cyclonebritishisles

Claim: British Isles getting “stormier”

From the “30 years are part of a cycle” department: Experts express concern over cyclone trends in the British-Irish Isles By studying climate data in the British-Irish Isles over a 142-year period, researchers have confirmed the important role of cyclones. Seasonal precipitation totals were strongly related to cyclone frequency, especially during summer. The researchers found…

A sprite as captured in this pseudo-color, composite photo recorded from an aircraft by a high-speed, high-sensitivity camera. CREDIT Florida Institute of Technology

New findings on sprite formation above thunderstorms

Florida Tech lightning research deepens understanding of sprite formation – link specific atmospheric conditions to exuberant, luminous displays above thunderstorms From the FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MELBOURNE, FLA. — A new study led by Florida Institute of Technology Professor Ningyu Liu has improved our understanding of a curious luminous phenomenon that happens 25 to 50 miles…

Jet contrails as seen by satellite. Credit NASA Langley Research Center

No surprise here: Jet contrails affect surface temperatures

From Penn State High in the sky where the cirrus ice crystal clouds form, jet contrails draw their crisscross patterns. Now researchers have found that these elevated ice cloud trails can influence temperatures on the ground and affect local climate, according to a team of Penn State geographers. Video follows. “Research done regarding September 2001,…

This image shows IMERG rainfall estimates for the week-long period May 19 to 26, 2015 for the south central US.
Credits: Images produced by Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC)

NASA: El Niño driven ‘stagnant upper-air pattern spread numerous storms and heavy rains [into] central Texas’ no mention of ‘climate change’

The climate zealots were out in force this week trying to link the rains in Texas to ‘climate change’. The press release from NASA makes no such connections, but instead blames a mundane weather pattern induced by El Niño. Video and explanatory graphic follows. From NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center: Severe flooding hits central Texas, Oklahoma …

NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an infrared image of the developing depression on May 28 at 1200 UTC (8 a.m. EDT). The GOES image showed a circular center with bands of thunderstorms spiraling into the center from the northwest and southeast. Credits: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

First Eastern Pacific tropical depression of the season

From NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center The first tropical depression of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season formed during the early morning of Thursday, May 28, 2015, well southwest of Mexico. An image of the storm taken from NOAA’s GOES-West satellite shows the depression in infrared light as it was born in the early morning hours before…