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29 November 2018

You heard about The National Climate Assessment, but did you read any of it??

You really should. For those of us who read the journal articles, there is really no surprises here. Climate change is not something in the future anymore, it is happening now and in most cases, the predictions made twenty years ago were too conservative. In short, it’s worse than expected. The changes we have seen with a rise of under a degree C are frankly alarming. So start by taking …

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20 November 2018

406 Months in A Row

While there are a lot of folks who think the Earth is flat and that the planet is cooling, those who live in the real world can add another statistic to the bad news: October was the 406th month in a row with temperatures above the 20th-century average. It was also the second warmest on the instrument record. Some more tidbits: The top ten warmest October’s on record have all …

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13 November 2018

The Cloud That Appears on Top of The Most Dangerous Storms

We meteorologists knew that the new GOES satellites would be revolutionary, and a new paper presented at an AMS conference on severe storms is a good example of just that. It’s about a cloud signature visible on high- resolution imagery that can lead to more lead time on severe weather warnings and fewer false alarms. It’s called an AACP: Above Anvil Cirrus Cloud, and when a forecaster sees one on …

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8 November 2018

Deadly Smog Covers Much of India This Morning.

The smog in Delhi has reached near toxic levels this morning. Current air quality readings have reached a level labeled “Extremely Hazardous. This smog is being greatly aggravated by the autumn burning of fields and fireworks from the Diwali festival. The BBC reports that efforts to get residents to not set off the gunpowder failed. The results are clearly visible from space. This will be a killer smog event. A visual picture of …

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