source: Monckton Briefing at 6
As the paper explains:
- the brown line is the SPPI composite index of global mean surface temperature anomalies, based on "the mean of two surface and two satellite datasets"
- the straight red line "shows the least-squares linear regression on the composite temperature anomalies"
- the pink region "shows the IPCC’s projected rates of temperature increase"
- The blue region "shows the IPCC’s currently-projected range of increases in CO2 concentration"
- the blue curve beneath the blue region "is NOAA’s deseasonalized global trend" of actual CO2 concentration changes
- the cyan line "is the least-squares linear regression on that trend, equivalent to ~200 ppmv/century"
Remember, 2008 was supposed to be the hottest in a century. Not. So as the Scientific Alliance sees it, "The climate change lobby desperately needs 2009 to break records for high average temperatures and extreme weather." Thus, neither experience nor embarrassment slowed alarmist industry doomsaying:
2009 is expected to be one of the top-five warmest years on record, despite continued cooling of huge areas of the tropical Pacific Ocean, a phenomenon known as La Niña.Meaning, there's a dual climate change consensus--alarmist predictions along side no-reason-for-panic facts.
According to climate scientists at the Met Office and the University of East Anglia the global temperature is forecast to be more than 0.4 °C above the long-term average. This would make 2009 warmer than the year just gone and the warmest since 2005.
During La Niña, cold waters rise to the surface to cool the ocean and land surface temperatures. The 2009 forecast includes an updated decadal forecast using a Met Office climate model. This indicates a rapid return of global temperature to the long-term warming trend, with an increasing probability of record temperatures after 2009.
Professor Chris Folland from the Met Office Hadley Centre said: "Phenomena such as El Niño and La Niña have a significant influence on global surface temperature. Warmer conditions in 2009 are expected because the strong cooling influence of the recent powerful La Niña has given way to a weaker La Niña. Further warming to record levels is likely once a moderate El Niño develops."