and found that the results show May as having a decrease in world temperatures compared to the "Warm Years".
The CO2Sceptics forecast for Global Temps during 2008 is that they will be up and down for the remainder of the year and thats because the Solar Output of the Sun is going to be in "fits and starts". The Sun is not expected to be with the more familiar, constant and predictable energy we have seen for the past 60 years. You only have to look at the "Warm years" to see how constant that period was.
Just think of it like a unborn child moving about inside its mothers tummy, Solar Cycle 24 is not due for delivery until about 2011-2012, but before then we will have this up and down trend, giving a contrast to monthly Global Temps.
It also remains to be seen if in the lead up to 2012 there is an exceptionally very warm month, and thats simply because the position of the Earth has to be in the correct location when the Sun is being active. For the past few decades the Sun has not only been more active it has also had very good connections to the Earth with its magnetic fields and solar winds.
In Solar Cycle 24 we will start to see a change to the so called normal events that has produced the warmer climate, this new cycle could be the start of what is to come in 11 years time, it is thought that this transitional Solar Cycle (24) will be both active and calm, hence the term "Fits and Starts".
At each 11 year period we change the reference number of the Solar Cycle and Solar Cycle 25 is already forecast to be a relatively "Calm Sun" from 2019. As a result we should start to see "Global Cooling" in 11 years rather than the much over publicised "Global Warming" that started from about Solar Cycle 18, more of that at in a later news blog.
The above graph is put together so you can compare 2008 to the top warm years of 1998, 2005, 2003 & 2002. The five bars are for the months of January, February, March, April & May as you can see 2008 started very poorly due to the "Calm Sun" period at the end of Solar Cycle 23 and the start of Solar Cycle 24.
Will 2008 make it into the top 10 years?
We very much doubt it.
Will 2008 make it into the top 4 years?
As you can see from the above graph there is little or no chance of that.
We had a look at the recent Global Temperature Data from the Climate Research Unit on the following link