>UPDATE (2-19-09): And yet another website attributing this comment to me. MacCompanion:
Being misquoted is one thing, having a thoughtful comment by another blogger attributed to me is another.
I discovered on a number of blogs that I was said to have made the following comment:
“If the Antarctic is getting warmer, as claimed, than (sic) why has the ice cover there increased by far more than that ‘lost’ at the arctic? If the arctic is loosing (sic) ice at an ‘increasing rate’, than why has this year seen record early ice formation and record extent? If the earth is getting warmer, than why have record low temperatures and record early snowfalls been occurring across the Northern hemisphere this year (and temperatures becoming lower for the last 5 years)?”
An example from the Pure Energy Systems (PesWiki) site:
I haven’t taken the time to track down who made the error first, but the above quote is part of comment made by Abigail at the Telegraph.co.UK website on their thread titled “Man is to blame for Antarctic temperature rise”.
My comment was immediately before hers and it read:
Here are two graphs of temperature data that contradict the claims made in the article. The first is a graph of global, Northern Hemisphere, and Arctic land and sea surface temperature anomalies. Note how the Arctic temperature diverges from the global and Northern Hemisphere data after the 97/98 El Nino. Arctic temperatures then remain at the elevated level due to the influence of the subsequent El Nino events that occurred in 2002/03, 2004/05, and 2006/07. Arctic warming in response to El Nino events is consistent with the projections of coupled GCMs.
The second graph is of the Sea Surface Temperature (SST) anomalies for the Southern Ocean, which is the ocean that surrounds the Antarctic. I fail to find an anthropogenic warming signal in that data. In fact, Southern Ocean SST anomalies have been decreasing since the 1980s. How does that agree with the claims made in the article?
Have a nice day.
To those who made the mistake: please correct your attribution.
Sorry to steal your thunder, Abigail. I hope this corrects the problem.