RSS Global Temperature out for October – down, nearly identical to UAH

Here’s the plot from RSS – October is 0.282°C The RSS (Remote Sensing Systems of Santa Rosa, CA) Microwave Sounder Unit (MSU) lower troposphere global temperature anomaly data for March 2009 was published yesterday and has dropped after peaking in January.   The change from September with a value of 0.476°C to October’s 0.282°C is a…

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MIT takes on the politics of climate fixes

Judith Layzer says there’s no easy way out when it comes to climate change — but that geo-engineering might be a last-ditch solution. From David Chandler, MIT News Office In the middle of a day filled with a stream of information-packed PowerPoint displays and alarming projections of what the future holds for our planet and…

Watching Ida – back to a tropical storm

BUMPED, UPDATED: TS Ida, once hurricane Ida and a Cat 2 storm last night, has now fallen apart. To help you keep an eye on it, I have the satellite imagery here along with animated loops. Animate this image: Loop it >>> Here’s the latest advisory and trajectory map from the National Hurricane Center:

Antimatter signature spotted in Earth’s lightning

Personally, I think this has to do with thunderstorms being essentially linear accelerators, vertical SLAC’s if you will. Huge charge differentials from top of cloud to bottom makes for a nice particle slingshot. There’s plenty of opportunity for antimatter (positrons) to be created in energetic collisions from particles coming out of the tops of thunderstorms.…