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  • NASA looks at some severe holiday weather from space

    12/26/2014 7:16:28 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Wattsupwiththat.com ^ | December 24, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    Severe weather in the form of tornadoes is not something people expect on Christmas week but a storm system on Dec. 23 brought tornadoes to Mississippi, Georgia and Louisiana. As the storm moved, NASA’s RapidScat captured data on winds while NOAA’s GOES satellite tracked the movement of the system. NASA’s RapidScat instrument flies aboard the International Space Station and captured a look at some of the high winds from the storms that brought severe weather to the U.S. Gulf Coast on Dec. 23. In addition, an animation of images from NOAA’s GOES-East satellite showed the movement of those storms and...
  • Look out, a soil model says more plants means massive carbon stores might be freed

    12/26/2014 12:11:20 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies
    Jjoannenova.com.au ^ | December 27th, 2014 | Jjjoanne
    The Doom message version 48.2a (subclause i) has been released.Forget methane clathrate pits, now extra plant growth (blame CO2) could cause  global soil to unleash massive amounts of carbon.Carbon dioxide (aka “pollution”) feeds plants. This is bad (didn’t you know?). An all new “first” computer model with plants, soil, and fungus, warns us that more plants could get soil microbes excited which might break down more soil carbon and release it into the air. Disaster! It’s a could-be-might-be-catastrophe. (At  least until paragraph 6 — see that caveat below).In the meantime this is is so big, it’s practically nuclear — the...
  • Heavy snow expected on mountains in Hawaii

    12/24/2014 5:52:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 24, 2014 12:15 AM EST
    A blizzard warning is in effect for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii. The National Weather Service says up to 8 inches of snow could accumulate above 11,500 feet. The warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday. …
  • WH Science Advisor: Make CO2 Emissions 'Close to Zero'

    12/22/2014 1:57:05 PM PST · by PROCON · 54 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Dec. 22, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) -White House Science Advisor John Holdren says the global goal is to have world-wide carbon dioxide emissions “close to zero by 2100.” As part of the White House “Open For Questions” video posted last week Holdren was asked: “Do you know the rate of reduction in carbon emissions the world would have to achieve in order to prevent an unstoppable process of methane release from the Arctic areas?” “No one knows for sure how much warming would be enough to produce this result, but it's thought to be considerably less likely to happen if the ultimate warming is less...
  • #AGU14 NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory shows surprising CO2 emissions in Southern Hemisphere

    12/21/2014 9:42:09 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Wattsupwiththat.com ^ | December 20, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    Global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations from Oct. 1 through Nov. 11, as recorded by NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2. Carbon dioxide concentrations are highest above northern Australia, southern Africa and eastern Brazil. Preliminary analysis of the African data shows the high levels there are largely driven by the burning of savannas and forests. Elevated carbon dioxide can also be seen above industrialized Northern Hemisphere regions in China, Europe and South America and Africa. Image credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechThe first global maps of atmospheric carbon dioxide from NASA’s new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission demonstrate its performance and promise, showing elevated carbon dioxide concentrations across...
  • Unusually high tides expected in Bay Area

    12/20/2014 1:55:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/20/4 | Hamed Aleaziz
    The Bay Area is expected to have some of the highest tides of the year beginning Sunday, forecasters said. King tides, which usually last up to three days three times in the winter, bring unusually high tides along the coast and bay front, said Drew Peterson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Monterey. The agency has already issued a coastal flood advisory to take effect Sunday morning, he said. Low-lying areas along the bay and along the coast, such as walkways, piers and parking lots along the Embarcadero, can expect to see some seawater, he said. Those who...
  • Birds 'heard tornadoes coming' and fled one day ahead

    12/19/2014 2:32:01 AM PST · by moose07 · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 December 2014 | Jonathan Webb
    US scientists say tracking data shows that five golden-winged warblers "evacuated" their nesting site one day before the April 2014 tornado outbreak. Geolocators showed the birds left the Appalachians and flew 700km (400 miles) south to the Gulf of Mexico. The next day, devastating storms swept across the south and central US. Writing in the journal Current Biology, ecologists suggest these birds - and others - may sense such extreme events with their keen low-frequency hearing. Remarkably, the warblers had completed their seasonal migration just days earlier, settling down to nest after a 5,000km (3,100 mile) journey from Colombia. Dr...
  • Carbon dioxide satellite mission returns first global maps

    12/19/2014 2:26:42 AM PST · by moose07 · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 December 2014 | Jonathan Amos
    Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) has returned its first global maps of the greenhouse gas CO2. The satellite was sent up in July to help pinpoint the key locations on the Earth's surface where carbon dioxide is being emitted and absorbed. This should help scientists better understand how human activities are influencing the climate. The new maps contain only a few weeks of data in October and November, but demonstrate the promise of the mission. Clearly evident within the charts is the banding effect that describes how emitted gases are mixed by winds along latitudes rather than across them. Also...
  • Tesla Drivers Don't Be Too Smug: Electric Cars Are Not So Green, Says Study

    12/18/2014 1:03:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Reason ^ | 12/18/2014 | Ronald Bailey
    In a new study in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences University of Minnesota researchers report in various scenarios that vehicles using alternative fuels are often more harmful to human health than are conventional gasoline-powered automobiles. From the abstract: We find that powering vehicles with corn ethanol or with coal-based or “grid average” electricity increases monetized environmental health impacts by 80% or more relative to using conventional gasoline. PNAS The AP reported: "It's kind of hard to beat gasoline" for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. "A...
  • International Emissions Idiocy

    12/17/2014 9:27:16 AM PST · by rktman
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 12/17/2014 | Alan Caruba
    Most of the people of the world have concluded that the decades of warnings about “global warming” and its successor, “climate change”, is just idiotic nonsense. Few believe that humans ever had or ever will have any role in what the weather will be tomorrow or a thousand years from now. They are right. One of the most distinguishing factors about the Anthropogenic Global Warming theory has been the way its advocates have always predicted major changes decades into the future. When the future arrived, as it has since the first doomsday predictions were made in the late 1980s, they...
  • Arctic ground squirrels unlock permafrost carbon

    12/17/2014 12:22:02 AM PST · by moose07 · 67 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 December 2014 | Rebecca Morelle
    Arctic ground squirrels could play a greater role in climate change than was previously thought. Scientists have found that the animals are hastening the release of greenhouse gases from the permafrost - a vast, frozen store of carbon. The researchers say it suggests the impact of wildlife on this area has been underplayed. The findings are being presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Dr Sue Natali, from Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, US, said: "We know wildlife impacts vegetation, and we know vegetation impacts thaw and soil carbon. "It certainly has a bigger impact...
  • The Josh-WUWT 2015 Climate Skeptics Calendar is now available

    12/16/2014 11:29:35 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Wattsupwiththat.com ^ | December 12, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    Here is your chance again to join “Josh of the Month Club”. Samples follow.After the great response we had the last two years, Josh has sent his artwork across the pond to provide a special WUWT calendar for USA and Canadian readers again this year. It contains artwork more centric to issues here on this side of the pond, along with some cartoons never before published on WUWT.These make great Christmas gifts for yourself, your friends, or some of those special people like Mike Mann that need some cheer and enlightenment. Recall that Dr. Mann turned our simple gift...
  • Hot New Book: Climate Change: The Facts 2014 ($AUD)*

    12/16/2014 10:49:44 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Jjoannenova.com.au ^ | December 16th, 2014 | Joanne
    Hot New Book: Steyn, Delingpole, Bolt, Carter, Plimer, Lindzen, Lawson, Watts, Nova Too many big names too list, and all in one book, edited by Alan Moran and published by the IPA. I’m am just tickled, delighted to be one of the authors.The proper headline should include Ross McKitrick, Willie Soon, Pat Michaels, Garth Paltridge, Kesten Green, Stewart Franks, Christopher Essex, Jennifer Marohasy and John Abbott. Not to forget the great writers Rupert Darwall, and Donna LaFramboise.– JoAn excerpt:Shh, don’t mention the water To state the bleeding obvious, Earth is a Water Planet. Water dominates everything and it’s infernally complicated. Water...
  • At UN climate talks, a crack in rich-poor barrier

    12/14/2014 6:17:28 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    myway.com AP ^ | Dec 14, 5:08 PM (ET) | KARL RITTER
    LIMA, Peru (AP) — A last-minute deal that salvaged U.N. climate talks from collapse early Sunday sends a signal the rich-poor divide that long held up progress can be overcome with a year to go before a landmark pact is supposed to be adopted in Paris.
  • The UN’s so-called plan to fight climate change is a socialist, money-sucking scheme

    12/14/2014 6:19:39 AM PST · by Dartman · 16 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Dec. 13/14 | Lorrie Goldstein
    The latest United Nations effort in Lima to draft a new global treaty on climate change proves Prime Minister Stephen Harper was right when he described its efforts as “a socialist scheme to suck money out of wealth-producing nations.” Harper was pilloried by Canada’s opposition parties after his statement, contained in a 2002 fundraising letter for the now-defunct Canadian Alliance, was revealed in 2007, shortly after he won the 2006 federal election. But Harper was right. Indeed he was vindicated in 2011, when a senior UN climate official, German economist Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,...
  • Joe Bastardi Saturday Summary December 13, 2014

    12/13/2014 7:19:09 AM PST · by Excellence · 18 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | December 13, 2014 | Joe Bastardi
    A thorough explanation of the origins of the rain storms hitting California. There is no tropical moisture involved. Systems coming in to west coast are all well north of Hawaii, which is dry. So the rain is a product of cold air off the Asian continent colliding with warm water off the west coast. Otherwise, Joe argues for a very snowy Christmas.
  • California Drought Linked to Natural Causes, Not Climate Change

    12/12/2014 9:24:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    LiveScience ^ | December 08, 2014 06:01pm ET | Becky Oskin
    Natural temperature swings in the ocean, not global warming, are driving California’s extreme drought, according to a new government study. Researchers said sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean set up an atmospheric roadblock off the West Coast that diverted winter storms away from California. The state relies on winter rain and snow for most of its yearly water. The roadblock is a persistent ridge of high pressure that first formed in 2011 during a La Niña event. Even though La Niña broke down after the 2011-2012 winter, the western equatorial Pacific Ocean remained a warm water bull’s-eye, a...
  • Half of Republicans back carbon limits, [AP] poll says

    12/12/2014 3:29:27 AM PST · by wtd · 26 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Published December 12, 2014 | • Associated Press
    Half of Republicans back carbon limits, poll says "Six in 10 Americans, including half of all Republicans, said they support regulation of carbon dioxide pollution, although they weren't asked how. Nearly half of Republicans said the U.S. should lead the global fight to curb climate change, even if it means taking action when other countries do not. And majorities across party lines said environmental protections "improve economic growth and provide new jobs" in the long run, a popular Obama administration talking point." [snip] The AP-NORC Center survey of 1,578 adults was conducted online Nov. 20-Dec. 1, using a sample...
  • Time to Tackle Global Warming Running Out, Pope Tells Climate Summit

    12/11/2014 5:35:18 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 59 replies
    Catholic Register (Catholic News Service) ^ | December 12, 2014 00:16 GMT | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY - Tackling the problem of climate change is a serious ethical and moral responsibility, Pope Francis told negotiators from around the world meeting for a climate summit in Lima, Peru. "The time to find global solutions is running out. We can find adequate solutions only if we act together and unanimously," he said in a written message to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's minister of the environment and host president of the 20th UN Climate Change Conference. Thousands of negotiators from 195 countries gathered for the meeting in Lima Dec. 1-12 to hammer out details of a new international agreement...
  • CALIFORNIA STORMAGEDDON!!!!!

    12/11/2014 12:12:47 PM PST · by Califreak · 67 replies
    Local News ^ | 12/12/14 | califreak
    So how are we all faring here in the face of this deadly NorCal storm? Since my house didn't blow away and I still have power I'm doing a cookathon laundry extravaganza!
  • California Blizzard Warning Issued for Northeastern Part of State

    12/10/2014 6:30:24 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10 Dec 2014 | Jonna Lorenz
    Northern California faces a blizzard warning from late Wednesday until 1 p.m. Friday, with 10 to 20 inches of snow possible in communities above 6,000 feet, and as much as two to three feet of snow in northern Sierra communities. Wind gusts could exceed 80 mph in some areas, the Los Angeles Times reported. More than seven-and-a-half inches of rain is also expected in the Sierra Nevada, and the Bay Area could see more than three inches of rain. The National Weather Service office in Sacramento posted a warning .
  • The Gods Have Made Them Mad

    12/09/2014 6:31:35 PM PST · by Baynative · 19 replies
    American thinker ^ | 12/9/14 | Jonathan David Carson
    It used to strike me as impossible for global warming to cause cold weather. Then I realized that I could chill a soft drink in the oven if there were no room left in the refrigerator to bake a cake. Up until then I did not know that the same cause can have opposite effects. In my unenlightened state, it never occurred to me that carbon dioxide could cause both excessive heat and excessive cold, both drought and flood. I should have known. After all, we calm hyperactive children with stimulants and cure addiction to drugs with addicting drugs. When...
  • Hurricane-Force Winds, Torrential Rain Forecast For What Could Be Storm Of The Decade

    12/09/2014 11:46:34 AM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | Dec. 9, 2014 | Brandon Mercer
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Sustained winds at or near hurricane strength in the highest elevations with gusts exceeding 100 miles per hour across the Sierra summit are forecast for Thursday, with Bay Area winds easily gusting past 50 miles per hour in urban areas and 70-80 miles per hour in the local mountains and hills in what could be the storm of the decade. Computer models are able to break down the exact time of highest danger. By mid-morning Thursday, models indicate winds peaking. Along the coast, 60 mile per hour winds are forecast, with higher gusts.
  • Imagine the Earth Entering an Ice Age

    12/07/2014 10:24:47 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | December 7, 2014 | Guest Post by Bob Tisdale
    The Earth is presently in an interglacial period—a period between ice ages. Since the end of the last ice age, Earth’s surface temperatures have been above the temperature needed to maintain ice sheets and glaciers, which covered much of the land masses at mid-to-high latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. As a result, those ice sheets and glaciers have been melting for tens of thousands of years and sea levels have risen…and will continue to rise until the start of the next ice age.Many of us are old enough to remember the scare stories from the 1970s, a time when climate...
  • Satellites show 2014 was NOT the hottest ever spring (or winter or summer or autumn) in Australia.

    12/07/2014 9:51:23 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | December 4th, 2014 | Joanne
    The headlines are burning around the nation: 2014 was the hottest ever spring! Except it wasn’t. The UAH satellite coverage sees all of Australia, day and night, and are not affected by urban heat, airport tarmacs, “gaps in the stations”, or inexplicable adjustments.When will the Bureau of Meteorology discover satellites? How many years will it take to train the ABC journalists to ask the BOM if satellite measurements agree or disagree with their highly adjusted, altered, deleted, and homogenised ground stations?I used exactly no tax dollars to email John Christy of UAH, get the latest data, and graph it to...
  • Clinic worker “my heart breaks” because some women can’t kill their children

    12/07/2014 9:33:39 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | June 3, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    The Abortioneers is a blog written by abortion clinic workers. One clinic worker discusses what happens when women miss their abortion appointments because of natural disasters: “When Hurricane Katrina hit I was working in the South at an abortion clinic. I remember hearing stories through our networks of women desperately trying to find an abortion clinic after they were evacuated because the hurricane caused them to miss their appointment. … At my clinic when there were a few times we were forced to close due to circumstances beyond our control, we would “freeze” the fee for women so that they...
  • Saturday Summary December 6, 2014

    12/06/2014 8:57:49 AM PST · by Excellence · 5 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | December 6, 2014 | Joe Bastardi
    Long range weather forecast through Christmas.
  • 2-Day Storm Breaks Southern California Rainfall Records

    12/03/2014 4:35:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 3, 2014 11:48 AM
    Forecasters say that from Tuesday through tonight, the region will experience its heaviest rainfall since March. Tuesday produced a raft of rainfall records for a December 2.
  • UN weather agency: 2014 on track for hottest year (big lie redux)

    12/03/2014 2:56:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 3, 2014 5:50 PM EST | Karl Ritter
    With temperature data showing 2014 currently tied for the hottest year on record, the U.N. weather agency on Wednesday rejected claims that global warming has paused. The World Meteorological Organization said the global average temperature in January-October was 0.57° Celsius (1.03° Fahrenheit) above average, the same as in record hot year 2010. The ocean temperature set a new record in the nine-month period, while land temperatures were the fourth or fifth highest since record-keeping began in the 19th century, the WMO said in a report released at U.N. climate talks in Lima and at its headquarters in Geneva. “The provisional...
  • California Welcomes Rain, Braces for Flooding

    12/02/2014 3:26:01 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    AccuWeather. ^ | December 2, 2014 | Brian Lada
    Drenching rain will fall on much of California through Tuesday night, bringing some relief to the ongoing drought and raising the risk of flash flooding. While a series of storms have brought rain to parts of northern and central California over the past few weeks, Tuesday's storm will bring the first significant rain event for Southern California since the spring. Some rain moved over part of the state on Sunday ahead of this week's storm, giving a preview of what is to come. ... Part of the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu, California was closed on Sunday afternoon due to...
  • Chicago's overnight winter parking ban begins, 239 cars towed

    12/01/2014 7:59:57 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    MyFox32 Chicago ^ | Posted: Dec 01, 2014 3:48 AM PST | AP/ FOX 32 News
    CHICAGO (AP/ FOX 32 News) - Motorists in Chicago are warned that the city's annual winter overnight parking ban is starting. The city says the ban begins at 3 a.m. on Monday. City officials say this year, 239 cars were towed on the first day of the ban. Last year, the same number of vehicles were towed on the first day of the ban.
  • 2014 Is on Track to Be the Hottest Year Ever on Record (Says NOAA)

    11/30/2014 3:22:02 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 61 replies
    Take Part ^ | November 30, 2014 23:17 GMT | Kristina Bravo
    NOAA says that the first 10 months of the calendar have been the warmest in more than 130 years. The weather outside has been frightful, but not because it’s cold. According to a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this year is shaping up to be the hottest since scientists began keeping record more than 130 years ago. The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature from January to October was 1.22 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th century average of 57.4 degrees Fahrenheit. “Record warmth for the year-to-date was particularly notable across much of northern...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary November 29, 2014

    11/29/2014 7:54:56 PM PST · by Excellence · 8 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | November 29 ,2014 | Joe Bastardi
    December forecast and comparisons to years previous.
  • Meteorologists: Cuomo’s weather claims are all wet

    11/29/2014 9:27:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 29, 2014 11:39 AM EST | David Klepper
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants New York to create the nation’s best weather monitoring system, one more robust than even the National Weather Service and more capable of predicting events like the snowstorm that buried parts of the Buffalo area under 7 feet of snow. But although Cuomo’s $18.7 million initiative will help the state respond to events like floods or wildfires, it’s unlikely to live up to his grander expectations, meteorologists say. To accurately predict lake-effect snowfall in western New York, the state would need weather satellites and a supercomputer to handle complicated weather modeling, plus monitoring stations in the...
  • Canadians Don’t Really Care About Climate Change

    11/29/2014 8:04:17 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 11/29/2014 | Sierra Rayne
    In a story by Margo McDiarmid—apparently now the “Environment Reporter” at CBC News (Canada’s state broadcaster)—the findings of a recent survey on the views of Canadians towards climate change are reported. The survey results, which can be obtained directly online, were done by the Environics Institute for Survey Research in partnership “with the David Suzuki Foundation, which helped to pay for the cost of this year’s research.”
  • Historic Global Temperature Drop Predicted

    11/24/2014 5:17:23 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 73 replies
    Space and Science Research Corporation ^ | November 20, 2014 | Press Release
    The Space and Science Research Corporation (SSRC) announces today an important set of climate change predictions dealing with the coming cold climate epoch that will dominate global temperatures for the next thirty years. According to analysis of the most reliable solar activity trends and climate models based on the Relational Cycle Theory (RC Theory), the SSRC concludes the following: 1. The Earth is about to begin a steep drop in global temperatures off its present global temperature plateau. This plateau has been caused by the absence of growth in global temperatures for 18 years, the start of global cooling in...
  • Think it’s unusually warm outside? Then you must be left-wing: Climate change beliefs affect…

    11/26/2014 12:36:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:49 EST, 26 November 2014 | Jonathan O’Callaghan
    If you don’t believe in climate change, you’re less likely to feel that the weather is getting warmer—and vice versa. That’s according to a study that analyzed how people remembered a particularly warm winter in the US in 2012. And they found those who believed in climate change remembered it being warmer, while those who didn’t thought it was colder. The research, published in Nature Climate Change, was carried out by three US sociologists—Dr. Aaron McCright of Michigan State University, Dr. Riley Dunlap of Oklahoma State, and Dr. Chenyang Xiao of American University. …
  • Dear Northeast, How’s that solar working out for ya?

    11/25/2014 6:33:07 AM PST · by rktman · 38 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 11/24/2014 | Marita Noon
    A couple of months ago, effective in November, National Grid, one of Massachusetts’ two dominant utilities, announced rate increases of a “whopping” 37 percent over last year. Other utilities in the region are expected to follow suit. It’s dramatic headlines like these that make rooftop solar sound so attractive to people wanting to save money. In fact, embedded within the online version of the Boston Globe story: “Electric rates in Mass. set to spike this winter,” is a link to another article: “How to install solar power and save.” The solar story points out: “By now everyone knows that solar...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas

    11/23/2014 11:41:49 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | November 23, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The scene might have been considered serene if it weren't for the tornado. During 2004 in Kansas, storm chaser Eric Nguyen photographed this budding twister in a different light -- the light of a rainbow. Featured here, a white tornado cloud descends from a dark storm cloud. The Sun, peeking through a clear patch of sky to the left, illuminates some buildings in the foreground. Sunlight reflects off raindrops to form a rainbow. By coincidence, the tornado appears to end right over the rainbow. Streaks in the image are hail being swept about by the high swirling winds. Over...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary (11/22)

    11/22/2014 7:26:44 AM PST · by Excellence · 20 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | November 22, 2014 | Joe Bastardi
    Comparison of this winter with 1976. This November looks like, and may even be colder than, 1976. "When you know you have a similar pattern, you go to the similarities." The bottom line is, it's not global warming.
  • Rise in Crop Production increasing levels of Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere

    11/21/2014 7:51:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Maine News ^ | 11/21/2014 | Betty Laseter
    Scientists have revealed that levels of carbon dioxide increase in the Northern Hemisphere during summers each year as plants absorb carbon dioxide to convert sunlight into food. The CO2 levels again rise as the plants release CO2 after the growing season. Scientists have found that corn, rice, wheat and soybean are the four leading crops that account for maximum CO2 release in the atmosphere of Northern Hemisphere. Crops act as sponge for CO2 and it could be said that the sponge effect has become bigger because of the advancements in agricultural techniques, leading to more production. There is a sharp...
  • 141 year old cold weather record falls in Jacksonville ( Florida )

    11/21/2014 6:34:48 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    WJXT ^ | Nov 20 2014 | Blake Mathews
    24 degrees breaks old record of 30 set in 1873. Thursday morning not only broke an "ancient" record from 1873, but we also dropped to the second coldest temperature ever recorded in the month of November in Jacksonville. According to the National Weather Service, for the second morning in a row, Jacksonville set a new cold weather record. Thursday mornings temperature dropped to a bone chilling 24 degrees breaking the old record of 30 degrees set in 1873. If that wasn't cold enough for you, Thursday's 24 degrees also marks the second lowest temperature ever recorded in the month of...
  • Quicky Mid-November 2014 ENSO Update--AUSTRALIA’S BOM UPGRADES ENSO TRACKER STATUS TO EL NIÑO ALERT

    11/20/2014 1:54:32 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | November 19, 2014 | Bob Tisdale
    Guest Post by Bob TisdaleAUSTRALIA’S BOM UPGRADES ENSO TRACKER STATUS TO EL NIÑO ALERTOn November 18, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) upgraded the conditions in the tropical Pacific from El Niño “watch” to “alert” levels, “indicating at least a 70% chance of El Niño occurring”.  See the rest of their update here.NOAA’S WEEKLY NINO3.4 DATA The sea surface temperature anomalies of the NINO3.4 region of the equatorial Pacific are a commonly used ENSO index. NOAA’s Oceanic NINO Index is a form of the data of that region. According to NOAA’s weekly sea surface temperature data for the NINO3.4 region, as of...
  • Germany gives up on emissions target. Japan emits more CO2 than ever

    11/20/2014 1:42:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | November 18th, 2014 | | Breitbart- London
    So much for momentum on climate change. Reality bites. Without nuclear power, Japans emissions have hit a new record high. At the same time, even with 17% of its energy from Nuclear power, and with 23,000 wind turbines, Germany stands no chance of reaching its emissions targets. The rich, technologically advanced nation that has spent more than any other on green energy admits they’ve failed. Those who want to stop producing CO2 have billions of dollars to spend on advertising and pointless windmills, but in the end, chemistry and physics can’t be bought. If renewables could provide cheap reliable power,...
  • Drone Footage Shows How Lake-Effect Storm Battered Upstate New York

    11/19/2014 3:08:34 PM PST · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    http://www.mrctv.org ^ | november 19, 2014 | Katie Rodriguez 
    A remarkable lake-effect snowstorm dumped six feet of snow on upstate New York Tuesday in a mid-November snowstorm dubbed "snowvember." For those unfamiliar with heavy snowstorms, this drone gives an inside look at what living in an area with heavy snow is like. The National Weather Service reported that some areas of Buffalo received six feet of snow in just a matter of hours:
  • A Winter Car Survival Kit Will Keep You Warm in Emergency Situations

    11/18/2014 8:09:58 PM PST · by Kartographer · 92 replies
    American Preppers Network ^ | 2/2/13 | Craig Caudill
    When traveling in cold weather it is wise keep a winter survival kit in your car. The most obvious place to put this valuable kit is in your trunk, so unlike other survival kits, a car survival kit can be larger and more bulkier. The focus of a car survival kit is to help maintain your core body temperature to as close to 98.6 degrees as possible. There are a variety of ways this can be done but here is a list of items that should be in your car during the winter in cold climates. This winter kit will...
  • All 50 states have below freezing temperatures (11/18 a.m.)

    11/18/2014 11:02:01 AM PST · by CedarDave · 40 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | November 18, 2014 | Tim Buckley, WFMY-TV Meteorologist
    Meteorologist Tim Buckley of WFMY-TV writes on Facebook: All 50 states have low temperatures BELOW freezing tonight. (Monday night) Yes, even Hawaii. Tall mountain peaks there regularly get below freezing, and even get snow. This typically happens a few times during winter, but is very rare this early in the season. Pretty neat!
  • You'll never guess what we have here on the ground in Buffalo...(vanity)

    11/18/2014 3:45:02 AM PST · by fhayek · 64 replies
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    2' of snow overnight and rising. Sheesh. Did Al Gore just pass through town or something?
  • Climatologist: 30-Year Cold Spell Strikes Earth

    11/17/2014 12:06:54 AM PST · by wille777 · 47 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11/16/14 | Clayton B. Reid
    Casey says the evidence is clear that the earth is rapidly growing colder because of diminished solar activity. He says trends indicate we could be headed for colder temperatures similar to those seen in the late 1700s and early 1800s when the sun went into a "solar minimum" — a phenomenon with significantly reduced solar activity, including solar flares and sunspot. .... If "Dark Winter" is right, that means the nation is busily preparing for the wrong calamity. "We don't have 10 years," Casey warns. "We've squandered during President Obama's administration eight years . . . and we didn't have...
  • Are you a "believer" a "denier" ... or an "agnostic"?

    11/16/2014 12:22:47 PM PST · by zencycler · 47 replies
    self | 11/16/2014 | self
    Are you a "believer" a "denier" ... or an "agnostic"? When you put together a large group of people who are all certain that they can predict what will happen 100 years from now, a group that demonizes those who stray even a little from their beliefs, a group claiming that if everyone follows them, we will be saved, but if they don't we will be doomed - then in most cases, that group is called a religion. Like most religions, this group also elevates the importance of mankind, so much so that humans are viewed as having more power...