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19 June 2017

Fire & Rain, and Heat as Well.

Intense heat, with low humidity has led to a horrible catastrophe in Portugal. The hot and dry weather in Europe led to a firestorm in Portugal that killed at least 60 people. A strong upper level high pressure system will stay over the area tomorrow and little or no rain is in sight. This high pressure is bringing warm weather all the way into the UK with highs tomorrow in …

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15 June 2017

Clean Energy Powered 10% of America in March

Look at this graph. The Energy Information Administration data for March 2017 shows 10% of U.S. power came from wind and solar, a level unimaginable two decades ago. The graph below shows the clean power by state: Now, look at the death of coal: Clean Energy Is Winning The Price Race We are living through a total upheaval in the way the world produces energy, and clean energy is rapidly becoming …

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13 June 2017

An Anthropogenic Heat Advisory

So, why such a small Heat Advisory? Look at the temps. at 11 PM EDT Monday night: Note the temps. in Central Philadelphia and Wilmington are around 6-10 degrees F. warmer than the surrounding areas. Yes it’s the urban heat island effect, and Philly has a big one.The extra heat pushed Philly beyond the criteria for a Heat Advisory, while areas away from the city were not hot enough. You may …

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7 June 2017

The Most Important Military Forecast in History

My friend and fellow meteorologist Paul Gross (WDIV-TV Detroit) is an expert on the D-Day weather forecast and we have had several long talks about it. He posted a piece on it today. My Father had a good friend who came ashore at Omaha Beach and I took my Dad to see it shortly before his death. A friend who is retired from the BBC actually worked under Group Captain Stagg who …

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6 June 2017

The Clown Just Popped Out of the Box!

Since the U.S. pulled out of the Paris accord last week, old climate myths have been crawling out of their coffins. This includes some real winners from the past like “They said in the 70’s we were going to freeze to death!”, but I have yet to hear the “but grapes grew in Greenland!” claim. Just in case, John Cook at Skeptical Science has a long list of these along …

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1 June 2017

AGU RESPONDS TO TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S DECISION REGARDING THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

1 June 2017     Washington, D.C. – The following statement is attributable to Chris McEntee, Executive Director and CEO of the American Geophysical Union: “When signed in December 2015, the Paris Agreement marked a historic moment. Representatives of 195 nations came together to commit to lowering greenhouse gas emissions to help slow the far-reaching effects of climate change to the nation and the world. Today, in making a troubling, …

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31 May 2017

The Remarkable Things You See in Ice Cores-Like the Black Death

A new paper is out in the AGU journal GeoHealth and it shows something that is truly remarkable. Researchers looked at lead concentrations in an ice core from a glacier on the Swiss-Italy border. They wanted to know if there was a natural background of lead pollution and they pretty much got there answer. There is not. What’s remarkable though is how they found out: The Black Death. When the …

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28 May 2017

How To Get Your Science Noticed? Get The Government to Try and Cover It Up!

Raul Grijalva, the ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, sent a hot letter this week to the Secretary of the Interior. It was about the removal of the first line of a USGS press release last week. The press release was about a newly published paper showing a dramatic increase in coastal flooding as sea level rises, and I wrote about it last week here. Even Richard Nixon …

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25 May 2017

GOES-R Will Become GOES-East

It was highly likely that the new GOES-R satellite (Now GOES 16) would be moved to where the GOES-East satellite is now when it becomes operational in November. This is now official, with the announcement coming from NOAA today. By moving GOES 16 to 75 degrees east, we will see virtually all of the Tropical Atlantic and still have good coverage of the U.S. all the way past the Rockies. The …

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23 May 2017

Deleting Science That is Politically Inconvenient Will Backfire

A major paper on the impact of sea-level rise is out today. FYI: The first line of this USGS release about the paper is missing the first line: “Global climate change drives sea-level rise, increasing the frequency of coastal flooding.” It was removed by political appointees in the Interior Dept. The Washington Post broke that story here:  The press release is here: https://www.usgs.gov/news/next-decades-frequency-coastal-flooding-will-double-globally I did a related story this week …

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