Over half the USA covered in snow, the most in 11 years

Paging Dr. David Viner, white courtesy phone please Here is the map from NOAA’s  National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center showing the snow coverage at 53%, the most in 11 years for this date. December 15, 2013   Area Covered By Snow: 53.0%   Area Covered Last Month: 5.8% And here are the past 11…

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Negative feedback? Storing CO2 in the Arctic

From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: While the Arctic Ocean is largely a carbon sink, researchers find parts are also a source of atmospheric carbon dioxide For the past three decades, as the climate has warmed, the massive plates of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean have shrunk: In 2007, scientists observed nearly 50 percent…

Who are you going to believe, my B-44 or your lyin eyes?

NCDC needs to incorporate information into their metadata database from four sources that they currently ignore and/or keep from the public. Guest essay by John Slayton Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains have long been a natural habitat for scientists.  Some of their activities are well known–the observatory on Mt. Wilson and Michelson’s measurement of the…

September doldrums – solar slump continues

While many science related government agencies are shut down (NASA GISS is deemed ‘non-essential’ for example) some remain open due to statements like this: Due to the Federal Government shutdown, NOAA.gov and most associated web sites are unavailable. However, because the information this site provides is necessary to protect life and property, it will be…

IPCC on acid – if they are virtually certain about ocean acidification, why does X-prize offer a reward for designing a proper ocean pH meter?

The IPCC writes in the “leaked” SPM It is very likely that oceanic uptake of anthropogenic CO2 results in acidification of the ocean. The pH 44 (see 7) of seawater has decreased by 0.1 since the beginning of the industrial era, corresponding to a 45 26% increase in hydrogen ion concentration. {3.8.2; Box 3.2; FAQ…

Are Tornadoes Getting Stronger? Rebuttal to Elsner et al.

By Paul Homewood http://news.fsu.edu/More-FSU-News/Researchers-develop-model-to-correct-tornado-records   [Note Update Below] Quantification of long term tornado trends has been hampered by the fact that many more tornadoes are reported today than was the case in the past. NOAA summarise this well:- With increased national Doppler radar coverage, increasing population, and greater attention to tornado reporting, there has been…