Monthly Archives: August 2008

Sunspeck counts after all, debate rages…Sun DOES NOT have first spotless calendar month since June 1913

UPADATED AT 8:30AM PST Sept 2nd- More on SIDC’s decision to count a sunspeck (technically a “pore”) days after the fact. NOAA has now followed SIDC in adding a 0.5 sunspot where there was none before. But as commenter Basil … Continue reading

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Gustav’s progress via near realtime satellite imagery

As many of you may know, I produce a variety of weather imagery maps for web and broadcast in SD and HD. Since there is a lot of interest in the path of hurricane Gustav, I thought I’d post a … Continue reading

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Arctic Ice Growth, 2008 – How Much?

A Guest Post By Steve Goddard In my most recent article in The Register, and also posted here on WUWT, I incorrectly speculated that NSIDC graphs appeared to show less growth in Arctic ice extent than had actually occurred.  My … Continue reading

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Sun poised to make history with first spotless month since 1913

Many people that have have an interest in the interaction between the Sun and Earth have been keeping a watchful eye on several metrics of solar activity recently. The most popular of course has been sunspot watching. The sun has … Continue reading

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Uh-oh

A Yogi Berra moment – “it’s deja vu all over again…“ From NHC Public Advisory #25 DATA FROM AN AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 150 MPH…240 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. GUSTAV IS AN … Continue reading

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Global Warming behind Austrian Encephalitis Case

More Signs of the Apocalypse From Medindia.com Posted online: Friday, August 29, 2008 at 2:48:25 PM Report Confirms Four Austrians Suffer Tick-borne Encephalitis from Cheese Medical experts confirmed on Thursday that four people recently fell ill with tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) … Continue reading

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The Sun remains in a magnetic funk

While sunspots are often cited as the main proxy indicator of solar activity, there is another indicator which I view as equally (if not more) important. The Average Planetary Magnetic index (Ap), the strength of which ties into Svensmark’s cosmic ray … Continue reading

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Brits Under Attack Due to Global Waming

From The Sun By VINCE SOODIN Published: 26 Aug 2008 TWO British schoolgirls cheated death after being stung by a lethal Portuguese Man O’War. Paddling Molly Purcell, ten, suffered toxic shock and gasped for breath after the tentacles of the … Continue reading

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Meier of NSIDC on melt: “it’s not going to make it to the North Pole”

Current image from Terra Satellite, rotated 90 degrees to improve view, plus annotation and world view inset added by Anthony Source image is available here at the NASA Terra website North Pole to remain frozen By Bill Scanlon, Rocky Mountain … Continue reading

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Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s op-ed on polar bears and climate change in the NYT

WOW look at the SIZE of that seal! (photo added by Anthony, not NYT) Bearing Up By SARAH PALIN Published: January 5, 2008, Juneau, Alaska ABOUT the closest most Americans will ever get to a polar bear are those cute, … Continue reading

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Democrats find ‘green’ political convention tough to enforce

Idling limos and SUV’s waiting for delegates (Credit: Declan McCullagh/CNET News) From CNET News by Declan McCullagh DENVER–The Democratic Party has boasted that its convention here will be “the most environmentally-sustainable” gathering in the party’s history, complete with a director … Continue reading

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2014-2015 – These years are a repeating theme in solar forecasts

Sun today – still blank. We are approaching a spotless month of August, 2 days to go. Here at WUWT, I’ve touched on almost every point in this article below, here are some links for you to review in addition … Continue reading

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McCains rumored VP pick says “don’t spend time on [skeptics]“

I’ll point out that this is just a rumor. Last week many people were sure that Obama’s VP was going to be Evan Bayh based on bumper sticker printing rumors. Let’s hope this one doesn’t pan out. – Anthony UPDATE: … Continue reading

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Fill your gas tank – now

While it is far from certain yet how strongly these storms will develop and where they will go, production platforms are already shutting down in some parts of the Gulf of Mexico in anticipation of the storm Gustav. Here is … Continue reading

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Skeptical Article on Climate in the Old Farmer’s Almanac – cooler times ahead?

My friend, Joe D’Aleo who runs ICECAP, had the opportunity this year to write an article for the 2009 Old Farmer’s Almanac.  While I’m normally “skeptical” of the long term forecasts printed in the OFA, I’m not of this piece … Continue reading

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Cascade snowpack decline? Weather patterns – not global warming

Man made global warming gets blamed for a lot of things, but often when you look beyond the rhetoric that surrounds such blame, you find simpler answers, such as changes in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Mount Shuksan, in the Cascades … Continue reading

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Help survey a weather station this Labor Day weekend

As many of you know, I also operate http://www.surfacestations.org with the goal of completing the survey of all 1221 USHCN climate stations of record in the continental United States. Doing so, we’ve uncovered some very interesting siting and quality control … Continue reading

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Global Warming Creates Crabgrass Menace

This UC Irvine study with heat lamps on grass plots seems to be almost at a science fair level. Here’s the relevant quotes from the abstract and conclusion: Our results suggest that an increase in temperature caused by climate change … Continue reading

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Hanna Montana Gets In the Act

From the Business & Media Institute Disney’s New Hannah Montana Album Features ‘Global Warming Anthem’ Teen pop star sings ‘Wake Up America,’ warns the ‘earth is calling out,’ but admits she doesn’t know ‘what all this means.’ By Jeff Poor … Continue reading

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The Flip Side of Cooler Weather

While we’ve had a number of unusual and anecdotal cold snaps in late summer in the northern latitudes, there are also warm events too. It will be interesting to see how this event is reported by newspapers and other media … Continue reading

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Former head of CSIRO’s division of space science says global cooling may be on the way

From Australia’s Canberra Times: Crucial to keep open mind in a climate of change SIMON GROSE 27/08/2008 9:39:00 AM Climate change has been the most important and complex issue on my plate in 15 years as a science and technology … Continue reading

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Noctilucent clouds and the Earth’s interface with space

This story about noctilucent clouds on NASA’s Science website made me think about a few things.   What I wonder is this: could noctilucent clouds be a proxy for cosmic ray interactions? While there are a lot of high energy galactic cosmic … Continue reading

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Another frost advisory before Labor Day

More anecdotal colder than normal weather keeps piling up. This time it’s in Southern Oregon and Northeastern California. Clearly we are having some far earlier than normal frosts and freezes in the USA, and the situation seems to be mirrored … Continue reading

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Now what will T. Boone Pickens do?

Murphy’s Law in Action – Which to choose? Save the bats or save the planet? This presents an environmental quandary. – Anthony Wind Turbines Give Bats the “Bends,” Study Finds Brian Handwerk   for National Geographic News August 25, 2008 … Continue reading

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Greenland Ice Core Reveals History Of Pollution In The Arctic – But there’s a twist, it was worse 100 years ago

From: ScienceDaily (Aug. 20, 2008) Coal burning, primarily in North America and Europe, contaminated the Arctic and potentially affected human health and ecosystems in and around Earth’s polar regions, according to new research. The study was conducted by the Desert … Continue reading

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Upper Wisconsin and Minnesota Forecast: Frost and Freeze Before Labor Day

We’ve seen a lot of anecdotal evidence of a cooler than usual summer in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere. This one caught my eye though, because I can’t ever recall of hearing a freeze warning being issued for this … Continue reading

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UK’s Daily Mail: Awful August has delayed this year’s harvest but global warming is not to blame

Note: UK atmospheric scientist John Kettley, is formerly of the Met Office and the Fluid Dynamics Department at the Bracknell headquarters. JOHN KETTLEY: Awful August has delayed this year’s harvest but global warming is not to blame Last updated at … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 69

Two weeks ago I posted about a story from the Orange County Register titled Urbanization Raises The Heat in Orange County. It was front page news that day, on Friday, August 8th. The article was fairly well written, citing JPL climatologist … Continue reading

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Another chance to make comments on climate change

  As you may have already read, the CCSP Unified Synthesis Product report, which contains a multitude of errors and misrepresentations, is on hold while the various “synthesis products” catch up in publishing. These are essentially justifications for the contents of … Continue reading

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Cryosphere Today Makes Changes – Improves product, drops Gore comment

In the thread where we have examined the visual discrepancies in sea ice report that concerned a number of people, William Chapman of the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana joined in the discussion today. Mr. Chapman is the man responsible for maintaining … Continue reading

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Australian Space Weather Agency Revises Solar Cycle 24 Start, Adding 6 Months

Solar Cycle 24 just can’t seem to get rolling. IPS announced today (IPS is the Australian Space Weather Agency) ,  that it has changed its forecast for Solar Cycle 24, pushing it’s start into the future by six months. They … Continue reading

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December 1986 – Irony

A guest post by John Goetz In my post December 1986, I presented a histogram showing the GISS estimate of December 1986 minus the actual for GHCN stations in Europe and Russia. As noted, GISS under-estimated December 1986 for this … Continue reading

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Reuters: World Meteorological Organization says “This year so far coolest for at least 5 years”

Finally some recognition of all the anecdotal weather we’ve been talking about here – Anthony World Meteorological Organization Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:15am IST LONDON (Reuters) – The first half of 2008 was the coolest for at least five years, … Continue reading

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Skeptics win one! NOAA/NCDC to hold the CCSP report

NOTE: In the headline, the word “pull” has been replaced with the word “hold” which better represents the process that will now occur. My thought for that word was “pull from the planned schedule”, but that was the wrong word … Continue reading

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Nutty Story of the Day#6 – Blood Meant for Transfusions Can Get Contaminated Due to Global Warming

From:Environmental Health Posted online: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 5:50:36 PM Blood Meant for Transfusions Can Get Contaminated Due to Global Warming Increasing temperatures can contaminate blood meant for transfusions, say researchers. According to a new report by West Australian … Continue reading

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