Someone on Reddit linked to an old HotWhopper article that had some charts, and it got a couple of complaints:
- Those arrows do a piss poor job explaining the data contained within them. (mythrowaway2000)
- Some of them go from the average to specific extreme data points. Incredibly misleading even if you do understand the data in the charts. (TheTruthandtheAnswer)
The charts in question were pretty basic. I updated them recently and you can see the updated versions here.
It's easy to forget that there are probably a lot of people who've never studied subjects like science or economics or finance, or worked in an area where charts are commonplace. The above comments underline the fact that there are people who are trying to understand what is happening with climate, but are unfamiliar with charts. So I've made a short video to show what you can glean from a straightforward temperature chart. It's based on GISTemp data from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
If you click down the bottom right hand corner, you can watch it full screen or on YouTube.