Wet Years, Dry Years

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I keep reading all kinds of claims that the slight warming we’ve been experiencing over the last century has already led to an increase in droughts. A few years ago there were a couple of very dry years here in California, and the alarmists were claiming that “global warming” had…

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Pacific Glaciers Redux

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I see that Charles the Moderator has posted up the report of the fears of the loss of the Puncak Jaya glacier here on WUWT. Below is a photo of the current state of the glacier, which is in Irian Jaya on the island of New Guinea, north of Australia.…

How Much Sun Could A Sunshine Shine?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach It has been pointed out that while many of the global climate models (GCMs) are not all that good at forecasting future climate, they all do quite well at hindcasting the 20th-century global temperature anomaly [edited for clarity – w.]. Curious, that. So I was interested in a paper from…

Water Behaving Badly

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Those who know me are aware that I’m a tropical boy, a hopeless addict of warm blue seas and coconut-laden islands with white sand beaches. Here’s where I used to live and work, Liapari Island in the Solomon Islands. That is how I like my water to behave, soft, warm,…

Explaining Wind Turbine Lethality

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach For reasons that will soon be evident, the comments on my previous wind turbine post reminded me of a long-ago sunset dinner with my gorgeous ex-fiancée on the verandah of a lovely treetop restaurant on Pohnpei island in the tropical Pacific. The only “fly in the ointment”, as is often…

Paying Much More For Much Less

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach There’s an interesting and authoritative new [commenters pointed out it’s from 2012, I can’t find any newer research] study on the lifespan of those ugly bird-and-bat-choppers yclept “wind turbines”. It’s called “The Performance of Wind Turbines in the United Kingdom and Denmark“. Here’s the Executive Summary, all emphasis is mine:…

Inside The Sausage Factory

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach There’s an old saying that “Laws are like sausages. It’s better not to see either one being made” … and I fear the same is true for far too much of what passes for climate “science” these days. However, ignoring such wise advice, I’ve taken another look under the hood…

Visibility and Invisibility

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I thought I’d take a more detailed look at the claims of the recent paper entitled “Discrepancies in scientific authority and media visibility of climate change scientists and contrarians.”. The paper is discussed here on WUWT. I’m number 148 out of 386 on their list of contrarians, based on how…

A Green And Pleasant Land

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach (see update at the end) In England there was a recent partial collapse of the Whaley Bridge Dam. Of course, this couldn’t have been from, oh, I don’t know, bad construction or bad reservoir water-level management … So naturally, the UK media is full of scary headlines. The Whaley Bridge…