Category Archives: Rainfall

Claim: Australia drying caused by greenhouse gases

But the paper ignores land use and land cover change From NOAA Headquarters and the “its the evil gases wot dun it and nothing else” department, comes more modeling madness via another poorly written press release by Monica Allen monica.allen@noaa.gov that doesn’t … Continue reading

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Posted in Land use land cover change, Modeling, Rainfall | 89 Comments

‘Unusual weather we’re having, aint it?’

The title of this post is a famous quote from the cowardly lion in the 1939 movie the Wizard of Oz. Readers may remember this film was one of the very first to show “climate disruption” manifesting itself as extreme … Continue reading

Posted in Curious things, Rainfall, records, Weather | 78 Comments

A trifecta of uncertainty: study finds global precipitation is increasing, decreasing, & not changing

This story from the Hockey Schtick is a verification of an analysis on WUWT from Bob Tisdale: No Consensus among Three Global Precipitation Datasets According to a paper published today in Atmospheric Science Letters, global precipitation has either decreased, increased, or … Continue reading

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Model Based Extreme Rainfall Claims Not Supported By Actual Data

By Paul Homewood The Guardian, reporting on some recent research from Oxford University, comment: They say:

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In the UK, it was much wetter in 1929

By Paul Homewood http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/anomacts The Met Office have now issued the precipitation stats for last month, so what do they tell us about the winter as a whole in England, where the floods have caused such havoc? (I am concentrating … Continue reading

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‘Pineapple Express’ pattern for drought stricken California is shaping up – how long will it last?

From NASA JPL, video animation follows. Wet weather is again hitting drought-stricken California as the second and larger of two back-to-back storms makes its way ashore. The storms are part of an atmospheric river, a narrow channel of concentrated moisture … Continue reading

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Who knew? Plants are ‘heavy water’ rain gauges

From the GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Helmholtz Centre  and the Varved D2O department: The water cycle amplifies abrupt climate change The role of the hydrological cycle during abrupt temperature changes is of prime importance for the actual impact of climate change … Continue reading

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California’s new toilet police

Last Thursday in my local newspaper The Chico Enterprise-Record there was an editorial about saving water through bureaucracy: Editorial: Toilet police don’t want job. It was was of those “only in California” type things about a new law with good … Continue reading

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USA cold weather records outnumber warm records 6 to 1

Records for the “polar vortex” outbreak show a big disparity between warm and cold records. There were 655 cold records in the past week compared to 101 warm records, a ratio of 6.5 to 1. Cold temperature records have been … Continue reading

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Forget summer in the UK and wonky Met Office predictions, atmospheric rivers and floods loom

Like this one: Image from NOAA ESRL From the Institute of Physics Atmospheric rivers set to increase UK winter flooding The prolonged heat wave that has bathed the UK in sunshine over the past month has given the country an … Continue reading

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No Consensus among Three Global Precipitation Datasets

Global precipitation is a crucial part of our understanding of the global Water Cycle. The climate science community can’t hope predict how precipitation will change in the future without knowing how precipitation has varied in the past. The oceans are … Continue reading

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Whoops! An inconvenient truth for ‘global warming makes more rain’ advocates: reduced pollution increases rainfall

From the “Department of Unintended Consequences” and Georgia State University  comes this oops moment in science. And all that time we are being told by people like Peter Stott that it was the increase in “global warming” that has increased … Continue reading

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Hawaiians ‘won’t know what rainfall is’

Apologies in advance for the Vinerism. From the University of Hawaii ‑ SOEST, something that doesn’t seem to be a problem based on the past data I’ve found: Source: USGS It seems clear when you look at the peaks of … Continue reading

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Improbable Maximum Precipitation

Guest post by Willis Eschenbach There’s a new study out from NOAA called “Probable maximum precipitation (PMP) and climate change”, paywalled of course, which claims that global warming will lead to a 20%-30% increase in “probable maximum precipitation”. The abstract … Continue reading

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Future shifts in rainfall

From UC Berkeley: Rising temperature difference between hemispheres could dramatically shift rainfall patterns in tropics By Robert Sanders, Media Relations  BERKELEY — One often ignored consequence of global climate change is that the Northern Hemisphere is becoming warmer than the … Continue reading

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NOAA decadal scale rainfall trends found to be ‘wildly wrong’

GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS Guest post by Craig Loehle, Ph.D. I have good news and bad news. The good news is that USA rainfall is, according to NOAA, rising at 6.5 inches per century. The bad news is that … Continue reading

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Dust’s excellent global adventure ends in California’s Sierra Nevada

From the Scripps Institute: Saharan and Asian Dust, Biological Particles End Global Journey in California UCSD, NOAA study is the first to show that dust and other aerosols from one side of the world influence rainfall in another Scripps Institution … Continue reading

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A New Kind Of Rain

By Paul Homewood Verity Jones, over at Digging in the Clay, reminds me of an interview with Lord Smith, the politician formerly known as Chris Smith, in the Sunday Telegraph. According to Smith, a former Environment Secretary and now head … Continue reading

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Global warming – more complex than we thought

From the University of Hawaii ‑ SOEST, more modeling mania for the future. New research shows complexity of global warming Greenhouse gases versus solar heating Global warming from greenhouse gases affects rainfall patterns in the world differently than that from … Continue reading

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UK Rainfall 2012-The Report The Met Office Should Have Produced

Guest post by Paul Homewood According to the Met Office,  UK has just had the second wettest year on record, just behind 2000. These claims, however, are based on records dating back to 1910. The Met Office also keep a … Continue reading

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Met Office Accused Of Misleading Public Over Rainfall Trends

From Dr. Benny Peiser at The GWPF Questions Over Met Office Rain & Drought Predictions The forecast for average UK rainfall slightly favours drier-than-average conditions for April-May-June as a whole, and also slightly favours April being the driest of the … Continue reading

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Erratic Environment May Be Key to Human Evolution

     Versus      Image Credit: Wikipedia                                 Image Credit: Anne Knock From Live Science: At Olduvai Gorge, where excavations helped to confirm Africa was the cradle of humanity, scientists now find the landscape once fluctuated rapidly, likely guiding early human … Continue reading

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Northern California’s coming super soaker event via the ‘Pineapple Express’

UPDATE: Added this HiDef imag showing a trio of lows (commas shaped clouds) in the Gulf of Alaska and southward: There’s lots of buzz here in Northern California about a series of upcoming storms starting today and through the weekend … Continue reading

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Global precipitation variability from 1940 to 2009 contradicts models

Media release received from the American Geophysical Union on October 29, 2012: Global precipitation variability decreased from 1940 to 2009 One of the strongly held assumptions of climate change is that the variability of precipitation will grow with an increase … Continue reading

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USGS models ‘Climate-change-induced aridity’ in California

More climate modeling from a  non-climate organization, I hope they still track Earthquakes. News Release Climate Change and Water Supply in California’s Central Valley: A Model Approach SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Scientists have developed a new method to help resource … Continue reading

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More on the wettest April in 100 years in the UK

Readers may recall how the Met Office botched yet another forecast, calling for drought but instead getting a month of deluge. Here’s the numbers. By Paul Homewood The UK Met Office have just released their weather data for April, which … Continue reading

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Australians just aren’t going to know what rainfall is

While the Waragamba dam overflows in NSW, and the Sydney Morning Herald reports… ‘Unprecedented amount of rain’: flood evacuations after Sydney dam spills …and many Australians wonder just what the hell they ARE paying drought doomsayer turned discredited climate commissioner … Continue reading

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GISS finally concedes a significant role for the sun in climate

UPDATE: The paper itself is available below. There is a new  paper published yesterday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters from NASA GISS/Columbia University and Brown University titled  Hydroclimate of the northeastern United States is highly sensitive to solar forcing … Continue reading

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The climate movement becomes “occupied”

It seems that climate advocate Bill McKibben has jumped the shark. As evident on the 350.org website, it is no longer about climate in any way shape or form, of course, based on past behavior, it probably never was. Just … Continue reading

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Earth’s Climate System Is Ridiculously Complex – With Draft Link Tutorial

By WUWT regular “Just The Facts” I am often amused by claims that we understand Earth’s climate system, are able to accurately measure its behavior, eliminate all potential variables except CO2 as the primary driver of Earth’s temperature and make … Continue reading

Posted in AMO, Antarctic, Arctic, Cosmic rays, Earth, Education, ENSO, Modeling, Oceans, Radiation, Rainfall, Sea ice | Tagged , , , , | 332 Comments

The rain in Spain is mostly from the planes

OK, bad pun, but I could not resist. From the National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research  something related to what we have always said, airports are not a representative environment for climate measurement. Takeoffs and landings cause … Continue reading

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Measuring rain the easy way: using an automatic logging rain gauge

A few days ago I mentioned John Neilsen Gammon’s post about The other half of the USHCN network – precipitation In that post I had a picture of the standard rain gauge used by Cooperative weather observers in the USA, shown … Continue reading

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Declining rainfall, bugs, and birds

Via Eurekalert Smithsonian scientists find declining rainfall is a major influence for migrating birds Instinct and the annual increase of daylight hours have long been thought to be the triggers for birds to begin their spring migration. Scientists at the … Continue reading

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