Giving thanks

As this year draws to a close, I think back about what I’ve accomplished on this blog in the last year, and it occurs to me that I have a lot of people to thank. It truly has been a team effort in a lot of ways, with many people contributing from many different angles…

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Weathering and Thermometer Shelters

Former Virginia State Climatologist Patrick J. Michaels wrote an op-ed about his paper with Ross McKitrick from Canada’s University of Guelph in an American Spectator column today about the surface temperature record. This paragraph really caught my eye: “Weather equipment is very high-maintenance. The standard temperature shelter is painted white. If the paint wears or…

Blogging Holiday – please drive/bike/walk safely

I’m taking a few days off blogging for friends and family. Seeing the pandemonium that has gripped the streets of my town while people scurry about trying to pull off that last minute shopping, and seeing my in-laws already getting into a small accident (even though they tried to avoid the traffic glut) and seeing local cycling…

Moon and Mars show tonight, Sunday Dec 23rd

Sky note:  After sunset on Sunday, Dec. 23rd, the full Moon and Mars will rise in the east less than 2 degrees apart. They’ll be two brightest objects in the evening sky, as Mars is very near it’s closest approach (opposition) to Earth, which happened just a couple of days ago.  It will look something like…

Record cold events around the world in 2007

Below is an opinion from the Washington Times by Geophysicist David Denning, to which I’ve added photos and links to the events he’s written about.   A caveat: I caution the reader that annual weather does not equate to long term climate. Yes we have had a number of record cold events in 2007, and the winter in…

U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007

U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007  from this link: http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.SenateReport The variety and reach of this is quite large. This is a report gathered from many independent publications, it is not one of those “Internet Petitions” which can be easily loaded up with fake names by those…