January 2012 Global Temperatur​e Report From The University Of Alabama at Huntsville

Thanks to Phillip Gentry, the University of Alabama at Huntsville February 2 2012 report on the global lower tropospheric temperatures is reported below.

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Feb. 2, 2012

Vol. 21, No. 9

For Additional Information: Dr. John Christy, (256) 961-7763   john.christy@nsstc.uah.edu Dr. Roy Spencer, (256) 961-7960   roy.spencer@nsstc.uah.edu

Global Temperature Report: January 2012

Global climate trend since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.14 C per decade

January temperatures (preliminary)

Global composite temp.: -0.09 C (about 0.16 degrees Fahrenheit) below 30-year average for January.

Northern Hemisphere: -0.06 C (about 0.11 degrees Fahrenheit) below 30-year average for January.

Southern Hemisphere: -0.13 C (about 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit) below 30-year average for January.

Tropics: -0.13 C (about 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit) below 30-year average for January.

December temperatures (revised):

Global Composite: +0.13 C above 30-year average

Northern Hemisphere: +0.20 C above 30-year average

Southern Hemisphere: +0.06 C above 30-year average

Tropics: +0.04 C above 30-year average

(All temperature anomalies are based on a 30-year average (1981-2010) for the month reported.)

Notes on data released Feb. 2, 2012:

Archived color maps of local temperature anomalies are available on-line at:

http://nsstc.uah.edu/climate/

The processed temperature data is available on-line at:

vortex.nsstc.uah.edu/data/msu/t2lt/uahncdc.lt

As part of an ongoing joint project between UAHuntsville, NOAA and NASA, John Christy, a professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center (ESSC) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, and Dr. Roy Spencer, an ESSC principal scientist, use data gathered by advanced microwave sounding units on NOAA and NASA satellites to get accurate temperature readings for almost all regions of the Earth. This includes remote desert, ocean and rain forest areas where reliable climate data are not otherwise available.

The satellite-based instruments measure the temperature of the atmosphere from the surface up to an altitude of about eight kilometers above sea level. Once the monthly temperature data is collected and processed, it is placed in a “public” computer file for immediate access by atmospheric scientists in the U.S. and abroad.

Neither Christy nor Spencer receives any research support or funding from oil, coal or industrial companies or organizations, or from any private or special interest groups. All of their climate research funding comes from federal and state grants or contracts.

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