Solar flare danger – massive sunspot the size of Jupiter takes aim at Earth

The potential for a massive solar flare directed at Earth is looming large. An SDO/HMI view of the visible sun showing the largest sunspot of solar cycle 24, AR12192. Image via http://www.thesuntoday.org Since rotating into view, the sunspot group AR12192 has continued to grow in size and complexity, becoming the largest sunspot of the current…

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Claim: Recently discovered Arctic microbe is key player in climate change

From the University of Arizona As permafrost soils thaw under the influence of global warming, communities of soil microbes act as potent amplifiers of global climate change, an international study has shown. Tiny soil microbes are among the world’s biggest potential amplifiers of human-caused climate change, but whether microbial communities are mere slaves to their…

Where Was Climate Research Before Computer Models?

Guest essay by Dr. Tim Ball I think, Essex and McKitrick’s Chapter, Climate Theory Versus Models and Metaphors, in their book Taken By Storm, is a very good analysis of the challenges facing climatology. They ask, Do we have any clues at all on how to start the climb toward the summit of Mount Climate…

Quicky Mid-October 2014 El Niño Update

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale This is a quick update on the status of the sea surface temperatures of the equatorial Pacific, along with a brief discussion of the recent excursion of the daily Southern Oscillation Index into El Niño conditions.  Things are NOT looking good if you’ve been looking forward to an El Niño…