As if by magic, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has changed the temperature of July 2012 to reflect the fact that it is no longer the hottest month on record. The Daily Caller News Foundation reports:
According to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in 2012, the "average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during July was 77.6°F, 3.3°F above the 20th century average, marking the warmest July and all-time warmest month on record for the nation in a period of record that dates back to 1895."
"The previous warmest July for the nation was July 1936, when the average U.S. temperature was 77.4°F," NOAA said in 2012.
This statement by NOAA was still available on their website when checked by The Daily Caller News Foundation. But when meteorologist and climate blogger Anthony Watts went to check the NOAA data on Sunday he found that the science agency had quietly reinstated July 1936 as the hottest month on record in the U.S.
“Two years ago during the scorching summer of 2012, July 1936 lost its place on the leaderboard and July 2012 became the hottest month on record in the United States,” Watts wrote. "Now, as if by magic, and according to NOAA’s own data, July 1936 is now the hottest month on record again. The past, present, and future all seems to be ‘adjustable’ in NOAA’s world."
It's kind of amazing how easily "settled science" can be changed, isn't it? Check out how Watts discovered that NOAA has been changing past temperature data here.