The bogosity of Winter Storm Bodil

There’s so much desperation to tie extreme weather to climate change these days, that some people have taken to photoshopping faked images to make the point. In case you didn’t catch that, it’s a double entendre. Observe.

Sadly, even the Danes have picked up the Weather Channel’s silly naming of non tropical and winter storms. It even has a Wikipedia page. This photo of winter storm “Bodil” is circulating today on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media as it approaches Denmark:

Bodil_Twitter

One look at the mesocyclone in that locale told me it was bogus, not only is it meteorologically unlikely, the light is all wrong. It’s comically bad. But the hilarity has to do with the fact that the image is doubly bogus. It has been photoshopped twice. Once to put the storm over the city, and a second time to take out the logo identifying it as a gag image produced by a satire website.

Here’s the “gag” image:

9GAG_Bodil

Source: http://9gag.com/gag/a5dXzNG

Note the 9GAG logo (above my drawn red arrow) has been removed and is now in the wild as shown above in Twitter. Yes, that’s right, they faked the fake.

Here is the original mesocyclone, from Montana, USA

Montana_cyclone

Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/570972058977542637/

The picture from Denmark that mesocyclone was added to is of Nyhavn canal, in Copenhagen, a touristy spot. It also has its own Wikipedia page.

While I couldn’t find the exact night photo used to make the fake, this one its very close, taken just a few steps up from the original vantage point:

Update: The original Copenhagen scene has been located, h/t to ArtRubicon and Helge K

Nyhavn_orginal_bodil

This fake of “Bodil” now join the ranks of other faked weather events, such as this laughable faked photo supposedly from Hurricane Sandy:

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About.com Urban Legends has this explanation:

It was created by combining a fairly standard image of New York Harbor with a 2004 photo of a supercell thunderstorm taken by professional storm chaser Mike Hollingshead.

And this faked one from Hurricane Katrina:

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So, if you see somebody pushing any of these faked photos as proof of (take your pick: global warming, climate disruption, Al Gore is near, Bigfoot, Chemtrails, weather control, or increasing extreme weather) set them straight.

UPDATE2:  I forgot to add a link to this example of photoshopping from a couple years back, where Al Gore had to add hurricanes to his book cover. He couldn’t even get the hemispheric rotation right, likely because he’s never heard of the Coriolis Force.

Not finding any, Gore airbrushes in hurricanes for his new book

 

 

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114 Responses to The bogosity of Winter Storm Bodil

  1. Janice Moore says:

    Well, am I relieved. Better call Dr. Svalgaard and tell him the good news. He’s been worried sick. (heh, heh)

  2. omnologos says:

    368 retweets

    Humanity is doomed

  3. Bill says:

    With such obviously faked stuff, it is better to pass them on, hype them excessively, and make your own fakes over your own city, pass them on, hype them excessively, etc. Will wake people to the facts and cause them to check their sources much more than trying to tell the truth ever would.

  4. High Treason says:

    There are heaps of things one could do with the storm section-put it over the White House, put it as a halo on Obama, Golden Gate bridge. Photo would have looked better with HDR vivid colours.

  5. lorne50 says:

    That is why on Twitter I said it look’s like the storms we see on the prairie Alberta Canada.

  6. pat says:

    140 mph…not quite!

    4 Dec: UK Daily Mail: Sea walls already breached by raging seas more than two hours BEFORE high tide as 140mph
    (SCROLL DOWN) The Met Office said the Atlantic storm brought severe gales of between 60mph and 80mph across Scotland and northern parts of England, and some mountainous regions in Aberdeenshire and Inverness-shire reported speeds of around 140mph…
    (SCROLL WAY, WAY, WAY DOWN) Anne Edwards, editor of the Great Yarmouth Mercury, was one of those told to leave their homes tonight, but is determined to ride out the storm with
    sandbags and supplies.
    ***She was awoken by an alert call from the Environment Agency at 6.30am,
    warning of severe flooding in the area of her home, which is a mile from the
    coast.
    Ms Edwards, who believes hundreds of homes are being evacuated, said: ‘We’re
    staying put. The house we live in was flooded in 1953 and there’s a
    four-and-a-half foot-high water line in the dining room from then.
    ‘We always knew we might be at risk of flooding, so there is a camping stove
    upstairs and we have water and cans of food. If it’s going to happen, it’s
    going to happen. We can go upstairs, it’s not going to kill us.’
    She said she went into a ‘mad panic’ at receiving the automated call this
    morning and hunted for her home insurance policy. Her husband has bought
    sandbags and the couple have containers ready to fill with fresh water.
    She said: ‘I’m going to get the paper out then go home for dinner, but then
    I’ll be back in the office later. I’ve got my wellies ready.’…
    ***EAST COAST DESTRUCTION: HOW 307 WERE LEFT DEAD BY THE 1953 STORM…
    In 1953 the region was the scene of Britain’s deadliest natural disaster of
    the 20th century – the Big Flood – which left 307 dead and 40,000
    homeless…
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2518340/Sea-walls-breached-raging-seas-hours-BEFORE-high-tide-140mph-Arctic-winds-batter-British-coastline.html

    Reuters uses 140 mph only:

    5 Dec: Reuters: Erik Kirschbaum/Belinda Goldsmith: Hurricane-force winds wreak havoc in Britain, head to Europe
    Two people were killed in Britain as the nation’s weather office measured winds of up to 225 km per hour (140 mph) when the storm slammed Scotland and
    parts of England…
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/12/05/uk-europe-storm-idUKBRE9B40II20131205

  7. Louis says:

    You may have indisputable proof that the photo is fake, but until a consensus of climate scientists agrees with you, you’re not allowed to make that claim. As we all know, consensus trumps all observational facts. /sarc

    On a related note, are there any mainstream climate scientists who have openly condemned this kind of fakery? Or are they just happy to get support no matter how bogus it is?

  8. tty says:

    Well, it was a fairly bad winter storm with gusts to 60 knots, high water about 5 feet about normal and up to 16 inches of snow (which is a lot for Sweden in December), but it was in no way nearly as bad as Gudrun in 2005.

  9. pat says:

    FoE can’t let an opportunity pass…to make a case for more insurance cover:

    8 Dec: Guardian: Mark Townsend: Half-million homes at risk are not covered by flood scheme
    Government insurance plan ignores serious future effects of climate change, Friends of the Earth warns
    Almost half the homes deemed at serious risk from flooding will not be covered under the government’s new flood insurance scheme because officials have decided to omit the future impact of climate change…
    Initial assessments of the damage caused by Thursday’s surge indicates that 1,400 properties were flooded and up to 15,000 people had to leave their homes…
    Yet the fact that the damage was less extensive than feared has led to praise for improved flood defences, with experts estimating they may have protected up to 800,000 properties…
    Guy Shrubsole, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner, said: “Following the devastating damage caused by the biggest storm surge across the east coast in the past 60 years, it’s unforgivable that the government’s future flood insurance plan excludes consideration of climate change…
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/07/flood-insurance-flood-climate-change

    Guardian has two comments so far, but they’re not convinced at all:

    MutantNinjaThinktank: This is a bone-headed article. Have a look at the ABI explanation of the scheme to see what it is designed to protect against and what it is not designed to protect against. Basically it covers eventualities up to a one in two hundred year chance of flooding, and anything above that is down to the government.
    Idiotic scare-mongering like this merely discredits climate change activists and their cause.

    Jacksavage: Flood protection, storm surges, insurance…why, there is just NOTHING those people at Friends of The Earth do not know best about, is there?
    Frankly, were I the “officials” involved I should be tempted to request that FoE took a running jump at themselves.
    The time will come….count on it. I am staggered that the two or three decades of wolf crying about global warming and climate change combined with the complete lack of any of the catastrophes so confidently predicted has not provoked this kind of reaction already.

  10. Bill Marsh says:

    The truly sad part is that I’d wager up to 50% of the world’s population (maybe more) will accept that as accurate and will NOT question it in the slightest. It shouldn’t, but the human’s apparent willingness to accept authority without question always surprises me.

    OT but germane. Now the ‘alarmists’ are latching on to winter storms (and any cold weather event) as part of the ‘Climate extreme’ meme. http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/354006/Climate-change-warning-Killer-winter-storms-for-next-THIRTY-years. The human capacity for idiotic statements does not surprise me, however.

  11. Bill Hayes says:

    The original genuine picture of the storm is awsome enough without having to fake anything. But it was jolly interesting thing to watch the tweeted picture being debunked and then the original ellements being scouted out on the internet. Do you remember when the Russians used to “airbrush|” those fallen from political grace from all official photographs. It couldn’t happed like that today.

    If nanyone was trying to pass this tweet off as an aid to validating an argument for or against global warming should understand that this is a picture (albiet faked) of weather, not climate.

  12. James McClellan says:

    I never DREAMED it had anything whatsoever to do with Politics or the climate change argument, I just bought it was a beautiful picture. I still think so. Si none e vero, e ben trovato! May I suggest lightening up a little, brother and sister rationalists, for fear of appearing as boringly dogmatic as the other side?

  13. ace says:

    “So, if you see somebody pushing any of these faked photos as proof of (take your pick: global warming, climate disruption, Al Gore is near, Bigfoot, Chemtrails, weather control, or increasing extreme weather) set them straight.”

    … or don’t. These quaint vignettes should be noted and saved. They represent the great trough of low hanging fruit – the best of the worst of the lazy efforts made to support a cause. the ‘real’ scientists must cringe …

  14. DirkH says:

    Good sleuthing.

    Here in Northern Germany the storm wasn’t that remarkable. And, these incoming storms from the North Sea never have small scale circular structures,N Germany, and Denmark are flat and the storms just come in from West to Northwest, a fast huge front, that’s all; bringing rain, snow, and slightly rising temperatures at this time of year.

  15. Curious George says:

    Never underestimate alarmist’s ability to add 60 and 80, or to use Photoshop.

  16. Met Office have the facts here.

    The storm was not as strong as the one in January 2012 in Scotland.

    Unfortunately the track of the storm, and its timing at the same time as the spring tides brought an unusually high storm surge.

    http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/provisional-data-for-the-north-sea-storm/

  17. Janice Moore says:

    Mr. James McClellan (at 2:54pm) — You might want to do a bit of research into what the AGWers say they want to do. You cannot “control the climate” with out controlling…… people.

    I think if you look into it further, you will discover that “climate change” is essentially about: control. And that’s all about politics. Yes, there are the Enviro-profiteers, but, they are only taking advantage of a playing field and rules (based on junk science, as you would likely agree) created by socialist-minded politicians.

    Thus, Junk Science = > Government Control (by politicians funded by the Enviro-profiteers).

    There is a logical connection; it is not mere conjecture.

  18. Mike Tremblay says:

    This type of storm is nothing new, a quick look at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_windstorm) shows that a storm of this magnitude happens about every three years – remarkably, 8 happened in 1989.

    The sad thing about the people who resort to this type of fear mongering is that because of the fact that it’s obviously a fake, and because they have been resorting to this meme so frequently, people, will begin to ignore the very real message that this could be a dangerous storm. (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/12/07/the-effects-of-environmentalist-and-climate-alarmist-crying-wolf-begin-to-appear/#more-98717)

  19. Richard says:

    The photos look like scenes from spielbergs poltergeist.

    Off topic but this rather amused me,

    Cold sardines? This isn’t what warming alarmists were expecting. The New Scientist reports:

    Western Canada’s sardine fleet returned with no fish this month. The loss of the fishery, normally worth CAN$32 million (US$30.7 million), took many by surprise..

    Pacific sardine populations fluctuate with water temperature. Colder water means fewer fish. Temperatures last fell in the 1940s, but heavy fishing continued, devastating the stock and ending fishing until sardines returned when waters warmed in the 1980s.

    “We think this is set to happen again,” says Zwolinski, who tracked the population over the past century. He found that sardines have reproduced less since waters cooled in the 1990s.

    As far south as California the fishermen are complaining of cold water:

  20. Lil Fella from OZ says:

    Even if real it doesn’t support climate change. I have seen some rare and very unusual cloud formation in NSW outback in Australia over the past 12 months but it is only weather!!! It is nothing in support of climate change whatsoever!

  21. Alan Robertson says:

    Bogosity.

    Can I use that?

  22. Robert of Ottawa says:

    Janice Moore on December 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Janice, the human race took a major step forward, became Human even, when it mastered control of an external energy source, AKA combustion, or fire. This enabled humans to get more value from the food they caught and enabled a rapid increase in brain size. Remember, the brain is a very expensive consumer of energy.

    Anyone got the stats on this fact?

    Anyone who says energy should be expensive and rationed are stating that food and health and all human activity should be rationed and controlled. In fact, they are saying that human life should be nasty, brutish and short.

  23. Dubya G says:

    Why is it that every bit of weather, even fairly benign, now has to have a name.

    I am predicting another ‘storm’, with 10mph winds and perhaps a quarter inch of rain, in the week before Christmas. I am calling it “Geoffrey”.

  24. Janice Moore says:

    Dear Robert (of Ottawa),

    I’m wondering how my comment at 3:20pm today logically leads to your comment at 3:54pm today. In other words, I’m afraid I am missing your point and would appreciate some clarification. Thanks and, please, forgive my obtuseness.

    Your pro-Free Market, anti-AGW, WUWT ally for CO2 Truth,

    Janice

  25. DirkH says:

    Dubya G says:
    December 7, 2013 at 4:09 pm
    “Why is it that every bit of weather, even fairly benign, now has to have a name.”

    We’ve been naming storm systems for half a century in Germany. Nothing to do with the latter day psychosis of CO2AGW.

  26. _Jim says:

    omnologos says December 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    368 retweets

    Humanity is doomed

    Tower of Babel, Part Deux, “The Aftermath/Post-normal Science”.

    PNS (Post-Normal Science) – a concept developed by Silvio Funtowicz and Jerome Ravetz, a methodology of inquiry … for cases where “facts are uncertain, values in dispute, stakes high and decisions urgent”

    .

  27. Randy says:

    And meanwhile a sharp little cold front came through central California today and pushed the Indian Wells Canyon RAWS station to a max gust of 99 mph and the station at Inyokern Airport read 76 mph. It topped our Mesquite (more firewood).

  28. _Jim says:

    Robert of Ottawa says December 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Anyone who says energy should be expensive and rationed are stating that food and health and all human activity should be rationed and controlled. In fact, they are saying that human life should be nasty, brutish and short.

    The unstated goals of ‘wealth redistribution’ (1) and ‘economic justice’ (2)?
    .
    .
    <barry>

    1. Take everones’ pie, make the pie slices all the same size and give an equal portion back to everyone LESS the ‘cut’ for overhead (for the federal pie bureaucracy or the “Bureau of Pie Sizes”)

    2. “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” – K. M.

    </barry>

  29. GlynnMhor says:

    Jim, it’s more like “from each according to their laziness, to each according to their greed”

  30. Yancey Ward says:

    Global warming is causing a plague of faked photographs. At this rate of fakery, the world is clearly doomed.

  31. Alan Robertson says:

    Robert of Ottawa says:
    December 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Anyone who says energy should be expensive and rationed are stating that food and health and all human activity should be rationed and controlled. In fact, they are saying that human life should be nasty, brutish and short.
    _________________________________________
    Exactly! People have cataloged long lists of statements calling for human population reduction and other horrors; statements made by leading Greens, Statists, Elitists and tyrants of every stripe.

    These quotes have been posted in these threads before, but can’t be repeated often enough:
    ——————————————————————————————–
    ”My three goals would be to reduce human population to about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure and see wilderness, with its full complement of species, returning throughout the world.”
    David Foreman,
    co-founder of Earth First!

    ”A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.”
    Ted Turner,
    Founder of CNN and major UN donor

    ”The prospect of cheap fusion energy is the worst thing that could happen to the planet.”
    Jeremy Rifkin,
    Greenhouse Crisis Foundation

    ”Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.”
    Paul Ehrlich,
    Professor of Population Studies,
    Author: “Population Bomb”, “Ecoscience”

    “The data doesn’t matter. We’re not basing our recommendations
    on the data. We’re basing them on the climate models.”
    – Prof. Chris Folland,
    Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research

    “The models are convenient fictions
    that provide something very useful.”
    – Dr David Frame,
    climate modeler, Oxford University

    ”We need to get some broad based support, to capture the public’s imagination… So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements and make little mention of any doubts… Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.”
    Stephen Schneider,
    Stanford Professor of Climatology,
    Lead author of many IPCC reports

    ”Unless we announce disasters no one will listen.”
    Sir John Houghton,
    First chairman of the IPCC

    ”It doesn’t matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true.”
    Paul Watson,
    Co-founder of Greenpeace

    ”Childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. All potential parents should be required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.”
    David Brower,
    First Executive Director of the Sierra Club

    ”We’ve got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy.”
    Timothy Wirth,
    President of the UN Foundation

    ”No matter if the science of global warming is all phony… climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.”
    Christine Stewart,
    former Canadian Minister of the Environment

    ”The only way to get our society to truly change is to frighten people with the possibility of a catastrophe.”
    Emeritus Professor Daniel Botkin

    ”Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”
    Maurice Strong,
    Founder of the UN Environmental Program

    ”A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States. De-Development means bringing our economic system into line with the realities of ecology and the world resource situation.”
    Paul Ehrlich,
    Professor of Population Studies,
    Author: “Population Bomb”, “Ecoscience”

    ”If I were reincarnated I would wish to return to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.”
    Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh,
    husband of Queen Elizabeth II,
    Patron of the Patron of the World Wildlife Foundation

    ”The only hope for the world is to make sure there is not another United States. We can’t let other countries have the same number of cars, the amount of industrialization we have in the US. We have to stop these third World countries right where they are.”
    Michael Oppenheimer
    Environmental Defense Fund

    ”Global Sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control.”
    Professor Maurice King

    ”Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, air-conditioning, and suburban housing – are not sustainable.”
    Maurice Strong,
    Rio Earth Summit

    ”Complex technology of any sort is an assault on the human dignity. It would be little short of disastrous for us to discover a source of clean, cheap, abundant energy, because of what we might do with it.”
    Amory Lovins,
    Rocky Mountain Institute

    ”I suspect that eradicating small pox was wrong. it played an important part in balancing ecosystems.”
    John Davis,
    Editor of Earth First! Journal

    “…the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries.” ~ David Rockefeller, June, 1991, Bilderberg Conference, Baden, Germany link

    “We are on the verge of a global transformation.
    All we need is the right major crisis…”
    – David Rockefeller,
    Club of Rome executive member

    “I believe it is appropriate to have an ‘over-representation’ of the facts
    on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience.”
    -Al Gore,
    Climate Change activist

    “The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and
    spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest
    opportunity to lift Global Consciousness to a higher level.”
    -Al Gore,
    Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

    ”The big threat to the planet is people: there are too many, doing too well economically and burning too much oil.”
    Sir James Lovelock,
    BBC Interview

    “We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place
    for capitalists and their projects. We must reclaim the roads and
    plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams,
    free shackled rivers and return to wilderness
    millions of acres of presently settled land.”
    – David Foreman,
    co-founder of Earth First!

  32. Sisi says:

    [it's satire, get over yourself - mod]

  33. dbstealey says:

    I would prefer to see Sisi’s comment.

    She is very easy to respond to.

  34. Sisi says:

    [snip - religion and way off topic -mod]

  35. Sweet Old Bob says:

    We have seen the enemy, and he is NOT us!

  36. Alan Robertson says:

    dbstealey says:
    December 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I would prefer to see Sisi’s comment.

    She is very easy to respond to.
    ________________________

    Let us know her by her words? Give her all the rope she needs?

  37. John F. Hultquist says:

    Thanks for this one. I love this kind of stuff. And pretty pictures too!

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
    Richard says:
    December 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    “The loss of the fishery, normally worth CAN$32 million (US$30.7 million), took many by surprise..

    “Many” don’t pay attention to much.
    About 2 years ago regarding:

    Title: “A cold oceanographic regime with high exploitation rates in the Northeast Pacific forecasts a collapse of the sardine stock”
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3306684/

  38. Alan Robertson says:

    Janice Moore says:
    December 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Mr. James McClellan (at 2:54pm) — You might want to do a bit of research into what the AGWers say they want to do. You cannot “control the climate” with out controlling…… people.
    ____________________
    Yes, and worse.

  39. John F. Hultquist says:

    Robert of Ottawa says:
    December 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    [ http://www.amazon.com/Catching-Fire-Cooking-Made-Human/dp/1469298708 ]

  40. John F. Hultquist says:

    Sorry, about that link/image. Not intended. John

    [fixed - mod]

  41. JamesS says:

    “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” – K. M.

    The very first time I saw this, I wondered, “Who gets to decide one’s abilities, and who gets to decide one’s needs?”

    Why doesn’t EVERYONE think this when they see it?

  42. Alan Robertson says:

    Mods: If my comment at 5:00pm gives you pause, then please strike it… mere musings from me and not a challenge to your authority.
    On second thought, please strike it and this message anyway.
    Thanks,
    Alan
    Ps Trigger trippers: Denialists, denier, Anthony Watts(our gracious host)

  43. JamesS says:

    Cooking didn’t make us human.

    Now, a bit of salt, some garlic, a little BAM! —

    THAT made us human.

  44. Sisi says:

    [snip - previously moderated, repeating it doesn't make it better -mod]

  45. _Jim says:

    JamesS says December 7, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” – K. M.

    The very first time I saw this, I wondered, “Who gets to decide one’s abilities, and who gets to decide one’s needs?”

    Offhand: “The ruling party” …

    KM was never bothered by the practicalities of his ‘proposals’. Such is the world of the impractical ‘reformer’.

    .

  46. Sisi says:

    @mod

    beyond parody. You fail to explain the reason for moderation. What part of my original comment was against the rules?

    [all of it, all moderation decisions are final -mod]

  47. RoHa says:

    Can’t those of you who understand this Twitter thing send the photo out with the gag logo and the caption “Great faked storm photo – must see!”?

  48. Bob Greene says:

    Gosh, the things I missed by not being on the net all day. Bogosity, eh?

  49. Chris @NJSnowFan says:

    OT Tip. I am posting this here because the tip page is so long it was taking me for ever to just get 1/4 waw down the page on Mobil device to post this tip.
    Sorry for posting this here but this deserves a headline story.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/RyanMaue/status/409461484758896641

    In the last day CONUS avg has broken all time satellite record back to 1979 for earliest ever cold avg day for conus. 14.5 avg .
    Yesterday broke all of last winters conus avg day temp on Jan 14 2013 of 18.9° to settle at 18.1° at 14z.

    Ryan tweeted a bunch of info and charts in last two days.

  50. commieBob says:

    Pogo said:

    “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

    Sweet Old Bob says:
    December 7, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    We have seen the enemy, and he is NOT us!

    My dear fellow Bob, nobody is immune from the human condition. I don’t know anyone who is not from time to time his or her own worst enemy.

  51. CodeTech says:

    Next time you’re searching for the source of a doctored image, use TinEye – it found the original from the edited in under a second. In fact, that is a very useful site, especially if you’re looking to track a meme or copyright violation.

  52. observa says:

    Here fake this lot warmies-
    http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/snow-falling-in-australia-in-summer-that-is-all/story-e6frflp0-1226775945701
    Dontcha just love ‘That is all.’ mocking the bedwetters and their methods?

  53. Sisi says:

    I’ll simply try again. If there is something here that is against blog policy, please let me know why instead of moderating things away with a less than vague explanation.

    As I said before, I see there is someone on twitter who posted a fotoshopped picture of a storm over København. OK, picture, copenhagen, photoshopped, sure.

    Did you already find “somebody pushing any of these faked photos as proof of (take your pick: global warming, climate disruption, Al Gore is near, Bigfoot, weather control, or increasing extreme weather)”?

    [Reply: there is nothing in your replies tonight that violates site policy. ~ mod.]

  54. DirkH says:

    Sisi says:
    December 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm
    “Did you already find “somebody pushing any of these faked photos as proof of (take your pick: global warming, climate disruption, Al Gore is near, Bigfoot, weather control, or increasing extreme weather)”?”

    Sisi, you must be new to the game. Professional government Munich RE warmists like Rahmstorff love to use faked photos:
    http://www.ccrc.unsw.edu.au/Copenhagen/Copenhagen_Diagnosis_LOW.pdf
    … there’s a beautiful specimen of Ursus Bogus in his natural fake habitat on page 31.

  55. _Jim says:

    commieBob says December 7, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    My dear fellow Bob, nobody is immune from the human condition. I don’t know anyone who is not from time to time his or her own worst enemy.

    We can only hope that we survive our own ‘cross-examination’ (that examination of conscience thing) when and if conducted … some, perhaps, not so much …

    .

  56. Sisi says:

    @mod

    “[Reply: there is nothing in your replies tonight that violates site policy. ~ mod.]”

    Then explain:

    “[it's satire, get over yourself - mod]”
    “[snip - religion and way off topic -mod]”
    “[snip - previously moderated, repeating it doesn't make it better -mod]”

    I saw this also:

    [all of it, all moderation decisions are final -mod]

    Am I to conclude that there was some rogue moderator snipping my comments, and now another moderator has taken over that has not the authority to come back on decisions the previous moderator made?

    I am still waiting for an explanation of the site police violation that explains the moderation of my comments in the first place.

    [Reply: there are several different WUWT moderators. (I italicize "~mod".)
    My suggestion: just move on. ~ mod.]

  57. Alan Robertson says:

    Sisi says:
    December 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm
    ________________________
    Now I see what you were doing to trip the trigger… no use playing innocent.

    Maybe you didn’t know that the holiday season is the perfect time to mint a new word or phrase- like it’s a gift to the world.
    Bogosity, gotta love it.

  58. DirkH says:

    Alan Robertson says:
    December 7, 2013 at 6:50 pm
    “Maybe you didn’t know that the holiday season is the perfect time to mint a new word or phrase- like it’s a gift to the world.
    Bogosity, gotta love it.”

    Not that new.
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bogosity

  59. Mike Maguire says:

    Great observational skills Anthony!

    Science is in most need of scientists with observational skills.

  60. yirgach says:

    At 2PM August 27, 2011 I was on board one of the last flights out of Hartford CT to points West.
    The rain had already started and as we gained altitude I could see an enormous white wall to the South, Hurricane Irene. It was a breath taking view at 20,000 ft. Something so huge and powerful was hard to take into account. It was 7 days later before I heard from my wife in Southern Vermont, luckily after 6 inches of rain in a few hours, our place was OK, but the rest of the valleys in the area, well forget it. They are still recovering and we see abandoned flood damaged homes and bridges every time we drive into town.

    The point being that the power of Nature can be awesome, but there are some who will use this (and any other major event) to advance their own agenda. There are still some around here who point to that event and conflate it with Global Warming, including our esteemed Senator Bernie Sanders.
    Sometimes Senator, weather does trump geography…

  61. Janice Moore says:

    Thanks, Alan Robertson, for the affirmation (5:14pm today). Much appreciated!

    Re: “bogosity,” Dirk is likely correct (he’s a highly reliable witness on WUWT, I’ve discovered), but, like you, I had never heard of that word before today… .

  62. G. Karst says:

    Regardless of the manipulation, that is one impressive photo of a storm cell. Awesome! GK

  63. yirgach says:

    Re: Bogosity
    Defined as The degree to which something is bogus. Bogosity is measured with a bogometer; in a seminar, when a speaker says something bogus, a listener might raise his hand and say “My bogometer just triggered”. More extremely, “You just pinned my bogometer” means you just said or did something so outrageously bogus that it is off the scale, pinning the bogometer needle at the highest possible reading (one might also say “You just redlined my bogometer”). The agreed-upon unit of bogosity is the microLenat.

    Also distantly related to Bogarsity, which is the tendency to hang onto something too long.

  64. NikFromNYC says:

    Legalize mesocyclone NOW!!!

  65. Janice Moore says:

    @ Randy (re: 4:28pm today) — Stay safe and KEEP WARM down there.

    Janice

    (See, your comment WAS read! — by lots of us; just too lazy to bother most of the time…)

  66. It’s cold, though :) ))))))))))

  67. ossqss says:

    The bogosity of Winter Storm Bodil?

    Reminds me of something ;-)

    I hope this works from my phone’s split screen …..

  68. Caleb says:

    There are so many truly wonderful extremes occurring in the world of weather that it is silly to doctor photos. On my own blog I named this storm, as I name all storms and even high pressure systems, but it is only to keep them straight, (and also to have some fun.)

    One really cool thing about this particular storm was that it didn’t even exist 36 hours before it went crashing into Norway. It went from being a 1010 mb ripple on a warm front extending off a Labrador low clear across the Atlantic to a 960 mb gale in the Baltic. Now it is weakening over Russia, but its backside is still delivering Siberian air backwards and bringing very cold conditions to areas behind the storm. (In the east of the USA a northwest wind is coldest, and an east wind can change snow to rain by bringing Atlantic warmth, however in Europe the Atlantic warmth is on the west winds, and it is the east winds that can be most cold.)

    These storms are as beautiful to watch as a single cloud is, on a summer’s day. We have all sorts of gadgets and gizmos that allow us to watch them in a way our grandfathers couldn’t imagine. Why on earth would anyone want to alter such an image, when it is so beautiful to begin with?

    It seems to me extremely ironic that the people altering the images are the same people who whine most loudly that man should not alter nature. Talk about hypocrisy!

  69. R. de Haan says:

    THEY DO ANYTHING TO SAVE THE DOCTRINE:
    IT’S “FREAK WEATHER” NOW DEFINING CLIMATE CHANGE
    AND IT DOES NOT MATTER IF IT”S HOT OR COLD.
    http://www.daiystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/354006/Climate-change-warning-Killer-winter-storms-for-next-THIRTY-years

  70. Alan Robertson says:

    yirgach says:
    December 7, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    “Also distantly related to Bogarsity, which is the tendency to hang onto something too long.”

    ______________________________
    You get the thread’s Gold Star next to your name.

  71. tom0mason says:

    Mike Maguire says:
    December 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Great observational skills Anthony!

    Science is in most need of scientists with observational skills.

    I beg to differ as in these progressive times observations are NOT required.
    Overall what we need is to readdress this science idea and add more vitality, flair and imagination into this staid and tired, forever backward looking, sorry old subject. It needs revamping for the 21st century or killing off altogether, as in it’s present form it is not fit for purpose.
    What is required is more adventurous computer programmers with a good eye for result fitting.
    We need more imaginative and eloquent persons to join the team to rebuff quaint old-fashioned ideas of what science is about.
    We need brighter people to parse the language unendingly, and more imaginative people who at the drop of a hat, can and will, voice hyper-emotional, derationalized, streams of conscious of how children and grand-children will die in pain, hunger and want. And how most photogenic species will soon be extinct because of modern man’s wickedness. To recite the mantra of this dying world, and the guilt of the elders in getting us there.

    /extreme/sarc/off
    :-)

  72. tom0mason says:

    Sorry, forget all of the above that I wrote.
    We have enough of those idiots parading themselves as climate scientists already.

  73. Matt says:

    LOL When I read the article, the image didn’t load for me. So I was wondering what it is all about… seeing the image now, it looks like a bad CG jelly fish :)

  74. Janice Moore says:

    @ OssQss. Okay. I watched it. lol, thanks for sharing. Godzilla would definitely register high on the bogosity scale with kids today. Godzilla, all that hard work and ingenuity and you know what the main thing I remember about watching those movies on TV as a kid? The lack of sync between the people’s mouths and the soundtrack. We kids used to have fun with that all the time, making our mouth move, then, vocalizing the words.

    Okay, here’s a video for you (yup, Godzilla is taking over the thread…. bwah, ha, ha, ha, haaaa!)

    A Tribute to the Herculean Efforts of the Actor in that First Costume:

    “Oh, no, there goes Tokyo! Go, go, Godzilla!” — Blue Oyster Cult

    {Warning: May not be suitable for those born before 1950.}

    Remember when we thought that song was sooo cool? lol.

    Now, nature is exposing the folly of the speculations of the Cult of Climatology.

    CO2 UP. WARMING — STOPPED.

  75. Janice Moore says:

    @ Evelina Galli (8:46pm today) — love the cute shivering-chin emoticon you created. KEEP WARM, over there (I’m in the U.S.A.). And keep on posting!

  76. CRS, DrPH says:

    There’s so much desperation to tie extreme weather to climate change these days, that some people have taken to photoshopping faked images to make the point.

    …and then, there’s this!

    http://deadspin.com/sign-of-man-having-sex-with-cow-features-in-cbs-chicago-1466253791

  77. ConTrari says:

    The naming of storms is an American fashion that was pickud up in Scandinavia some years ago. The recent storm was duly reported here in Norway, with huge pictures of the handful of houses that got their roofs blown off (no persons killed, thankfully) and even a frontpage picture series of a SINGLE TREE being felled by the wind.

    Nevertheless, this storm was something new. For years, our MSM have consistently called every unusual weather event “extreme weather”. Not so this time, I did not see the word used once! Just the traditional word “uvær” (literally “unweather”), meaning bad weather. And “climate change” was not blamed for the storm either.

    One might hope that the media is waking up from the CAGW delusion, though it is something they will never admit. But it shows in examples like this. Another thing is that our media have dutifully continued to write alarmist stories and loyal utterings of woe at the right times (like during the recent COP-meeting), but these stories disappear very fast from their websites, usually after one day, whereas any story about a B-celebrity lingers on. It seems clear that the editors know this is not newsworthy any more, Officially though, their ranks are closed, but as examples of heretic articles multiply in foreign media, their precious bubble becomes even more fragile.

    Slightly off topic: For the best parody of global warming disaster I’ve seen, check out the South Park episode “Two days before the day after tomorrow” (“We did’nt listen! We did’nt listen!”) from their ninth season. It’s hilarious, and was made as long ago as in 2005!

  78. StephenP says:

    Alan Robertson says:
    December 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    ”Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”
    Maurice Strong,
    Founder of the UN Environmental Program

    What is Maurice Strong advising the Chinese government to do?

  79. RichardLH says:

    I think that “worst in 60 years” meme that was in the BBC and newspaper coverage is the most unremarked aspect. We all KNOW there is a 60 year cycle in the weather. We all just ignore it as a point of logical reasoning when saying or mentioning weather and other phenomena!

  80. ImranCan says:

    I mean … even if such a cloud formation were possible in northern Europe, one look at the water in the canal or harbour tells you something is wrong …. its dead flat.

  81. hunter says:

    This is like when unscrupulous religious groups fake miracles and then call it proof of their claims, or more ominously, when religious fanatics decide that someone’s bad crops or sick chickens are the fault of some local witch/sinner (usually someone not liked by the fanatics) and then burn that person at the stake.
    Enviro/climate groups have gotten away with faking claims and data for decades now. Most enviro groups are more parasitic than the worst religious groups, and vastly more expensive to the tax payer.

  82. Hans Henrik Hansen says:

    In all fairness: This violent weather situation has been extensively covered by the national MSM, and none of them (to my knowledge) have fallen into the temptation of linking to (C)AGW, ‘climate change’ etc.!
    BTW: The most extensive damage has been caused by water: At first the wind came from a SW-ly direction, pressing lots of water from the North Sea into the Kattegat, the Straits and the Baltic Sea. Quite a bit of the water found its way into the narrow fiords NW of Copenhagen, causing the water to rise to almost 2 meters from normal. This flooding has caused heavy damage to several homes in the affected areas, where many residents have been evacuated and some are only now returning to their extensively damaged homes.
    Floodings occur regularly in other regions of the country – but (to my knowledge) it’s the first time (‘ever’) that storm flooding has been seen on the island of Zealand.

  83. nigelf says:

    StephenP says:
    December 8, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Alan Robertson says:
    December 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    ”Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”
    Maurice Strong,
    Founder of the UN Environmental Program

    What is Maurice Strong advising the Chinese government to do?

    Try and get the US into some sort of treaty that will impoverish them and enrich us (China).

  84. Robertvd says:

    Anybody knows what’s wrong with Marcel Crok’s page ‘De Staat van het Klimaat’ ? I can’t get in.

  85. Svend Ferdinandsen says:

    A small correction to Hans Henrik Hansen.
    DMI has a report about higher winds: http://www.dmi.dk/nyheder/arkiv/nyheder-2013/12/klimamodeller-varsler-flere-storme-i-fremtiden/
    It could be a coincidence, but they only show a small increase in the max windspeed during summer, when the interesting part would be fall, where the worst storms happens.

  86. DirkH says:

    hunter says:
    December 8, 2013 at 4:14 am
    “Enviro/climate groups have gotten away with faking claims and data for decades now. Most enviro groups are more parasitic than the worst religious groups, and vastly more expensive to the tax payer.”

    They and their cohort is the ruling class now, and their political religion has a certain dumbing down / unifying force on the millions of dumbed down slaves.
    Their civilization will likely collapse through their inability of thinking rationally.

  87. palle says:

    I made the picture in photoshop. it spread like a storm once i postet it on my wall on facebook.

  88. Emilskat says:

    LOl palle this is so funny i’m laughing my ass off, as it even says in your facebook update you made that in photoshop xP

  89. fxk says:

    Some awfully smooth water ahead of the storm in the so called Katrina picture.

  90. Gerry says:

    If you like your fake images, you can keep your fake images.

  91. Jimbo says:

    Let’s all join hands and hope it does not cool. I wonder whether the Grote Mandrenke hit Denmark? I see it did, we must act now.

    ….From a meteorological point of view, this troublesome development in the late medieval time was the result of global cooling. When the planet cools, the cooling is especially pronounced near the poles and smaller near the equator. Along with planetary cooling, this therefore produces an enhanched thermal contrast between equatorial regions and the poles. In the northern hemisphere, this thermal contrast tend to develop especially in latitudes between about 50 and 65oN, in the zone of westerlies. This strengthened thermal gradient is the basis for development of more cyclonic storms over oceans in this zone, leading to increasing flood frequency and damage for adjoining coasts and land areas……..
    Climate4you.com
    ———————-
    The Guardian – 20 January 2011
    Weatherwatch: The Grote Mandrenke
    Few great weather events in British history were as devastating as the “Grote Mandrenke”, the great drowning of men, which took place in mid January 1362. A huge south-westerly gale originating in the Atlantic Ocean swept across Ireland, Britain, the Low Countries, and northern Germany, causing at least 25,000 deaths……As the storm reached the North Sea, it combined with high tides to produce the phenomenon most feared by coastal communities, a storm surge.

    Ports all along the east coast of England, and across the North Sea in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, were destroyed, as the power of the wind and waters changed the shape of the coastline.
    ———————-
    Among other things, the three researchers report that (1) “the content of marine-source ssNa aerosols in the GISP2 ice core record, a proxy for storminess over the adjacent ocean through the advection of salt spray [ss], is high during the LIA with a marked transition from reduced levels during the MCA [hereafter MWP] (Meeker and Mayewski, 2002; Dawson et al., 2007),” (2) “the onset of the LIA in NW Europe is notably marked by coastal dune development across western European coastlines linked to very strong winds during storms (Clarke and Rendell, 2009; Hansom and Hall,
    http://nipccreport.com/articles/2012/sep/11sep2012a4.html

  92. Jimbo says:

    Ohhhh Denmark. We must act now!

    1300-1600: Rise and decline of royal Gjetsør Gård in SE Denmark

    In Falster, one of the southeastermost Danish Islands (see figure below) only a north-south trending terminal moraine dating to the Weichselian deglaciation escaped submersion during the general Holocene transgression, and formed a curved peninsula. During the Little Ice Age (ca. 1300-1900 AD) an increased frequency of strong storms in the North Atlantic region (Humlum 2010) resulted in both coastal erosion in the area as well as the accumulation of barrier islands and marine forelands consisting of beach ridges along the coastline, depending on the local depth, sediment and wind conditions.
    http://www.climate4you.com/ClimateAndHistory%201300-1399.htm#1300-1600:%20Rise%20and%20fall%20of%20royal%20Gjets%C3%B8r%20G%C3%A5rd%20in%20southeastern%20Denmark

  93. Jimbo says:

    Ohhh Denmark. What are we going to do with you?

    Abstract
    The termination of the last major phase of aeolian sand movement, coastal dunefields, Denmark
    Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of sand samples from stabilized (or inactive) coastal dunes in Denmark provides information on the age of the termination phase of the last major aeolian activity period. A total of 26 sand samples were taken from four different coastal dunefields around the North Sea, Skagerrak and Kattegat coasts of Denmark. The OSL dates indicate that the last major phase of aeolian activity terminated between ad 1860 and 1905. Most of the dunes examined in this study were active around 1820, during a period documented to have been very stormy……
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/esp.1283/abstract

  94. Jimbo says:

    Here are a few more examples of the Great storms of the Little Ice Age. Brrrr!

  95. littlepeaks says:

    Since when did we start naming winter storms? I’ve noticed that The Weather Channel is also naming winter storms. Wonder if we can start naming areas of fair weather.

  96. OssQss says:

    Janice Moore says:
    December 7, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Just for fun :-)

  97. Erik Christensen says:

    Must agree with “CodeTech”, TinEye is a great tool for pictures, plugins Available for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer & Opera – with this plugin installed, right click any picture in your browser window and chose “do a search on TinEye”

    If you follow the link TinEye will detect your browser for easy install of the plugin
    http://www.tineye.com/

  98. Erik Christensen says:

    FYI, link to data for Wind Turbine output, Denmark West (insert date):
    http://www2.emd.dk/el/

  99. rogerknights says:

    Alan Robertson says:
    December 7, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    . . . the holiday season is the perfect time to mint a new word or phrase- like it’s a gift to the world.

    Here’s a new acronym I thought of yesterday: UNIPOCC.

    It sounds silly–hence I urge us all to use it–but it’s perfectly accurate: United Nations Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change.

  100. rogerknights says:

    PS: Or IPOCC for short.

  101. rogerknights says:

    PPS: At least IPOCC (or UNIPOCC) is pronounceable. One wonders why it wasn’t used in the beginning for that reason. Creators of abbreviated names usually try to make them so (i.e., make them acronyms), using the first letters of prepositions if necessary, to avoid forcing people to spell out the letters when they speak.

    But I suspect the reason was that it sounds silly–which is all the more reason for us to use it.

  102. Chris Wright says:

    James McClellan says:
    December 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    “I never DREAMED it had anything whatsoever to do with Politics or the climate change argument, I just bought it was a beautiful picture. I still think so. Si none e vero, e ben trovato! May I suggest lightening up a little, brother and sister rationalists, for fear of appearing as boringly dogmatic as the other side?”

    The original picture is extremely beautiful, it shows the wonder and power of nature.

    But *this* picture is not beautiful. It is ugly, stupid and immoral. Anyone who cares for integrity and the truth should fight against this evil nonsense. The outcome of this battle for the truth will determine the future wellbeing of mankind.
    Chris

  103. Craig Loehle says:

    More photoshop/trickery: taking photos of steam from cooling towers with lighting to make them look gray, then calling them “carbon pollution” or “pollution”.
    A long ago photo of a stream with dead trees along it caused by HOT WATER release with a cooling tower in the background and a story about the nuclear plant pictured, implying that the trees died from radiation.

  104. Edohiguma says:

    But you gotta admit. It looks AWESOME!

  105. Gunga Din says:

    I long for the old days when a picture really was worth a thousand words.

  106. Gunga Din says:

    JamesS says:
    December 7, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” – K. M.

    The very first time I saw this, I wondered, “Who gets to decide one’s abilities, and who gets to decide one’s needs?”

    Why doesn’t EVERYONE think this when they see it?

    ======================================================================
    I don’t know.
    It should be more along the lines of, “From each according to his willingness;, to each according to his needs.”
    We don’t need to give authority to “decide” to anyone beyond the giver.

  107. Gunga Din says:

    OOPS! Only “willingness” should be in bold.

  108. Janice Moore says:

    “But *this* picture is not beautiful. It is ugly, stupid and immoral. Anyone who cares for integrity and the truth should fight against this evil nonsense. The outcome of this battle for the truth will determine the future wellbeing of mankind.” Chris Wright {emphasis mine}

    Well said!

    ***************************
    lol, good point, Gunga Din; we can’t trust a picture’s face value message, now. Heh, thanks to all the con-artists out there, NOW, a picture is worth at least 10,000 words (to clarify and correct)!

    ******************************

    Well, OssQss, you probably won’t even see this
    (sorry I didn’t notice your second video before just now — I just kept quickly scanning back over this thread for Robert of Ottawa who never did answer my question…),
    as you are so very happily occupied watching the AGW video stream, but, fwiw:

    Thanks for the fun. lol did you notice how they used the Santa “laying a finger aside of his nose” pantomime (around 1:10)? Heh, guess that meant he was about to goooo up the chimney. Crazy Japanese humor (:)).

  109. Janice Moore says:

    Hey, Gunga Din> — it was an important message. Happens to all of us sometimes. One time, almost my entire post ended up in italics. Sure hope I never do THAT again.

  110. Gunga Din says:

    ModSquad, Thanks for fixing my typo.

  111. Gunga Din says:

    littlepeaks says:
    December 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Since when did we start naming winter storms? I’ve noticed that The Weather Channel is also naming winter storms. Wonder if we can start naming areas of fair weather.

    =====================================================================
    “We” never did. As far as I know it’s only TWC. I think last year the NWS told TWC “Thanks but no thanks” to the idea. But they persist. I suppose they are trying to make falling snow seem to be something unusual.
    Who owns TWC now? NBC? Look for them to push the naming nonsense also.

  112. oculastik says:

    Lemme just debunk this debunkiness. Was it made to prove a point? Nope. I was made because why the [...] not. No agendas, no nothing, just because. Have Danes picked up on a weather channel trend? Nope. Get ya heads of of your [....]. We’ve been doing it for centuries. Welcome to the rest of the world.

    [Cut out the cursing and swearing. Mod]

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