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Roy Spencer

  • Biased Media Reporting on the New Santer et al. Study Regarding Satellite Tropospheric Temperature Trends
    Executive SummaryA new paper by Santer et al. in Journal of Climate shows that observed trends during 1988-2019 in sea surface temperature [SST], tropospheric temperature [TLT and TMT], and total tropospheric water vapor [TWV] are generally inconsist…
    - 4 days ago 9 Jun 21, 4:02pm -
  • UAH Global Temperature Update for May 2021: +0.08 deg. C
    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for May, 2021 was +0.08 deg. C, up from the April, 2021 value of -0.05 deg. C. REMINDER: We have changed the 30-year averaging period from which we compute anomalies to 1991-2…
    - 12 days ago 1 Jun 21, 3:02pm -
  • UAH Global Temperature Update for April 2021: -0.05 deg. C
    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for April, 2021 was -0.05 deg. C, down from the March, 2021 value of -0.01 deg. C. REMINDER: We have changed the 30-year averaging period from which we compute anomalies to 19…
    - 43 days ago 2 May 21, 1:01pm -
  • An Earth Day Reminder: “Global Warming” is Only ~50% of What Models Predict
    The claim by the Biden Administration that climate change has placed us in a moment of “profound crisis” ignores the fact that the energy policy changes being promoted are based upon computer model simulations which have produced average warming…
    - 52 days ago 22 Apr 21, 6:01pm -
  • UAH Global Temperature Update for March 2021: -0.01 deg. C
    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for March, 2021 was -0.01 deg. C, down substantially from the February, 2021 value of +0.20 deg. C. REMINDER: We have changed the 30-year averaging period from which we comput…
    - 72 days ago 2 Apr 21, 1:45pm -
  • UAH Global Temperature Update for February 2021: +0.20 deg. C
    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for February, 2021 was +0.20 deg. C, up from the January, 2021 value of +0.12 deg. C. REMINDER: We have changed the 30-year averaging period from which we compute anomalies to…
    - 3 Mar 21, 1:26pm -
  • A Tribute to Rush Limbaugh
    As most you you know by now, Rush Limbaugh’s death from cancer was announced this morning. I suspected he would work right up to the end, and we would learn of his death when we least expected it. That was just Rush. I don’t know when I started l…
    - 17 Feb 21, 9:20pm -
  • Urban Heat Island Effects on U.S. Temperature Trends, 1973-2020: USHCN vs. Hourly Weather Stations
    SUMMARY: The Urban Heat Island (UHI) is shown to have affected U.S. temperature trends in the official NOAA 1,218-station USHCN dataset. I argue that, based upon the importance of quality temperature trend calculations to national energy policy, a ne…
    - 11 Feb 21, 6:37pm -
  • UAH Global Temperature Update for January 2021: +0.12 deg. C (new base period)
    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for January, 2021 was +0.12 deg. C, down a little from the December, 2020 value of +0.15 deg. C. NOTE: We have changed the 30-year averaging period from which we compute anoma…
    - 2 Feb 21, 5:03pm -
  • Could Recent U.S. Warming Trends be Largely Spurious?
    Several lines of evidence suggest observed warming trends are not nearly as large as what you have been told. It’s been almost eight years since I posted results on my analysis of the global Integrated Surface Database (ISD) temperature data. Despi…
    - 29 Jan 21, 5:20pm -

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American Meteorological Society

University of Reading

  • Can You Guess The Ingredients Of A Cake?
    By: Amos Lawless “Mmm this cake is lovely, what’s in it?” “Try to guess!” How often have we had that response from a friend or colleague who is proud of the cake they have just baked? And we usually try … Continue reading →
    - 7 days ago 7 Jun 21, 5:36am -
  • Data Assimilation Improves Space Weather Forecasting Skill
    By: Matthew Lang Over the past few years, I have been working on using data assimilation methodologies that are prevalent in meteorology to improve forecasts of space weather events (Lang et al. 2017; Lang and Owens 2019). Data assimilation does ……
    - 14 days ago 31 May 21, 5:36am -
  • Cold Winter Weather: Despite or Because of Global Warming?
    By: Marlene Kretschmer This year’s winter was cold. There was heavy snowfall across the UK, Europe and parts of the United States including Texas. This severe weather came with significant societal and economic impacts. Every time cold extremes lik…
    - 21 days ago 24 May 21, 5:56am -
  • What Did You Get For Number 9?
    By: Todd Jones A common way to check your work in school is to turn to your neighbour and ask, “What did you get for this one?”  With a little extra effort, though, students end up having productive discussions and … Continue reading →
    - 28 days ago 17 May 21, 5:11am -
  • April Flowers – A story of bluebells and frosts
    By: Pete Inness Figure 1: Bluebells in a wood near Reading on the 16th of April 2020 (left) and the same date in 2021 (right). In 2021 the flowers are yet to emerge and there are no leaves on the … Continue reading →
    - 35 days ago 10 May 21, 5:08am -
  • Some thoughts on future energy supply, such as an “Instantaneous Energy Market”
    By: Peter Cook We all know that it’s time to stop using fossil fuels, due to the greenhouse gasses emitted and the finite amount of these fuels.  Many renewable sources of energy are now being adopted but a lot of … Continue reading →
    - 42 days ago 3 May 21, 5:58am -
  • TerraMaris: Plans, Progress And Setbacks Of Atmospheric Research In Indonesia
    By: Emma Howard  To some of us weather enthusiasts, there’s nothing more exciting than a good tropical thunderstorm. For the best storms, you need a good source of humid air from a warm ocean and a hot land surface. If … Continue reading →
    - 49 days ago 26 Apr 21, 5:25am -
  • Pacific and Atlantic Conversations
    By: Daniel Hodson The Earth is a world of water – oceans spread out across much of the planet and they exert a profound influence over the climate. Ascending from the Earth, the churning waves and surf shrink away and … Continue reading →
    - 56 days ago 19 Apr 21, 5:43am -
  • Satellite data used to provide life-saving weather forecasts in tropical Africa
    By: Peter Hill Much of the population of tropical Africa are vulnerable to severe weather, often caused by intense storms that can generate heavy rainfall, strong winds and flooding. For instance, thousands of fishermen drown each year in Lake Victor…
    - 84 days ago 22 Mar 21, 5:17am -
  • Flood forecasting for the Negro River in the Amazon Basin
    By: Amulya Chevuturi Figure 1: Photograph of the Negro River and the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon is the largest river basin in the world, with large free-flowing rivers, draining about one-sixth of global freshwater to the ocean. The Amazonian flo…
    - 91 days ago 15 Mar 21, 8:10am -

Met Office

  • Met Office staff recognised in Royal Meteorological Society’s 2020 awards
    This week the Royal Meteorological Society has announced the winners of its prestigious awards for 2020, in recognition of people who have made significant contributions to the fields of weather, climate and other associated disciplines.   Among…
    - 3 days ago 11 Jun 21, 9:42am -
  • Will the warm weather continue?
    In something of a switch-around from May, which was cool and wet away from an unusually dry northwest Scotland we are now seeing something much more typical for the time of year. High pressure is dominating most areas bringing fine … Continue readi…
    - 5 days ago 8 Jun 21, 2:07pm -
  • Bank of England applies Met Office UK climate projections in its Climate Biennial Exploratory Scenarios
    More extreme heatwaves, droughts, drier summers, wetter winters and rising sea levels are all consequences of climate change which each UK citizen will have to continue to endure. It is easier to contemplate the increasing impacts of climate change o…
    - 6 days ago 8 Jun 21, 8:17am -
  • Everything you need to know about WeatherReady
    This summer, we’re all likely to be spending more time closer to home. To help you make the most of the weather, and stay safe and healthy, we’ve worked with the Cabinet Office and key partners to bring together the very best advice … Contin…
    - 19 days ago 26 May 21, 7:35am -
  • Met Office climate projections assess impact on global sports
    Climate change is affecting every dimension of society. From the food production of the food we eat and the water we drink, and from how we earn our livelihoods to how we spend our leisure time. And climate projections – … Continue reading →
    - 25 days ago 19 May 21, 2:21pm -
  • Rainy and cool May so far 
    A sodden start to May has already sent large parts of the UK to within touching distance of their average rainfall for the month, with Wales having seen at least 25% more rain than would be expected over the course of the whole month.   … Con…
    - 31 days ago 14 May 21, 12:01pm -
  • Frostiest April for at least 60 years in UK
    April 2021 has provisionally been the frostiest in at least 60 years for the UK, topping the previous frostiest April in 1970, with records going back to 1960.   April 2021 has already seen an average of 13 days of air frosts reported for the…
    - 48 days ago 27 Apr 21, 1:35pm -
  • More changeable weather likely for bank holiday weekend
    Contrary to some media reports, the early May bank holiday weather is likely to be more changeable than recently, with showers and cool temperatures for most of the UK instead of the clear sunny skies of recent days.  As April draws to a close…
    - 49 days ago 26 Apr 21, 1:29pm -
  • Climate Data Challenge – working in partnership for innovation
    As Governments, organisations and individuals around the world seek to tackle the challenges of climate change, creativity and innovation are key to finding ways to improve our resilience to weather and climate. Our scientists work at the forefront o…
    - 73 days ago 2 Apr 21, 11:18am -
  • Records broken as temperate end to March offsets earlier cold spell
    March 2021’s overall provisional climate statistics show a 0.9°C average temperature increase from 1981-2010 national averages for the month, as some high temperatures during the latter part of the month saw several stations break their…
    - 73 days ago 1 Apr 21, 4:25pm -