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…

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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…

Accelerating The Acceleration

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I see that the merchants of hype are at it again. The scary headline says “Report: Sea-level rise ‘accelerating’ along U.S. coasts, including in the Bay Area“. And in the text, it says “The Bay Area was home to two of those stations: one in Alameda and one in San…

Sunspots, Verse 25

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach [See update at the end] I started out as a true believer that sunspots (or something that changes in sync with sunspots, like heliomagnetism, cosmic rays, solar wind, etc.) had a strong effect on the weather. When I was a kid I read that the great British astronomer William Hershel…

Dungeness Crabs Redux

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Well, after my last post, The Solution To Dissolution, I thought I was done with the Dungeness crab question. And I was happy to be done with those chilly crustaceans. Writing that post brought back memories of how cold the fishery is. I remember leaving out from Eureka harbor at…

The Solution To Dissolution

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach The British tabloid “The Guardian” has a new scare story about what is wrongly called “ocean acidification”. It opens as follows: Sounds like the end of times, right? So let me start with a simple fact. The ocean is NOT acidic. Nor will it ever become acidic, except in a…