Now where are the articles telling us how wonderful wind power is?
By Paul Homewood
AS Britain continues to swelter in the heat, the blades of country’s wind turbines are turning incredibly slowly in the face of a nationwide “wind drought” which has seen a dramatic drop in the amount of energy produced.
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New figures compiled by Imperial College London’s Rod Gross revealed July’s wind output was down by 40 percent so far compared with the same period last year.
He said: “We’ve been typically doing between two to three gigawatts of wind [generation].
“At a windier time of the year we might be doing nine or 10.”
The unusual stillness in the air is the result of a sustained period of high, dense pressure over the UK, according to the Met Office.
A Met Office spokesman said: “It’s like a lid, it keeps everything still.
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The prolonged dry heat over the UK has revealed many hidden treasures;
As the summer sun continues to beat down on the British Isles, ghosts are appearing in the yellowing fields.
Normally kept hidden by lush grasses and crops, old and prehistoric features are making themselves known through imprints on fields and lawns, some for the first time in known memory.
It’s hard to see these features from the ground – but with the rise of drones for aerial photography, they can be captured where they may have remained unidentified in previous heatwaves.
The marks are revealed when grass or crops on top of wood or stone still in the ground flourish or deteriorate at different rates to surrounding material in the unusually hot weather.
“What the f*** is that?”
It materialised out of almost nowhere, reports ScienceAlert.
Thousands of years after disappearing from human sight and knowledge, an ancient ‘henge’ site has been discovered hidden within the archaeological landscape of Ireland’s Brú na Bóinne.
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I actually think it is important that we find good technologies for recycling, because wind turbines are pioneers in green energy technologies, and it would be a pity if we also cannot find green and environmentally-friendly technologies for recycling them.
So they are green pioneers but they can’t recycle their product. Riiiiiiiiiight
Germany has more than 28,000 wind turbines — but many are old and by 2023 more than a third must be decommissioned. Disposing of them is a huge environmental problem.
Expert Jan Tessmer (coordinator on wind energy research at the German Aerospace Center (DLR)) tells DW he’s optimistic.
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“Urbanization in Phoenix has quickly converted geographic terrains from natural landscapes, such as grasslands, open soil, and undisturbed desert area, and cultivated vegetation, such as croplands, to manmade engineered surfaces and infrastructure. The effect of the built-up environment manifests itself by impacting turbulent transport radiative heat exchange and hydrological processes, especially in urban canopies . Schatz and Kucharik also demonstrated in their paper that the built-up environment was the primary driver of the spatial change in temperature patterns in the urban area . They found that urban environments, together with their dark impervious surfaces and reduced vegetation cover, normally have large heat capacity and high thermal conductivity rates [34,38,39,40,41,42]. This not only causes less incoming solar radiant energy to be reflected, but also less of the energy to be converted to latent heat associated with evaporation and transpiration .”
Spatio-Temporal Modeling of the Urban Heat Island in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area: Land Use Change Implications
Wang et. al 2016
By Paul Homewood
Now the BBC has jumped on the “record temperature” scam, set off in the Washington Post last week:
Parts of the world are sweltering in record temperatures – and it’s not a problem confined only to summer in the northern hemisphere.
Records are being broken across the globe – so where have things been particularly bad? And why is this happening?
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What we can observe is that there is no zonal heat signature. As our sun lulls, so the tightly wound jetstream eases and relaxes, stretching meridionally across the globe. Where the opposing fronts sent from frothing oceans meet, energy and extreme weather manifest themselves forming microcosms of a temporary global cooling or a mini-iceage?
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How many others have followed this business model?
A perfect illustration for UHI is shown in this article from the Daily Mail on 26 June quoting the MetO;
This comes after a warm night in the capital with those in London struggling to sleep with temperatures hovering around 64F (18C).
[Marco Petagna – Media Advisor and Senior Operational Meteorologist with the UK Met Office] said it was much cooler out towards the countryside with lows of 48F (9C) recorded in Surrey and even down to 36F (2C) or 67f (3C) in Scotland and 45F (7C) in Exeter, Devon.
By Paul Homewood
It’s summer time in the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s hot in places, but according to Jason Samenow of the Washington Post, you must blame it global warming!
Reposted from the NZ Herald:
From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week.
Large areas of heat pressure or heat domes scattered around the hemisphere led to the sweltering temperatures.
No single record, in isolation, can be attributed to global warming. But collectively, these heat records are consistent with the kind of extremes we expect to see increase in a warming world.
Let’s take a tour around the world of the recent hot-weather milestones.
A massive and intense heat dome has consumed the eastern two-thirds of the United States and southeast Canada since…
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