Bob Tisdale's dirty weather control video – rated RR*

Bob Tisdale writes:

I just uploaded a narrated video to YouTube titled “We Now Control Weather – Extreme Heat Events, Dirty Weather, Climate Disasters”.

The first five minutes are basically a lead-in. Then I present the realities—the differences between models and observations. Unfortunately, it’s long, but if people are gonna watch another 24-hour Gore-A-Thon, 15 minutes is nothing, so I’ll hopefully attract a chunk of them.

The following are links to the two posts referred to in the video:

A Blog Memo to Kevin Trenberth – NCAR


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about El Niño and La Niña…

Don’t be concerned by the title. I haven’t returned to my days-gone-by beliefs in manmade global warming.


* Rated RR for Reposte to the Ridiculous

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October 3, 2012 11:06 am

[fixed – thanks – mod]

October 3, 2012 11:15 am

Somehow, I get the funny feeling there are a lot more unpleasant emails and twit tweets shooting between the climate ‘team’. This video catches them all with their pants down and their hands in the wrong pockets.

Doha Dingleberry
October 3, 2012 11:19 am

Bob did a great job. Make sure you go to YouTube link and vote it as a “Like”.

Bill Illis
October 3, 2012 11:27 am

That is really great Bob. Fantastic.
The climate scientists keep looking for a better way to communicate the science – just send them the link to this video and they will have a fit at how easy it is if one just uses the real evidence.
10:10 in – “Al, what’s that word I’m looking for? – Misinformation – in other words, they’re alarmist baloney.” LOL.

kbray in california
October 3, 2012 11:35 am

Here’s another “Extreme Heat Event” in California…
Gas prices to soar in SoCal due to refinery outages
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
“You can blame the heat that’s led to several refinery outages and a refinery fire in Northern California this summer.”
Refineries actually operate on heat to distill the crude. Heat should be good…
————————————————-from wiki:
The incoming crude oil is preheated by exchanging heat with some of the hot, distilled fractions and other streams. It is then desalted to remove inorganic salts (primarily sodium chloride).
Following the desalter, the crude oil is further heated by exchanging heat with some of the hot, distilled fractions and other streams. It is then heated in a fuel-fired furnace (fired heater) to a temperature of about 398 °C and routed into the bottom of the distillation unit.
The cooling and condensing of the distillation tower overhead is provided partially by exchanging heat with the incoming crude oil and partially by either an air-cooled or water-cooled condenser. Additional heat is removed from the distillation column by a pumparound system as shown in the diagram below.
Something is wrong with this claim….
Unseasonable warm weather is shutting down refineries ?
B.S. Now global warming shuts down refineries…. right.

October 3, 2012 11:49 am

“Global warming” has been revived by the AGW crowd ! so they’ve dropped climate “change”, great LOL

October 3, 2012 11:55 am

Thanks, Anthony.

October 3, 2012 12:02 pm

Bill Illis says: :10:10 in – ‘Al, what’s that word I’m looking for? – Misinformation – in other words, they’re alarmist baloney.’ LOL.”
My guess is that part will create some complaints to YouTube about copyright infringement and it will be taken down. Just in case, I already have another version prepared with the transcripts from the two PBS shows and Al’s press release. It won’t be as good with me reading it, but it’ll get the message across.

Michael Larkin
October 3, 2012 12:15 pm

Bob, I can never fully grasp your posts here at WUWT, but this video was very clear and concise. Thanks very much. I think you should do more of this for the technically challenged! 🙂

John Costigane
October 3, 2012 12:45 pm

Absolutely superb, Bob! Every British politician needs to see this video. We are still hearing the scary sea rise stories from leading Labour opposition party figures.

October 3, 2012 12:47 pm

Bob, I bought your book a few weeks back and even though I’m not a scientist or in any field relating to climate change I found the content relatively easy to understand and, on the face of it, pretty logical and convincing.
I understand your comments at the time regarding getting the book on to ereaders like Kindle etc and I tried converting and uploading it to my Kindle – it isn’t perfect but it’s fine – if I need to refer back to a graph etc I just fire up the PDF.
The video is quite damning of the alarmists – rightly.
Many thanks for your work which is much appreciated.

October 3, 2012 12:58 pm

johnbuk: Thanks for the kind words about the book. How did you convert from pdf to mobi formats?

October 3, 2012 1:03 pm

Time very well spent! Thanks!

October 3, 2012 1:06 pm

Michael Larkin says: “I think you should do more of this for the technically challenged!”
I did, Michael. I wrote a book:

October 3, 2012 1:08 pm

Hi Bob, I use Linux so used Calibre (it may be available for Windows but I’m not sure).

October 3, 2012 1:10 pm

Bob, here’s a link for Calibre –

Stephen Wilde
October 3, 2012 1:43 pm

Having had a look at a number of Bob’s excellent videos I see a very high correlation between the level of solar activity and the trend of sea surface temperatures as reflected in the ENSO process.
It is clear that the high solar cycles number 17, 18 and 19 resulted in increasing SSTs, cycle 20 resulted in lower SSTs and cycles 21, 22 and 23 gave higher SSTs once more.
I found the speed of the oceanic response to solar variations quite surprising.
What we seem to have here is a high climate sensitivity to solar variations operating via SSTs and in particular the net relationship between El Ninos and La Ninas.
That high climate sensitivity to solar variations is then countered by a negative system response whereby the global air circulation changes to counter the increased energy being released from oceans to air.
Simply put, if more energy enters the oceans then it is soon released to the air by an increase in El Nino relative to La Nina. The global air circulation then changes to expel that extra energy to space faster and the visible manifestation of that response is a latitudinal shift in the permanent climate zones which we perceive as climate change.
As for the cause of the change in energy received by the oceans we need to look to global cloudiness and albedo which seems to follow the expansion and contraction of the polar vortices in response to changes in the mix of particles and wavelengths from the sun.
Now we have a very weak solar cycle 24 which should soon provide the evidence we need to resolve the issue.

Gunga Din
October 3, 2012 1:45 pm

I teach children at times. It takes effort to condense a concept into a package they can comprehend. To go into the details behind the concept would “lose them”.
Many of us out here are “children” in our understanding of the details of the CAGW PR campaign. We aren’t stupid. But we are ignorant of many of the details of their “sychobable”.
Thanks for the excellent “condensation”.
(Hope you didn’t just make a cloud that would feedback into a butterfly that would…………..8-)
“Everybody’s ignorant, only on different subjects.” – Will Rogers

Lars P.
October 3, 2012 2:18 pm

Bob, excellent, nice & clear explained, great video. Thank you!

October 3, 2012 2:23 pm

Some folks may even be feeling sorry for Al Gore. But most of us are sick of his false “science”.
When he is not molesting motel maids, he is encouraging limp bureaucrats in both academia and government.
The truth always emerges, but to many of us, it is sooooo slow.
Thanks to you (and Anthony) for speeding up the process.

G. Karst
October 3, 2012 2:35 pm

Great hard hitting clarity Bob. I have already linked to it, in multiple arguments, around the circuit. You are single handedly making life easier in the blogosphere. Thank-you again! GK

Steve C
October 3, 2012 2:38 pm

A very informative and well-presented 15 minutes, thank you Bob. There should be a copy in every school (including translations for non-English speakers). Meanwhile, looking forward to Part 2.

October 3, 2012 2:39 pm

Bob, the AGW won’t go for it because you have used two things they don’t understand, real data and logic. Plus you did it in a calm and respectful manner. They only go for hate driven diatribes full of BS….

G. Karst
October 3, 2012 2:42 pm

Btw: I assume that is your voice narrating. If so, you have missed your calling, as it was most excellent. The kind of narration which oozes sincerity and trust. Why didn’t you tell us … that you are a “silver tongue devil”?! GK

October 3, 2012 2:44 pm

I stopped watching ‘Expendables 2’ ( not a great hardship I can assure you ;)) to watch this.
I think, no, I know I was already aware of the conclusions discussed here but often the science is delivered in an unfriendly manner for those not as familiar with the work and data as Bob is. As noted above, Bob’s posts, whilst informative and thorough can get a little weighty for the layman ( I know you are aware of this Bob, I’ve seen you discuss it before ) and it’s nice that this was explained in such simple terms that I’ll be happy to offer this video, without comment to a few of the more zealous warmista I know to see what the excuse is this time.
I also found it pleasantly odd to discover that Bob has a “good ole boy” accent. As a Brit I’m used to my science being delivered by “Oxbridge” type stuffed shirts 😉
Also glad you got the book plug in Bob, would not do to forget that. I suppose I’d better cough up some pennies and buy it as I did with the previous “if the IPCC…” book. It would be nice to get a version straight to Kindle and I know it’s not a difficult procedure to sell in that market.
Calibre, as pointed out above is the weapon of choice for conversion, it is free and has all manner of goodies meaning I can have my e-book collection on Kindle, Windows, Windows Phone and Android devices as and when I need them and it also runs a handy server so that I can transfer them all wirelessly from my PC which is usually the purchase point. I could not live without it.
If you have any difficulty getting to grips with the conversion bob, just ask here, I’m sure many will be happy to help. Sometimes a little reformatting is required to get a perfect conversion but I’ve done literally thousands of books, it’s simple once you get into it.

October 3, 2012 3:18 pm

Bob thank you. That was a brilliant piece of propaganda return to true science basics. Very helpful to those who can only take tiny chunks of reality at a time. One detail: when you read the sentence on ENSO it would have been good to have said “El Nino Southern Oscillation, commonly called ENSO” to help folk acquire those two basic bits of vocabulary.

Tony Mach
October 3, 2012 3:18 pm

Al Gore talks about “dirty weather” only to complain in the same sentence about climate misinformation?
Oh, my. My irony detector just went up in smoke.

October 3, 2012 3:39 pm

Brilliant Bob, so clear cut and easily understandable for anyone not fimiliar with the factors at play.
Halfway through the book, its also brilliant.

October 3, 2012 3:49 pm

Great, easy to follow presentation with falsifying predictions from the hypothesis roughly that CO2 = AGW = specific amount and pattern of CO2 driven sst warming: If A, then B. Not B, therefore not A on both counts. Nice voice.

October 3, 2012 4:01 pm

Thanks, Bob. Science gained a true friend, when you began poking into the data in your sensible and pragmatic manner.
I tend to use different standards for judging science, and have always tended to fly-off-the-handle when faced with certain “adjustments” on the part of Hansen and Mann. I may not have understood all their math, but I knew darn well when history was being “revised.” When the blazing heat of the Dust Bowl, or the MWP which allowed Vikings to harvest barley in Greenland, was erased by revisionist history, I’d blow a fuse. At certain times, (when we occasionally inhabited the same territories of the blogosphere,) you were always the voice of reason, facing me with facts, telling me to calm down.
Therefore it means something that you have become as critical of Climate Scientists as you have become. Whereas, in my case, criticism was in some ways intuitive, in your case it involves careful observations, painstaking observations, and dealing with all sorts of math and data I can’t stand.
It means more, coming from you.

October 3, 2012 4:15 pm

I love you accent Bob! Not at all what I pictured what you accent would be like. Thanks for the video. It was really informative and I found it enjoyable. I just wished you closed by saying “Y’all have a nice day.” (Maybe you can do that in part 2)

John West
October 3, 2012 4:17 pm

Great job! Good to be ahead of the Gore – a – propaganda – thon.
OT: Bob, your voice sounds a lot like Mike Hawke’s. WUWT?

Robin Kool
October 3, 2012 4:32 pm

Very interesting. Well done, Bob. Great voice.What accent is that?

October 3, 2012 5:12 pm

Clear, articulate and easier to absorb with a voiceover than some of your posts (not that this is a criticism). Thanks for your hard work Bob!

October 3, 2012 5:54 pm

Robin Kool says: “What accent is that?”
San Quentin and Leavenworth

James from Arding
October 3, 2012 7:45 pm

This is a great condensation of the central points of your book Bob. Thanks for this… I will be sending the YouTube link to lots of folks.
alexwade says:
October 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm
“I love you accent Bob! Not at all what I pictured what you accent would be like. Thanks for the video. It was really informative and I found it enjoyable. I just wished you closed by saying “Y’all have a nice day.” (Maybe you can do that in part 2)”
Please keep the accent as neutral as possible – many Australians react strongly (in a negative way) to an extreme USA accent, particularly those in the laté sipping left of the political spectrum. What you have done so far is good IMHO – no, better than good – great.
I am curiously waiting for The Lazy Teenager or R Gates et al to point us to some definitive sources of data that refute what you have said – I’m sure Anthony and mods will allow them to speak. Unlike SKS, Tamino, RC and all the rest that I no longer visit because I was abused or black-holed for asking simple questions. Where are you guys? We are all waiting!

October 3, 2012 8:39 pm

Love it. Just love it. The accent reminds me of some time spent with family down south… The droll way a stiff truth is slid in under the radar 😉
I see you have more videos up too. I’ll be working through the YouTube chain, but might you have an index posting listing your videos? Seeing it in film with clear narration is just so much better than reading “Peer Reviewed Papers”…

October 4, 2012 1:05 am

E.M.Smith: Only the last two videos were narrated, sorry. Also, I haven’t put together an index, but there is a listing:
The titles explain the content and there are brief descriptions.

October 4, 2012 1:12 am

James from Arding says: “I am curiously waiting for The Lazy Teenager or R Gates et al to point us to some definitive sources of data that refute what you have said…”
I’ve presented exactly what the HADISST data and the CMIP3 multi-model mean show for those two regions.

October 4, 2012 1:49 am

zootcadillac said “If you have any difficulty getting to grips with the conversion bob, just ask here, I’m sure many will be happy to help. Sometimes a little reformatting is required to get a perfect conversion but I’ve done literally thousands of books, it’s simple once you get into it.”
Zoot, as I stated above I have converted Bob’s book from PDF to MOBI for my Kindle and it is readable – but it could be better. Whilst I’ve tried to see if Calibre will allow some editing it seems to only allow editing of metadata not the body of the book or article.
Do you have any advice on how this can be achieved – if it’s not too onerous I may be able to spend some time on Bob’s book to see if I can make it acceptable for the Kindle which should widen the audience as it were.

October 4, 2012 2:20 am

James from Arding says: “This is a great condensation of the central points of your book Bob.”
This video just glanced at the book–the last couple of minutes. Part 2 of the video will get into more detail about ENSO. Also I did not like how the animation of East Pacific vs the Rest-of-the-World sea surface temperatures showed in the video.

Brian H
October 4, 2012 2:21 am

Masterpiece. Wouldn’t know where to begin to look for a way to improve it. The clarification Lucy suggested explaining “ENSO” came to mind, but that’s not serious. (General rule, tho’: watch out for taking acronyms for granted; they are taken as arrogant opacity by those not in your particular “loop” if not expanded the first time or two they’re used. In every presentation or article.)

October 4, 2012 3:14 am

Excellent video Bob. Many thanks. Another nail in the GHG coffin.

October 4, 2012 3:59 am

Lucy Skywalker & Brian H: Thanks for the kind words. Regarding ENSO, I had explained the acronym in one draft, but I must’ve clipped that portion during editing. Sorry. It will be discussed in part 2.

October 4, 2012 8:05 am

You make the case perfectly Bob. Great video!

October 4, 2012 8:24 am

Thanks Bob! The clearest explanation yet of why the climate models fail to work.

David A. Evans
October 4, 2012 9:32 am

johnbuk says:
October 4, 2012 at 1:49 am
I believe Foxit reader allows editing of .pdf

October 4, 2012 1:31 pm

johnbuk Hi John. I’m not able to go into specifics as i have not purchased a copy of Bob’s latest opus as I was kinda hoping for a kindle / mobi version ( and here we are at the point ;)) but when I have tackled pdf conversion before it’s been a bit trial and error ( I’m usually changing from mobi to epub to LIT or variations thereof ) and edit the original in either word or adobe acrobat professional depending upon the format & the permissions.
Like you I’d be happy to help with a commercial conversion ( gratis of course ) to mobi & epub formats but it would depend upon having an unprotected PDF to work from otherwise it’s just a whole heap of copy & paste work.
But really that’s my thing, copy, paste & format. Calibre just creates the final book from that, there is little you can do with it regarding editing. Much of what needs to be done is by understanding the structure detection of Calibre & creating ( reformatting) the work so that the results are readable.
It can be a lot of work and when it’s for a piece that you are only going to read yourself then you will put up with ‘readable’. For commercial redistribution there is a bit of work involved if the heuristic conversion is not up to scratch and i don’t know of a way to edit it after the fact so getting it right in the edit before conversion is the only way I know how, but it can be done in an evening over a couple of beers. I don’t have to proof-read, right? 😉

Reply to  zootcadillac
October 4, 2012 2:33 pm

Zoot, thanks for responding. I bought Bob’s book and therefore have the PDF. I have converted this to the MOBI format and sent to my Kindle, the result is readable but far from perfect. Gaps every two lines etc. I can’t see a method in Calibre of editing the MOBI file direct, the ereader within Calibre doesn’t seem to allow editing. Currently I’m playing around with converting to HTMLZ which is a zipped file containing an Index.html file, CSS file and Images folder.
I’ve opened the index.html file in a word processor (Libre Office) and can edit from that. The problem as I see it is whilst I can change this file I have no idea what it would look like when converted to MOBI onto my Kindle again! From your description there is quite a bit of trial and error which I’m happy with but it seems inefficient if others have already passed down this road and can point me in the right direction as it were.

October 4, 2012 9:43 pm

Tisdale: Brilliant.. the title will attract warmists, and then give them something to think about. Well done sir.

October 4, 2012 9:48 pm

@ Anthony Watts. Will or can I elevate myself as not needing moderation when posting? I assume this standard practice, but sometimes I want to read responses to my contributions. I’m a process control engineer and have spent many years developing controls solutions to many processes and naturally, I am skeptical of any science claims made by anyone. And this is because I love science. By the way, your site has become my favorite site for reading entertaining and cogent arguments which lead to the truth as best we can know it. It gives us a chance to hear from all sorts of great arguments from a variety of very smart individuals on both sides of the debate. Thank you thank you! –And I approve this message 😉
Reply: All comments on this site are moderated before appearing except those with permissions to submit Posts and those with admin permissions, such as myself. If you ain’t writing headlines, you are moderated here. ~ ctm

October 5, 2012 2:13 am

David A Evans said “I believe Foxit reader allows editing of .pdf”
Thanks David, as you may have seen in my additional posts I’m trying to determine how to optimise a MOBI output from Bob’s book. The problem I have is that editing any format other than MOBI leaves me finding it is still faulty when converting into MOBI.

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