I have had a few people email me asking why I didn’t make a big deal about the republishing of data on 1998 not being the warmest ever. Keep those emails coming but I wanted to publicly comment.
There are three reasons I didn’t make a big deal about this, even though a Google search of blogs shows that others did.
It appears that it was an honest mistake. I don’t want to make a big deal about honest mistakes. More importantly, I think it is critical that scientists own up to these mistakes as soon as possible. He who is perfect should throw the first stone…
It really doesn’t matter much. So now 1998 is second. So what? It was so close to first that it was a virtual tie.
I don’t trust the data that much. I have real problems with any calculations that show the average temperature of the globe anyway since:
there are not enough measurement points to be statistically significant.
the method of acquiring the temperatures is suspect (especially older than 25-50 years ago).
the method of calculating these averages does not appear to be thermodynamically correct and mathematically accurate.
It was warm in 1934 in certain parts of the globe and it was warm in 1998 in certain parts of the globe – that is all that is clear.