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10 April 2011

Weekend Climate Tid Bits

It’s been an interesting week or so in the climate science arena with papers on climate change in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters and Nature. Then there’s that study put together by Dr. Richard Muller to “check” the temperature rise that NOAA/NASA and the Hadley Centre (UK Met. Office) have reported. If you’re still in the rapidly dwindling group of those who think we are not facing a very …

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29 March 2011

When Dealing with Climate, Perception and Reality are Sometimes Very Different

Was it a bad winter? Ask someone what kind of winter we have had here in the Eastern USA and you will probably be told it was brutal. Same for last winter as well, with the record breaking snow storms in Washington DC and the heavy snowfalls in the UK as well. Scientific reality, however, can be quite different from perception. Dr. James Hansen at NASA has put together a …

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19 October 2010

NOAA- Every Decade Warmer Than One Before

I was on a conference call with some climate experts yesterday when someone mentioned this graph from NOAA. Every decade from the 1950’s through 2000-2010 was warmer than the decade before it. NOAA also has released the September temperature anomalies. Even with the strong La Nina of cool waters in the Pacific, it was the 8th warmest on record. January through September is now tied for the warmest year on …

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15 September 2010

NOAA- 2010 Hottest Year on Record So Far

August 2010 was the third warmest on record worldwide. 1998 and 2009 are at the top. The January through August temperatures are still running at the hottest levels ever recorded. If it stays as warm as it ha sbeen, then 2010 will go down as the hottest year ever recorded. If it does, it will be espcially noteworthy because of the developing La Nina in the Pacific. 1998 is the …

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9 September 2010

Climate Science At The Top Of The World – Part One

I love ice and snow and I have had a lifetime’s dose of it this year. January saw me set foot at the South Pole and in late July, I found myself at the top of the world. Antarctica was thanks to the National Science Foundation. Greenland was thanks to Dave Jones at Storm Center Communications. Some of the most critical and urgent science in the world right now is …

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27 August 2010

Northwest Passage Opens (4th consecutive year)

Meteorologist Jeff Masters has a lot more about it, but the NW Passage is now mainly free of ice and is navigable. You can see a cool 30 day animation of the melt here. It looks like the NE Passage from Europe to Alaska is almost free as well. Masters says this is the 4th consecutive year that the passage has opened. It’s also the 4th time in recorded history. …

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26 August 2010

A Good Website To Bookmark

NASA’s top climate scientist James Hansen has put together a new website. It basically updates the graphics in his book “Storms of My Grandchildren“. Definitely worth checking out for the graphics which are from papers published in the peer reviewed literature. If you have not read the book, I highly recommend it. It’s even available for iPad and Kindle (Which makes me happy since I pretty much read everything on …

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12 August 2010

First 7 months of 2010 Were Hottest On Record- NASA

NASA released the July global temp data this evening. The last 7 months are the warmest January – July on record. The thermometer record goes back to 1880. Before 1880 there are proxies for temperature. Tree rings and ice cores for example. These proxies  (See Oldest Ice Core Recovered from Greenland) indicate we are very possibly in the warmest period in at least one thousand years. The temperature anomalies map …

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31 July 2010

Oldest Greenland Ice Core Recovered

I’ve just returned today from Greenland and am looking forward to seeing my first “night” in 10 days! The 14 countries that have supported the NEEM ice core project got their money’s worth this week. The two year project to drill an ice core through 2,500 meters of ice finally reached Greenland rock. Where Is It The NEEM site is at 8,300 feet on top of the ice sheet. I arrived …

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17 July 2010

The Big One Itself is Now Melting- Amazing Pics

The Glacier Research Imaging Project (GRIP) has released some stunning images of Everest taken from the same spot In 1921 by George Mallory and in 2007. Go to the Asia Society web site and see the changes for yourself. Click the pic to go to the site. Compare that with Michael Mann’s famous graph. The reason scientist come to have faith in a theory is NEVER based on one single …

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