New Year’s Eve Temperature is Trending Down

“An obvious decline in temperature over the past 70 years.” – H. B. Schmidt


New Year’s Eve Temperature is Trending Down

By H. B. Schmidt
29 Dec 2017

The Weather Channel (TWC) has an article today  about the brutal cold currently enveloping the eastern U.S.

The New Year’s Day eastern U.S. Lower 48 average temperature record since 1948 is included with a tweet from Dr. Brian Brettschneider, a climatologist from the Western Regional Climate Center:

The interesting thing is not that 2017 has the potential to be the coldest on record (even colder than 1977) but that they show, in graphical format, an obvious decline in temperature over the past 70 years.

New Year’s Eve Temps in Eastern US since 1948 – Dr. Brian Brettschneider, Western Regional Climate Center

Yes, this is just one small portion of the planet—the eastern Lower 48 of the contiguous U.S. amounts to approximately 2 million square miles, or ~1% of the surface of the planet’s 196.9 million square miles—and represents just a single day of the year, but it represents the longest continuous and most densely covered geographical area of the USHCN record.

While I have not done an official trend analysis (could some ambitious IceAgeNow reader do that?) a simple eyeballing of the overall trend would suggest a decline of several degrees Fahrenheit over the past 70 years.

Take this opinion piece for what it is: a citizen scientist’s perspective of a single day’s temperature trend for a minuscule 1% of the planet during the past 70 years. But for me, it gives validation to remain skeptical of the endless AGW propaganda being foisted upon a largely ignorant public.

6 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve Temperature is Trending Down

  1. hope the warmistas in those areas freeze their butts off;-)
    at least you can do firewqorks without starting bushfires..small consolation..whod want to BE out in cold like that to see them anyway

  2. See Tony Heller’s site at He has spent many hours analyzing US temperature trends. His data can be accessed, sliced and diced for both overall trends and specific locations and times.

  3. Yep trending down that’s for sure. Like I’ve mentioned there has been an overall cooling over land since the 40’s began. Nice chart!

  4. Although not cold here in the Netherlands (Europe), the sun is often absent or feels weak. There is a thin cloud layer continuouspresent. Is this a new trend? The summers are not really warm, there is a lot of rain, in big bursts. The weather is changing, definitely. Our climate is getting odd and unpredictable. But the Sun, feeling far less strong than in my early memories, that worries me.

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