Archives for May, 2016

Trending wetter with time: weather never moves in a straight line, but data from NOAA NCDC shows a steady increase in the percentage of the USA experiencing extreme 1-day rainfall amounts since the first half of the 20th century. Photograph: NOAA NCDC My Apology to Paul Douglas I admit that I do a lot of…

This is a press release that just came across my desk that I thought would be of interest to you. High-drama at low-key follow up to UN Climate Change Agreement in Paris Bonn, Germany – United Nations climate change negotiations today concluded their first session since the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December last…

Friday, May 27, 11 AM cst The probability of this disturbance turning into a tropical storm has been upgraded to 90%, and this transformation is expected to happen some time this evening or on Saturday. Once that happens, the NWS will probably start issuing maps and probability information for where the storm will go and…

Atlantic Hurricane Names: 2016

With Hurricane Season starting in a few days, I thought I’d post a list of the names that will be used this year. Alex Bonnie Colin Danielle Earl Fiona Gaston Hermine Ian Julia Karl Lisa Matthew Nicole Otto Paula Richard Shary Tobias Virginie Walter Alex, of course, was already used as a name, since a…

I want to tell you about a great new book that has one forgivable flaw, which I’ll mention at the end. But first, a word from Bizarro Land. This is about the Grand Canyon. I would think that the Grand Canyon would be the last thing that creationists would point to as proof of a…

A cure is found for CCDD

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I’m not anti-government. I’m pro civilization. But I’m also an anarchist, of a sort. I think institutions should be dissolved and reformed regularly. What really happens is that institutions add bits and pieces over time, in response to things that happen, as solutions to interim problems, until finally the bits and pieces take over and…

Harvesting clean energy in cities

There is a new technology that can convert both solar and wind energy into electricity in such a way that it is suitable for use on urban rooftops. Here’s the abstract from the paper describing this work: To realize the sustainable energy supply in a smart city, it is essential to maximize energy scavenging from…

The Democratic National Convention Committee has announced who will be on the all important Platform Drafting Committee. The committee will include an impressive mix of Clinton and Sanders supporters, as well as a key member associated with climate change activism. The committee is assembled by the CND Chair, who this time around is Debbie Wasserman…

As you know, I’ve been running a model to predict the outcomes of upcoming Democratic Primary contests. The model has change over time, as described below, but has always been pretty accurate. Here, I present the final, last, ultimate version of the model, covering the final contests coming up in June. Why predict primaries and…