Monthly Archives: January 2009

Busiest month ever at WUWT

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Ocean Acidification and Corals

Guest post by Steven Goddard The BBC ran an article this week titled “Acid oceans ‘need urgent action‘” based on the premise: The world’s marine ecosystems risk being severely damaged by ocean acidification unless there are dramatic cuts in CO2 … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide, Oceans | 701 Comments

CO2, Temperatures, and Ice Ages

Guest post by Frank Lansner, civil engineer, biotechnology. (Note from Anthony – English is not Frank’s primary language, I have made some small adjustments for readability, however they may be a few  passages that need clarification. Frank will be happy … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide | 511 Comments

Mature Arctic Ivory Gull Seen in Massachusetts – first time in over a century

One of the claims about “global climate change” is that it will affect the normal ranges of flora and fauna of our planet. Well, with a very cold northern hemisphere this winter, that seems to happening. A bird not seen … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change | 159 Comments

Forecasting Guru Announces: “no scientific basis for forecasting climate”

It has been an interesting couple of days. Today yet another scientist has come forward with a press release saying that not only did their audit of IPCC forecasting procedures and found that they “violated 72 scientific principles of forecasting”, … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Forecasting | 335 Comments

James Hansen’s Former NASA Supervisor Declares Himself a Skeptic – Says Hansen ‘Embarrassed NASA’, ‘Was Never Muzzled’, & Models ‘Useless’

UPDATE 1/28: Full text of Dr. Theon’s letter has been post on the Senate website and below. This is something I thought I’d never see. This press release today is from the Senate EPW blog of Jame Inhofe. The scientist … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Politics, Science | 659 Comments

The UK Climate Impact Programme Forecasting Scoresheet

Guest Post by Steven Goddard Recreational cycling during the summer of 2007 The UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) is a government funded organization with the following scientifically neutral mission statement on their home page “The UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) helps organisations … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Forecasting | 119 Comments

New Study Shows Climate Change Largely Irreversible, Climate Modelers Given $140 Million Bonus

From NOAA News, Susan Solomon predicts the future with certainty. In other news, on the same day Caterpillar, Sprint, Texas Instruments, and Home Depot announce massive layoff plans to the tune of 50,000 people,  unemployed climate modelers get a government … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Climate_change, Politics | 231 Comments

Philadelphia’s Climate in the Early Days

Guest Post by Steven Goddard January, 1790 was a remarkable year in the northeastern US for several reasons.  It was less than one year into George Washington’s first term, and it was one of the warmest winter months on record. … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Climate_change, Weather | 142 Comments

Surfacestations update – we are within sight of the goal

I’m pleased to announce that the project has reached a major milestone, with 67% of the 1221 USHCN network now surveyed. 819 of 1221 stations have been examined in the USHCN network. Of the 819, 807 have been assigned … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements, Weather_stations | 90 Comments

“The hardest part is trying to influence the nature of the measurements obtained…”

Many readers here marvel at the scope of adjustments that NASA GISS performs on weather station data. Along those lines, Michelle at Read N Say points out something interesting in Jim Hansen’s NASA page. Below is an excerpt from her … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data | 182 Comments

Snow falls in the United Arab Emirates

Yes more anecdotal evidence of a colder winter in the northern hemisphere. This is the second time in 5 years. A USATODAY story says it was “the first time ever” in 2004. Even the BBC reported it.  There seems to … Continue reading

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Archibald makes an Ap Index prediction

As many readers know, I follow the Average Magnetic Planetary Index (Ap) fairly closely as it is a proxy indicator of the magnetic activity of our sun. Here is the latest Ap Graph: I’ve pointed out several times the incident … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar | 175 Comments

Correlation demonstrated between cosmic rays and temperature of the stratosphere

This offers renewed hope for Svensmark’s theory of cosmic ray modulation of earth’s cloud cover. Here is an interesting correlation published just yesterday in GRL. Cosmic rays detected deep underground reveal secrets of the upper atmosphere Watch the video animation … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Space, Uncategorized, Weather | 255 Comments

Antarctic Warming? Part 2 – A letter from a meteorologist on the ground in Antarctica

UPDATE 1/25: Mr. Hays has has provided a follow up letter, posted at the bottom of this article. – Anthony This letter below, reprinted with permission, is from Ross Hays. Ross was a CNN meteorologist for many years. He works … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements, Climate_change, Science | 235 Comments

Antarctica warming? An evolution of viewpoint

Above: Mt Erebus, Antarctica picture by Sean Brocklesby A press release today by the University of Washington makes a claim that Antarctica is warming and has been for the last 50 years: “The study found that warming in West Antarctica … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Earth, Sea ice, Weather_stations | 419 Comments

Meet “deep black” the Met Office supercarbon footprint climate computer

The original press release from the Met Office that started this story is here. There’s no mention of a carbon footprint in it, but they did manage to provide a photo of it with a green halo, shown below. When … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide, Climate_change, Politics, Ridiculae | 140 Comments A tour of Italy

Guest post by Paolo Mezzasalma – meteorologist Anthony Watts’ surface station survey project inspired my attempt for a similar task devoted to the Italian network. Weather observations in Italy are carried out by essentially three institutions, each with different purposes. … Continue reading

Posted in Weather_stations | 36 Comments

Cold Weather + Green Fuel = Yellow Bus Failure

UPDATE: Lab tests show the problem was may be caused by paraffin wax – a derivative of Diesel Fuel. See this report: This bus design does not allow for heating of the filter by the engine. h/t to Kum … Continue reading

Posted in Ridiculae, Technology, Weather | 130 Comments

It’s official: La Niña is back

UPDATE: There’s some question about NCEP’s communications intent with this paper. While they cite “La Niña conditions” in the language, and the visual imagery lends itself to that, the numerical threshold of ONI hasn’t been reached, as has been pointed … Continue reading

Posted in ENSO | 149 Comments

What the Solar Cycle 24 ramp up could look like

Guest post by David Archibald With respect to the month of minimum, it is very likely that Solar Cycle 24 has started simply because Solar Cycle 23 has run out.  Most solar cycles stop producing spots at about nineteen years … Continue reading

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GISS Divergence with satellite temperatures since the start of 2003

By Steve Goddard and Anthony Watts Some of the excellent readers of the last piece we posted on WUWT gave me an idea, which we are following up on here.  The exercise here is to compare GISS and satellite data … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Science, Weather_stations | 243 Comments

The pain in Maine

I don’t know if any of you readers have ever experienced temperatures that are down to -50°F, but it is painful to endure. From the NWS WFSO in Caribou, Maine, a report of a new statewide low record event.  (h/t … Continue reading

Posted in Weather | 153 Comments

Misguided thinking: All time low temperature record for Illinois called into question by NWS citing lack of confidence in equipment. “ASOS better than AWOS”

ASOS (left) AWOS (right) – both at airports click for larger images People send me stuff. Last night I got an email from reader Andrew Schut that said: See public information statement below.  I’m perplexed. ASOS was put in for … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Climate_change, Weather_stations | 91 Comments

Inauguration day and climate change politics

Inauguration day 2005:  35 °F Mostly cloudy with some sunny breaks.  Northwest wind 14 mph. Around 1″ of snow lay on the ground. More inauguration day weather history is available here By Anthony Watts and Steven Goddard There is much … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Politics, Weather | 114 Comments

Divergence Between GISS and UAH since 1980

Guest post by Steven Goddard The GISS website shows the graph below, which indicates a steady, steep warming trend over the last 30 years.  The monthly average anomaly for 2008 (0.44) is 0.26 degrees warmer than the monthly average anomaly for … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data | 121 Comments

Sunspot Lapse Exceeds 95% of Normal

A guest post by Jeff Id Well John Christy gave me a lot to think about in satellite temp trends as far as an improved correction over my last post.  Steve McIntyre pitched in some comments as well.  It is … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar | 351 Comments

Winners announced

As many of you know, the Weblog Awards ended Tuesday. Today WUWT was certified as the winner in the “Best Science Blog” category. The vote totals were unchanged from 5PM EST Tuesday. I had thought perhaps the last minute surges … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements | 130 Comments

The NOAA/NCDC 2008 temperature map shows near normal USA in 2008

Click for source image No red dots on this map. The map above appears to be representing Weather Service Forecast Office forecast zones, though I’m not absolutely sure since no reference is included with the map. If so, then each … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Weather | 138 Comments

How did the El Chichón and Pinatubo volcanic eruptions affect global temperature records? – Part 2

Guest post by Steve Goddard UPDATE 1-15-08: I tried an experiment which some of the null questioners may find convincing. I took all of the monthly data from 1978 to 1997, removed the volcanic affected periods, and calculated the mean. … Continue reading

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Distribution analysis suggests GISS final temperature data is hand edited – or not

UPDATE: As I originally mentioned at the end of this post, I thought we should “give the benefit of the doubt” to GISS as there may be a perfectly rational explanation. Steve McIntyre indicates that he has done an analysis … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Science | 161 Comments

How did the El Chichón and Pinatubo volcanic eruptions affect global temperature records?

The UAH Satellite Temperature Record With Volcanic Noise Outliers Filtered Out A guest post by Steven Goddard I’ve often wondered what the UAH global temperature record would look like if the cooling effects of the eruptions of El Chichón in April, … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Solar | 148 Comments

Voting is closed

Voting closed TODAY Jan 13 at 5PM Eastern, 2PM Pacific time. Preliminary ending numbers are available here Thanks to everyone who participated. The results won’t be final until reviewed by the judges/operators. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.  – … Continue reading

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Can El Nino Events Explain All of the Global Warming Since 1976? – Part 2

Guest post by Bob Tisdale INTRODUCTION The first part of this post, Can El Nino Events Explain All of the Global Warming Since 1976? – Part 1, should be read prior to this the second part. Part 1 gives an … Continue reading

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Another promise of a flying car – sigh

All thorough my childhood and adolescence I was a keen fan of all sorts of science magazines including Scientific American (the Amateur Scientist was my favorite SciAm column because it showed how to build things),  a subscription magazine from NASA’s … Continue reading

Posted in Fun_stuff, Technology | 96 Comments