What’s Natural? Changing Sea Levels – Part 1

web version of column article published in Pacifica Tribune February 13, 2019 by Jim Steele Local sea levels appear to rise when ocean volumes increase, but also when the land sinks. Scientists increasingly warn that coastal cities are sinking much faster than ocean volumes are rising. Pumping out groundwater not only causes lands to sink,…

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New paper attempts to link solar cycles and streamflows

Mike Wallace writes about his new paper, with some references to his previous posts here: First, a post on streamflow forecasting using solar cycles for high altitude catchments. Second, a post on the synoptic scale quasigeostrophic continuum. Third, a piece on atmospheric moisture waves. The new paper covers other directions as well, but perhaps of greater…

Contemporary climatic analogs for 540 North American urban areas in the late 21st century

I guess sometimes you just have to throw the officially acknowledged lack of regional skill for GCM’s out the window~ctm From Nature Communications Abstract A major challenge in articulating human dimensions of climate change lies in translating global climate forecasts into impact assessments that are intuitive to the public. Climate-analog mapping involves matching the expected…

Data analysis: Global temperature has not increased under Republican presidents, only Democrats

From the website Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science  at Columbia University comes this hilarious but real bit of data analysis. Looking at short trends in the global surface temperature data, the analysis shows that global temperature has not increased under Republican presidents, only Democrats. It’s probably spurious correlation, but still very entertaining. – Anthony…

‘Let’s Be Real’: California Governor Ditches High-Speed Rail Project, Cites Hefty Price Tag

From The Daily Caller 5:19 PM 02/12/2019 | Energy Chris White | Energy Reporter Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom abandoned a high-speed rail project Tuesday that sought to connect Los Angeles to San Francisco. He suggested the high cost of the project made the idea a pipe dream. Newsom dialed back anticipation for the project…