Antarctic summer effect confined to peninsula

From the British Antarctic Survey , at least they didn’t pull a Steig and try to claim the observed effect on the Peninsula affects the entire continent. The peninsula is essentially a different Koppen climate class than the main continent, and is at the whim of changes in ocean currents and the SAM,  plus Sea…

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More on Black Carbon from Univ of Washington

International study: Where there’s smoke or smog, there’s climate change By Hannah Hickey In addition to causing smoggy skies and chronic coughs, soot – or black carbon – turns out to be the number two contributor to global warming. It’s second only to carbon dioxide, according to a four-year assessment by an international panel. The…

An explanation for ball lightning?

I wonder how long it will be before Al Gore tries to blame ball lightning on “dirty weather”? A neat video follows. From CSIRO: Goodness, gracious, great balls of lightning Sightings of balls of lightning have been made for centuries around the world – usually the size of a grapefruit and lasting up to twenty seconds…

A new paper showing how UHI and energy consumption are linked to long-term temperature change in China

Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. highlighted this major new paper in JGR yesterday, I consider it important as it relates to the works I’m doing on station siting. The key points of the paper are supportive of what I’ve  been saying for years, and show a significant effect on temperature trends, just as we’ve noted in…

Climate Models shown to be inaccurate less than 30 years out

From the University of Arizona (h/t to WUWT reader Miguel Rakiewicz): A new study has found that climate-prediction models are good at predicting long-term climate patterns on a global scale but lose their edge when applied to time frames shorter than three decades and on sub-continental scales. Climate-prediction models show skills in forecasting climate trends…

Update on Watts et al. 2012

My sincere thanks to everyone who has provided widespread review of our draft paper. There have been hundreds of suggestions and corrections submitted in comments and in email, and for that I am very grateful.  That sort of input is exactly what we hoped for, and such input can only make the paper better, and…

Why the BEST papers failed to pass peer review

Whoa, this is heavy.  Ross McKitrick, who was a peer review referee for the BEST papers with the Journal of Geophysical Research got fed up with Muller’s media blitzing and  tells his story: excerpts: In October 2011, despite the papers not being accepted, Richard Muller launched a major international publicity blitz announcing the results of…