Monthly Archives: November 2007

A New Paper on California Climate Variability

Today I obtained the paper: LaDochy, S., R. Medina, and W. Patzert. 2007. Recent California climate variability: spatial and temporal patterns in temperature trends. Climate Research, 33, 159-169 You can download the paper in PDF format in its entirety here: ca_climate_variability_ladochy.pdf … Continue reading

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A good year for CO2 in 2006

Just released: new DOE figures showing that the US has reduced CO2 production 1.5% last year in 2006, even without the US signing on to Kyoto.  You can read the full report here (Adobe PDF file).  Here are some of the … Continue reading

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2007 Hurricane Season ends quietly

November 30th marks the official end of hurricane season. Below is some good news, courtesy of Ryan Maue at Florida State University COAPS : The 2007 Atlantic Hurricane season did not meet the hyperactive expectations of the storm pontificators. This is … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 40

Rounding out a review of California weather stations this week we visit Gilroy, CA, the garlic capital. This COOP station has an MMTS temperature sensor on a pole just a few feet from a concrete slab. We’ve seen a lot of … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 39

One of the most surprising things I’ve learned from the surfacestations.org project is that for some odd reason, there are a number of climate monitoring stations of record in the USA at sewage treatment plants. If you’ve ever driven by one of … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 38

In our last episode, we looked at a COOP station on a roof of a fire station operated by the NWS in San Diego. Moving north, we have another COOP station operated by the San Francisco/Monterey Weather Service office that is … Continue reading

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Good News! Pielke is blogging again!

Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. has started up his Climate Science blog again, sans comments, as an informational source only. This is some very good news. See his post below. November 27, 2007: Climate Science Is Relaunching As An Information Source As … Continue reading

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The scoop on satellite temperature data

There’s a story at the Telegraph UK from Christopher Booker where he states “…the latest US satellite figures showing temperatures having fallen since 1998, declining in 2007 to a 1983 level…” Wanting to make sure that there was some data … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part37

The National Weather Service office in San Diego, CA operates a cooperative observer network of weather stations, as do all NWS offices. The station in Coronado, CA, is particularly interesting since it is located on the roof of the Fire … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 36

Surfacestations.org volunteer surveyor Russ Steele brings us this gem of a climate monitoring station from Panguitch, UT. I’ve seen stations over asphalt, such as the University of Arizona station in Tucson, but this one has a special feature; they made … Continue reading

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Sustainable Bathrooms and Closets

One of the things that (used to) happens around my household is that lights and bathroom fans get left on, a lot. There have been days I’ve come home and found the bathroom light and fan on, and it had been running … Continue reading

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Local newspaper editor replaced with impostor!

  Real                        Impostor This must be some evil plot by media giant “Media News Group” out of Denver. I opened up the print edition of the ER this morning and found that my local amiable moustached editor David Little had been … Continue reading

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Tucson Update

You may recall the post earlier this year where the USHCN official climate station with the largest positive trend in the USA turned out to be located in a parking lot at the University of Arizona in Tucson. See below: … Continue reading

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Odd moments in broadcasting

When I did live TV several times a day, there was always the chance of something happening that would interrupt the show. Live TV is like controlled entropy, there are hundreds of things that can go wrong. Here is a … Continue reading

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The “Sustainable” Enterprise Record

This morning while I was poking around on the ER website, I finally found something publisher Wolf Rosenburg had told me was coming a few weeks ago ( I have coffee with him about once a week ). The ER … Continue reading

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License Bidwell Ranch

I’m going to make a departure from my usual climate and science fare to make a comment on the local front. In today’s Chico Enterprise Record, there was an editorial lamenting the huge budget crisis facing the city of Chico, … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 35

One of the emerging patterns that I see again and again as the volunteers and I survey the USHCN climate stations of record around the USA is that many of them have been relegated to back lots with an “out … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 34

I recently made a trip into Oregon to survey several USHCN stations there, including Klamath Falls, Crater Lake, Bly, and Lakeview. I also made a stop at another remote USHCN station in Cedarville, California. Klamath Falls was one of those … Continue reading

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USHCN in the “ass end of nowhere”

There’s a USHCN station out there, in the “ass end of nowhere”. Apologist Eli Rabett (Joshua Halpern) recently lamented that in order for dendrochronologists to update tree ring studies used in MBH98/99 (aka Mann’s Hockey Stick) that they “have to … Continue reading

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California USHCN Survey – three to go

   After getting some very remote and elusive stations in the past two weeks, I’m left with just three stations to go in California for my http://www.surfacestations.org project: Blythe, Brawley, and Santa Cruz. I recently surveyed Death Valley, Cedarville, and San Luis … Continue reading

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Indy test a bust – weather uncooperative

The temperature sensor mounted on the vehicle using “Mr. Bendy’s” window mount The best laid plans of mice and men almost always is a slave to the whims of weather, and my UHI transect test in Indianapolis was no different. Night … Continue reading

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Test Run in Indy

Yesterday I spent most of the day on the 51st floor (830 feet up) of the Chase Bank building (see arrow) configuring an automated Weather Channel display system. You can see the TV antennas on top of the building. Last night … Continue reading

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Blogging from Indianapolis – Technology is amazing

This picture is where I’m blogging from as I write this. The roof of a parking garage in downtown Indianapolis. My laptop in the foreground, the offices of the Indianapolis Star newspaper in the background. Digital Camera + Laptop+ Free … Continue reading

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My work featured in The Arizona Republic

Some of the work done by myself and surfacestations.org volunteer, Warren Meyer, was featured in an article today in “The Arizona Republic” titled Skeptics raise doubts on global warming. They missed a great chance though to publish the photo of … Continue reading

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Taurid Meteors tonight

Remember this one on video? The Jackson Lake Fireball of 1972 Since we’ll have a clear evening here in Northern California, I thought I’d mention this. The annual Northern Taurid meteor shower caused by Comet Encke is underway. Although Taurid … Continue reading

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Surfacestations.org News

California nearing completion for USHCN surveys. There are a number of surveys in the que that will soon be online, bringing California’s USHCN network to within half a dozen (or less) remaining to be completed. Watch for an update soon. … Continue reading

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Road kit

I just finished testing and putting together my road kit, as seen above. Can anyone guess what it is for? UPDATE: Ok I think I have enough guesses. “Coyote” nailed it pretty well. Good job Warren. The road kit is … Continue reading

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Scientists trace cosmic rays to massive black holes

Above: (artist conception) Astronomers have discovered the biggest black hole orbiting a star 1.8 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia, with a record-setting mass of 24 to 33 times that of our Sun. Henrik Svensmark is probably pleased to … Continue reading

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NASA blows wads of cash on celebration parties

From Slashdot: “NASA spends between $400,000 and $1.3 million on a party at every shuttle launch, according to CBS. Select personnel are treated to 5 days at a 4 star hotel. This year alone, they’ve spent $4 million on parties. … Continue reading

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2007 Weblog awards allows post closing voting

What a mess, the weblogs award has a major screwup, and people can still vote hours after the polls have closed. While my IE6 browser will not allow additional votes, my Firefox browser on the same machine will. See screencap: … Continue reading

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Junkscience.com endorses Climate Audit to win

LAST CHANCE TO VOTE – POLL CLOSES NOV 8th @ 5PM EST junkscience .com endorses Climate Audit to win – see their main page Vote for best science weblog here; and if so inclined, click on Climate Audit. Voting is permitted … Continue reading

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Alaska warming from Arctic tundra shrub invasion and soot deposition?

Dr. Roger Pielke forwarded me his latest paper published in the JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, for release. It has quite a different take on the issue of regional warming in Alaska. Given the emotional testimony given in congress this week by Cheryl … Continue reading

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Freeman Dyson on Heretical Thoughts and Climate Change

Previously I wrote about Camille Paglia’s view of “fancy-pants, speculative, climate models”. Like Paglia, Freeman Dyson is listed as one of the top 100 intellectuals in the world today, rated at number 25. In an essay, Dyson writes:  “My first heresy says … Continue reading

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Vote for the Blog that Changed US Climate History

You may remember reading about my surfacestaions.org project and the climate monitoring station at Detroit Lakes, MN surveyed by Don Kostuch. There were two air conditioners within feet of the station, and a big jump in temperature the same year … Continue reading

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Guest Weblog: CO2 variation by Jim Goodridge, former California State Climatologist

Moderators note: This is reposted from an essay that Jim sent to me. Jim was the State Climatologist for California for many years, and still does consilting work for the Californiua Dept. of Water Resources on rainfall studies. Jim has a command of … Continue reading

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