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22 February 2018

Astounding Warmth In the Eastern U.S. and Across the Arctic

The big weather story in February has not been snow, but the astounding heat. The Danish Meteorological Institute has a station on the Arctic Ocean in Northern Greenland. While in total darkness, and just 400 miles from the North Pole, the temperature there climbed above freezing Tuesday! Look at the records across the Eastern U.S. Tuesday afternoon. Boston hit 70° F Tuesday, which is only the third 70-degree temperature recorded in  February …

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12 February 2018

The BBC’s New 14 day Weather Forecasts Are Bollocks

I have no problem with the BBC dropping the UK Met office for their forecasting and going with a private company. and their new on-air weather graphics are actually quite good. HOWEVER Their new 14-day deterministic weathercasts are (in terms the average UK bloke will readily understand) bollocks. Make no mistake, forecasts are getting better and better. A report (a few years back) estimated that reliable forecasts are increasing by about a …

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6 February 2018

Nerds Rule, Tesla in Space!

Today was a day that will long be remembered. Perhaps the most iconic images from space since the Apollo era as Elon Musk’s red Tesla climbed away from the Earth as millions watched it live. The images below are not fake. They are real, and from a video camera by the Tesla. You gotta love the car tag as well: Don’t Panic. THIS is how you make science cool. I …

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4 February 2018

Groundhog Day From A Meteorologist’s Perspective

When I referred to Punxsutawney Phil as “that rat in Pennsylvania” on air last week, I received a hot email from a viewer upset about it (The groundhog is indeed a rodent but explaining this did no good). I also had the following Twitter message: I think Ashton is correct, and I know where she is coming from. I’d agree that most people do indeed know that Punxsutawney Phil or …

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30 January 2018

American Meteorological Society Corrects Presidential Climate Theories

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26 January 2018

Countless Numbers of Americans are Treating the Flu with Sugar Pills.

The flu bug is bad this year, but it seems that countless thousands of Americans are treating it with sugar pills. The product below is being sold by big brand pharmacies and there is nothing in it but sugar. When I saw this infographic from the Questionist.com I laughed. It’s diluted to 10-400 ! Just to give you an idea of how small that is, there are only 1078 atoms in the …

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21 January 2018

Visitors to Our National Parks Deserve the Unvarnished Truth about History and Science

Note: The following is a guest post by Brian Ettling. It’s from his own blog, and I’m indebted to him for allowing me to share it here. I met Brian briefly at the AGU Science meeting in San Francisco a few years ago, and what he has to say is important. “A man or woman could hardly ask for a better way to make a living than as a seasonal …

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18 January 2018

2017 Was Another Year of Amazing Heat. It’s not Natural, and It IS the Greenhouse Gases

NASA and NOAA both announced their global temperature results for 2017 today. NASA says it was the second warmest year on record and NOAA which does the analysis slightly differently came up with the 3rd hottest. Interestingly, if you remove the impacts of El Nino and La Nina, 2017 was THE hottest on record (see below). Forest Vs. Trees There are only three things that affect Earth’s temperature: Incoming radiation …

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17 January 2018

GOES-16 Lightning Detector Spots Michigan Meteor

My friend and superb meteorologist Paul Gross at WDIV has just posted some new info on the meteor last night in lower Michigan. It was loud, it rocked seismograms and it was even seen by an instrument on the GOES-16 weather satellite! Paul has a piece just posted with some cool info about this. My first thought last night was if the Geostationary Lightning Mapper on the GOES-16 might have spotted it, …

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15 January 2018

What Science Really Knows About The Asteroid That Took Out T-Rex and his Friends.

NOTE: I had the wrong video posted. Fixed now. Every time I watch a TV show about a science field other than atmospheric science I have to remind myself that I’m being given a very simplified version. Sometimes too simplified, and I know it because when I watch a show on atmospheric science, I often cringe. This is true even on programs like NOVA because you can read the script for …

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