The Warmer The Icier

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach A WUWT commenter emailed me with a curious claim. I have described various emergent phenomena that regulate the surface temperature. These operate on time scales ranging from minutes to hours (e.g. dust devils, thunderstorms) to multi-decadal (e.g. Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, Pacific Decadal Oscillation). He suggested that there is also a…

Now that the ‘Ship of Fools’ is safe in Antarctica, tough questions need to be asked

UPDATE: Perhaps the headline was premature, the latest SITREP from the rescue ship Aurora Australis indicates they are having some trouble getting into open water. UPDATE2: It seems the cause of getting stuck was nothing more than dawdling while sightseeing. Since the Guardian reporters shown above probably won’t do anything but complain about beds and…

Newsbytes: Ship Of Fools Rescued At Last

 An Icy Blast Of Scepticism Greets Climate Expedition Rescuers in Antarctica have safely transferred all 52 passengers stranded on the ice-bound research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy. The Shokalskiy has been trapped since Christmas Eve. Its 22 crew are expected to remain on board to wait until the vessel becomes free. The ice-bound research vessel has been…

AMSA: Helicopter rescue of Akademik Shokalskiy completed

UPDATE: So much for that… Sea ice conditions are now likely to delay today’s planned rescue of passengers from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy. http://t.co/snGYZnqmNM — AMSA News (@AMSA_News) January 2, 2014 And now it is apparently on again AMSA is awaiting confirmation that the Antarctica rescue operation has begun. — AMSA News (@AMSA_News) January 2,…

WUWT and WeatherBell help KUSI-TV with a weather forecasting request from ice-trapped ship in Antarctica Akademik Shokalskiy

Today, while shopping at lunchtime for some last minute year end supplies, I got one of the strangest cell-phone calls ever. It was from my friend John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel and Chief meteorologist at KUSI-TV in San Diego. He was calling via cell phone from his car, and he was on…

The Antarctic ‘research’ fiasco – ‘would you, could you, in a boat’?

This will be a top “sticky” post for awhile since interest is high – new stories will appear below this one – Anthony UPDATE: Josh channels the boat people UPDATE2: Another irony is discovered, this one doubly deep.  See update 2 below. UPDATE3: see WUWT and Weatherbell help KUSI-TV with a weather forecasting request from ice-trapped…

On data losses -vs- geography in Cowtan and Way 2013: data dropout may account for most of the recent observed differences

At Climate Audit, Roman M. has a very interesting analysis that shows the surface grid cell losses from HadCRUT4 in C&W. It hones in on the issue of why the temperature differences from 2005 are much more significant than the earlier part of the record. Data loss seems to be recently seasonally large, especially in…

Claim: atmosphere heats the oceans, melts Antarctic ice shelf

From Penn State Underlying ocean melts ice shelf, speeds up glacier movement Warm ocean water, not warm air, is melting the Pine Island Glacier’s floating ice shelf in Antarctica and may be the culprit for increased melting of other ice shelves, according to an international team of researchers. “We’ve been dumping heat into the atmosphere…

The WUWT Hot Sheet for September 12th, 2013

Climate models wildly overestimated global warming, study finds Can you rely on the weather forecast? Maybe not, at least when it comes to global warming predictions over short time periods. That’s the upshot of a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change that compared 117 climate predictions made in the 1990’s to the actual amount of…

New study: Antarctic and Greenland ice sheet melt may be natural event, no consensus on cause

Ice sheets are the largest potential source of future sea level rise – and they also possess the largest uncertainty over their future behaviour From the University of Bristol Continuous satellite monitoring of ice sheets needed to better predict sea-level rise The findings, published in Nature Geoscience, underscore the need for continuous satellite monitoring of…

Glacier in Antarctica does what glaciers do

From NASA, who has moved up from “Manhattans” to quarter states as a scale comparison unit: Antarctic Glacier Calves Iceberg One-Fourth Size of Rhode Island This week a European Earth-observing satellite confirmed that a large iceberg broke off of Pine Island Glacier, one of Antarctica’s largest and fastest moving ice streams. The rift that led…

New ideas on Antarctic ice sheet formation

From the University of Texas at Austin Scientists cast doubt on theory of what triggered Antarctic glaciation A team of U.S. and U.K. scientists has found geologic evidence that casts doubt on one of the conventional explanations for how Antarctica’s ice sheet began forming. Ian Dalziel, research professor at The University of Texas at Austin’s…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

The Week That Was: 2013-06-08 (June 8, 2013)  Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project ################################################### Quote of the Week: There is no harm in doubt and skepticism, for it is through these that new discoveries are made. Richard Feynman ################################################### Number of the Week: 73 ################################################### THIS WEEK: By…

Uncertainty be damned, let’s make ice and sea level projections anyway

‘A better path’ toward projecting, planning for rising seas on a warmer Earth From Princeton University, by Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications More useful projections of sea level are possible despite substantial uncertainty about the future behavior of massive ice sheets, according to Princeton University researchers. In two recent papers in the journals Nature Climate…

Categorical Thinking and The Climate Debate

Guest post by Craig Loehle, Ph.D. We often hear this disconnect in the climate debate: sceptic Joe says “human impacts are small and likely not harmful”; alarmist Arthur says “humans are affecting the climate, therefore we must act now”. It is not possible to get the alarmist to answer the claim of the skeptic that…

The Coldest Journey Gets Colder

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I was saddened to get the news that Sir Ranulf Fiennes, OBE, has gotten frostbitten. As a result, he has been forced to give up his dream of a winter crossing of Antarctica, an expedition entitled The Coldest Journey. His public support of CO2 alarmism has led to perhaps somewhat…

First complete ice core record of last interglacial period shows the climate of Greenland to be significantly warmer than today

Study: ‘ Greenland ice sheet is not as sensitive to temperature increases and to ice melting and running out to sea in warm climate periods ‘. From the University of Copenhagen Greenland ice cores reveal warm climate of the past In the period between 130,000 and 115,000 years ago, Earth’s climate was warmer than today.…

Antarctic warming courtesy of Mr. Fix-it

Just a little something he threw together Guest Post by David Middleton First the breath-taking headlines… Scientists Report Faster Warming in Antarctica, New York Times (WUWT commentary) West Antarctic Ice Sheet warming twice earlier estimate, BBC West Antarctica warming much faster than previously believed, study finds, NBC Western Antarctica is warming three times faster than…

Glacially modeled snow job

From the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)  Alarmism, I think maybe they are a bit unclear on the concept of how glaciers work. As snowfall varies with the seasons, the flow of ice speeds up and slows down. Besides, it isn’t real data, but just another modeling scenario tweaked for a particular outcome.…

Why ice loss and sea level measurements via satellite and the new Shepherd et al paper are highly uncertain at the moment

There’s a paper (Shepherd et al) on ice loss and sea level rise that has been making the rounds in media (such as this article in Science Recorder, claiming it validates global warming) that is causing some stir, mainly because it has a powerfully written press release combined with a volume of researchers (47 scientists),…

Alice in Wonderland science

Our energy and environment deserve better – in South Africa and Qatar Guest post by Dr. Kelvin Kemm A few weeks ago, perhaps as a prologue to the “global warming disaster” convention in Doha, Qatar, South Africa’s Department of Environment Affairs took out a full-page advertisement in our country’s newspapers, promoting National Marine Week. The…

NASA on Earth’s bipolar sea ice behavior

Opposite Behaviors? Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks, Antarctic Grows September 2012 witnessed two opposite records concerning sea ice. Two weeks after the Arctic Ocean’s ice cap experienced an all-time summertime low for the satellite era (left), Antarctic sea ice reached a record winter maximum extent (right). But sea ice in the Arctic has melted at a…

There ‘could’ be more Antarctic melt worries

While the Antarctic is making new records for more ice this week, we have another press release with “could” science in it. Image: National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Timing is everything I guess, but I really have to wonder how “…warming waters in the Southern Ocean are connected intimately with the movement of…

RC’s Dr. Eric Steig boreholes himself on Antarctica

This is something that needs wider circulation, hence its appearance here. I’ve been mulling over how to best present this, and decided there’s nothing I could do in the way of excerpts that still told the story effectively, so I decided to present it in full. I’m pretty sure Jeff won’t mind. Readers may recall…

Claim: Fates of polar ice sheets appear to be linked

From the National Science Foundation – Press Release 12-115 Remote Siberian Lake Holds Clues to Arctic–and Antarctic–Climate Change Keys to climate change lie buried beneath “Lake E” in the Russian Arctic. Credit and Larger Version Intense warm climate intervals–warmer than scientists thought possible–have occurred in the Arctic over the past 2.8 million years. That result…