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2010 Sea Level: Largest drop ever recorded?

Based on the most current data it appears that 2010 is going to show the largest drop in global sea level ever recorded in the modern era. Since many followers of global warming believe that the rate of sea level rise is increasing, a significant drop in the global sea level highlights serious flaws in the IPCC projections. The oceans are truly the best indicator of climate. The oceans drive the world’s weather patterns. A drop in the ocean levels in a year that is being cited as proof that the global warming has arrived shows that there is still much to learned. If the ocean levels dropped in 2010, then there is something very wrong with the IPCC projections.

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Records, Climate and Weather

Whenever a new high temperature record is set, warmists tend to consider this further proof of global warming. Such an argument ignores what the weather is always doing to the records. While the current winter is unusual in many respects, it also gives some interesting examples of how much significance can be given to these records. They will also show just how bad an idea it is to use station data at any significant distance from the location of the measurement.

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Bastardi’s Wager

While I normally don’t just re-post things, this one is interesting as a meteorologist is challenging the Warmist crowd to make a bet on the next decade.

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Examples of Biased and Unbiased Climate News

This NH winter has been an interesting one to watch from many perspectives. The competing effects of the Northern Atlantic Oscillation and the La Nina have been interesting and their impacts far reaching. The frigid air that would normally be west of Greenland went south for the winter and record snow and cold throughout the region has been the norm this winter. None of these events is unique, but the overlap has resulted in normal weather being displaced.

The other interesting aspect has been the analysis of the weather. I have touched upon this before when the Miami Herald printed an editorial stating that this weather was in fact global warming making is long awaited arrival. What recently caught my attention was three articles that made the Real Clear Science page at nearly the same time. Two of them are pretty straight forward journalism. The other appeared to be journalism, but was pretty impressive misdirection.

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More on the UAH Change

I use the UAH data for breaking down what is happening in the different regions of the world. Since the polar regions are of particular interest I wanted to know what the impact of the new UAH data would show for those regions of the world. I must admit that I am finding some really interesting things. I have also found parts of the backlash against the adjustment as I expected to find. Many of the warmist sites are dismissing the whole thing as a scam. None of them have actually analyzed the data. While I am not one to shy away from strong opinions, I prefer to base opinions on the data.

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The Change in the UAH Anomaly

The UAH satellite data set is one of the most widely used global temperature sets that exists. It has the most extensive measurements of the entire Earth with the most accurate measurements of the atmospheric temperature. It also just switched the “average” anomaly from a 20 year average to a 30 year average. The following information was provided here:

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What dead crabs teach us about polar bears!

There has been a lot of news about crabs and other sea life that have been dying form the cold ocean waters around Great Britain. This is an interesting story because it shows that life is sensitive to any significant change in temperature, warm or cold. The drumbeat of coral bleaching articles that have happened over the past decade.

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Vostok Lake: Data collection in the next couple of years

Lake Vostok, which has been sealed off from the world for 14 million years, is about to be penetrated by a Russian drill bit.

The lake, which lies four kilometres below the icy surface of Antarctica, is unique in that it’s been completely isolated from the other 150 subglacial lakes on the continent for such a long time. It’s also oligotropic, meaning that it’s supersaturated with oxygen — levels of the element are 50 times higher than those found in most typical freshwater lakes.

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Weather and more Misinformation

In the past few weeks there have been many newspaper and magazine articles that claim the weather in the month of December was absolute proof that climate change (or global warming/disruption) was already in effect and causing most of the (bad) weather that happened in the month of December.  A typical example was the article […]

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Snow Extent for 2010.

Climate is what you expect and weather is what you get.  They can often be different.  This year winter is definitely delivering the goods in many places in the NH.  In the era of accurate snow extent which is the period from 1972 onwards this last December is the all time #3 month for snow […]

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