzler Fiddles, the Globe Burns: October 2014 was Hottest on Record
On November 2014, Republican member of Congress and global warming denier Vicky Hartzler noticed it was cold. This, she decided, was proof enough to ridicule the idea of global warming. So she took to Twitter:
Rep. Hartzler is in her 54th year on Earth. Someone so well-experienced with the seasons really should have figured out that November tends to be colder than the months that precede it. It’s a trend those in the meteorological profession call Autumn. It also would be nice for a member of Congress to recognize that the place she happens to be standing at the moment is not necessarily the same as every other place on the planet, or that the one cold day she notices is not necessarily the same as the general trend.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s cold toes in Washington, DC on November 18 2014 are a product of local weather. To look for evidence of global climate change, we should instead look to a global average of temperatures, and not just on one particular day but over a long period of time. It turns out that NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies houses a collection of temperature records spanning all sorts of places over land and sea around the entire globe. The NASA GISS global temperature record for each and every October doesn’t show weather. It shows climate change. It shows clear evidence of global warming:
If you look at the global temperature records for 1880-2014 for any month of the year so far, they will show clear signs of global warming. When the month of November is done and climate records for November from 1880 to 2014 are complied, they will show clear signs of global warming.
Vicky Hartzler sits on a House of Represenatives committee devoted to finding “emerging threats.” If she can’t figure out the nature of the global warming threat, what else is she missing?