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 http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2012/9

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.

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