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  • 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…
    - 10 days ago 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…
    - 16 days ago 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…
    - 25 days ago 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 days ago 29 Jan 21, 5:20pm -
  • Biden to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Like the Paris Agreement, it Will Make No Difference
    In what appears to be a never-ending string of ineffective efforts to force the public to use expensive, unreliable, intermittent, and not-widely-deployable renewable energy, the Biden Administration is issuing an executive order that (among other th…
    - 31 days ago 27 Jan 21, 4:19pm -
  • Canada is Warming at Only 1/2 the Rate of Climate Model Simulations
    As part of my Jan. 19 presentation for Friends of Science about there being no climate emergency, I also examined surface temperature in Canada to see how much warming there has been compared to climate models. Canada has huge year-to-year variabilit…
    - 37 days ago 21 Jan 21, 6:51pm -
  • This Tuesday, Jan. 19: My Friends of Science Society Livestream Talk: ‘Why There Is No Climate Emergency’
    On Tuesday evening, January 19, at 8 p.m. CST there will be a 30 minute livestream presentation where I cover the most important reasons why there is no climate emergency. I just reviewed the video and I am very satisfied with it. In only 1/2 hour I…
    - 43 days ago 15 Jan 21, 4:51pm -
  • No, Roy Spencer is not a climate “denier”
    Yesterday, the New York Times and other media outlets repeated the falsehood that I am a climate “denier”. I usually ignore such potentially libelous statements, otherwise I’d be defending myself every week. So, to set the record straight, here…
    - 45 days ago 13 Jan 21, 3:19pm -
  • At the White House, the Purge of Skeptics Has Started
    Dr. David Legates has been Fired by White House OSTP Director and Trump Science Advisor, Kelvin Droegemeier President Donald Trump has been sympathetic with the climate skeptics’ position, which is that there is no climate crisis, and that all curr…
    - 46 days ago 12 Jan 21, 10:12pm -
  • UAH Global Temperature Update for December 2020: +0.27 deg. C
    The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for December, 2020 was +0.27 deg. C, down substantially from the November, 2020 value of +0.53 deg. C.For comparison, the CDAS global surface temperature anomaly for the last…
    - 56 days ago 2 Jan 21, 2:37pm -

Reddit Weather Feed

American Meteorological Society

University of Reading

  • Using deep learning to observe river levels using river cameras
    By: Sarah Dance In recent times, machine learning is being increasingly used to make sense of digital data. In environmental science, we are only at the beginning of this journey (Blair et al 2021). However, we have already found one … Continue rea…
    - 12 days ago 15 Feb 21, 5:50am -
  • Why do clouds matter when we measure surface temperature from space?
    By: Claire Bulgin We can use satellites up in space to measure the surface temperature of the Earth over the land and sea.  Satellites have now been making measurements for 40+ years and these data are really helpful for understanding … Continue r…
    - 19 days ago 8 Feb 21, 5:45am -
  • Weather forecasts to save species
    by Vicky Boult Extreme weather events impact the lives and livelihoods of people all over the world, a story we hear more and more often as climate change increases the frequency and severity of weather events. But as climate change … Continue read…
    - 26 days ago 1 Feb 21, 6:47am -
  • What’s that data? Why and how the geoscientific community is forging metadata standards.
    By Sadie Bartholomew Part I: Why Earth science is a data-driven endeavour. Advanced simulations of the Earth system, whose configurations are themselves complex controlled data, churn out petabytes of analysis datasets whilst raw data from in-situ an…
    - 33 days ago 25 Jan 21, 6:42am -
  • All I want for Christmas is some PV maps…
    By: Ben Harvey For many years, the department webpages have hosted real-time plots of large-scale atmospheric conditions based on operational ECMWF analysis data. Over the last few months we’ve been revamping them with a new webpage and higher-reso…
    - 68 days ago 21 Dec 20, 6:30am -
  • Here comes the rain again…
    By: Natalie Harvey British people are well renowned for their obsession for talking about the weather. This is partly because it is a “safe” topic for conversation and partly because it is really fascinating! This is especially true in the … Co…
    - 75 days ago 14 Dec 20, 6:00am -
  • Improving Hydrological Predictions Of Land System Models
    By: Thibault Hallouin Given the existence of feedbacks between the Earth’s atmosphere and the Earth’s surface, hydrological knowledge (e.g. soil moisture and open water available for evaporation and plant transpiration) is as critical to atmosphe…
    - 82 days ago 7 Dec 20, 5:51am -
  • Does working from home help to reduce climate change?
    By: Helen Dacre During a recent conversation about working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic a friend asked me ‘Given that I no longer commute to work in my car every day, will that help to reduce climate change?’  The … Continue reading…
    - 96 days ago 23 Nov 20, 5:12am -
  • Sources of rainfall over East Asia
    By: Liang Guo The East Asian monsoon causes intense rainfall over China, Japan and the Koreas every summer, and a cold, dry season every winter. This is driven by thermal and dynamical contrasts between the vast Pacific Ocean and the … Continue rea…
    - 9 Nov 20, 5:45am -
  • Tropical rainfall and sea surface temperature link could improve forecasts
    By: Chris Holloway  and the University of Reading Press Office.  Tropical rainfall, averaged on seasonal time scales, is influenced far more strongly by nearby sea temperatures in the real world than in almost all climate simulations, scientists ha…
    - 2 Nov 20, 5:45am -

Met Office

  • Record low temperature for the UK this millennium
    Overnight the recorded minimum temperature at the weather station at Braemar dropped to -23.0°C, one of three stations in the UK to dip below minus 20.0°C. With the media reporting on the ‘extreme’ conditions, we have analysed our records since…
    - 16 days ago 11 Feb 21, 2:35pm -
  • Multiple drivers create challenges for forecasting weather direction
    How times change. This time last year, we were in the early days of a month which went on to become the wettest February for the UK in a series stretching back to 1862. Storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge, which … Continue reading →
    - 22 days ago 5 Feb 21, 9:54am -
  • Coldest January since 2010, but not exceptional by historical standards

    - 26 days ago 1 Feb 21, 2:59pm -
  • Are we going to see more hot winter days like we did in February 2019?
    A recent study by the Met Office reviewed the question of whether exceeding 40°C is now within the possibilities of the UK climate, after experiencing a record-breaking temperature of 38.7°C in July 2019. The results showed that under a high … Co…
    - 29 days ago 29 Jan 21, 12:41pm -
  • A day in the life of a Mobile Met Unit Meteorologist
    Dave is a Senior Operational Meteorologist with the Mobile Met Unit (MMU) deployed on Operation TORAL, the British element of NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan. The MMU is a Sponsored Reserve unit of the Royal Air Force (RAF) comprised…
    - 29 days ago 29 Jan 21, 10:40am -
  • Why the beast from the east is unlikely to roar.
    A sudden stratospheric warming high in the atmosphere early in January has led to reports a so called ‘Beast from the East’ is heading our way and speculation of extreme cold weather to come. A sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) sees … Continue…
    - 44 days ago 14 Jan 21, 2:58pm -
  • Fingerprints of climate change on UK weather in 2020
    2020 was a remarkable year for our climate, with the year being the UK’s third warmest, sixth wettest and eighth sunniest in the UK national series, extending back to 1884, 1862 and 1919, respectively. An attribution study looking at the … Contin…
    - 46 days ago 12 Jan 21, 12:31pm -
  • New year begins with a sudden stratospheric warming
    Meteorologists are already able to note a significant atmospheric observation in their 2021 diaries with the beginning of a Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW), which started over the weekend – this was forecast last week. A SSW sees cold air descen…
    - 53 days ago 5 Jan 21, 1:48pm -
  • Opposing forces battle for winter supremacy
    The second half of December has seen dramatic swings between different weather patterns. Storm Bella brought strong winds and flooding, while the current flow of air from the north is bringing colder conditions with ice and some snow across the … C…
    - 59 days ago 30 Dec 20, 4:35pm -
  • A dry but rather dull month
    Mild and dry might not be the first thing you think of looking back at November as we have seen the first significant frosts of the season in England and Wales, but the month for the UK as a whole … Continue reading →
    - 87 days ago 2 Dec 20, 10:50am -