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  • Why Modern Meteorologists Use a 19th-Century Crystal Ball

    04/22/2016 12:04:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | April 19, 2016 | Ella Morton
    Crystal balls at the South Pole. (Photo: Eli Duke/CC BY-SA 2.0)It sounds like the premise for a riddle: At the South Pole are two crystal balls that provides unfailingly accurate information—not about the future, but about the past. This is no trick. It's just meteorology. The dual glass spheres at the South Pole are Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorders, orbs that capture the number of hours of direct sunlight each day, as well as its intensity.Sunshine recorders first came about in the 1850s, thanks to John Francis Campbell—the Campbell in Campbell-Stokes. Around 1853, Campbell, a Scottish author who focused on Celtic folklore, developed a desire to quantify...
  • 'Dr. George' Fischbeck dies at 92; popular weatherman at KABC-TV

    03/25/2015 3:12:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 25, 2015 | Valerie J. Nelson
    George Fischbeck, a science teacher turned weatherman who joined KABC-TV in 1972 and spent nearly two decades exuberantly delivering the local forecast, has died. He was 92. Fischbeck, who was known as "Dr. George," died of natural causes early Wednesday morning at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement home in Woodland Hills, his daughter, Nancy Fischbeck, said. A trained meteorologist, George Fischbeck was so enthusiastic about his subject that he sometimes forgot to talk about the next day's weather.
  • NASA Admits That Winters are Going to Get Colder…Much Colder

    03/03/2015 9:48:29 AM PST · by Perseverando · 67 replies
    D.C. Clothesline ^ | November 18, 2014 | Chris Carrington
    The Maunder Minimum (also known as the prolonged sunspot minimum) is the name used for the period roughly spanning 1645 to 1715 when sunspots became exceedingly rare, as noted by solar observers of the time. Like the Dalton Minimum and Spörer Minimum, the Maunder Minimum coincided with a period of lower-than-average global temperatures. During one 30-year period within the Maunder Minimum, astronomers observed only about 50 sunspots, as opposed to a more typical 40,000-50,000 spots. (Source) Climatologist John Casey, a former space shuttle engineer and NASA consultant, thinks that last year’s winter, described by USA Today as “one of...
  • A US Navy satellite used to provide real-time weather reports has exploded in space.

    03/02/2015 7:56:18 PM PST · by CMB_polarization · 110 replies
    Sky News ^ | 2 march 2015 | sky news
    The US Air Force confirmed that the 20-year-old Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 13 (DMSP-F13) suffered a "catastrophic event". It shattered into 43 pieces following a sudden temperature spike which triggered the loss of its altitude control. The event happened on 3 February but the incident has only just came to light following questions from website Space News.
  • Weather Research Survey: University of Oklahoma?

    02/17/2015 5:57:01 PM PST · by DBCJR · 7 replies
    We are from the School of Meteorology and we invite you to participate in our research project entitled Tornado Warning Communication and Response. This research is being conducted at The University of Oklahoma. You were selected as a possible participant because you received the link to the online survey. What is the purpose of this research? The purpose of this research is to study how different individuals respond to severe weather communication. What will I be asked to do? If you agree to be in this research, you will answer 10 questions regarding severe weather communication, each with multiple parts....
  • What Catastrophe?

    01/07/2014 10:58:46 AM PST · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 7, 2014 | Ethan Epstein
    When you first meet Richard Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology at MIT, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, leading climate “skeptic,” and all-around scourge of James Hansen, Bill McKibben, Al Gore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and sundry other climate “alarmists,” as Lindzen calls them, you may find yourself a bit surprised. If you know Lindzen only from the way his opponents characterize him—variously, a liar, a lunatic, a charlatan, a denier, a shyster, a crazy person, corrupt—you might expect a spittle-flecked, wild-eyed loon. But in person, Lindzen cuts a rather different figure. With his...
  • Birmingham, Huntsville part of nation's highest-risk tornado corridor, study by UAH researcher finds

    09/21/2013 2:05:19 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 28 replies ^ | September 20, 2013 | Paul Gattis
    HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - The greatest risk of being impacted by a significant tornado in the United States is in a Deep South corridor that includes Huntsville and Birmingham, not the Great Plains region of Oklahoma and Kansas, according to a study co-authored by a University of Alabama in Huntsville researcher. The research paper was written by Tim Coleman, an adjunct professor and researcher in the Earth Systems Science Center at UAH, and Grady Dixon, an associate professor of meteorology and climatology at Mississippi State University. The paper is scheduled to be published by the American Meteorology Society's Weather and Forecasting,...
  • Huge Texas supercell storm captured in amazing timelapse by photographer ...

    06/18/2013 1:11:32 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 12, 2013 | James Daniel
    Huge Texas supercell storm captured in amazing timelapse by photographer who spent four years chasing phenomenon It doesn't take much to be reminded of the power of mother nature, but even at her most ferocious there can still be beauty. A spectacular video was captured by photographer Mike Olbinski near Booker, Texas, after four years of searching for such a stunning supercell thunderstorm.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Supercell Thunderstorm Over Texas

    06/18/2013 3:22:45 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | June 18, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Is that a cloud or an alien spaceship? It's an unusual and sometimes dangerous type of thunderstorm cloud called a supercell. Supercells may spawn damaging tornados, hail, downbursts of air, or drenching rain. Or they may just look impressive. A supercell harbors a mesocylone -- a rising column of air surrounded by drafts of falling air. Supercells could occur over many places on Earth but are particularly common in Tornado Alley of the USA. Pictured above are four time lapse sequences of a supercell rotating above and moving across Booker, Texas. Captured in the video are new clouds forming...
  • New Engineering Study Finds No EF5 Damage in Joplin

    06/10/2013 10:11:45 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 14 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | Jun 10, 2013 | AP
    JOPLIN, Mo. — A new engineering study of the damage caused by the May 2011 tornado that struck Joplin found no evidence that it was an EF5, as the National Weather Service found, because the city's homes and businesses weren't built to withstand wind speeds that strong, making such a determination impossible. The study by the American Society of Civil Engineers found that more than 83 percent of the damage on May 22, 2011, was caused by winds of 135 mph or less, which is equal to the maximum wind speed of an EF2 tornado, and that about 13 percent...
  • How did storm chaser Tim Samaras, one of the safest, most cautious chasers, get killed in a tornado?

    06/05/2013 3:45:55 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 39 replies ^ | 6/3/2013 | Kim Nguyen
    DENVER - The news of the deaths of storm chasers Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras, and veteran chasing partner Carl Young have stunned the storm chasing and weather science community and left many questions unanswered. How did this happen to one of the most cautious and safest storm chasers in the country? How did the team find themselves trapped in a tornado? What happened? "He was just caught up in a very unfortunate situation, where he was tracking a tornado and the tornado turned against him and there was no way he could get out from it," Tim's brother,...
  • Busting out all over: Black mob violence

    04/12/2013 4:50:42 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 133 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/12/2013 | Colin Flaherty
    (Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.) Welcome to the new normal: Large-scale black mob violence is busting out in Philadelphia, Chicago, Utica, Jacksonville, St. Louis, Wilmington (Delaware), Greenville (South Carolina),...
  • Mystery 'alien' block of ice found in Milovice forest, Czech Republic

    07/24/2011 8:26:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    Metro UK ^ | July 22nd, 2011 | unattributed
    A mysterious ice ball has appeared in Milovice forest in the Czech Republic, with some reports suggesting it could be an 'alien' object. The giant hailstone measures an impressive 2m in diameter, according to the Examiner, and a witness was able to take a video of the spectacle to pop up on YouTube. This supposed 'alien' ice block was discovered in the Czech Republic (YouTube) Judging by the shakiness of the film, the witness presumably believes it really could be some form of UFO, a view seemingly supported by the news provider, which received a tip-off about it from...
  • Taiwan: Two Suns in the Sky (bad omen?)

    03/05/2011 3:37:05 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 03/05/11
    Footage from Taiwan's CTV. Reportedly seen from Peng-hu Islands. Explained as an instance of sundog. Some fear that this is a bad omen heralding "the end of the world."
  • Mysterious Night-Shining Clouds Getting Brighter

    01/28/2011 9:05:16 AM PST · by The Comedian · 34 replies ^ | 27 January 2011 Time: 06:31 PM ET | OurAmazingPlanet
    After the sun sets on a summer evening and the sky fades to black, you may be lucky enough to see thin, wavy clouds illuminating the night, such as these seen over Billund, Denmark, on July 15, 2010. Clouds bright enough to see at night are not as hard to find as they once were. These so-called night-shining clouds are still rare — rare enough that Matthew DeLand, who has been studying them for 11 years, has seen them only once. But his odds are increasing. [Related: In Images: Reading the Clouds.] These mysterious clouds form between 50 and...
  • Bastardi’s Wager - A former National Weather Service meteorologist has a challenge for climate...

    01/14/2011 9:51:25 AM PST · by neverdem · 43 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | January 14, 2011 | Matthew Shaffer
    Bastardi's WagerA former National Weather Service meteorologist has a challenge for climate scientists. Joe Bastardi’s great love is atmospheric science. He says he’s been fascinated by it “since I was a baby. My dad’s a meteorologist, his great-grandfather was the town weatherman in Sicily, and my son wants to be a meteorologist.” And he’s disturbed by how the science, which he values for its own sake, has been infected with politics. According to Bastardi, the intelligentsia see new weather developments as an “incessant stream of confirmations” of global warming: “I just took out the New York Times from ten years...
  • Read the clouds for backcountry weather report

    11/30/2010 5:27:59 PM PST · by thecodont · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Sunday, November 28, 2010 | Tom Stienstra
    A cloud that looked like a spaceship settled on Mount Shasta in the north state Wednesday morning, and then in the next hour spread out with a trailing edge to the south that looked like an exhaust plume. At Lake Tahoe in the central Sierra, after a crystal, cold morning with azure skies, wispy thin clouds, almost unnoticeable at some 30,000 feet, were cast like streamers. In both cases, the clouds predicted the weather to come. Nature has many crystal balls. If you want to know local weather on your adventures, look to the clouds. There are other signs as...
  • Scientists and Weathercasters at Odds on Warming

    03/29/2010 3:04:58 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies · 675+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 29, 2010 | Leslie Kaufman
    The debate over global warming has created predictable adversaries, pitting environmentalists against industry and coal-state Democrats against coastal liberals. But it has also created tensions between two groups that might be expected to agree on the issue: climate scientists and meteorologists — especially those who serve as television weather forecasters. Climatologists, who study weather patterns over time, almost universally endorse the view that the earth is warming and that humans have contributed to climate change. Meteorologists, who predict short-term weather patterns, are not so sure. Joe Bastardi, for example, a senior forecaster and meteorologist with AccuWeather, maintains that it is...
  • To Denmark, From Russia, With Lies (CRU's Tree Ring Circus)

    12/18/2009 4:32:00 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies · 1,698+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | December 18, 2009 | IBD Editorial Staff
    Global Warming: Russian analysts accuse Britain's Meteorological Office of cherry-picking Russian temperature data to "hide the decline" in global temperatures. Is Copenhagen rooted in a single tree in Siberia? Michael Mann, a Penn State meteorologist, wrote in Friday's Washington Post that "stolen" e-mails from the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit still don't alter the evidence for climate change. Mann, a creator of the discredited hockey-stick graph used in reports from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to show man-made warming, attacks climate skeptics, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, saying they "confuse the public." Chutzpah has been...
  • Meteorologists campaign to classify unique 'Asperatus' clouds seen across the world.....

    Whipped into fantastical shapes, these clouds hang over the darkening landscape like the harbingers of a mighty storm. But despite their stunning and frequent appearances, the formations have yet to be officially recognised with a name. They have been seen all over Britain in different forms -from Snowdonia to the Scottish Highlands - and in other parts of the world such as New Zealand, but usually break up without producing a storm. And some experts believe the stormy weather phenomenon deserves its very own classification. Experts at the Royal Meteorological Society are now attempting to make it official by naming...

    03/24/2009 6:06:29 PM PDT · by TaraP · 45 replies · 2,176+ views
    Spaceweather ^ | March 23rd, 2009
    On March 20th, Danish photographer Jesper Gronne looked up at the clouds and saw not just one or two but three concentric halos around the sun. Before the rare display could fade, he grabbed his camera (a Canon 5D) and snapped more than 20 pictures. Stacking the images on his computer yielded a pin-up quality record of the event: I never expected to see such a rich variety of ice halos here in lowland Denmark--and it's not even winter anymore!" he marveled. What could cause such an apparition? Atmospheric optics expert Les Cowley explains: "We can work outwards from the...
  • Late Night Global Warming Vanity

    12/15/2008 10:09:34 PM PST · by Lilpug15 · 90 replies · 6,728+ views
    Self | 12/16/08 | Misc.
    A report about why global warming due to carbon dioxide is flawed hypothesis based off of crappy math models. Some of these guys are from the UN's IPCC who left because they so strongly disagreed. Oh, also to give you an idea of how many scientists that is compared to those who think global warming is occurring thanks to carbon dioxide: "The over 650 dissenting scientists are more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers. " Here's the link to where these quotes come from: Here...
  • Climate Re-Education Program

    07/23/2008 5:36:37 PM PDT · by Delacon · 14 replies · 96+ views
    Climate Skeptic ^ | July 21, 2008
    A reader sent me a heads-up to an article in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society ($, abstract here) titled "Climate Change Education and the Ecological Footprint".  The authors express concern that non-science students don't sufficiently understand global warming and its causes, and want to initiate a re-education program in schools to get people thinking the "right" way.So, do climate scientists want to focus on better educating kids in details of the carbon cycle?  In the complexities in sorting out causes of warming between natural and man-made effects?  In difficulties with climate modeling?  In the huge role that feedback...
  • 'No concrete global warming proof in polar region'

    06/23/2008 8:33:43 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 19 replies · 591+ views ^ | 06/21/2008 | Rami Abdelrahman
    Are the ices of the Arctic north about to melt away for good? Rami Abdelrahman gets the views of a range of Swedish researchers. Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria is one of a number of Scandinavian royals making for the Arctic archipelago on the Swedish ice-breaker Oden this weekend to participate in an event to coincide with and promote International Polar Year. But will there even be a need for such ice-breaking vessels in years to come? Many commentators would have us believe that glaciers and ocean ice are about to go the way of the dodo. Upon their arrival at...
  • So cold it's getting hot [It may be cold, but CBC reassures us that calamity still looms]

    02/29/2008 7:11:02 AM PST · by Clive · 24 replies · 522+ views
    Financial Post via National Post ^ | Terence Corcoran | Terence Corcoran
    So cold it's getting hot It may be cold, but CBC reassures us that calamity still loomsAh, the weather. It's cold as hell out there. How cold is it? It's so cold the CBC had to rush to assure all of us that global warming is still a big, big problem. With record snow falls, record cold snaps, the return of sea ice to the north, snow in the Middle East and a deep freeze in China, any sensible person might begin to wonder and even have doubts about global-warming theory and climate change. A little skepticism might begin to...
  • The One Environmental Issue (Huck and McCain side with dems on Gorebull Warming)

    01/02/2008 1:02:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 243+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 1, 2008 | The Editors
    The overriding environmental issue of these times is the warming of the planet. The Democratic hopefuls in the 2008 campaign are fully engaged, calling for large — if still unquantified — national sacrifices and for a transformation in the way the country produces and uses energy. The Republicans do not go much further than conceding that climate change could be a problem and, with the notable exception of John McCain, offer no comprehensive solutions. In 2000, when Al Gore could have made warming a signature issue in his presidential campaign, his advisers persuaded him that it was too complicated and...
  • Chinese Regime Classifies Meteorological Information as State Secrets

    02/08/2007 6:33:15 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 330+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | 02/06/07 | Ren Zihui
    Chinese Regime Classifies Meteorological Information as State Secrets By Ren Zihui The Epoch Times Feb 06, 2007 The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) announced the official implementation of the "Regulation to Manage Meteorological Survey Data," which subjects weather information to tight controls. (Julian Finney/Getty Images for DAGOC))CHINA—In January, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) announced the official implementation of the "Regulation to Manage Meteorological Survey Data," which subjects weather information to tight controls. The new regulation stipulates that foreign individuals and organizations are prohibited from carrying out meteorological observations and establishing observatories in mainland China without permission. This regulation also applies to...
  • The winter that wasn't isn't done yet

    01/19/2007 11:00:59 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 5 replies · 560+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | January 19, 2007 | Adam Geller (A.P.)
    If anyone should be able to time a getaway during what's been a bizarrely balmy winter, you'd think it would be America's weather forecasters. So how to explain the conditions confronted this week by members of the American Meteorological Society who packed short sleeves for their annual convention in normally mild San Antonio -- icicles dripping from the rails, sleet falling from the skies, and biting chill in the air? It turns out the winter that wasn't, isn't done with us yet. Ever since December dawned, abnormally high temperatures across most of the nation have had both experts and ordinary...
  • Historical Tropical Cyclone Movies

    11/19/2006 12:03:38 PM PST · by Ptarmigan · 216+ views
    You can see hurricane satellite movies going back to 1983. It includes infamous hurricanes like Allen, Andrew, Gilbert, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Link
  • Climate of Fear

    04/12/2006 1:44:46 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 13 replies · 582+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/12/2006 | Richard Lindzen
    There have been repeated claims that this past year's hurricane activity was another sign of human-induced climate change. Everything from the heat wave in Paris to heavy snows in Buffalo has been blamed on people burning gasoline to fuel their cars, and coal and natural gas to heat, cool and electrify their homes. Yet how can a barely discernible, one-degree increase in the recorded global mean temperature since the late 19th century possibly gain public acceptance as the source of recent weather catastrophes? And how can it translate into unlikely claims about future catastrophes?
  • Tropical Cyclone Tracy (Vanity)

    04/04/2006 9:28:57 PM PDT · by Ptarmigan · 250+ views
    On December 20, 1974, a cluster of thunderstorm is detected north of Darwin, Australia. Then the next day, the low pressure system develops into a tropical depression. Then the depression develops into a tropical storm and hurricane. The Australian meteorlogy agency predicts that Tracy will miss Darwin and move out and dissipate. However it is not the case. Tracy makes a b-line for Darwin. Many people are evacuated from Darwin and some never returning. Conditions in Darwin worsen on December 24th, which is Christmas Eve. It is overcast and raining hard. Then the hurricane makes landfall on Darwin on Christmas...
  • Texas October Flood of 1994 (Vanity)

    03/18/2006 12:38:27 PM PST · by Ptarmigan · 8 replies · 1,269+ views
    East Pacific Hurricane Rosa makes landfall on the west coast of Mexico on October 14, 1994 as a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds. Then it moves over the mountains and weakens. However, its moisture remains and heads towards Texas. A strong cold front over Texas and high pressure system over Canada cause the remnant of Hurricane Rosa to stall over Texas. Rain starts to fall on October 15th. Many areas got 1 to 2 inches of rain. Then it rains again on the 16th. Later that night and well into the early morning hours of the 17th, heavy...
  • When Dust Storms Engulf Mars

    03/28/2005 10:19:07 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 11 replies · 899+ views
    Thunderbolts Picture of the Day ^ | Mar 24, 2005 | Mel Acheson
    Another surprise from space: Massive dust storms on Mars have meteorologists  scrambling for explanations. Is it solar heating, or electricity, that powers these storms in the near vacuum of the Martian atmosphere? CREDIT: LEFT,Calvin J. Hamilton.                        National Optical Astronomy Observatory/Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy/National Science Foundation;                        RIGHT, NASA/JPL The spacecraft Mariner 9 was the first probe to orbit the planet Mars. As it arrived at the Red Planet in 1971, NASA scientists were shocked by the view—the most horrific dust storm they had ever seen. The entire planet was engulfed in a deep haze, with only...
  • Why killer tornado caught meteorology team by surprise

    04/22/2004 4:58:20 AM PDT · by Lokibob · 20 replies · 250+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | April 22, 2004 | Dave Orrick Daily Herald Staff Writer
        Why killer tornado caught meteorology team by surprise By Dave Orrick Daily Herald Staff WriterPosted Thursday, April 22, 2004 No one saw them coming. Shortly before 5 p.m. - only an hour before a legion of as many as 14 tornadoes marched through the southwestern reaches of the suburbs, killing eight - six National Weather Service meteorologists in Romeoville were preparing for a night of scattered thunderstorms. Nothing more. The national Storm Prediction Center's most recent "Convective Outlook," issued at 3 p.m., showed west-central Illinois stood a "slight" risk of tornadoes. Then in Lincoln, the central Illinois office...
  • The Ice Age Cometh?

    09/27/2003 7:50:35 AM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 83 replies · 739+ views
    WeatherBug Meteorologist, ^ | 8AM EDT, September 26, 2003 | By Justin Consor
    Do abrupt climate shifts occur as part of a natural cycle? Despite growing evidence that humans affect climate via urbanization and greenhouse gas emissions, the natural climate cycle may have the final say. Research from Dr. Stefan Rahmstorf at Germany`s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research suggests that the earth`s climate is characterized by an extraordinarily regular cycle of about 1470 years. He found that the five most recent cycles had a standard deviation of only 32 years. Rahmstorf examined ice cores from Greenland. Going back before the 20th century, when weather stations were nonexistent or widely dispersed, ice cores...
  • African monsoon suffocates Europe - Research says meteorological equator shifted 20 degrees north

    08/07/2003 6:47:09 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 552+ views
    HEAT WAVE: AFRICAN TROPICAL MONSOON IS SUFFOCATING EUROPE, SAYS CNR (AGI) - Rome, Italy, Aug. 6 - The unbearable heat wave that is hitting Italy and much of Europe is closely tied to the particular intensity of the African tropical monsoon season. "Heavy storms in sub-Saharan Africa cause a decrease in rains and intense heat in the Mediterranean, and in particular on the northern coasts. In other words, it's as if the desert climate were suddenly shifted towards us," said Giampiero Maracchi, director of the IBIMET-CNR. Since the end of June, the quantity of rain in sub-Saharan Africa has...
  • Hurricane Claudette Raises Questions About the National Weather Service's Priorities and Abilities

    07/25/2003 1:19:17 PM PDT · by anymouse · 10 replies · 251+ views
    AccuWeather Press Release ^ | Friday July 25, 3:12 pm ET | Jamie Oberdick
    Last week's performance by the U.S. government National Weather Service in providing data and warnings about Hurricane Claudette raises important questions about National Weather Service priorities and its ability to fulfill its core mission to provide complete and timely data and protect life and property, according to AccuWeather, Inc, the world's leading commercial weather service. The National Weather Service received and utilized critical observations by government aircraft reconnaissance during an 11-hour period the day before Claudette hit Texas, but did not make these observations available to the commercial weather industry, emergency preparedness agencies or the public. The National Weather Service...
  • Climate Cycles in China as Revealed by a Stalagmite from Buddha Cave(Journal Review)

    07/08/2003 3:48:19 PM PDT · by PeaceBeWithYou · 65 replies · 1,131+ views
    CO2 Science Magazine ^ | July 08, 2003 | Staff
    Reference Paulsen, D.E., Li, H.-C. and Ku, T.-L. 2003. Climate variability in central China over the last 1270 years revealed by high-resolution stalagmite records. Quaternary Science Reviews 22: 691-701. What was done In the words of the authors, "high-resolution records of đ13C and đ18O in stalagmite SF-1 from Buddha Cave [33°40'N, 109°05'E] are used to infer changes in climate in central China for the last 1270 years in terms of warmer, colder, wetter and drier conditions." What was learned Among the climatic episodes evident in the authors' data were "those corresponding to the Medieval Warm Period, Little Ice Age and...
  • Disease Dustup

    06/12/2003 7:48:06 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 282+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 6-9-2003 | Otto Pohl
    June 09, 2003Disease DustupDust clouds may carry infectious organisms across oceans By Otto Pohl> Image: ORBITAL IMAGING CORPORATION Photo Researchers, Inc. SANDSTORM blows particulates out from the Sahara Desert in Africa (landmass at right) over the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm occurred in February 2001. On February 11, 2001, an enormous cloud of dust whipped out of the Sahara Desert and moved north across the Atlantic, reaching the U.K. two days later. A few days afterward, counties across the island began reporting simultaneous outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease, a viral sickness of livestock (sometimes confused with mad cow...
  • Oklahoma Weather Tips (Humor)

    05/20/2003 6:04:55 PM PDT · by I'm ALL Right! · 63 replies · 1,018+ views
    e-mail | 5-20-03
    Oklahoma weather humor! This was sent by the wife of the head meteorologist of the Nat'l Weather Bureau, based in Norman, OK---Considering the past couple of weeks here, we all need a little touch of humor. A Little Taste of Oklahoma Living For those of you who aren't familiar with tornadoes and are hearing news coverage of this, I put together a short glossary to help you understand. Fujita Scale: Scale used to measure wind speeds of a tornado and their severity. F1: Laughable little string of wind unless it comes through your house, then enough to make your insurance...
  • Bulgarian President Calls Investigation Into Lightning-Hit Home (Hit 9 Times)

    05/17/2003 3:49:52 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 354+ views
    Ananova ^ | 5-16-2003
    Bulgarian president calls investigation into lightning-hit home The Bulgarian president has personally asked experts to investigate why a house has been struck by lightning nine separate times and always at the same hour of the day. President Georgi Parvanov said that the house in the southern Bulgarian village of Truncha needed to be looked at after the latest lightning strike this week. The owners of the house, the Cholakov family, have had two lightning conductors installed but the strikes have continued, local daily Monitor reported. Zekir Cholakov said the strikes always come at the same time of the day -...
  • Middle Ages were warmer than today, say scientists

    04/05/2003 7:38:26 PM PST · by Prince Charles · 75 replies · 2,747+ views
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | 4-6-03 | Robert Matthews
    Middle Ages were warmer than today, say scientists By Robert Matthews, Science Correspondent (Filed: 06/04/2003) Claims that man-made pollution is causing "unprecedented" global warming have been seriously undermined by new research which shows that the Earth was warmer during the Middle Ages. From the outset of the global warming debate in the late 1980s, environmentalists have said that temperatures are rising higher and faster than ever before, leading some scientists to conclude that greenhouse gases from cars and power stations are causing these "record-breaking" global temperatures. Last year, scientists working for the UK Climate Impacts Programme said that global temperatures...
  • Is The Earth Preparing To Flip?

    03/27/2003 9:40:41 PM PST · by Davea · 57 replies · 647+ views
    BBC | 03/27/03
    Last Updated: Thursday, 27 March, 2003, 12:02 GMT Is the Earth preparing to flip? By Dr David Whitehouse BBC News Online science editor Finding the shifting magnetic pole It is not just the plot for a far-fetched science-fiction disaster movie. Something unexplained really is happening to the Earth's magnetic field. In recent years, the field has been behaving in ways not previously seen in the admittedly short time it has been monitored. Some researchers think it may presage a geomagnetic reversal when the north and south magnetic poles flip. Such speculation takes place as the science-fiction movie The Core goes...
  • Computer Models Forecast Sharp Increase In Temperature If Heat-trapping Emissions Continue To Rise

    02/17/2003 2:20:55 PM PST · by boris · 36 replies · 373+ views
    LINK Source: American Association For The Advancement Of Science Date: 2003-02-17 Computer Models Forecast Sharp Increase In Temperature If Heat-trapping Emissions Continue To Rise DENVER, CO –- Powerful computer models predict that winter temperatures in the polar regions of the world could rise as much as 10 degrees centigrade in the next hundred years, if no efforts are made to control production of carbon dioxide, methane and other gasses. “With projections to the year 2100, we can show what will happen if we continue with business as usual—if we don’t do anything to curb emissions of greenhouse gasses,” said Warren...
  • Methane And Mini-horses: Fossils Reveal Effects Of Global Warming

    03/04/2003 6:01:54 AM PST · by Junior · 31 replies · 1,470+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2003-02-19
    DENVER, Colo. --- How will global warming affect life on Earth? Uncertainties about future climate change and the impact of human activity make it difficult to predict exactly what lies ahead. But the past offers clues, say scientists who are studying a period of warming that occurred about 55 million years ago.In a joint project of the University of Michigan, the University of New Hampshire and the Smithsonian Institution, researchers have been analyzing fossils from the badlands of Wyoming found in a distinctive layer of bright red sedimentary rock that was deposited at the boundary between the Paleocene and Eocene...

    01/03/2003 9:13:45 PM PST · by Kay Ludlow · 13 replies · 1,334+ views ^ | 4/9/02 | Joe D'Aleo
    A LOOK AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES AND "GLOBAL WARMING" Written April 9, 2002 By Joe D'Aleo Chief WSI/INTELLICAST Meteorologist In the story "Is This Warm Winter a Sure Sign of Global Warming?" we looked at a number of factors that cause changes in global mean temperatures on both the short and long term. We showed that although most of the attention in recent years has been on the greenhouse gases as the primary driver of the global temperature trends, it may still be a relative "bit player" in the climate ride we, like it or not, all find ourselves on....
  • Danger on the High Seas

    11/13/2002 5:16:29 PM PST · by traditionalist · 16 replies · 147+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 11/10/2002 | Robin McKie and Mark Townsend
    They are the stuff of legend and maritime myth: giant waves, taller than tower-blocks, that rise out of calm seas and destroy everything in their paths. For years scientists and marine experts have dismissed such stories as superstition. Walls of water do not rise out of the blue, they said. But now research has revealed that 'killer waves' do exist and regularly devastate ships around the world. They defy all scientific understanding and no craft is capable of withstanding their impact. 'Rogue waves in the past have been ignored and regarded as rare events,' said Jim Gunson, the Met Office's...