Democrat Rep. Omar saying Monday hottest day on Earth in 120K years met with skepticism

NASA's Earth Observatory page states that recording global temperatures has only been happening for the past 143 years.

Published: July 19, 2023 1:22pm

Updated: July 19, 2023 1:22pm

Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar's claim that Monday was the hottest day of Earth in 120,000 years is being met with skepticism.

"The earth just broke the record for the hottest day in 120,000 years," the Minnesota congresswoman tweeted. "In fact, we broke in on three separate days."

She also used the claim to call for a "National climate emergency now."

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"What was the temperature of the globe at 12pm GMT on July 1st, 116,539 BC?" asked Stephen Miller, a former Trump White House senior adviser.

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Author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza made a similar point to Miller’s, asking Omar to "please provide evidence" of "the earth’s temperature in July" from 20,000, 60,000 or 119,000 years ago.

Omar appeared to be basing her tweet off of a local WFLA news report, which used data from the University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer to write that "Earth broke a record for its hottest day in 120,000 years."

However, the site specifically warns that "mean global temperature increases" listed in July 2023 "should NOT be taken as "official" observational records."

The news outlet also acknowledged that weather tracking did not begin until the late 1800s, according to NASA's Earth Observatory website.

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