Climate

Summer 2019 ties for warmest on record in N. Hemisphere

September 17, 2019 0 Comments
Summer 2019 ties for warmest on record in N. Hemisphere

  In looking back at meteorological summer (June through August), Wisconsin had a relatively cool one.  Temperatures generally were a few degrees cooler than normal in June and August, while above normal in July.  There were very few 90 degree days in central or northern Wisconsin.  So it might come as a surprise to you […]

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More clickbait AGW headlines

September 12, 2019 0 Comments
More clickbait AGW headlines

You know that the “climate change” (anthropogenic global warming, or AGW) headlines are getting over-the-top when the head of the World Meteorological Organization has to come out and say that it is not “the end of the world” and that people should stop making such extreme statements. It is not that there won’t be challenges, […]

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Mapping carbon monoxide from large fires

September 8, 2019 0 Comments
Mapping carbon monoxide from large fires

  Carbon monoxide of course is one of the byproducts of fires.  It has implications in terms of climate change and air pollution among others.  It’s important that we are able to observe it and track its movements with some precision in the atmosphere.  New tools aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite are detecting it better than […]

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Why does record cold still happen?

August 22, 2019 0 Comments
Why does record cold still happen?

Just last month NOAA issued a press release indicating that July of 2019 was the warmest month on the planet in recorded history. This follows many other “warmest months” ever over the course of the last few years. At some point, I am sure you might be asking yourself, if we keep setting records for […]

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We Need to Talk About Science

August 15, 2019 0 Comments
We Need to Talk About Science

A general impression exists about how science works. Scientists speculate about how the world works. They conduct studies to confirm or refute their speculations. They report the results. They have conferences where they discuss different ideas. New ideas are evaluated with new experiments, and so on. Gradually we get a better picture of how the […]

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May 2019 continues the global warm streak

June 23, 2019 0 Comments
May 2019 continues the global warm streak

Even though Europe, North America, and the Caribbean had their coolest May in the past 10 to 15 years the world as a whole was still much warmer than normal.  In fact according to NOAA, May 2019 had a global land / sea temperature average 1.53 degrees above the 20th century average.  That makes it […]

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A great new tool to measure water vapor & other gases in the sky

June 18, 2019 0 Comments
A great new tool to measure water vapor & other gases in the sky

  I ran across an article from NASA that is really exciting.  NASA has developed a new instrument,  called the High Altitude Lidar Observatory (HALO).  It will measure many types of gases in the atmosphere more directly and with more precision than ever before.  The one in particular that researchers think it will make the biggest […]

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What are you worried about?

June 12, 2019 1 Comment
What are you worried about?

Does anyone remember the story about the Facebook chat-bots that developed their own mysterious version of English and then were shut down? It turns out that it was a pretty simple artificial intelligence experiment that did not have constraints on proper English. The chat-bots were not on the verge of becoming “Skynet” – as this […]

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Bad headlines again

May 30, 2019 0 Comments
Bad headlines again

Some of you might recall that I was recently distraught about poorly written headlines proclaiming “decades long drought” or “19 year-long drought” in the American West, particularly in the southwest. It has been drier than average in these areas, but the dry periods have been interspersed with times of ample precipitation, as anyone can see […]

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April 2019, 2nd warmest April on record for our planet

May 21, 2019 1 Comment
April 2019, 2nd warmest April on record for our planet

Even though we have been having cool weather this Spring in the Upper Midwest and much of Central Canada, most of the world has been running warmer than normal.  In fact in the latest report from NOAA, the global land and ocean temperature average for April 2019 was 1.67 degrees F above the 20th century […]

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