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Roy Spencer

  • UAH Global Temperature Update for September 2020: +0.57 deg. C
    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for September, 2020 was +0.57 deg. C, up from from the August, 2020 value of +0.43 deg. C. The linear warming trend since January, 1979 remains at +0.14 C/decade (+0.12 C/deca…
    - 20 days ago 1 Oct 20, 2:34pm -
  • Climate Hustle 2 Premieres this Evening at 8 p.m.
    Guest post by Paul Driessen Weekly, daily, even hourly, we are told that global temperatures are rising, ice caps are melting, and hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods and droughts are all getting more frequent, intense and destructive because of…
    - 27 days ago 24 Sep 20, 11:27am -
  • Derecho Iowa Corn Damage Imaged By Satellite
    The August 10, 2020 derecho event caused an estimated 40 million acres of nearly-mature corn crop to be significantly damaged or destroyed, mainly in Iowa, but also in portions of Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio,…
    - 46 days ago 5 Sep 20, 8:49pm -
  • UAH Global Temperature Update for August 2020: +0.43 deg. C
    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for August, 2020 was +0.43 deg. C, essentially unchanged from the July, 2020 value of +0.44 deg. C. The linear warming trend since January, 1979 remains at +0.14 C/decade (+0.…
    - 50 days ago 1 Sep 20, 3:45pm -
  • Even with Laura, Louisiana Hurricanes Have Not Increased Since 1851
    As I write this, it looks like major Hurricane Laura will arrive on the Louisiana coast late tonight as a Category 4 hurricane somewhere south of Lake Charles. There will be the inevitable fake news coverage claiming how U.S. landfalling hurricanes a…
    - 56 days ago 26 Aug 20, 3:27pm -
  • UAH Global Temperature Update for July 2020: +0.44 deg. C
    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for July, 2020 was +0.44 deg. C, essentially unchanged from the June, 2020 value of +0.43 deg. C. The linear warming trend since January, 1979 remains at +0.14 C/decade (+0.12…
    - 79 days ago 3 Aug 20, 1:14pm -
  • Time Lapse Video of Altocumulus with Virga
    I’ve always wanted to capture this kind of cloud as a time lapse. I noticed them on my way to work this morning, and had a camera and tripod with me, so this was my chance. These are altocumulus clouds with strong upward motion in them producing pr…
    - 99 days ago 14 Jul 20, 5:31pm -
  • Lightning strike video close-up
    We live next to a 1,500 ft tall TV tower which frequently gets hit by lightning. We are so close, in fact, that it is difficult to get good photographs because the area just above the tower top is at an elevation angle of 70 deg. viewed from our yard…
    - 13 Jul 20, 1:14pm -
  • Observed Decrease in U.S. Child Mortality During the COVID-19 Lockdown of 2020
    Overview: Death certificate data, corrected for recent under-reporting, reveals a 10-20% decrease in weekly deaths compared to seasonal norms commencing in early March, 2020. This date coincides with the widespread closing of public schools. It is hy…
    - 10 Jul 20, 2:01pm -
  • Hot Summer Epic Fail: New Climate Models Exaggerate Midwest Warming by 6X
    For the last 10 years I have consulted for grain growing interests, providing information about past and potential future trends in growing season weather that might impact crop yields. Their primary interest is the U.S. corn belt, particularly the 1…
    - 3 Jul 20, 2:05pm -

Reddit Weather Feed

American Meteorological Society

  • Online Climate Science Course Keys Success to Frequent Forum Discussions
    While colleges pre-COVID-19 were already designing and implementing courses for online instruction, the pandemic has pushed entire academic course offerings into this rapidly evolving virtual environment. A new article in the Bulletin of the AMS abo…
    - 6 days ago 15 Oct 20, 4:08pm -
  • “Sleep with your phone on!”: Messaging for Nighttime Tornadoes
    With Hurricane Delta poised to strike Louisiana today, the risk of embedded tornadoes will increase as rainbands spiral ashore, along with the primary threats of storm surge and damaging winds. Delta is forecast to plow well inland Friday night into…
    - 12 days ago 9 Oct 20, 12:03pm -
  • Welcome to the Sticky Skies: Costlier Air Travel in a Warmer, Wetter World
    COVID-19 has upended air travel for now, but if the growth in global aviation resumes, one real drag on flying is going to be increasing energy needs due to global warming. New research published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological…
    - 15 days ago 6 Oct 20, 8:02pm -
  • Eulerian Weather, Lagrangian Lives
    by Alan E. Stewart, University of Georgia It is clear that Covid-19 will be with us for a while. So will the weather, however. We’ve been through flooding in Michigan in mid-May; an outbreak of 140 tornadoes from Texas to Maryland in April; a dead…
    - 22 days ago 29 Sep 20, 4:31pm -
  • Late Season Hurricanes Bring Research Opportunities, Too
    After a veritable flurry of storms in the Atlantic since August, the basin has gone quiet following the landfalls of Tropical Storm Beta in Texas, and Post-Tropical Storm Teddy in Nova Scotia. But late-season storms are quite common in the Atlantic,…
    - 23 days ago 28 Sep 20, 6:28pm -
  • The Volunteer Power behind Peer Review
    by Tony Broccoli, AMS Publications Commissioner The peer review process is essential for high-quality scientific publication. Most readers of BAMS are aware of this simple fact, but we often hear questions about the many volunteers who take part in t…
    - 30 days ago 21 Sep 20, 11:57am -
  • Hurricane Sally’s Extreme Flood Potential
    Hurricane Sally is inching ashore in southeast Alabama Wednesday morning and has started to flood parts of the central Gulf Coast with an expected 1-2 feet of rain, maybe more. With that much rain forecast, it seems likely to join other recent catas…
    - 35 days ago 16 Sep 20, 12:49pm -
  • Mixed Job News for Early-Career Geoscientists
    A new survey by the American Geosciences Institute shows that recent graduates in the geosciences are finding employment at the same rates as before the COVID-19 pandemic, but a separate survey from Nature finds that amid tightening funding science…
    - 37 days ago 14 Sep 20, 6:58pm -
  • Defining Derechos Is Complicated–Even for Meteorologists
    Derechos are less common than Midwestern tornadoes, but occur almost every year in that region as well as other parts of the United States. Yet they remain exotic and mystifying. Even to meteorologists. The reason appears to lie in the complex way t…
    - 61 days ago 21 Aug 20, 8:38pm -
  • Keeping Score When Temperature Records Are the Expectation
    Through July, 2020 has been on almost the same track as 2016: the two years had the hottest first seven months in NOAA’s 141 year dataset of global surface temperatures (land and ocean combined). Since 2016 turned out to be the hottest year on…
    - 63 days ago 19 Aug 20, 5:03pm -

University of Reading

Met Office

  • Rainfall on UK’s wettest day on record could have more than filled Loch Ness
    Saturday 3 October 2020 is now the wettest day on record since 1891 for UK-wide rainfall. It received the greatest rainfall in any single day averaged out across the UK, beating the previous record on the 25 August 1986. Dr … Continue reading →
    - 6 days ago 15 Oct 20, 11:05pm -
  • Climate projections show extreme UK’s weather will become even more extreme
    “The UK’s set of climate projections are the best window we have on how climate change is likely to affect us out to the end of the century,” said Professor Jason Lowe OBE*, the lead for UKCP – the UK’s … Continue reading →
    - 9 days ago 12 Oct 20, 2:21pm -
  • How will La Nina affect our winter weather?
    La Niña is now present in the tropical Pacific and forecasters are suggesting these conditions will continue throughout the winter months.   La Niña is one of the three phases of the phenomenon known as the El Niño-Southern Osc…
    - 9 days ago 12 Oct 20, 10:18am -
  • Weather Statistics for September
    Looking back at September as a whole it turned out to be a fairly average month, although there were a few notable events. For the first time in 4 years we saw temperatures reach 30 degrees and a few long … Continue reading →
    - 20 days ago 1 Oct 20, 3:52pm -
  • Storm Alex, so why not Storm Aiden?
    Many media outlets have been reporting that ‘Storm Aiden’ will batter Britain with strong winds and heavy rain this weekend.  Over the last few days, weather forecasting computers – known as Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models – have b…
    - 22 days ago 29 Sep 20, 11:34am -
  • Climate Change: The perfect fuel for wildfires? 

    - 30 days ago 21 Sep 20, 1:49pm -
  • Atlantic tropical storms forming at a record pace
    Author: Julian Heming, Met Office Tropical Prediction Scientist. Update 21 Sept 2020 Shortly after publishing the blog below two more storms were named. A low pressure system near Portugal was named Subtropical Storm Alpha, which made landfall later…
    - 33 days ago 18 Sep 20, 3:06pm -
  • A dull and damp August brings Summer to a close
    Despite several notable weather events, neither the month of August nor the summer as a whole for 2020 will be remembered for being particularly prominent from a climatological point of view. Although there was a major summer heatwave in the middle…
    - 50 days ago 1 Sep 20, 3:13pm -
  • A cool July ends with notable heat
    July 2020 was looking to be a fairly unremarkable month in terms of climate statistics for the UK, until hot conditions closed the month on the 31st. Overall it was a cool month, with most days having temperatures below average. … Continue reading…
    - 79 days ago 3 Aug 20, 1:52pm -
  • Helping to forecast water demand during Covid-19
    Lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic has brought many changes and challenges to life in the UK.  Government guidance aimed to contain and reduce virus transmission has reshaped our day-to-day lives, from how much electricity we use, to the way w…
    - 99 days ago 14 Jul 20, 1:10pm -