Thanksgiving Interlude

Prairie Wind | 16K HDR Film from Martin Lisius on Vimeo. From Martin at Prairie Pictures: Just wanted to invite you to watch “Prairie Wind” 16K (4:05), a tribute to…

Cooling and Warming, Clouds and Thunderstorms

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Following up on a suggestion made to me by one of my long-time scientific heroes, Dr. Fred Singer, I’ve been looking at the rainfall dataset…

New findings on sprite formation above thunderstorms

Florida Tech lightning research deepens understanding of sprite formation – link specific atmospheric conditions to exuberant, luminous displays above thunderstorms From the FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MELBOURNE, FLA. — A new…

Using cosmic rays to reveal Earth's thunderstorm processes

From the University of Groningen: Exploding stars help to understand thunderclouds on Earth How is lightning initiated in thunderclouds? This is difficult to answer – how do you measure electric…

Real pollution (not 'carbon' pollution) increases storm clouds

From the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: A common theme among climate alarmists is that the wrongly named ‘carbon pollution’ aka carbon dioxide, increases the frequency and intensity of storms. Observational data…

NOAA shows that wind farms affect weather radar, and that affects their primary mission of forecasting and safety

“Chaotic wind velocities associated with the rotating turbine blades triggers the doppler radar mesocyclone detection algorithm” Note: this essay was written by the National Weather Service Forecast Office is Burlington,…

A link between the solar magnetic field and weather patterns on Earth may explain our lower than normal severe weather in 2013

From the “science is settled” department comes this new paper that points out a correlation between the Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) and polar jet streams, which drive weather events on…

Long Term Tornado Trends

By Paul Homewood It seems that tornadoes, or the lack of them, are back in the news at the moment.  American Meteorological Society President, Dr Marshall Shepherd, seems to think…

China's big jet – not the passenger kind

From the Science China Press Is there gigantic jet event in middle latitude region in mainland China? When talking about lightning, appearances of different lightning which occur along with thunderstorms…

Increased tropical rainfall – seems like a negative feedback to me…

From MIT via press release, bear in mind this is just more model output based on estimates from observations. That said, thunderstorms and hurricanes are simply heat engines, and they…