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Book Update

I have never had to edit a book of this size before.  I am making good progress with it though.  I don’t want to give a deadline right now, but I think if I did I would actually get it done in time.  So hopefully by not giving a deadline it will let me get […]

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Most March Snow Coverage in 26 Years

The latest data from the Rutgers Snow Lab is available so it is time to look at how the Earth’s climate behaves as the Northern Hemisphere starts spring each year and what spring means to the snow coverage. The NH is on average 1.5 °C warmer in the month of March than it is in February. That is not a lot, but it is enough to really drop off the snow coverage. This is the start of the huge drop in snow coverage that happens each year.

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2,000 Years of “Rate of Temperature Change”

The word unprecedented is often used when warmists are discussing the rate that the Earth’s temperature is rising. Oddly enough they have never once shown a chart that showed the rate of change. They show the recent increase in temperature or they show a hockey stick of the past 1,000 years. The end result is always about the same, a chart that shows the Earth has never before behaved in this manner.

As usual, that claim is incorrect. Many Skeptic websites like to discuss the Medieval Warming Period (MWP) as proof that the current warming is not unprecedented, but once again that has nothing to do with the rate of temperature change. The Earth could be cooler than the MWP and still have a rate that was unprecedented. A rate that was significantly higher than usual would indicate that something was going on with the Earth’s climate that was new. That would certainly give some weight to the argument that global warming was real and was happening.

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Reaching Different Conclusions from the Same Data

The global warming debate is often frustrating because even making the simplest point is fraught with difficulty because people get so wound up. Once a person is wound up it is very difficult to have a rational discussion. So when I came across this article I knew it was a golden opportunity to display and example of scientists that can look at the same exact data and reach totally opposite conclusions. The topic makes it even better because it is about velociraptors which are just plain cool.

So what I will do is present the data and then summarize the competing theories about the data. In this way it will be clear how both sides came to their conclusions about the hunting behavior of velociraptors.

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