NOAA SWPC updates their solar cycle graphs – 3rd straight month of dropping sunspot numbers

Normally, I run this post around the end of the first week of the month, but this month there was a problem. NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) botched the…

The sun is still in a funk: sunspot numbers are dropping when they should be rising

The sunspot number for February from SIDC is down again, to 33.1 Here’s the source of that data: http://sidc.oma.be/DATA/monthssn.dat So far, cycle 24 is significantly lower in SSN number that…

Tornado outbreak tracking

By Rob Gutro NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center A satellite animation of NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite imagery showed the movement of the front that triggered severe storms and tornadoes in several…

Some notes on the Heartland Leak

Heartland has yet to produce a press release, but I thought in the meantime I’d share some behind the scenes. If/when they do, I’ll add it to this post. UPDATE:…

NOAA and "climate disasters" – made up words?

I got a chuckle out of this new buzzword that NOAA has created in this press release: “climate disasters”. Personally, I think they’ve been caught up the disaster hype. Why?…

Children just aren't going to know what hail is…

Source of title inspiration here From NOAA Headquarters. Colorado mountain hail may disappear in a warmer future NOAA-led study shows less hail, more rain in region’s future, with possible increase…

Even with a busy tornado year, still no upward trend in tornadoes

US Tornado Trends–Updated to 2011 Guest post by Paul Homewood 2011 has obviously been a disastrous year for tornadoes in the USA, but does this reflect an increasing trend in either…

NOAA issues tsunami debris alert from model

Source here. Mind the caveat though: The Japanese government estimated that the tsunami generated 25 million tons of rubble, but there is no clear understanding of exactly how much debris…

New NPP weather satellite launched – new features for climate

Launch video from Vandenburg and mission video animation: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nation’s newest environmental satellite successfully launched NPP is vital for NOAA’s weather forecast mission America’s newest polar-orbiting satellite roared…

GAO report on the poor quality of the US climate monitoring network

Senator Inhofe’s EPW office issued a press release today on the subject of USHCN Climate Monitoring stations along with links to this report from the General Accounting Office (GAO) …the…

Zeroed out: NOAA Climate Service funding axed in budget CR

From the House Appropriations Committee:  Summary — Final Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution:  PDF Page 2:  Commerce, Justice, Science:  “This section of the CR also prohibits funding for: the establishment…

Why are we so bad at long range weather forecasting?

By WUWT regular “justthefacts” In researching the use of tidal forces in long range weather forecasting, I came across an interesting August 30th, 2010 Associated Press/ MSNBC article based on…

Briggs on Berkeley's forthcoming BEST surface temperature record, plus my thoughts from my visit there

UPDATE: for those visiting here via links, see my recent letter regarding Dr. Richard Muller and BEST. I have some quiet time this Sunday morning in my hotel room after…

Solar Geomagnetic Ap Index Hits Zero

This is something you really don’t expect to see this far into solar cycle 24. But there it is, the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite shows the sun as a cueball:…

Bottom of the barrel: devastating assessment of administration competence and honesty

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling has issued several drafts of Staff Working papers.  Inside the text is a devastating assessment of the…

How not to measure temperature, part 50. How to make a rural station "urban"

One of the things that happens when your work becomes well known is that people send you things to look at. Such is the case for today’s subject. Here we…

Inside the ASOS HO83 Temp/dewpoint sensor

HO83 ASOS Hygrothermometer (temperature/dewpoint sensor) Much has been written about problems with artificially high temperature readings due to the HO83 aspirated air temperature/dewpoint temperature sensor used on NOAA Automated Surface…