Tuesday, April 24, 2018

          CLIMATE DIPLOMACY : L'AMBASSADEUR  DU  CHOC

Will the White House retaliate for President Macron's 
'Make Our Planet Great Again' hat,

and  Madame Macron's  critique of  California  goat  cheese?

Diplomats  fear a  démarche  recalling Ambassador McCourt 

from Paris, and dispatching  National Security Adviser Bolton
to Vichy in her stead.

The chevre was as cold as the freedom fries

Friday, April 20, 2018

    THE NEW NORMAL  IN NORMAN : APRIL  FIRE  SHOWERS

WELCOME  TO  PRUITT  COUNTRY !
Oklahoma  Attorney  General   turned   Environmental Protection Agency Administrator  Scott Pruitt  has yet   to respond to the lethal Rhea Fire, which The National Weather Service in Norman says continued its spread across the state Tuesday, having so far burnt through nearly 400,000 acres, and claimed at least two lives.

The NWS issued a fire warning at the request of the Rhea Fire Incident Command and the Dewey County Sheriff's Office asking  residents  along  Highway 60  and east toward Chester to evacuate north and northwest toward Woodward.

The U.S. Drought Monitor  lists conditions in western Oklahoma as “exceptional” the highest ranking on its drought intensity scale.  Some areas have gone more than  185 days without more than one-quarter inch of rain.

Oklahoma's  Department of Emergency Management requested the air support assistance of the Oklahoma National  Guard  to  help  fight  the rapidly spreading wildfire Tuesday.












The NWS issued a fire warning at the request of the Rhea Fire Incident Command and the Dewey County Sheriff's Office asking residents along Highway 60 and east toward Chester to evacuate north and northwest toward Woodward.


The U.S. Drought Monitor lists conditions in western Oklahoma as “exceptional,” the highest ranking on its drought intensity scale. Some areas have gone more than 185 days without more than one-quarter inch of rain. 
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management requested the air support assistance of the Oklahoma National Guard to help fight the rapidly spreading wildfire Tuesday. 



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

    IF  YOU WANT TO FRY AN OMLETTE  ON  THE  SIDEWALK
          YOU HAVE TO BREAK  A FEW HUMPTY DUMPTIES

THE VIEW THAT GLOBAL  WARMING IS A MYTH BASED ON SITING THERMOMETERS NEAR BLACK ASPHALT  PAVING HAS  BEEN  THROWN  UNDER  THE  BUS  BY  AN IRONY-CHALLENGED AUSTRALIAN COAL INDUSTRY  FLACK :

LA Painting Streets White to Prevent Global Warming

Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Los Angeles is spending $40,000 per mile painting asphalt streets white to try to prevent global warming.
By Travis Fedschun | Fox News
California officials are hoping their latest attempt to stem the rising tides of climate change leads to a more socially conscious — and cooler — summer.
Officials in Los Angeles have been painting streets white to reduce the effect of urban “heat islands” and combat the effects of climate change.
While each coasting could can last up to seven years, they are also pricey, with the estimated cost of $40,000 per mile, the L.A. Daily News reported.

Outsiders might be tempted to suggest that Los Angeles has more pressing problems than the color of their streets, such as soaring rates of homelessnessdrug abusecrime and financial distress for poor people. 
Obviously we outsiders have got it all wrong – the solution to Los Angeles’ horrendous social problems is taxpayer funded truck loads of white paint.

THOSE WITH VERY LONG MEMORIES MAY RECALL  THAT SOLON THE LAWGIVER  DIRECTED  THE ATHENIANS  TO BEAT THE HEAT BY PAINTING THE TOWN WHITE  IN 594 BC

SOLON GOT IT RIGHT : 
THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY CONFIRMED  THE  CITY COOLING  BENEFITS OF RAISING URBAN ALBEDO WITH WHITE  ROOFS  &  PALE PAVING   IN  2010

Sunday, April 8, 2018

ODD MONCKTON-REES-MOGG ZOD-NOG JOB GETS IGNOBEL NOD

Roy Spencer Ph.D ,2015's  Evangelical Climate Scientist of the Year, answers Lord  Monckton's indignant response to his fisk of the Heartland Institute amicus curia brief:


Of  Zod and Nogs

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
Roy Spencer has very kindly allowed me to post up this reply to his interesting posting about my team’s discussion of a large error we say we have found in climatological physics...
Roy is quite right to point out that the general-circulation models do not use the concept of feedback directly. However, there is a handy equation, with the clunky name zero-dimensional-model equation (lets call it ZOD) 
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MONCKTON'S REES-MOGG ZOD-NOG EQUATION
that allows us to diagnose what equilibrium temperature the models would predict...

From what I can tell, Christopher claims that climatologists have assumed the theoretical 255K average global surface temperature in the absence of the greenhouse effect would actually induce a feedback response 

I disagree… 255K is the theoretical, global average temperature of the Earth without greenhouse gases but assuming the same solar insolation and albedo.

It has no feedback response because it is a pure radiative equilibrium calculation. 


 ZODS OF EQUAL RELEVANCE TO THE CLIMATE WARS 

The error arises from the fact that climate models are calibrated by reference to past climate. They have to explain why the world in, say, 1850, was 32 K warmer than the 255 K that would have prevailed that year (assuming today’s insolation and an albedo of about 0.3), in the absence of the naturally-occurring, non-condensing greenhouse gases (NOGS).

 NOGS OF LESS INTEREST THAN CO2
Besides, the climate models do not depend upon that theoretical construct anyway; it has little practical value — and virtually no quantitative value 

–other than in conceptual discussions (how could one have clouds without water vapor? How could a much colder Earth have no more ice cover than today?).

REES-MOGG'S WEEKLY DAILY MAIL  EQUATION :

CLIMATE ALARMISM CAUSED BRITAIN’S HIGH ENERGY PRICES

People will die this winter because of 

the environmentalist obsession 

with the end of the world.




Wednesday, April 4, 2018

                        WELL,  AT  LEAST  IT'S  NOT  FLAT

Channeling noted Bangladeshi groundwater authority Professor  Emeritus  Aftab  Alam  Khan Science  Matters  blogger  Ron  Clutz assures  Judith Curry's troops at Science Etc. they need not worry about sea level rise, as it will mostly float the boats in the Arctic Sea and the Screaming Sixties. He fails to note this revelation comes from the folks  who insist:

Global warming and polar ice-melt not contribute to sea level rise.
Melting of huge volume of floating sea-ice around polar region cool ocean-water preventing thermal expansion.
Polar ice melting re-occupy same volume of the displaced water causing no sea level rise.
Gravitational attraction of the earth plays a dominant role against sea level rise.
Melting of land ice in the polar region allow crust to rebound elastically for isostatic balancing through uplift should cause sea level to drop relatively.

Centrifugal force acts as much on the oceans as it does on the solid Earth, which is maximum at the equator and minimum at the pole (Fig. 4B). Any addition of water to the oceans is supposed to flow uphill towards equator from the poles causing sea level rise everywhere, but it does not

Hence, although ocean water at the equator makes a level difference of 21 km higher than at the poles, it is the centrifugal force maximum at the equator and zero at the poles would prevent ocean water-column from moving down-hill toward poles effectively restricting sea level rise at the higher latitudes...  ocean water column from polar region would not move towards equatorial region.
 If only it were so,  the rancorous debate about scientists flying in jets to climate conferences could be swiftly resolved. The Norwegians and their neighbors could simply put on their water skis and slide down the Gulf Stream  to Cancun.

I shudder to think what  the inevitable corrigendum may look like :