Quote of the week #17

Sometimes, seemingly innocuous posts can bring in some oddball commenters. Such is the case this week with a  post I did about a cloud (or lack thereof) spotted by former NWS Lead Forecaster for northern California, Jan Null. That post brought out the chemtrailers, one of whom insisted that the “hole punch cloud” was not…

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A Hurricane in Los Angeles?

Here is the current Pacific satellite image, note the lower right. I might add that the likelihood of a hurricane strength storm striking Southern California is low. Since 1900, only four tropical cyclones have brought gale-force winds to the Southwestern United States. They are an unnamed tropical storm that made landfall near San Pedro in…

Global dimming and brightening in the context of solar radiation

From the abstract of the lead paper by Martin Wild: Recent evidence suggests that solar radiation reaching the Earth’s surface has not been constant over time but has undergone substantial variations on decadal timescales. The available observations suggest a widespread decrease in surface solar radiation between the 1950s and 1980s (popularly referred to as “global…