All-Time Record Breaking Heat Wave?

The southwest is in the midst of a major heat wave. Hot turned to scorching late last week.

Is it unusually hot? Yes! Is this event a global warming driven all-time record breaking heat wave as suggested by NBC News and global warming advocates? No!

At times like these, a review of the actual U.S. temperature record book is enlightening. It provides an eye-opening reality check.

Every time it gets hot, global warming theorists go bonkers. Rumors and misinformation get tossed around like a summer salad.

Facts, though, always trump hysteria.

According to U.S. state high temperature records, global warming doesn’t even exist.

All-time State Record Climate Extremes

In the world of global warming theory, the date when a state’s highest temperature gets recorded is about the most supportive direct piece of climate data there can be.

NOAA’s National Climate Data Center (NCDC) has a databases of U.S. state records. The NCDC has a select group of weather experts called the State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) that maintain the database.

Among records tracked are precipitation, snowfall, hail and wind.

But chief among the data elements tracked by the SCEC are the record high and low temperatures in each state. The committee investigates and validates every report of a state record. Many get rejected. The committee has exacting standards.

The primary data elements maintained for state records are:

  • State
  • Weather element
  • Date
  • Location

Online access to NOAA’s state records is at a web page dryly called:
State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) Records

All-Time Highest State Temperature Records

Count of state high temperature records set by decade (Source: NCDC)

This chart shows tallies of the number of state high temperature records set by decade. Dates range from the 1890s to 2013. The data comes from the SCEC state records database.

In the above chart, if two locations set the same record on the same day the record is tallied only once. That is rare. However, if the state’s high temperature record is tied on a different date then it is counted again, once for each new date that it occurs. Using this counting method assures that records tied in recent decades aren’t left uncounted.

The results are dramatic:

  • The dust bowl 1930s is, by far, the hottest decade
  • The 2nd hottest is from 1910-1920
  • The 1990s is the 3rd hottest decade
  • There have only been two records set since 1999
  • Before 1950: 55 state records were set or tied
  • After 1950: 24 state records were set or tied

This data clearly does not support global warming theory. That theory says more climate extremes should be happening now than in the past.

Global warming theory predicts that most state high temperature records should have been set after 1950. Exactly the opposite is true! State record temperatures occur less frequently than they used to. State records are set half as often now as before 1950.

Since 1999, only two state record high temperatures have been set or tied. In 2012, South Carolina set a new state record of 113°F, breaking the old record of 112°F. In 2006, South Dakota tied it’s state record high of 120°F which was first set in 1936.

Though Las Vegas tied its city record on Sunday, no state records have been set or tied in this latest heat wave. The 128°F measured in Death Valley is 7 degrees below its record.


Yes, its hot! Yours truly suffered through sweltering 108°F heat in Austin on Saturday. I lived in Phoenix for years. I know hot.

Don’t believe today’s latest global warming, scorched-earth hysteria. It is fed by media-crazed sensationalist news coverage.

The real data tells an entirely different story. A truthful story. A logical story.

The U.S. state record book clearly shows that temperature climate extremes have been less frequent since 1950 than before it. The dust bowl wasn’t called the dust bowl for nothing.

State high temperature records are only set half as often now as in the past.

Only two state record high temperatures have been set in the new millennium; and one of them only tied a record originally set in 1936. That result is perfectly consistent with IPCC global air-sea temperature data showing that earth’s temperature has not risen since about 1998.

Get real. Think real. Believe data, not hype. And put on some suntan lotion. It’s summertime!


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Posted on Jul 1, 2013, in Business, Climate, climate change, Economy, environment, Life, nature, news, Politics, science. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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