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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?: FLASHBACK: Twenty years ago today, the infamous “hockey stick” was published in Nature

Twenty years ago today: The infamous “hockey stick” graph that crystalized global warming and ignited the climate wars was published, and became known as MBH98. The science in it was so bad, it is credited with spawning the modern climate skeptic movement. Michael E. Mann writes in the formerly Scientific American: Two decades ago this week…

2018-04-23 20:55   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Eye roller reporting from CBS: Climate Change ‘Making Allergy Season Worse’

From “the stupid, it burns” department and Breitbart. Global warming is fueling the growth of plants, which means that allergy sufferers can expect more pollen, and in turn more sneezing and red, itchy eyes, according to a new report by CBS News. Warming global temperatures mean “another tough season for allergy sufferers,” CBS warns, as “warm…

2018-04-23 19:07   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Reality check: Nunatsiavut wildlife manager says polar bears not starving, public misinformed

Inconvenient rebound in polar bear numbers. Polar bears not starving, says Nunatsiavut wildlife manager Geoff Bartlett · CBC News One of the people who oversees an Indigenous hunt of polar bears says the population is doing well, despite heart-wrenching photos online suggesting some bears are starving. Every year, the Nunatsiavut government awards polar bear licences to Inuit hunters…

2018-04-23 16:03   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Study: Less Svalbard polar bear habitat during the early Holocene than now

Guest essay by Dr. Susan Crockford of Polar Bear Science Svalbard in the western Barents Sea has recently had less sea ice extent than it had in the 1980s, especially in the west and north, but this is not unprecedented. New evidence from clams and mussels with temperature-sensitive habitat requirements confirm that warmer temperatures and…

2018-04-23 15:34   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Michael Bloomberg Pays USA’s Paris Agreement Tithe

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Michael Bloomberg has fulfilled an earlier promise by commiting to paying $4.5 million dollars to the United Nations, money which federal taxpayers would have paid had President Trump kept the USA in the Paris Agreement. Bloomberg gives $4.5 million to help U.S. keep Paris climate accord commitment APR 22, 2018…

2018-04-23 03:56   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Earth Day should Celebrate “Engines and Electricity”

Guest opinion by Viv Forbes Most chapters of human history are defined by the tools and machines that were used. In the Stone Age, the first tools were “green tools” – digging sticks, spears, boomerangs, bows and arrows made of wood; and axes, clubs, knives and grinders made of stone. These were all powered by…

2018-04-23 01:19   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: EXCLUSIVE: Bringing the stunning hypocrisy of a climate conference out into the open

Some hypocritical findings after attending a climate conference at the University of California at Berkeley UC Berkeley is just a short drive away, about three hours. We are often told by the “holier than thou” types who lecture us on the evils of modern energy consumption that we should travel less, reduce our use of…

2018-04-22 21:30   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: It’s been a bad winter all over – Snow in Japan 56 feet high!

You think we had a bad winter here in the USA? Look at Japan where they have walls of snow 56 feet tall (almost the height of a 6-story building). There’s an avalanche of tourists coming to the Tateyama to see the walls of snow. This spectacular mountain route, reopened on Sunday after being closed…

2018-04-22 16:05   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Climate Fanatic Demands “Regulatory Hell” to Drag Everyone Else into His Misery

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t James Delingpole / Breitbart / Willie Soon – according to climate novelist William T. Vollmann, compulsion and coercion is the only way to convince people to comply with his climate ideals. “Are we prepared to endure lives with less comfort?”: William T. Vollmann on climate change. The famous novelist…

2018-04-22 01:18   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: 18 examples of the spectacularly wrong predictions made around the first “Earth Day” in 1970

Tomorrow, Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day 2018 In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled “Earth Day, Then and Now” to provide some historical perspective on the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. In that article, Bailey noted that around the time of the first Earth Day…

2018-04-21 10:59   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Britain to ban Disposable Plastic – Cotton Buds, Drink Stirrers, Drinking Straws…

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The UK Government has announced a ban on cotton buds, drink stirrers and plastic drinking straws to combat the “scourge” of plastic pollution. Cotton buds and plastic straws could be banned in England next year Consultation to start later this year as Theresa May continues drive against single-use plastic waste…

2018-04-21 06:05   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Curious Circles in Arctic Sea Ice

NASA’s Operation IceBridge—the airborne mission flown annually over both polar regions—is now in its tenth year making flights over the Arctic. That’s a lot of flight hours spent mapping the region’s land ice and sea ice. But on April 14, 2018, IceBridge mission scientist John Sonntag spotted something he had never seen before. Sonntag snapped…

2018-04-20 23:58   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Claim: Climate Superstorms May Scuttle the Caribbean’s Green Energy Plans

Guest essay by Eric Worrall What power system is most likely to survive a category six superstorm? Climate change may scuttle Caribbean’s post-hurricane plans for a renewable energy boom MASAŌ ASHTINE, UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES, MONA CAMPUS April 20, 2018 Updated: April 20, 2018 11:02am (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of…

2018-04-20 23:46   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Martian Muddy Waters

No… Martian Muddy Waters is not an extraterrestrial blues musician.  It’s just a catchy title that links Mars, mud and water together. Guest post by David Middleton Clear as mud: Desiccation cracks help reveal the shape of water on Mars BOULDER, CO, USA: As Curiosity rover marches across Mars, the red planet’s watery past comes…

2018-04-20 19:25   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: THE CHARNEY SENSITIVITY OF HOMICIDES TO ATMOSPHERIC CO2: A PARODY

Guest analysis by JAMAL MUNSHI (h/t to  Adam Wildavsky) ABSTRACT: Homicides in England and Wales 1898-2003 are studied against the atmospheric carbon dioxide data for the same period. The Charney Equilibrium Sensitivity of homicides is found to be λ=1.7 thousands of additional annual homicides for each doubling of atmospheric CO2. The sensitivity estimate is supported by…

2018-04-20 19:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Interplanetary Shock Wave Sparks Electric-Blue Auroras

Surprising sight seen by airplane pilots and passengers on “red eye” flight Last night, April 19-20, a shock wave in the solar wind hit Earth’s magnetic field, sparking a moderately strong G2-class geomagnetic storm and rare “electric blue” auroras seen from airplanes in flight over Canada. Northern Lights spilled across the Canadian border into a…

2018-04-20 18:01   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Where, Exactly, Is The Man-made Climate Problem?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Posted without comment, except a hat tip to Dave Burton and Willie Soon … There is no statistical difference between the two trends. Well, I guess that qualifies as a comment … Best to everyone on a day full of sunshine, w. My Usual Request: Quote the exact words that…

2018-04-20 16:36   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Inconvenient: Study says corals adapting fast enough to withstand another century of climate change

Heat-tolerant genes may spread through coral populations fast enough to give the marine creatures a tool to survive another 100 years of warming in our oceans. Coral reefs are facing no shortage of threats including ocean acidification, overfishing, plastic pollution, and rising temperatures. Sea surface temperatures have been climbing on average for over a century, and ocean heat…

2018-04-20 15:59   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Humans Are Causing Mammals to Shrink!

Guest commentary by David Middleton From the No Schist Sherlock files… PUBLIC RELEASE: 19-APR-2018 Humans have been driving a global reduction in mammal size for thousands of years AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE The dispersal of humans out of Africa coincided with a dramatic global reduction in the size of mammals, a new…

2018-04-20 13:27   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Claim: Climate Skeptics Think What Elites Tell Them to Think

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A self identified Libertarian who believes in “aggressive” carbon taxes thinks ordinary Republicans can be persuaded to embrace his ideas if the party leadership tell them what to do. How the science of persuasion could change the politics of climate change Conservatives have to make the case to conservatives, and…

2018-04-20 04:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Reconstructing a Temperature History Using Complete and Partial Data

Guest analysis by Mark Fife In today’s post I am going to go over how I went about creating a reconstruction of the history of temperature from the GHCN data sets using a variable number of stations reporting each year for the years of 1900 to 2011. Before I go into the details of that…

2018-04-20 01:30   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Arctic ice like you’ve not seen it before

This came to me via a tip, but to me honest I get so many daily emails and comments I’ve lost the original source of the tip. This is via the Canadian Ice Service, and it’s a view I have not seen before. I shows a polar view looking down at the North pole which…

2018-04-19 22:38   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Japan’s Mount Io erupts for the first time in 250 years

From wire reports: A volcano in southern Japan, Mount Io, erupted for the first time since 1768 on Thursday, spewing steam and ash 400 meters (1,300 feet) into the air. Video follows. Authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain. A warning area has been issued within 3km of the volcano due to large flying volcanic…

2018-04-19 20:58   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Mississippi River Megafloods – Worst in 500 years!!!

Guest post by David Middleton 04 APRIL 2018 Mississippi River flooding worse now than any time in past 500 years Efforts to control the river’s flow with levees and other structures have increased the risk of dangerous floods. Floods on the mighty Mississippi River are larger and more frequent today than at any time in…

2018-04-19 19:28   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: A (Satirical) Rebuttal to “The Astounding Non-Success Of Sparky Cars”

Guest satirical rebuttal by David Middleton Willis’ post on EV’s was very unfair… At least according to some of the comments.  So I thought I would post some graphs demonstrating that EV’s aren’t quite so astoundingly unsuccessful. One of my favorite metrics is Ford F-Series pickup trucks versus electric vehicles.  F-Series sales literally crush EV…

2018-04-19 15:15   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Study: Republicans more persuasive than scientists on ‘climate change’

From the UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT and the “that’s going to leave a mark” department comes this bit of news that’s sure to cause some heads to explode. Regardless of political affiliation, people are more likely to believe facts about climate change when they come from Republicans speaking against what has become a partisan interest in this…

2018-04-19 11:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Green Shock: Entire Forests Being Murdered to Produce Wood Pellet Biomass

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t Breitbart / James Delingpole – Greens have discovered to their horror that producing renewable wood pellet biomass requires a large supply of dead trees. Hardwood forests cut down to feed Drax Power plant, Channel 4 Dispatches claims Brendan Montague | 16th April 2018 A Dispatches investigation has uncovered evidence…

2018-04-19 07:18   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Sea level trends, starting points, and datum shifts

A tide gauge record must always start about the time of low ENSO waters and possibly include a datum shift Guest essay by Albert Parker In addition to the case of Aden, discussed in Parker & Ollier (2017) and Parker & O’Sullivan (2018), that is only one of the many where the data proposed by…

2018-04-19 04:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Canada’s Climate Change Policies Are Affecting Its Economy When it Comes to Resource Development

Guest essay by Pat Reilly Canada is a vast and rich country that has among its bounties the third largest known oil reserves in the world. The exploitation of these resources should be paying for our socialist leaning Liberal and Nation Democratic Party agendas with money left over much like Norway. Instead our governments are…

2018-04-19 00:26   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Putting The Hype Back Into Hyperloop

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach A recent article has discussed how Elon Musk’s “Boring Company” has raised $113 million dollars in startup capital. This is the company Musk formed to drill the tunnels for his proposed “Hyperloop” transportation system. It has encouraged me to discuss some of the engineering and practical problems with his LA-to-San…

2018-04-18 20:20   Click to comment


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