Tornado season so far may be slowest in a century

Watts Up With That?

While there continues to be wailing about how climate change is supposedly making the weather more extreme, Greg Carbin, the man in charge at NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) sends along this graph and says:

Likely the slowest start to tornado activity in any year in modern record, and possibly nearly a century!

And he has the numbers to show why:

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Guest blog: RNLI lifeguards warn of beach dangers after winter storms

Official blog of the Met Office news team

Brett Shepherd, Lifeguard Manager, provides some timely advice for those planning a trip to the beach as the Easter weekend approaches.

As many of our RNLI lifeguards head back to British beaches this weekend, I’m hoping for some lovely weather to herald the start of the season. But the affect winter storms have had around the coast mean that many of the country’s most popular beaches are looking very different to this time last year.

Unprecedented storms over the winter have changed the make-up of some beaches, with sand dunes in some areas being washed away leaving sheer sand cliffs. On other beaches, access points to and from the beach have changed and shifting sand has left deep channels that in turn create strong rip currents.

Our RNLI lifeguards, who have been patrolling the country’s beaches since 2001, will be keeping visitors safe on 33 beaches across the UK over…

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A summary about Nishino Shima.


Prior to November 2013 , I think I can safely say that nearly no one knew about this particular island located in the Pacific ocean, about 1000 km south of Tokyo, the nearest islands are part of the Bonin group.
To give an idea of the remoteness of the place, it takes about 26 h by boat from Japan’s mainland to the nearest island.

Much better known due to an historical battle during WWII and an emblematic picture, Iwo Shima, to the south, is itself part of the aptly named volcano islands.

Prior to 1973, the islet was pretty calm as the latest eruption dated back to about 10 000 years. The submarine volcano had been mapped and the island is part of the northwest ridge of the caldera.
The submarine structure is about 3000 m high and 30 km wide at the base.

Image courtesy ot the Japan coast guard Image courtesy ot the Japan coast…

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Climate Lunacy : Brightening the Moon to reduce CO2

A possible PR exercise?


Reduction of CO₂ emissions

• 1 street light = 120kg of CO₂ per year [2] and there are 30 million street lights in the US [3]
• The US produces 3.6 million tons of CO₂ emissions as a result of street lights every year
• Europe releases over 40 million tons of CO₂ from powering street lights every year (equivalent to powering 20 million cars) [4]

Think of how much individual people, as well as entire nations, could save on electricity costs, and how much the strain on struggling economies could be eased. Furthermore, think of how much CO₂ would be prevented from being released into the atmosphere, and what effect that would have on the environment and global warming – all from removing the need for street lights.

Cooling The Past In Illinois


By Paul Homewood

Steve Goddard has been regularly reporting how NOAA temperature adjustments have been making this winter appear less cold than it really has been.

For instance, in this post, he reports that NWS have declared December to March as the coldest 4-month period on record in Chicago. Yet, according to NOAA it is only the 4th coldest.

The State Climatological Reports have now been published for December, so we can now check individual stations in detail, and see how they stack up against NOAA’s claims.

According to NOAA, December 2013 was the 28th coldest since 1895 in Illinois.


We can drill this down into individual divisions, and the chart below is for Division 2, the Northeast Division which includes Chicago.


In this division, December 2013 ranks 21st coldest, and ties with December 1977 at 21.8F.

But how do the individual stations listed in the State…

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100 Years Since Crack Scientists Warned Of Great Climatic Change And World Wide Drought

Real Science

The Mercury  Saturday 6 June 1914

Professor J. W. Gregory, F.R.S., has discussed a most interesting problem be-fore the Royal Geographical Society—Is  the world drying up?

“Professor Gregory said that in recent years they had often been warned that a great climatic change was now carrying the world, slowly and irresistibly, towards world-wide drought.


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