The year 2012 is nearing its end and I was curious to know why global warming enthusiasts have been rather silent so far. The reason is available on the NOAA National Climatic Data Center web site at

While the web site cautions that data presented are preliminary, it says that the global mean temperature for January-September 2012 ranks eighth below the warmest year 1998.

The temperature anomaly was 0.57 deg C compared to 0.68 deg C for January-September 1998. Even when data for October-December 2012 are added to the data set, it is highly unlikely that the temperature curve would change its trend and show a rise.