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WattsUpWithThat is run by Anthony Watts, a former television meteorologist who spent 25 years on the air and who also operates a weather technology and content business, as well as continues daily forecasting on radio, just for fun. Weather measurement and weather presentation technology is his specialty. He also provides weather stations and custom weather monitoring solutions via www.weathershop.com (if you like his work, please consider buying a weather gadget there, StormPredator for example) and www.tempelert.com, and turn key weather channels with advertising at www.viziframe.com While he's not a degreed climate scientist, he'll point out that neither is Al Gore, and his speciality is presentation also. And that's part of what this blog is about: presentation of weather and climate data in a form the public can understand and discuss.

Recent Articles

Watts Up With That?: Recent Sea-Level Change at Major Cities

Guest essay by Rich Taylor Abstract Human population is becoming increasingly urban, and most of the world’s largest and fastest-growing cities border tidewater. This note presents charts of annual-value (AV) tide-gauge records in or near major coastal cities to illustrate the sea-level change these cities have observed recently, and fits linear trends to the records.…

Today: 09:40   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: More wailing over Trump’s killing Obama’s overreaching climate regs – this time the doctors weigh in

From the AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS and the “how do people survive the climate change when they move from New York to Miami?” department, comes this warning that has all these deaths attached to the press release. As I said about a similar press release wailing about potential excess deaths earlier today, show me death certificates…

Today: 04:53   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Acoustic Ecology: What the Snapping Shrimp can Tell Us about Climate Change

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A new project is enlisting artists to listen to sound tracks of acoustic monitors in reefs and other ecological locations, so they can raise the alarm if anything sounds different. World Science Festival: How music and science combine to monitor climate change By Jessica McGrath Posted yesterday at 9:27am Bubbling…

Today: 01:39   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Breaking Hockey Sticks: Antarctic Ice Core Edition

Guest post by David Middleton Graphic: The relentless rise of carbon dioxide Ancient air bubbles trapped in ice enable us to step back in time and see what Earth’s atmosphere, and climate, were like in the distant past. They tell us that levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere are higher than they have been…

2017-03-28 21:13   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: And, the wailing begins over Trump killing Obama’s overreaching climate regs

From SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY and the “department of lost funding” comes this gloomy prediction. Trump Action on Clean Power Plan threatens air quality, health, and economic benefits The Trump Administration is expected to release signed an executive order on Tuesday March 28, 2017, directing the EPA to roll back the Clean Power Plan. In response, Dr. Charles…

2017-03-28 19:15   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: New climate skeptic book will set the record straight

CLIMATE CHANGE: THE FACTS 2017 is to be published in June 2017. I’m happy to say that I’m an author of a chapter. This work is dedicated to the late Professor Bob Carter, who dedicated his life to truth and openness in the climate debate. This is the second volume of this book, the first…

2017-03-28 17:31   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Trump to sign “energy independence” executive order today, killing Obama climate regs

President Donald Trump will issue a sweeping “energy independence” executive order today to dismantle signature global warming policies put in place by the Obama administration. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt told ABC News Trump would issue the order tomorrow to make “sure that we have a pro-growth and pro-environment approach to how we…

2017-03-28 15:31   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Florida: The Sun State with Hardly Any Household Solar

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Guardian has published a revealing piece about how Florida has low household solar penetration compared to some Northern states, because households can’t sell their energy back to the grid. My question – why are buyback schemes needed to make Solar attractive? Sunshine state shuns solar as overcast New York…

2017-03-28 09:16   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Mitigation Math: Is Climate Activism Futile? (Judith Curry thinks so)

Guest essay by Robert Bradley Jr. — March 27, 2017 “[T]here is growing evidence of much smaller climate sensitivity to CO2; and even if these drastic emissions reductions occurred, we see little impact on the climate in the 21st century (even if you believe the climate models).” “It seems rather futile to make token emissions reductions…

2017-03-27 21:53   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Another Manntastic claim: Extreme weather events linked to climate change impact on the jet stream

From Penn State, and the “close but no cigar” department (see bold in text) comes this modelspalooza masquerading as science: Unprecedented summer warmth and flooding, forest fires, drought and torrential rain — extreme weather events are occurring more and more often, but now an international team of climate scientists has found a connection between many…

2017-03-27 15:31   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Scientific Breakthrough: Malaria Could be a Thing of the Past

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Scientists working at Queensland’s Griffith University have developed what they claim is the world’s first long term effective Malaria vaccine. If this new, cheap vaccine lives up to its promise, it will save millions of poor people who cannot afford Malaria drugs. Queensland researchers develop world first malaria vaccine Kara…

2017-03-27 11:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Claim: Earth’s Greatest Mass Extinction is a Warning to Us

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A paper published in Paleoworld worries that a repeat of the greatest mass extinction event in Earth’s history could be triggered by Anthropogenic CO2. But Cambridge Professor Peter Wadhams, our favourite sea ice alarmist, thinks the attempt to link the Permian extinction to modern events is a bit wild. Earth’s…

2017-03-27 05:56   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Fear of Nuclear – Part 3

Guest essay by Roger Graves This post deals with the disposal of spent fuel from nuclear power stations, and whether our fears concerning it are justified. You can also read Part 1 and Part 2. Nuclear fuel typically consists of either uranium dioxide (UO2) or a mixture of UO2 and plutonium dioxide (PuO2), commonly known…

2017-03-26 17:57   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Take-aways from the Washington, D.C. Heartland Climate Change Conference

By Andy May This was my first climate change conference and I had a great time. So, here is a quick note sharing my most memorable take-aways from the conference. Most of the comments below are paraphrased, but if they are exact quotes, I’ve put them in quotation marks. To hear the full talk by…

2017-03-25 20:50   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: California Auto Emissions Showdown

Guest essay by Eric Worrall California has geared up to defy President Trump’s efforts to dismantle ridiculously strict auto-emission standards. But there may be a way President Donald Trump can overturn their intransigence. California Upholds Auto Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump By HIROKO TABUCHIMARCH 24, 2017 California’s clean-air agency voted on Friday to…

2017-03-25 20:08   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: The futility of “Earth Hour” @earthhour

“Earth Hour” starts tonight. Yawn. Every year at Christmas, many newspapers reprint “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus“, this excellent essay by Ross McKittrick should be repeated on every blog on every observance of Earth Hour. Copy, paste, and share it widely. Better yet, turn on all your lights to celebrate, as Ross says…

2017-03-25 16:50   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: More worrying than global warming – report on ‘extreme space weather’ shows risks to Earth

Extreme space weather has a global footprint and the potential to damage critical infrastructure on the ground and in space. A new report from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) calls for bridging knowledge gaps and for better coordination at EU level to reduce the potential impact of space weather events. The sun shapes…

2017-03-24 19:12   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Effect of Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations on Early Human Societies

Guest essay by Don Healy During the past 100,000 years, human societies have witnessed the vast change in climate that has occurred as we have transitioned from a glacial period that ended about 20,000 years ago, into the current interglacial period. During the early stages of this period, human lived as hunter/gatherers, relying on a…

2017-03-24 15:36   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: The Anthropocene: Scientists respond to criticisms of a new geological epoch

‘Irreversible’ changes to the Earth provide striking evidence of new epoch, University of Leicester experts suggest A team of academics led by the University of Leicester has responded to criticisms of the proposal to formalise a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene. Geological critics of a formalised Anthropocene have alleged that the idea did not…

2017-03-24 10:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: What is it Like to Attend a Heartland Climate Conference?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall This is my second visit to the United States, and my first visit to a Heartland Climate Conference. The overwhelming feeling on the first day of the two day conference is that you are among friends – even if some people hold a different point of view. Not everyone here…

2017-03-24 06:19   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Dean Swift’s foresight – Energy in the 21st century

Guest essay by William York None of these projects are yet brought to perfection The chaos surrounding the management of this nation’s electricity supply had been anticipated back in the eighteenth century by Dean Jonathan Swift. How did he do it? Swift writing Gulliver’s Travels in 1726 made a long range forecast of such incredible…

2017-03-24 02:20   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Earth Hour supporters propose ‘Carbon Law’

From the UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE and “that ain’t gonna fly” department comes this wishful thinking for Earth Hour. A ‘carbon law’ offers pathway to halve emissions every decade, say researchers On the eve of this year’s Earth hour (25 March), researchers propose a solution in the journal Science (24 March) for the global economy to rapidly…

2017-03-23 21:47   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: State of the Climate 2016 – based exclusively on observations

A report on the State of the Climate in 2016 which is based exclusively on observations rather than climate models was published yesterday by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). Video and full report follows. Compiled by Dr Ole Humlum, Professor of Physical Geography at the University Centre in Svalbard (Norway), the new climate survey…

2017-03-23 15:37   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Watch out for the ‘Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health’

Guest essay by Leo Goldstein The website medsocietiesforclimatehealth.org, owned by a previously unknown group called the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health (“the MedSocCon”), published a MEDICAL ALERT! report and other climate alarmism materials, targeted at physicians. MedSocCon attempts to use medical doctors and other health care providers to alarm their patients about…

2017-03-22 22:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: U.S. EIA: “Record Precipitation, Snowpack in California”

Guest post by David Middleton MARCH 22, 2017 Record precipitation, snowpack in California expected to increase hydro generation in 2017 For the first time since 2011, California’s drought is significantly weakening—a result of one of the wettest winters on record. California has experienced record levels of precipitation this winter, and unlike last winter, cooler temperatures…

2017-03-22 21:02   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: By the numbers: Lifetime Performance of World’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Decommissioning of world’s first offshore wind farm offers an opportunity to see how industry costs have changed over the past 25 years. Guest essay by T. A. “Ike” Kiefer, CAPT, USN (ret.) Lifetime Performance of World’s First Offshore Wind Farm The first offshore windfarm in the world has just been decommissioned and is now being torn…

2017-03-22 20:19   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Oh noes! Last remnant of ancient North American ice sheet on track to vanish

From the UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER and the “300 years out canary in the coal mine meme” department, comes this press release with absolute certainty. I tend to ignore any science that uses the favorite phrase of activists “The Barnes Ice Cap is like a canary in a coal mine”. Study involving CU Boulder shows…

2017-03-22 20:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: #ExxonKnew and Schneiderman get hoisted by their own petard

Schneiderman Continues Media Strategy in Court Hearing with Meaningless “Bombshell” Claim by Katie Brown, PhD New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office attempted once again to manufacture an email controversy, proclaiming in a letter that Exxon had refused “to comply in good faith with OAG’s investigative subpoena dated November 4, 2015,” and characterizing it as…

2017-03-22 19:05   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: By the numbers: Lifetime Performance of World’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Decommissioning of world’s first offshore wind farm offers an opportunity to see how industry costs have changed over the past 25 years. Guest essay by T. A. “Ike” Kiefer Lifetime Performance of World’s First Offshore Wind Farm The first offshore windfarm in the world has just been decommissioned and is now being torn down (…

2017-03-22 17:59   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: By the numbers: Lifetime Performance of World’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Decommissioning of world’s first offshore wind farm offers an opportunity to see how industry costs have changed over the past 25 years. Guest essay by T. A. “Ike” Kiefer, CAPT, USN (ret.) Lifetime Performance of World’s First Offshore Wind Farm The first offshore windfarm in the world has just been decommissioned and is now being torn…

2017-03-22 17:19   Click to comment


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