Study on weather disasters shows claims of increased damage costs aren't rooted in climate, but rather, society

“…societal change is sufficient to explain the increasing costs of disasters at the global level…” We often hear of the wailing by climate activists and in the MSM about the huge cost numbers related to weather disasters, as if somehow these numbers are indicative of a trend linkable with ‘climate change’. For example, USA Today’s…

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'Pineapple Express' pattern for drought stricken California is shaping up – how long will it last?

From NASA JPL, video animation follows. Wet weather is again hitting drought-stricken California as the second and larger of two back-to-back storms makes its way ashore. The storms are part of an atmospheric river, a narrow channel of concentrated moisture in the atmosphere connecting tropical air with colder, drier regions around Earth’s middle latitudes.

More Evidence for a Low Climate Sensitivity

By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger We have two new entries to the long (and growing) list of papers appearing the in recent scientific literature that argue that the earth’s climate sensitivity—the ultimate rise in the earth’s average surface temperature from a doubling of the atmospheric carbon dioxide content—is close to 2°C,…

Friday Funny – Mann's Hot Seat

A couple of days ago, I was sent this satirical cartoon totally unsolicited by SFO Bay Area artist Tim Sheppard who said he was troubled by the free speech issues surrounding the Mann-Steyn lawsuit. He sends it with a disclaimer: DISCLAIMER:  The following editorial cartoon contains satire, parody, exaggeration and uncensored imagery of balding public…

An Odd Mix of Reality and Misinformation from the Climate Science Community on England et al. (2014)

In this post, we’ll discuss a recent article and blog post about the recently published England et al. (2014). This post includes portions of past posts and a number of new discussions and illustrations. We’ve already discussed (post here) the paper England et al. (2014) Recent intensification of wind-driven circulation in the Pacific and the…

Study projects big thaw for Antarctic sea ice

From the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the department of unverifiable forecasts in our lifetime comes this model based projection. Researchers say Ross Sea will reverse current trend, be largely ice free in summer by 2100 Antarctica’s Ross Sea is one of the few polar regions where summer sea-ice coverage has increased during the…

Josh on "Mann of Rigor"

“Robust” has a new image. Josh writes: Over at Climate Audit Steve McIntyre’s posts on the ‘Mann vs Steyn’ battle are great fun to read and the comments are very entertaining. The posts are here, here, here, here, here, and here, with another post added today.

The Power Stroke

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I got to thinking about the well-known correlation of El Ninos and global temperature. I knew that the Pacific temperatures lead the global temperatures, and the tropics lead the Pacific, but I’d never looked at the actual physical distribution of the correlation. So I went to the CERES dataset, and…