Monthly Archives: June 2008

June 14th

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I’m considering a blog policy change

Preparing to launch a “flame”. A couple of things have happened this week that has made me look at this blog just a bit differently than in the past. I’ve had to ask for help for the very first time in moderating … Continue reading

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Renowned Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Reid Bryson Dies At 88

Reid once said:  ‘You can go outside and spit and have the same effect as doubling carbon dioxide.’ From Roger Pielke  Professor Greg  J. Tripoli of the University of Wisconsin – Madison has shared this sad news with all of us. … Continue reading

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Surprise: Leaves Maintain Temperature, new findings may put dendroclimatology as metric of past temperature into question

Dendroclimatology: thermometer or hygrometer? Hot climate or cold, tree leaves stay in comfort zone From the Google Climate Discussion Group, see an article also in Science News Paris, June 11; Agence France-Presse A new study that shows their internal temperature … Continue reading

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Weather Channel Founder Makes Another Challenge to Gore

  A guest post by John Coleman, founder of The Weather Channel, and Chief Meteorologist of KUSI-TV in San Diego. See his previous challenge published here called “An Open Letter to Environmentalists“ Note from Anthony: I know John from way … Continue reading

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La Nina drought hits home for me as wildland fire

Below is the image from my weather station in Chico, CA looking SE at the Humboldt Fire which is engulfing a good portion of the southern and eastern outskirts of my community. You may have heard about this on the … Continue reading

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A bit chilly for June

Still lots of cold air coming in from the Arctic. Looks like the heat wave in NYC is coming down too. Only 8 days until the summer solstice, the sunlight distribution on our sphere is looking pretty much like a sine … Continue reading

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Temperature Stock Report

Interesting quote of the week: If Global Warming were a stock, and you bought it in 1979 at zero (par) and decided to sell it this month to buy a house, 29 years later you aren’t very happy with your … Continue reading

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NASA to Probe Sun “in situ”

Until the SOHO satellite was launched, astronomers had to be content to look through earth bound telescopes at the sun. Now that the sun is key to “the biggest threat facing mankind – climate change” it seems only sensible that NASA … Continue reading

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GLAST Blasts Off

GLAST Blast – click for larger image Today, NASA launched into space a new telescope to explore high-energy cosmic events in distant galaxies.  The Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, known as GLAST, will detect intense energy emitted from some of … Continue reading

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Waiting for HadCRUT

I’m waiting for May global land + ocean temperature data to be published from Hadley Climate Research Unit, at which time I’ll also show a comparison to GISS. Since I did pretty well at guessing what RSS May data value … Continue reading

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Bees and Sunspots

Here is some interesting reading linking solar magnetic activity to Bees. Bees use the sun to navigate, so it is not a surprise that they’d be in tune with the sun. But there are also other issues such as immune … Continue reading

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NOAA: Them’s fightin’ words

Bureaucracy at work UPDATE: Today, June 11th, NOAA issued a new updated press release, which you can read here: NOAA Proposes Rule to Require Saltwater Angler Registration They say the program will not charge you for the first two years, … Continue reading

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Scientists not sure why Sun ‘continues to be dead’

The sun today. There appears to be an emerging Cycle 23 spot at the left, but still no new Cycle 24 spots. Click for large image That’s never a good sign. Below is an excerpt from an article in Science … Continue reading

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Anecdotal Climate & Weather Roundup

Seattle has coldest first week of June since 1891 Seattle just experienced the coldest first week of June, according to climate records dating to 1891, said Cliff Mass, University of Washington metrologist. Both 1999 and 2008 share the record, with … Continue reading

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Blogging Now Good for You, Still Bad for Some

From Slashdot: Several users have alerted us to a May Scientific American article that has been getting some attention more recently. Apparently, blogging is now good for you and, at least in this context, is the suggested reason for the … Continue reading

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Surprise: Earths’ Biosphere is Booming, Satellite Data Suggests CO2 the Cause

Eco Worriers: “CO2 is a pollutant!” Gaia: “Tell that to the biosphere.” Biosphere: “Yumm, burp!”   The SeaWiFS instrument aboard the Seastar satellite has been collecting ocean data since 1997. By monitoring the color of reflected light via satellite, scientists … Continue reading

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After nearly a two week hiatus, is back online. Give Barry Hearn and Steve Milloy a visit, and maybe help out by buying a book or t-shirt or hit the tip jar. – Anthony  

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Some Planetary Perspective

Update 2: Reader Jesse Michael forwarded me this animated image above, which does a better job than the flawed NASA image or it’s replacement I found below. It takes about a minute to complete the whole sequence, patience. While looking … Continue reading

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Jason-2 satellite set to launch June 15th from Vandenberg, will track sea level

Jason-2/Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM). Click for High resolution image (Credit: NOAA) Hopefully, this will put an end to tide gage data and it’s nuances (such as subsidence). From a  NOAA press release: A new satellite set to launch next … Continue reading

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Open Thread #2

Behave yourselves. 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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The Hockey Stick returns as web karma

Looks like a tipping point has been reached. Click graph for details.  

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RSS: Global Temperature Also Cooler in May

A few days ago I highlighted the drop in global temperatures as measured by satellite from UAH, the University of Alabama, Huntsville. They published their satellite derived Advanced Microwave Sounder Unit data set of the Lower Troposphere for May 2008 and … Continue reading

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NOAA reports on our cooler than normal spring

NOAA: U.S. Has 36th Coolest Spring on Record   June 6, 2008 High resolution (Credit: NOAA) The March-May spring season was the 36th coolest on record for the contiguous United States, according to an analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data … Continue reading

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No More Singing Around the Campfire: Too Much C02

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, word of insanity afoot in local government there. I wonder if the board members at Parks and Recreation will give up their cars, or maybe their home furnace? Mike Urban / P-I Robert Drucker (not shown), … Continue reading

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Brian Sussman: Global Whining vs. the Truth

Foreword from Anthony: Brian Sussman is a professional acquaintance of mine, I’ve known him since he was on KPIX-TV in San Francisco. He and I have come to essentially independent but similar conclusions, and he is writing a book on … Continue reading

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Leiberman-Warner cap and trade climate bill: unofficially defeated

UPDATE: This bill has been pulled by Senate Democrats see CBS News story Sources inside the U.S. Senate tell me that this cap and trade bill is “unofficially” defeated, based on a head count of likely votes. All that remains is a formal … Continue reading

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Regarding the Lieberman-Warner Debate, Rep. Rohrabacher: “Do you really think the world is filled with morons?”

From the Congressional Record, this speech was given on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. It is worth reading and posting elsewhere. Lieberman-Warner Debate: Congressman Rohrabacher’s Floor Speech on Global Warming MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING House of Representatives … Continue reading

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“This bill is going down in flames”

Congressional Memo More Talking Than Listening in the Senate Debate About Climate Change   By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN the New York Times   WASHINGTON — About a day into the debate over legislation to combat global warming but before Republicans brought … Continue reading

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What we should be focusing on for power generation

While Jim Hansen lobbies states to get newly designed clean burning coal fired generation plants not built, California remains lukewarm still on an opportunity to extract geothermal heat for a variety of locations in California. Nevada on the other hand, is moving forward fast, … Continue reading

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California Proclaims Drought – Governator demands action

Added humor above – click for original image Governor Schwarzenegger Proclaims Drought and Orders Immediate Action to Address Situation San Francisco’s Spring, driest on record: The rainfall for the months of March, April and May in San Francisco were the driest … Continue reading

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UAH: Global Temperature Dives in May

Confirming what many of us have already noted from the anecdotal evidence coming in of a much cooler than normal May, such as late spring snows as far south as Arizona, extended skiing in Colorado, and delays in snow cover … Continue reading

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Another record month!

Ah, bet you thought I was talking about temperature didn’t you? Nope, I’m talking about you folks – all my readers that have helped make this blog what it is. Thanks to you I’ve hit another traffic high with over … Continue reading

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NASA Press Office Is Criticized on Climate Reports – Hansen news trend still postive

From the New York Times a story on a GAO report looking into “interference” with public releases of climate science at NASA: Two years after James E. Hansen, the leading climate scientist at NASA, and other agency employees described a pattern of distortion and … Continue reading

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Army Chief Scientist: “Sun’s turbulent dynamics” driving climate

From Wired Magazine: The Army is weighing in on the global warming debate, claiming that climate change is not man-made.  Instead, Dr. Bruce West, with the Army Research Office, argues that “changes in the earth’s average surface temperature are directly … Continue reading

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