Monthly Archives: April 2008

The pause that cools: No more warming until 2015?

You may recall the previous post where Basil Copeland and I looked at correlations between HadCRUT global temperature anomaly and sunspot numbers. This is similar, but looks at the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and uses the same Hodrick-Prescott (HPT) filter … Continue reading

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I hate it when that happens…

I was initially concerned that my stats were down this month, then I remembered that April has 30 days and March has 31. Of course there’s that nice spring weather, and I recall that TV station ratings suffer a drop … Continue reading

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More on the PDO shift cited by NASA

For now, we have about 1 year of significant cold phase tendency in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), here is the last 108 years of the PDO index, plotted from monthly values: Click for larger image – source Steven Hare, … Continue reading

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NASA: PDO flip to cool phase confirmed – cooler times ahead for the West Coast?

La Nina and Pacific Decadal Oscillation Cool the Pacific Click here to view full image (228 kb)  “The shift in the PDO can have significant implications for global climate, affecting Pacific and Atlantic hurricane activity, droughts and flooding around the … Continue reading

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What the modernized USHCN will look like

USHCN-M station at Greensboro, AL While I was at NCDC, Grant Goodge showed and provided me with a PowerPoint presentation about the plan to update the USHCN manual observing network to USHCN-M or “modernized”. In a nutshell, it is a “light” … Continue reading

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Signs of the times

While I was on my week long road trip to survey weather stations and visit the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC last week, I encountered lots of signs. Restaurant signs, road signs, signs from above, you name it. I … Continue reading

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Fun with Thermometers

A guest post by David Smith Recently I completed my tenth survey for Surfacestations.org. These surveys are fun, almost like treasure hunts where the clues are good but not always great, thus requiring some ingenuity. Also, the surveyor gets to see … Continue reading

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1828 Miles, 20 stations surveyed, out of 21 attempted.

The week was productive, 21 USHCN stations visited, 20 surveyed, one dropped due to access problems (Southport, NC which turned out to be at an Army Depot). My trip odometer said 1828 miles when I turned in the car in … Continue reading

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I love the smell of sewage in the morning

With apologies to Robert Duvall in Apocalypse now- Kilgore: Smell that? You smell that? Lance: What? Kilgore: Sewage, son. Nothing in the world smells like that. [kneels] Kilgore: I love the smell of sewage in the morning.  The smell, you know … Continue reading

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Day 2 at NCDC and Press Release: NOAA to modernize USHCN

Click image for a live interactive view of the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC Today started off terrible. I slipped in the bathtub last night at the hotel, and strained a back muscle and was so sore that … Continue reading

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Road trip Update: Day 1 at NCDC

I felt right at home when I walked into Dr. Bruce Baker’s office for the Climate Reference Network (CRN): Why? Because the first thing they had, front and center, were pictures of every CRN site: and more of them on … Continue reading

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Road Trip Update: What I’m doing Wednesday and Thursday

Having driven just over 800 miles around North Carolina, getting USHCN and GISS stations, like the one in Fayetteville NC yesterday, I’m pretty tired. But I’m at the middle of the trip, a trip made possible by the donations of … Continue reading

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This is why you don’t put an official NOAA temperature sensor over concrete

You’d think the answer would be obvious, but here we have a NOAA operated USHCN climate station of record providing a live experiment. It always helps to illustrate with photos. Today I surveyed a sewage treatment plant, one of 4 stations … Continue reading

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Road trip update: 5 stations, 376 miles

I surveyed 5 NOAA USHCN stations today, 2 water plants, 1 sewage treatment plant, and two private observers. Total distance traveled: 376 miles. All stations had MMTS, and were CRN 3,4,5 rated. The sewage treatment plant was a real gem. … Continue reading

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ABC Poll: GW rates a big fat zero

A non panicked public says “where’s the fire”? Amazingly, “Global Warming” scores a ZERO in the latest ABC News poll. ABC and the Washington Post polled Americans about the most important issue to them in the upcoming elections. The economy … Continue reading

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Surfacestations Update

I’ve recently updated the http://www.surfacestations.org website with the latest surveys and numbers. We have 534 stations surveyed. Here is where we stand now with USHCN station surveys: click for a larger image   Climate Reference Network Rating Guide – adopted … Continue reading

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Open thread

Behave yourselves. I’ll be checking in from time to time and making reports from the road. Just remember that some comments with links might end up in the spam filter and may take some time before I notice them.  

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How not to measure temperature, part 61 – maintenance optional

Every time I visit NOAA’s USHCN page I cringe when I see this phrase: “The United States Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) is a high quality, moderate-sized data set of daily and monthly records of basic meteorological variables from over 1000 … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 60

A good number of official climate stations of record in the USHCN network used for climate studies are at airports. All have been converted to the automated ASOS systems, and the placement of these is often chosen to be away … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 59

I’ve mentioned this before, but it is worth mentioning again. In the 30 years I’ve been involved in meteorology, I had no idea that water and sewage treatment plants were locations used for climate monitoring until I started the surfacestations.org … Continue reading

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