Sustainable Bathrooms and Closets

One of the things that (used to) happens around my household is that lights and bathroom fans get left on, a lot. There have been days I’ve come home and found the bathroom light and fan on, and it had been running all day. Once after a weekend trip, I discovered our walk in closet light AND the bathroom…

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Local newspaper editor replaced with impostor!

  Real                        Impostor This must be some evil plot by media giant “Media News Group” out of Denver. I opened up the print edition of the ER this morning and found that my local amiable moustached editor David Little had been replaced with some straight laced corporate weasel type. Don’t let the toothy Polident smile fool…

Tucson Update

You may recall the post earlier this year where the USHCN official climate station with the largest positive trend in the USA turned out to be located in a parking lot at the University of Arizona in Tucson. See below: Click picture to see image gallery at surfacestations.org Photo: Warren Meyer The GISS surface temperature…

Odd moments in broadcasting

When I did live TV several times a day, there was always the chance of something happening that would interrupt the show. Live TV is like controlled entropy, there are hundreds of things that can go wrong. Here is a moment I can empathize with: The Most Perfect Technical Glitch

The "Sustainable" Enterprise Record

This morning while I was poking around on the ER website, I finally found something publisher Wolf Rosenburg had told me was coming a few weeks ago ( I have coffee with him about once a week ). The ER “E-Edition” is online! Yay! This is the newspaper in familiar form, looking just like it…

License Bidwell Ranch

I’m going to make a departure from my usual climate and science fare to make a comment on the local front. In today’s Chico Enterprise Record, there was an editorial lamenting the huge budget crisis facing the city of Chico, thanks to uncontrolled spending beyond income. The editorial said: “…leaving jobs vacant and negotiating a…

How not to measure temperature, part 35

One of the emerging patterns that I see again and again as the volunteers and I survey the USHCN climate stations of record around the USA is that many of them have been relegated to back lots with an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude. At California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo, that attitude…

How not to measure temperature, part 34

I recently made a trip into Oregon to survey several USHCN stations there, including Klamath Falls, Crater Lake, Bly, and Lakeview. I also made a stop at another remote USHCN station in Cedarville, California. Klamath Falls was one of those places where you have to wonder “what were they thinking?” when they placed a  climate monitoring station.…

USHCN in the "ass end of nowhere"

There’s a USHCN station out there, in the “ass end of nowhere”. Apologist Eli Rabett (Joshua Halpern) recently lamented that in order for dendrochronologists to update tree ring studies used in MBH98/99 (aka Mann’s Hockey Stick) that they “have to drive out to the ass end of nowhere”. It’s such an inconvenience for those that…

California USHCN Survey – three to go

   After getting some very remote and elusive stations in the past two weeks, I’m left with just three stations to go in California for my www.surfacestations.org project: Blythe, Brawley, and Santa Cruz. I recently surveyed Death Valley, Cedarville, and San Luis Obispo Cal Poly during my travels. Death Valley was surprising, Cedarville was surprising, and San…