NOAA shows that wind farms affect weather radar, and that affects their primary mission of forecasting and safety

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“Chaotic wind velocities associated with the rotating turbine blades triggers the doppler radar mesocyclone detection algorithm”

Note: this essay was written by the National Weather Service Forecast Office is Burlington, Vermont and tipped to me by a reader. Vermont’s wind farm acreage pales in comparison to places like the Texas and Oklahoma, where there are literally thousands of acres of wind farms right in the middle of tornado alley. I’ve been there and seen them firsthand.

Certified Consulting Meteorologist Mike Smith writes:

While driving to Norman, OK recently I saw the newest “wind farm” to the west of Interstate 35 southwest of Tonkawa. Wind farms show up as bright ground clutter on weather radars and here it is.

One has to wonder just how much trouble wind farms are causing the nation’s doppler radar warning system. It looks like a classic case of the law of unintended consequences at…

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Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of strongest storms ever, heads for Philippines

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Haiyan_eye

Prepare yourselves for the second coming of Katrina, because you can bet that this storm will be hyped as an indicator of “global warming”.

As of this writing, the storm is in the process of making landfall in the Philippines and it is moving west at 20-25 knots and estimated winds of 170 knots (195mph).

Hurricane expert Dr. Ryan Maue has been monitoring the Super Typhoon for the past several days and remarked about the historic nature of Haiyan.  In this upper echelon of cyclone intensity, it is difficult to assign rankings or compare Typhoons due to inhomogeneous observing networks and tools.  But it’s fair to say that Super Typhoon Haiyan is as intense as a tropical cyclone can get

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Cosmic Rays and Climate – to be or not to be?

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From the “science is still settling” department, the question still seems up in the air to me.

On one hand we have Dr. Jasper Kirkby, Head of the CLOUD Experiment, CERN Geneva giving a thorough review showing strong correlations between cosmic rays, solar cycles and earth’s climate. He projects a possible mini ice age by 2015 similar to the Dalton or Maunder minimum.

On the other hand, we have RealClimate fanboy Rasmus Benestad with a new paper that says “no, absolutely not, except maybe Northern Europe, but I don’t know why, more study is needed”.

First Jasper Kirkby:

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Cosmic Rays and Climate – to be or not to be?

Watts Up With That?

From the “science is still settling” department, the question still seems up in the air to me.

On one hand we have Dr. Jasper Kirkby, Head of the CLOUD Experiment, CERN Geneva giving a thorough review showing strong correlations between cosmic rays, solar cycles and earth’s climate. He projects a possible mini ice age by 2015 similar to the Dalton or Maunder minimum.

On the other hand, we have RealClimate fanboy Rasmus Benestad with a new paper that says “no, absolutely not, except maybe Northern Europe, but I don’t know why, more study is needed”.

First Jasper Kirkby:

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Households To Foot The Bill For The Green Obsession

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

 

 

A couple of weeks ago, I ran a post “Green Levies On Electricity To Cost Households £400 A Year By 2020”, which estimated how much environmental charges would be costing the UK by 2020.

The figure was based on the Energy Select Committee’s Report that forecast such charges would be adding 33% to electricity bills by then. My back of fag packet calculations worked out that the total cost of electricity sales was currently £35.4bn a year, but I thought I would check with DECC for the actual number.

They emailed me yesterday, and it turns out I was not far out – the actual figure is £33,990 million. So just to rework the calculation:-

 

1) The current turnover already includes 11% for green charges, so

33990 / 1.11 = 30621, i.e electricity sales excl green charges.

2) 30621 * 1.33 =…

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Public Relations (Spin Doctors) Deliberately Deceived Public About Global Warming and Climate Change

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Spin[1]Guest essay by Dr. Tim Ball

Half the work done in the world is to make things appear what they are not.E.R. Beadle.

In a 2003 speech Michael Crichton, graduate of Harvard Medical School and author of State of fear, said,

I have been asked to talk about what I consider the most important challenge facing mankind, and I have a fundamental answer. The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda. Perceiving the truth has always been a challenge to mankind, but in the information age (or as I think of it, the disinformation age) it takes on a special urgency and importance.

We are in virtual reality primarily as Public Relations (PR) and its methods are applied to every aspect of our lives. The term “spin doctors” is more appropriate because it is what they are really doing…

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