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Image of the Week

Filed under “data can be cool”         This is a graph of wind and air pressure at a weather station as a hurricane passes directly over.  Notice the double spikes as each eye wall passes overhead.  

As most of you know already, England’s dramatic sequence of winter storms since December has resulted in its worst winter on record.  England’s records go back 248 years.  (Al Jazeera is reporting 300 years).  Who knows if such a series of storms has ever occurred since the climate stabilized after the last glaciation ended some…

[Update: it seems clear that records were broken after all as has been pointed out in the comments. So we are only left with Fox’s reaction and youtube fog-pee videos. And let’s face it, Fox’s reaction was pretty predictable…] The recent cold snap was indeed remarkable and the media was buzzing about it for days. …

AP Misreports Haiyan as Category 4

While reading an AP attributed article on Huffington post about Super Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda), I did a double take at this paragraph: Weather officials said Haiyan had sustained winds of 235 kilometers per hour (147 miles per hour), with gusts of 275 kph (170 mph), when it made landfall. By those measurements,…

New Mexico’s extreme drought

(the featured image above is of the once aptly named Rio Grande, now referred to by locals as the “Rio Sand”) The LA Times has a very chilling piece on New Mexico’s not so chilling climate change.  Here are a few quotes to pique your interest: “All of New Mexico is officially in a drought,…

Jeff Masters reports on these studies: Grinsted, A., J. C. Moore, and S. Jevrejeva, 2012, “A homogeneous record of Atlantic hurricane surge threat since 1923,” PNAS 2012, doi:10.1073/pnas.1209542109 Grinsted, A., J. C. Moore, and S. Jevrejeva, 2012, “Projected Atlantic hurricane surge threat from rising temperatures” PNAS March 18, 2013 201209980, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1209980110 There is a…

Hot day

So Tasmania is in the news, which is where I am living (see here for links).  The stories are about heat and bush fires.  So far, nothing as dramatic as “Black Saturday” four years ago has happened, thank goodness, but conditions are very similar. The post’s “featured image” above is of the electronic weather station…

The reality of weather modification is no conspiracy theory.   Or at least, so say the conspiracy theorists…. Hurricane Sandy is being described as the “worst storm in 100 years” and will possibly mutate to super-storm status once it combines with a polar air mass over the eastern United States enabling it to cause widespread damage…

As pretty much everyone should be aware already, Hurricane Sandy is getting close to landfall in the New Jersey area where it will collide with a strong winter storm coming down from Canada.  It seems no one really knows what will happen, but all the people who should agree it will be very bad.  This…

August Monthly Anomaly Smashes Previous Record

August sea ice extent in the Arctic this year was 640,000 square kilometers below the previous record set in 2007.  It is also already a record monthly low for any month, though that record will not last as it is going to be broken this September when the lowest extent of the year is normally…