Monthly Archives: April 2009

Is Climate Change the “Defining Challenge of Our Age”? Part 3 of 3

Part III: Where does global warming rank among future risks to environmental health? Guest essay by Indur M. Goklany NOTE: Entire 3 part series is now available as a PDF here In Part 1 of this series we saw that … Continue reading

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Posted in Climate_change, Economy-health | 65 Comments

April – another record month at WUWT

The hits just keep on coming. 1,672,437 page views this month, up from 1,478,801 page views in March. After posting last months stats, there was some discontent by some angry and somewhat incredulous bloggers that it might be an April … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements | 142 Comments

See speck run

Another anemic solar cycle 23 sunspeck, could 19th century astronomers have seen it? From SUNSPOT 1016: A ring-shaped sunspot numbered 1016 has emerged near the sun’s equator. Its magnetic polarity identifies it as a member of old Solar Cycle … Continue reading

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The Met Office UK summer forecast – Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Guest Post by Steven Goddard The Third Little Show Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun The Japanese don’t care to, the Chinese wouldn’t dare to Hindus and Argentines sleep firmly from twelve till one But Englishmen … Continue reading

Posted in Forecasting, Weather | 186 Comments

Watch the Wilkins ice shelf collapse in time lapse animation – looks like ‘current’ events to me

Previously on WUWT we discussed the media’s fascination with “melt” when it comes to ice shelves cracking off. Then there’s also this picture that keeps getting recycled. It is clear from the photo above that we see a stress … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic, Sea ice | 96 Comments

Zogby poll: only 30% of Americans support cap and trade

The Zogby poll results mirrors the recent Gallup poll It’s the economy, stupid. Even so, with opinion on Cap and trade in the minority it seems plans are in place to move forward. On Earth Day, Secretary Chu warmly embraced … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | 79 Comments

Is Climate Change the “Defining Challenge of Our Age”? Part 2 of 3

Part II: Where does global warming rank among future risks to public health? Guest essay by Indur M. Goklany In Part 1, we saw that at present climate change is responsible for less than 0.3% of the global death toll. … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Economy-health | 64 Comments

What Is Normal Arctic Ice Extent?

Guest post by Steven Goddard I have been noticing in recent weeks that NSIDC extent is much closer to their 1979-2000 mean than NANSEN is to their 1979-2007 mean.  This is counter-intuitive, because the NANSEN mean should be relatively lower … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, measurement, Sea ice | 126 Comments

New Australian continent wide low temperature record set for April

Minus 13 degrees – the coldest it’s been in April From Weatherzone – Brett Dutschke, Wednesday April 29, 2009 – 14:58 EST A new Australian record was set early this morning, a temperature of minus 13 degrees, at Charlotte Pass … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Weather | 195 Comments

Is Climate Change the “Defining Challenge of Our Age”? Part 1 of 3

Part I: Ranking global warming among present-day risks to public health. Guest essay by Indur M. Goklany There seems to be no limit to the hyperbole surrounding climate change – and that’s no hyperbole. Numerous politicians have informed us over … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Economy-health | 127 Comments

Inconvenient Eisdicken – “surprising results” from the Arctic

This is a news story from Germany outlining another Arctic ice measurement expedition. This one was conducted by flying the scientists across the north polar ice cap using the WWII era workhorse Douglas DC-3 airplane equipped with skis, and towing … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Sea ice | 163 Comments

Britain’s only wind turbine plant to close

Who would have thunk? Maybe it had something to do with this video of a Vestas wind turbine: I wonder if it used “Lucas” electronic parts? I owned an Austin Healy Sprite and a Triumph TR6 at one time, and … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Technology | 222 Comments

Catlin Crew Out Of Time

Guest post by Steve Goddard An Arctic Blizzard As reported here two weeks ago, April 30 is the last safe date to recover explorers from the Arctic.  The people who rescued Pen Hadow from the Arctic in May, 2003 said … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Uncategorized | 138 Comments

Misunderstandings about the Pacific Decadal Oscillation

Misunderstandings about the Pacific Decadal Oscillation Guest post by Bob Tisdale INITIAL NOTE The first version of this post (The Common Misunderstanding About The PDO dated June 26, 2008) incorrectly described the method for calculating the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. I … Continue reading

Posted in ENSO, Oceans, PDO | 115 Comments

Another inconvenient TV meteorologist

From WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids, MI Chief Meteorologist Bill Steffen has been a familiar face in West Michigan since 1975. MSNBC needs to read Bill’s Blog April 26th, 2009 at 4:55 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill’s Blog, Weather MSNBC is … Continue reading

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Are Record Temperatures Abnormal?

Guest post by Steven Goddard Consider a hypothetical country with 1,000 top notch weather stations and the perfect unchanging climate (which our AGW friends imagine used to exist before they were born.)   During the first year of operations, … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, measurement | 204 Comments

Ice at the North Pole in 1958 and 1959 – not so thick

What would NSIDC and our media make of a photo like this if released by the NAVY today? Would we see headlines like “NORTH POLE NOW OPEN WATER”? Or maybe “Global warming melts North Pole”? Perhaps we would. sensationalism is … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Sea ice | 289 Comments

Bad news from NSIDC

Last year we had the forecast from NSIDC’s Dr. Mark Serreze of an “ice free north pole”. As we know, that didn’t even come close to being true. Summer 2008 had more arctic ice than summer 2007, and summer 2007 … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Ridiculae | 144 Comments