Under the “Weather”

So I’ve been knocked out for a few days by a bad bout of the flu and while I’ve been “under the weather” Anthony Watts has been busy once again talking about weather as if it was climate. (It’s not.) Let’s see what we’ve got.

The Guardian hounds CRU with new reports. Anthony got into a tizzy when he thought that The Guardian might be swallowing the “skeptical” science, but decided it was actually a set-up for some “MSM” “consensus” rebuttals.

LBNL on Himalayas: “greenhouse gases alone are not nearly enough to be responsible for the snow melt”. The Himalayan glaciers are declining because of black carbon aerosols, not CO2 warming! Them scientists are hiding the truth from us. Except they quote a paper by someone named James Hansen talking about exactly this factor…

Lord Monckton wows Melbourne. Do I even have to comment on this one?

Telegraph: India to ‘pull out of IPCC’. Politics, apparently, disproves science.

WSJ op ed – IPCC “Omitted: The bright side of Global Warming”. Ah yes, the bright side. Plants grow faster with more CO2, just ask any greenhouse operator, so keep it coming! Some drought-stricken areas might get more rain (and some will get less…)! Why do denialists happily trumpet any vague suggestion of climate change benefits, but demand absolute certainty about the risks?

UAH global temperature posts warmest January. Dr. Roy Spencer grudgingly blogs that January 2010 has been the warmest on record, but defends his use of deceptive running averages.

Major snowstorm headed for eastern US. Snow in winter! This disproves Climate Change.

Israeli study shows variable sea level in past 2500 years. Sea level goes up and down all the time. Who knows why?

More on Ocean Heat Content and recent revisions to the data: Another “look! they changed the data!” reminder post. Actually, they corrected it modestly. But nothing like suggesting that the data is bad even when it isn’t.

Spencer: Record January warmth is mostly sea. Dr. Spencer blogs that the record warmth is mostly as sea and uses a head-scratching scatter-plot of the anomalies between two different satellite instruments to suggest that everything is OK for denialists. Dr. Spencer’s problems with meaningful data presentation is well-known.

Flashback to 2007 – SST to plunge again? A post by Steven Goddard (geologist?) hoping that Dr. Roy Spencer’s admission that January 2010 as warmest ever is just a blip, because gosh it’s winter now, and it sure isn’t as warm as it was last summer. And El Niño. Entertainingly, Steven calls Dr. Spencer “one of the most trustworthy players in climate science”. Here’s an example of  Dr. Spencer’s woeful track record.

NOAA: All time record snowfall for DC and Baltimore? Another post about the approaching big storm in the northeastern USA bringing heavy snowfalls. Surely Anthony, as an ex-weatherman, knows that cold air doesn’t hold as much moisture as warm air and hence produces less snow? Of course he does, but mentioning it doesn’t serve his purpose.

Inconvenient truth in Britain – scepticism on the rise: A British poll showing that belief in Man-made climate change is declining. This indicates, sadly, increased confusion among the public and not a disproof of the scientific facts. A rise in real skeptical thinking would be great news.

Blizzard Warning for DC, NYT: “Capital Is Crippled as Blizzard Continues”. One more kick at implying that snowstorms prove that Climate Change is a lie.

Well, that’s it. Looks like Dr. Spencer came in for a bit of a whipping in this session.

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