Monthly Archives: August 2008

More anecdotal and oddly cool summer weather: Rockford, IL yet to reach 90 degrees

Having grown up in the midwest not too far from there, having no 90 degree days yet for the entire summer is admitedly unusual. Here is a running window of the last 3 days of temperature data from Rockford. So … Continue reading

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Democrats planning everything but the weather in Denver

From USA Today: Democrats planning everything but the weather in Denver  By Chuck Raasch, GNS Political Writer WASHINGTON — Democrats are hoping for an open-air sendoff of Barack Obama on Aug. 28 as big as the Colorado sky. But what … Continue reading

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AMS Linking Weather Events to Climate Change

One of the most vocal criticisms I get is when I write about weather events around the globe. For example one commenter, “beaker” recently wrote this criticism to my story about Denver setting two new record low maximum temperatures on consecutive … Continue reading

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Thanks to Nature, a Large Atmospheric Sulfur Dioxide Experiment is Now Underway in the Pacific

Last June, WIRED magazine wrote an in depth article that asked: Can a Million Tons of Sulfur Dioxide Combat Climate Change? The question arose from research from research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory near San Francisco, by Lowell Wood, a protégé of … Continue reading

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Denver’s low maximum temperature daily double

   CDOT closed Loveland Pass west of Denver for a couple hours to plow. It seems a bit cool all over the USA for a Sunday afternoon in August. US HOURLY TEMPERATURES AT 19:39 GMT/UTC Sunday Click for larger image In … Continue reading

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Gore wrong on Kilimanjaro snow: Its the trees and “freezer burn”

From the “we told you so” department, more agreement that Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth movie poster child for global climate change has nothing to do with climate change at all, and everything to do with local effects of land use change. This … Continue reading

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Nutty story of the day #5, One more thing to worry about: The Oxygen Crisis!

Trend of atmospheric oxygen (O2) from Cape Grim, Tasmania. This looks serious, right? Read on. FOREWORD: I had to chuckle at this. This is the sort of story I would expect in the supermarket tabloids next to a picture of Bat Boy. For … Continue reading

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Anecdotal cold weather news from around the world

There continues to be a number of reports of colder than normal weather and seasons from around the globe. Here are a few. Loveland Pass Colorado, today Australia: http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/cold-weather-here-to-stay/9718 Cold weather here to stay Tom Saunders, Saturday August 16, 2008 … Continue reading

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Nutty Story of the Day #4: Germans apply glacier anti-melt screen

From Physorg.com   The Swiss alpine region of Valais is pictured in February 2008. German researchers trying to slow melting glaciers have set up a large screen in the Swiss Alps that they hope will trap cold air over the … Continue reading

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Heat Wave in Portland: Watch for “AGW did it” stories

Portland is one of the “greener” cities in the USA. So it would not be surprising to see some stories blaming the current heat wave on “Global Warming” or “Climate Change”. It will be interesting to see how they react … Continue reading

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Arctic Ice Extent Discrepancy: NSIDC versus Cryosphere Today

Foreword: I had originally planned to post a story on this, but Steven Goddard of the UK Register sends word that he has already done a comparison. It mirrors much of what I would have written. There is a clear … Continue reading

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Hadley Climate Center HadAT2 Data shows global cooling in the last year

Overall long term trend remains positive in lower troposphere. Most often on this forum we have looked at either surface temperature data from surface observations or lower tropospheric temperature data derived from satellite sounders. Today I’d like to point out a … Continue reading

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Last Chance! Today is the deadline for comments

See this: An important call for public comment on the NASA Climate Change Science Program If you have not made a comment on this report, and the many, many flaws it contains. You still have time. Comments are accepted until 5PM … Continue reading

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The tale of the hockey stick

Or as an alternate title: “Why we find it difficult to trust certain climate scientists.” This posting by Bishop Hill, telling the tale of the nefarious temperature reconstruction known as the Michael Mann hockey stick, from start to present, is … Continue reading

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Spotless days: 400 and counting

The sun on 08/12/2008 just before midnight UTC – spotless As many of you know, the sun has been very quiet, especially in the last month. In a NASA news release article titled What’s Wrong with the Sun? (Nothing) solar physicist … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar | 290 Comments

December 1986

A guest post by John Goetz Cross posted from Climate Audit After I posted GISS Spackle and Caulk, a number of commenters marveled at the symmetry of the histogram (GISS temperature estimate minus actual temperature). Some were dismayed that there … Continue reading

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Arizona State: Climate Models Missing Important Aersols

Above graphic for illustration only – not related to study cited below PHOENIX, Aug. 11 (UPI) — U.S. Scientists say they’ve discovered some measures used in atmospheric science overlook important factors affecting climatic warming and cooling.    The Arizona State … Continue reading

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Maine’s tourism industry suffering due to cooler, wetter, weather

NOTE: There seems to be an abundance of anecdotal weather evidence that the northern latitudes in North America have had a cooler summer than usual. Of course there are places that have bucked that trend also. Still it is interesting … Continue reading

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GISS Spackle and Caulk

Guest post by John Goetz Cross posted from Climate Audit Earlier this year I did a post on the amount of estimation done to the GHCN temperature record by GISS before generating zonal and global averages. A graphic I posted … Continue reading

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NASA Sees Arctic Ocean Circulation Do an About-Face

NOTE: You may recall a story I posted some months ago titled: “NASA: It’s the wind” regarding Arctic wind circulation patterns and the way it drove sea ice further south into melt zones. Commenter Paul Marek brought this story to … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Sea ice | 80 Comments

Urbanization raises the heat in Orange County, CA

UPDATE: I personally visited this station today, thanks to a family visit that coincidentally took me to within a couple of miles of this station. It’s on a rooftop at the fire station. I’ll have a complete report tomorrow, but … Continue reading

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The view on AGW from the Australian

Key degrees of difference Cameron Stewart, Associate editor | August 09, 2008 http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24148862-11949,00.html  HAS global warming stopped? The question alone is enough to provoke scorn from the mainstream scientific community and from the Government, which says the earth has never … Continue reading

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“…this year, there was an exceptional amount of ice -“

Click for larger image – Polarstern am Eisrand vor Nordost-Grönland Photo: Martin Graeve, Alfred-Wegener-Institut August 7-08 press release on work done from MV Polarstern in the northern Greenland Sea (between Svalbard and NE Greenland): from Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI): http://idw-online.de/pages/de/news273425Continue reading

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NOAA: U.S. Temperature Above Normal in July

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Leslie 301-713-2087, ext. 174 Aug. 8, 2008 NOAA: U.S. Temperature Above Normal in July   July 2008 was the 30th warmest July for the contiguous United States, based on records dating back to 1895, according to an analysis … Continue reading

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July UAH Global Temperature Anomaly: up a bit and in general agreement with RSS

UAH (University of Alabama, Huntsville) Microwave Sounder Unit (MSU) lower troposphere global temperature anomaly data for July 2008 was published today and has moved a bit above the zero anomaly line, with a value of 0.048, up from -0.114 in June 2008 … Continue reading

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Mauna Loa to improve CO2 data reporting

Regular readers may recall our conversations this week on the hiccup in CO2 data from the Mauna Loa Observatory. I’m pleased to announce that I received this encouraging email today from Dr. Pieter Tans, who is responsible for the Mauna Loa CO2 … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements, Climate_change, Science | 47 Comments

Strong Start Increases NOAA’s Confidence for Above-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season

Contact: Carmeyia Gillis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 301-763-8000, ext, 7163 Aug. 7, 2008 Strong Start Increases NOAA’s Confidence for Above-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season In the August update to the Atlantic hurricane season outlook, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has increased the likelihood … Continue reading

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RSS July Global Temperature Anomaly – up a bit

RSS (Remote Sensing Systems of Santa Rosa, CA) RSS Microwave Sounder Unit (MSU) lower troposphere global temperature anomaly data for July 2008 was published today and has moved a bit above the zero anomaly line, with a value of 0.147°C for a … Continue reading

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An important call for public comment on the NASA Climate Change Science Program

Foreword: For all of my readers, I can’t stress enough how important Dr. Herman’s message is. Please consider his requests for public comments. Something that most people don’t know is that you do not need to be a citizen of … Continue reading

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Post mortem on the Mauna Loa CO2 data eruption

As most readers of this blog already know, there has been a posting and revision of CO2 data on the Mauna Loa observatory website in the past day that has generated quite a lot of controversy.Now after having been in … Continue reading

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APS Fellow supports Monckton’s position

The following letter is from an APS member, Roger W. Cohen, and is in support of Lord Monckton’s paper published in the July APS newsletter. For more information on this, see my posting  American Physical Society and Monckton at odds … Continue reading

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Earth Warms to 812F, experts baffled

Southern California Hot Spot Hits 812 Degrees, Baffles Experts Photo:  Ventura County Fire Department From FoxNews: The ground is so hot in one part of Southern California it can melt the shoes right off your feet. An unexplained “thermal anomaly” … Continue reading

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One day later: Mauna Loa CO2 graph changes

UPDATE: 08/07 2:PM PST MLO responds with improvements to the CO2 data reporting Approximately 24 hours after I published my story on the January to July trend reversal of CO2 at Mauna Loa, the monthly mean graph that is displayed on … Continue reading

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NCDC: Photoshopping the climate change report for better impact

Last week on Friday August 1st you may recall that I commented on the release of the Draft report Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States In that post I mentioned that “The draft document reads more like a … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Politics, Ridiculae | 82 Comments

Presidential Science Advisor Briefed On Potential For Mars Life

This in an interesting story from Aviation Week They say “the data relate to habitability” But it makes you wonder why they had to brief the Presidential Science Advisor on this. UPDATE: Apparently the science team has had no official … Continue reading

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