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19 April 2018

An April Sizzle in London

It was an April day to remember in old London. The UK Met office reported a temperature in St. James’s Park in central London today of 25.7° C. That is a very warm day for the UK in July or August and this was the hottest April day in London since 1949. Even in North Wales, at Gresford, the temperature reached  25° C (77°F). The reason for the heat is …

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16 April 2018

Notes From A Slow Motion Disaster

Assateague Nat. Seashore is one of the jewels of Maryland and I never tire of soaking in the beauty of this windswept barrier island at the edge of the continent. This past weekend I grabbed my camera and spent some time with the famous pony’s on the back side of the barrier island away from the beach. While doing so, I noticed something that few visitors would: climate change underway …

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7 April 2018

School Hours – Beyond Daylight Savings Time

Note: I recently wrote about the controversies that arise every time we change the clocks to and from summer time, and how setting a fixed year-round time always involves school start times. The very early school start times across the U.S. are a growing issue, and I heard from Lisa VanBuskirk right away about it. I invited her to write a guest post, and while it’s outside of my usual fare, …

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2 April 2018

Gavin Schmidt and Richard Alley’s Talk to a Full House at the Smithsonian

Anyone doing a presentation about Earth’s past climate has heard the same question. It goes something along the lines of: “How can you know what the weather was like ten thousand years ago? You weren’t there and neither was anyone else alive!” Here’s the thing though: How we know is really fascinating, and not knowing, doesn’t make it any less certain or true. Paleoclimate is my favorite subject of the many …

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23 March 2018

Miami Meteorologist John Morales Says No To False Balance

You’ve seen it many times on TV and in print: A story/discussion about climate change includes an interview with a knowledgeable researcher in the field, followed/paired with the opinion of someone who has no expertise at all. Some journalists call this giving both sides, but in reality, it’s not journalism. The real name is False Balance, and many of those with scientific expertise are refusing to be a part of it. Universities make the …

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21 March 2018

Four in A Row! Is Tomorrow’s Snow Storm Related to Melting Ice in the Arctic?

Just because it seems like it, doesn’t mean it is so. A subjective feeling means nothing more than,” I wonder if this is true”. Science goes by the data, so when it seems like there have been a lot of snowy winters in the Northeast U.S. over the last couple of decades, you need to see if that has indeed been the case. Then (and only then!) can you ask, what …

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12 March 2018

Why We Don’t Have Year-Round Daylight Time and Why We Should Fix it.

The Problem is Sunrise, NOT Sunset! Let’s face it, daylight saving or summer time (Europe) is popular. Everyone seems to enjoy the extra evening daylight, but the change back and forth twice a year is indeed a pain, so I have a proposal for fixing this. It will work well in the Eastern U.S. and for much of the country if we do it right. The objections to staying on …

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8 March 2018

Look at What the Coastal Storms Have Done to the Chesapeake Bay

  It is amazing what we can see from satellite remote sensing now. Check out what the NOAA Satellite and Information Service says about it: The Chesapeake Bay is experiencing high sediment throughout the Bay, due to several different simultaneous events. River discharge from the Susquehanna River at the north end of Bay has been high (more than 100,000 cubic feet per second) for approximately two weeks, and the high winds …

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5 March 2018

Arctic Sea Ice May Be About To Set Another Record Low

Earth science community is all watching the Arctic sea ice right now. We are very close to the winter maximum extent, and it may very well be the lowest on record. The ice has grown slowly due to the incredibly warm temperatures across the region compared to the average. Look how warm the entire Arctic was on 25 February.   Since then, it has cooled somewhat. here are today’s anomalies. …

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24 February 2018

We are Not Amused. The Ridiculous Comment Every Meteorologist has Heard.

Meteorologist Keith Carson at WCSH in Maine likes to give grief in the form of facts to flat-earthers and chemtrail believers, but he just did a report that covers a comment that every meteorologist has heard many times: It must be nice to get paid to be wrong! My usual response is to point out that my batting average is higher than the best Major League Baseball player and then ask …

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