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31 January 2017

The Following Scientific Societies (Including the AGU and AMS) Just Signed A Letter Condemning the New Immigration Restrictions

The list of the 150+ scientific societies

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29 January 2017

Japan’s Himawari 9 First Images Released

  Japan has had a 16 channel Advanced Baseline Imager in orbit since 2014 and this new satellite is a backup for the Himawari 8 that is still providing good imagery. We now have advanced satellites over Europe and one over America. When GOES-S is launched in two? years, we’ll have very high temporal and spatial resolution from Europe to Asia! The Himawari has sensors for red, green, and blue …

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26 January 2017

All The Light We Cannot See

One image in 16 different wavelengths of light from NOAA’s new weather satellite GOES-16 (GOES-R at launch). The upper left is the blue visible light wavelength. Next is Red. Next is near IR, not visible to our eyes, but very sensitive to vegetation. This near-IR channel is very valuable because you can do some software tricks and use it as a green channel to get a colour image.  The other …

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25 January 2017

Smokey Goes Rogue!

There are some strange things happening on the National Park Service Twitter accounts. It seems that someone posted factual information about climate change on the Twitter account for Badlands National Park  (South Dakota) on Tuesday, but the tweets were deleted. Not, however, before being captured and spread worldwide to an even larger audience than would have ever noticed them: The data is not the issue here since it’s spot on, …

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23 January 2017

GOES-16 First Images/Animations Released

The GOES-R (Now named GOES-16) satellite is working! NOAA released the first images and animations today. The satellite is still in the test stage and will be for months but we should start seeing non-operational data by May. The image above is a high-resolution full disc shot. Below are some short loops from the ABI sensor. The colour images are made from a blue light channel and a red light …

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GOES-R First Image Will Be Released Tomorrow

The first image from GOES-R will be out tomorrow.The “first light” image will be released in Seattle tomorrow at the AMS Annual Meeting, and we will start to see irregular imagery in May as testing continues. From what I am hearing, the instruments have so far all come online working as expected. Oh, and. GOES-R is now GOES 16 by the way. Once operational they take on a number.  To …

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21 January 2017

Science 1: Wishful thinking: Nil

Spotted on Social Media (h/t to Assoc. Professor of Meteorology  Victor Gensisi at College of Dupage, IL). I noticed this part “nor do the data indicate that the dominant force behind climate change is human-induced greenhouse gases”. WRONG. Undeniably wrong. Instead of wishful thinking from a rightwing think tank, how about some real data from scientific experts. People who can back up their writing with data and physics. Science always wins in the …

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18 January 2017

NOAA/NASA 2016 Hottest On Record- 3rd In a Row.

NOAA released the animation below that illustrates how the planet has warmed over the last 130 years. They also noted: The globally averaged sea surface temperature was the highest on record, 1.35 degree F above average. The globally-averaged land surface temperature was the highest on record, 2.57 degrees F above average. North America had its warmest year on record; South America and Africa had their second; Asia and Europe had …

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16 January 2017

The Most Beloved Weather Forecast You’ve Never Heard About

If you are reading this from the UK, you know already know what this post is about, but to those outside the UK, the “Shipping Forecast” is mostly unknown.  It’s far more than a weather forecast, it’s an institution, with many more listeners on dry land than at sea! The Shipping Forecast is issued by the UK Met Office and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 around daybreak, and after midnight …

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13 January 2017

A Top Scientist Who Makes The Complex Simple

I could not make it this year, but the Glen Gerberg Weather Summit (that my friend Dave Jones at StormCenter Communications hosts each January) is one of the best science seminars I’ve ever attended. One of the speakers on Wednesday was Dr. Jim White, who I spent two weeks with (as his guest) on top of the Greenland Ice cap at NEEM. Jim is a GREAT science communicator, with an …

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