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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.

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Watts Up With That?: Twin Japanese robotic rovers land on asteroid Ryugu

Today, Japan made history by landing two rovers onto the surface of an asteroid. The two rovers (named Rover-1A and 1B) fell from their mothership, Hayabusa2, less than 100 meters above diamond-shaped asteroid Ryugu. Now they are hopping across the rocky landscape in an unprecedented feat of exploration. This picture was taken by Rover-1A in mid-hop: Hopping is…

2018-09-22 20:57   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Evidence the Sun may have turned “blue” during 1450s-1460s

A lecture by Dr. Willie Soon suggests that something odd was occurring with the view of the sun in the decades around 1450-1460, which he dubs the “Global Blue Sun” due to historical anecdotal evidence that has been recorded. The suggestion is that there was a massive volcanic eruption somewhere on Earth that put haze and…

2018-09-22 16:18   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Video: What’s wrong the the surface temperature record?

This was a surprise to me. A previous presentation I made on the issues with the surface temperature record got turned into a video. From the YouTube description: Anthony Watts, founder and editor at wattsupwiththat.com, explains why the oft-reported surface temperature record is inaccurate, misleading, and an insult to proper science. Some graphics in this…

2018-09-22 02:48   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: IAEA Nuclear Advocates Pushing Climates Messages

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The International Atomic Energy Agency has decided to push harder to promote climate change as a reason to embrace nuclear power. What Can Nuclear Technology Offer to Address Climate Change: Conclusions of the Scientific Forum Ismini Dimidis, IAEA Office of Public Information and Communication Sep 21 2018 Mitigating greenhouse gas…

2018-09-21 21:09   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: New lithium battery design eats up carbon dioxide while charging

Lithium-based battery could make use of greenhouse gas before it ever gets into the atmosphere CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A new type of battery developed by researchers at MIT could be made partly from carbon dioxide captured from power plants. Rather than attempting to convert carbon dioxide to specialized chemicals using metal catalysts, which is currently…

2018-09-21 18:52   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Trump Burns Natural Gas Bridge… Film at 11.

Guest batting practice by David Middleton Liberal arts types spouting nonsense about energy and climate science are like batting practice pitchers. From the High Country News, and the author is clearly high on something. Trump’s methane rule rollback burns the natural gas bridge Without emissions regulations, the ‘clean’ fossil fuel is as dirty as coal. Jonathan…

2018-09-21 18:07   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Uh, oh. More car manufacturers caught cheating on emissions tests

Just like Volkswagen’s scandal, diesel cars perform to standards in lab testing, but not on the road. Real-word driving produces up to 16 times more emissions according to MIT study. In September 2015, the German automaker Volkswagen was found to have illegally cheated federal emissions tests in the United States, by intentionally programming emissions control devices…

2018-09-21 17:46   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Friday Funny: UN environment chief gets flagged for over-the-top air travel

UN environment chief criticised by UN over frequent flying Erik Solheim’s huge travel bill is a ‘reputation risk’ and he has ‘no regard’ for rules, says draft internal audit by Damian Carrington Environment editor The globe-trotting travels of the UN’s environment chief have been sharply criticised in a draft internal audit as “contrary to the…

2018-09-21 17:27   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Destroying the careers of those who defy the climate diktat

By Gregory Fegel Professionals and academics who disagree with the theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) have been ostracized for their contrary views, resulting in termination of their employment, or in forced retirement. A similar fate has happened to many professionals and academics who have defied the diktat of the AGW “consensus”. The punishments meted…

2018-09-21 11:11   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Claim: Businesses Losing Interest in Climate Reporting

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Australian corporate regulator has warned of a substantial decline in the number of businesses including climate impact statements in their company reports. ‘Worrying’: Companies’ reporting of climate risks goes ‘backwards’ By Ruth Williams 20 September 2018 — 4:11pm The number of companies providing information about climate change and its…

2018-09-21 11:05   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Gov. Brown’s phony “climate summit” conceals global wide increased use of fossil fuels and rejection of climate alarmism energy policy

Guest essay by Larry Hamlin Gov. Brown’s “Global Climate Action Summit” held in San Francisco during the week of September 10, 2018 should really have been labeled the “Global Climate Hype Summit”. California government is totally lost in a make believe world of scientifically unsupported climate alarmism propaganda coupled with costly unreliable renewable energy advocacy.…

2018-09-21 03:30   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: New Satellites Target Space Weather Threat

WHO’S AFRAID OF KILLER ELECTRONS? “Killer electrons” from the Van Allen Belts are raining down on Earth’s atmosphere. Last Saturday, a Delta II rocket blasted off at dawn from Vandenberg AFB in California. Soon thereafter NASA reported the successful deployment of the ICESat-2 satellite, designed to make 3D laser images of Earth’s surface. Here’s what…

2018-09-21 00:39   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Proposal: Geo-engineered glacier control to limit sea level rise

From the European Geosciences Union and the “we can stop that glacier in its tracks, cold. Trust us.” department comes this wacky geoengineering idea. I think these folks don’t understand what the scope of engineering something like this would actually be. Glacial engineering could limit sea-level rise, if we get our emissions under control Targeted…

2018-09-20 20:28   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Closure of National Solar Observatory explained

And it isn’t what anyone thought in previous speculations, which included aliens, strange celestial objects, NASA’s recent launch of a solar probe, or a mercury spill from the “float bearing” of the main telescope. No, it’s far worse than any of those things. From KTSM-TV in El Paso: By Aaron Bracamontes A federal search warrant reveals…

2018-09-20 14:32   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: “There Has Never Been An Energy Transition”

Guest laugh by David Middleton If this wasn’t funny enough… This is too fracking funny.! Richard Newell, Daniel Raimi Aug 17 EXPERT VOICES Despite renewables growth, there has never been an energy transition Since 2010, the costs of producing electricity from solar photovoltaic systems have decreased by more than 80%. Wind and solar now vie…

2018-09-20 13:12   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Iceland’s monster volcano charging up for eruption

The Katla volcano, hidden beneath the ice cap of Mýrdalsjökull glacier in Iceland, has historically erupted violently once every 40-80 years. In-as-much as it’s last such eruption took place one hundred years ago, in 1918, Katla’s next eruption is long overdue. An eruption in Katla would dwarf the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption, scientists have warned. A…

2018-09-20 07:49   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Magical Plastic

News Brief by Kip Hansen Plastics are as much in the news as climate change, and hold the same honored place as a universal scapegoat — an item so odious that all are welcome to blame it for a host of ills environmental and social, real or imagined. The media has recently highlighted a few…

2018-09-20 05:26   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Climategate continues: Release of University of Arizona Climate Emails Imminent

Press Release Nearly seven years ago, on December 7th, 2011, the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic’s (FME Law) sought public records from the University of Arizona related to the Mann-Bradley-Hughes temperature reconstruction that looks like a hockey stick, and development of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. They refused much of the request…

2018-09-19 20:34   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: New climate crystal ball: “Mummified penguins”

From the AGU and “anything’s a climate proxy, as long as it’s dead” department. Mummified penguins tell of past and future deadly weather By Larry O’Hanlon (AGU) New research links the mummified remains of penguin chicks in Antarctica to two massive weather-related calamities that could become more commonplace with climate change. Chinese and Australian researchers…

2018-09-19 18:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: It is worse than we thought – by region

Guest essay by Sheldon Walker – (agree-to-disagree.com) The central objective of the Paris Agreement is its long-term temperature goal to hold global average temperature increase to “well below 2°C above preindustrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels”. Have a look at warming based on different areas…

2018-09-19 16:35   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: How constant is the “solar constant?”

By Andy May The IPCC lowered their estimate of the impact of solar variability on the Earth’s climate from the already low value of 0.12 W/m2 (Watts per square-meter) given in their fourth report (AR4), to a still lower value of 0.05 W/m2 in the 2013 fifth report (AR5), the new value is illustrated in Figure 1.…

2018-09-19 12:11   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: The ‘New Normal’ for Western Forest Fires – Not Necessarily

Dealing with Forest Fire Risk Guest essay by Don Healy Looking out on smoke and ash filled vistas while reading about the Carr, Mendocino and numerous other forest fires raging through the Western U.S. and British Columbia creates a great deal of concern and some physical discomfort. Fire is a natural component of our wild…

2018-09-19 07:27   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: US EIA: Coal is Still King

Guest note by David Middleton Too fracking funny! (By fracking, I don’t mean frac’ing.) SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 Coal is the most-used electricity generation source in 18 states; natural gas in 16 Electricity generators that use fossil fuels continue to be the most common sources of electricity generation in most states. In all but 15 states,…

2018-09-18 18:54   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: New study mutes the “carbon bomb” hypothesis

A key to climate stabilization could be buried deep in the mud, FSU researchers suggest Earth’s peatland soils store a lot of carbon — about as much as currently flows freely through the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. As global temperatures rise, scientists worry that the planet’s grip on these carbon reservoirs could weaken, unleashing a…

2018-09-18 18:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Woods Hole: Greenland Ice Melt linked to the natural AMO cycle

Study links natural climate oscillations in north Atlantic to Greenland ice sheet melt WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION Scientists have known for years that warming global climate is melting the Greenland Ice Sheet, the second largest ice sheet in the world. A new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), however, shows that the rate…

2018-09-18 15:22   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Statistical study of past temperature records suggest possible undetected natural climate forcing cycles

Godfrey Dack writes in with this: Everyone will be familiar with the difficulty of listening to a conversation held with a friend in a crowded room with many other conversations going on at the same time. So it is with many fields of scientific investigation where it is difficult to tease a particular trend out…

2018-09-18 11:15   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Remember When Climate Change Meant The End Of Coffee? Never Mind

From the American Council on Science and Health, some inconvenient news for java doomsayers By Alex Berezow For roughly the last two years, the media has been warning us that climate change is threatening the world’s supply of coffee beans. According to the hypothesis, growing conditions for coffee will no longer be suitable in many places,…

2018-09-18 07:30   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: “What Will Persuade Conservatives To Fight Climate Change?” The same things that would persuade us to fight plate tectonics, entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics!

Yes… I know entropy falls under the Second Law of Thermodynamics… But I doubt the author of the Clean Technica article does. Guest ridicule by David Middleton Among today’s Real Clear Energy headlines, almost totally unrelated to energy: What Will Persuade Conservatives To Fight Climate Change? Carolyn Fortuna, one of CleanTechnica’s energy industry and climate science…

2018-09-18 00:19   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: The bright light of nuclear fusion might burn away climate doomsters’ fears

By Larry Kummer. From the Fabius Maximus website. Summary: News from the frontiers of science, where the future is being built and the predictions of doomsters will be defeated. Also, see the last section: why has fusion always been 30 years away? And naming the people responsible for this failure. “We think we have the…

2018-09-17 22:59   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Negative climate feedback: more ships in the Arctic mean more cooling

This article claim ships will “be able to sail right over the North Pole” by 2050 due to warming, but at the same time say ship tracks will make more clouds and cool the Arctic. Of course, anything is possible with the help of climate models. More ships and more clouds mean cooling in the…

2018-09-17 20:59   Click to comment


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