Monthly Archives: September 2008

What a difference a year makes: Another record month for WUWT

Today at 00 GMT (5PM PST) a new month started. Every time a new month of statistics starts being logged by WordPress for Watts Up With That, I say to myself, “there’s no way I’ll get this sort of traffic … Continue reading

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Posted in Announcements | 63 Comments

Here’s the problem with the sun

Newly discovered evidence that polar bears, CO2, climate change, and the sun are intimately connected in ways never envisioned. No wonder the sun seems to be slowing down.

Posted in Fun_stuff | 40 Comments

NASA: Sun is “blankety blankest” it’s been in the Space Age

From NASA Science News h/t to John-X Spotless Sun: 2008 is the Blankest Year of the Space Age Sept. 30, 2008: Astronomers who count sunspots have announced that 2008 is now the “blankest year” of the Space Age. As of … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar | 160 Comments

BS Alert: Polar bear hearing affected to due global warming?

From the BBC, a video report so absurd, you wonder if it is an April fools joke. The premise? Noise from excessive ice calving  and cracking due to “climate change” would affect the bear’s hearing. I wonder what agency was … Continue reading

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Quote of the week

This sums the banking issue well. “Is anyone even paying attention to these Wing Nut AGW people? With 1/2 of America worried about having to eat cat food during their retirement, global warming is the last thing on their mind.” … Continue reading

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NBC film crew stranded in Arctic on icebreaker 3 weeks

It never ceases to amaze me how people think when it comes to the Arctic. Somehow there is this pervasive belief that “if we just go there and document it, we’ll be able to demonstrate how climate change is affecting … Continue reading

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Comments thread – AIRS Team satellite CO2 paper published

I’m going to make a formal post on this later, but I wanted to bring it up for discussion now since many people have been waiting for this paper to be published. For my previous perspectives and replies from authors, … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Science | 48 Comments

Small sunspecks emerging on both solar hemispheres

In comments, Jonn-X wondered: Dead pixels or new sunspecks (pore-ettes) ? At first I was pretty sure I was looking at nothing, then I saw the official NOAA bulletin http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/forecast.html and the usual phrase, “The visible disk was spotless,” was … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar | 112 Comments

Will September be the month the sun truly transitions to Cycle 24?

Below is a note forwarded to me by John Sumption from Jan Janssens. For those who do not know him, Jan runs a very comphrehensive solar tracking website here. Jan included the caveat: This topic’s sure to start another heated … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar | 114 Comments

Convenience stores under attack by global warming zealots

Now I’ve heard everything. Talk about your “Kyoto protocol”. The original source of this silliness comes from the city of Kyoto. In June, in a bid to reduce greenhouse gases and perhaps become a nationally designated “model environmental city,” the … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Ridiculae | 47 Comments

Former director of International Arctic Research Center says: “Global warming has paused”

We still need to study nature’s contribution to trend Syun-Ichi Akasofu, Community Perspective Published Saturday, September 27, 2008, Fairbanks AK News-Miner Photo by Anthony – not part of original article Recent studies by the Hadley Climate Research Center (UK), the … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Science | 204 Comments

NASA JPL on Heatwaves: “it’s the asphalt, not the atmosphere”

UPDATE: Former California State climatologist Jim Goodridge presents some data that suggests that ocean temperature may be an equal or greater driving force behind Los Angeles Temperature increases, see graph below. Source: NASA JPL UPDATE: Sea surface temperature anomaly versus … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Weather_stations | 91 Comments

Kum Ba Yah

by John Goetz I just ran across the following news article from Pitchfork Media: Jarvis, Feist Sail to Arctic to Investigate Global Warming Laurie Anderson, Robyn Hitchcock, Martha Wainwright, and Ryuichi Sakamoto too! Feist, Jarvis Cocker, and a bunch of … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Politics, Ridiculae | 58 Comments

The Day The Earth Cooled

This is a familar set of issues in one article. – Anthony By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Thursday, September 25, 2008 4:20 PM PT Environment: The solar wind is slowing, but Al Gore is still spewing hot air. The … Continue reading

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Wind power

I was in a conversation today at lunch with a fellow who told me that “wind power is better than anything we’ve ever done for generating electricity”. That made me wonder, how reliable (beyond the constancy of wind issues) is … Continue reading

Posted in Fun_stuff, Technology | 220 Comments

NAS reports: 50 million year cooling trend

Warming in a global cool period By Peter N. Spotts| Staff Writer for The Christian Science Monitor/ September 25, 2008 edition Graph above added by Anthony – not part of original article With all the focus on human-triggered global warming, … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Science | 118 Comments

Global Warming causing Cannibalism

by John Goetz OK, I know the catchy headline and picture of Hannibal Lecter got you worrying a little about that neighbor of yours who is stocking up on fava beans and chianti. But the headline is misleading, as is … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Ridiculae | 74 Comments

Rubber Duckie

by John Goetz Rubber Duckie, you’re the one, You make bathtime lots of fun, Rubber Duckie, I’m awfully fond of you; Woo woo be doo From the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald: NASA uses rubber ducks to fight global warming September … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Fun_stuff, Ridiculae | 54 Comments

Adjusting Pristine Data

by John Goetz On September 15, 2008, Anthony DePalma of the New York Times wrote an article about the Mohonk Lakes USHCN weather station titled Weather History Offers Insight Into Global Warming. This article claimed, in part, that the average … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Weather_stations | 104 Comments

Latest Cycle 24 Sunspot: here today, gone tomorrow

I decided to make an animated GIF of the latest cycle 24 sunspot, dubbed number 1002, which was literally a “flash in the pan”. Credit: SOHO/MDI One thing that has been common so far with all cycle 24 sunspots this … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar | 139 Comments

NASA’s press conference on the state of the sun

I just finished participating in the press teleconference call in for reporters with NASA and their panel of solar experts today. There was a lot of interesting discussions and questions. Unfortunately even though I put in for a question, I … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar | 204 Comments

ISO-8000 Data Quality – something climate science could benefit from

I received the following email in my inbox this morning, inviting me to attend the first ISO 8000 data quality conference. Looking at the membership directory for this group, I’m not at all surprised that NASA, NOAA, NCDC, NWS, GISS … Continue reading

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New Cycle 24 Sunspot and SSN wavelet analysis

Maybe there is some hope for SC24 ramping up this year yet. This appears to be the largest SC24 spot to date. Previous SC24 spots have faded quickly, we’ll see how long this one lasts. UPDATE: 9/23 It is already … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar | 144 Comments

NSIDC’ s Dr. Walt Meier Answers 10 Questions

Regular readers may recall some of the posts here, here, here, and here, where the sea ice data presented by NSIDC and by Cryosphere today were brought into question. We finally have an end to this year’s arctic melt season, … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Sea ice | 402 Comments

My first “something” attack

NOTE: The first title to this post was “my first DOS attack” which is what it appeared to be to me…now WordPress support has weighed in, so we don’t know exactly what it is….see follow up below. UPDATE3: Looks like … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements, Ridiculae | 79 Comments

Sounds familiar: “A friend of mine found one station where the temperature gauge was just outside the air conditioner…”

UAF professor emeritus continues to question sources of global warming By Chris Freiberg Published Friday, September 19, 2008 FAIRBANKS — A University of Alaska Fairbanks professor emeritus known for his belief that carbon dioxide is not the sole cause of … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Science, Weather_stations | 106 Comments

NEWS: NASA to hold press conference on the state of the sun

This is unusual. A live media teleconference on the sun. Even more unusual is this statement: The sun’s current state could result in changing conditions in the solar system. As you may recall, I posted an entry about the Ulysses … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar | 421 Comments

How the IPCC Portrayed a Net Positive Impact of Climate Change as a Negative

By Indur Goklany. Originally published at the Cato Institute, but published here also by invitation from the author. Arguably the most influential graphic from the latest IPCC report is Figure SPM.2 from the IPCC WG 2’s Summary for Policy Makers … Continue reading

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Global Warming to Shake Up Big Ten

Posted by John Goetz Jim Nichols of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote an article this past Tuesday (September 16) that has gotten the attention of Ohio State and Michigan fans around the country: Global warming could send buckeye trees to … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Fun_stuff, Local_issues | 31 Comments

New paper from Christy suggests atmosphere hit max CO2 forcing in 1998, feedback missing

This is an interesting paper from our good friend Dr. John Christy of UAH and D. H. Douglas. In it, a bold claim is made about the likelihood that the atmosphere no longer shows the characteristic of CO2 radiative forcing, … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Science | 244 Comments

A Canadian’s View: “the global warming brigade lost much of its sizzle in the past year”

Under-achieving B-team players fumbling on climate change too Wednesday, September 17, 2008 By john Martin, The Province  As evidence to the contrary started rolling in and one prominent scientist after another abandoned ship, the global warming brigade lost much of … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Politics | 15 Comments

Spencer on AGW: “If you’re paid to find something, you’re going to find it,”

From the Raleigh News and Observer – Scientist: Warming is natural http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1221488.html Published: Sep 17, 2008 12:30 AM Modified: Sep 17, 2008 02:03 AM  RALEIGH – Scientist Roy Spencer thinks global warming is a natural occurrence and not man-made.Over the … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Politics, Science | 40 Comments

Updated – Calling All Climate Sleuths

Posted by Dee Norris Can you figure out what happened at Mohonk Lake, NY? Get out your slip-sticks and put on your thinking caps, gentle readers. We need to solve the mystery of the temperature record at at Mohonk Lake … Continue reading

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Arctic Sea Ice Melt Season Officially Over; ice up over 9% from last year

We have news from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). They say: The melt is over. And we’ve added 9.4% ice coverage from this time last year. Though it appears NSIDC is attempting to downplay this in their … Continue reading

Posted in Sea ice | 195 Comments

NOAA Claims: Global Summer Temperature Was Ninth Warmest – Questionable

This just doesn’t seem to add up given what we’ve seen from anecdotal weather information and satellite data. For example the UAH global temperature for the lower troposphere shows that the temperature in 2008 doesn’t get anywhere close to this … Continue reading

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