Anthony Watts has posted some dumb things in his time, and his latest article is right up there with the best of them.
Watts confuses local with global - yes, again!Watts once again confuses average global temperature with local temperature. Now you might say, what's new about that. This time he writes about a video mix including some of a Ted talk, in which David Roberts points out that if we don't cut CO2 emissions enough soon enough, more places will get too hot for people to survive there.
Roberts speculates that if average surface temperature rose by 12°C, places that today average around 80°F would then average 180°F. (I don't know if that's correct or not. I do know that humans would find it impossible to survive in more and more places if we pushed global surface temperature up by 12°C.)
Anthony misrepresents the segment, acting as if Roberts is talking about a global average surface temperature of 180°F. In fact Roberts was talking about a global rise of 12°C leading to some places getting as hot as 180°F. Anthony even puts up a chart of global temperatures with a spike going up to 95.5°F - yeah, really!
Did he understand that Roberts was talking about local temperatures? It depends on whether he has a brain and is a professional disinformer, or if he's as clueless as he pretends to be and is one of the 8%. So far none of his commenters have picked him up on his 'mistake'.
My advice to Anthony: run your articles by your dog Kenji before you post them.
How hot does it get today?I went exploring to see just how hot some places get today and found this page, where temperatures at Flaming Mountain in China are thought (by some) to have reached 175°F. That's nearly 80°C. As the NASA article points out, there aren't too many weather stations in the world's most inhospitable places.
In Australia, the hottest official temperature ever recorded is 50.7°C at Oodnadatta.