Monthly Archives: August 2009

Climate bill delayed and in “disarray”

From the U.S. Senate Committe on Environment and Public Works Democrats Delay Global Warming Bill – Again Obama Agenda In “Disarray” Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment & Public Works Committee, today said … Continue reading

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Posted in Climate_change, Politics | 118 Comments

An odd day in solar science, it’s mostly a waiting game

It has been a strange day. Fires have evacuated the Mt. Wilson Observatory in California, and SOHO images have not been updating all day. Power is down at the mountain and the webcam has gone offline. See status here. Mt. … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar | 95 Comments

Spencer: Always question your results

Spurious SST Warming Revisited Dr. Roy Spencer August 31st, 2009 My previous post described what I called “smoking gun” evidence of a spurious drift in the NOAA sea surface temperature (SST) product when compared to SSTs from the TRMM satellite … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 59 Comments

Royal Society wants man-made volcanoes to fight climate change

Here’s an interesting story from the Times. One wonders if the Royal Society is ready to deal with all the unintended and unmodeled consequences of such actions? The last man-made volcano didn’t go over so well. – Anthony From The … Continue reading

Posted in Aerosols, Climate_change, Vulcanism | 135 Comments

New Ice Core Project in Greenland looks at Eemian period

From EurekAlert International Greenland ice coring effort sets new drilling record in 2009 Ancient ice cores expected to help scientists assess risks of abrupt climate change in future IMAGE: Atmospheric gases trapped in ancient ice recovered during the international North … Continue reading

Posted in Science | 118 Comments

Slump shows up in USA CO2 output for 2008 and 2009 – economy driven?

The Monthly Energy Review for August 2009 has been published by the US Energy Information Administration and it has some interesting CO2 production data which you can see here in tabular form. I’ve graphed the data of interest in two … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide, Energy | 81 Comments

Quote of the week #17

Sometimes, seemingly innocuous posts can bring in some oddball commenters. Such is the case this week with a  post I did about a cloud (or lack thereof) spotted by former NWS Lead Forecaster for northern California, Jan Null. That post … Continue reading

Posted in Quote of the Week | 78 Comments

A Hurricane in Los Angeles?

Here is the current Pacific satellite image, note the lower right. I might add that the likelihood of a hurricane strength storm striking Southern California is low. Since 1900, only four tropical cyclones have brought gale-force winds to the Southwestern … Continue reading

Posted in Fun_stuff, hurricanes | 69 Comments

Gavin Schmidt responds to criticism of his climate change picture book

A few months back, I posted a critique titled: Gavin Schmidt’s new climate picture book: Anti-Science? I found it ironic that Dr. Schmidt used photos to depict climate change, while at the same time promoting open criticism of my … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, media | 83 Comments

Global dimming and brightening in the context of solar radiation

From the abstract of the lead paper by Martin Wild: Recent evidence suggests that solar radiation reaching the Earth’s surface has not been constant over time but has undergone substantial variations on decadal timescales. The available observations suggest a widespread … Continue reading

Posted in Aerosols, Climate_change, Science, Solar | 75 Comments

Study: Glaciers defied hotter temperatures 9000 years ago

From BYU News Ice, when heated, is supposed to melt. That’s why a collection of glaciers in the Southeast Himalayas stymies those who know what they did 9,000 years ago. While most other Central Asian glaciers retreated under hotter summer … Continue reading

Posted in Earth, Glaciers, Paleoclimatology, Science | 50 Comments

Testing my solar power

Many commenters have mentioned “The Watts Effect”, whereby within a short period of time after I do a post about the sun on WUWT mentioning the lack of sunspots, one appears. I figured it was time to settle the issue … Continue reading

Posted in Solar | 262 Comments

Met Office supercomputer: A megawatt, here, a megawatt there, and pretty soon we’re talking real carbon pollution

Weather supercomputer used to predict climate change is one of Britain’s worst polluters Excerpts from the story by the Daily Mail See WUWT’s original story on this The Met Office has caused a storm of controversy after it was revealed … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Forecasting, Technology | 160 Comments

When airplanes attack

My friend Jan Null from the Bay Area was lead forecaster for the NWS in Northern California for many years. He emailed me today with this interesting photo. – Anthony ======= Looking west from the South Bay this afternoon it looked … Continue reading

Posted in Weather | 73 Comments

Spencer: NOAA’s official sea surface temperature product ERSST has spurious warming error, July 2009 SST likely not a record after all.

We should all thank AP’s Seth Borenstein for this, IMHO. Without his article on July SST’s being the hottest ever and it not making much sense, people such as Dr. Spencer may not have been immediately motivated to figure out … Continue reading

Posted in Sea Surface Temperature | 186 Comments

NCAR spots the “transistor effect” – Small solar activity fluctuations amplify to larger climate influences

Some months back, I mentioned that I felt the sun-earth connection was much like a transistor. This new NCAR study suggests this may be the case where small solar variances are amplified in the earth atmosphere-ocean system. From EurekAlert Small … Continue reading

Posted in Earth, Science, Solar | 186 Comments

Why the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets are Not Collapsing

Cliff Ollier School of Earth and Geographical Sciences, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia. Colin Pain Canberra City ACT 2601, Australia. Global warming alarmists have suggested that the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica may collapse, causing … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic, Arctic, Earth, Sea level | 103 Comments

Atlantic Tropical Update – TS Danny looks to follow in Bill’s “cold track” footsteps

Updated 8AM PST Thursday 8/27 Danny continues.  It now has 60 mph sustained winds. TS Danny is visible in the center of the image below. This satellite image will update every 30 minutes. Animate this image: >>> OR Switch to … Continue reading

Posted in hurricanes, Weather | 43 Comments

Opportunity knocks

As many WUWT readers may have noticed, there’s a small advertising box on the sidebar for the journal “Energy & Environment”. This represents a first for WUWT, in that I’ve decided to accept a dedicated advertisement for a journal on … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements | 55 Comments

The Great Windfarm -vs- Lesser Prairie Chicken Fight

Just when the green energy movement thinks they have it all worked out, along comes a snail-darteresque moment that throws a monkey wrench in green plans. These are the big fanboys in the panhandle, which I snapped a photo of … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Technology | 132 Comments