Excerpts on climate from the SOTU – comments welcome

I made it back to a computer in time today to get a copy of the State of the Union address, here are the relevant passages about climate:

SOTU Open Thread – what freaky climate claims will POTUS make tonight?

While the most recent public polls on climate-change give a ho-hum response, Dr. Roy Spencer recently surmised that in the State of the Union Address tonight, President Obama will join…

El Niño sea monitoring system may fail – half dead already

From the “send money or the instrumentation gets it” department comes news that the TAO array may already be toast due to budget constraints. One wonders if money sucked into…

BBC Meteorologist: Met Office Global Forecasts Too Warm In 13 Of Last 14 Years

Paul Hudson, BBC Weather, says: The global temperature in 2013 was 0.486C above the 1961-1990 average based on the HADCRUT measure, figures released by the Met Office show. So far this…

A 'disturbance in the farce' ahead of the SOTU

UPDATE: first picture submitted at right from Matt Dempsey The Winter of their Discontent: Keystone XL activists to protest global warming ahead of SOTU in freezing cold. McKibben’s 350.org nutters say…

Inconvenient study: Arctic was warmer than the present during the Medieval Warm Period

New paper finds temperatures were as much as 0.5c warmer in the Arctic during the MWP than today. The Hockeyschtick reports: A paper published yesterday in Global and Planetary Change…

The AR5 hearings, live stream

Skeptics get a seat at the table. IPCC 5th Assessment Review Meeting starts at 9.30am GMT Witnesses Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, Grantham Institute, Imperial College London, Professor Myles Allen, University…

No New Continent 'Hottest' Temperature Records Since 1978

Something to consider for the SOTU address tonight where “extremes” of all kinds are likely to be discussed. If indeed we are seeing hottest ever type scenarios, or if you…