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

The Earth is on Fire! Gosh, who knew?

Title of new report from the Institute of Food and Resource Economics of the University of Copenhagen: Earth on Fire Hmmm. “E a r t h  o n  f i r e”. Should be easy to prove. Let’s have a … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Ridiculae | 87 Comments

Reader poll results: Chamber of Commerce -vs- EPA on CO2

Related to our story on the US Chamber of Commerce challenging the EPA on CO2, we asked this question: Do you support the idea of putting “global warming” on trial with the EPA? After getting over 2200 responses over two … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements | 92 Comments

Spencer: analysing alternate satellite data suggests July 2009 was not a record for sea temperature

TRMM Satellite Suggests July 2009 Not a Record for Sea Surface Temperatures August 26th, 2009 By Dr. Roy Spencer UPDATE ADDED: 8/26/09 13:30 CDT  see below NOAA/NCDC recently announced that July 2009 set a new record high global sea surface … Continue reading

Posted in measurement, Sea Surface Temperature | 86 Comments

Satellite Imagery Shows Typhoon Vamco Has a Huge 45-mile Wide Eye

From NASA’s hurricane/tropical cyclone page Typhoon Vamco is being as stubborn in its quest to live in the Pacific Ocean as Bill is in the Atlantic Ocean this past week, and NASA satellite data confirmed that the large storm has … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 28 Comments

Antarctica to get surface based space weather monitoring network

Of course the big question is, will they be able to keep the stations from becoming buried in snow like weather stations in the flawed Steig et al paper that determined that “Antarctica is warming”? From EurekaAlert and Virginia Tech … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar, Space, Technology | 12 Comments

What is angry, hot, and green?

First, apologies in advance. No, not Lou Ferrigno. Not Shrek either. Green Hornet? Monbiot? Romm? nuh uh. In marketing, they say “sex sells”. Global warming now “climate change” is all about marketing and being “green”. Our carbonic hero Al Gore … Continue reading

Posted in media, Ridiculae | 68 Comments

National Wildlife Federation predicts more Cleveland heat waves

People send me stuff. I’m thinking they must be worried about the urban animals. Why else would a wildlife federation be jumping into city public policy? Hmmm. I’m not against making cities cooler with more greenery and white/green roofs,. In … Continue reading

Posted in Economy-health, Politics, Weather | 73 Comments

US Chamber of commerce wants trial on global warming issue. Reader poll inside

Excerpts from  The LA Times story: U.S. Chamber of Commerce seeks trial on global warming By Jim Tankersley August 25, 2009 Reporting from Washington The nation’s largest business lobby wants to put the science of global warming on trial. The … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Politics | 169 Comments

Arctic temperature headed below freezing

There’s a couple of indicators that at least for Arctic temperature, the numbers are headed south. First the weather plot from the drifting buoy that is connected with NOAA’s North Pole Cam: After some very brief excursions above freezing, it … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Sea ice | 79 Comments

Atmospheric Temperature and Carbon Dioxide: Feedback or Equilibrium?

R. Taylor writes in to Tips and Notes to WUWT with this. Anthony: If you shift Vostok temperatures by reasonable time lags, and use reasonable parameters for an equilibrium between temperature and CO2, you get predicted values for CO2 that … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic, Carbon dioxide, Climate_change, Forecasting, Paleoclimatology | 62 Comments

NASA powers up for the next UN IPCC

From NASA,  new fossil fuel powered toys for the boys. Related:  “Giant sucking sound” heard in Greenbelt, MD when the switch was thrown. Remember the day you got a brand-new computer? Applications snapped open, processes that once took minutes finished … Continue reading

Posted in Modeling, Technology | 126 Comments

Warming could cause tilt in Earth’s axis

As if we didn’t already have enough to worry about…. Earth’s axial tilt (or obliquity) and its relation to the rotation axis and plane of orbit. Image from Wikipedia. Excerpts from the New Scientist Warming oceans could cause Earth’s axis … Continue reading

Posted in Climate_change, Earth | 224 Comments

An update on Jeff Id’s excellent sea ice video

Arctic Sea Ice Video Update by Jeff Id As we approach the Arctic Sea Ice minimum, a lot of eyes are looking and projecting what the minimum will be. In a previous post I calculated the centroid of the sea ice … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Sea ice | 87 Comments

Diane Feinstein: turbidity denier?

There was an interesting story in the Las Vegas Journal Review on August 20th. which had a passage and quote from California Senator Diane Feinstein (emphasis mine): Both U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Ensign announced that they and other … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Climate_change, Local_issues, measurement, Politics, Science | 103 Comments

Spencer: Something’s Fishy With Global Ocean Temperature Measurements

Dr. Roy Spencer sent me a notice of his most recent post in email. He offers an invitation for anyone to help “figure this one out”. The result could be “worse than we thought”. – Anthony (edited 8/23/09 0710 CDT: … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, measurement, Sea Surface Temperature | 188 Comments