England’s worst winter weather in at least 248 years

A dike-protected home in Somerset, England, surrounded by flood waters.

As most of you know already, England's dramatic sequence of winter storms since December has resulted in its worst winter on record.  England's records go back 248 years.  (Al Jazeera is reporting 300 years).  Who knows if such a series of storms has ever occurred since the climate stabilized after the last glaciation ended some … Continue reading England’s worst winter weather in at least 248 years

Yes, it was a remarkable cold snap, but in what way?

Frequency of hot vs cold temperature records over the decades

[Update: it seems clear that records were broken after all as has been pointed out in the comments. So we are only left with Fox's reaction and youtube fog-pee videos. And let's face it, Fox's reaction was pretty predictable...] The recent cold snap was indeed remarkable and the media was buzzing about it for days.  … Continue reading Yes, it was a remarkable cold snap, but in what way?

AP Misreports Haiyan as Category 4

While reading an AP attributed article on Huffington post about Super Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda), I did a double take at this paragraph: Weather officials said Haiyan had sustained winds of 235 kilometers per hour (147 miles per hour), with gusts of 275 kph (170 mph), when it made landfall. By those measurements, … Continue reading AP Misreports Haiyan as Category 4

Dr. Jeff Masters: Katrina-level storm surges have more than doubled due to global warming

Jeff Masters reports on these studies: Grinsted, A., J. C. Moore, and S. Jevrejeva, 2012, "A homogeneous record of Atlantic hurricane surge threat since 1923," PNAS 2012, doi:10.1073/pnas.1209542109 Grinsted, A., J. C. Moore, and S. Jevrejeva, 2012, "Projected Atlantic hurricane surge threat from rising temperatures" PNAS March 18, 2013 201209980, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1209980110 There is a … Continue reading Dr. Jeff Masters: Katrina-level storm surges have more than doubled due to global warming

Hot day

So Tasmania is in the news, which is where I am living (see here for links).  The stories are about heat and bush fires.  So far, nothing as dramatic as "Black Saturday" four years ago has happened, thank goodness, but conditions are very similar. The post's "featured image" above is of the electronic weather station … Continue reading Hot day

Looking through the wrong end of the climate telescope

Forced climate change causes global warming as a response, not the other way around. We all focus on globally and seasonally averaged mean temperature, and though it is a very coarse measure, there are some justifiable reasons. But as a general focus for those concerned about the human influence on our planetary life support system, … Continue reading Looking through the wrong end of the climate telescope

RealClimate on the Australian bushfires

I recently wrote about the tragic bushfires in Australia and how it seems to me that it is reasonable to ask if this would have happened without anthropogenic climate changes. Real Climate has the details on this in their latest post: Bushfires and extreme heat in south-east Australia. The post is by David Karoly, Professor … Continue reading RealClimate on the Australian bushfires