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9 September 2015

Amazing View of North America at Night with the Aurora as Well

The Suomi Satellite continues to give us amazing pictures of our planet. hat tip to CIMMS for the image.

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6 September 2015

The Real Reason U.S. SAT Test Scores Keep Dropping

There is a piece on SLATE (by Laura Moser) about the continued drop in the SAT test scores of U.S high school students. The title of the piece implies that no one knows why, but I think I can make a stab at explaining it. No, it’s not all due to school funding, or bad teachers who cannot be fired, and it’s not because fundamentalists want their beliefs given equal time …

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4 September 2015

The Great Polar Melt Continues

We are nearing the end of the summer melt season in the High Arctic and once again we are flirting with the lowest amount of sea ice on record. The graph above is a striking confirmation of just what is happening. Here is the latest from NSIDC: August saw a remarkably steady decline in Arctic sea ice extent, at a rate slightly faster than the long-term average. Forecasts show that …

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3 September 2015

More On El Nino

NCAR released this video today comparing the 1997 super El Nino with this year’s up to early August. The sea surface temps. in the Nino 3.4 region now show that the temps. have reached the 97 level. The Nino 3.4 region is the region in the Pacific that is used to measure the strength of El Nino. From NCAR: September 3, 2015 | The El Niño brewing in the tropical …

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What Dr Shepherd Said…

Meteorologists, and climate researchers, meet a lot of folks who live on the left side of the diagram above. Click the image below to read this “spot on” commentary by Dr. Marshall Shepherd, who is both, and past President of the American Meteorological Society. 

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