Hansen is, you will recall, is in charge of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) which, despite being a component of NASA, prefers to use land temperature meters as opposed to satellite readings, despite the documented and serious problems with the land temperature record and the siting of many of the stations that provide said measurements. This fact, of course, has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the satellite data does not show anywhere near the same level of warming that the land record supposedly does (after adjustment, of course).
Marysville, CA: one of GISS's really unbiased, quality temperature stations, the readings from which most definitely have not been in any way affected by the growth of the town around the site, no siree!
Now, for many of us—including the vast bulk of the US—October was a wee bit chilly. But according to Hansen and his merry men, October was, in fact, realy, really hot: why? Because of a heatwave in Asia.
Really? Well, no, not really: I'll let EU Referendum summarise what the hell has been going on.
Our friend James Hansen, uniquely it seems, is reporting via his magical mystery GISS temperature dataset that October 2008 was the warmest October on record. This is conveyed via Watts up with that. What pulled the temperature up, according to Hansen was that, although North America was cooler than normal, Asia apparently suffered from a massive "heatwave".
On the other hand, the satellite data from NOAA recorded that the US had its 44th coolest October (out of 114 years), much of Europe was cool, ice extent grew at a record pace and snowcover exploded in Asia.
It didn't take Watts's readers very long to discover why Hansen was so adrift. An examination of the individual records shows that the September figures for Russia have been carried forwards into October unchanged. Thus, Hansen has magicked a heatwave out of a simple data error.
I'm sorry, but Hansen is paid a substantial amount of money—and trillions more dollars rest upon his pronouncements—not to make such errors.
The problem has now been fixed, but this is not the first time that such "software" problems have cropped up.
So, is the process faulty (in which case, can we believe the accuracy of anything that comes out of GISS)? Or are Hansen and GISS lying like the fucking lying bastards we already know them to be?
Whatever the answer is, we already know that James Hansen does not exactly have a great track record in predicting the future: perhaps we should stop listening to the mendacious cunt?