I am sorry that posting has been light, but I am currently working to migrate this site to WordPress from hosted Typepad. This is a real hassle, as described at my other blog where I just completed a succesful migration. I hope to have this blog moved over this weekend.
In the mean time, I thought my readers might need some help understanding James Hansen’s recent comments that flat world temperatures over the last 10 years and substantially cooler temperatures in 2008 were entirely consistent with the climate models that forecast 0.2-0.3C (or more) warming for this decade. Most other natural sciences are stuck in the old and outdated practice of questioning forecasts when actual observational data diverges from the forecast by several standard deviations. Not so modern, enlightened, consensus-based climate science. Below is my graphical representation of how climate scientists evaluate their models in light of new data.