Some like it hot

Meteorologist say 2010 tied 2005 as the warmest year on record, but led all years as the wettest on record.

This doesn’t come as any surprise. Louisville set a record for most consecutive days of temperatures above 90 degrees this past summer. And according to the National Climatic Data Center, it was the 34th consecutive year that the global temperature was above average.

So, that means there’s global warming? USA Today asked a couple of people.

“This warmth reinforces the notion that we’re seeing climate change,” says David Easterling, chief of scientific services at the data center in Asheville, N.C.

Not so fast, says Pat Michaels, a climatologist with the Cato Institute in Washington. “If you draw a trend line from the data, it’s pretty flat from the 1990s. We don’t see much of a warming trend over the past 12 years.”

The National Climatic Data Center is a scientific arm of the U.S. Commerce Department that has kept track of climate data since 1880. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank.

So, once again, another news organization does a “he said/she said” on an important scientific issue using a science based organization and a political group. Did you hear someone say “fair and balanced?”

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