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18 May 2019

Northern Mockingbird: 1 Red Tail Hawk: Nil

This is definitely my first post regarding birds but this is something you have to watch. A Northern Mockingbird goes after a Red Tail Hawk for intruding in its area. This is from the WBOC Weather camera on top of the bell tower at Salisbury University. I shot it with my iPhone on our very large monitor in the weather office. The Mockingbird bothered him for over 30 minutes before …

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16 May 2019

Who Is Doing a Good Job Covering Climate?

The NY Times and the Washington Post are among the few major media outlets that I would give at least a B grade on their climate coverage.  Most deserve an F, but there are strong signs that this is about to change (See my previous post). This past Sunday the Washington Post magazine had 24 of their climate change covers and it is worth sharing. I talked to a group …

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1 May 2019

Covering Climate Change- The Media Pledges To Do Better.

I spent today in New York attending an event for journalists about covering climate change. It was sponsored by the Columbia Journalism Review and it was packed. I was asked to be on a panel early in the day and it’s well worth watching (See below, the event was taped). Although it was mainly an event for journalists, my fellow meteorologists Jeff Bernadelli and Bernadette Woods attended as well, so …

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11 April 2019

Hey Kentucky, Your Congressman Thinks You’re Foolish

Former Sec. of State John Kerry ran into a climate denial time machine today in Congress. The clip from CNN is below. Watch it, and then I’ll explain what Kentucky Congressman Massie doesn’t seem to understand about Earth’s climate. The question I have is why did he didn’t just ask an atmospheric scientist?? I think I know the answer, so read on. Watch the clip: So here is the NOAA …

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21 March 2019

One of The Most Iconic Science Images of 20th Century Science is 20 years Old.

When we look back on 20th-century science a few decades from now, a few images that stand out above the rest. Earthrise may be the most famous. It was taken by Apollo 8 Astronaut Bill Anders 50 years ago last December. I’ve written before about how that single image changed the way we humans see our planet.  Here’s another image that also led to a dramatic change in how we see …

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7 March 2019

Thoughts on the Lee County Alabama Tornado: Worthless Sirens and Unsafe Mobile Homes

I’m hearing the same familiar refrain after the Lee County Alabama tornado last week. Newspaper reports saying there was little warning while residents say they never heard the sirens. Sirens Are So Last Century Let’s get the sirens out of the way first. They are not (and never were) designed to be heard indoors. We are talking 1930’s technology, and while some days it may not seem like it, we …

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22 February 2019

Things You Should Probably Stop Saying to Your Meteorologist

Meteorologist Dakota Smith posted the following video. You should check out his YouTube channel as well. Spot on Dakota!

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20 February 2019

January 2019 Was Third Hottest On Record, and No It’s Not a”Natural Cycle.”

NOAA announced today that January was the third hottest on record and the ten warmest have all been since 2002. Think about that for a second. If you think that the climate is not changing, then that statistic is impossible to reconcile. Oh, you may say that this is just a warm period globally, and the thermometer record is not long enough to have any meaning. Well, that record is extended …

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31 January 2019

Note to the Media: Getting Science/Weather Stories Right Matters Just As Much As Any Other

The cold hard scientific truth is that the polar vortex is 6 (plus) kilometers high and located south of Hudson Bay tonight. It never reached the American Midwest, and every story you’ve seen or read about it (except perhaps one or two notable exceptions) have been wrong. Indeed, the Washington Post is not the only one to post “polar vortex” headlines that were dead wrong this week. It’s turned into an …

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29 January 2019

The Climate Threat is Much Worse Than You Think, But There’s Still Hope

I know a lot of people are tired of hearing the title of this post, but it’s true. The threat we face from climate change is a lot worse than you think it is. There is near unanimous agreement that we must strive to keep the Earth’s temperature from going above 2 degrees C from the pre-industrial times, and better yet would be holding it to 1.5 C. That’s not …

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