Monthly Archives: December 2013

WUWT and WeatherBell help KUSI-TV with a weather forecasting request from ice-trapped ship in Antarctica Akademik Shokalskiy

Today, while shopping at lunchtime for some last minute year end supplies, I got one of the strangest cell-phone calls ever. It was from my friend John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel and Chief meteorologist at KUSI-TV in … Continue reading

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Posted in Antarctic, Current News, Forecasting, The "Clitanic" aka Spirit of Mawson | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 308 Comments

First time in 20 years – more daily record lows than daily highs that were either tied or set in 2013

2013 was a cool year in many ways. Most interestingly, the last year this split between highs and lows happened in the USA, in 1993, we had the eruption from Mt. Pinatubo the prior year which ejected so much aerosol … Continue reading

Posted in Aerosols, Climate data, records, Temperature, Volcanoes, Weather | Tagged , , | 52 Comments

‘Climate adaptation, a wicked problem, requires navigating a landscape that is only partly known’

A WUWT reader from NCAR sends this but wishes to remain anonymous. I verified the IP address as coming from NCAR. Bold mine. ============================================================ Hi Mr. Watts, I come to your website nearly every day. Working here at NCAR, we … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News | Tagged | 116 Comments

Climate Craziness of the Week: only the ‘cooler’ models are wrong – the rest say 4ºC of warming by 2100

From the University of New South Wales and Dr. Steven Sherwood: “Climate sceptics like to criticise climate models for getting things wrong, and we are the first to admit they are not perfect,” said Sherwood. “But what we are finding … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Craziness of the Week, Climate sensitivity, clouds | Tagged , , , , , , | 168 Comments

Josh channels the Antarctic boat people

Josh writes: The Akademik Shokalskiy is much in the news, see here, here and this WUWT post with an update here. So what better way to summarise the CAGW movement this year. And last year, and the year before that… 

Posted in Antarctic, Humor, Satire, The "Clitanic" aka Spirit of Mawson | Tagged , , , , , , , | 41 Comments

Polynyas are very important for marine life and cooling the oceans

An introduction to Polynyas Guest essay by Eric Stephens Many people think that once a sea freezes, it is one complete sheet. In reality, there are several open areas that never freeze. One such area is a polynya (common US … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic, Arctic, Sea ice | Tagged , , | 46 Comments

The WUWT year end report

This report, prepared by the people that run where WUWT is hosted, gives insight into how we did this past year and which of our commenters were the most prolific  I’ve made it fully public for my readers to … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements | Tagged | 103 Comments

All scientists and passengers to be taken off ship stuck in Antarctic Ice

1pm AEDT: 31st December 2013 Helicopter to rescue passengers from Russian vessel in Antarctica The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) was advised this morning by the Aurora Australis that the ship will not be able … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic, The "Clitanic" aka Spirit of Mawson | Tagged , , , , | 95 Comments

Cancelling the Tropical Cancellation

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach There’s a much-cited paper (129 citations) from 1994 called “On the Observed Near Cancellation between Longwave and Shortwave Cloud Forcing in Tropical Regions” by J. T. Kiehl (hereinafter Kiehl1994), available here. The paper makes the following claim … Continue reading

Posted in Radiation, Radiative Imbalance | Tagged , , | 97 Comments

MSM finally gets that the sun’s magnetic field has flipped

While we’ve known about this for quite some time at WUWT, going back to August 2013, the story is now starting to make the rounds in the MSM. And, NASA has created a cool visualization of the event. Video follows. … Continue reading

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The Antarctic ‘research’ fiasco – ‘would you, could you, in a boat’?

This will be a top “sticky” post for awhile since interest is high – new stories will appear below this one – Anthony UPDATE: Josh channels the boat people UPDATE2: Another irony is discovered, this one doubly deep.  See update 2 … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic, Bad science, Opinion, Ridiculae, The "Clitanic" aka Spirit of Mawson | Tagged , , , | 1,011 Comments

A great letter to the editor on ‘the pause’

WUWT reader Steve Hales writes in Tips and Notes: Thought you might get a chuckle out of my letter to our local bucolic paper. Story from The Chronicle-Independent “Whatever the cause of climate change – and there are healthy debates … Continue reading

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Peer Review; Last Refuge of the (Uninformed) Troll

Current peer review science, by attempting to explain away model failure, in fact confirms that the science is wrong Guest essay by David M. Hoffer It has become a favorite tactic amongst trolls to declare their belief in peer reviewed … Continue reading

Posted in Modeling, Peer review | Tagged , , , , , , , | 244 Comments

Saving the Antarctic scientists, er media, er, activists, er tourists trapped by sea ice

UPDATE2: get a load of the hilarious announcement from the expedition, where they claim sea ice is disappearing, see update 2 below. UPDATE3: A film (now a video) has been found from 1912 showing Mawson landing in ice free Commonwealth … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic, The "Clitanic" aka Spirit of Mawson | Tagged , , , | 423 Comments

New – magnetic, reusuable, oil spill recovery material

Breakthrough or bogus? I ask readers to help sort it out. Every once in awhile something comes along that gives us a wow factor. This is one of those times. What you see below is a frame from a video … Continue reading

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The Thermostatic Throttle

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I have theorized that the reflective nature of the tropical clouds, in particular those of the inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) just above the equator, functions as the “throttle” on the global climate engine. We’re all … Continue reading

Posted in Albedo | Tagged , , | 167 Comments

Thanks, I’ll pass

People send me stuff. I got this email today with the subject: Publish Your Research Paper And then I read the image that was the advertisement for the new journal. Yo, I’m invited to contribute “resarch”.

Posted in Peer review, Science | Tagged , , , , | 59 Comments

Gavin was for solar forcing of climate before he was against it

Readers may recall when Dr. Gavin Schmidt appeared on a television program with Dr. Roy Spencer, but by Gavin’s cowardly choice, not at the same time. After listing the known causes for climate change aka global warming, Gavin Schmidt said: … Continue reading

Posted in Global cooling, Global warming, Solar | 159 Comments

Climate as a heat engine

Guest essay by Jan Kjetil Andersen As Willis describes in his article on December 21, the atmosphere can be seen as a gigantic heat engine, i.e. a machine which convert thermal energy, namely temperature, into mechanical energy, namely wind. It … Continue reading

Posted in Earth, Energy, Global warming | Tagged , , , , , , , | 193 Comments

Many Climate Reconstructions Incorrectly Attributed to Temperature Change.

Guest essay by Dr. Tim Ball The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) set climate research back thirty years, mostly by focusing world attention on CO2 and higher temperature. It was a classic misdirection that required planning. The IPCC was … Continue reading

Posted in IPCC, Paleoclimatology | Tagged , , , , , , , | 151 Comments

New tax scheme: ‘Environmental fiscal reform’

PR from Basque research: Environmental fiscal reform would improve the environment and reduce the informal economy The effect that the introduction of environmental fiscal reform would have on an economic system has been the focus of study since the 1990s. … Continue reading

Posted in Environment | Tagged | 125 Comments

Pioneers, Builders, and Termites.

Guest essay by Viv Forbes To compete in today’s world we need to score well on resource availability, capital assets, energy costs, tax burden and workforce/management. It also helps to have secure property rights and a sound currency. Today’s Australia … Continue reading

Posted in Opinion | Tagged , | 319 Comments

Welcome to the frozone

Extreme negative temperatures out-number extreme positive temperatures on the planet today, with a spread of over 100ºF. Eagle airport in upper Alaska on the Yukon River is one such example: Source: No word yet on whether this is a … Continue reading

Posted in Temperature | Tagged | 98 Comments

So much sea ice in Antarctica that a research vessel gets stuck, in summer!

For the latest, see this new story. and this opinion piece on why this is a fiasco UPDATE: Turns out this “research” vessel was mostly a taxpayer funded junket for getting video stories to BBC in the UK and ABC … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic, Curious things, Current News | Tagged , , , , , , , | 319 Comments

New paper: Clouds blown by the solar wind

This paper suggests a terrestrial impact on cloud cover from the interplanetary electric field (IEF) via the global electric circuit. A primer video on the GEC is below. Clouds blown by the solar wind M Voiculescu et al 2013 Environ. Res. … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Solar | Tagged , , , , , , , | 213 Comments

From the Apollo 8, forty five years ago: “God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth”

While ISS astronauts do a spacewalk this Christmas eve, I thought that this would be the best tribute I could make for them, and for all of my readers, contributors, and moderators. Audio and some stunning new video follow. On … Continue reading

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Monckton: Of meteorology and morality

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley To those of us who have dared to question on scientific and economic grounds the official story on global warming, it is a continuing surprise that there is so little concern about whether or not … Continue reading

Posted in Opinion | Tagged , | 607 Comments

How to keep your kids entertained for hours for just a dollar each

My lovely wife is out doing last minute Christmas shopping and I’m home with the kids. While it would certainly be easy to just let them play video games all day, I like to challenge them to look beyond their … Continue reading

Posted in Fun_stuff | Tagged | 76 Comments

Merry Griftmas from Al Gore

As if Al Gore doesn’t already have enough money after selling his failed CURRENT TV channel to the dupes at Al Jazeera for a cool half billion dollars, only to have the viewer numbers crash down so low that Nielsen … Continue reading

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Claim: Dark Money Conspiracy – star “deniers” are scripted performers

Prof. Brulle (Drexel Uni, Phil) claims IRS helped track secret donations Guest essay by Eric Worrall Prof. Robert Brulle, an environmental sociologist of Drexel University, Phil., has published a study allegedly accusing “deniers” of being sock puppets in the pay … Continue reading

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Michael Mann forced into a “do-over” in Mann -vs- CEI & Steyn

What a great Christmas present for Mike. It is back to square one for him with his lawsuit over what he views as libel by Mark Steyn and CEI. For background, see this WUWT story: Mann has filed suit against … Continue reading

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Enormous Aquifer Discovered Under Greenland Ice Sheet

From NASA, I had to laugh at this statement: The water in the aquifer has the potential to raise global sea level by 0.016 inches (0.4 mm). That’s assuming it can get out sometime in the distant future. Greenland’s topography … Continue reading

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Claim: Solar activity not a key cause of climate change, study shows

From the University of Edinburgh , another one-paper syndrome in the making funded by an NGO research council with a political mission to grab a headline. And, another poorly written press release where they don’t even cite the name of … Continue reading

Posted in Modeling, Science, Solar | Tagged , , , , , , , | 182 Comments

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

The Week That Was: 2013-12-21 (December 21, 2013) Brought to You by SEPP ( The Science and Environmental Policy Project ################################################### Quote of the Week: • “We’re spending money that we don’t have, to solve a problem that doesn’t exist, … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News Roundup | Tagged | 28 Comments

HadCRUT4 is From Venus, GISS is From Mars (Now Includes November Data)

Image Credit: Guest Post By Werner Brozek, Edited By Just The Facts With apologies to John Gray, it can be seen from the above graph that the two data sets often either go in opposite directions or are different … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Troposphere Temperature, measurement, Temperature | Tagged , , , , | 87 Comments