Are Government Temperature Graphs Credible?

Ninety years ago, the New York Times reported unanimous consensus that Earth’s climate was controlled by the sun.

TimesMachine: July 2, 1931 –

Now NASA reports 97% consensus that Earth’s climate is controlled by CO2.

“Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree*: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities.”

Scientific Consensus | Facts – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

I agree with them – the warming trends over the last century are primarily due to human activities – data tampering by organizations like NASA and NOAA. For example, over the past 20 years NASA has turned a 70 year cooling trend in the US from 1930 to 2000 into a warming trend. This is the 1999 version.

NASA 1999

And this is NASA’s current graph.

NASA 2021

Here is an animation showing how the data has been altered over the past 20 years.

The US temperature record is very important, because the vast majority of global stations in the NOAA GHCN database with a long term daily temperature record are located in the US.


In 1986, NASA’s James Hansen predicted 4-6 degrees warming for the US by the year 2020, and a huge increase in heatwaves.

“He said that with an expected doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide by 2040, the number of days each year with temperatures over 80 degrees would rise from 35 to 85 in Washington, D.C., and Omaha, Neb.”

12 Jun 1986, Page 12 – The Evening Times at

The actual temperature increase from 1958 to 2020 was about one degree.

The closest currently operational USHCN station to Omaha is at Logan, Iowa. The number of 90 degree days there peaked in 1894 and 1936 (83) and have been declining sharply ever since.

The closest currently operational USHCN station in Virginia to Washington DC is at Purcellville.  The number of 90 degree days there peaked in 1911 (96) and 1930 (89) and have been declining sharply ever since.

For the entire US, the frequency of 90 degree days has dropped sharply over the past century. Hansen got that exactly backwards.

In 1988, Hansen predicted a large increase in droughts.

“Dr. James E. Hansen, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, who presented recent data compiled from computer models, said that predicted regional effects of global warming show that the chances of summer drought in the low and middle latitudes would be 1 in 3 by the year 2030, as against 1 in 20 in the 1950’s.”


During the 1950’s the US was in drought most of the time, but droughts have been much less common over the past 60 years. Hansen also got that exactly backwards.

Climate at a Glance | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

One year after Hansen made his forecasts, scientists at NOAA set the record straight.

U.S. Data Since 1895 Fail To Show Warming Trend

“After examining climate data extending back nearly 100 years, a team of Government scientists has concluded that there has been no significant change in average temperatures or rainfall in the United States over that entire period.

While the nation’s weather in individual years or even for periods of years has been hotter or cooler and drier or wetter than in other periods, the new study shows that over the last century there has been no trend in one direction or another.

The study, made by scientists for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was published in the current issue of Geophysical Research Letters. It is based on temperature and precipitation readings taken at weather stations around the country from 1895 to 1987.”

U.S. Data Since 1895 Fail To Show Warming Trend –

Ten years later, Hansen was upset that the US wasn’t warming as he predicted and the droughts weren’t occurring.

Empirical evidence does not lend much support to the notion that climate is headed precipitately toward more extreme heat and drought. The drought of 1999 covered a smaller area than the 1988 drought, when the Mississippi almost dried up. And 1988 was a temporary inconvenience as compared with repeated droughts during the 1930s “Dust Bowl” that caused an exodus from the prairies, as chronicled in Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.

The U.S. has warmed during the past century, but the warming hardly exceeds year-to-year variability. Indeed, in the U.S. the warmest decade was the 1930s and the warmest year was 1934.

NASA GISS: Science Briefs: Whither U.S. Climate?

So Hansen and NOAA got together and altered the US temperature record. NOAA now shows a warming trend from 1895 to 1987.

Climate at a Glance | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

In 2004, NOAA showed that they were altering US temperatures by 0.5F since the year 1900, with no further charges after 1990.

Wayback Machine

But now they are altering the data by 2.0F.

This graph compares the 2004 adjustments in blue, to the current adjustments in red.

And this graph normalizes the two sets of adjustments along the Y-Axis. There has been a huge increase in the amount of data tampering for years since 1990.

The NOAA adjustments trend very closely with the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, or at least they did until three years ago, when there was a huge increase in the amount of tampering.

NOAA fabricates missing data using a computer model, and last year almost 50% of their monthly US temperature data was fabricated.

This is the data for Brewton, Alabama. If the data is estimated rather than measured, it is marked with an “E” – All twelve months of 2020 were marked with an E.

The current data tampering is huge. The measured daily maximum temperature data for the US shows a strong cooling trend.

But the adjusted data shows a strong warming trend.

The total adjustment to US average temperatures is more than two degrees Fahrenheit.

Plotted vs. CO2, it can be seen that until the last three years, the adjustments being made very closely tracked the increase in CO2. Data is being altered to match their theory.

07 Dec 1989, Page 14 – Santa Cruz Sentinel at

NOAA graphs now show a warming trend from 1921 to 1979.

Climate at a Glance | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

Climate at a Glance | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

One hundred years ago, the New York Times reported that earth had a fever.

“an intermittent fever, manifested in a world-wide heat wave of unusual length and intensity.”

TimesMachine: October 3, 1921 –

04 Sep 1921, 61 – New York Herald at

Yet NASA now shows 1921 was one of the coldest years on record.


CRUTEM4 shows that 1921 was hot. January was very warm in much of the world.


25 Jan 1921, Page 5 – The Age at

This animation shows CRUTEM4 anomalies for all of 1921.

In 1921, the Arctic was very warm and glaciers were rapidly disappearing.

TimesMachine: February 25, 1923 –

01 Mar 1923, 4 – Chicago Tribune at

In 1922, the New York Times reported 100 degree temperatures in the Arctic.

TimesMachine: August 6, 1922 –

National Geographic Magazine Archive

The ice between Alaska and the North Pole was thinrotten new ice.

29 Jan 1922, Page 35 – The St. Louis Star and Times at

Much of the world was experiencing exceptional heat, including Alaska.

01 Aug 1921, Page 4 – The Cincinnati Enquirer at

14 Aug 1922 – Misplaced Tropical Heat. – Trove

14 Aug 1922 – CHINESE TYPHOON. – Trove

07 Apr 1923 – NORTH POLE MELTING. – Trove

Glaciers in Glacier National Park were forecast to disappear before 1950.

29 Dec 1923, Page 5 – at

The world record heatwave occurred at Marble Bar, West Australia in 1923-1924.  BOM has since deleted this article.

BOM – Australian Climate Extremes

The average daily maximum temperature in Texas was highest on record in 1921.

Encinal, Texas had 157 consecutive days above 90F in 1921, the Texas record.

The percent of warm days in the US during 1921 was the highest on record, with 58% of days over 65F.

The average daily maximum temperature in the US during 1921 was second highest on record.

There was also lots of extreme weather in 1921.

11 Feb 1921, Page 2 – The Washington Post at

21 Sep 1921, 3 – News-Journal at

Pueblo, Colorado was largely wiped out by a flood during June, 1921.  Much of Kansas suffered damage, and there was flooding on the Pecos River in New Mexico and Texas.

06 Jun 1921, 1 – The Arkansas City Daily News at

It is estimated that 1,500 people in Pueblo, Colorado died during that flood.

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127-Degree Heat in Zaragoza. – The New York Times

17 Dec 1939, Page 15 – Harrisburg Sunday Courier

13 Oct 1940, Page 76 – Hartford Courant at

The Changing Face of the Arctic; The Changing Face of the Arctic – The New York Times

14 Jul 1974, Page 1 – Lincoln Evening Journal at

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NASA 2021             NCAR 1974

National Geographic Magazine Archive

January 30, 1961 – NYTimes

18 Jul 1963 – Glaciers Grow In Norway – Trove

U.S. and Soviet Press Studies of a Colder Arctic – The New York Times – search nation, world, technology and Washington area news archives.

U.S. Scientist Sees New Ice Age Coming

The National Geographic Archive | November 1976 | page 1

International Team of Specialists Finds No End in Sight to 30?Year Cooling Trend in Northern Hemisphere – The New York Times

Wood for Trees: Interactive Graphs

Data.GISS: GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP v4)

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