An article in TIME Magazine (TIME) claims that January 2024 was the hottest ever on record for the planet. Titled, 2024 Had the Hottest January on Record Following 2023’s Hottest Year on Record the article is based on a single source of temperature data.
Data from multiple other sources of temperature measurements refute this claim. [emphasis, links added]
TIME refers to the Copernicus EU climate service as the source for its alarming claim. Copernicus EU issued a press release claiming:
January 2024 was the warmest January on record globally, with an average ERA5 surface air temperature of 13.14°C, 0.70°C above the 1991-2020 average for January and 0.12°C above the temperature of the previous warmest January, in 2020.
The month was 1.66°C warmer than an estimate of the January average for 1850-1900, the designated pre-industrial reference period.
For example, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) produced a map of the globe that shows a significantly lower global temperature for January 2024.
While it is not the globe, the United States (U.S.) is often cited as being a leading metric for climate change by both media and scientific sources. This is because the U.S. has more temperature stations per land area than any other region included in the global climatological network.
As such, its readings have an outsized impact on global average temperature measurements.
Yet when you examine the data from the US Climate Reference Network (USCRN), the best and most state-of-the-art surface measurement system in the world, we find that not only was January 2024 not the hottest on the record it was below normal in temperature:
At -0.14°F (-0.08°C), there is certainly no cause for alarm about temperature in the United States. Yet TIME does not mention any of these other sources.
It gets worse than the simple subversion of science by omission of critical facts. TIME quoted a spokesperson for Copernicus in the article:
“Rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are the only way to stop global temperatures increasing,” Samantha Burgess, deputy director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, said in a statement.
That statement is nothing more than political advocacy calling for the reduction of greenhouse gases through restrictions of economies, rather than simply reporting the science. By using that quote, TIME is complicit in pushing advocacy over science.