Meteorology

Airborne Expedition to Yellowstone 1966

by Dr. Ed Berry Fifty-two years ago, in January 1966, I and 3 other explorers flew our Beechcraft C-45 through Old Faithful Geyser and other geyser plumes in Yellowstone National Park, USA. We didn’t have go-pro’s or other digital camera’s in those days. But we did have a time-lapse 16-mm camera in the nose of …

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A Warming Arctic Would Not Cause Increased Severe Weather or Temperature Extremes

by Chuck Wiese, Meteorologist, Weatherwise, Inc. This paper is a critique Francis and Vavrus (2012), hereinafter FV (2012), by atmospheric scientists Jennifer Francis from Rutgers University and Steve Vavrus of the University of Wisconsin. Their paper can be downloaded here and an updated version here: FV (2012) claims a measured decrease in the zonal or west to east …

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Regarding Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

by Chuck Wiese, Meteorologist, Weatherwise, Incorporated, Portland, Oregon Why Al Gore’s Comments to Bill O’Reilly at Fox News Are Wrong (PDF here. Earlier version on WUWT here.) From a meteorologist’s perspective, nothing is worse than to see atmospheric science trashed by the likes of Al Gore, who is a self-proclaimed expert in this area, but has had no …

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Climate Science Blind Spot – Evaporation Cooling

by Richard J. Petschauer (January 18, 2011) 1. Background Climate science is certainly not settled considering how poorly the models handle latent heat transfer. This is a process involving heat loss on the surface from evaporation that is moved to a corresponding heat gain when condensation occurs during cloud formation, causing added heat to be …

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NASA: Tropical “Hot Towers” And Hurricane Intensification

Background (from NASA) Hurricanes (in the Atlantic) or typhoons (in the Pacific) are Earth’s strongest cyclones.   A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when sustained wind speeds reach 64 knots (74 mph).  Accurate predictions of their tracks and intensities can save lives and minimize property loss. While hurricane tracks can be predicted with fairly good …

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