New WUWT Ocean Reference Page added

Introducing our newest reference page the WUWT Ocean page:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/reference-pages/ocean/

We’ve also changed the WUWT “ENSO/Sea Level/Sea Surface Temperature Page” to the “ENSO (El Nino/La Nina Southern Oscillation)” and this page is now everything ENSO. If you have the WUWT ENSO page bookmarked please remember to update your bookmarks with the new url:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/reference-pages/enso/

As part of the ENSO page makeover we’ve also added a new section on Equatorial Pacific Subsurface Ocean Temperatures and Anomalies.

In addition, we’ve updated our Solar Page, including adding a Daily Sunspot Area – “Butterfly” Diagram, as well as a new section on the Solar Magnetic Field including plots on Solar Polar Field Strength vs. Time and Livingston & Penn Umbral Intensity and Magnetic Field:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/reference-pages/solar/

As you can see the WUWT Reference Pages are growing, check the pull-down menu for new additions:

If you have any suggestions for additional plots, graphics, animations or data you think might be valuable additions to our existing Reference Pages, or new WUWT Reference Pages you’d like see, please let us know.

Thanks to WUWT regular Just the Facts for his continued efforts in helping to develop WUWT’s Reference Pages.

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Andrew30
February 15, 2011 9:47 pm

Jason
“University of Colorado at Boulder – Click the pic to view at source”
Still have not put up the data from the last three months of 2010.
Does anyone know why?

sHx
February 15, 2011 10:50 pm

These reference pages bring all the latest data right down to a single mouse click. What else could one wish for? All those who call your blog “anti-science” ought to be ashamed of themselves. They ought to be kissing your hands for making climate and solar data popular and so easily accessible.
Anthony, dude, your blog is true pioneer in popular science blogging.

pkatt
February 15, 2011 10:54 pm

You might want to add a link to the weekly updates. I see you have quite a few Noaa links but I like to read the Enso and Mjo weeklys sometimes too. Links at the bottom of this page http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/ghazards/ghaz.shtml

February 16, 2011 12:43 am

Anthony, thanks to you and your team. The scope of your up-to-date material on WUWT makes this a one-stop treasure trove of interactive global climate-related information. All schools should be using these materials you have made available to us as they do so much to dispell myth and ignorance about our planet.

February 16, 2011 1:50 am

Anthony,
You belong to that group of scientists characterised, (by me,) as tough minded altruists. We can never have enough of them in mho.

February 16, 2011 2:31 am

Cool wave!

February 16, 2011 2:57 am

Another incredible resource. There’s just nothing else like it anywhere else on the internet. Pretty much every phenomena that relates to weather and climate, except perhaps vulcanology, all nicely packaged and in one place. You and the team who put this all together should give yourselves a giant pat on the back. Thank You.

February 16, 2011 3:37 am

Thank you, Anthony, and thank you, just the facts!
The reference pages are such a valuable feature of WUWT – informative and educational in one fell swoop.
I can’t think how I’ve been able to manage before they existed!

Theo Goodwin
February 16, 2011 4:19 am

Where’s the surfer? This website is soooooo good! Unbelievable! Thanks.

John Day
February 16, 2011 4:39 am

Anthony,
Great shot of the ‘big wave’ at the top of the post. It needs a dude on a surfboard. Trenberth? (Surfing for missing heat)

Pearland Aggie
February 16, 2011 5:13 am

The surface currents plots just about gave me an epileptic fit!

wsbriggs
February 16, 2011 5:57 am

While I’m a recovering surfer (I live in Texas, those who surf understand), I don’t believe that the wave would be any better with someone shooting the barrel. I might suggest that one of the shots of Mavericks or the Cortez Rocks would truly show the real power of Nature and the Ocean. Of course there are numerous sites around the world with truly great waves, so feel free to rotate through them. I think our Oz friends would appreciate it as well.

jackstraw
February 16, 2011 6:51 am

Thank you Anthony, your references make it very efficient to access the information I am interested in. One suggestion and one question:
How about a plot on the Great Lakes Ice cover on your Sea Ice page. The great lakes Ice cover vs. historical numbers, should be a reasonable bell weather for North American temperatures.
Then on the NRL plot in your new Ocean Page, why is it showing the Northern Hudson Bay being above freezing, when it is clearly ice covered? I know it is not your data, but I thought you might know why.

Dr T G Watkins
February 16, 2011 7:31 am

Another excellent addition to the science blog of the year, hopefully.
Can I suggest a link to an ‘electricity by fuel source’ site such as
http://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/~dcurtis/NETA.html
and an equivalent US site.
The more light that is thrown upon the uselessness of ‘wind power’ the better, before they spend all our money on ‘bird mincers’.

JKS
February 16, 2011 7:33 am

wsbriggs, at first glance I thought the shot looked like Waimea shorebreak, which is as powerful a display of ocean power as any (only kamikazes and suicidal boogie boarders would dare attempt such a dangerous beast), but after further examination, it probably is too thin-lipped.
Also, for anybody who’s interested, I’ve been going to stormsurf.com for years, it has some great data resources for ocean weather and swell/wave forecasting, useful to surfers, fisherman, sailors, anyone who has a relationship with the ocean:
SS Chartroom: http://stormsurf.com/page2/charts/alt/page2.html
NOAA/Navy Wave Models: http://www.stormsurf.com/page2/links/globwam.shtml
ENSO reference: http://www.stormsurf.com/page2/links/globenso.shtml

Steven Kopits
February 16, 2011 8:03 am

I find a number of these charts confusing.
I might recommend a Climate Change Indicators reference page with the following:
– Mauna Loa CO2
– Solar cycle progression (sunspots)
– UAH temp anomaly
– SST anonmaly
– NH sea ice anomaly
– SH sea ice anomaly
– Global sea ice anomaly
– UC sea level rise
– Maue ACE index
That would be helpful as a one-stop shop. Thanks.

pyromancer76
February 16, 2011 8:30 am

Excellent, excellent, excellent!

Gary Pearse
February 16, 2011 9:03 am

Maybe a reference page preserving raw data sets that are in danger of being altered or buried. This would also serve as a disincentive for NOAA, BMO, CSIRO, NIWA, HADCRUT, GISS, etc. to jetison or redraw “historic curves”. A section of it could have links to the chains of manipulated data (GISS went to a great deal of trouble to push the 1930s down below current temps as recently as 2010 to make 2010 the hottest year on record). I love the animations of this and I think your lawmakers might appreciate this kind of picture-worth-a-1000-words display.

Editor
February 16, 2011 10:02 am

pkatt says: February 15, 2011 at 10:54 pm
“You might want to add a link to the weekly updates. I see you have quite a few Noaa links but I like to read the Enso and Mjo weeklys sometimes too. Links at the bottom of this page http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/ghazards/ghaz.shtml
Yep, we’ll add them to the Source Guide at the bottom.

Editor
February 16, 2011 10:06 am

jackstraw says: February 16, 2011 at 6:51 am
“How about a plot on the Great Lakes Ice cover on your Sea Ice page. The great lakes Ice cover vs. historical numbers, should be a reasonable bell weather for North American temperatures.”
We’ll certainly consider and take a look around to see what’s available.

Editor
February 16, 2011 10:11 am

Dr T G Watkins says: February 16, 2011 at 7:31 am
“Can I suggest a link to an ‘electricity by fuel source’ site such as
http://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/~dcurtis/NETA.html
An interesting link, but not one that we can add as a graphic. If you put your cursor over the pic, right click and select View Image, this is what we can use. For this link, unfortunately, it’s nothing. We’ll add the link to the Source Guide of a future reference page.

Editor
February 16, 2011 10:26 am

Steven Kopits says: February 16, 2011 at 8:03 am
“I might recommend a Climate Change Indicators reference page with the following:
– Mauna Loa CO2
– Solar cycle progression (sunspots)
– UAH temp anomaly
– SST anonmaly
– NH sea ice anomaly
– SH sea ice anomaly
– Global sea ice anomaly
– UC sea level rise
– Maue ACE index”
Interesting, we’ll definitely consider this. First we are probably going to Geomagnetism, Tropical and Extratropical Cyclones/Vortices, but I’ll add Climate Indicators to the reference page list. Thanks.

sHx
February 16, 2011 2:41 pm

@Just The Facts
Great work. Much appreciated.
Is it possible to have UAH ch05 daily record graph? A graph that only shows the current temp, last year’s, the high, the low and the average?
There is already a direct link on the right bar of WUWT but it would be nice to have it close and handy.

February 16, 2011 3:45 pm

@ Just The Facts February 16, 2011 at 10:11 am
RE the link provided by Dr T G Watkins @ February 16, 2011 at 7:31 am
My browser also cannot show the graphs on the link posted by Dr Watkins. However this link provided by Dr W. to the UK New Electricity Trading Arrangements (NETA) website does work.
Here is a useful link to the World Sunlight Map @ die.net with regularly updated planetary cloud cover.

Editor
February 16, 2011 6:19 pm

sHx says: February 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm
“Is it possible to have UAH ch05 daily record graph? A graph that only shows the current temp, last year’s, the high, the low and the average?
There is already a direct link on the right bar of WUWT but it would be nice to have it close and handy.”
Which one?
In the process of looking around for it I came across a couple maps that help to put a fork in the more snow in January because of more precipitation meme:
January 2011 USA Precipitation % Variance:
http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/cmb/asos/ytd/2011/precip.dfn-ytd-201101.gif
http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/cmb/asos/ytd/2011/precip.dfn.ytd-cont-201101.gif
January 2011 USA Temperature % Variance:
http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/cmb/asos/ytd/2011/avgtemp.dfn-ytd-201101.gif
http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/cmb/asos/ytd/2011/avgtemp.dfn.ytd-cont-201101.gif

AusieDan
February 16, 2011 6:55 pm

This is off topic but,
it’s interesting that there are no trolls here.
They really attack some topics but leave others well alone.

Editor
February 16, 2011 8:05 pm

AusieDan says: February 16, 2011 at 6:55 pm
“it’s interesting that there are no trolls here.
They really attack some topics but leave others well alone.”
Yep, the trolls/Warmists want nothing to do with the facts. This is one of the reasons why I am helping to collect them here on WUWT. When your adversaries deal in misinformation, the facts become a powerful weapon…

sHx
February 17, 2011 3:27 am

Just The Facts
“Which one?”
‘UAH AMSU Daily Temps’
It is listed under ‘Tools’, between ‘Skeptical Views’ and ‘Live Weather Roll’ on the right bar. The link takes you to their web page for a graph where you have to choose the channel and tick several boxes for comparison. It is ch05 that we’re supposed to be keeping an eye on.

Editor
February 17, 2011 5:15 am

sHx says: February 17, 2011 at 3:27 am
‘UAH AMSU Daily Temps
It is listed under ‘Tools’, between ‘Skeptical Views’ and ‘Live Weather Roll’ on the right bar. The link takes you to their web page for a graph where you have to choose the channel and tick several boxes for comparison. It is ch05 that we’re supposed to be keeping an eye on.”
I see, we already have the site listed at the bottom under Additional Resources;
Distributed Information Services for Climate and Ocean Products and Visualizations for Earth Research (DISCOVER) Project at University of Alabama at Huntsville
Home Page – http://discover.itsc.uah.edu/
Temperature Page – http://discover.itsc.uah.edu/amsutemps/amsutemps.html
Sea Surface Temperature Page – http://discover.itsc.uah.edu/amsutemps/execute.csh?amsutemps+001
Temperature 14,000 feet Page: – http://discover.itsc.uah.edu/amsutemps/execute.csh?amsutemps+002
however it is written in Java, i.e. if you right click on the graphs you’ll see that there is no way to copy these images onto WUWT.

Peter Foster
February 17, 2011 3:43 pm

Hi Anthony,
Could I please request that the animations in both ocean reference and atmospheric reference pages be started by the viewer, not automatically.
In our part of the world bandwidth is not unlimited unless you pay a monthly megafee. A typical monthly volume is 1GB. The atmospheric page took near 80MB and the ocean page about 60 MB which is a huge when you have to keep to a daily average of around 33MB.
Cheers
Peter

Editor
February 17, 2011 11:00 pm

Peter Foster says: February 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm
“Could I please request that the animations in both ocean reference and atmospheric reference pages be started by the viewer, not automatically.
In our part of the world bandwidth is not unlimited unless you pay a monthly megafee. A typical monthly volume is 1GB. The atmospheric page took near 80MB and the ocean page about 60 MB which is a huge when you have to keep to a daily average of around 33MB.”
That is a great idea, i.e. “the animations … started by the viewer, not automatically”, however it is not really feasible given the current technology. The bandwidth issue presents an interesting quandary. I am inclined to build low-bandwidth versions of the Atmosphere and Ocean Pages with static images and links to the animations, but also leave the current pages reasonably intact (the high-bandwidth Ocean Page needs a bit of a hair cut any way).

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