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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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8 November 2011

Dispelling An Enduring Myth With One Image

If the Earth’s temperature was the same year after year, then the effects of increasing greenhouse gases would be very easy to spot. Unfortunately, Mother Nature rarely makes things that easy to figure out. Besides the daily and seasonal cycles, we also have decadal temperature swings caused by the sunspot cycle and ocean/atmospheric oscillations. This tends to confuse non scientists, and fools many into believing claims that global warming has …

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3 November 2011

The PIG has A Problem- Pine Island Glacier In Antarctica Develops Huge Crack

  Big news from Antarctica, where it is very early spring. The Pine Island Glacier has developed a huge crack and is being monitored closely. NASA has a great video with the details: It’s normal for ice shelves break off icebergs as they reach the sea, but the rate they do so is of intense interest to those who are studying the climate of Antarctica. If this crack breaks off, …

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27 October 2011

Climate Skeptics Find The Truth Is Getting Ever More Inconvenient

One of U.C. Berkeley’s most popular undergraduate courses is Physics For Future Presidents. It’s taught by Professor Richard Muller who is a very well-known physicist who has worked in nuclear and particle physics at U.C. Berkeley and is a senior faculty member at Lawrence-Berkeley Laboratory. His book, Physics For Future Presidents, is absolutely excellent as well and I highly recommend it, but this is a story about climate change and …

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17 October 2011

Developing La Nina Cools The Planet in September

    The developing La Nina in the Pacific has brought the global temperature in September down slightly, but it was still the 8th warmest on record. NASA does a separate calculation and ranks Sep. 2011 as 9th warmest. When a La Nina develops the world’s largest ocean sees noticeably cooler surface waters.  This chills the air enough to bring the global temperatures down, while El Nino does  just the …

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10 October 2011

The Next Generation Weather/Earth Science Satellite Is Two Weeks From Launch

It’s called NPP and it is part of NPOES but it’s definitely NOT GOES. It is however a big GO (once they fix some leaks on the Delta 2 Rocket), and it will head it into space from Vandenburg AFB in California late this month. Science loves its acronyms but here’s what it all means in plain language. NPOES is the National Polar Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System and it …

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3 October 2011

Warmest October Day Ever in the UK Saturday

My Closet friend was at Salisbury Cathedral Saturday after a drive down from his home in Wales. His car thermometer registered 29° C. That’s 84 degrees Fahrenheit and by UK standards in October, that isn’t just unusual it’s nearly unbelievable! Just some high clouds covered Southern England on Saturday, while an approaching cool front from the Atlantic kept Scotland and North Wales a bit cooler. The 500 millibar chart (surface pressures …

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27 September 2011

How Salty Is Your Ocean?

  The Aquarius satellite was recently launched to learn more about the oceans and answer some very nagging questions in a variety of fields (especially climate science). Notice how much saltier the Atlantic is than the Pacific, and if you have ever gotten a mouthful of ocean off of Miami Beach, you know it’s true. The Pacific is less salty and having swam in both, I can attest that the …

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25 September 2011

La Nina Is Back- What it means for the upcoming winter.

Colder Than Normal The temperature anomalies in the equatorial Pacific have reached -0.7C in the Nina 3.4 region, and anything below -0.5 C is considered La Nina conditions. There seems little doubt now that La Nina conditions will prevail over the upcoming NH winter, and the signature of La Nina is very evident in the weekly sea surface temp. anomalies. The large area of cooler than normal water stretching westward …

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20 September 2011

NASA: Global Temps. In August 2011 4th Warmest. Sea Ice Melt Comes in Number Two

NASA-GISS has put up the numbers for August, and the global  land and ocean temperatures in August were the 4th warmest on record. NOAA has August pegged at the 8th warmest using a slightly different methodology. Land temperatures in August were the second warmest on record according to the NOAA-NCDC data. The summer Arctic sea ice melt has ended, and NSIDC says the minimum sea ice was the second lowest …

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