Over the past 18 months or so the measured OLR (out-going long-wave radiation) has been unavailable. In it’s place has been what was called the interpolated OLR. Since OLR can only be measured by satellites the data can only be available when satellites have existed. Oddly enough the new and improved interpolated OLR data was [...]
Posted June 27th, 2012. 4 comments
Next week I plan on making a big push to get this information out to many, many people. This is one of the key topics that is covered in my book. It is not the only critical topic, but this one by itself is enough to demonstrate in a scientific way that warming as described by The Theory of Global Warming is impossible. My goal is to present this and related information to a wide audience next week. Wish me luck.
Posted May 14th, 2012. 14 comments
Since last week’s article generated a lot of interest and requests for more information, I decided to write a follow-up on the previous article. The point of the article was to demonstrate that the seasonal temperature response varies by altitude. So different are the responses that it is clear that the troposphere and the stratosphere are responding to different inputs. The temperature of the troposphere is primarily driven by the combination of geography and season at the Earth’s surface. The stratospheric temperature is driven by the daily energy the Earth gets from the Sun as dictated by the distance the Earth is from the Sun. You can look back at the previous article for more details.
Posted May 9th, 2012. 2 comments
Any serious discussion about the Theory of Global Warming will eventually include the absorption band argument that started more than 100 years ago between Arrhenius and Ångström. One of the arguments presented by Ångström was that the main CO2 absorption band is between 14-16 micron and that band is also absorbed by water vapor (which [...]
Posted April 29th, 2012. 16 comments
The purpose of the previous two articles was to explain the scale of the human contribution to the carbon cycle and to point out that there is significant natural variation as well in the carbon cycle. The natural variation takes place year to year (ENSO cycle) and over the course of the year (Northern Hemisphere growing season). All of these variations make it impossible to know precisely how much natural carbon exits and enters the atmosphere naturally each year. What is known most accurately is how much carbon mankind is putting into the atmosphere.
Posted March 20th, 2012. 4 comments
In the first part of this article I presented a broad overview of the carbon cycle. What it shows is that no matter how the data is analyzed, the human contribution to the flow of carbon into the atmosphere is relatively small (~4%) part of the total. This also means that the contribution to the [...]
One of the few things that I have not covered before in depth is the carbon cycle. That is the path that carbon takes in and out of the atmosphere. For example, plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, but eventually that carbon will make it’s way back into the atmosphere. The flow of carbon from [...]
Posted March 6th, 2012. 14 comments
Every once in a while there is a warmist story that gets more play than average. My very scientific method of determining how many people are reading such news is based on how many relatives ask if I saw it. When the long lost relatives send me an email, then I know a lot of [...]
Posted December 19th, 2011. 18 comments
The fact that the latest sunspot cycle is very weak has gotten lots of news lately. Many are claiming that a lack of sunspots will cause the Earth to cool in the near future. I am going to stand alone as a skeptic and say I am not convinced. The data simply does not support that conclusion. I am going to explain why I do not believe the prediction that low solar activity (as measured by low sunspot counts) will cause a reversal in the warming trend.
Posted July 16th, 2011. 15 comments
One of the most persistent and unscientific ideas out there is the one that all past climate change was caused by the level of CO2 in the atmosphere. The greatest example of this is the ongoing attempt to show that Antarctica today is covered in ice because 40 million years ago the level of CO2 in the atmosphere started to drop. There are many examples of this (DeConto, 2003, related search), but they are plentiful and they are all wrong.
I have previously written about the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) and the role that it played in changing Antarctica from a temperate climate (comparable to modern day Europe) to the ice locked landmass that it is today. The temperature difference between the equator and Antarctica is today twice what it was 40 million years ago.
Posted May 30th, 2011. 7 comments