The Average Temperature in the US was the same in 2015 as it was in 1895
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (“NOAA”) has a great website that is well worth a visit. The chart below, interactive on the NOAA site, shows average May temperatures for the continental US since 1895. It can be seen that while there is a high degree of fluctuation, the temperature regularly reverts to the average.
Chart courtesy NOAA
This is only one set of data and so does not necessarily negate the “Global Warming” hypothesis. However, it is worth some thought. Some other reading that may be of interest:
- On Coal, Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen
- There is no correlation between carbon dioxide and temperature. And carbon dioxide is very low today, compared with historic levels.
- Is Australia getting Hotter and Drier?
- The country seems to be getting both hotter and drier, but this could only be a short term effect.
In sum, I do not think we understand anywhere near all the variables that contribute to climate, either today or in the future. Expensive measures to combat carbon dioxide levels, for example, will almost certainly prove to be quixotic.