Updated: 02/07/2009 - NASA has delayed the next space shuttle launch again.
Updated: 02/07/2009 - NASA has delayed the next space shuttle launch again.
Updated: 02/06/2009 - A new NOAA polar-orbiting environmental satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California today and is now circling the globe every 102 minutes taking images and measurements to support NOAA’s efforts to forecast and monitor the environment. NOAA-19 joins NOAA-18 and one European environmental satellite already in polar orbit.
Posted: 02/06/2009 - NOAA scientists have created a high-resolution digital elevation model, or DEM, of Santa Barbara, Calif., that simulates the effects of deadly tsunamis and coastal floods.
Updated: 02/05/2009 - Florida's "Fern Belt" has been struck hard by multiple freezes. Many fern crops have been badly damaged, spiking bouquet costs for this Valentine's Day.
Posted: 02/05/2009 - Talk about great timing. Buffalo State College hosts the national teach-in on Global Warming Situations today — a day the local temperature bottomed out at minus 6 degrees.
Posted: 02/05/2009 - BEIJING (AP) — China declared an emergency Thursday in eight provinces suffering a serious drought that has left nearly 4 million people without proper drinking water and is threatening millions of acres of crops.
Updated: 02/04/2009 - Solar power - the lean years: People aren't really investing in solar energy right now. Something to do with the economy tanking, perhaps?
Updated: 02/04/2009 - When meteorologists say "The wind chill..." what it actually means...
Posted: 02/04/2009 - It was news worldwide last July. “A huge ice dam on Argentina’s Perito Moreno glacier broke apart for the first time during the southern hemisphere winter”. At that time we published here at ICECAP the opinions of local experts dismissing the global warming connection. Well, six months have passed since the unusual breakup of the Perito Moreno and this morning I was surprised to read a Reuters news agency report that the glacier is expanding,
Posted: 02/04/2009 - The claim that carbon dioxide (CO2) can increase air temperatures by “trapping” infrared radiation (IR) ignores the fact that in 1909 physicist R.W. Wood disproved the popular 19th Century thesis that greenhouses stayed warm by trapping IR. Unfortunately, many people who claim to be scientists are unaware of Wood’s experiment which was originally published in the Philosophical magazine , 1909, vol 17, p319-320. The experiment conclusively demonstrates that greenhouses heat up and stay warm by confining heated air rather than by trapping IR. If trapping IR in an enclosed space doesn’t cause higher air temperature than CO2 in the atmosphere cannot cause higher air temperatures. Trapping IR with CO2 would be like trying to confine mice with a chain link fence. Contrary to the lie repeated in news stories about climate, science doesn’t say that CO2 is causing higher temperatures by trapping IR. Empirical science indicates that no such process exists in this physical universe.
Posted: 02/04/2009 - Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami will have their briefings carried live this season on Web sites when a storm threatens to make landfall in the U.S.
Updated: 02/03/2009 - For those who have loved ones overseas, here is a peek at the weather conditions at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan...
Updated: 02/04/2009 - The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a Wind Chill Advisory and a Hard Freeze Warning from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2009 for our area.
Updated: 02/03/2009 - In the first real test of the Obama administration's ability to respond to a disaster, Kentucky officials are giving the federal government good marks for its response to a deadly ice storm.
Updated: 02/03/2009 - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – As Sgt. Michael Franks pulled up to a shack resting among the ice-coated limbs of a forest in northeast Arkansas, he said he couldn't believe that anyone was living on the property located miles from any major road — let alone a 92-year-old woman waiting for something to eat. But there was Jewel Kitrel, sitting on a tattered couch, warming herself by a wood-burning stove.
Updated: 02/03/2009 - The reality is if CO2 is reduced we are worse off as the plants suffer. Something must be done to protect the plants from fanaticism. There is no evidence CO2 is causing global warming or climate change but that is the basis for the proposed actions. So you have the paradox of environmentalists screaming to reduce CO2 to save the planet, while putting all life in jeopardy by killing the plants. The current atmospheric CO2 level is reportedly 380 ppm. Plant growth slows at 220 ppm and stops at 150 ppm. Most plants grow 2 to 3 times faster in 1200 to 1500 ppm, but the optimum range is 800 to 1000 ppm. This means plants are malnourished under current conditions. Environmentalists and governments have abandoned the plants in the false belief a reduction of CO2 would stop global warming. It is time to defend the plants from these misguided people.
Updated: 02/03/2009 - In November 2008, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), run by Dr James Hansen, and one of the four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that October 2008 was the “hottest on record”. In October, two independent monitors at Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, performed their own detailed analysis of Hansen’s reported data. They discovered that the GISS readings from across a swathe of Russia that appeared to reveal a warming of 10 degrees above average were not readings for October at all. They were a repeat of September’s readings. But then this is far from the first time Hansen has been caught ‘fiddling’ the climate figures.
Updated: 02/03/2009 - Besides having a remarkable knack for scheduling big speeches on remarkably cold or snowy days (it’s known as the “Gore Effect” in journalistic circles), Gore has been incredibly ineffective in bringing his message home. And fail he has. The Pew Foundation recently asked Americans to choose which of 20 prominent issues is of most importance. They included the economy, crime, education, and, of course, global warming, which came in dead last. Gore’s failure is his own fault. He gained a reputation for exaggeration during his 2000 campaign, and he's unable to shake it - because he’s proud of it, saying that it's just fine to emphasize extreme global warming scenarios because they get people's attention. People notice these exaggerations. He’s created a climate of extremes that people are simply tired of, which is why his issue ranks dead last.
Updated: 02/03/2009 - Hardware stores and auto parts shops scored a post-holiday run of business this week as Anchorage-area residents stocked up on protective eyewear and masks ahead of a possible eruption of Mount Redoubt.
Updated: 02/03/2009 - Czech President Vaclav Klaus took aim at climate change campaigner Al Gore on Saturday in Davos in a frontal attack on the science of global warming. “I don’t think that there is any global warming,” said the 67-year-old liberal, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union. “I don’t see the statistical data for that.” “Environmentalism and the global warming alarmism is challenging our freedom. Al Gore is an important person in this movement.”
Updated: 02/03/2009 - Another Cold Month Central - Chicago Ranks 10th Coldest January and December/January Combo Chicago ended January with a monthly average of 15.8, 6.2F below normal, which made it the 10th coldest in 137 years. Chicago was not alone, with most areas of the central and northeast well below normal. See for example Marquette, MI where it ranked, 7th coldest. In Boston, January averaged 4.5 degrees below normal with no January thaw. Just two days touched 40F.
Updated: 02/03/2009 - One of the claims about “global climate change” is that it will affect the normal ranges of flora and fauna of our planet. Well, with a very cold northern hemisphere this winter, that seems to happening. A bird not seen (as a mature adult) in Massachusetts since the 1800's , an Ivory Gull, normally an inhabitant of arctic areas, has been spotted. Here are the details from the Plymouth, MA Patriot-Ledger.
Posted: 02/02/2009 - The Met Office is one of the most vocal advocates of human induced global warming, and they have gotten into a consistent pattern of warm seasonal forecasts which seemingly fall in line with that belief system. Is it possible that their forecasts are unduly influenced by preconceived notions about the climate? Recall when it was cold early, the UKMO promised a warm January. When extreme cold and snow fell in January, Britons were reassured the warmth would come in February. Now they are experiencing more arctic cold and what may be an historic snowstorm, a throwback to the days of Dickens in the early 1800s.
Posted: 02/02/2009 - Theories of climate change were challenged during an Environment Court appeal hearing for Meridian Energy’s proposed $2 billion Project Hayes wind farm. Prof Freitas, of the University of Auckland, said there was no evidence to suggest carbon dioxide was the major driver of climate change. “Climate is not responding to greenhouse gases in the way we thought it might. If increasing carbon dioxide is in fact increasing climate change, its impact is smaller than natural variation. People are being misled by people making money out of this,”
Posted: 02/02/2009 - Cleveland is only 2.3” of snowfall away from a new all-time January snowfall record. Interesting to note that the previous #2, #3 and #4 were all between 2003-2005 and 4 of the top 5 are now from the last six years!