Monthly Archives: August 2008

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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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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