Algal Fuels and Massive Scales

Guest post by John Goetz I keep an active watch of the news for progress being made in the areas of renewable and alternative energy sources. One area that has caught my eye is algal fuel (biofuel produced by algae). One company that has been in the news lately is Sapphire Energy, which claims to…

Color and Temperature: Perception is everything

Recently I had some of my readers comment that they thought that The Weather Channel and USA Today (which uses TWC graphics) temperature maps seemed to look “hotter”. They suspected that the colors had changed. I tend to watch such things since my own company (IntelliWeather) produces similar maps. I searched Google images for some…

Kroger nixes global warming “policy”

Question: Why does a major grocery store chain need a “comprehensive policy addressing climate change”? Answer: They don’t. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that one of the nations oldest and largest grocery firms, Kroger Inc., based in Cincinnati, OH rejected a shareholder proposal which called for the company to develop a comprehensive policy addressing climate change. Having…

RIP George Carlin – whoosh!

Since George has been “acted upon by nature”,and we’ll miss him, I thought this video of his “saving the planet” sketch might be a fitting epitaph. My favorite line of his, from the “hippy dippy weatherman” act was: “Why on TV do they always give the temperature at the airport? Nobody LIVES there!” (Warning: some adult language)

A new view on GISS data, per Lucia

For some time I’ve been critical (and will likely remain so) of the data preparation techniques associated with NASA GISS global temperature data set. The adjustments, the errors, the train wreck FORTRAN code used to collate it, and the interpolation of data in the polar regions where no weather stations exists, have given me such…

The “Hippocratic Oath” for Scientists

Here is an interesting note from grrlscientist at scienceblogs: “In response to what appears to be a growing problem, a group of people at the Institute of Medical Science at University of Toronto in Canada wrote a scientist’s version of the Hippocratic oath. This oath (below) was recited by all graduate students in the biological…

Warming on 11 year hiatus? How about cooling?

A guest post by Basil Copeland Lucia, at rankexploits.com, has been musing over Tilo Reber’s posting of a graph showing flat 11 year trends in the HadCRUT land-ocean global temperature anomaly and the two MSU satellite data sets, UAH and RSS.  In answer to the question whether global warming is on an 11 year hiatus,…

Emerging Solar Panel Technology

A guest post by John Goetz Anthony has mentioned previously that he installed solar panels on his roof and, when he was a Trustee for Chico Unified School District, he spearheaded their first ever solar power installation at Little Chico Creek Elementary School. For years I have wanted to do the same thing. That is,…

CBS News sinks to new low; publishes crackpot global warming story, attributes it to Associated Press, kills it with no retraction

Yesterday I posted a story from CBS News: Quake n’ Bake: Global Warming Causes More Energetic Earthquakes? The main headline was this: Seismic Activity 5 Times More Energetic Than 20 Years Ago Because Of Global Warming This drew a lot of attention because of the total lack of verifiable science associated with it. I posted some…

Month of May, Global Temperature Recap

Since I’m traveling at the moment at have a combination of occasional Internet connectivity and exhaustion, I’ll defer to Joe D’Aleo’s excellent writeup on UAH, RSS, GISS, and HadCRUT. – Anthony Global Data All In – NASA GISS Biggest Outlier Again By Joseph D’Aleo, CCM, AMS Fellow All the data sources have now reported for global May…

HadCRUT for May 08 is out

2008/05  0.278 Writing from airport, more later- Anthony MORE- here is the link for those that can’t find it: Reference: HadCRUT3 anomaly data which can be found here description of the HadCRUT3 data file columns is here 2008/01  0.053  2008/02  0.192  2008/03  0.430  2008/04  0.254  2008/05  0.278 May is surprisingly large, Mosh nailed it best with his…

A Window on Water Vapor and Planetary Temperature

Here is some interesting news; according to data from NOAA’s Earth System Laboratory, atmospheric water vapor is on the decline globally. You’ve probably heard many times how water vapor is actually the  most important “greenhouse gas” for keeping our planet warm, with an effectiveness far greater than that of CO2. It is generally accepted that…

Surveying USHCN Stations From My Desk

In How Not to Measure Temperature Part 65, I showed a COOP-A station near Manhattan, KS at Tuttle Creek Lake that had been surveyed. In actuality, that survey was a “miss” and the intended target was the USHCN station in Manhattan (COOP ID # 144972) on the Campus of Kansas State University. But things happen,…

How Not To Measure Temperature, part 65

Mike Smith, a meteorologist for Weatherdata Services Inc. surveyed Tuttle Creek Lake near Manhattan, KS. It is COOP-A station (#148259) at the US Army Corp of Engineers Office for the reservoir there. He had a little trouble getting photos: Click for a larger image He writes: “There was a silly level of security. Required to be escorted even though…

Giant Sucking Sound

  For Immediate Release: June 17, 2008 For Further Information, Contact: Adam King, 615.383.6431 adam@tennesseepolicy.org Energy Guzzled by Al Gore’s Home in Past Year Could Power 232 U.S. Homes for a Month (Above is not my stat, could also be: “19 homes for one year” – Anthony) Gore’s personal electricity consumption up 10%, despite “energy-efficient” home renovations…

NYT: Gore to Appear With Obama

I wonder if Obama will create a new cabinet position for Gore? I’m sure he could find a staff, as you can now get a degree in Global Warming from the University of Mumbai. Gore to Appear With Obama By Jeff Zeleny Former Vice President Al Gore will endorse Barack Obama tonight in Detroit. (Photo:…

More Signs Of The Sun Slowing Down

In my post from yesterday, I highlighted a paragraph from a NASA press release which touched on one of the final findings of the soon to be ended Ulysses spacecraft mission to study the sun: “Ulysses ends its career after revealing that the magnetic field emanating from the sun’s poles is much weaker than previously…

Ulysses exits with insight into our next solar cycle

“Ulysses ends its career after revealing that the magnetic field emanating from the sun’s poles is much weaker than previously observed.  This could mean the upcoming solar maximum period will be less intense than in recent history. “ click for a larger image Click for larger image International Mission Studying Sun to Conclude June 12,…

Genetic Building Blocks Found In Meteorite

Conjuring up images from the movie “It came from Outer Space“, it turns out we may all be from space. Some of us are “spacier” than others. This news of finding the building blocks of life in a meteorite comes as a small surprise.  I swear though I’m not related to anyone in Chico by…

June 14th

Is a special day that many forget about, some people never even know about it. To see what is special about June14th, see my new blog Weather Picture of The Day. Don’t forget yours.

I’m considering a blog policy change

Preparing to launch a “flame”. A couple of things have happened this week that has made me look at this blog just a bit differently than in the past. I’ve had to ask for help for the very first time in moderating comments as I’ve run out of hours in the day. Thanks Jeez. I’ve had one…

Renowned Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Reid Bryson Dies At 88

Reid once said:  ‘You can go outside and spit and have the same effect as doubling carbon dioxide.’ From Roger Pielke  Professor Greg  J. Tripoli of the University of Wisconsin – Madison has shared this sad news with all of us. Excerpt:  “I have the sad news to report that Professor Emeritus Reid Bryson of the…

Surprise: Leaves Maintain Temperature, new findings may put dendroclimatology as metric of past temperature into question

Dendroclimatology: thermometer or hygrometer? Hot climate or cold, tree leaves stay in comfort zone From the Google Climate Discussion Group, see an article also in Science News Paris, June 11; Agence France-Presse A new study that shows their internal temperature remains constant at 21.4deg could challenge the way trees are used to determine historical climate…

La Nina drought hits home for me as wildland fire

Below is the image from my weather station in Chico, CA looking SE at the Humboldt Fire which is engulfing a good portion of the southern and eastern outskirts of my community. You may have heard about this on the national news. Fortunately I have a huge firebreak in the form of an stormwater overflow…

A bit chilly for June

Still lots of cold air coming in from the Arctic. Looks like the heat wave in NYC is coming down too. Only 8 days until the summer solstice, the sunlight distribution on our sphere is looking pretty much like a sine wave:    

Temperature Stock Report

Interesting quote of the week: If Global Warming were a stock, and you bought it in 1979 at zero (par) and decided to sell it this month to buy a house, 29 years later you aren’t very happy with your investment. At it’s peak in 1998, the temperature only went to a 0.8 increase, and…

NASA to Probe Sun “in situ”

Until the SOHO satellite was launched, astronomers had to be content to look through earth bound telescopes at the sun. Now that the sun is key to “the biggest threat facing mankind – climate change” it seems only sensible that NASA send a probe for direct measurment. Now if we can just get Jim Hansen out…

Waiting for HadCRUT

I’m waiting for May global land + ocean temperature data to be published from Hadley Climate Research Unit, at which time I’ll also show a comparison to GISS. Since I did pretty well at guessing what RSS May data value would be, guessing 0.05 to -0.15°C, and having it end up at -.083°C, I’m going…

Bees and Sunspots

Here is some interesting reading linking solar magnetic activity to Bees. Bees use the sun to navigate, so it is not a surprise that they’d be in tune with the sun. But there are also other issues such as immune systems and ag chemicals, Vanishing Bee Colonies, Doomsday Scenarios, and Sunspots By Aidan Maconachy Published:…

NOAA: Them’s fightin’ words

Bureaucracy at work UPDATE: Today, June 11th, NOAA issued a new updated press release, which you can read here: NOAA Proposes Rule to Require Saltwater Angler Registration They say the program will not charge you for the first two years, but after that $15-25, and that a state saltwalter license will exempt you from the…

Scientists not sure why Sun ‘continues to be dead’

The sun today. There appears to be an emerging Cycle 23 spot at the left, but still no new Cycle 24 spots. Click for large image That’s never a good sign. Below is an excerpt from an article in Science Daily that ponders the question: Excerpt: The sun has been laying low for the past…

Anecdotal Climate & Weather Roundup

Seattle has coldest first week of June since 1891 Seattle just experienced the coldest first week of June, according to climate records dating to 1891, said Cliff Mass, University of Washington metrologist. Both 1999 and 2008 share the record, with 1917 falling in second place, he said. “Just wait until tomorrow,” he said, when temperatures…