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April 24, 2014

Sea Ice Update April 22 2014 – Antarctic Sea Ice 46th Daily Record of 2014 – Global Sea Ice 1.01 million sq km Above Normal

A quick update for sea ice extent for day 113 of 2014:

  • Global Sea Ice Extent is 1,013,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean.
  • Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is 1,488,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. That is the 18th daily record in a row and 46th for 2014
  • Arctic Sea Ice Extent is -476,000 sq km below the 1981-2010 mean. Day 113 is actually higher than the previous 5 days. Maybe near normal 80N temperatures have something to do with it.

NOAA Data here and here here. Graphs below. Click for bigger.

Global_Sea_Ice_Extent_Zoomed_2014_Day_113_1981-2010 Antarctic_Sea_Ice_Extent_Zoomed_2014_Day_113_1981-2010 Arctic_Sea_Ice_Extent_Zoomed_2014_Day_113_1981-2010

 

April 23, 2014

Andy Revkin and the NY Times Surprised the Heck Out of Me on Natural Gas

Filed under: Fracking — sunshinehours1 @ 2:09 PM
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I’ve taken enough potshots at Andy Revkin. It’s only fair I give him credit when looks deeper past the alarmism for more information.

He takes a good look at claims that natural gas drilling is responsible for huge methane leaks and finds that the methane most likely came from coal mines in the area.

It is worth a read.

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/a-deeper-look-at-a-study-finding-high-leak-rates-from-gas-drilling/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

“It’s not the oil that’s dirty, it’s the politics. “

Filed under: AGW is a Cult,Mockery,Morons — sunshinehours1 @ 12:16 PM
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If oil is moving around North America, the best way to do it is via pipeline, not via railroads (which is happening). The latest delay in Keystone XL is disgusting.

 

“Republicans are denouncing President Obama’s latest delay on the Keystone XL pipeline, six long years after it was proposed. But for cold political fury they have nothing on Terry O’Sullivan, who runs the Laborers’ International Union that represents a half-million construction workers.

This is once again politics at its worst,” Mr. O’Sullivan said in a public statement that deserves to be quoted at length. “In another gutless move, the Administration is delaying a finding on whether the pipeline is in the national interest based on months-old litigation in Nebraska regarding a state level challenge to a state process—and which has nothing to with the national interest. They waited until Good Friday, believing no one would be paying attention. The only surprise is they didn’t wait to do it in the dark of night.

It’s not the oil that’s dirty, it’s the politics. Once again, the Administration is making a political calculation instead of doing what is right for the country. This certainly is no example of profiles in courage. It’s clear the Administration needs to grow a set of antlers, or perhaps take a lesson from Popeye and eat some spinach.

“This is another low blow to the working men and women of our country for whom the Keystone XL Pipeline is a lifeline to good jobs and energy security.”

The pipeline is expected to create some 2,000 new jobs from construction and thousands more related to the project. Many of those jobs would go to Mr. O’Sullivan’s union members, who do not live on San Francisco’s Pacific Heights like billionaire donor Tom Steyer who opposes Keystone.”

 

We don’t want this:

 

Greenland remained stable for 2.7 million years “even during the warmest periods”

Filed under: Greenland — sunshinehours1 @ 6:40 AM
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2.7-Million-Year-Old Forested Landscape Discovered under Greenland Ice Sheet

“We found organic soil that has been frozen to the bottom of the ice sheet for 2.7 million years,” said Dr Paul Bierman, a geologist with the University of Vermont and the lead author of the paper appearing online in the journalScience.

“The ancient soil under the Greenland Ice Sheet helps to unravel an important mystery surrounding climate change – how did big ice sheets melt and grow in response to changes in temperature?” said co-author Dr Dylan Rood from the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Center and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The discovery indicates that even during the warmest periods since the ice sheet formed, the center of Greenland remained stable.

“Greenland really was green! However, it was millions of years ago. Greenland looked like the green Alaskan tundra, before it was covered by the second largest body of ice on Earth,” Dr Rood said.

http://www.sci-news.com/geology/science-forested-landscape-greenland-ice-sheet-01861.html

(h/t IceCap)

April 22, 2014

Sea Ice Update April 22 2014 – Antarctic Sea Ice 44th Daily Record of 2014 – Global Sea Ice 1.05 million sq km Above Normal

A quick update for sea ice extent for day 111 of 2014:

  • Global Sea Ice Extent is 1,047,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean.
  • Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is 1,627,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. That is the 44th daily record for 2014.
  • Arctic Sea Ice Extent is -581,000 sq km below the 1981-2010 mean.

Data here. Graphs below. Click for bigger.

 

Global_Sea_Ice_Extent_Zoomed_2014_Day_111_1981-2010 Antarctic_Sea_Ice_Extent_Zoomed_2014_Day_111_1981-2010 Arctic_Sea_Ice_Extent_Zoomed_2014_Day_111_1981-2010

 

April 20, 2014

Could Climate Change Have Caused the Polar Vortex?

Filed under: Humor,Mockery,Polar Vortex,USA — sunshinehours1 @ 5:33 PM
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According to Time Magazine: “Climate change skeptics are pointing to the record cold weather as evidence that the globe isn’t warming. But it could be that melting Arctic ice is making sudden cold snaps more likely—not less

Do you want to see what a cold snap really looks like according to the NOAA?

February 1936 – Coldest Month in USA History (click on the image for the full effect)

cag_[ Statewide Temperature Anomalies (Feb 1936) ]

 

In 2014, Feb was -1.69°F below the 1901-2000 average. In February 1936 the USA was -8.59°F below average. Big difference.

NOAA_Feb_1936_Lower_48

 

In North Dakota, February 1936 was -26.0°F below the 1901-2000 average. The whole month averaged -14.1°F below 0.

NOAA_Feb_1936_North_Dakota

In comparison, lets take a look at Feb 2014:

cag_[ Statewide Temperature Anomalies (Feb 2014) ]

Sea Ice Update April 20 2014 – Global Sea Ice 1.05 million sq km Above Normal – Antarctic Sea Ice 42nd Daily Record

Happy Easter!

A quick update for sea ice extent:

  • Global Sea Ice Extent is 1,054,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean.
  • Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is 1,673,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. That is the 42nd daily record for 2014.
  • Arctic Sea Ice Extent is -620,000 sq km below the 1981-2010 mean.

Data here. Graphs below. Click for bigger.

 

Global_Sea_Ice_Extent_Zoomed_2014_Day_109_1981-2010 Antarctic_Sea_Ice_Extent_Zoomed_2014_Day_109_1981-2010 Arctic_Sea_Ice_Extent_Zoomed_2014_Day_109_1981-2010

 

April 17, 2014

USA March 1910 versus March 2014 (according to the NOAA)

Filed under: Humor,Mockery,USA — sunshinehours1 @ 4:45 PM
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March 1910 (Before Global Warming) 7.94°F Above the 1901-2000 Average

cag_[ Divisional Temperature Anomalies (Mar 1910) ]

 

Some of those divisions are 16F above normal.

March 2014 (After Global Warming)  -0.99°F Below the 1901-2000 Average

cag_[ Divisional Temperature Anomalies (Mar 2014) ]

http://gis.ncdc.noaa.gov/map/cag/#app=cdo

PS I just randomly picked 1934 without checking. And then I noticed 1910 … but I’ll post the 1934 map so it doesn’t go to waste.

March 1934 (Before Global Warming) 1.28°F Above the 1901-2000 Average

cag_[ Divisional Temperature Anomalies (Mar 1934) ]

 

Sea Ice Update April 17 2014 – Highest Global Sea Ice For This Day in 30 years – Over 1 Million Sq Km Above Normal

A quick update for sea ice extent:

  • Global Sea Ice Extent is 1,088,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. That is ranked 3 for the day.
  • Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is 1,622,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. That is ranked 1 for the day.
  • Arctic Sea Ice Extent is -534,000 sq km below the 1981-2010 mean. That is ranked 28 for the day.

Data here. Graphs below. Click for bigger.

Global_Sea_Ice_Extent_Zoomed_2014_Day_106_1981-2010

 

Global_Sea_Ice_Extent_2014_Day_106_1981-2010

Could CO2 have lowered the rate of natural warming in the oceans?

As a minor followup to my post “Could CO2 have lowered the rate of natural warming?” lets consider ocean warming.

From 1900 to 1945 oceans were warming at a rate of  0.0116188C per year.

After 1945 oceans were warming at a rate of 0.00654978C per year.

Which means the massive 1945 increase in CO2 after 1945 slowed the  rate of ocean warming by 0.00506902C per year. Which is a drop off 44%.

Could_CO2_SST

Woodfortrees Url is here.

 

 

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