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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?: AGU: Extraordinary storms caused massive Antarctic sea ice loss in 2016

From the “well, if hadn’t been that it would have been global warming for sure” department: By Lauren Lipuma, AGU A series of unprecedented storms over the Southern Ocean likely caused the most dramatic decline in Antarctic sea ice seen to date, a new study finds. Antarctic sea ice – frozen ocean water that rings…

Today: 15:47   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Some Fun with IPCC Texts

Guest essay by Leo Goldstein I’ve already written about the epic moment, when IPCC apparently recognized that most of the recent warming had been due to the natural variability. Instead of telling that to the world, IPCC has just altered the definition of climate change in its Third Assessment Report (TAR, 2001) to include natural…

Today: 02:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: What happened to the traditional role of skepticism in climate science?

Guest essay by Forrest M. Mims III Traditional science required a skeptical view of one’s own findings until they could be replicated, especially by others. Unfortunately, skepticism has been deleted from the latest edition of “On Being a Scientist,” a widely-read booklet published by the National Academies of Science. When I asked the NAS about…

2017-06-22 21:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: The American Meteorological Society @ametsoc falls into the consensus trap in a letter to Rick Perry

Yesterday, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) published a letter yesterday to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, admonishing him for having the temerity to doubt that carbon dioxide is the “primary driver” of global warming. Here is the text of the letter. Source:…

2017-06-22 18:09   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Richard Branson “Baffled” By President Trump’s Paris Decision

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Richard Branson is so shocked by President Trump’s decision to withdraw from Paris, he’s putting his own money into renewables R&D. My question – isn’t this how Capitalism is supposed to work? Richard Branson: Business leaders are ‘baffled’ by Trump on climate change ritish billionaire Richard Branson said business leaders…

2017-06-22 16:27   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: “The Answer to What’s Actually Killing Coal” Is “Not Even Wrong”

Guest post by David Middleton From Inverse via Real Clear Energy: The Answer to What’s Actually Killing Coal is Hopeful and Depressing The real cause of the decline of coal is the free market. By Dyani Sabin on June 20, 2017 Filed Under Answers, Donald Trump, Jobs, R&B & Solar Energy As has been reported…

2017-06-22 14:26   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: El Niño WATCH cancelled; ENSO neutral likely for 2017

From the “now the warmest year on record hopes are dashed” department: Via Bloomberg: All eight climate models surveyed by Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology suggest tropical Pacific Ocean temperatures are likely to remain neutral for the second half, it said on its website on Tuesday. That reverses a June 6 report that showed four models predicting temperatures…

2017-06-22 13:24   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Solved: The mystery of unexplained ‘bright nights’

WASHINGTON, DC — Dating back to the first century, scientists, philosophers and reporters have noted the occasional occurrence of “bright nights,” when an unexplained glow in the night sky lets observers see distant mountains, read a newspaper or check their watch. A new study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the…

2017-06-22 11:09   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Renewable energy cost and reliability claims exposed and debunked

Guest essay by Larry Hamlin A new paper  published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) from NOAA’s Earth System Laboratory, Boulder Colorado exposes and debunks the contrived claims of a recent renewable energy study which falsely alleged that low cost and reliable 100% renewable energy electric grids are possible. The new…

2017-06-22 03:25   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: EPA’s suspect science

Its practices have defiled scientific integrity, but proposed corrections bring shock and defiance. Guest essay by John Rafuse President Trump’s budget guidance sought to cut $1.6 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.1 billion expectation. Shrieks of looming Armageddon prompted Congress to fund EPA in full until September 2017, when the battle will be joined…

2017-06-21 20:14   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Status update and sincere thanks

Last week, I wrote about facing burnout after running WUWT over 10 years without having any real vacation during that time. I’ll have to say, I’m overwhelmed by the response, the well wishes, and the offers for help. It’s gratifying to know that I have friends around the world, some vocal regulars, some occasional commenters,…

2017-06-21 15:33   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Study finds: Corn better used as food than biofuel

From the UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN and the “don’t burn your food” department. Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted…

2017-06-21 14:56   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Claim: Carbon Taxes are Not Punitive, they Just Change Behaviour

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Apparently carbon taxes are not punitive, because anyone who wants to save money on carbon taxed gasoline can always purchase an electric car. Are Carbon Taxes The Solution To Global Warming? Quora , CONTRIBUTOR Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Am I correct to say that carbon taxes…

2017-06-21 10:46   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: A Rebuttal to Environmentalists’ Claims That “Arctic Drilling Revenue Predictions Are ‘Way Off’”

Guest post by David Middleton Why would anyone care what “environmentalists” have to say about potential Arctic oil revenue?  I only care because their “reasoning” is both fun and easy to ridicule. Environmentalists Say Arctic Drilling Revenue Predictions ‘Way Off’ IULIA GHEORGHIU | JUNE 19, 2017 Conservation advocates believe opening up the Arctic National Wildlife…

2017-06-20 21:46   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: The New ‘Consensus’ On Global Warming – a shocking admission by “Team Climate”

From the “well maybe there was a hiatus after all” walkback department. Even Mann is on board with this paper. By MICHAEL BASTASCH AND DR. RYAN MAUE A scientific consensus has emerged among top mainstream climate scientists that “skeptics” or “lukewarmers” were not long ago derided for suggesting — there was a nearly two-decade long…

2017-06-20 16:29   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Study: California once had 150 straight years of stormy, wet, weather

From Vanderbilt University and the “yes, but if it happened today, it would be blamed on global warming” department. Wet and stormy weather lashed California coast… 8,200 years ago First high resolution evidence of California climate response to Holocene 8.2 ka event The weather report for California 8,200 years ago was exceptionally wet and stormy.…

2017-06-20 15:50   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Tesla car battery production releases as much CO2 as 8 years of gasoline driving

Ooops, looks like those “saving the planet” Tesla snobs just got their eco-ride de-pimped From NyTeknik: h/t to Don Shaw (translated) Huge hopes have been tied to electric cars as the solution to automotive CO2 climate problem. But it turns out the the electric car batteries are eco-villains in the production process of creating them. Several…

2017-06-20 15:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: AAAS: “Let’s hold them accountable”

Guest post by David Middleton This morning, I received another email from the American Association for the Advancement of Science… We cannot overstate this: Under the current administration, the future of scientific inquiry and discovery in the U.S. is in serious jeopardy. You can do something important right now to protect our progress and our…

2017-06-20 14:09   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Climate Study: The Lobsters are Safe – For Now

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Attendees of UN IPCC climate parties conferences will be reassured to know that delicious Rock Lobsters are showing surprising resilience to the impact of climate change. But ongoing studies are required. Rock lobster ‘resilience’ to climate change promising, but future not assured By Harriet Aird The southern rock lobster is…

2017-06-20 05:27   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: The Laws of Averages: Part 2, A Beam of Darkness

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   This essay is second in a series of essays about Averages — their use and misuse.  My interest is in the logical and scientific errors, the informational errors, that can result from what I have playfully coined “The Laws of Averages”. Averages As both the word and the concept…

2017-06-20 00:32   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: New Study: Scientists Find Recent Uk Flooding Is Not Unprecedented

From the GWPF Observatory This new paper presents the first coherent large-scale national analysis undertaken on historical flood chronologies in Britain, providing an unparalleled network of sites (Fig. 1), permitting analysis of the spatial and temporal distribution of high-magnitude flood patterns and the potential mechanisms driving periods of increased flooding at a national scale…

2017-06-19 17:04   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Why "Climate Science" Snubs Climatic Temperature

Guest essay by Leo Goldstein When something pretending to be a science cannot adequately define a quantity for its central subject, this something is inarguably a pseudo-science. This is certainly the case in the self-professed “climate science.” It proposes the hypothesis of a dangerously warming climate, but does it define a meaningful climatic temperature that…

2017-06-19 09:41   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Did UK Government Climate Mania Contribute to the Grenfell Tower Disaster?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The flammable building cladding which helped turn Grenfell Tower into a blazing torch which killed at least 58 people on the 14th June this year may have been chosen in part due to its climate credentials. Grenfell Tower cladding that may have led to fire was chosen to improve appearance…

2017-06-19 03:15   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Major refresh to WUWT’s Sea Ice Reference page

One of WUWT’s most read reference pages has been the Sea Ice reference page. For over a year, it could be described with one word, dreadful. The many problems included: WordPress broke handling of non-SSL references to images to display. They seem to be downloading them into their own cache directory, but never update it.…

2017-06-19 02:53   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Global versus Greenland Holocene Temperatures

By Andy May Last week, I posted a global temperature reconstruction based mostly on Marcott, et al. 2013 proxies. The post can be found here. In the comments on the Wattsupwiththat post there was considerable discussion about the difference between my Northern Hemisphere mid-latitude (30°N to 60°N) and the GISP2 Richard Alley central Greenland temperature…

2017-06-19 00:48   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: The Quasi Geostrophic Global Atmosphere and Related Gyres

Guest essay by Michael Wallace, Hydrologist and Graduate Student at UNM Dept of Nanoscience and Microsystems. I am a hydroclimatologist who works and researches in the area of solar based climate forecasting. In advancing that, I’ve adapted data from various sources of my interest and have run that data through various graphical and stochastic exercises.…

2017-06-18 21:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Daily Telegraph: There is No Such Thing as Affordable Renewable Energy

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Awareness is slowly permeating through the media that renewables inevitably lead to higher electricity prices – and that the Australian energy grid is in deep trouble. But this awareness is too little, too late, to save what is left of what was once one of the cheapest electricity grids in…

2017-06-17 22:42   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Shocker: Government mandated trillions in global renewable investment tally

But — wind and solar provide only 1% of 2015 world energy Guest essay by Larry Hamlin The 2017 edition of the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) has been released providing a status assessment of global renewable energy use with energy consumption data reflected through 2015. The report presents the following breakdown of total…

2017-06-17 20:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Paleo Expert: Earth is Not in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t JoNova – According to renowned Smithsonian Paleontologist Doug Erwin, people who claim we are in the midst of an anthropogenic mass extinction don’t have a clue what a mass extinction actually is. Earth Is Not in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction “As scientists we have a responsibility…

2017-06-17 09:15   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Claim: Global diet and farming methods ‘must change for environment’s sake’

From IOP PUBLISHING and the “our way or the highway” department: Global diet and farming methods ‘must change for environment’s sake’ Reducing meat consumption and using more efficient farming methods globally are essential to stave off irreversible damage to the environmental, a new study says. The research, from the University of Minnesota, also found that…

2017-06-16 19:06   Click to comment


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