The Intersection

Archives for March, 2007

Poor Madagascar. Another intense cyclone–Jaya–is heading in its direction. This storm, which just three days ago I was predicting would develop, has now intensified much faster than expected. According to the University of Wisconsin folks, it’s already a Category 3 storm, with winds of 104 knots and a minimum sea level pressure of 941.2 millibars.…

It’s probably a bit late for this notification, but I’m giving a public talk tomorrow: Washington, DC Lecture at “Restoring Scientific Integrity” Conference Saturday, March 31 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Center for Inquiry D.C. 621 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E. $ 10.00, RSVP required Washington, DC 20003 (202) 546-2330 Sorry about the ten bucks, it’s not my decision.…

So says Roger Pielke, Jr., in a very illuminating post. He also adds: “On the very hot-button issues of climate change and the teaching of evolution, Republican political agendas require confronting current scientific consensus.” I agree entirely–indeed, that’s the whole point of The Republican War on Science (of which Roger has been critical). This doesn’t…

Introducing NoName

I’m particularly proud of this currently unnamed tropical cyclone, as I successfully predicted its development. Don’t worry, I won’t get cocky. Beginner’s luck. UPDATE: The storm now has a name, Jaya…

A Book Sale (& Related Musings)

I don’t usually announce things like this. But I just noticed that Amazon.com has started selling my first book in hardback for $ 6.99. It was originally $ 24.95. So if you ever wanted a copy but didn’t get one, now is probably the time. To be sure, the paperback version of the book contains…

During the new Congress so far, we’ve seen multiple investigations related to the (mis)treatment of climate science by the Bush administration. These, I’m sure, will be ongoing. But as I’ve frequently said in public talks, perhaps the most pervasive abuses have occured on local endangered species issues, which have garnered less media coverage. Now it’s…

Should We Hazard a Prediction?

I’m not a meteorologist. I haven’t done an analysis of vertical wind shear, sea surface temperatures, or anything else. Moreover, even the best forecasters have a tough time determining when a severe hurricane will grow out of a more ordinary disturbance. But all of that said, doesn’t it look like this disturbance over the Indian…

Well, as usual, there’s much to say about the latest House hearing on political interferences with climate science. Beforehand, I had the honor of meeting Rep. Brad Miller, who’s been a pioneer on this issue. For me, that was probably the highlight of the hearing. Miller was a nice, very personable guy. I told him…

This year, after being increasingly frustrated with poor or inaccessible records of past hurricanes (in basins other than the Atlantic and East Pacific, anyway), I started keeping my own records. And so I have noted every Joint Typhoon Warning Center advisory this year (er, almost). And in the process, I’ve noticed something interesting that I’d…

Later today I’ll be heading to the Hill–but probably not blogging til I return. This afternoon action shifts to the House Committee on Science and Technology, and more specifically, to the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight. The chair, Rep. Brad Miller of North Carolina, has been a dogged exposer of science abuse, and that’s the…