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Multiple U.S. government bureaucracies including,
...are again being accused of inappropriately manipulating temperature data - or "adjusting" it, as officials at the agencies implicated in the scandal put it - to show global warming.
While the accusations are not new, the latest scandal, sparked by an in-depth analysis of the data by independent analyst Steven Goddard at Real Science, relies on official records to suggest that federal agencies have been fudging temperature measurements to make past decades seem colder and recent years appear warmer.
Numerous scientists and experts confirmed Goddard's explosive findings, but in separate responses to The New American, both NOAA and NASA attempted to downplay the significance of the accusations.
The major problems identified by Goddard in the temperature records of federal bureaucracies relate to the U.S. Historical Climatology Network (USHCN), the official data-set covering the continental United States.
While the agencies admit the records are adjusted, Goddard and multiple scientists suggested that biased methodology was used to adjust the data to show an unjustified and "spurious" warming trend.
Citing satellite data, Goddard also said that by 2008, U.S. temperatures had cooled down below 1980s and 90s levels.
The "adjustment" schemes in the official U.S. dataset are so drastic, according to Goddard's analysis, that they managed to,
Respected climatologist and NASA scientist Dr. Roy Spencer actually showed evidence of what Goddard described as early as April of 2012, saying that,
Commenting on the latest findings, Dr. Spencer said that his own examination of the data and corrections to account for urban heat island (UHI) effects,
He also called the NOAA methodology for adjusting the data "opaque" and said he believes it is prone to serious errors.
In its latest newsletter, the Science and Environmental Policy Project highlighted Goddard's findings on "spurious warming" in the official U.S. temperature record, noting that elements of the data manipulation have been reported previously by other experts.
Climatologists Patrick Michaels and Paul "Chip" Knappenberger at the Cato Institute's Center for the Study of Science, meanwhile, drew attention to the problems in an article arguing that 2013 was "another nail in the coffin" for catastrophic man-made global warming theories.
The New American reached out to the agencies involved in the scandal for answers about the allegations.
When asked in a follow-up whether the findings suggesting that the data "adjustments" had turned a cooling trend into warming or whether there were any inaccuracies in Goddard's analysis, the agency did not respond.
As The New American has reported extensively in recent months, despite NOAA's claims, its own data show that Antarctic sea-ice coverage hit record levels again in 2013.
Sea-ice coverage globally on Dec. 31, 2013, meanwhile, was the highest since records began. Finally, snow coverage for the Northern Hemisphere last year was the fourth highest on record, according to data from Rutgers University's Global Snow Lab:
NOAA did not respond to subsequent requests for comment on the issues.
Separately, Deputy Director Gavin Schmidt at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies told The New American that the agency is,
Schmidt also said that the issues raised by Goddard were,
Even if the controversial "adjustments" of the U.S. temperature record criticized by numerous experts are accepted as legitimate, countless scientists said this month that the latest data from U.S. government bureaucracies confirmed again that "global warming" has been on so-called "pause" for some 17 years - and counting.
All 73 United Nations climate models predicted significant warming over the same period. The record high Antarctic sea-ice coverage confirmed again this month by NASA and NOAA, surpassing the previous records set the year before, also defied alarmist forecasts of shrinking polar ice.
The findings highlighted by Goddard and other experts bring to mind the infamous "Climategate" scandal, too.
In a series of explosive leaked e-mails, many of the leading "climate scientists" behind the United Nations-backed theories on alleged man-made global warming were exposed conspiring to "hide the decline" in temperatures to further what was referred to as the "cause."
The documents also showed, among other revelations, that the alarmists were plotting to silence scientists who dissented from their controversial theory.
In the end, Climategate led to what many analysts still suggest may have been the beginning of the end for the effort to impose global carbon taxes on humanity. Since then, the climate models behind the alarmism have become increasingly discredited as the predictions failed to materialize.
Indeed, as The New American has been reporting in recent months, experts say 2013 was potentially the most devastating year so far for proponents of catastrophic man-made global-warming theories, with reality increasingly at odds with the models and predictions.
It remains to be seen whether the latest allegations by Goddard and others of improper U.S. government temperature-data manipulation will serve to hasten what analysts say is the ongoing implosion of global-warming alarmism.
At this point, however, a growing number of climate experts and scientists around the world are forecasting a period of potentially dangerous global cooling in the years and decades ahead.