Authentic science uses computers to analyze observational data. It’s the meticulous adherence to real world measurements that makes science truthful and useful. Luboš Motl picks up on a story Steve McIntyre posts about the lack of observed warming in the upper atmosphere.
Lubos sums the graph up this way: The three complicated colorful lines are the temperature data for the tropical troposphere - where the warming should be most rapid - according to RSS MSU, UAH MSU, and CRU: they seem to almost fully agree with each other. In terms of words, there has been no warming over there since 1980.
MSU: The Microwave Sounding Unit (MSU) is a microwave radiometer that flies aboard NOAA's polar orbiting weather satellites. Each day, the MSU observes approximately 80% of the earth's surface, with the orbit shifting slightly each day so that 100% coverage is achieved over a three to four day period. … The air temperature computed directly from channel 2 is representative of the middle-to-upper troposphere (centered about 7 km above the surface).