Is Extending Lockdowns Worth The Cost? (was Do Lockdowns Work?)

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach [UPDATE— Well, I got up today and fired up the weed wacker and went out to sweat a bit in the sun. You can see the mowed part at the bottom and the much larger unmowed part behind … I limit my fun to one tank of gas per day,…

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The Italian Connection

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach [Note updates at the end] Since the earliest days of the current pandemic, Italy has been the scary member of the family that you absolutely don’t want to emulate, the one cousin that gets into really bad trouble. The Italians have the highest rate of deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus,…

Graphing The Icy Reality

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Today I saw some scary headlines. I post them up along with snippets of the stories. First, from the BBC: Greenland and Antarctica ice loss accelerating Earth’s great ice sheets, Greenland and Antarctica, are now losing mass six times faster than they were in the 1990s thanks to warming conditions.…

Diamond Princess Mysteries

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach OK, here are my questions. We had a perfect petri-dish coronavirus disease (COVID-19) experiment with the cruise ship “Diamond Princess”. That’s the cruise ship that ended up in quarantine for a number of weeks after a number of people tested positive for the coronavirus. I got to wondering what the…

The Math Of Epidemics

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Watts Up With That is about more than just the climate. It’s also about interesting things in the world. So if you’re looking for just climate, this isn’t the post for you. However, it’s an interesting peregrination through the world of the mathematics of illness. We’ve been hearing a lot…

Looking For Acceleration In All The Wrong Places

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach After considering the tide gauge records around Fairbourne in my last post, I wanted to look at a larger picture. Remember that we’ve been repeatedly told that acceleration in sea level rise is not just forecast, it’s actually occurring. I wrote about some of these claims in my post entitled…

The Hot And Cold Of Space

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach For those who enjoy mathematical puzzles, I’m putting this one out there for your pleasure. Suppose we have a 1 metre by 1 metre by 1 metre concrete block floating in outer space. For the purposes of the puzzle, let’s suppose that there is no longwave background radiation at all.…

The Voice Of The Lobster

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach ‘Tis the voice of the Lobster: I heard him declare “You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair.” As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose Trims his belt & his buttons, & turns out his toes. When the sands are all dry, he…

Fun With Lunar Temperatures

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach A while ago, I wrote a post called “The Moon Is A Cold Mistress”. In that post I discussed how the average temperature is not accurate when there are huge swings in temperature. Or to be clearer, I discussed why the average temperature of the moon is much lower than…