Monthly Archives: May 2008

TV Network Tells Kids How Long Their Carbon Footprint Should Allow Them to Live

This is environmentalism jumping the shark: Click image above to play the game I don’t know where to begin, except to say that when we see things like this, we should complain loudly and incessantly. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has … Continue reading

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I Think, therefore I drive

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a bunch of venture capitalists are now backing Norway’s Think electric-car company. Their plan is to bring the company’s Think City car to the U.S. in 2009 and build it here as well. … Continue reading

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Lieberman-Warner Cap and Trade Bill Headed for Defeat

Looks like its support is splintering: Without widespread corporate support, passage of the bill – already a long shot at best – becomes even more unlikely this year. President Bush remains opposed. House Democrats have been slow to act. From CNN … Continue reading

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UAH Satellite data: Globally, 2008 significantly cooler than last year

One of the great things about our current state of technology is the nearly instant reporting we can get from remote sensing platforms. Thanks to  Dr. Roy Spencer & Dr. Danny Braswell, GHCC at the University of Alabama, Hunsville, we can … Continue reading

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Buckets, Inlets, SST’s and all that – part 2

Since this blog has main focused on air temperature measurement, and has not done any discussion of manual measurement techniques of Sea Surface Temperature measurements, I thought it would be good to first review some of the instrumentation used. Sea … Continue reading

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Buckets, Inlets, SST’s and all that – part 1

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the accuracy of measuring Sea Surface Temperatures prompted by a new study from Phil Jones from the University of East Anglia and Director of UEA’s Climatic Research Unit. The measurement issue … Continue reading

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NASA Funds Toy Snowmobile Project at Georgia Tech to Monitor Climate Change Affecting Ice Shelves

The “SnoMote Remote Controlled Weather Station” At first, I though this must be a joke. But, it is not. They call it “an autonomous robot designed by Georgia Tech to gather scientific data in ice environments.” It started life as … Continue reading

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An Inconvenient Truth – The Opera

La Scala to stage Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’ MILAN, Italy (AP) — First it was the film and the book. Now the next stop for Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” is opera. La Scala officials say the Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli … Continue reading

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Surprise – UN Carbon Credits Being Abused

See related articles from the Guardian: Billions Wasted On UN Climate Programme and Discredited Strategy “It looks like between one and two thirds of all the total CDM offsets do not represent actual emission cuts.” — David Victor, Stanford University and … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 63

One of the strangest things I’ve learned in the past year about the US Historical Climatological Network is the propensity for placement of weather stations at sewage treatment plants. The reason of course has to do with putting a thermometer … Continue reading

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Trouble in the UK – A Green Tax Rebellion is Afoot

The new tipping point: UK motorists rebel against additional taxes by shutting down highways.   After hundreds of angry drivers shut down highways in England Tuesday in protest against green automobile taxes, and drivers and fishermen in France and Spain … Continue reading

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What Political Cartoonists Think About Global Warming

NOTE: I originally had a Google video posted here, which was a collage of political cartoons published in major US Newspapers about climate change. I made the mistake of not watching it all the way to the end, but watched … Continue reading

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Cold Irony: Arctic Sea Ice Traps Climate Tour Icebreaker

Stuck in the arctic ice that doesn’t exist. (file photo: EcoPhotoExplorers) Last year as arctic sea ice melted to record levels, panic set in for many. But then, as the sea ice rebounded and froze again quickly in the 2007/2008 … Continue reading

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NASA sends “The Weather Rock” to Mars

When I made a post discussing the weather station on NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander titled “First Weather Station on the Surface of Mars“, I expressed some concern that there might be something wrong with the meteorological package due to the … Continue reading

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First Weather Station on the Surface of Mars

Of course we’ve all heard and seen the fantastic news of NASA’s Phoenix lander making a successful three point landing on the red planet. The primary goal of the Mars Phoenix Mission is to detect life or the traces of … Continue reading

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The parking lot effect: temperature measurement bias of locations

NOTE: David Smith is doing experiments with the portable USB digital thermometers that are available here. This sort of experimentation is easy and inexpensive to do, and makes a great topic for a student science fair project. The results are … Continue reading

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Biofuels, BBQ’s, and Texas

Corn: it’s-not-what’s-for-dinner. Signs of the times I guess. I saw an odd story yesterday from Armarillo TV station KDFA titled: Barbeque Costs Heating Up Memorial Day cookouts could cost you more this weekend as food prices continue to rise.  According … Continue reading

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Weather Picture Of The Day – relaunched as a blog

Weather Picture Of The Day is a Website that I started back in the year 2000 as a way to provide interesting weather content for the public. Digital Photography was becoming of age and many people had cameras and could … Continue reading

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San Francisco approves greenhouse emissions tax on business

From the “pay and your sins shall be forgiven” department… FROM KTVU-TV in Oakland: Officials Approve Controversial Greenhouse Gas Tax SAN FRANCISCO — Air pollution regulators in the San Francisco Bay area voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve new rules that … Continue reading

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NOAA Predicts a Below-Normal Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season

While the forecast for the Atlantic Hurricane season is active and for 12-16 named storms, the Pacific forecast is just in time to coincide with recent pronouncements of no link between global warming and hurricane frequency, this just in: FOR IMMEDIATE … Continue reading

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A little perspective

I found this image to be compelling because it shows our earth in perspective to some of the more mild activity occuring on the surface of the sun. http://www.Spaceweather.com writes: There’s a rainstorm underway on the sun’s eastern limb. You’d better … Continue reading

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A review of the major global temperature metrics for April 2008: Still globally cooler than 1 year ago

Here is a review of the major global temperature metrics in tabular and graph form. There is a bit of disagreement this month. GISS still comes out the warmest, as it did last month, and the month before, and there is … Continue reading

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The Accidental Tourist (aka The GISS World Tour)

A guest post by: John Goetz, originally posted on Climate Audit. Occasionally I will take a trip after much careful planning and preparation, only to find myself going off into uncharted territory soon after embarking on my adventure. That is … Continue reading

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Sunspot cycle more dud than radiation flood

Interesting article at the Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, home to Kitt Peak and other observatories). (h/t to Ric Werme) Picture for illustration only – not from article Sunspot cycle more dud than radiation flood By Dan Sorenson arizona daily star … Continue reading

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The Church of Green

NOTE: This article appeared in the Los Angeles Times today, and given it is generally left leaning, I’m surprised to see it printed there. I have posted an except and a link to the original below. The Church of Green … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 62

One of the key criteria for placement of weather stations in the COOP, and by extension, the subset USHCN network is the requirement for a “warm body” (an observer) to read the thermometer daily, and write down the max and min … Continue reading

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The 31,000 who say “no convincing evidence” for human induced climate change

Of course the alarmists folks will denounce this as they did the last one, and there are bound to be a few unscrupulous types, such M.J. Murphy of Toronto who blogs as Big City Lib, who by his own admission, … Continue reading

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Increased hurricanes to global warming link: blown away

From the “we told you so” department: Study says global warming not worsening hurricanes WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming isn’t to blame for the recent jump in hurricanes in the Atlantic, concludes a study by a prominent federal scientist whose … Continue reading

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Help populate the new resources page

I’m finding myself constantly looking for some of the same links over and over again, often due to working form different locations where I don’t always have the same bookmarks. Thus as an assistance not only for me, but for … Continue reading

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Global warming may increase prevalence of kidney stones disease

Pass the water please From the “You’ve got to be freakin kidding me department” comes this proof positive that EVERYTHING is caused by global warming. Yessirree folks, my cat coughed up a hairball last night, must be global warming causing him … Continue reading

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Chaitén volcano still going strong – more ash and aerosols

Click for larger image The Chaitén volcano is maintaining its eruptive activity unabated. Yesterday, the Oficina Nacional de Emergencia (ONEMI) reported that military personnel in Chaitén ‘perceived loud noises coming from the volcano, abundant ashfalls and electrical discharges around the top of … Continue reading

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I hope Al Gore is hanging his head

REPOSTED FROM THE UK TELEGRAPH BLOG I am ashamed to admit that I had never heard of Irena Sendler, whose obituary appeared in this morning’s paper. Hers is an awesomely humbling story, even by the standards of her heroic generation. … Continue reading

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More Cycle 23 Sunspecks

The sun is active with cycle 23 (near equator) cycle 23 sunspecks. I have decided againts calling them “Tiny Tims” as I think “sunspecks” is more true to the phenonmenon. Click HERE for the full sized original image The magnetogram … Continue reading

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Polar Bears listed as threatened – now comes the lawsuits

Bear down! – Send an ambulance and a lawyer! The big green machine has finally successfully lobbied enough FUD to get the thriving polar bear listed as a threatened species. Never mind the fact that the arctic sea ice has melted before in the … Continue reading

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FTP access for Climate Reference Network Data

The CRN station at Mauna Loa, HI – I’m guessing the concrete pad was needed due to the cinders not being a stable anchoring medium.  So this station gets a CRN 5 rating. OTOH, as some readers point out, it … Continue reading

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