On WUWT today, Anthony Watts has posted an article by Ed Hoskins, who is saying that:
....the reversion of our planet to a real ice age is foreseeable.
Ed doesn't say when he thinks this 'foreseeable' ice age is likely to occur. Let's see what he bases it on to see if we can get a clue. Here is some of Ed's "evidence", Central England temperatures (CET) of the past twelve years! (Click on any chart to enlarge it.)
Ed's got way too many lines in the way to see what he's talking about. We need to get rid of them to see more clearly. Here's a cleaner chart of CET for the period 2000-2012 from Met Office data.
As you can see, the temperature for the past decade lies above the 1961-1990 mean, except for 2010 when it dipped below by 0.6 degrees Celsius. I wouldn't recommend trying to draw any conclusions from Ed's 'trend lines'.
Central England is Getting WarmerHow about we look longer term, going back to the 17th Century.
It got pretty cold at the end of the 17th century, then plateaued from the mid-18th century to the late-19th century, then started going up. Today's CET temperatures are 2.5 degrees Celsius above the lows of the late 17th century!
Let's look more closely at more recent CET temperatures from 1880 to 2012.
Ice age? It doesn't look like it.
In any case, you won't be able to tell what's happening globally from temperatures in one location. Ed picks two - Central England and Greenland. Two isn't sufficient, either. Funny how some deniers say that three to six thousand locations aren't enough to see global temperature changes, while others like Ed Hoskins seem to think one or two locations are ample.
Here's the global land-surface temperature trend from NASA.
About the Central England Temperature RecordThe UK Met Office website describes the CET thus:
The CET dataset is the longest instrumental record of temperature in the world. The mean, minimum and maximum datasets are updated monthly, with data for a month usually available by the 3rd of the next month. A provisional CET value for the current month is calculated on a daily basis. The mean daily data series begins in 1772 and the mean monthly data in 1659. Mean maximum and minimum daily and monthly data are also available, beginning in 1878.
These daily and monthly temperatures are representative of a roughly triangular area of the United Kingdom enclosed by Lancashire, London and Bristol.
Ed doesn't seem to know all that much about these data, he writes:
It has not been adjusted as have so many other official temperature records.In contrast, the Met Office states:
The daily series begins in 1772. Manley (1953,1974) compiled most of the monthly series, covering 1659 to 1973. These data were updated to 1991 by Parker et al (1992), when they calculated the daily series. Both series are now kept up to date by the Climate Data Monitoring section of the Hadley Centre, Met Office. Since 1974 the data have been adjusted to allow for urban warming.