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16 January 2017

The Most Beloved Weather Forecast You’ve Never Heard About

The Most Beloved Weather Forecast You've Never Heard About

If you are reading this from the UK, you know already know what this post is about, but to those outside the UK, the “Shipping Forecast” is mostly unknown.  It’s far more than a weather forecast, it’s an institution, with many more listeners on dry land than at sea! The Shipping Forecast is issued by the UK Met Office and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 around daybreak, and after midnight …

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13 January 2017

A Top Scientist Who Makes The Complex Simple

A Top Scientist Who Makes The Complex Simple

I could not make it this year, but the Glen Gerberg Weather Summit (that my friend Dave Jones at StormCenter Communications hosts each January) is one of the best science seminars I’ve ever attended. One of the speakers on Wednesday was Dr. Jim White, who I spent two weeks with (as his guest) on top of the Greenland Ice cap at NEEM. Jim is a GREAT science communicator, with an …

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10 January 2017

NOAA- 2016 Second Hottest on Record in U.S.

NOAA- 2016 Second Hottest on Record in U.S.

Only 2012 was hotter than 2016 in the U.S., by .5 degrees F. It will not be official for a few more days but 2016 will be the hottest year globally as well for the third consecutive year. NASA will have their data out first and then NOAA.  and the Arctic Sea ice looks to be in a free fall…. via GIPHY

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3 January 2017

2016 Ends With Astonishing Warmth and Gloomy News from Antarctica

2016 Ends With Astonishing Warmth and Gloomy News from Antarctica

My fellow science geeks have been posting some rather astonishing climate plots on Twitter over the past few days, and it’s reached the point of doing a post about them. So here are some graphs/info about the warmth, along with some frightening news from Antarctica that didn’t get the attention it deserved. First of all, 2016 will be the new hottest year on record globally, and we’ve also reached 25 consecutive months …

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29 December 2016

The Smoking Gun of Arctic Warmth Leads To A Stunning Indictment

The Smoking Gun of Arctic Warmth Leads To A Stunning Indictment

It normally takes many months to get a paper through peer review and into a journal, but a group of scientists has released their detection and attribution study early, and it’s a stunning indictment. We now know the culprit for the astonishing Arctic warmth of November and December. It seemed very likely that the guilty party was rising greenhouse gasses with Arctic amplification as the accomplice, and that’s JUST what …

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22 December 2016

The United States of Warming

The United States of Warming

That’s what the folks at Climate Central called this animated GIF. Look how warm 2016 has been across the U.S.: Globally there is no doubt that 2016 will become the new hottest year on record globally, and look at the animation from NASA of the Arctic sea ice vanishing before our eyes. The High Arctic is extremely warm today, and I’m seeing some model output showing temps. may approach an …

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21 December 2016

Science Books Make Great Holiday Gifts – Especially These!

Science Books Make Great Holiday Gifts - Especially These!

There are few gifts better than books, so here’s a list of great science books for ages 13 and up, along with a brand new entry that is rapidly becoming a best seller. First, is Carl Sagan’s 1997 classic The Demon Haunted World. I frequently quote from it, and every true science geek will tell you they love this book. If it were up to me, it would be required …

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18 December 2016

Looking for a Life Changing Gift for a Young Girl- Try This!

Looking for a Life Changing Gift for a Young Girl- Try This!

First, watch this video by engineer Debbie Sterling: Now- go here: http://www.goldieblox.com/

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16 December 2016

What are the Odds of This Happening!

What are the Odds of This Happening!

Weather balloons, launched from the NWS offices around the country, are often found and they have instructions on where to mail them so they can be reconditioned and used again. Most are never seen again though, but what are the odds that the balloon from one NWS office would land on the roof of a house nearby ANOTHER one?? A thousand to one? At least!

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Two Broadcast Meteorologists Working to Separate the Real from the Fake

Two Broadcast Meteorologists Working to Separate the Real from the Fake

I’m often asked questions about climate science from colleagues who work in TV (and other media), and even they have a tough time separating the political propaganda surrounding climate change from the facts. Now if college grads, who are trained to sift fact from fiction are getting confused, imagine how it is for the public at large! This is where broadcast meteorologists have really stepped up. For many people, we …

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