Extreme Weather in 1759

A diary recording Bath’s weather, written by a clergyman about 250 years ago, has been found by archivists.


The parchment notebook belonged to Reverend Duel Taylor whose tiny writing recorded the city’s weather every day for six years between 1756 and 1761.


An entry in December 1759 shows extreme weather was not unusual with the the river “frozen so hard” people had to “walk across it for three days past”.


It was found among papers of Bath’s town clerks.



The Central England Temperature for December 1759 was 2.5C, about -2.1C below the 1961-1990 average.

h/t JunkScience

Skateboarders Shred Napa Streets

Originally posted on Tailor Your Sportswear:

With recent earthquakes affecting the Napa region in California most folks have been spending the past week tidying up after the results of shaken homes, broken contents and damaged property.  However a video went viral after photographer Jeremy Carroll snapped a picture of skateboarders shredding a stretch of road in Napa.  His was the first of many images and films to hit the web.  The video had thousands of hits in the first day and even grabbed the attention of NBC news.  Natural kickers formed out of destruction, ‘Only In California!’


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Report – emails reveal ‘collusion’ with green activist groups over EPA climate agenda

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

NEW REPORT: FOIA’d Emails show outside ‘green’ lobby groups staffed up, collude with Obama EPA, calling rules’ legality into question

For Immediate Release:September 15, 2014 |

Obama’s EPA in collusion with “green” lobby groups — Report details the conflicts of interest, “unalterably closed minds”, internal activism and influence of outside interest groups on the Obama Administration EPA. Documents raise questions re EPA rules legality

Washington, D.C. – The Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) released a report today revealing and piecing together dozens of emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which lay out in detail EPA’s collusion with senior activists within environmentalist pressure groups, and proving the real thinking about the intent behind and impact of EPA’s “climate” regulations.

Far from the required recusing to avoid the appearance of a conflict, EPA filled its senior political ranks with green pressure group activists, continuing their life’s work…

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NASA GISS Tweaks the Short-Term Global Temperature Trend Upwards

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale

GISS released its August 2014 global surface temperature data today. As I was preparing the graphs for the August 2014 surface and lower troposphere temperature update, I noticed a sizeable jump in the short-term trend in the GISS data. (I’ll try to post the full update this evening.) The August GISS LOTI value is higher than July, but it should not have had that much of an effect on the trend for the period of January 1998 to present. Not too surprisingly, much of the increase in trend was caused by adjustments to data from 2000 to 2013.

Figure 1 compares the short-term annual trend of two recent versions of the GISS global surface temperature data, from 1998 to 2013. The version as of August 7, 2014 (through June 2014) is available through the Wayback Machine here, and the August 2014 update is available…

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HH Lamb & Sea Level Changes

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT:

By Paul Homewood

We are often fed the impression that sea levels have remained pretty much constant since they stopped rising after the ice age ended, until the last century.

It is worth, therefore, seeing what HH Lamb had to say on the subject, in his book “Climate, History And The Modern World”.

First, he finds that there is considerable agreement that

The most rapid phases [of sea level rise] were between 8000 and 5000 BC, and that the rise of general water level was effectively over by about 2000 BC, when it may have stood a metre or two higher than today. [The book was published in 1982].

He then goes on to state that

The water level may have dropped by 2 metres or more between 2000 and 500 BC. What does seem certain is that there was a tendency for world sea level to rise progressively during…

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Understanding The Bulge


OMG – they found the missing heat! Now if we can all write cheques or make paypal donations made out to A Gore, I’m sure they will create the Great Anti-Carbon Mallet to smack this ungodly bulge with. This may of course create an enormous tsunami killing hundreds of millions but what the heck these human pests would probably have breathed out carbon pollution anyway. The earth and her chosen messenger, A Gore, will thank us. Now if you’ll excuse me I must jet off to lecture primitives on why they should sacrifice themselves. /sarc

Originally posted on Real Science:


According the University of Colorado, sea level is rising much faster than 85% of tide gauges show, and forming a massive mound near the Philippines. Apparently they believe that water likes to pile up in mounds, and to help visualize their BS I created a 3D animation.


And one more minor detail. They used to have the map below on their site, but have removed it. It showed that their error was almost as large as their trend – meaning their data is basically worthless

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This complete garbage forms the basis of the IPCC claim that sea level rise suddenly doubled in 1992, when they switched measurement systems.

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New paper links Arctic sea ice extent to absorption of sunlight by clouds

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

The Hockeyschtick writes: A new paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres finds Arctic sea ice concentrations at the low of each summer are related to absorption of sunlight by cloud cover at the top of the atmosphere in early summer, a phenomenon “not represented in most of current climate models.”
According to the authors,

“absorbed solar radiation at the top of the atmosphere in early summer (May–July) plays a precursory role in determining the Arctic sea ice concentration in late summer (August–October)”

“this intimate delayed…relationship is not represented in most of current climate models. Rather, the models tend to over-emphasize internal sea ice processes in summer.”

Alarmists focus on Arctic sea ice as the supposed canary in the coal mine for CAGW, but many papers have demonstrated natural variability is more likely responsible for the trends in Arctic sea ice than man-made CO2, including the natural Atlantic…

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Is the atmospheric ozone recovery real, or just for scoring political points?

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

To coincide with the upcoming “World Ozone Day 2014″ declared by the U.N. for September 16th, we have some “feel good” news coming out on the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol

ozone_dayOn September 10, an article written by Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press trumpeted a claim of good news with the headline: “Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering.” The basis for Borenstein’s headline is a statistical analysis:

For the first time in 35 years, scientists were able to confirm a statistically significant and sustained increase in stratospheric ozone, which shields the planet from solar radiation that causes skin cancer, crop damage and other problems.

From 2000 to 2013, ozone levels climbed 4 percent in the key mid-northern latitudes at about 30 miles up, said NASA scientist Paul A. Newman.

Later in the article, Borenstein cites this news as “one of the great success stories…

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The real goal and challenge of establishing off-world colonies

Originally posted on SelfAwarePatterns:

David Warmflash (a very cool name) has a post up at Discovery looking at the issues with establishing off world colonies: Forget Mars. Here’s Where We Should Build Our First Off-World Colonies.

The collective space vision of all the world’s countries at the moment seems to be Mars, Mars, Mars. The U.S. has two operational rovers on the planet; a NASA probe called MAVEN and an Indian Mars orbiter will both arrive in Mars orbit later this month; and European, Chinese and additional NASA missions are in the works. Meanwhile Mars One is in the process of selecting candidates for the first-ever Martian colony, and NASA’s heavy launch vehicle is being developed specifically to launch human missions into deep space, with Mars as one of the prime potential destinations.

But is the Red Planet really the best target for a human colony, or should we look somewhere else? Should…

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2014 Hurricane season a bust so far – no named storms at peak of season, last time was 1992

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

So far, four storms have gotten names in the Atlantic this year. In records going back to 1851, Sept. 10 is the day when the odds are greatest there will be at least one tropical storm or hurricane somewhere in the Atlantic.


From Bloomberg:

The statistical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season has arrived and for the first time since 1992 there isn’t a named storm in the basin.

While forecasters are watching a pair of potential systems, neither is likely to grow into a tropical storm by the end of today. So far, four storms have gotten names in the Atlantic this year.

In records going back to 1851, Sept. 10 is the day when the odds are greatest there will be at least one tropical storm or hurricane somewhere in the Atlantic.

Still, it would be a mistake for everyone to let their guard down, said Gerry Bell, lead hurricane…

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