Monthly Archives: February 2008

Travel Hockey

I’m travelling the next few days, moderation will be spotty. After tomorrow, you may find that comments may go for 12 -18 hours or more without approval. In the meantime, you can debunk my own “hockey stick”. click for larger image Thanks … Continue reading

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Interesting plots of temperature trends: the 4 global temperature metrics according to Basil

I don’t have a lot of time today, but I found this interesting. Commenter “Basil” has offered this for discussion. So I’m putting this up without comment on my part. See also the decadal trends table below. Have at it folks. … Continue reading

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Sun blank again

Just two days after sunspot 983 was reported, it has now disappeared. They just aren’t sticking around like they used to. This is yet another indication of the bottomed out solar minima we are in. It will be very interesting to … Continue reading

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This La Niña Likely to Have Legs

As I mentioned in my post here about one of the satellite data sets (RSS) that showed a marked cooling globally in 2008, La Niña and PDO seem to be drivers of this change. Here is Joe D’Aleo’s take on it below. - … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Weather | 40 Comments

A look at temperature anomalies for all 4 global metrics: Part 1

NOTE: Please note that part 2 is now online, please see it here. I recently plotted all four global temperature metrics (GISS, HadCRUT, UAH, RSS) to illustrate the magnitude of the global temperature drop we’ve seen in the last 12 … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Science, Weather | 91 Comments

Frost on Fire and Ice

I found this over on Jerry Pournelle’s Chaos Manor. It seemed fitting given the discussion as of late.  Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those … Continue reading

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Now THIS is interesting: Pielke on Dr. Joanne Simpson

The Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. weblog today includes a letter from Dr. Joanne Simpson, recently retired.  He calls her “among the most preeminent scientists of the last 100 years”. It seems that she really spoke her mind on the subject … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Science, Technology | 127 Comments

First sunspot in weeks is still related to solar cycle 23

Calling cycle 24, calling cycle 24……where are you?  Image from SOHO, inset added by the author The SIDC in Belgium just issed an end to their “all quiet alert” :Issued: 2008 Feb 26 1255 UTC :Product: documentation at #——————————————————————–# … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Science | 49 Comments

Over 500 USHCN Climate Stations Now Surveyed

The survey project continues to move forward, even in these cold and snowy winter months. I’m pleased to announce that we have just passed the 500 mark for surveyed stations. Now with 41.1% of the network surveyed comprising 502 stations … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements, Weather_stations | 17 Comments

Yet another inconvenient story ignored by the MSM.

Mount Kilamanjaro – Tanzania, Africa – still snowy. Photo by Neil Modie, January 2008 Last week, I broke the story of a press release issued by NOAA where they publish an opinion smashing any link between hurricanes and global warming … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Politics | 53 Comments

Big Pacific Storm Headed In: Watch its progress live

Uh oh… You can click on the “animate this image link” under the photo to set it in motion. This photo from last night, the animated loop is current. More at and click on weather link. Animate this image >>> … Continue reading

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NOAA: Hurricane frequency and global warming NOT the cause of increased destruction

From a NOAA press release that came out to me via email just minutes ago: —– Original Message —– From: “NOAA News Releases” <> To: <> Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 12:27 PM Subject: NOAA: Increased Hurricane Losses Due to More … Continue reading

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January 2008 – 4 sources say “globally cooler” in the past 12 months

January 2008 was an exceptional month for our planet, with a significant cooling, especially since January 2007 started out well above normal. January 2008 capped a 12 month period of global temperature drops on all of the major well respected … Continue reading

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Another Global Temp Index Dives in Jan08, this time HadCRUT

The global surface temperature anomaly data from the UK Hadley Climate Research Unit (Temp anomaly is plotted below) has just been released, and it shows a significant drop in the global temperature anomaly in January 2008, to just 0.034°C, just … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements, Climate_change, Weather | 37 Comments

Decaying spy sat shoot-down may coincide with Wednesday’s lunar eclipse

Two big things will/may happen in space Wednesday. A total lunar eclipse visible over much of the United States that evening, and a possible attempt by the NAVY to shoot down the defunct spy satellite USA193. “Lacrosse” radar spy satellite, … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Science | 8 Comments

You ask, I provide. Glossary of climate terms now online.

Ultimate175 writes: Anthony, I enjoy perusing your site most days, and I’ve learned a lot.  Any subject that carries this much political, social, and/or cultural baggage deserves all the skepticism it gets.  Count me a skeptic.  I was wondering, being … Continue reading

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Thanks to all my readers!

My first 100K unique visits month, and the month isn’t even over yet! Stay tuned, more interesting topics coming your way…

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Weather Stations in Korea

While looking at information about the NASA GISS methodology of using night time DOD satellite photos to count street lights around weather stations to use as a way of assigning an “urban bias”, I came across this night time satellite photo: … Continue reading

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Cedarville and GISS adjustments

I got to thinking from discussions with Steve Mosher and others at Climate Audit about just what sort of adjustments might be made to a place with a good record and little in the way of station moves, and that … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Weather_stations | 43 Comments

How not to measure temperature, part 52: Another UFA sighted in Arizona

My post How not to measure temperature, part 51 was also cross posted over at Climate Audit, and has created quite a stir when Atmoz, who is at the University of Arizona, tried to demonstrate that the temperature spike shown … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Weather_stations | 27 Comments

Ice between Canada and SW Greenland: highest level in 15 years.

As yet another indicator of the impact January 2008 has had on the Northern Hemisphere, we find this story from Greenland’s Sermitsiaq News: Minus 30 degrees Celsius. That’s how cold it’s been in large parts of western Greenland where the … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 51.

While we’ve taken some detours looking at some of the amazing things that have happened globally for temperature in January, with another detour to the sun, our volunteers continue their mission. This NOAA USHCN climate station of record #415018 in … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Weather_stations | 57 Comments

Where have all the sunspots gone?

I’m writing this after doing an exhaustive search to see what sort of solar activity has occurred lately, and I find there is little to report. With the exception of the briefly increased solar wind from a coronal hole, there is almost … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Science | 202 Comments

Global Warming Kills “Nessie”

Global warming gets blamed for a lot of things, like in the 90′s, when that California Cheese commercial came out blaming everything  on “Its the El Ninnnnoooooo…..”. Every day we see more an more piling on of claims that the … Continue reading

Posted in Fun_stuff, Ridiculae | 38 Comments

GISS Land-Ocean Index dives in Jan08, exceeding drops for UAH and RSS satellite data

Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) Land-Ocean Global temperature index data was released yesterday for the month of January, 2008. Like we’ve reported before for other datasets, including the RSS and UAH satellite temperature anomalies, GISS also had a sharp … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Weather | 59 Comments

NOAA Dichotomy in Action

I was looking for something else, and stumbled across this USA Today report from 2006: Record wind won’t be grandfathered in Winds atop Grandfather Mountain, near Linville, N.C., will not be certified by the National Weather Service. Late on Tuesday … Continue reading

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Photo evidence for “possible” eruption of an extinct volcano near the Ross Ice Shelf

UPDATE #3 02/15/08  I have received seismic data from MEVO for 10/24/07, and I’m now satisfied that no significant volcanic eruption occured on that date. So what we are seeing is either some meteological effect, such as perhaps a lenticular cloud … Continue reading

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Jan08 Northern Hemisphere snow cover: largest anomaly since 1966

There have been a number of indications that January 2008 has been an exceptional month for winter weather in not only North America, but the entire Northern Hemisphere. We’ve had anecdotal evidence of odd weather in the form of wire … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Weather | 45 Comments

Good news and bad news.

Good news; I’ve reached 100k visits per month traffic level according to my internal WordPress traffic counter. Getting mentioned on Instapundit has both good and bad effects. This blog is often in the daily top 40 WordPress blogs worldwide according to … Continue reading

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Increasing tornadoes or better information gathering?

John Kerry’s comment about the recent tornadoes in the southeastern USA being caused by “global warming” has caused more than a few dustups on the Internet blogs in the last couple of days. So, from the perspective of a former TV meteorologist, I thought … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Weather | 10 Comments

Cold and Warm Bias in a Weather Station

Early on in my project I got complaints like “why don’t you ever show a cooling bias?”. Problem was, there weren’t a lot of cold bias stations to show. Other than shading, and in one case in Washington state where … Continue reading

Posted in Weather_stations | 16 Comments

NOAA/NCDC: Jan08 Colder than 20th century average

Let us give NOAA credit for making this release: “The average temperature in January 2008 was 30.5 F. This was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average, the 49th coolest January in 114 years. The temperature trend for … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Weather | 14 Comments

Kerry Blames Tornado Outbreak on Global Warming

From the Business and Media Institute here is this blundering gem: Kerry appeared on MSNBC on February 6 to discuss storms that have killed at least 50 people throughout the Southeastern United States. So, of course, Kerry used the platform to … Continue reading

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Help save Windows XP – sign the petition

You probably all know by now how much I dislike despise Windows Vista, even though I’ve been a Microsoft customer and systems integrator for years, this OS is useless for the kind of work I do and is a technical … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements, Technology | 22 Comments

UAH Satellite data for Jan08 in agreement with RSS data

University of Alabama, Huntsville (John Christy) just published their UAH lower troposphere data for January 2008. Like the RSS data set, it shows a negative anomaly, and a steep decline in the past 12 months though the magnitude of the anomaly … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Science, Weather | 23 Comments