In this article, I explore the curiosity of the human thermometer. What is a human thermometer? A human thermometer can detect minute changes in temperature over days, months, years, and even decades. It is a remarkable feat even for modern instrumentation.
Let's explore just how special they are. Weather forecasters give us two temperatures, one the actual temperature and the other, what the temperature feels like to us. What it feels like is dependent on wind speed and humidity. What feels like 85 degrees in Denver might feel like 95 degrees in Shanghai with all its humidity. Human thermometers sense only one temperature. They are immune to the effects of wind and humidity.
Our precise instrumentation must be calibrated from time to time. Human thermometers don't require calibration. Furthermore, they can sense temperatures all over the world without ever traveling there. For the rest of us, we need satellites, and even those temperatures need to be adjusted to match the computer models.
The human thermometers can take hourly samples from all over the world twenty-four hours a day and average them together. They can average these into monthly averages. What's more remarkable is their ability to measure the temperature across the seasons precisely.
Consensus science tells us that the temperature is rising 0.15 degree C per decade or 0.015 degrees per year. Statistics indicates that we need an error of measurement on the order of ten times better than this, on the order of 0.0015 degrees on a yearly averaged basis. Not only that, but they can compare the difference to a hundred year average. In other words, they can sense temperatures from the past. No doubt, they can predict future temperatures, and that is why they are so confident that we are doomed. I hope that gives you an idea of just how special these people are.
To give you an example of just how unique this skill is, most humans only detect changes at one location over a single day on the order of 3 or 4 degrees F.
So, the next time someone tells you that global warming is real because they say they can detect it, congratulate them on their remarkable skill.