21 November 2014

2014 On Way to Hottest Year on Record

2014 On Way to Hottest Year on Record

My friends at Climate Central produced an excellent video that you should see and share.

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20 November 2014

And This Weeks Most Scientifically Illiterate Post on Twitter Goes To…

And This Weeks Most Scientifically Illiterate Post on Twitter Goes To...

The Heartland Institute long ago proved that they are not among the scientifically literate, but today they posted a real “LMAO fall in the floor laughing” tweet on their twitter account. Let’s talk about just how preposterous this is, and how it shows an absolute total lack of the ability to reason. So, here are 10 reasons why my little dog Riley has greater critical thinking skills than anyone who …

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19 November 2014

Western New York Buried By Lake Effect Snow Blizzard

Western New York Buried By Lake Effect Snow Blizzard

You could hardly put together a better synoptic weather set-up for a HUGE lake effect snow event than what happened today in Buffalo. A mid-January type outbreak of Polar air rushing across the Great Lakes (that are still “November warm”), and the result is nearly 4-5 feet of snow in Western New York.Travel is totally stopped to the South (and southeast) of Buffalo this evening, and heavy lake effect is …

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18 November 2014

Seeing with Your Own Eyes- What You Can’t See with Your Own Eyes

Seeing with Your Own Eyes- What You Can't See with Your Own Eyes

This is a pretty amazing video from NASA Goddard. Worth a watch!

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14 November 2014

Indian Summer For The End of November?

Indian Summer For The End of November?

There are growing sign,s that after one more blast of even colder air next week, we will see some much warmer air over the Central and Eastern U.S. as we head into Thanksgiving. Indian summer may be on the way! The forecast below is based on an average of many long-range model runs of the Climate Forecast System. Research shows that an average of model runs provides a more accurate …

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13 November 2014

Some Really Good Science Journalism

Some Really Good Science Journalism

I saw three pieces of REALLY good science journalism today, and (in case you missed one or all three) here they are. I usually give top marks on science journalism to the BBC, but the best reporting (BY FAR) today on the Rosetta Probe and it’s Philae Lander came from MSNBC host Rachael Maddow. Well worth a watch: Next is a piece by my friend Bob Henson (who is trying …

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11 November 2014

The iPhone 6 Pressure Sensor- It’s REALLY Good

The iPhone 6 Pressure Sensor- It's REALLY Good

The new iPhone 6 has a pressure sensor, and this may very well be the beginning of a massive increase in atmospheric weather observations. It comes at a time when computer power is making it possible to run numerical weather models at resolutions we’ve only dreamed of in the past. NOAA is already running a model with a resolution of 3km (the HRRR), and the UK Met office just bought …

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8 November 2014

Note to National Media- Stop Using the Term Polar Vortex!

Note to National Media- Stop Using the Term Polar Vortex!

In spite of valiant attempts by my fellow broadcast meteorologists to stop it, the so-called polar vortex is back and being blamed for just about everything again. Let me show you why this is dead wrong, and if you see a story in mass media blaming a cold air outbreak on the polar vortex, I can say categorically that it’s wrong. DEAD WRONG. There IS such a thing as a┬ápolar …

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7 November 2014

El Nino Threat Diminishing?? Modoki El Nino Coming?

El Nino Threat Diminishing?? Modoki El Nino Coming?

NOAA released an update on the El Nino Southern Oscillation this week, and the odds of an El Nino are down to 58%. One of the main reasons for this is that the atmosphere has not responded to the rather weak warming in the Eastern Pacific. El Nino is not just an ocean warming, it is an ocean atmosphere interaction and so far the atmosphere has just not picked up …

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Confidential for Biology Students In Gilbert, AZ. (Here are the pages your school board is tearing out of your biology books.)

Confidential for Biology Students In Gilbert, AZ. (Here are the pages your school board is tearing out of your biology books.)

Being a fan of Copernicus and Galileo, I understand well how it must feel to an author of a text book to have his work banned/destroyed by the political and religious leaders of the day. So for those of you taking AP Biology (and hope to pass the test and get college credit), here are the pages that will be missing from your biology book. I hope my fellow science …

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