Monthly Archives: November 2008

Klosed in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo State Hospital In an effort to add to the surfacestation.org survey coverage, I’ve been looking at a number of stations from the aerial vantage points available in Google Earth and Microsoft Live Maps. I particularly look for the stations … Continue reading

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Using the Dead to Fight AGW

by John Goetz In what seems to be a script straight from a Monty Python classic, the good folks of Santa Coloma de Gramenet in Spain seem to have found a rather novel use for the dead: as a tool … Continue reading

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Statistician debunks Gore’s climate linkage to the collapse of the Mayan civilisation

Mayan ruins in Guatemala. This is an email I recently received from statistician Dr. Richard Mackey who writes: The following appeared on Gore’s blog of Nov 19, 2008: Looking Back to Look Forward Looking Back to Look Forward November 19, … Continue reading

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Al Gore does Oprah – was anybody watching?

A guest post by: Russ Steele from NCWatch We can only hope the most people in the US are shopping on Black Friday and not watching the Oprah Winfrey Show today.  Al Gore has brought his global warming propaganda machine … Continue reading

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Black Friday Humor

ASOS station in Greenville, Alabama, Mac Crenshaw Memorial Airport Photo by: Howard Wiseman You’d think either the FAA or NOAA would get this cleaned up before surfcaestations.org volunteers have the opportunity to get such pictures. So, in the spirit of … Continue reading

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Glaciers in Norway, Alaska, growing again

A glacial region in Norway (Source: NRK) Reposted from the DailyTech By: Mike Asher Scandinavian nation reverses trend, mirrors results in Alaska, elsewhere. After years of decline, glaciers in Norway are again growing, reports the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 78 – teach the children well

Title with apologies to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. In my last post, part 77 of “How not to measure temperature” I pointed out that the National Weather Service in Upton NY has a weather station that is way out … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 77: Surveying a weather station by watching JEOPARDY!

Yes, you read the title correctly. Sometimes I feel like a strange attractor for weather station chaos. Here I am at home tonight minding my own business, in my home office and I have the TV on. JEOPARDY comes on. … Continue reading

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Atlantic Hurricane Season Sets Records

This NOAA press release just showed up in my inbox, it seems to be a completely different take on the Hurricane season than that of Florida State’s COAPS and Ryan Maue who says: Record inactivity continues: Past 24-months of Northern … Continue reading

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Adjusting Temperatures for the ENSO and the AMO

NOTE: Zip file downloads of models with data have been fixed, see end of this post – Anthony Source: Mantua, 2000 The essay below has been part of a back and forth email exchange for about a week. Bill has … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 76

Click for the Oberlin image gallery This is the USHCN station of record for Oberlin KS. COOP # 145906 It was installed at this location in March 2008. The idea behind the surface network is to measure the near surface … Continue reading

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A note to WUWT readers

As you may have noted, the rate at which I have posted new stories in the last couple of days has tapered off, and likely will remain at a lowered rate in the immediate future. The reason is twofold: 1) … Continue reading

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UK brought to standstill as five inches of snow falls in an hour

Mike Ronanye writes: Photo from Sky News Story from UK Telegraph: UK brought to standstill as five inches of snow falls in an hour The press still can’t convert between Celsius and Fahrenheit. The lowest weekend temperature was reported in … Continue reading

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Litigious Lunacy

This is quite something. Darn those Canucks. As we saw with his defense of eco-vandals in England, I wonder if Dr. James Hansen will rush to The Hague to testify for this one? And if by some furthest stretch of … Continue reading

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Weather Channel nixes “Forecast Earth”, including Cullen

UPDATE: 11/25 I now have word from a reputable source close to TWC that Cullen was indeed part of the layoff. – Anthony I’ve been following this story since yesterday, but the details kept being somewhat nebulous. Since WaPo has … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 75

Like tornados and trailer parks, USHCN temperature sensors and barbecues seem to have mutual attraction. This is the official NOAA USHCN climate station of record in Fairbury Nebraska. Click for a larger image Photo taken by surfacestations.org volunteer Eric Gamberg … Continue reading

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Weather Channel axes staff

If you’re working for the Weather Channel, look out for the falling ax. Kristi Swartz at the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: Weather Channel lays off staff The Weather Channel, which NBC Universal bought in September, has laid off some of … Continue reading

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NOAA’s U.S. Winter Outlook Calls for “Variability”

I don’t know about you but I’m relieved that the weather won’t be “static”. – Anthony Contact:          Carmeyia Gillis                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 301-763-8000, ext 7163          Nov. 20, 2008                                                                       NOAA’s U.S. Winter Outlook Calls for Variability In announcing the … Continue reading

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Climate models missing black carbon and resultant CO2 emission

Here’s a look at what black carbon does to radiation flux according to GISS, so it appears they are aware, but maybe not using the right numbers This is for Asia, I’d really like to see Russia. Also see below … Continue reading

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How not to measure temperature, part 74

Sometimes, words fail me in describing the absolute disregard of the placement of NOAA official climate monitoring sites. For example, this one in Clarinda, Iowa submitted by surfacestations volunteer Eric Gamberg: Click for larger image The MMTS temperature sensor is … Continue reading

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Update on the Verhojansk Russia Meteo station and data

There’s been a lot of interest in this station from my post on “pipes”. Finding it from Google Earth has been a challenge since the lat/lon provided by meteorological agencies is rather coarse. A number of commenters, especially Jeff C. … Continue reading

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Nevada USHCN Station Surveys are done

Thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers, we continue to complete surveys of the 1221 USHCN climate stations in the USA. Last week thanks to a business trip, I was able to complete the final two stations in Nevada:  Wells, … Continue reading

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GISS, NOAA, GHCN and the odd Russian temperature anomaly – “It’s all pipes!”

UPDATE: A good photo of one of the Russian stations has been found, see below after the “read more” link. As most readers know by now, the problematic GISTEMP global temperature anomaly plot for October is heavily weighted by temperatures … Continue reading

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Questions on the evolution of the GISS temperature product

Blink comparator of GISS USA temperature anomaly – h/t to Zapruder The last time I checked, the earth does not retroactively change it’s near surface temperature.

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Weblog Awards

Last year there was a crazy Florida style hanging chads-keep-voting-after-the deadline event pitting Climate Audit and Bad Astronomy and their legions of readers against one another. The judges declared a tie, after being unable to sort out the post deadline … Continue reading

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GISS’s Gavin Schmidt credits WUWT community with spotting the error

I was driving in the middle of Nevada when all this happened, and was offline the entire time. So I can’t claim any credit here.  But, it sure is nice to see that the collection of people who visit and … Continue reading

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Corrected NASA GISTEMP data has been posted

After GISS’s embarrasing error with replicating September temperatures in the October analysis, the NASA GISTEMP website was down for awhile today (at least for me). This evening, the new gridded data was posted, and I generated a world temperature anomaly … Continue reading

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Another dumb climate stunt from NBC – climbing Kilimanjaro

You may recall NBC’s Today show sending out their correspondents to all ends of the earth to highlight “climate change”. ‘Today’ host Matt Lauer reported from Jakobshavn Glacier in the Arctic last year. Ann Curry headed to Antarctica for ‘Today … Continue reading

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More flubs at the top of the climate food chain – this time NCDC’s Karl

It has been one of those days…first the GISS data train wreck in apparently reusing last months temperatures to make this months “hottest October ever” announcement, now we find that the director of The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) may … Continue reading

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GISS Releases (Suspect) October 2008 Data

by John Goetz Update: Thanks to an email from John S. – a patron of climateaudit.org – we have learned that the Russian data in NOAA’s GHCN v2.mean dataset is corrupted. For most (if not all) stations in Russia, the … Continue reading

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UAH for October sneak peek

I sent a query to Dr. John Christy, curator of the UAH global temperature anomaly dataset, inquiring about some of the changes in the RSS dataset. In addition to commenting on that, he was also kind enough to send along … Continue reading

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Sunlight has more powerful influence on ocean circulation and climate than North American ice sheets

From Physorg.com: A study reported in today’s issue of Nature disputes a longstanding picture of how ice sheets influence ocean circulation during glacial periods. The distribution of sunlight, rather than the size of North American ice sheets, is the key … Continue reading

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This year’s Antarctic ozone hole is 5th biggest

September 12th, 2008 Ozone hole over the Antarctic From NASA News This is considered a “moderately large” ozone hole, according to NASA atmospheric scientist, Paul Newman. And while this year’s ozone hole is the fifth largest on record, the amount … Continue reading

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RSS Global Temperature for October: RSS revises data to improve quality

There is some interesting news in the October RSS global temperature anomaly numbers. We are still cooler than one year ago, and the 12 month trend continues to drop. But, the big news is that RSS has revised their dataset … Continue reading

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Truly inconvenient truths about climate change being ignored: IPCC’s Pachauri says “warming is taking place at a much faster rate”

UPDATE: 11/10 From the Sydney Morning Herald Michael Duffy November 8, 2008 Last month I witnessed something shocking. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was giving a talk at the University of NSW. The talk was accompanied … Continue reading

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