2 August 2015

New Paper Shows Global Climate Model Errors are Significantly Less Than Thought

New Paper Shows Global Climate Model Errors are Significantly Less Than Thought

Imagine I look at a numerical weather model forecast that predicts the temp. at 5 PM the next day, will be 30C where I live. The next day, I go out at 5 PM and measure 29C instead. Was the model wrong? Probably, since models are just numerical representations of the atmosphere with some processes explicitly predicted, while other processes (like clouds) approximated from other model variables. There is also …

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29 July 2015

USGS- The Chesapeake Bay Region Is Sinking While The Sea Rises

USGS- The Chesapeake Bay Region Is Sinking While The Sea Rises

Sea level is rising rapidly around the Chesapeake Bay. Faster actually, than nearly any other place on the East Coast of North America, and only a few spots along the Gulf Coast are recording a faster rate. The reason has been suspected for quite a while, but now a new study published in the journal of the Geological Society of America has confirmed the cause, and the news is not good. …

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27 July 2015

Europe Doesn’t Just Have Better Roads, Faster Trains, and Nicer Airports. They Have Better Weather Satellites, and More Accurate Weather Models.

Europe Doesn't Just Have Better Roads, Faster Trains, and Nicer Airports. They Have Better Weather Satellites, and More Accurate Weather Models.

..and don’t get me started about roundabouts either, because that’s a whole other blog post! Seriously though, our once number one position in atmospheric science is long gone, and there are few signs of that changing. Yes, we will launch a weather satellite next year that will be as good or perhaps better than Europe’s Meteosat, but they have an even better one on the drawing board,while Japan has us …

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What’s Funny About That? Quite a Bit Actually!

What's Funny About That? Quite a Bit Actually!

 What happens when you write a blog that is so full of misinformation, and incorrect assumptions, that someone starts a separate a blog to correct the mistakes? Well, for one thing you get some good laughs, and at times a real feeling of Schadenfreude!  I’m talking about the blog What’s up With That (WUWT) and Hot Whopper which corrects the bad science posted there on a daily basis. If you don’t …

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25 July 2015

Learning Physics on YouTube Can Be Very Entertaining

Learning Physics on YouTube Can Be Very Entertaining

UPDATE: Hours after finishing this piece about physics online, I see a TED talk by John Green covering exactly the same subject with some great examples and his enthusiasm for it matches my own. So, enjoy the TED video below, and check out some of the real science on YouTube. I know you will have to wade through the Moon landing hoax,chemtrail,Clinton killed JFK junk, but there is a lot …

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22 July 2015

Why Using El Nino to Forecast the Winter is Risky

Why Using El Nino to Forecast the Winter is Risky

The image above shows how very strong the developing El Nino in the Pacific, is compared to the 1997 event (which is the strongest on record). Since El Nino events usually peak in the later fall/winter, it sure looks like we are in for one of the strongest ever, if not perhaps a record breaker, but look closer at those two images. They are different. Notice the very warm water …

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20 July 2015

NOAA: June 2015 Hottest On Record Globally

NOAA: June 2015 Hottest On Record Globally

  From NOAA: The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2015 was the highest for the month of June since record keeping began in 1880. The first half of the year (January–June) was also record warm. (Last year 2014, was the hottest year on record, but so far 2015 is beating it, and with the strong El Nino underway, and CO2 levels past 400 ppm, the …

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Deep Space Climate Observatory Snaps Earth from a Million Miles Out

Deep Space Climate Observatory Snaps Earth from a Million Miles Out

Forty-six years ago today I set beside my Great Grandmother, who walked to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) behind a covered wagon, and listened to Armstrong and Aldrin land on the Moon. While the photos of the Moon from the Apollo astronauts were dramatic, it was the pictures they took looking back at Earth that changed the way we think about our planet. Today, we got another one of those photos …

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Peabody Coals World of Illusion

Peabody Coals World of Illusion

Clayton Aldern at GRIST has a look at the world of climate denial through eyes smeared with coal dust, and it’s rather frightening. You almost have to ask yourself if they really believe this stuff. Even when you make the “Upton Sinclair adjustment” (“It’s nearly impossible to convince someone of something when their paycheck depends on it not being so”), you are still left with the equivalent of someone holding their …

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19 July 2015

XKCD’s Take on Pluto

XKCD's Take on Pluto

In case you missed it, the XKCD cartoon has a nice take on Pluto. This reminds me of the classic cartoon on the electromagnetic spectrum.   Oh and while we are on the subject of cartoons- Opus is back! There is something about geeks and Bloom County that I can’t put my finger on, but nearly all my fellow geeks did a snoopy dance when they saw that Berke Breathed …

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