In Which I Talk to the Thunderstorms

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Thunderstorms are great majestic beasts. If you had never seen one or heard of one in your life, imagine your surprise if a lovely peaceful day suddenly clouded up. Then it started to rain. Then it was pelting down hail. Then a blinding bolt of lightning blew your ears off…

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News The Media Missed

Guest post by Willis Eschenbach Based on a model, unfortunately. Behind a paywall, unfortunately. Posted without comment, emphasis and formatting mine. The abstract says: Recovery mechanisms of Arctic summer sea ice S. Tietsche, D. Notz, J. H. Jungclaus, J. Marotzke, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany We examine the recovery of Arctic sea ice from prescribed ice-free…

Glory, glory, hallelujah – twice delayed three’s a charm?

NASA’s Glory Satellite scheduled for launch March 4 WASHINGTON — NASA’s Glory spacecraft is scheduled for launch on Friday, March 4. Technical issues with ground support equipment for the Taurus XL launch vehicle led to the scrub of the original Feb. 23 launch attempt. Those issues have been resolved. The March 4 liftoff from Vandenberg…

NASA will try to explain the missing sunspots

This should be interesting. At least they aren’t putting Dikpati on the panel. The scene from the movie “The Wizard of Oz” where after the residents of Emerald City see strange writings in the sky and shout “the Wizard will explain it!” come to mind. MEDIA ADVISORY: M11-043 NASA RESCHEDULES TELECONFERENCE TO EXPLAIN MISSING SUNSPOTS…

In Which I Finally Understand the Fair-Weather Gale

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach In the Pacific off the coast of California, there’s an unusual weather phenomenon called a “fair-weather gale”. It happens periodically in the summer when California’s Central Valley and Mojave Desert heat up. To replace the rising warm air, the cool air starts to rush in from a broad expanse of…