Monthly Archives: February 2010

Sense and Sensitivity

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach This is an extension of the ideas I laid out as the Thunderstorm Thermostat Hypothesis on WUWT. For those who have not read it, I’ll wait here while you go there and read it … … Continue reading

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BWI snow record rescinded: Another reason why airports aren’t the best place to measure climate data

I’ve mentioned problems with airports as climate stations in the past, mostly that they are pockets of UHI that have grown with the 20th century aviation boom. A good example is Chicago O’Hare airport. I’ll bet that many of you … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, records, snowfall, Weather, Weather_stations | 89 Comments

Un-bearable news

Excerpts: from the Sunday Times: Polar bear is a ‘new’ species by Jonathan Leake Polar bears may have come into existence only 150,000 years ago, when trapped brown bears had to adapt to an ice age Polar bears may have … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News | 156 Comments

Spencer: Spurious warming demonstrated in CRU surface data

Spurious Warming in the Jones U.S. Temperatures Since 1973 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. INTRODUCTION As I discussed in my last post, I’m exploring the International Surface Hourly (ISH) weather data archived by NOAA to see how a simple … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data | 259 Comments

Archibald on stellar to climate linkage

The Warning in the Stars By David Archibald If climate is not a random walk, then we can predict climate if we understand what drives it.  The energy that stops the Earth from looking like Pluto comes from the Sun, … Continue reading

Posted in Cosmic rays, Solar | 277 Comments

Tsunami threat for the Pacific

Of course the big news today is the 8.8 earthquake in Chile and the Tsunami warning stemming from it. There’s not much I could add that’s not already being covered, but I thought this image from the American West Coast … Continue reading

Posted in Oceans, Tsunami | 143 Comments


From the BBC: ‘Iceberg the size of Luxembourg threat‘ – click image for video and watch the collision of two giant ice masses. Of course 50 years ago, such things would likely go unnoticed without satellite imagery. They write:

Posted in Sea ice | 67 Comments

The Times: “University ‘tried to mislead MPs on climate change e-mails’”

Reposted from Climate Audit: A savage article in the Times today by Ben Webster about the UEA submission to the UK Parliamentary Inquiry – the letter in which they tried to “trick” the Committee about the contents of the letter … Continue reading

Posted in Climategate | 76 Comments

Institute of Physics on Climategate

Here’s something rather astonishing. The Institute of Physics, has made a statement about climate science. The Institute of Physics is a scientific charity devoted to increasing the practice, understanding and application of physics. It has a worldwide membership of over … Continue reading

Posted in Climategate | 151 Comments

Contribution of USHCN and GISS bias in long-term temperature records for a well-sited rural weather station

Guest post by David W. Schnare, Esq. Ph.D. When Phil Jones suggested that if folks didn’t like his surface temperature reconstructions, then perhaps they should do their own, he was right. The SPPI analysis of rural versus urban trends demonstrates … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, measurement, Weather_stations | 196 Comments

Breaking News: IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri to face independent inquiry

Excerpts from the Telegraph article By Geoffrey Lean, in Bali Rajendra Pachauri, the controversial Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is to face an international inquiry into the performance of his organisation. Environment and Climate ministers meeting … Continue reading

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A new paper comparing NCDC rural and urban US surface temperature data

Note: See update below, new graph added. There’s a new paper out by Dr. Edward Long that does some interesting comparisons to NCDC’s raw data (prior to adjustments) that compares rural and urban station data, both raw and adjusted in … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, UHI | 297 Comments

Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. on Fox Business News

UPDATE: Bumped, video of this interview is now available below. I got late word tonight that Dr. Roger Pielke Senior, of the University of Colorado, will be a guest on the FoxBusiness News Channel Friday morning at 10AM EST (7AM … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements | 103 Comments

CTM is Contacted by the Norfolk Constabulary and Responds

by charles the moderator I received the following this morning, Dear Mr Rotter I am part of the enquiry team who are investigating the theft of data from the UEA in Norwich last year. As part of the investigation we … Continue reading

Posted in Climategate | 232 Comments

UEA – the new crimestoppers

Sometimes I wonder what sort of logical thinking skills are employed over at UEA and CRU. Surely, they have little skill with public relations, that has been demonstrated time and again. Climategate itself is a direct result of “failure to … Continue reading

Posted in Climategate | 60 Comments

CRUTEM3 error getting attention by Met Office

This is a repost of two articles from John Graham-Cumming’s blog. I watched with interest earlier this month where he and a colleague identified what they thought to be a math error related to error calculation when applied to grid … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data | 182 Comments

Judith, I love ya, but you’re way wrong …

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Judith Curry posted here on WUWT regarding rebuilding the lost trust we used to have in climate science and climate scientists. This is my response to her post, an expansion and revision of what I … Continue reading

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The great filament

From with apologies to Linus and Charles Schulz The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is tracking an enormous magnetic filament on the sun. It stretches more than one million kilometers from end to end, which makes it an easy … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar | 334 Comments

WMO: “. . . we cannot at this time conclusively identify anthropogenic signals in past tropical cyclone data.”

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) issued a stunning statement in a  recent report. Roger Pielke Jr. has the details on his blog. Just to remind folks that we’ve been saying much the same thing for months on WUWT: Global Warming … Continue reading

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New All-in-one Space Weather Tool from NASA

The press release doesn’t contain any pictures, and really doesn’t do this new web tool justice, so I’ve added some screencaps. In a nutshell, the new iSWA site lets you arrange graphical packages of solar images and plots oncsreen for … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar | 28 Comments

On the Credibility of Climate Research, Part II: Towards Rebuilding Trust

Foreword – Below is  a guest post (by request) from Dr. Judith Curry on the issues we deal with every day here. While I and other like minded bloggers were given the opportunity to have some early input into this, … Continue reading

Posted in Climategate, Opinion | 617 Comments

Blog note

I’m having to do a personal computer upgrade. My Windows 7 RC1 (release candidate 1 for you non-geeks) that I installed last year is about to expire, and I have to update my system with the full version tonight. Thus … Continue reading

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The Goracle Forecast: AGW=More snow

Sure looks like a heat wave, doesn’t it? Repower America Reports His View By Al Gore from his blog @ With all the climate deniers spreading lies about the climate crisis in the media, it’s vital we arm ourselves … Continue reading

Posted in Al Gore, Uncategorized | 229 Comments

Climategate Minority Report

While the Met Office announces a “do over”, the much anticipated report from Environment and Public Works (EPW) minority leader Senator Jim Inhofe has been announced in the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works” hearing. SENATE EPW MINORITY RELEASES … Continue reading

Posted in Climategate, Politics | 166 Comments

Met office pushes a surface temperature data “do over”

From Fox News, word that the Met Office has circulated a proposal that intends to completely start over with raw surface temperature data in a transparent process. Here’s the proposal from the Met Office metoffice_proposal_022410 (PDF). Unfortunately it is not … Continue reading

Posted in Climate data, Climategate | 150 Comments

There’s no business like snow business

Headlines yesterday mentioned yet another new snowfall record: Moscow Covered by More Than Half Meter of Snow, Most Since 1966 Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) — Moscow’s streets were covered by 53 centimeters (20.9 inches) of snow this morning after 15 centimeters … Continue reading

Posted in records, snowfall, Weather | 132 Comments

Climate craziness of the week

“Art” is in the eye of the beholder. Global warming “art” is often lodged in another place in the body. From AOL News:, this artistic project is described as: “…off London’s Millennium Bridge. Taiwanese artist Vincent Huang used two glass … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Craziness of the Week | 115 Comments

Bill O’Reilly hosts Bill Nye The Science Guy and AccuWeather’s Joe Bastardi in Fox News Debate

Heh, this is entertaining. While Bill Nye argues for “in whose best interest is denial?” and brings up the ridiculous CO2 on Venus argument, Joe Bastardi runs circles around him with technical graphs and explanations on forcing factors and their … Continue reading

Posted in media | 222 Comments

NWS to adopt new snow forecasting techniques

Since we’ve discussed recent heavy snowfall, this seemed like a good story to cover. via Eurekalert: Better snowfall forecasting National Weather Service adopts U of Utah powder prediction method IMAGE: Jim Steenburgh, professor and chair of atmospheric sciences at the … Continue reading

Posted in Forecasting, snowfall | 43 Comments

Jerry Ravetz part 2 – Answer and explanation to my critics

Dr. Ravetz’s first posting on WUWT created quite a controversey. You can read it here: Climategate: Plausibility and the blogosphere in the post-normal age. Answer and explanation to my critics – Guest post by Jerome Ravetz First, I want to apologise … Continue reading

Posted in Post-normal science, Science | 351 Comments

The most slimy essay ever from the Guardian and Columbia University

Opinion by Anthony Watts There has never been a time at WUWT that I’ve used the word “slimy” in a headline. This is a special case. I thought of about a half dozen words I could have used and finally … Continue reading

Posted in media, Opinion | 529 Comments

2009 paper confirming IPCC sea level conclusions withdrawn, mistakes cited

From the Guardian, finally some refreshing honesty in Science: Climate scientists withdraw journal claims of rising sea levels Study claimed in 2009 that sea levels would rise by up to 82cm by the end of century – but the report’s … Continue reading

Posted in Sea level | 144 Comments

Fudged Fevers in the Frozen North

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach [see Update at the end of this post] I got to thinking about the (non) adjustment of the GISS temperature data for the Urban Heat Island effect, and it reminded me that I had once … Continue reading

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Bringing Skillful Observation Back To Science

Guest post by Steve Goddard Archimedes had his eureka moment while sitting in the bathtub.  Newton made a great discovery sitting under an apple tree.  Szilárd discovered nuclear fission while sitting at a red light. There was a time when … Continue reading

Posted in records, Science, snowfall | 422 Comments

Pachauri’s TERI institute golf course – water hog in a city desperate for fresh water

Richard North of the EU Referendum reports on this bizarre twist with IPCC Chairman Rajenda Pachauri’s use of land that was designated for public use, now runs afoul of the grant terms under which the land was given. Plus a … Continue reading

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