Monthly Archives: December 2015

Climate Letter #562

Update from the North Pole:  It is confirmed that temperatures yesterday, as predicted, did rise above the freezing point for several hours.  “In other words, the area around the North Pole was about as warm as Chicago on Wednesday, and … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #561

Brand new—the most amazing weather event of 2015.  Today will be above freezing at the North Pole!  That is a full 50 degrees F above average, or a bit more, for this date.  There will also be heavy rains landing … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #560

The economics of wind energy for a variety of users.  It’s especially interesting that major corporate and institutional consumers are beginning to supply their own needs, and realizing economic advantages by doing so.  Also, the developing world is seen to … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #559

Year-end extreme weather wrap-up.  Major happenings are almost everywhere, on every continent (except Antarctica.)  Most of the blame can go to El Nino, amplified by the unusual warming of both oceans and atmosphere. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/27/uk-floods-and-extreme-global-weather-linked-to-el-nino-and-climate-change Some of the worst flooding has … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #558

What is the greatest threat from climate change? We talk a lot about sea level rise and extreme weather events, both of which are easy to observe, measure or define.  In this post a claim is made that dwindling water … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #557

Update on the status of glacial science, with emphasis on Antarctica.  This 5-minute video produced by Peter Sinclair is surely among the very best he has ever done.  The graphics are superb and the brand new interviews with top glacial … Continue reading

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Climte Letter #556

A recap of extreme weather events around the globe in 2015.  These are presented month by month in a short, fast-moving video.  The true list is of course much longer. https://tamino.wordpress.com/2015/12/21/2015-recap/ —– The “Arctic Report Card” for 2015 is presented … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #555

An explanation behind the “unstoppable” process of ice sheet melting.  New research based on a wealth of historical evidence provides backup for theories of how quickly the sheets can break down. https://theconversation.com/why-ice-sheets-will-keep-melting-for-centuries-to-come-32171 —– The effects of El Nino at “ground … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #554

Five reports that greatly impressed climate scientist Joe Romm in 2015.  Especially, study the chart showing the growth in CO2 fossil fuel emissions—up nearly 50% since 2000—which came to a sudden stop this year without economic weakness as the reason.  … Continue reading

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Climate Letter #553

A new high global temperature forecast for 2016.  This is from the UK Met Office, one of the majors that does this sort of work.  The first few months should be especially strong because of today’s El Nino continuing.  The … Continue reading

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