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23 October 2014

Forecasters and Science Writers Knock Weather.Com For Hype

Forecasters and Science Writers Knock Weather.Com For Hype

A low-end nor’easter is bringing wind and rain to much of the Northeast U.S. this evening, and Gale Warnings have been posted in the Atlantic as well. As nor’easters go, this is not really a big one, and we will see far worse over the coming months, with some of them bringing snow instead of rain.This is what I told my viewers here in Maryland/ Delaware, and so did many …

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20 October 2014

Record Warm September Increases Odds that 2014 Will be Hottest on Record

Record Warm September Increases Odds that 2014 Will be Hottest on Record

From NOAA. From NOAA. NOAA announced today that both August and September were the hottest globally since reliable instrument records began in the 1880′s. From NOAA: Global Highlights The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for September 2014 was the highest on record for September, at 0.72°C (1.30°F) above the 20th century average of 15.0°C (59.0°F). The global land surface temperature was 0.89°C (1.60°F) above the 20th …

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19 October 2014

New Brian Cox Series Human Universe on BBC Two is Excellent. Will it air in America?

New Brian Cox Series Human Universe on BBC Two is Excellent. Will it air in America?

I was in the UK on holiday last week, and caught two episodes of Professor Brian Cox’s new series Human Universe on BBC Two. Once again, Cox was superb, and the BBC have shown that no one on the planet can match them in science programming. Hopefully BBC will air it on BBC America or perhaps they will sell it to PBS. Then again there are probably tons of illegal …

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17 October 2014

Another Well Written Defense of Science

Another Well Written Defense of Science

Jonathan Bines is a staff writer for Jimmy Kimmel and he has a piece in Huff Post that is superb- it deserves sharing and widely. In this memorable October, a lot of virologists (and disease experts) are getting a taste of what evolutionary biologists, and climate scientists have experienced. A quote from Bines: “Science cannot be refuted by appeals to intuition or personal experience, attacks on the character or motivations …

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16 October 2014

The Winter Forecast Is Out, and It’s Probably Wrong!

The Winter Forecast Is Out, and It's Probably Wrong!

  NOAA Released the 2014/2015 winter forecast today and it is probably wrong. I’m not taking a slam at NOAA here, they will also admit to you that the odds are that this forecast will not be correct. The truth is, that any forecast beyond 5-7 days has very low skill. That said, we cannot learn to make long-range forecasts unless we try, and that’s how science works: we make …

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Well Worth a Read: How Did We Become a Society Suspicious of Science?

Well Worth a Read: How Did We Become a Society Suspicious of Science?

I spotted this piece tonight by Keith Parsons a Professor of Philosophy at the Univ. of Houston-Clear lake. Well worth a read! He has a real point and it reminds me of Richard Feynman’s great quote: “Science is what we do keep from lying to ourselves”.

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The Ebola Outbreak Is Proof That We Humans Are Terrible at Evaluating Risk

The Ebola Outbreak Is Proof That We Humans Are Terrible at Evaluating Risk

There are at least 5,000 dead of Ebola in Africa and it is a real human tragedy no doubt, but when I turned on CNN Tuesday to get the latest on what is happening there, I ended up watching nearly two hours of news about two patients who have contracted the disease in America. They are still alive, and hopefully with good care will beat the disease, but I must …

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14 October 2014

Two in Row- September Follows August as Hottest on Record. 2014 May Be Hottest Ever.

Two in Row- September Follows August as Hottest on Record. 2014 May Be Hottest Ever.

Just like August, September was the hottest on record globally (according to NASA). NOAA maintains a different record, and will report their number any day now. The data sets use slightly different methods, but it’s a good bet that they will show a new record as well. NASA also has a graph showing the heat anomalies by latitude: NOAA’s National Climate Data Center created a very good info graphic that …

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13 October 2014

The New A-380 Airbus Is Indeed Amazing

The New A-380 Airbus Is Indeed Amazing

I’ve been rather quiet here for over a week for good reason: I’ve been on holiday in the UK, and Cornwall in particular. I’ll have some more to write about in the week ahead, but I thought I would share a few comments about the new A-380 airbus. It’s the biggest passenger plane in the World and British Airways just put it into service. I was lucky enough to fly …

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30 September 2014

The Devil In The Climate Change Details

The Devil In The Climate Change Details

  Greenland is melting, the oceans are warming, the sea is rising (and becoming more acidic), and the Arctic sea ice is in a serious decline (that seems to be faster than predicted). These are all things that those who work in climate science understand and accept. They also accept that they are almost certainly being caused by rising greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Yes, large portions of the public may not …

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