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August 2010 was the 7th Hottest August in U.S. History

On Wednesday night, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its National Climate summary of August 2010. Across the 48 continental United States, August 2010 was the 7th hottest August in the 116 consecutive years of U.S. temperature records. Not one of the 48 states that faced colder than normal temperatures in August 2010; [...]

The Political News I’m Waiting For. What Are You Waiting For?

As the summer progresses, I find myself waiting with interest for the arrival of some pieces of news. Here’s what I’m waiting for:

Section 527 quarterly financial reports. Most non-profit political organizations must file reports of their contributions and expenditures with the IRS on July 15 or July 20. With most reports filed electronically nowadays, [...]

International Polar Year Oslo Science Conference: Watch it Online

2007-2008 marked the Fourth International Polar Year, a coordinated international research effort dedicated to a better understanding of the Earth’s poles. Various sorts of data were collected in more than 150 research projects during this year.

Some of this research is still proceeding, and a large amount of data collected during the International Polar Year [...]

Intellectual Dishonesty through Odd Stats by Global Warming Deniers

If you had to stretch reality into an unrecognizable shape in order to maintain a stance, why would you do it?

The movement of global warming denial has left me pondering that question. Two recent episodes in particular have brought that question to the forefront of my mind.

The first is the decision by the [...]

Arctic Sea Ice Extent, October 27 2009: 6 Standard Deviations Below the 1979-2000 Mean

The latest data on sea ice extent in the Arctic Ocean includes information up through October 27, 2009:

Source: National Snow and Ice Data Center

The National Snow and Ice Data Center’s standard for measuring a notable deviation from the 1979-2000 sea ice average is two standard deviations, which is a reasonably strong standard, [...]

Arctic Sea Ice Update: Less Ice Than 2008, Far Below 1979-2000 Average

Don’t fear the data.

The latest data on sea ice extent — updated on Thursday October 29, 2009 to reflect the most recently available data, up through Tuesday October 27, 2009 — in the arctic from the National Snow and Ice Data Center:

This updated data shows that as of October 27 2009, there’s [...]

More Data Confirms Climate Change

Climate change is happening, and the animals have been adapting to it for some time now. Isn’t it time that human beings joined them? [...]

Global Temperature Statistics: The Denial Edition

Here’s how you get to say “the globe is cooling, not warming!”

Start here:

NASA Goddard Chart for Global Temperature Anomaly

(Source data: here)

Then clip here:

et voila! Global Cooling!

[...]

April Runs Hot And Cold

Last month, state weather did not predict national climate which did not predict global climate. [...]

That Cold, Cold Winter Was Actually Warmer Than Average

Boy, that last winter was cold. Cold, cold, cold, huh? I mean, it was so cold it just blasted a hole in that whole global warming theory, didn’t it?

Never mind that one year does not make a trend. This past winter, like all winters for nearly two decades, was warmer than average.

Look [...]

Early Insects in Upstate New York

Honey bees swarm on my compost pile, on the broccoli flowers opening there – apparently some of the only flowers they could find. [...]