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15 July 2010

NOAA: First 6 Months of 2010- Hottest On Record.

NOAA/NCDC released a whole slew of rather grim climate news today. It’s important to remember that besides the sun and increasing greenhouse gases there is a lot of built in variability in the climate system. It’s only been in the last couple of decades that the greenhouse warming has risen out of the noise created by weather. That said, even with El Nino gone and the sun coming out of …

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9 July 2010

June 2010 Ties 2006 for 3rd Warmest on Record

The NASA GISS global temperature data was released tonight. It appears that June 2010 land and sea temps. were 5.9C above the 1951-1980 average. This means it ties for 3rd warmest. Only 2009 and 1998 were warmer. The USA temps. were the 8th warmest on the instrument record that dates to 1880. Land temperatures alone for June 2010 were tied with 1998 for the warmest on record. The Northern Hemisphere …

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15 June 2010

Nashville, Arkansas and Oklahoma Floods- Climate Connection?

I wrote a post awhile back (See TENNESSEE FLOODS- CLIMATE RELATED?) on the possible climate connections to the Nashville flood. Since then we have had another two major events.  One in Arkansas that killed 20 and just this week a deluge in Oklahoma City that caused all three major interstates to be closed and a day of rescues. As I said in the previous post, you cannot blame any one …

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Hottest May On Record- NOAA and NASA

NOAA and NASA both do an independent global temp analysis. NASA released their data a couple of days ago for May. The National Climate Data Center released their May data today. The extreme warmth in the northern latitudes is expected with warming from increased greenhouse gases. Northern areas will warm faster than areas further south for several reasons, among them the ice albedo feedback. Both indicate that May 2010 was …

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4 June 2010

As The Oil Slick Spreads, The Ice Keeps Melting and The Temperature Keeps Rising

Yes, they are most definitely related. I have been very busy reading lately. Books and papers. A presentation on the science underway in Antarctica is half finished, but I keep finding new things I just have to read right away. (I’m presenting at the AMS broadcast conference  in Miami in three weeks.) There are some very interesting graphs and images I have stumbled onto and since the desktop folder (thankfully …

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2 June 2010

3 For 1 Sale on Record Highs In Alaska

Steve Scolnik at Capital Climate had an image on his blog that caught my eye today. It’s a graph of the record highs versus the record lows so far this year in the U.S. (See Graph on the right.) This is something that I have been following for quite awhile. I’m not alone either. The scientists at the National Centers for Atmospheric Research in Boulder have also been watching it. …

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29 May 2010

My Lord! You Hath No Clothes!

Heard of Christopher Monckton? He inherited the title of LORD, so you may have heard the name Lord Monckton. He travels around the world with a very slick slide show telling everyone who will listen that climate change is a big hoax and that all the worlds scientific bodies have it all wrong. He has no background at all in any field of science and despite having the seal of …

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20 May 2010

Some Well Said Facts from America's Top Scientific Body

The top scientific body in the U.S. is the National Academies of Science. It’s the American version of the Royal Society in England, which is the world’s oldest scientific body (Once headed by Sir Isaac Newton). The National Academies today published three reports on climate change. I read one particular passage that was so well put, it was worth a blog post. It’s actually something that I have said many times in posts here. Just …

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17 May 2010

NASA & NOAA- Warmest April On Record. 34th In a Row Above Average.

This was actually expected by most of the science community, but it is now official.  This April was the warmest ever recorded on the instrumental record. Here is what NOAA said today: Global Highlights The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for April 2010 was the warmest on record at 14.5°C (58.1°F), which is 0.76°C (1.37°F) above the 20th century average of 13.7°C (56.7°F). This was also the …

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5 May 2010

Jeremy Jackson- How We Wrecked The Oceans

This TED talk by coral reef expert Jeremy Jackson is  a must watch state of the oceans. With the oil spill in the Gulf making news, it’s especially apropos.

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