Antarctica Sea Ice Extent All-Time Record Maximum on Sept 14 2013

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Antarctica Sea Ice Extent set an all-time record of 19.51234 million sq km on September 14 2013 (Day 257).

The old record was 19.47713 million sq km set in 2012.

Click graph for bigger. Data is here. This post is a day late because NSIDC was closed due to flooding in Boulder.



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Met Office Bonuses All Round!

And they get to go on corporate jollies where they ‘discover’ that the oceans and jetstream affect the British weather. Blinding job if you can get it!


By Paul Homewood


h/t QV




From the Telegraph.


The organisation reportedly paid staff a total of £2.7million in 2012, with £942,000 of this paid out specifically for meeting accuracy targets.

Almost 2,000 employees were given a £346 bonus in their wages to reward them for hitting their weather forecast accuracy targets.

The payouts are said to be the highest received by staff in bonuses for correct weather predictions in five years.

The payouts drew criticism from some, however.

Robert Oxley, campaign director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, told the Daily Mail: “Given the amount of times that the Met Office has been left with egg on its face it is time it stopped worrying about bonuses and focused on getting its forecasts right.”

Jonathan Powell, of independent forecaster Positive Weather Solutions, meanwhile labelled the Met Office “totally irresponsible” for no longer offering the public long-range…

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Excerpts from the leaked AR5 Summary for Policy Makers

Watts Up With That?

I’ve been given a copy of the “leaked” AR5 SPM, which has been widely circulated and cited in advance in the MSM, but I’ve just now been able to get a copy.  Reportedly, there are some 1800 changes requested by government participants in the upcoming meeting to hammer out the final version, so it is doubtful that what I’m posting below will be the same as the final.

Still we need a baseline for comparison, and now I have one, so that will be a future post. These are a few things that caught my eye. I’ll post them as time permits, and I don’t have time to comment today as I have other pressing issues.

First, there doesn’t appear to be a single skeptic (correct me if I’m wrong) in the author list.


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Clouds – Against the Flow


Looking North/North-East

All Saturday the clouds had been low level featureless stratus, with the odd drop of rain. This image was taken as the skies slowly began to clear from the West where a sliver of sky was visible. Despite the Westerly flow these ‘ruffles’ were coming  from the North/North-East. I checked the satellite images on which showed feature was from an airflow slipping down as the front departed. I suppose it’s like pushing your hand through water, which once it passes, the water flows back in.