The Met Office hides the decline, starring 'Doctor No'

I’ve come to think of Richard Betts as “Dr. No” mainly because he seems to say no to any possibility that the Met Office might not be giving out accurate forecasts to the public. I’ve had a few Twitter exchanges with him this week, and one question I asked in particular tripped him up. I…

Will the real The Death Valley 134F high temperature record please stand up? NWS says one on file at NCDC is a 'fake'

“…someone made this fake form off the original and even forged Oscar Denton’s name on it.” Readers may recall that last week I noticed differences in the two “official” paper records presented by NOAA/NWS and the National Park Service in their respective web announcements about the 100 year anniversary of the 134°F reading in Greenland…

Kenji gets mail – 'Union of Concerned Scientists' wants a one-sided Senate hearing panel, asks for money

Kenji got this in his inbox today (donation links redacted): ============================================================= UCS supporter— It’s bad enough that climate deniers get elected to Congress. But it gets much worse: some purveyors of disinformation sit on the House Science Committee. Rep. Lamar Smith, who chairs the committee, wrote a recent Washington Post op-ed replete with misleading information…

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…

If storms are worse now, why did they need a sea wall 150 years ago?

From Virginia Tech something that makes you wonder about past storm intensity and the need to protect shorelines from storms coming from the sea. With all the hype surrounding “Superstorm Sandy”, it is interesting to see that 150 years ago, simple engineering made the storm less intense in this one area. Long-forgotten seawall protected New…