Does your weather station get the wind? How station siting compromises temperature measurements via wind issues

Guest essay by Bob Fernley-Jones Well Melbourne (Oz) sure does, (and we are the butt of a few intercity jokes, a polite one being; we can have “four seasons all in one day”). The following graphic (source) of an extreme example when we had tragic bushfires in 2009 shows how wind direction, strength and duration…

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Global Warming = Climate Change

Guest Essay by Ed Hoskins This short essay questions the actions to combat Global Warming / Climate Change from three points of view: The Temperature Context Man-made CO2 emissions 1965 -2012. The Significance and Influence of Carbon Dioxide CO2 The Temperature Context Mankind has thrived and developed in the last 10,000+ years, the period of…

Hot weather and climate change – a mountain from a molehill?

Guest essay by Steve Goreham Originally published in The Washington Times On Sunday, Death Valley temperatures reached 129oF, a new June record high for the United States, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas reached 117oF, tying the previous record set in 1942 and 2005. National Geographic, NBC…

The Chinese demonstrate that UHI has a real and essential effect on regional climate change

Study finds that urbanization has considerable influence on the regional climate change, they even blame proximity to air-conditioning as a factor. Press release from Science China Press (full paper follows) Urbanization and surface warming in eastern China A recent study indicated that the urbanization in eastern China has significant impact on the observed surface warming…

California to quantify UHI statewide

From the if we can quantify it we’ll figure out a way to tax it department comes this short press release (h/t Kakatoa) The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research is joining with Cal/EPA and several other State agencies on a new research project about the Urban Heat Island Effect. A major goal of this…