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  • Climate Doomsayers Ignore Benefits Of Carbon Dioxide Emissions – Now compiled in a new report

    10/12/2015 10:45:26 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies ^ | October 12, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    From the GWPF:London 12 October: In an important new report published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, former IPCC delegate Dr Indur Goklany calls for a reassessment of carbon dioxide, which he says has many benefits for the natural world and for humankind.Dr Goklany said: “Carbon dioxide fertilises plants, and emissions from fossil fuels have already had a hugely beneficial effect on crops, increasing yields by at least 10-15%. This has not only been good for humankind but for the natural world too, because an acre of land that is not used for crops is an acre of...
  • With Another Vicious Winter Coming,What Will BLM Movement Do When They Need Power Restored?

    10/11/2015 7:43:15 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 17 replies
    Lets say come late December/January, a vicious polar vortex blizzard falls on towns like Baltimore and/or St.Louis. Like in most intense blizzards, power goes out and many residents don't have fireplaces. Now, aren't most electricians/technicians that restore power "White"? It will be a scenario where "Now All Of A Sudden The Black Lives Movement Need Our Help". But for the duration of the summer some of the activists wanted to see dead cops&dead white people. Do they have any idea who maintains their electricity and comes to their rescue during extended black-outs?
  • NASA Expert: El Niño Is “Too Big to Fail”

    10/10/2015 6:32:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    KFOR ^ | OCTOBER 9, 2015 | K. QUERRY
    Climatologists are predicting that this winter will be unusual across the country because of El Niño that is brewing in the Pacific Ocean. “There’s no longer a possibility that El Niño wimps out at this point. It’s too big to fail,” Bill Patzert, a climatologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told the LA Times. “And the winter over North America is definitely not going to be normal.” Scientists say El Niño is getting stronger because of rising sea-level ocean temperatures in the Pacific Ocean and a change of directions of the wind along the equator. According to LA Times, that...
  • Solar Update October 2015

    10/09/2015 11:06:08 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Guest essay by David Archibald
    Solar Update October 2015 Anthony Watts / 1 day ago October 8, 2015 Guest essay by David ArchibaldIntroductionWhile Solar Cycle 24 is well into its decline in terms of F10.7 flux and sunspot number, several types of solar activity have risen dramatically over 2015. The solar wind flow pressure, for example, is now at a two decade high. That in turn means that the low in neutron count for this cycle may be more than a year out. This also means that the expected, much-awaited solar-driven cooling could be put off for at least year, with the consequence that the...
  • Unexpected information about Earth's climate history from Yellow River sediment

    10/09/2015 10:35:39 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 14 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 10/9/2015 | Uppsala University
    By meticulously examining sediments in China's Yellow River, a Swedish-Chinese research group are showing that the history of tectonic and climate evolution on Earth may need to be rewritten. (Snip) Weathering of this eroded material also constitutes a further mechanism that may explain the reduced levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide at the beginning of the Ice Age. The researchers' next step will be to compare terrestrial and marine records of erosion to gauge how far sediment storage on land has impacted the marine record.
  • A major maritime disaster is underway in the Atlantic and it is subject to a media blackout?

    10/04/2015 6:33:03 AM PDT · by cll · 146 replies
    10/04/2015 | cll
    An 800 ft. cargo vessel sailing from Jacksonville to San Juan in the vicinity of a major hurricane with 33 crew on board loses power, starts listing, sends a distress signal and goes missing now for four days. Drudge has a link to the story just as a side of other hurricane stories. The story goes largely ignored by the mainstream media. Even Free Republic has taken it down from Breaking and Front Page news. That's 33 souls, 28 of which are Americans, possibly lost at sea or struggling to survive. A major U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue effort...
  • Joe Bastardi Saturday Summary October 3, 2015

    10/03/2015 11:41:12 AM PDT · by Excellence · 22 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | October 3, 2015 | Joe Bastardi
    The oceans are warm, mostly because of the El Niño, but Joe expects a crash in a couple of years.

    10/01/2015 11:32:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/01/2015 | by JAMES DELINGPOLE
    Scientists have discovered a hitherto unknown cooling process which may pose a serious threat to man-made global warming theory. According to a study by the Institute of Catalysis and Environment in Lyon (IRCELYON, CNRS / University Lyon 1) and the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), the oceans are producing unexpectedly large quantities of isoprene – a volatile organic compound (VOC) – which is known to have a cooling effect on climate. Isoprene is a gas that is formed by both the vegetation and the oceans. It is very important for the climate because this gas can form particles that...
  • Forecast predicts Hurricane Joaquin will charge up Chesapeake Bay

    09/30/2015 6:26:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 61 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 9/30/15 | Scott Dance
    The center of Hurricane Joaquin could be churning up the Chesapeake Bay come Monday morning, bringing flooding rains and storm surge with it.The storm — which was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane Wednesday morning — is still about 200 miles east of the Bahamas, but is expected to strengthen and shift northward soon, according to the National Hurricane Center.Joaquin is expected to make a right turn and speed up the Eastern Seaboard starting Friday, before crossing the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Sunday and heading up the Chesapeake on Monday. While forecasts are tenuous several days...
  • Michelle Stirling: Paris is about saving green investors, not the Earth

    09/30/2015 11:49:19 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Recently, it was revealed that Volkswagen had been duping diesel-emissions tests on some of its high-end environmentally friendly cars. People were outraged. The CEO resigned. About the same time, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told the Alberta Chambers of Commerce that her province had better get its environmental house in order or it would have measures imposed upon it. She also said that Alberta has “bad air.”Really? I challenge that statement. In 2011, Canada’s air was judged to be the third highest quality in the world. In 2006, Environment Canada reported that Red Deer was an unusual hot spot for poor...
  • Keep an eye on TS Joaquin, Strong Hurricane Is Potentially Heading Toward Outer Banks

    09/29/2015 9:18:10 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 19 replies
    Just a heads-up to anyone in the NC to DE area, a Cat4 is potentially headed your way. Keep an eye on TS Joaquin
  • At summer’s end, 60 percent of Texas abnormally dry or in drought

    09/29/2015 5:16:53 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 2:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 | Patrick Beach - American-Statesman Staff
    This week’s drought map from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows a familiar picture of Texas: about 60 percent of the state somewhere between abnormally dry and being in extreme drought, affecting more than 12 million people. At the start of the summer, that drought percentage was only 4.6. Here are five things you need to know about the current weather and long-range forecast, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Aaron Treadway.
  • About Four More Weeks Of Global Warming News.Then "They Go In Hiding"For Six Months.

    09/28/2015 3:53:56 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 22 replies
    And has anyone ever take notice that Obama, Kerry and the rest never discuss Global Warming during the six months of winter? Can we assume that the likes of Al Gore go hiding in Florida and California? Who can't wait till December when the average temperature in the United States is 35, and for much of the country,between "0 and 10" degrees at night.Then come the next three months when we will be watching the news and every week it will be another "Polar Vortex","Ice Storm" or "The Weekly Blizzard From Hell". Us conservatives will just be laughing all winter...
  • Global Climate Sham.The Argument Is Over?Yet They Wont Name A Nation In Dire Straights.

    09/26/2015 5:39:48 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 21 replies
    Every time we hear the likes of Obama and Kerry adamantly declare that Global Warming and Global Climate is real, they still never point out an example. It's beyond laughable at this point. The leftist leaders keep insisting that we are experiencing global warming/climate change as we speak, yet they never say where! Is Italy or Great Britain under water? Has either pole melted? are all countries along the equator on fire or so hot that we are having mass evacuations? God! we just can't wait for November and El Nino to come. Lets see them blame the upcoming vicious...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary September 26, 2015

    09/26/2015 2:31:42 PM PDT · by Excellence · 9 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | September 26, 2015 | Joe Bastardi
    Very short Saturday Summary today. 6-15 day outlook.
  • New computer model says human emissions can ‘render Earth ice free’

    09/25/2015 10:52:02 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 79 replies ^ | September 24, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    From the “department of global roasting” and the UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS, where great ideas like this one are formed at Halloween parties, (yes really, see PR) comes this claim:UAF model used to estimate Antarctic ice sheet meltingTo see how burning up the Earth’s available fossil fuels might affect the Antarctic ice sheet, scientists turned to a computer program developed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute. The ice would disappear, they found, and that conclusion is making headlines across the world.UAF’s Parallel Ice Sheet Model “was the perfect tool to find out whether human emissions are sufficient to...
  • Feds new ‘college scorecard’ excludes top conservative, Christian colleges

    09/25/2015 10:43:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 09/25/2015 | VIVIAN HUGHBANKS
    Hillsdale, Grove City colleges among those snubbed by Department of Education The new “College Scorecard” released by the Department of Education and the White House that ranks universities excluded several institutions widely considered among the best conservative colleges in the nation: Hillsdale and Grove City colleges. The feds claimed Hillsdale, which offers a traditional liberal arts curriculum grounded in Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman traditions, does not grant enough bachelor degrees to be ranked, while Grove City – a staunchly Christian institution – was snubbed because it refuses federal funding. The “College Scorecard” was released last week and is a collection of...
  • World's largest PR firm won't represent coal producers or climate change 'deniers' anymore

    09/25/2015 10:36:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Fortune ^ | 09/25/2015 | by Michal Addady
    Edelman, the world’s largest public relations company, has decided not to continue working with certain environmentally unfriendly companies after receiving negative publicity, the Guardian reports. Edelman was recently criticized for working with fossil fuel companies and fake front groups that supported a Canadian pipeline project. They have since decided to stop working with coal producers, since they’re the biggest contributors to climate change, and groups that try to “greenwash” the truth and spread misinformation. Edelman, which grew 8.5% in the 2014-2015 fiscal year according to PR Week, lost a good number of big clients when it made clear its position...
  • Lottery drivers take note: Heavy snow expected overnight in Denali

    09/20/2015 8:56:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | September 20, 2015 | Jeff Richardson
    FAIRBANKS—An early winter storm is expected to dump as much as 18 inches of snow into the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve overnight, causing rangers to temporarily close portions of the road for travelers today. With about 10 inches of snow falling by noon at the Eielson Visitor Center at Mile 66 of the Park Road, crews closed the road to incoming traffic this morning at Mile 53 at Toklat River. The closure was lifted later this afternoon, although a winter weather advisory remains in effect through Monday morning. The conditions mean an uncertain trip for winners of...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary September 19, 2015

    09/19/2015 10:44:42 AM PDT · by Excellence · 21 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | September 19, 2015 | Joe Bastardi
    The latest from Joe Bastardi.
  • Long range weather outlook for upcoming winter season

    09/18/2015 7:04:15 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 28 replies
    wgrz ^ | 9-18-2015
    The Climate Prediction Center Thursday released its late fall / early winter forecast for the United States.  This forecast includes the months of October, November and December. Graphics show Western New York is forecast to have a warmer, and drier than normal, period during these three months.  This seems to follow what can be typically expected during an El Nino event. During strong El Nino events like this year, warm waters in the tropical Pacific ocean cause a strengthening of the Pacific jet stream which tends keep cold air bottled up in Canada and an active strorm track across the Southern...
  • EMP versus AGW - Is There a National Death Wish? (AGW = Global Warming)

    09/18/2015 9:29:07 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/18/15 | Norman Rogers
    EMP or ElectroMagnetic Pulse is a disturbance that affects and sometimes destroys electrical and electronic devices. SNIP Much is uncertain about an EMP attack. It might not be as bad as the worst case. It might turn out that our infrastructure is fairly resistant. We don’t know a lot because not enough testing has been done. We do know that relatively minor efforts at hardening could make a huge difference in national survival. Yet nothing is being done. SNIP For some reason best explained by psychiatrists, we are spending vast sums, potentially trillions, to reduce CO2 emissions in order to...
  • David Letterman to take part in series about climate change

    09/17/2015 2:03:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2015 4:19 PM EDT
    David Letterman will return to TV next year to help draw attention to the effects of climate change when he appears on an episode of “Years of Living Dangerously.” The National Geographic Channel series, which Thursday was renewed for a second season, has signed Letterman for his first announced appearance since leaving his job hosting CBS’ “Late Show.” …
  • Long-term climate variability in the Northern Hemisphere linked to solar variations

    09/15/2015 2:59:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 41 replies ^ | September 15, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    From the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)New perspectives for long-term climate predictions? This image shows a time series of solar activity (bottom) and the North Atlantic Oscillation in two model simulations, without (blue) and with (yellow) solar forcing. Credit, GEOMAR.  Are climate predictions over periods of several years reliable if weather forecast are still only possible for short periods of several days? Nevertheless there are options to predict the development of key parameters on such long time scales. A new study led by scientists at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel shows how the well-known 11-year cycle...
  • NO SEA LEVEL danger from Antarctic this century, even if ALL COAL and OIL burned

    09/15/2015 9:17:58 AM PDT · by dayglored · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 15, 2015 | Lewis Page
    Hardcore warmist's amazing admission One of the world's most firmly global-warmist scientists has put his name to a scientific paper which says that even if humanity deliberately sets out to burn all the fossil fuels it can find, as fast as it can, there will be no troublesome sea level rise due to melting Antarctic ice this century. Dr Ken Caldeira's credentials as a global warmist are impeccable. He is not a true green hardliner - he has signed a plea to his fellow greens to get over their objections to nuclear power, for instance, and he doesn't totally rule...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary September 12, 2015

    09/12/2015 9:52:35 AM PDT · by Excellence · 9 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | September 12, 2015 | Joe Bastardi
    Today's Saturday Summary from @BigJoeBastardi: the upcoming winter, balance of tropical season, arctic sea ice:
  • Odds Increasing For A Very Snowy Winter In Colorado

    09/11/2015 8:47:02 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 37 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | Sep 10, 2015 | Justin McHeffey
    DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado’s 2015-2016 Winter season may be one for the record books as El Niño conditions strengthen in the Pacific Ocean. The El Niño forecast released by NOAA suggests a colder winter with more snowfall than normal. Ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific have been as much as four degrees warmer than average over the past few months. Historically, this setup has brought more moisture into the state during the winter months, especially southwestern Colorado, but Denver has also seen its largest snowstorms during El Niño years.
  • Steelers’ website makes strong claim about Headsetgate

    09/11/2015 6:12:09 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    NBC ^ | September 11, 2015, 8:15 AM EDT | Michael David Smith
    As he detailed problems his coaching staff had with the headset communications on Thursday night, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stopped short of coming right out and accusing the Patriots of cheating. But the Steelers’ website makes clear that the team believes the Patriots were in control of the audio problems the Steelers’ coaches were having. An article on the Steelers’ website says that the audio communications problems started and stopped repeatedly — always stopping when a league official came down to the sideline to deal with the matter, then starting up again when the league official left the sideline area....
  • Weatherman Nails Pronouncing Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogo

    09/09/2015 12:36:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 9, 2015
    Liam Dutton, a meteorologist in the United Kingdom, shocked viewers earlier this week. Their surprise was not because of a forecast, but rather his ability to pronounce Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch correctly live on air. The tongue-twisting Welsh village has online guides on how to pronounce the name and apparently has the longest specific single-word .com domain name in the world. However, Dutton’s impressive display of vocal dexterity may have really put it on the map.
  • Rising seas threaten to flood launch sites, NASA says

    09/07/2015 12:47:49 PM PDT · by PROCON · 97 replies
    CNN ^ | Sep. 6, 2015 | Brandon Griggs
    (CNN)—NASA's rockets are astounding machines, capable of blasting into space at thousands of miles per hour and withstanding temperatures twice the melting point of steel. But they can't take off underwater. Rising sea levels caused by melting ice caps threaten to disrupt a handful of NASA launch sites along U.S. coastlines, the space agency warns. In the coming years, launch facilities at Florida's Kennedy Space Center and other places may need to be retrofitted or even moved inland, NASA says. "Every NASA center has its own set of vulnerabilities, and some are more at risk than others," NASA climatologist...
  • Snow, winter weather temporarily close part of Going-to-the-Sun Road ( AGW : Montana )

    09/07/2015 10:52:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Ravalli Republic ^ | Sept. 7, 2015 | DILLON KATO
    Glacier National Park, the top of Logan Pass has been temporarily shut down again, this time because of snow. Glacier announced over the weekend that a section of the Going-to-the-Sun Road between Big Bend on the west side and Jackson Glacier Overlook on the east side is temporarily closed because of winter weather conditions.
  • A Week After Heatwave, Snow Falls in Bavaria

    09/05/2015 5:40:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    From 30C to snow in under a week? It's possible in Germany where seven centimetres of the white stuff fell at the top of the Bavarian Alps on Friday. It might seem like summer was only last week in Germany – and that's because it was. With blazing sunshine and temperatures topping 30C over the weekend, the onset of winter couldn't have been further from most Germans' minds. But in the Bavarian Alps, autumn has been skipped out altogether. At Zugspitze – Germany's highest peak, at 2,962m – seven centimetres of snow have already fallen, reports the Münchner Merkur. "The...
  • Fire Map of the US. From a Satellite,

    09/05/2015 5:30:26 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 6 replies
    MappingSupport ^ | 09/05/2105 | vanity
    The link shows a satellite view of the fires over the US. You can zoom in to view your locall areas. Depending on usage, it can be slow to load. This was used alot for the Washington Fires.
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary September 5, 2015

    09/05/2015 7:41:48 AM PDT · by Excellence · 10 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | September 5, 2015 | Joe Bastardi
    Recap of winter forecast, current state of global sea ice. Current SST/El Niño/SOI. Three to fifteen day forecast.
  • A week after heatwave, snow falls in Bavaria

    09/04/2015 11:17:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies ^ | 04 Sep 2015 15:33 GMT+02:00
    It might seem like summer was only last week in Germany—and that’s because it was. With blazing sunshine and temperatures topping 30°C over the weekend, the onset of winter couldn’t have been further from most Germans’ minds. But in the Bavarian Alps, autumn has been skipped out altogether. At Zugspitze—Germany’s highest peak, at 2,962 meters—seven centimeters of snow have already fallen, reports the Münchner Merkur. …
  • Scientists undercount trees by 2.6 trillion, but assure us animals going extinct

    09/03/2015 6:50:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/03/2015 | NewsMachete
    Every so often you will see articles warning that some species is going extinct. And usually it's not really a species -- you never hear about "leopards" going extinct, usually it's "purple dotted left handed bisexual Nepalese leopards" or some subvariety.  We are assured they are going extinct because fewer have been seen recently. But the Earth is so big, how can we really be sure that some subspecies is going extinct just because we see fewer of them? After all, only three percent of the land mass of the Earth is urbanized. Animals could easily be hidden in...
  • Air Force Veteran Finds Iconic 'Katrina Kid' After a Decade of Heartfelt Searching

    09/03/2015 6:00:51 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 4 replies
    Accuweather ^ | September 3 | Kevin Byrne
    In the wake of Hurricane Katrina's calamitous effects, an image of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney locked in a heartwarming embrace with a young girl he encountered during rescue operations became a symbol of hope and optimism. For the last decade, Maroney has been determined to meet the child he hugged in the iconic photo. In March, the Air Force Times launched the "Find Katrina Kid" campaign to help Maroney reconnect with the little girl.
  • Three trillion trees: Study finds there are 7.5 times more trees than previously believed

    09/02/2015 10:56:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 115 replies ^ | September 2, 2015 | Provided by: Yale University
    The global map of tree density at the square-kilometer pixel scale. Credit: Crowther, et al A new Yale-led study estimates that there are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth, about seven and a half times more than some previous estimates. But the total number of trees has plummeted by roughly 46 percent since the start of human civilization, the study estimates. Using a combination of satellite imagery, forest inventories, and supercomputer technologies, the international team of researchers was able to map tree populations worldwide at the square-kilometer level. Their results, published in the journal Nature, provide the most comprehensive...
  • This nuclear power plant has been dubbed California’s potential Fukushima [Watch Video]

    09/02/2015 8:07:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/02/2015
    Diablo Canyon is the last operating nuclear power plant in California — and arguably the most controversial. The plant sits along the scenic Central Coast and is surrounded by fault lines — one of which runs as close as 2,000 feet to the nuclear reactors. Many fear that a single earthquake could cause a repeat of the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, when a tsunami devastated a nuclear plant. But despite decades of public protest, the plant's operator PG&E insists that the facility is not only seismically sound, but essential.
  • Herder, Camels Hit by Lightning Die

    08/30/2015 10:16:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, August 29, 2015 | Mohammad El Sadafy
    The Security Department of Abu Dhabi Police released this picture of lightning in Al Ain. A farm worker of an Asian nationality died yesterday evening in Al Ain, after he was hit by a bolt of lightning. Colonel Mohammed Ibrahim Al Ameri, Director, Emergency Management and Public Safety, Abu Dhabi Police, said that ambulances and patrol cars moved to the site of the incident, where paramedics discovered that the person was already dead. The lightning also caused the death of six camels that the deceased was herding. Colonel Al Ameri advised the public to follow weather forecasts and weather alerts....
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary August 29, 2015

    08/29/2015 12:28:11 PM PDT · by Excellence · 16 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | August 29, 2015 | Joe Bastardi
    THIS IS IT! THE WINTER FORECAST! Will it be cold? How cold? How much snow? Find out here!
  • Video: Sinkhole Swallows Five Pedestrians

    08/28/2015 3:25:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Footage shows pedestrians walking on the pavement when it suddenly gave inA sinkhole in a northeastern Chinese city has swallowed five people in dramatic scenes that were captured on video. A provincial broadcaster says four people were injured in the Saturday incident in the provincial capital of Harbin.
  • Hurricane Danny fizzles: Why are there fewer big hurricanes?

    08/23/2015 4:58:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 61 replies ^ | Aug. 22, 2015 | Patrik Jonsson
    The US is in a historic hurricane drought, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. The fading of Hurricane Danny, which peaked as a Category 3 storm over the Atlantic, came as no surprise Saturday.ATLANTA — Hurricane Danny, a small hurricane that at one point reached Category 3 status as it moved across from Africa toward the Leeward Islands, has weakened quickly and by Sunday should be reduced to tropical storm status. An unusually strong atmospheric wind shear can be seen on satellite images Saturday literally whisking the storm away. To be sure, Danny remains a dangerous development. Slated to hit...
  • Joe Bastardi's Saturday Summary August 22, 2015

    08/23/2015 9:25:50 AM PDT · by Excellence · 6 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | August 22, 2015 | Joe Bastardi
    Better late than never. Joe's been on vacation, so we're lucky to get what we get. Anyway, long talk on the three active tropical storms in the Atlantic and tropical Pacific. September overview.
  • SPRITES AND TROLLS AT THE EDGE OF SPACE PHOTOS (lightning-related phenomenon)

    08/20/2015 6:27:15 PM PDT · by ETL · 16 replies ^ | Aug 20, 2015
    SPRITES AND TROLLS AT THE EDGE OF SPACE: We all know what comes out of the bottom of thunderclouds: lightning. But rarely do we see what comes out of the top. On August 10th, astronauts onboard the International Space Station were perfectly positioned to observe red sprites dancing atop a cluster of storms in Mexico. They snapped this incredible photo: This shows just how high sprites can go. The photo shows their red forms reaching all the way from the thunderstorm below to a layer of green airglow some 100 km above Earth's surface. This means sprites touch the edge...
  • A Calculator Just Whupped UN Supercomputers at Accurately Modeling Climate

    08/20/2015 9:06:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/20/2015 | Charlie Martin
    Climate is complex.This is true both in the conventional “wow, this is hard to figure out!” sense, and in the technical sense that people mean when they talk about “complex systems theory.” It’s so sensitive to the initial assumptions that it’s never feasible to compute exactly how the system will behave. Sometimes this is called “sensitive dependence on initial conditions,” or SDIC.This is basically why we can’t predict if it will rain on Monday, yet we can confidently predict that it’ll be colder in Boulder in December than it was in July.The difference here is between what is exactly true,...
  • El Niño Unlikely to Solve California Drought

    08/19/2015 7:35:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/19 | Sam Brock, Rachel Witte, Chandler Landon and Joe Roja
    Some weather experts are predicting heavy rainfall this year in California, thanks to an El Niño that many hope will put an end to the historic drought. “This is the Godzilla EL Niño if it matures and comes to fruition,” Bill Patzert, a climatologist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, told NBC News last week. A recent statement released by California’s state climatologist Michael Anderson sings a different tune. “California cannot count on potential El Niño conditions to halt or reverse drought conditions,” he wrote. “Historical weather data shows us that at best, there is a 50/50 chance of having a...
  • Get ready for Superwinter - Old Farmer's Almanac predicts record setting cold spells

    08/19/2015 3:57:26 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 18, 2015 | AP
    Just when you thought you had gotten over last winter, be warned: The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts it will be super cold with a slew of snow for much of the country, even in places that don't usually see too much of it, like the Pacific Northwest. It says there will be above-normal snow and below-normal temperatures for much of New England; icy conditions in parts of the South; and frigid weather in the Midwest. The snowiest periods in the Pacific Northwest will be in mid-December, early to mid-January and mid- to late February, the almanac predicts.
  • Dogs React to California Earthquake Rattling the Bay Area

    08/18/2015 11:23:26 AM PDT · by ETL · 9 replies ^ | Aug 18, 2015
    Aug 18, 2015; 8:00 AM ET: A magnitude 4.0 earthquake rattled the San Francisco area Monday, Aug. 17, briefly halting train services while workers inspected the tracks. No injuries or serious damage were reported but these dogs knew something was up.
  • Super cold, slew of snow in Old Farmer's Almanac forecast

    08/15/2015 8:30:32 PM PDT · by PROCON · 53 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 15, 2015 | KATHY McCORMACK
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Just when you thought you had gotten over last winter, be warned: The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts it will be super cold with a slew of snow for much of the country, even in places that don't usually see too much of it, like the Pacific Northwest. If you don't want to read about those four-letter words, there's plenty more to peruse in the folksy, annual book of household tips, trends, recipes and articles, such as animal jealousy, the history of shoes and anticipation for the biggest Supermoon in decades in November 2016.