28 Jul '11, 2pm

What heat wave? Conservative pundits deny existence of record-breaking heat:

Rush Limbaugh says "almost no temperature records were broken" during the recent heat wave, and Newsbusters writer Noel Sheppard says there were "only 34 new all-time daily temperature records set." Only 34? Why, that's barely a record-breaking heat wave at all! Except for the fact that a) 34 records is nothing to sneeze at and b) by "34," Sheppard means "somewhere between 70 and 7,612." "All-time daily record" is not a thing, but there are daily records and all-time records. Daily records compare the max and min temperatures that day to the same date in previous years. All-time records compare the max and min temperatures that day to every day in every year ever. And July set 70 all-time maximum and 175 all-time minimum records (which are maybe more important ). That's leaving out the daily and monthly records completely; when you add those in, it's over 7,000. Sheppard's...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-07-27-conservative-pundits...

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