Hottest 4th of July Records

From: WeatherNation It’s that wonderful time of year, where we all look forward to celebrating our country’s birthday while sweating over a barbeque while the sun beats on our shoulders. Ahhhhh, July 4th. For most of the United States, it’s almost a guarantee that hot, summer-like temperatures will accompany the 4th of July. Always an…

California’s drought tolerant landscaping may make heat waves worse

From USC and the evapotranspiration cools locally department: Hidden, local climate impacts of drought-friendly vegetation New research by USC Viterbi researchers explores the climate impact of drought vegetation efforts To address the recent drought in California, policymakers have created incentives for homeowners to replace existing lawns with drought tolerant vegetation. However, new research from George…

Study: Ocean temps predict US heat waves 50 days out

Pacific pattern often forms in advance of hot days in eastern US From the NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH/UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH BOULDER — The formation of a distinct pattern of sea surface temperatures in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean can predict an increased chance of summertime heat waves in the eastern…

Oh noes! Exposure of US population to extreme heat could quadruple by mid-century

From the National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the Department of “ignored data in favor of modeled simulations” comes this claim from Trenberth’s mountain climate alarm lair. Only one problem: actual data on U.S. Temperature Extremes does not support the claim. See below. Interaction of warming climate with a growing, shifting…

Claim: If no action is taken, extreme heat waves will become the norm by the end of the century

From the Joint Research Center: Analysing heat waves – new index allows predicting their magnitude JRC scientists have developed a new index to measure the magnitude of heat waves, in cooperation with colleagues from five research organisations. According to the index projections, under the worst climate scenario of temperature rise nearing 4.8⁰C, extreme heat waves…

The ‘strawman’ albedo effect

From ETH Zurich , something that actually makes sense. Straw albedo mitigates extreme heat Wheat fields are often tilled immediately after the crop is harvested, removing the light-coloured stubble and crop residues from the soil surface and bringing dark bare earth to the top. Post-harvest tilling is a widely practised and common management technique in…

Climate Change, Heat Waves, and Adaptation

By Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger and Patrick J. Michaels The main idea, as it is portrayed, driving the Obama administration’s pursuit of carbon dioxide regulations is that climate change is leading to all manner of bad things. Pointing to concrete example of bad things that have resulted from human greenhouse gas emissions, however, is much…

Australian heatwaves are nothing new

Guest essay by Viv Forbes No doubt we will hear how the current heatwaves in Australia are “unprecedented” and evidence of dangerous man-made global warming. They are neither “global” nor “unprecedented”. In the great heatwave of 1896, with nearly 200 deaths, the temperature at Bourke did not fall below 45.6 degC for six weeks, and…

NOAA: Another ‘AGW caused heat wave’ is actually just natural variation

You may remember headlines like these last summer: With Blow-Out March Heat Wave, Meteorologist Masters Says ‘This is not the atmosphere I grew up with’ The 2012 Heat Wave: “Almost Like Science Fiction” | Popular Science Record Heat Wave Pushes U.S. Belief in Climate Change to 70% US heatwave may have been made more likely by global warming … Global Warming May Have Fueled March…

Short Meteorological Memories

Guest essay by Alan Caruba I am giving thanks this week, despite the heat wave, that I have not read, nor heard, a single claim that it is proof that global warming has arrived and we are all doomed. By the time the global warming hoax was in its final days, we were being told…

Peter H. Gleick, ‘genius’

In a hilarious claim, Gleick proves once again his genius label is eclipsed by his own dogma. A couple of days ago I got pulled into the Twitter feed of Dr. Peter Gleick, we’ll get to that shortly. You know him, he’s the guy from the Pacific Institute who posed as a board member for…

Hot weather and climate change – a mountain from a molehill?

Guest essay by Steve Goreham Originally published in The Washington Times On Sunday, Death Valley temperatures reached 129oF, a new June record high for the United States, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas reached 117oF, tying the previous record set in 1942 and 2005. National Geographic, NBC…

Heat Waves Validate the Skeptics

Essay by Jim Steele, Director emeritus, Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University The heat wave and near record-breaking temperatures in Death Valley provides a superb teaching moment to show why CO2 has nothing to do with heat waves whether the record is ever broken or not. Most heat waves are associated with dry…

It seems NOAA has ‘de-modernized’ the official Death Valley station to use older equipment to make a record more likely

About those ‘record’ Death Valley temperatures everybody is waiting for… UPDATE: 128°F today at Death Valley COOP station. See Record Event Report below. It seems the media and the alarmists are cheering on the possibility of an all-time temperature record in Death Valley. There’s lots of hullabaloo over the supposedly tied all time temperature record…

Crowdsourcing the WUWT “Extreme Weather” Reference Page

(Photo credits: NOAA) By WUWT regular “Just The Facts” Your help is needed in building the new WUWT “Extreme Weather” Reference Page. My recent article A Big Picture Look At “Earth’s Temperature” – “Extreme Weather” Update appears to have struck a cord with some of our Warmist friends, as I earned an “Extreme Denial” label…

How not to measure temperature, part 93: the hottest weather station in the UK cited by the BBC has some interesting exposure

Over at Tallbloke’s Talkshop, moderator Tim Channon wondered about this regularly hot station reported in the news: An often appearing name in the BBC news as the hottest place in the country is Gravesend but the true location of the Met Office thermometer is a mystery. By chance I followed up today and discovered a…

July hottest ever, but U.S. tornado count – lowest since 1951: ‘poisoned weather’ meme falsified by Nature

“Connect the Dots” for this one. Mother Nature has just proven how idiotic some one the arguments trying to link global warming and severe weather are: in this case, the “global warming makes more tornadoes” argument has just gone down in flames. Given how hot July was in the USA, setting a new record high…

A fascinating new interview with Prof Richard Muller, quote: On Climategate – “What they did was, I think, shameful. And it was scientific malpractice”

Guest Post by Barry Woods The Progressive Radio Network website had a fascinating interview with Prof Richard Muller last week following his ‘man of the moment’ opinion piece – “The Conversion of a Climate Change Sceptic” in the New York Times (28th July 2012). This is how the interview was trailed, just a few days afterwards…

After pointing out an airplane got stuck in heat softened asphalt, Al Gore misses the fact that many of the surface temperatures used in climate come from airports

From Al’s Journal, some seriously dysfunctional thinking using props he doesn’t understand. Al brings attention to the fact that at Washington Reagan National Airport some tarmac asphalt got soft on a hot day, and the tires sunk into it a bit…making it a monumental event in his world of “weather is now climate”context. Al Gore…

The nonlinear nature of predicting seasonal temperature in Europe

From the CORDIS News service: Predicting hot days in Europe ‘Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight, red sky in morning, fisherman’s warning.’ This saying is one of Europe’s earliest rhymes that were used to predict weather for the following day. With advances in modern technology, from radar to satellite imagery, we can now predict weather…

Flim Flam Flannery’s Fecklessness Foiled

UPDATE: Veteran Australian cartoonist  Pickering weighs in, see below. (h/t to Dale Stiller) There’s yet another scare coming from Australia’s Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery hot of the heels of his failed drought predictions. And who could forget Flannery’s “quote of the millennium” immortalized by Josh? Junkscience.com reports that: Slippery when wet – Tim Flannery’s climate…

1°C – the silent killer

From the Harvard School of Public Health , news that an extra 1°C temperature swing in summer will kill the elderly. Summer temperature variability may increase mortality risk for elderly with chronic disease Large day-to-day variations in temperature could result in thousands more deaths per year Boston, MA – New research from Harvard School of…

Another paper shows that the Russian heatwave of 2010 was due to natural variability

Despite the repeated efforts of paid propagandists like Joe Romm (Center for American Progress) to try to make this event about global warming, by parroting faulty science from James Hansen, it simply isn’t true.  Hansen’s paper isn’t even peer reviewed, it simply reflects his own opinion published on his own website: http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2012/20120105_PerceptionsAndDice.pdf Despite these efforts…

Bastardi’s reply to Tom Yulsman’s article on cherry picking

[Note: I don’t agree with everything Joe has said here 100%, but I provide his comment in full edited for punctuation and format and turning image links into images to further the discussion. – Anthony] Guest post by Joe Bastardi In response to the article in the Boulder Stand by Tom Yulsman: http://www.theboulderstand.org/2012/03/24/climate-skeptics-on-record-heat-have-a-nice-big-slice-of-cherry-pie/ I have…

UCAR on Blocking Highs, heat waves, and modeling limits

Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. writes: Candid Admission By UCAR – “Blocking The Way – Predicting The Atmospheric Detours That Lead To Weather Troubles” There was an interesting article in the Fall issue of the UCAR Magazine titled by Bob Henson titled Blocking The Way – Predicting The Atmospheric Detours That Lead To Weather Troubles Although embedded in the article…

Rahmstorf’s new heat wave cherry twisty

Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. says exactly what I thought: this new paper from Rahmstorf is untrustworthy. He writes: Here is another good example why I have come to view parts of the climate science research enterprise with a considerable degree of distrust. A paper was released yesterday by PNAS, by Stefan Rahmstorf and Dim Coumou,…