Monthly Archives: December 2009

Climate, Caution, and Precaution

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach One of the arguments frequently applied to the climate debate is that the “Precautionary Principle” requires that we take action to reduce CO2. However, this is a misunderstanding of the Precautionary Principle, which means something … Continue reading

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G. P. Bear goes to Washington: part 7

By Bill Steigerwald “Abraham, Martin & Grandpa” WASHINGTON, D.C. Grandpa was afraid their special glasses weren’t working properly and the police officers could tell they were polar bears, so he yelled from the sidewalk. “Hello, officer. We’re visiting from out … Continue reading

Posted in Satire | 9 Comments

NASA -vs- NASA: which temperature anomaly map to believe?

Readers may recall yesterday where I posted this stunning image of cold for Europe and Russia for mid December 2009 from the NASA NEO MODIS satellite imager. Deadly Cold Across Europe and Russia Click image above to enlarge or download … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data | 164 Comments

Ultimate irony: Snowstorm squelches “screaming” climate change protest

And yet…it was claimed to be a “success”. Note to organizers: the media is laughing at you. Snowstorm squelches climate change protest By Judy Fahys, The Salt Lake Tribune Updated: 12/30/2009 06:36:58 PM MST A downtown [Salt Lake City] protest of … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, Copenhagen Climate Conference, Ridiculae, Satire | 212 Comments

Hubble’s snowglobe

Since we’ve been talking about snow quite a bit recently, this seems fitting. WUWT reader Tom in Texas tips us to this image: A composite of archival Hubble data taken with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 and the Advanced … Continue reading

Posted in Space | 97 Comments

Satellite visualization of December’s deadly cold in Europe and Russia

Earlier I wrote about the Arctic Oscillation Index going strongly negative in December and what new cold to expect in January. From NASA’s Earth observatory, we have a high resolution temperature anomaly map that provides visualization of the effects. This … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Weather | 161 Comments

G. P. Bear goes to Washington: part 6

By Bill Steigerwald “Grandpa does Washington” JEFFERSON MEMORIAL, WASHINGTON, D.C. It would have been an odd sight if any humans had been around to see three polar bears walking across the Tidal Basin and climbing the steps of the Jefferson … Continue reading

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Major Philippine volcanic eruption seems imminent

Mayon – Shades of Pinatubo Here’s a recent AP report and bulletin from local authorities. Meanwhile, fools rush in as 2400 tourists a day flock to the area.

Posted in Vulcanism | 159 Comments

December sunspots on the rise

The sun has seen a resurgence of activity in December, with a number of cycle 24 sunspots being seen. The latest is group 1039 seen below: 2009 is ending with a flurry of sunspots. Indeed, if sunspot 1039 holds together … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar | 273 Comments

Major northern hemisphere cold snap coming

Cold event setups in atmospheric circulation patterns are aligning. Two days ago I brought to your attention that there was a strong downspike in the Arctic Oscillation Index and that the North Atlantic Oscillation Index was also negative. See The … Continue reading

Posted in Forecasting, Weather | 275 Comments

French Revolution! Carbon tax ruled unconstitutional just two days before taking effect

This new French carbon tax was scheduled to go into law on Jan1, 2010. The tax was steep: 17 euros per ton of carbon dioxide (USD $24.40).  In a stunning move, and surely a blow to warmists everywhere, the tax … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, Politics | 224 Comments

G. P. Bear goes to Washington: part 5

By Bill Steigerwald “Voyage of the Polar Bears” Of all the animals the Inuit traditionally hunted, Nanuk, the polar bear, was the most prized. Native hunters considered Nanuk to be wise, powerful, and “almost a man.” Some called the bear … Continue reading

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Climategate on Finnish TV – with English subtitles

You may recall that Finnish TV interviewed Steve McIntyre last month. They did a superb job with that. Now they have a new 3 part YouTube series out on Climategate, with English subtitles. It is well worth the watching. A … Continue reading

Posted in Climategate | 62 Comments

USGS: Arctic sea too warm for sea ice 3 million years ago

This is a paleoclimatology finding, with current spin added. I guess they haven’t seen the latest on the NAO and AO. USGS Press Release: Arctic Could Face Warmer and Ice-Free Conditions Released: 12/29/2009 6:20:34 AM There is increased evidence that … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Paleoclimatology, Sea ice, Sea Surface Temperature | 113 Comments

EcoSpy -vs- EcoSpy

UPDATE: EcoSnoop responds – see below. Now, you can rat on your neighbors, your company, even your friends and family. Thanks to EcoSnoop, there’s an app for that. This can also be useful for catching those who talk the talk, … Continue reading

Posted in Ridiculae, Satire | 292 Comments

Yikes!

September 25th, 2009 WUWT hit the 20 million mark. I was shocked then, because we’d gone from 10 million just six months prior. I wrote then in Another small milestone for WUWT: Back on March 15th, 2009,  I was amazed to … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements | 193 Comments

CRU’s forecast: UK winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”

Richard North from the EU Referendum writes of a curious juxtaposition of forecasts, then and now. I thought it worth sharing here since it highlights the chutzpah with which CRU botched their forecast in March of 2000. At least they … Continue reading

Posted in Forecasting, Snow | 333 Comments

G. P. Bear goes to Washington: part 4

By Bill Steigerwald “Polar bear democracy” Of all the animals the Inuit traditionally hunted, Nanuk, the polar bear, was the most prized. Native hunters considered Nanuk to be wise, powerful, and “almost a man.” Some called the bear “the great … Continue reading

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The Arctic Oscillation Index goes strongly negative

In the last month, the Arctic Oscillation Index (AO) has gone strongly negative. You can see that it headed to its negative peak right about the time the Copenhagen Climate Conference started, so it is no wonder that they ironically … Continue reading

Posted in Arctic, Sea ice | 162 Comments

Glacier melt discovered to have an upside

From Virginia Tech, a surprising study showing some biological benefit of melting glaciers. Glacier melt adds ancient edibles to marine buffet Glaciers along the Gulf of Alaska are enriching stream and near shore marine ecosystems from a surprising source – … Continue reading

Posted in Glaciers | 72 Comments

The Unbearable Complexity of Climate

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Figure 1. The Experimental Setup I keep reading statements in various places about how it is indisputable “simple physics” that if we increase amount of atmospheric CO2, it will inevitably warm the planet. Here’s a … Continue reading

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G. P. Bear goes to Washington: part 3

By Bill Steigerwald “Act of Endangerment” TASIILAQ, EAST GREENLAND Grandpa, Mother and Junior were at Erik the Red’s Sports Den. The place was crowded for the big Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. … Continue reading

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Our current weather: A test for forecast models – December shaping up to be one of the coldest on record in the USA

It has often been said that “Weather is not climate”, but ultimately it provides the only meaningful way to verify climate models. Did the climate models predict the cold, snowy weather which has been seen across much of the US? … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Forecasting, Modeling | 151 Comments

877 new snowfall records set or tied in the USA in the last week

And that’s not all, for the week ending Dec 13th, there were 815 new snowfall records set. December 2009 is shaping up to be quite the snowmaker. Here’s a map showing continental USA records: Here is the daily count data … Continue reading

Posted in records, snowfall, Weather | 246 Comments

G. P. Bear goes to Washington: part 2

By Bill Steigerwald “Junior gets brainwashed” Of all the animals the Inuit traditionally hunted, Nanuk, the polar bear, was the most prized. Native hunters considered Nanuk to be wise, powerful, and “almost a man.” Some called the bear “the great … Continue reading

Posted in Satire | 71 Comments

No statistically significant warming since 1995: a quick mathematical proof

Physicist Luboš Motl of The Reference Frame demonstrates how easy it is to show that there is: No statistically significant warming since 1995 First, since it wasn’t in his original post, here is the UAH data plotted: By: Luboš Motl … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data | 300 Comments

Voyager tells us we live in a “fluffy” interstellar cloud

December 23, 2009: The solar system is passing through an interstellar cloud that physics says should not exist. In the Dec. 24th issue of Nature, a team of scientists reveal how NASA’s Voyager spacecraft have solved the mystery. “Using data … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Space | 224 Comments

Satellite measurements show our quiet sun is cooling the upper thermosphere

From NASA News. New measurements from a NASA satellite show a dramatic cooling in the upper atmosphere that correlates with the declining phase of the current solar cycle. For the first time, researchers can show a timely link between the … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, Earth, Science | 169 Comments

G. P. Bear goes to Washington: The true story of a freedom-loving carnivore

A writer friend of mine, Bill Steigerwald, has created an interesting serial story, a Christmasy “docu-fable” as he calls it. I’ll be running this over the next 12 days. Here’s the foreword on it. While I’ve had a bit of … Continue reading

Posted in Satire | 35 Comments

Three Cheers for Holiday Lighting

Guest post by Robert Bradley of Master Resource House in Boston with 250,000 lights – see Boston Globe story here -Photo by Paul Keleher Environmentalists critical of electrified America must have mixed emotions this time of the year. It may … Continue reading

Posted in Energy | 49 Comments

Steam train rescues stranded passengers in Britain where electric trains failed

Both my father and grandfather, both of whom had connections to steam locomotives in their life are undoubtedly cheering this story(wherever they are) from the BBC. So am I. Inconveniently, it runs on coal. Steam train’s snow rescue ‘glory’ Excerpts: … Continue reading

Posted in Technology | 138 Comments

Nearly two thirds of the continental USA gets a white Christmas

I don’t know if this is a record or not for Christmas coverage, but it is certainly reminiscent of the winter of 1977-78 where we had similar bouts of cold and snow. About 99% of Canada has snow cover also, … Continue reading

Posted in snowfall, Weather | 125 Comments

“Global Warming” Cancels Christmas for Many Travelers – Breaks Records

From the “weather is not climate” department, inconvenient travel: Here’s a sample of headlines related to difficult if not impossible holiday travel:

Posted in records, snowfall, Weather | 110 Comments

Seasons Greetings

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Choose a winner for the caption contest

This post, showing a photograph from Doug Mills of The New York Times generated over 1000 comments. To pick the best caption for this, I have a voting poll below. May the best caption win. Here are the top ten … Continue reading

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