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  • Icelandic volcano could trigger Britain's coldest winter EVER this year

    08/23/2014 8:23:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Daily Express ^ | August 22, 2014 | Nathan Rao
    BRITAIN could freeze in YEARS of super-cold winters and miserable summers if the Baroabunga volcano erupts, experts have warned. Depending on the force of the explosion, minute particles thrust beyond the earth’s atmosphere can trigger DECADES of chaotic weather patterns. Tiny pieces of debris act as billions of shields reflecting the sun’s light away from earth meaning winter temperatures could plunge LOWER THAN EVER before while summer will be devoid of sunshine. The first effect could be a bitterly cold winter to arrive in weeks with thermometers plunging into minus figures and not rising long before next summer. The Icelandic...
  • NYC mayor declares ‘Al Roker Appreciation Day’

    08/20/2014 11:33:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 20, 2014 2:02 PM EDT
    Al Roker didn’t have this honor in his forecast. Mayor Bill de Blasio surprised the beloved “Today Show” weatherman on his 60th birthday Wednesday and declared it Al Roker Appreciation Day across the city. …
  • 27 dead, 10 missing as torrential rain hits Hiroshima , Japan

    08/19/2014 11:21:20 PM PDT · by sushiman · 8 replies
    Mainichi News ^ | 8/20/14 | sushiman
    We live just east of Hiroshima on the island of Kyushu . It has rained every day , either all day or a large part of the say , since July 29th . Rainy season ended around July 19 after a month or so of rain . No summer ! Crazy weather .
  • Residents, motorists trapped by raging AZ floodwaters

    08/19/2014 3:58:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    CBS5 ^ | Aug 19, 2014 | Steve Stout
    PHOENIX - Rescue crews were kept busy with several water rescues after a monsoon surge that brought extensive flooding to Arizona, trapped residents in their homes, closed a major freeway, and paralyzed traffic on several surface streets Tuesday morning. A flash flood warning for Maricopa County and surrounding areas was extended until 3 p.m. Tuesday. Structures were demolished, heavy equipment was carried away and ranches were covered by the raging waters in New River, where more than 4 inches of rain was reported.
  • Mexico City again under a barrage of rain and hail

    08/19/2014 9:40:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    eluniversal.com ^ | 21:26 Monday 18 August 2014 | Diana Villavicencio
    The weather is pounding the Mexican capital for second straight day, and some areas are already flooded. ... Also, Periférico avenue, an important road surrounding Mexico City, continues facing flooding in the northern area of the city.
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary (8/16)

    08/16/2014 8:05:30 AM PDT · by Excellence · 11 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | August 16, 2014 | Joe Bastardi
    A long report. A more active hurricane period. Warm water in the Gulf of Mexico may attract hurricanes. Late starting El Nino. Relationship of temperature of Pacific to multivariate ENSO index. (Bob Tisdale update here: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/08/12/the-201415-el-nino-part-15-august-2014-update-an-el-nino-mulligan/) 1-15 days out same pattern that has held most of the summer with cool upper Midwest. Texas getting warmer. While California will get some rain this winter, it won't make up for the shortfall, and the Pacific is cooling again, which means more drought ahead. Sea ice swinging toward "normal" in the north, and heading toward overall record in the south.
  • One Engineer’s Perspective on Global Warming

    08/14/2014 6:10:20 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 22 replies
    Engineering.com ^ | 8/12/2014 | David Simpson
    Many scientists and non-scientists are discussing "Global Warming" (or as it is increasingly being called "Anthropogenic Climate Change" or ACC). ACC would simply be an interesting topic for discussion if it were not for the politicization, polarization, and sensationalism that have accompanied the science.
  • It's an Unsettling Climate for skeptical scientists like Murry Salby

    08/14/2014 12:11:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | August 13th, 2014 | Joanne
    Rupert Darwall is the author of Age of Global Warming (and earning excellent reviews). Darwall has a gift for converting tricky scientific concepts into a story. This month in the City Journal, he beautifully summarizes and updates the story of Murry Salby. He’s interviewed Richard Lindzen and others, and discusses Salby’s work in the context of the way heretics are marginalized. I helped Rupert with some of the background. It’s controversial science, a complex situation, with irrelevant baggage to boot. But that’s exactly the place where science communicators — or in the case of Rupert, excellent historians — are most...
  • Be afraid! Trapped atmospheric waves on the rise. Extreme heatwaves to come.

    08/14/2014 10:28:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | August 14th, 2014 | Joanne
    There are waves piling on waves in the weather.A new press release tells us that there have been an “exceptional” number of weather extremes in summer. Weather extremes in the summer — such as the record heat wave in the United States that hit corn farmers and worsened wildfires in 2012 — have reached an exceptional number in the last ten years. Human-made global warming can explain a gradual increase in periods of severe heat, but the observed change in the magnitude and duration of some events is not so easily explained. Heatwaves lend themselves to headlines. Not only are...
  • Kerry visits Solomon Islands, sees WWII memorials (and talks “climate change”)

    08/12/2014 9:55:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 13, 12:39 AM EDT | Matthew Lee
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid a visit Wednesday to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, where he met the tiny nation’s leaders and commemorated the ferocious World War II battles fought on Guadalcanal. Kerry met with Solomon’s Prime Minister Gordon Lilo and Governor General Frank Kabui to discuss sustainable development, ocean preservation and how the islands’ 600,000 residents are coping with the effects of climate change. …
  • Deaths of 3 in Md. car ruled accidental heatstroke

    08/12/2014 7:17:37 PM PDT · by windcliff · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-12-14 | DAVID DISHNEAU
    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A woman and her two young daughters found dead in her stifling car in a middle school parking lot died from accidental heatstroke, the Maryland medical examiner's office said Tuesday. The formal cause of death was hyperthermia and environmental heat exposure, spokesman Bruce Goldfarb said. Allison Keyonda Pluck, also known as Allison Lancaster, 32, was found dead in her silver Nissan sedan June 16 along with the bodies of Shania Gill, 18 months, and Shameka Gill, 6 months. The mother was reclined in the driver's seat and the girls were strapped in their child seats with...
  • Saturday Summary August 9, 2014

    08/09/2014 10:29:47 AM PDT · by Excellence · 31 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | August 9, 2014 | Joe Bastardi
    It's really been a more or less normal summer for New York, hysteria notwithstanding, and summer isn't over for another three weeks, meteorologically speaking. Hawaii did not get hit with any hurricanes; one went north, the other disintegrated. Everything else is pretty much well following the forecast.
  • When Ideology Trumps Science: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos on Global Warming

    08/07/2014 5:48:05 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 23 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 6, 2014 | Jay W. Richards
    When Ideology Trumps Science: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos on Global Warming Jay W. Richards August 6, 2014 1:15 PM | Permalink I finally had a chance to watch the twelfth, penultimate episode of Cosmos, "The World Set Free." I was out of the country in June when it originally aired, but since there's no doubt the series is headed into the schools and remains relevant, I'll take this opportunity to comment. The episode stands out from most previous installments. Just when we've grown accustomed to circuitous narrative threads with obscure segues from one topic to the next, we get...
  • Broken models predict extreme cold snaps. (CO2 causes every sort of weather.)

    08/06/2014 6:49:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | August 1st, 2014 | Joanne
    Remember how CO2 is supposed to cause warmer winters, and warmer nights? Well now CO2 also produces cold snaps. No matter what weather you get, there is a citation to blame CO2. Nature (the formerly great science journal) and Northeastern University have produced another permutation of outputs from models we know are broken. The first line in the press release is false and smugly so: “most sci­en­tists — 97 per­cent of them, to be exact — agree that the tem­per­a­ture of the planet is rising and that the increase is due to human activ­i­ties….”  10 seconds on Google would have...
  • Albuquerque hit hard by overnight flooding

    08/03/2014 9:57:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    KOB Eyewitness News 4 ^ | 08/02/2014 | Kai Porter
    Some streets looked more like a raging river. One police officer even tried blocking traffic with his car, while water moved in all around him. "This is really a shock. I didn't expect it, said Albuquerque resident, Rein Whitt-Pritchette. "I've been in Albuquerque since 1971. I rarely have ever seen that kind of rain before."
  • Video: Huge Lake Suddenly Appears in Middle of Desert

    08/02/2014 6:08:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, August 02, 2014
    'Some say that it is a miracle, while others are calling it a curse': Tunisian journalistTunisians are enjoying escaping the heat of summer by swimming in the mystery lake. (Pic @ Instagram) Nobody knows how, when or why… yet. The fact is, a lake has mysteriously appeared suddenly in the middle of Tunisian desert. No scientific explanation has been forthcoming as yet for for ‘Gafsa Beach’, discovered by shepherds three weeks ago. Authorities have issued a warning, according to a report in the Independent, that the water, which started off a crystalline blue and has since turned a murky green...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary August 2, 2014

    08/02/2014 11:32:27 AM PDT · by Excellence · 11 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | August 2, 2014 | JoeBastardi
    Thorough forecast for August.
  • Need Proof Communists Are Behind Global Warming Hype? Here It Is…

    08/01/2014 5:20:49 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 14 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | August 1, 2014 21:05 GMT | Christopher Agee
    Details emerging from a meeting held last month in Venezuela provide some rare insight into the actual mission of numerous groups that purportedly exist to stop the ostensible dangers of global warming. According to reports, the United Nations sponsored the four-day event, which was attended by representatives from 130 environmentalist groups. While the end result was a lengthy report providing an overview of the alliance’s proposals, the basic message can be summed up in two words: end capitalism. Fellowship of the Minds provided its analysis of the Spanish language document published after the meeting ended July 18. According to the...
  • Global Warming Vanity

    08/01/2014 4:52:29 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 54 replies
    I have a question for all those scientific Freepers. In a world where most of the surface is water, doesn't global warming mean more evaporation and hence more fresh water (i.e. rain and snow)?And won't the resultant rains serve to cool said planet.
  • Some Global Warming Would Be Nice

    07/29/2014 6:08:36 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 55 replies
    My Outdoor Thermometer | 29 July 2014 | Steely
    I just thought I would point out - as a matter of curiosity - that here we are, at the end of July, about to go into August, and the temperature at my house (in upstate New York) is at present 51° F. When I was growing up in this same neck of the woods, we would typically have a week or so of temperatures above 90° right about now, and a few times would go over 100°, at least for a day or two. Also interesting to note that - at this very moment - "AccuWeather" is saying that...
  • A brief history of climate panic and crisis… both warming and cooling

    07/29/2014 7:59:05 AM PDT · by Excellence · 3 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | July 29, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    For at least 114 120 years, climate “scientists” have been claiming that the climate was going to kill us…but they have kept switching whether it was a coming ice age, or global warming. (A timeline of claims follows, updated to 2014)
  • Germany’s green tech forces 400x increase in power rates

    07/28/2014 10:00:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | July 28, 2014July 28, 2014 | by Anthony Watts
    The price of a stabilized green power grid is very steep, one could say it is like a “hockey stick”Story submitted by Eric Worrall  (h/t John Droz)Coal and gas electricity companies are being paid up to 400x times the wholesale price of power, in return for helping to stabilize the German electricity grid.According to Bloomberg, “Germany’s push toward renewable energy is causing so many drops and surges from wind and solar power that the government is paying more utilities than ever to help stabilize the country’s electricity grid.” “At the beginning, this market counted for only a small portion of...
  • Gina McCarthy, EPA: carbon reduction is not about pollution – it’s about money

    07/28/2014 9:20:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | July 28th, 2014 | Joanne
    I don’t think Gina McCarthy had thought this through. McCarthy to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee: “And the great thing about this proposal is it really is an investment opportunity. This is not about pollution control. It’s about increased efficiency at our plants…It’s about investments in renewables and clean energy. It’s about investments in people’s ability to lower their electricity bills by getting good, clean, efficient appliances, homes, rental units,” “This is an investment strategy that will really not just reduce carbon pollution but will position the United States to continue to grow economically in every state, based...
  • How Your Cereal Causes Climate Change

    07/28/2014 3:37:07 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 28, 20:31 GMT | Clare Foran
    One of the world's largest food companies says it's about to take a big bite out of global warming. General Mills, maker of Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Wheaties, said Monday that it will set a target to limit air pollution throughout its entire supply chain next summer. This marks the first time the food giant has pledged to measurably rein in greenhouse-gas emissions from its agricultural suppliers of ingredients like soy and sugarcane. Environmental watchdogs say the effort is significant. According to Oxfam, air pollution created by the agricultural industry makes up a quarter of total greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide....
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary July 26, 2014

    07/26/2014 9:14:33 AM PDT · by Excellence · 28 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | July 26, 2014 | Joe Bastardi
    Another epic rant. USA making much of July tornados, which are occurring because it's colder! Third cold shot of July coming down to close out the month.
  • Climate Science; Winning The Science Battle, But Losing the Policy War

    07/24/2014 12:46:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Essay by Dr. Tim Ball (Elaboration of my Heartland Climate Conference Presentation)
    Essay by Dr. Tim Ball (Elaboration of my Heartland Climate Conference Presentation) We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge. Rutherford RogersSo-called climate skeptics, practicing proper science by disproving the hypothesis that human CO2 is causing global warming, achieved a great deal. This, despite harassment by formal science agencies, like the Royal Society, and deliberate neglect by the mainstream media. It combined with an active and deliberate Public Relations campaign, designed to mislead and confuse. Most people and politicians understand little of what is going on so the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) strategy of using created science for...
  • Get rid of the rogue EPA and pointless “climate” policies. Governments can’t change the weather.

    07/24/2014 11:42:09 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | July 24th, 2014 | Joanne
    Governments can’t change the weather. One day people will marvel that turn of the century governments thought they could control the climate, and needed to issue decrees about how much “change” in the weather they would allow.From different continents come two articles with a similar theme. It’s time to dump the EPA and pointless “Climate” policies.The US should get rid of the federal EPA Alan Caruba and Jay Lehr tell us how it is. The EPA is a rogue tool of liberal activitists. For years now I have been saying that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must be eliminated and...
  • New Climate Model Introduced, now with knobs!

    07/23/2014 10:37:54 AM PDT · by Excellence · 24 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | July 23, 2014 | Bob Tisdale
    Due to the cutbacks in funding for climate science, a new climate model has been introduced to help politicians justify unnecessary laws that regulate carbon dioxide emissions… Introducing…
  • Earth's Hottest June Follows Hottest May. The New normal? (Conflicting Data Scam Alert)

    07/22/2014 8:50:47 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 24 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 22, 2014 23:20 GMT | Noelle Swan
    Things are heating up on planet Earth. Average global temperatures shattered records this June ... for the second month in a row, according to a new report from the National Climactic Data Center. The NCDC, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, analyzed data from 2,000 weather stations scattered across the globe measuring both ocean and land temperatures and found that global average temperatures surpassed the previous record by 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit. That makes June 2014 the warmest June since record keeping began in 1880. If this trend continues, 2014 could top 2010 as the warmest year recorded.
  • Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

    07/22/2014 8:14:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014 9:05 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change. Obama, speaking at a fundraiser Tuesday, offered federal help to deal with Washington’s wildfire, the largest in the state’s history. …
  • Mystery Behind Giant Hole in Siberia Clearer as 2nd Discovered

    07/22/2014 4:57:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 66 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jul. 22 2014
    The craters, believed to be formed by an underground explosion, are now filled with snow and ice. Reindeer herders in Russia's Far North have discovered yet another mysterious giant hole about 30 kilometers away from a similar one found days earlier. Located in the permafrost of the subarctic Siberian region of Yamal, which means "end of the earth" in the local Nenets language, both craters appear to have been formed in recent years and have icy lakes at their bases. Scientists who examined the first hole theorized that it could have been created when a mixture of water, salt and...
  • Global warming 'pause' was a natural fluctuation, scientists say

    07/22/2014 9:37:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    UPI ^ | 07/22/2014 | Brooks Hays
    Climate change skeptics have suggested a recent slowdown in the warming of the Earth is evidence that global warming is a farce and that climate models can't be trusted, but new research suggests the slowdown, or "pause," was not a significant disruption of larger trends. The planet has been slowly warming over the last century or more. But in the last 15 years, that rate of warming has slowed. Temperatures are still high by historical standards; but between 1998 and 2013 they were slightly below what climate models had predicted. A small number of scientists and policy makers have pointed...
  • Joe Bastardi: Media Just "Want to Be Popular" on Climate Change

    07/21/2014 1:01:30 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    Business and Media Institute ^ | July 21, 2014 | Sean Long
    Climate alarmists sometimes like to claim skeptical scientists don’t exist, but they do, and one meteorologist had a lot to say on the subject. In an interview with the MRC’s Business and Media Institute, well-known meteorologist Joe Bastardi dissected and criticized major aspects of the climate change alarmism movement. Drawing on his knowledge of weather and climate history, Bastardi said that “extreme weather” events the media talk about so much are commonplace and the result of normal variability. He also attacked basic arguments about CO2, scientific consensus and alarmist media bias. Bastardi contended that climate alarmism is “ludicrous” and “not...
  • Hard times for Aussie Alarmists (Global Warming ) – Flannery begs in new video (for donations)

    07/21/2014 11:39:51 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | by Anthony Watts
    ← A flip-flop on Arctic permafrost thaws – actually a net cooling rather than a warming A conversation with Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. on the Kaya Identity → Hard times for Aussie Alarmists – Flannery begs in new video Posted on July 18, 2014 by Anthony Watts Story submitted by Eric WorrallTim Flannery, one time head of the government Climate Commission in Australia, until it was disbanded by the current government, has released a video begging for donations to “keep science in the news”. A year after raising a million dollars, he now needs more money. Flannery has an impressive track record...
  • Finally! Carbon Tax Gone – Australia gets rid of a price on carbon

    07/21/2014 10:39:46 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | July 17th, 2014 | Joanne
    As of today, Australia no longer has the most expensive “carbon” price in the world. The voters didn’t ask for a tax in 2010,  but it was forced on them in 2011. They rejected it wholeheartedly in 2013 but it still has taken months to start unwinding this completely pointless piece of symbolism which aimed to change the weather. The machinery of democracy may be slow, but this is a win for voters.11:15am EST today: The Australian Senate passes the carbon tax repeal bill.“Australia has become the first country in the world to abolish a price on carbon, with the Senate...
  • Another carbon tax domino falls – South Korea goes cold on ETS

    07/21/2014 10:04:50 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | by Anthony Watts
    South Korea announces delay the day after Australia’s carbon tax repealStory submitted by Eric WorrallIn a sign that rejection of climate alarm is gathering momentum, South Korea has thrown doubt on its carbon plans. Significantly, the announcement was made the day after Australia abolished the carbon tax. According to the report; “July 18 (Reuters) – South Korea’s finance minister has called its impending emissions trading market “flawed in many ways”, hinting that he would pressure other ministries to delay the planned 2015 launch, a local newspaper reported. Choi Kyung-hwan, who is also deputy prime minister, said problems had been found...
  • Certain Arctic lakes store more greenhouse gases than they release

    07/20/2014 11:20:52 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 11 replies
    New research, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), counters a widely-held scientific view that thawing permafrost uniformly accelerates atmospheric warming, indicating instead that certain Arctic lakes store more greenhouse gases than they emit into the atmosphere. The study, published this week in the journal Nature, focuses on thermokarst lakes, which occur as permafrost thaws and creates surface depressions that fill with melted fresh water, converting what was previously frozen land into lakes. The research suggests that Arctic thermokarst lakes are "net climate coolers" when observed over longer, millennial, time scales. "Until now, we've only thought of thermokarst lakes as...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary July 19, 2014

    07/19/2014 2:16:51 PM PDT · by Excellence · 13 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | July 19, 2014 | Joe Bastardi
    Short post as Joe is on the road.
  • Best Lightning Storms in Pictures

    07/19/2014 1:57:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Friday 18 Jul 2014
    After thunder bolts and lighting overnight over the UK , we bring you some spectacular images of lighting storms .
  • Typhoon Rammasun Heads for China After Lashing Philippines, Killing at Least 38

    07/19/2014 1:12:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | Fri 18 Jul 2014
    China's southern regions are bracing for a powerful typhoon that has ripped through the Philippines, killing dozens and forcing more than 400,000 people to flee their homes. The official death toll from Typhoon Rammasun has climbed to 38, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said on Thursday. Ten people have been injured and eight are missing. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in the Philippines on Tuesday, just eight months after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the country in November 2013. The eye of Typhoon Rammasun passed south of Manila after cutting a path across the main island of...
  • California Approves Fines for Wasting Water During Drought

    07/15/2014 7:03:55 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 16, 2014 01:12 GMT | Bettina Boxall
    Cities throughout California will have to impose mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering under an emergency state rule approved Tuesday. Saying that it was time to increase conservation in the midst of one of the worst droughts in decades, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted drought regulations that give local agencies the authority to fine those who waste water up to $500 a day. Many Southern California cities, including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Long Beach, already have mandatory restrictions in place. But most communities across the state are still relying on voluntary conservation, and Californians in general have fallen...
  • Mariner trying to sail NW Passage rescued after sailboat gets stuck in sea ice near Barrow

    07/14/2014 12:12:35 PM PDT · by citizen · 22 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | Julu 13, 2014 | Michelle Theriault Boots
    A man attempting to sail his 36-foot sailboat through the Northwest Passage was rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Saturday after his boat became trapped in Arctic sea ice northeast of Barrow. The Coast Guard cutter Healy broke a 12-mile path through ice to reach the sailboat Altan Girl about 40 miles from Barrow, the Coast Guard said in a news release Sunday. The Healy was diverted from a research mission to respond to the sailboat. The Coast Guard did not release the rescued man’s name, but the Nome Nugget’s June 26 “Dock Walk” column described the Altan Girl...
  • NYT: Crack Down on Scientific Fraudsters

    07/14/2014 12:05:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | July 11, 2014 | Guest essay by Jim Steele,
    Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University and author of Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate SkepticismWhile alarmists try to enshrine climate scientists as pure and unbiased, those familiar with real life science understand a scientist’s opinion should always be challenged- challenged because personal bias taints their interpretations and challenged because a small minority will fudge the data in order to gain peer acceptance, status and funding.Read the NY Times piece Crack Down on Scientific Fraudsters   http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/opinion/crack-down-on-scientific-fraudsters.html?_r=1Scientific fraud is found in the field of medical science because results can be quickly checked. In climate science, dooms...
  • Op-Ed: The Arctic's Huge Store of Methane Gas: 'Ticking time-bomb?' (Methane Gas New Evil)

    07/13/2014 9:13:51 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 39 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | July 13, 2014 22:12 GMT | Karen Graham
    Some climate change proponents are saying the huge amounts of methane gas, stored under the Arctic ice is a potential "ticking time bomb." They claim that we must stop extracting fossil fuels that put more CO2 into our atmosphere or face disaster. Methane is only one of a number of gases called greenhouse gases (GHG) that can absorb and emit infrared radiation, or in other words, this means they can trap and absorb heat. The most abundant GHG is water vapor, followed by carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone and CFC's. By measuring atmospheric infrared radiation, climatologists are able to...
  • Brisbane (Australia) hits coldest temperature in 103 years

    07/12/2014 11:12:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    theaustralian.com.au ^ | July 12, 2014 10:59AM | Chris McMahon, Sharnee Rawson
    ******************************************************************************* If you are lucky enough to be reading this from the comfort of your blankets, it might be best to stay there, as Brisbane has hit its coldest temperatures in 103 years. Not since July 28 1911 has Brisbane felt this cold, getting down to a brisk 2.6C at 6.41am.At 7am, it inched up to 3.3C.Matt Bass, meteorologist from BOM, said the region was well below our average temperatures.“If it felt cold, that’s because it was, breaking that record is pretty phenomenal for Brisbane,” Bass said.“The average for this time of year is 12C, so Brisbane was about 9C...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary July 12, 2014

    07/12/2014 8:54:47 AM PDT · by Excellence · 24 replies
    Weather Bell Analytics ^ | July 12, 2014 | Joe Bastardi
    Good looking July!
  • Poor man’s polar vortex to make shocking summer return in eastern U.S. next week

    07/11/2014 1:20:13 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10 April 2014 | Jason Samenow
    Call it the ghost of the polar vortex, the polar vortex sequel, or the polar vortex’s revenge. Meteorological purists may tell you it’s not a polar vortex at all. However you choose to refer to the looming weather pattern, unseasonably chilly air is headed for parts of the northern and northeastern U.S at the height of summer early next week.
  • Summer 'polar vortex' cooling off parts of U.S. while the West bakes

    07/11/2014 11:44:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/11/2014 | Christine Mai-Duc
    <p>Put away those shorts and tank tops, Chicago, and get ready for another "polar vortex."</p> <p>That’s what some people are calling the unseasonably cold temperatures expected to come to the northern and eastern United States next week, as a patch of cold air flows from northern Canada to the Great Lakes area and slips eastward toward the coast.</p>
  • Climate Change Could Cause More Kidney Stones

    07/11/2014 1:33:02 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 32 replies
    City Lab ^ | July 10, 2014 18:12 GMT | John Metcalfe
    When one thinks of the warming climate, the phrases that pop into mind probably aren't "nausea and vomiting," "sharp, stabbing pain," and "blood in your urine." Yet these awful symptoms could become more prolific in the coming decades, as hotter weather appears to be linked with the risk of growing a kidney stone. This disheartening prognosis comes from doctors at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and elsewhere who've completed a seven-year-long study of 60,433 patients in several major U.S. cities. When the temperature goes up, there's a subsequent spike in the number of people visiting hospitals for stone issues, they...
  • Yellowstone Closes Road Because It's Melting (What a world, what a world)

    07/10/2014 9:53:46 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 73 replies
    Newser ^ | July 20, 2014 | John Johnson
    You'll never guess why "Firehole Lake Drive" is temporarily off-limits to tourists in Yellowstone National Park. Yes, the popular 3.3-mile loop is closed for a while because the asphalt is melting, reports National Parks Traveler. "Extreme heat from surrounding thermal areas has caused thick oil to bubble to the surface, damaging the blacktop and creating unsafe driving conditions," says a park release. While that kind of thing isn't uncommon given Yellowstone's geology, the damage to the road is "unusually severe," reports the AP.