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28 September 2013

IPCC Assessment 5 Summary for Policymakers and NCAR Conference Call

The IPCC WG1 Summary for Policy makers it out. Click the image for the pdf: The NCAR Audio is HERE. See my previous posts for more background and explanation.

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Some Background Reading To Better Understand The 5th IPCC Report

This is a re-post from: The Yale Forum here points to several of its postings written to improve understanding of the wealth of climate data that will begin to emerge later this week from the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.   With the initial release of the first volume of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT on Friday, September 27, The Yale Forum points to several of …

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24 September 2013

Worth a Read- The Case Against High School Sports

I’m way under the weather (That I accurately predicted by the way!). So this is what I want to share today. Is this a substantial cause of the fact that U.S. students are now 31st in the world in Math?? The author of the piece below wrote THIS BOOK which I am now reading. Click the image to read the Atlantic piece.

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22 September 2013

The Real Uncertainties In Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release its 5th assessment report next Friday in Sweden. It’s the work of over 200 scientists, who have put together a summary of the peer-reviewed science published over the last several years, and it will almost certainly be bad news. You’re almost certain to hear some very ridiculous things in the coming days by those who fear the consequences of reducing our …

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20 September 2013

Super Typhoon Usagi Approaches Taiwan With 250 km/hr Winds

Typhoon Usagi is the meanest storm on the planet right now and actually all year. Winds reached 160 mph, making it the same as a Cat 5 hurricane. The animated satellite image below from (CIMMS at the Univ. of Wisconsin) shows a very small eye indicating an intense storm with extreme winds. It will brush the south coast of Taiwan tomorrow and then head to near Hong Kong. Water temps …

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18 September 2013

I LOVE This In So Many Ways

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Have You Seen These Pictures Of The Colorado Flooding?

The Atlantic has some amazing images of the flooding from various sources. Click the image below to see them. When you finish looking at those, read what my friend Bob Henson (at the National Center For Atmospheric Research) in Boulder had to say about this flooding. Some of the top atmospheric scientists in the world work at NCAR, and this flood event is sure to be studied like few others. …

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16 September 2013

Voyager 1, Distance, and The CNN Salute

Last week’s news that Voyager 1 had become the first human made object to enter interstellar space gave almost everyone a pause, including me. I was a young and dumb freshman student at the University of Oklahoma that fall, trying to get my head around calculus as  matter of fact. It’s been thirty-six years, and my hair is gray, but Voyager travels on. I suspect a lot of teachers around …

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13 September 2013

Floods Wreak Havoc Along Colorado Front Range

The flooding continues in Colorado tonight, and model guidance indicates there is more to come through the night. A plume of tropical moisture can be seen clearly on the GOES water vapor images, and this plume is bringing a lot of moisture straight out if the Tropical Pacific into Colorado. Up-slope winds are blowing from the Kansas prairies, where there is a load of warm moist air from the Gulf …

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12 September 2013

Frogs In Space…..

Apparently this image is not a fake. A Virginia frog that was in the wrong place in space and time… Happened last Friday during the launch of the LADEE mission at Wallops Island in Virginia.

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