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  • Montana, Wyoming Receive Unusual Late-July Snowfall (PHOTOS)

    07/29/2015 7:07:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    WEATHER.COM ^ | Jul 28 2015 | Sean Breslin
    Ski resorts in parts of Montana and Wyoming fired up their webcams to capture images of something they don't usually see on their slopes: snow falling in late July. "An abnormally powerful low-pressure system is winding up near the Montana-Saskatchewan border – something more typical of the cold-weather season than mid-July," said weather.com senior meteorologist Nick Wiltgen. "As a result, it's yanking some pretty cold air southward quickly enough to bring subfreezing temperatures into the Northern Rockies at elevations above 10,000 feet or so. Throw in some moisture and boom, snow." The system dumped several inches of wintry precipitation on...
  • Drone View of Norway’s Arctic Midnight Sun

    07/28/2015 11:55:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Jul 2015
    Ever wondered what the midnight sun might look like from the top of one of Norway’s most scenic mountains? This drone video gives you a taste of the Arctic when the sun never sets. Dønnamannen Mountain may not be the tallest at 858 meters above sea level, but the views from the top are spectacular. On a clear day (or night) you can see the Lofoten Wall and Okstindan, as well as well-known mountains and islands such as the Seven Sisters, Vega, Lovund, Hestmannen, Torghatten, Lovund and Træna. The north face of the mountain is virtually vertical, while the south...
  • Your Green Car Could Cause Black Rain in China

    07/28/2015 9:27:51 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 6 replies
    National Observer ^ | July 28, 2015 15:12 GMT | Charles Mandel
    You may have a "green" car, but it could be causing black rain in China from the graphite mined and used in its lithium ion battery. Two academics at Toronto's York University, Carla Lipsig-Mumme and Caleb Goods, applaud many of the new advances in green technology in recent years, but at the same time warn that those very technologies may come with a host of environmental issues. The pair issue a caution about “superindustrialization” in which the answer to climate change is a matter of “technological adjustment.” In an article recently published in The Conversation and picked up by the...
  • UVM study: Washington DC Sinking Into Sea

    07/28/2015 8:57:40 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 59 replies
    University of Vermont ^ | July 28, 2015 20:42 GMT | Joshua E. Brown
    New research confirms that the land under the Chesapeake Bay is sinking rapidly and projects that Washington, D.C., could drop by six or more inches in the next century—adding to the problems of sea-level rise. This falling land will exacerbate the flooding that the nation’s capital faces from rising ocean waters due to a warming climate and melting ice sheets—accelerating the threat to the region’s monuments, roads, wildlife refuges, and military installations. For sixty years, tide gauges have shown that sea level in the Chesapeake is rising at twice the global average rate and faster than elsewhere on the East...
  • France targets carbon tax in energy transition law (quadruples rate in five years)

    07/27/2015 12:44:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 27 Jul 2015 08:03 | (Journal de l’Environnement | translated by Samuel White)
    The debate is finally over. After more than a year of national consultations, draft bills and parliamentary discussions, French MPs finally adopted the bill for an Energy Transition for Green Growth on Wednesday 22 July. The substance of this far-reaching bill was subject to significant re-shaping by both houses of the French parliament, as well as the government. […] The adopted bill contains several last minute additions, including a Senate amendment to increase the carbon tax on fossil fuel use to €56 per ton in 2020, a four-fold increase, and €100 in 2030. “The trajectory of the carbon tax increase...
  • Have three climate change scientists been ASSASSINATED? The astonishing claim made by professor

    07/25/2015 4:41:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/25/15 | Gemma Mullin
    Have three climate change scientists been ASSASSINATED? The astonishing claim made by a Cambridge professor A Cambridge professor has claimed that three scientists investigating climate change in the Arctic may have been assassinated. Professor Peter Wadhams insists Seymour Laxon, Katharine Giles and Tim Boyd could have been murdered by someone possibly working for the oil industry or within government forces. The trio had been studying the polar ice caps - with a focus on sea ice - when they died within a few months of each other in 2013.
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary July 25, 2015

    07/25/2015 9:31:28 AM PDT · by Excellence · 18 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | July 25, 2015 | Joe Bastardi
    Free and open to the public, Joe Bastardi's analysis of upcoming winter, comparing the '97-'98 El Nino to this year's El Nino. Also short term weather, with particular focus on the system now parked on the east side of Florida.
  • Mayors endorse UN sustainability goals at Vatican

    07/22/2015 10:23:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2015 12:14 PM EDT
    Mayors emboldened by an appeal from Pope Francis are committing themselves to a new set of U.N. goals to end poverty and promote sustainable development over the next 15 years. At the end of a two-day Vatican summit on Wednesday, several dozen mayors from around the world unanimously adopted a declaration pledging to endorse the goals and work to implement them in their home cities. …
  • Sharknado 3: Three Actual Weather Events Nearly as Wild

    07/22/2015 7:25:35 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 21 replies
    Accuweather ^ | 22 July 2015 | Erin Cassidy
    To great social media fanfare, "Sharknado 3" premiers July 22, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. ET on the SyFy Channel.While campy disaster films aren't known for their scientific integrity, the Sharknado series makes some interesting inaccuracies. A great white shark. (Credit: Flickr/Grant Peters) But "Sharknado" fans who live in fear of a shark-filled tornado can rest easy, the idea still remains completely implausible.However, the weather has been known to cause several head-scratching events, ranging from seemingly apocalyptic to downright bizarre. Many popular colloquiums suggest animals pouring from the sky - from cats and dogs all the way to men. Thankfully, these...
  • Record Global Temperatures? Don't Get Too Heated Up

    07/22/2015 6:40:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    IBD ^ | 07/21/2015
    While leaders meet in the Vatican for a climate conference, talk of record high global temperatures will fuel hysteria. But there's truly nothing to see here. Voices of the unreasonable screeched Tuesday across St. Peter's Square. California Gov. Jerry Brown was the most colorful. He took the opportunity to call anyone who doesn't believe in man-made global warming as he does a "denier," which is also the pejorative used to describe those who say the Holocaust never happened. He also called those who don't conform to his way of thinking "troglodytes." New York Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the choir,...
  • State board grants provisional charter for NY Climate Museum

    07/20/2015 11:45:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 20, 2015 9:56 PM EDT | Jim Fitzgerald
    The plan for a museum in the city that would focus on climate and climate change, with exhibits that could relate to health, social justice and rain-delayed baseball games, moved a step forward Monday, officials said. The state Board of Regents, meeting in Albany, approved a five-year provisional charter for the museum, Regents spokesman Tom Dunn said. The vote means “there is absolutely going to be a museum,” said Miranda Massie, executive director of the Climate Museum Launch Project. She said the museum is now “empowered to hold collections in trust for the public.” Supporters say it would be the...
  • Your Instant Ramen Noodles Are a Massive Threat to the Environment

    07/20/2015 6:31:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 115 replies
    Salon ^ | SATURDAY, JUL 18, 2015 | Renard Loki
    Bad news for broke college students, even worse news for the planet VIDEO For decades, instant ramen noodles have been a culinary staple for cash-poor college students, young working professionals and even prisoners. Yet ramen noodles are a main culprit of deforestation due to the high amount of unsustainable palm oil used to make them. While several large food corporations have committed to eliminating conflict palm oil from their supply chains, two of the world’s biggest instant noodle producers, Nissin Foods Holdings and Toyo Suisan Kaisha (Maruchan), both Japanese firms, have failed to adopt responsible palm oil policies, according to...
  • Floodwaters wash out, shut down part of I-10 in Southern California

    07/20/2015 10:07:43 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 15 replies
    cnn.com ^ | July 20, 2015 | Ed Payne and Joe Sutton,
    Heavy rains and flooding washed out parts of Interstate 10 in Southern California, shutting down traffic in both directions. (snip) The incident took place near Desert Center, about 170 miles east of Los Angeles and about 50 miles from the Arizona border.
  • Storms wash away part of Interstate 10 in Southern California

    07/19/2015 11:13:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 20, 2015
    all traffic on both sides of the highway was closed. The westbound side of the freeway remained intact, but officers had stopped traffic while they tested its stability. A pair of small nearby highways that could possibly serve as detours were also closed. ... The showers forced the Los Angeles Angels' first rainout in 20 years and the San Diego Padres' first rainout since 2006. Saturday's rainfall broke records in at least 11 locations, including five places that had the most rain ever recorded on any day in July, Sirard said. July is typically the driest month of the year...
  • Hawaii Gets Summer Snow On Mauna Kea

    07/19/2015 4:05:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Big Island News ^ | July 17, 2015
    After heavy rain and thunderstorms overnight, Hawaii Island residents awoke Friday to snow on the summit of Mauna Kea. Observatory webcams stationed at the summit captured the snow, which is rare in July but not unheard of. Snow can occur on the summit of the 13,796 foot at any time of the year, although its more common in the winter months. The Mauna Kea Access Road is now closed. Rangers posted this message: The road to the summit of Maunakea is closed to the public at the Visitors Information Station due to icy road conditions at the summit. After road...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary July 18, 2015

    07/18/2015 10:33:20 AM PDT · by Excellence · 10 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | July 18, 2015 | Joe Bastardi
    Good weather forecast for remainder of July, hint at August.
  • Thunderstorm brings snow to Hawaii in July

    07/18/2015 5:41:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 17, 2015 7:53 PM EDT
    An overnight thunderstorm dropped 1½ to 2 inches of snow on the summit of Hawaii's tallest peak in July. Cameras at Mauna Kea’s summit showed some snow still on the ground midday Friday. Mauna Kea Weather Center forecast meteorologist Ryan Lyman says it should be melting quickly. …
  • Oregon ‘Will Be Toast’ When Next Big Earthquake Hits

    07/16/2015 11:03:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KOIN ^ | 7/16
    Northwest region is 72 years overdue for next big earthquake, experts sayOne of Oregon’s top earthquake experts predicts the “really big one” will wipe out the entire Northwest. In fact, the area’s FEMA director said everything west of I-5 “will be toast”. Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, says there will be 6 minutes of shaking when the 'really big' quake hits. (KOIN) Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, says there will be 6 minutes of shaking when the ‘really big’ quake hits. (KOIN) In The New Yorker article “The Really Big...
  • 48°F In The Middle Of July

    07/15/2015 6:39:42 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 85 replies
    My Outdoor Thermometer | 15 July 2015 | Steely
    I just thought this was worth noting. I live in Upstate New York, where in years past it would often be in the upper nineties at this point in the annual weather cycle. The leaves are beginning to turn on some of the trees in my neighborhood. We've had a succession of below-normal days. "Accuweather" (BTW) says it's 57° where I live. Last year, there was one evening on which Accuweather said it was eighteen degrees hotter where I live than what my outdoor thermometer said. I haven't heard President Obama saying much about global warming this summer, other than...
  • Natural geothermal heating in melt-hit Antarctic region 'SURPRISINGLY high' [REAL global warming]

    07/13/2015 7:23:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    The Register ^ | 07/13/2015 | Lewis Page
    So it IS global warming melting it – just not the way they meanGeothermal heating - from within the Earth's core, not the possibly warming air or sea - beneath the much-studied West Antarctic Ice Sheet has been measured for the first time ever, and been found to be "surprisingly high".The West Antarctic sheet is the part of the Antarctic ice cap thought to be easiest to melt and thus worries over global warming and sea-level rise lead to it being investigated much more than other parts of the frozen austral continent. Some parts of it, for instance the Pine...
  • Claim of UK’s ‘Hottest Day on Record’ Demolished By The Facts

    07/12/2015 6:56:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 12 Jul 2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Early July saw Britain basking in a brief heatwave, with air temperatures across much of south and east England hitting the mid 30s centigrade. On July 1, the Met Office announced that the UK had recorded the hottest July day on record, with temperatures hitting 36.7° centigrade at Heathrow airport. The claim was widely repeated in the media—the BBC’s headline read “Hottest July day ever recorded in UK”, while The Guardian opted for a live blog under the headline “Heatwave live: Britain swelters on hottest July day on record”. But eagle-eyed climate bloggers immediately spotted a problem with the so-called...
  • Global warming to cause ice age in 2030… or a flood

    07/12/2015 7:02:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/12/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    No, not really. But the conflicting headlines I’m seeing this week might as well say that. Apparently we’re all still doomed, but our first item in recent climate news deals with a different phenomenon than the usual screeds which, rather than melting the ice caps and drowning all of the coastal cities, is going to bring on a new mini-ice starting in about fifteen years. Rather than carbon emissions or fracking, the culprit this time is the sun. (From the Daily Mail) The Earth could be headed for a ‘mini ice age’ researchers have warned.A new study claims to...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary July 11, 2015

    07/11/2015 6:17:15 PM PDT · by Excellence · 10 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | July 11, 2015 | Joe Bastardi
    Your weekly Joe Bastardi weather and climate rant!
  • The Sun Is Going To Sleep

    07/11/2015 7:40:41 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 44 replies
    Suspicious0bservers ^ | July 10, 2015 | Ben Davidson
    ublished on Jul 10, 2015 This Members-Only content from Suspicious0bservers.org has been shared on YouTube because it describes and frames what is probably the single most significant heliophysics discovery of the year. The subject of a coming grand minimum, despite some of the experts' concurrence and the data suggesting only one near-term outcome for the sun, has drawn controversy from many in the heliophysics community; I have fallen on the side of a coming grand minimum and am not shy about my praise for this mathematical model. I don't like most models; they tend not to match observational data -...
  • First Lady to Indian Youth: We’re Finally Embracing ‘Wisdom of Your Ancestors’ on Climate Change

    07/10/2015 10:36:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 9, 2015 | 5:15 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    First Lady Michelle Obama said on Thursday at a tribal youth gathering at the White House that the United States is “finally” embracing the wisdom of Native Americans on conservation and climate change, and claimed that America’s founders modeled the U.S. government partly on the “Iroquois Confederacy.” “Today, on issues like conservation and climate change, we are finally beginning to embrace the wisdom of your ancestors,” Mrs. Obama said at the event where youth from 230 tribes from 42 states participated. “Now, long before the United States was even an idea, your ancestors were harvesting the crops that would feed...
  • Indian and Pacific Oceans Have Been 'Hiding' Global Warming

    07/10/2015 2:24:44 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 28 replies
    The New Indian Express ^ | July 10, 2015 08:10 UTC | PTI
    WASHINGTON: Extra heat from greenhouse gases has been trapped in the waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans in recent years, which may explain the so-called 'pause' in global warming observed during the past decade, according to a new NASA study. Researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California, found a specific layer of the Indian and Pacific oceans between 100 and 300 metres below the surface has been accumulating more heat than previously recognised. During the 20th century, as greenhouse gas concentrations increased and trapped more heat energy on Earth, global surface temperatures also increased. However, in the 21st...
  • Colorado’s Future…Fracking & the Psychology and Science of Climate Change—July 13th

    07/09/2015 5:16:46 PM PDT · by Trteamer · 7 replies
    Trteamer | 7-9-15 | Trteamer
    Brittany Bloodhart- PhD in Social Psychology and Women’s Studies, currently a post-doctoral fellow and adjunct faculty at Colorado State University. Brittany will talk about ways to encourage pro-environmental behavior and policy support by psychologically connecting individuals with the impacts of climate change.
  • Global Warming Is Wiping Out the Bees

    07/09/2015 12:50:06 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 44 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | July 9, 2015 18:00 UTC | Alan Neuhauser
    Bumblebees, a linchpin of the global food supply, are vanishing across huge swaths of North America and Europe as a result of climate change, a new study says. The findings, published Thursday in the journal Science, apparently solve a mystery that's alarmed farmers, experts, policymakers and environmental advocates worldwide, as well as bedeviled researchers. While habitat destruction and potent pesticides known as neonicotinoids have destroyed some bumblebee populations, researchers concluded climate change has played the greatest role in the mass disappearance of bumblebee species, which pollinate plants and crops that are part of the food supply for both animals and...
  • What the ____ is up with all the rain in the Midwest?

    07/09/2015 10:43:22 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 116 replies
    7/9/2015 | Mad Dawgg
    We Ohioans tend to go on about the weather in the Buckeye State but dang man its rained like 3 weeks straight. I feel this is a bit excessive, and I knew it was getting serious when I couldn't buy lumber at any of the local Lowe's and Home Depots... Apparently some dewd named Noah has put in some big orders for building materials... There is also a rumor going around that some alien race is terraforming the Earth to support Merpeople... Also a møøse once bit my sister...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary (7/4)

    07/04/2015 10:51:36 AM PDT · by Excellence · 6 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | July 4, 2015 | Joe Bastardi
    An explanation of the Madden–Julian oscillation and its relationship to tropical activity. Shift in sea surface temps bodes well for getting rid of the "ridiculously resilient ridge" off the west coast of the US/Canada.
  • Touring world's largest pump station? 5 things to know

    07/03/2015 3:43:34 PM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/1/15 | Andrea Shaw, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    The world's largest drainage pump station, in Plaquemines Parish, could be opened for a public tour this fall during a campaign to educate West Bank residents about their $4 billion flood protection system. Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West officials are considering an open house as they ask West Jefferson voters for a $5.5 million property tax increase and Algiers voters for a 30-year tax renewal for flood protection.Officials say the money is needed to cover $34 million in expenses associated with operation and maintenance of 100 miles of levees, floodwalls and floodgates built after Hurricane Katrina. Last year, the authority...
  • Pittsburgh Regatta will go on without boats, water events

    07/03/2015 11:56:09 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 12 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | July 3 | Tom Fontaine
    Organizers of this weekend's EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta said Friday they canceled all scheduled boat races because of hazardous river conditions
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary June 27, 2015

    06/27/2015 9:15:56 AM PDT · by Excellence · 8 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | June 27, 2015 | Joe Bastardi
    Really, really complicated talk on pressure systems, the dust coming off the west coast of Africa, the El Nińo, the JMO. It's more like a college lecture than a weather report. Indulge. Learn.
  • Michael Jackson sighted moonwalking in the clouds over Goochland County, Va.

    06/26/2015 11:41:03 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6-26-2015 | Kevin Ambrose
    The likeness of Michael Jackson was spotted in the clouds over central Virginia earlier this week, moon-walking through a thunderstorm. The photo went viral in the local news circuit and on social media — or at least as viral as a cloud story can go. You can see him in the top center of the photo above, taken in Goochland County, Va., on Tuesday by John Plashal. It’s a bit of a stretch, but I suppose it’s feasible that the King of Pop, with his quintessential black pants + white shirt combo is visible without much of a head or left...
  • There’s a giant hole that’s draining a lake on the border of Oklahoma and Texas like it’s a bathtub

    06/25/2015 2:04:24 PM PDT · by Smittie · 50 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | June 24, 2015 | Tanya Lewis
    Like something straight out of "The Twilight Zone", a swirling vortex has opened up in a giant lake on the border of Oklahoma and Texas. The gaping hole — which appeared recently in Lake Texoma — alarmed everyone from Twitter users to the Tulsa District US Army Corps of Engineers, who posted a YouTube video of the vortex. Below the video, they describe the hole as being "8 feet in diameter and capable of sucking in a full-sized boat."
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary June 20, 2015

    06/20/2015 10:29:27 AM PDT · by Excellence · 8 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | June 20, 2015 | Joe Bastardi
    Must see, Joe goes into the implications of the crash of the Southern Oscillation Index and the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Rain and cooling in the mid-west, hell on Earth west of the Rockies.
  • Couple Paints American Flag On Brown Lawn As San Jose Forces Water Cutbacks During Drought

    06/16/2015 7:11:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | June 15, 2015 10:39 PM | Andria Borba
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose is forcing its residents to cut back on water use during the drought, so one couple found a patriotic solution to their ugly brown lawn by painting an American flag on it. Claudia Decker and her husband stopped watering their lawn in January. Tired of looking at the patchy turf and dirt, they wanted to increase their curb appeal. “People are painting their lawns green because of the drought,” Decker told KPIX 5. Instead of green, the couple painted an American flag on the lawn, in honor of Flag Day. The flag even...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary June 13, 2015

    06/13/2015 1:58:23 PM PDT · by Excellence · 9 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | June 13,2015 | Joe Bastardi
    Joe is doing a remote from Madison Wisconsin, so it's short and all about the rain in Texas.
  • Where is All the CO2 Really Going?

    06/12/2015 8:14:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/12/2015 | Norman Rogers
    When fossil fuels -- coal, oil and natural gas -- burn, the major combustion products are carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor. Water doesn’t matter since it is already everywhere and adding a little bit more to the Earth won’t tip any balances. CO2, on the other hand is considered to be a great evil by those who believe in catastrophic global warming. It’s perfectly reasonable that adding CO2 to the atmosphere could cause some warming, probably minor. This perfectly reasonably supposition was turned into unreasonable dogma by certain scientific disciplines that sensed an opportunity. They realized that if CO2...
  • Global warming: When science meets science fiction

    06/06/2015 5:13:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    washington times ^ | June 6, 2015 | Tim Constantine
    That’s right, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is turning science into science fiction — literally. The federal agency “adjusted” the hiatus in warming out of the temperature record. New climate data by NOAA “scientists and researchers doubles the warming trend since the late 1990s by adjusting pre-hiatus temperatures downward and inflating temperatures in more recent years. You read me right. These “scientists and researchers” have determined they know better than the actual weather records what the temperatures around the globe were and are. It’s not fact. It’s not science. It’s their best guess, which by no small coincidence,...
  • Global Warming: The Theory that Predicts Nothing and Explains Everything

    06/09/2015 6:29:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 06/09/2015 | By Robert Tracinski
    A lot of us having been pointing out one of the big problems with the global warming theory: a long plateau in global temperatures since about 1998. Most significantly, this leveling off was not predicted by the theory, and observed temperatures have been below the lowest end of the range predicted by all of the computerized climate models. So what to do if your theory doesn’t fit the data? Why, change the data, of course! Hence a blockbuster new report: a new analysis of temperature data since 1998 “adjusts” the numbers and magically finds that there was no plateau...
  • On World Oceans Day, Naked Celebs Pose With Fish (did these gropers consent to being manhandled?)

    06/08/2015 5:04:53 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 58 replies
    ABC News via Good Morning America ^ | Jun 8, 2015, 2:57 PM ET | JOANNA PRISCOJOANNA PRISCO
    ...As part of an annual photo project coordinated by Fishlove -- a U.K. nonprofit group devoted to protecting the Earth's marine ecosystems and promoting sustainable fishing practices -- stars ranging from Dame Judi Dench to Sir Richard Branson to Helena Bonham Carter were photographed in the buff alongside various sea creatures... ...Today, the images have taken on special significance across the Internet due to World Oceans Day, an international effort to raise awareness regarding sea life.
  • Hippy Dippy Weatherman on Weather Patterns (1971)

    06/07/2015 10:26:08 AM PDT · by HonkyTonkMan · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1971
    Flip Wilson & George Carlin Funny News Clips. Classic comedy skits. Hippy Dippy Weatherman
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary June 6, 2015

    06/06/2015 2:37:21 PM PDT · by Excellence · 11 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | June 6, 2015 | Joe Bastardi
    Joe Bastardi's take on weather and climate.
  • Ten Years Without a Hurricane Hit, Is Florida's Lucky Streak About to End?

    06/03/2015 11:05:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 6/1 | Noreen O'Donnell
    “I guarantee you that remarkable streak is going to end,” says a National Hurricane Center spokesman as hurricane season gets underway.The last time Florida faced down a hurricane's full wrath was a decade ago. Since then the state has grown by at least 2.5 million people. Many newcomers may be unprepared for the punishing winds and surges of water that come with a direct hit, and not used to boarding up their windows or evacuating their homes. That worries professional hurricane watchers. “There are going to be people who have moved to the state and don’t know what to do,...
  • Another global warming catastrophe: the Sahara Desert is actually getting greener

    06/03/2015 7:16:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/02/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    This story is actually quite fascinating and it obviously has something to do with changes in the climate, but just how to explain it all remains a subject of contention. You would think that increasing temperatures would make things worse in the deserts of the world, but in a rather counterintuitive instance of planet watching, it appears that the Sahara desert may actually be shrinking. A few thousand years ago, a mighty river flowed through the Sahara across what is today Sudan. The Wadi Howar—now just a dried-out riverbed for most of the year—sustained not just fish, crocodiles, and...
  • Japan Approves Plan for 26% Cut to Greenhouse Gases

    06/01/2015 9:30:36 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 11 replies
    Financial Review ^ | Tuesday, June 2, 2015 13:67 GMT | Chisaki Watanabe
    Cabinet ministers in Japan approved a plan to reduce greenhouse gases by 26 percent by 2030, a goal already criticized by environmental groups as too timid and statistically unsound. The cuts, first unveiled in a draft in April, will use 2013 as a baseline. Acceptance of the draft report was announced by Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki Tuesday in Tokyo. Final approval will be sought after public comment. Adopting 2013 as a starting point is contentious because it's a year when Japan recorded its second-highest emissions level ever as it burned more fossil fuels to replace nuclear power lost after the...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary (5/30)

    05/30/2015 4:09:14 PM PDT · by Excellence · 12 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | May 30,2015 | Joe Bastardi
    The Seal Team 6 of weather. Joe and Ryan predicted summer weather, US government just now catching up. AGW drought in Texas now AGW flood. Good Grief. MJO gaining a lot of amplitude, confirming El Nino. Rainfall way above normal, but Texas drying out as the storms moves east. More cool weather in center of country, moving east.
  • California’s largest lake is slipping away amid an epic drought

    05/29/2015 11:06:23 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 49 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2015 | Todd C. Frankel
    The Salton Sea is the largest lake in California, 360 square miles of unlikely liquid pooled in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. Now the sea is slipping away. The Salton Sea needs more water — but so does just about every other place in California. And what is happening here perfectly illustrates the fight over water in the West, where epic drought has revived decades-old battles and the simple solutions have all been tried. Allowing the Salton Sea to shrink unabated would be catastrophic, experts say. Dried lake bed, called playa, is lighter and flies farther than ordinary soil....
  • Hopes rise for a strong El Niño to ease California drought

    05/28/2015 12:14:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    l a times ^ | Rong-Gong Lin II and Rosanna Xia
    This month's weather suggests how El Niño's building strength is already affecting the United States. It's giving weather scientists reason to be cautiously optimistic that it has the stamina to see it through California's rainy season, which typically begins in October and ends in April. "Can one big year ease the drought conditions? Yes, it can," said Michael Anderson, state climatologist with the California Department of Water Resources. "It can definitely replenish the surface storage and can have some benefit to starting to replenish some of the groundwater." ... El Niño is the warming of Pacific Ocean waters along the...