20 February 2017

The Fake Science News In Nearly Every Newspaper Today

The Fake Science News In Nearly Every Newspaper Today

There’s been a lot of talk about fake news recently, and there are definitely some media outlets that seem to be major purveyors of it. The Daily Mail in London is a good example. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a story about science that they got right. Not one. Now, I love the Washington Post, so don’t get me wrong here, but I found a glaring chunk of outrageously …

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18 February 2017

The Real Surprise Behind the 3rd Hottest January on Record

The Real Surprise Behind the 3rd Hottest January on Record

The planet’s temperature oscillates a little, between El Nino events and La Nina events. El Nino’s warm the planet a few tenths of a degree, while La Nina events cool it by about that much. The stronger the event the bigger the effect, so a strong El Nino makes it more likely that we will see a new hottest month on record, while a strong La Nina makes that more unlikely.  …

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14 February 2017

New GOES-16 Weather Satellite Sees Monday’s Low Pressure Bomb

New GOES-16 Weather Satellite Sees Monday's Low Pressure Bomb

I wrote yesterday about the storm that exploded off the coast of the Mid-Atlantic on Monday, and now you can see it develop from GOES-16. This animation was released today of the storm exploding as it moved out to sea. This explosive cyclogenesis produced hurricane force winds in the Atlantic, and winds over 50 mph on the coast from Maryland to Boston. This view is one of the three water vapour …

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We Call This a Bomb

We Call This a Bomb

When a weak low-pressure system suddenly intensifies and becomes an intense storm, we call the low “a bomb”, because the storm suddenly explodes. Meteorologists have actually defined “a bomb” as explosive cyclogenesis with a pressure drop of 24 millibars or more in 24 hours. This storm easily made the cut, and the image above is a classic example of one. This low passed over Maryland Sunday afternoon, and brought sunshine …

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12 February 2017

Astonishing February Heat From Colorado to Oklahoma, and Into The High Arctic

Astonishing February Heat From Colorado to Oklahoma, and Into The High Arctic

Denver reached 80 degrees Friday, smashing their record high for the 10th of February by 9 degrees, but wait, there’s more. They also saw their hottest February temperature on record, and records there go back to 1872! Grant was President of the U.S. when temperature records began in Denver. Colorado Springs, and Pueblo, also saw their hottest February day on record. The heat shifted south into Oklahoma today and Oklahoma City smashed their …

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9 February 2017

GOES-R Solar Instruments are Working!

The GOES-R (now GOES-16) instruments continue to be checked out and calibrated. This from, NASA today: On January 21, 2017, the GOES-16 Extreme Ultraviolet and X-Ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) observed solar flares.  Credits: NOAA/NASA Solar flares are huge eruptions of energy on the sun and often produce clouds of plasma traveling more than a million miles an hour.  When these clouds reach Earth they can cause radio communications blackouts, disruptions …

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8 February 2017

Support for A Clean Energy Economy is Higher Than You Might Think

Support for A Clean Energy Economy is Higher Than You Might Think

Ed Maibach and his group at George Mason University are out with another report about how American’s feel about climate change and clean energy. Prepare to be surprised by the level of support in this survey, which targeted strongly conservative voters. I talk often to groups about climate change and science and find these surveys indispensable in knowing my audience. Ed, John Cook*, and I are planning a joint talk at the …

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6 February 2017

The Graph The Daily Mail Does Not Want You To See

The Graph The Daily Mail Does Not Want You To See

The Daily Mail says that NOAA is manipulating the climate data! No, really? That’s certainly a first for them. NOT. Here is a graph they published as proof. Now, there is just one tiny problem, well actually, there are a bunch of them. The Hadley (UK) data is based on an average from 1961-1990 while the NOAA data they plotted is based on 1901-2000. The baseline choice does not make …

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A Whole Lot of Honkin Going On!

A Whole Lot of Honkin Going On!

While driving near Snow Hill, Maryland today, I came across a real spectacle; thousands of Snow Geese.  Were they loud you ask? Let’s just say there was a whole lotta honking going on! I had my Canon 5D with me, so I jumped out and grabbed the pictures above/below. The Eastern Shore of Maryland and all of Delaware are an east coast birders paradise, so we’re used to seeing a wide variety of birds. The …

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5 February 2017

Science, Government, and the Environment. Society of Environmental Journalists Seminar

Science, Government, and the Environment. Society of Environmental Journalists Seminar

The Society of Environmental Journalists held a mini-conference today (Saturday, 4 Feb. 2017), which I’d hoped to attend; Instead, I ended up watching the video replay (see video below.) Kudos to AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein. He was involved in organising the conference, and you can watch a lot of it below. Right off, let me say that you should not miss the talk by my friend Ed Maibach of George Mason University. …

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