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WattsUpWithThat is run by Anthony Watts, a former television meteorologist who spent 25 years on the air and who also operates a weather technology and content business, as well as continues daily forecasting on radio, just for fun. Weather measurement and weather presentation technology is his specialty. He also provides weather stations and custom weather monitoring solutions via www.weathershop.com (if you like his work, please consider buying a weather gadget there, StormPredator for example) and www.tempelert.com, and turn key weather channels with advertising at www.viziframe.com While he's not a degreed climate scientist, he'll point out that neither is Al Gore, and his speciality is presentation also. And that's part of what this blog is about: presentation of weather and climate data in a form the public can understand and discuss.

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Watts Up With That?: A video for my friends in Australia and New Zealand on Anzac Day

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”. Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally devised to…

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Watts Up With That?: Energy Returned On Energy Invested: Real(ish)Things That Don’t Matter, Part Trois

Featured Image Guest Seinfeld routine by David Middleton In Part One of this series, we looked at Peak Oil and its irrelevance to energy production and also discussed the relevance of Seinfeld. In Part Deux, we looked at “abiotic oil,” a real(ish) thing that really doesn’t matter outside of academic discussions and SyFy blogs. Part…

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Watts Up With That?: Questionable claim: ‘Reindeer adapt to climate change by eating seaweed’

From the NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY and the “blaming climate change for anything odd is now fair game” department. Stable isotope studies of reindeer poop reveals survival secret Reindeer adapt to climate change by eating seaweed The bodies of Svalbard reindeer are extremely well adapted to their arctic home at 79 degrees N…

2019-04-24 20:47   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Greta Thunberg: Britain has a “Mind-Blowing Historical Carbon Debt”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Speaking in London, climate action crusader Greta Thunberg explained that Britain is especially guilty for wrecking the world, because Britain was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. British MP Michael Gove praised Thunberg’s trashing of Britain’s historical contribution to global prosperity. The Greta Thunberg effect: at last, MPs focus on…

2019-04-24 18:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Another climate lie bites the dust: 2018 Florida Red Tide caused by ocean circulation, not climate change

From the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA and the Gilda Radner School of Universal Climate Blame comes this “never mind” moment. You may recall that last year, blaming Florida’s red tide event was the low-hanging fruit for journos, like Angela Fritz of the Washington Post “Capital Weather Gang” who, without any direct evidence, speculated breathlessly: How…

2019-04-24 15:30   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Wind/solar mandates are a costly fail, reports University of Chicago study

Via Junkscience.com h/t to CTM Even minimal increases (1-4%) in wind/solar raise electricity prices 11-17%. Reducing CO2 emissions costs $130 to $460 per ton. Disaster. Don’t believe us. Believe the University of Chicago. Abstract : Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) are the largest and perhaps most popular climate policy in the US, having been enacted by…

2019-04-24 13:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #357

The Week That Was: 2019-04-20 (April 20, 2019) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project [running a couple days late this week~ctm] Quote of the Week: “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intend us…

2019-04-24 09:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: NASA Gavin Schmidt: Personal Climate Change Sacrifices “doesn’t actually change very much”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to NASA’s Gavin Schmidt, making personal lifestyle changes has very little impact on anthropogenic CO2 emissions. These Scientists Are Radically Changing How They Live To Cope With Climate Change When the US government is doing nothing to stop climate change, do your personal choices even matter? Here’s how climate…

2019-04-24 01:43   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Abiotic Oil: Real(ish)Things That Don’t Matter, Part Deux

Guest Seinfeld routine by David Middleton In part one of this series, we looked at Peak Oil and its irrelevance to energy production. In Part Deux, we will look at “abiotic oil,” a real(ish) thing that really doesn’t matter outside of academic discussions and SyFy blogs. A note on terminology Some refer to this as…

2019-04-23 21:30   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Study: Global Inequality Is Worse Because of Climate Change

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to a new study, poor countries are enjoying economic growth, but by comparing observations to a hypothetical growth rate which could have been achieved without climate change, study authors concluded that climate change is slowing progress. Climate Change Has Already Increased Global Inequality. It Will Only Get Worse BY JUSTIN…

2019-04-23 18:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: The big Arctic Sea-Ice shift of 2007: Ice refuses to melt

by Javier I have maintained since 2015 that in the 2006-2007 season the Arctic underwent a cyclical phase shift, and the rapid sea-ice melting observed over the previous decades ended. A few scientists predicted or explained this shift based on their study of multi-decadal oscillations (see bibliography). They were ignored by mainstream climatology and the…

2019-04-23 13:16   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: SURPRISE: Missing Climate Litigation Industry Slides Turn Up at UCLA

By Chris Horner, Climate Litigation Watch CLW readers recall Oregon State University’s (and State Climatologist) Phil Mote writing not once but twice about a “secret meeting at Harvard” at which he presented, along with other academics, activists and plaintiffs lawyers advancing their case for “potential state causes of action against major carbon producers.” Earlier open…

2019-04-23 12:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Podcast: Fired For Telling The Truth About Climate Alarmism (Guest: Peter Ridd)

From the Heartland.org daily podcast Professor Peter Ridd, a marine geophysicist at James Cook University in Townsville AU, was terminated after rejecting research linking Great Barrier Reef changes to human action. Peter joins the show to share his side of the story. Proponents of anthropogenic, catastrophic climate change often point towards the Great Barrier Reef…

2019-04-23 07:01   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Earth Day 2019: The sixth mass extinction and the imperative of apocalypse

Having celebrated Earth Day and warned of various dimensions of environmental collapse since 1970, are there any circumstances even barely conceivable under which the environmental left would say that no more Earth Days are needed? By Benjamin Zycher Earth Day—Lenin’s birthday—stands for the proposition that environmental crises both immediate and looming are eternal, with mankind…

2019-04-23 03:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: MSNBC Twice Cancelled “Ratings Killer” Climate Action Advocate Katharine Hayhoe

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Climate action advocates are demanding MSM broadcast more climate change content, even if nobody wants to watch. The Media Are Complacent While the World Burns But there’s a brand-new playbook for journalists fighting for a 1.5°C world. By Mark Hertsgaard and Kyle PopeAPRIL 22, 2019 Last summer, during the deadliest wildfire season in…

2019-04-23 02:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: The cult of Greta Thunberg

This young woman sounds increasingly like a millenarian weirdo. By Brendan O’Neill writing at Spiked Online Anyone who doubts that the green movement is morphing into a millenarian cult should take a close look at Greta Thunberg. This poor young woman increasingly looks and sounds like a cult member. The monotone voice. The look of…

2019-04-22 23:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Peak Oil, Abiotic Oil & EROEI: Real(ish) Things That Don’t Matter: Part One

Guest Seinfeld routine by David Middleton The plots of the Seinfeld TV show often revolved around trivializing important things and blowing trivial things out of proportion. While not a Seinfeld fanatic (I’m more of a Frasier fanatic), I thought the comedy routines were generally brilliant and quite effective. Peak Oil, abiotic oil and EROEI (energy…

2019-04-22 20:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: If Precipitation Extremes Are Increasing, Why Aren’t Floods?

From a paper by the same title published in AGU’s journal “Water Resources Resarch” and also “Commentaries on Hydrology and Earth Surface” h/t to CTM It is now well established that rising temperatures are increasing precipitation extremes. This has led many to believe that flood magnitude and hence risk are also increasing, while observational evidence…

2019-04-22 17:30   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Earth Day: Not a Single Environmental Prediction of the Last 50 Years Has Come True

Nicolas Loris, Bangor Daily News This Earth Day, it almost feels like we should be carving some turkey. Why? Because we have a lot to be thankful for since the first Earth Day event occurred 49 years ago. We should be thankful that the gloom-and-doom predictions made throughout the past several decades haven’t come true.…

2019-04-22 13:28   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Extinction Rebellion Downsizing their Climate Change Demonstrations

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Extinction Rebellion appears to be retreating in the face of growing pressure to stop disrupting the lives of ordinary people, though they call the retreat “a new phase of rebellion” . Humanity is at a crossroads, Greta Thunberg tells Extinction Rebellion Swedish climate activist’s speech comes amid police action to…

2019-04-22 09:46   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Eco-woke Journalist: “We’re losing the war on climate change”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A green journalist despairs that ordinary people are so far unmoved by school child climate heroes, mass hippy protests and Bill McKibben’s apocalyptic climate rants. We’re losing the war on climate changeAnalysis by John D. Sutter, CNNUpdated 0006 GMT (0806 HKT) April 22, 2019 (CNN)For years now, people like environmentalist…

2019-04-22 05:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Forbes: Climate Change Caused by Anthropogenic CO2

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to climatologist Brian Brettschneider only anthropogenic CO2 can possibly be the cause of recent global warming. Global Warming Is Not Cosmic Brian Brettschneider ContributorScience “I heard that sunspots are the main driver of temperature changes.” “What about the Grand Solar Minimum?” “We’re headed for a new ice age based…

2019-04-22 00:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Sunday Satire – the #ExtinctionRebellion “official response”

Josh writes about the laughable “Extinction Rebellion which made all sorts of silly and juvenile protests in the UK this past week. We have had a hilarious week with mad extinction rebellion protesters who seem to know little about what they are protesting about but happy to glue themselves to things and disrupt the traffic.…

2019-04-21 20:01   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: University of Minnesota Offering Advice to Climate Apocalypse Survivalists

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to University of Minnesota lecturer Jesse Keenan, the place to go if you want to survive Climageddon is Duluth, Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior Want to Escape Global Warming? These Cities Promise Cool Relief By Kendra Pierre-LouisApril 15, 2019 DULUTH, Minn. — As the West burns, the South…

2019-04-21 13:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Cooling Down the Hysteria About Global Warming

Guest essay by Rich Enthoven Recently, NASA released its annual report on global temperatures and reported that 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record, surpassed only by three recent years. This claim was accompanied by dire predictions of climate change and for immediate action to dramatically curtail CO2 emissions around the globe. Like every…

2019-04-21 07:25   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Financial Times: Creating Commuter Misery Will Build Support for Climate Action

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to the Financial Times, you build people’s support for your cause by adding to the misery of their work commute. Climate change protesters are telling us the deadly truth Extinction Rebellion challenges decades of belief that pessimism backfires Camilla Cavendish APRIL 19, 2019 The furious reaction to this week’s climate…

2019-04-21 01:06   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: An End… and a New Direction

Guest Editorial: Dr. Tim Ball I thought about making this my last article on climate for this or any other website except my own. I planned the action some time ago, but it was the recent headline in the Telegraph that triggered this penultimate move. It said, “Climate change is a risk investors can’t ignore:…

2019-04-20 22:45   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Eye roller study: Make farmers play computer games to understand climate threat

From the Journal De Gruyter comes this bit of ridiculous activist outreach disguised as science which builds on the meme of “if only we could communicate climate change better, people would accept it and be just as alarmed as we are.” Basically, they collected a bunch of people in a room, had them play a…

2019-04-20 18:59   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Myles Allen: 1.5C Global Warming “will not feel like Armageddon”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Climate scientist Myles Allen is worried the 12 year time limit until the end of the world has been taken out of context. Why protesters should be wary of ‘12 years to climate breakdown’ rhetoricApril 19, 2019 12.06am AEST … Today’s teenagers are absolutely right to be up in arms about…

2019-04-20 17:00   Click to comment

Watts Up With That?: Climate Modellers Waiting for Observations to Catch Up with Their Predictions

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t Dr. Willie Soon; In climate science, when your model predictions are wrong, you wait for the world to correct itself. New climate models predict a warming surgeBy Paul VoosenApr. 16, 2019 , 3:55 PM For nearly 40 years, the massive computer models used to simulate global climate have delivered a…

2019-04-20 13:00   Click to comment


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