Piers Corbyn challenges Top Meteorology professor to provide observational evidence of so-called man-made ‘climate change’.

Piers at the Electric Universe conference 2014

On Mon 16th May at the annual Imperial College Lighthill Lecture* – this year by Professor Sir Brian Hoskins on ‘Predicting Weather and Climate’ – WeatherAction astrophysicist Piers Corbyn, First class Physics graduate from Imperial College, challenged Sir Brian to produce observational evidence of CO2 driving changes in Climate     * http://www.imperial.ac.uk/fluids-cdt/about/lighthill-lectures/

In the discussion section of the event Piers thanked Sir Brian for his superb presentation on meteorology concepts and processes and said that however he had difficulty with his comments on Carbon dioxide and climate. Piers said

“The problem you have is that there is no observational evidence that world temperatures follow CO2 levels but the relationship is the other way. The trace gas CO2 follows temperatures with delays of some centuries because the relative partition between CO2 in the air and in the sea – which holds 50 times more CO2 than the atmosphere – is controlled by Sea (surface) temperatures (under Henry’s Law) and I challenge you to provide evidence of your claims”

Sir Brian said there was evidence in the UN IPCC reports. 

Piers said “No, there is no evidence in those reports only opinion. We must rely on evidence not opinion”. Sir Brian said he agreed evidence not opinion was required. Piers said Yes we need to see a graph of observational evidence please send evidence to piers@WeatherAction.com ”

Afterwards Piers gave his business card with email to Sir Brian.

Further Comment from Piers: We will keep WeatherAction site updated on any responses. Sir Brian’s CO2 and Climate claims did not follow in any way from the main part of his presentation on world weather description parameters and meteorological concepts and processes. 

His claims that Man’s CO2 lasts thousands of years and that this is causing Ocean acidification are factually false (but we didnt have time to discuss these). For a start IF Man’s CO2 lasts thousands of years in the atmosphere it cannot also be in the sea causing so-called ‘acidification’. The fact is that because the sea holds 50 times more CO2 than the all even if all atmpsheric CO2 went into the sea – let alone man’s 4% contribution to it – which anyway it cannot because of Henry’s partition Law, it could potentially have only a trivial effect which is further suppressed by the ‘buffer solution’ nature of the sea. 

There is a dynamic balance between CO2 in the sea and air and on average half any atmosperic@ CO2 will enter the sea in a few years and CO2 is similarly releaased from the sea at close to the same rate.

Piers Corbyn – “World weather is now developing faster into grim new era”

The long JetStream:

December JetStream winds at 500 hpa image: earth.nullschool.net
Today's JetStream winds at 500 hpa image: earth.nullschool.net

This is Piers’ one quote in the Daily Express article:

Piers Corbyn, forecaster for WeatherAction, said: “There is a significant change in the weather on the way.

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From Science Alert: “Astrophysicists have witnessed plasma ripples moving along Earth’s bow shock”

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Science Alert

20 OCT 2016

APS/Carin Cain

These things actually exist.

Astrophysicists have witnessed tiny ripples forming on Earth’s ‘bow shock’ – the plasma shockwaves produced when solar winds smash into Earth’s magnetic field.

While the ripples have long been hypothesised, actually finding them in space has proven a challenge. Now, researchers have been able to study them for the first time, and it could help us to finally understand cosmic rays.

The breakthrough came thanks to thanks to NASA’s Magnetospheric MultiScale satellites (MMS).



“With the new MMS spacecraft we can, for the first time, resolve the structure of the bow shock at these small scales,” said team leader Andreas Johlander, from the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF).

So, what are these ripples and where do they come from?

Much of the visible matter in the Universe is actually plasma, a hot ionised gas. This plasma…

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Climate Alarmists Try To Redefine What A Hurricane Is So We’ll Have More Of Them

Watts Up With That?

hurricane-joaquin-cat4 Hurricane Joaquin as a category 4 storm in October 2015

This op-ed from IBD points out what we have been saying for years, that even though there is no trend in hurricane frequency of intensity, alarmists like Mashable’s Andrew Freedman are trying to get the definition of a hurricane redefined, so that the trend will become a positive one. Recall that hateful science blogger Greg Laden asked Should There be a Category 6 for Hurricanes? after super typhoon Haiyan hit in 2013, something that ABC news opined had “already happened” without one shred of evidence to back up that opinion for a Category 6 storm. They also note:

Only three Category 5s have come ashore in the United States in the past century — the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, Camille in 1969 and Andrew in 1992.

But because of man-made global warming, most hurricane scientists say now we…

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ARCTIC SEA ICE –Ralph the Elephant–

Caleb’s latest on the persistent low in the Arctic.

Sunrise's Swansong

I tended to dream, withdraw and avoid a lot, looking out windows and studying clouds rather than the blackboard, when I was back in school,  and I’m still prone to focusing on writing rather than riches, as an adult, but at times such avoidance catches up with me, and my avoidance has to avoid other things.  Recently I’ve been busy avoiding bankruptcy, which tends to put a subject such as sea-ice on the back burner. However, Thank God, I eked out a way to pay bills, and can now reward myself with a bit of time gazing at clouds and sea-ice.

Not that I didn’t peek at the views from O-buoy 14 even when avoiding bankruptcy, but I couldn’t post on them. The buoy went through a loop in Parry Channel, first moving northeast, then northwest, and then a long way back west. The westward movement meant the ice, which…

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UK MET Office to Push Inaccurate Forecasts out to 12 Months

Until they get it very wrong and need an even more expensive computer😉

Watts Up With That?

UK MET Office Exeter UK MET Office Exeter – By Richard Knights, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The UK MET is celebrating that their new £97 million computer can now create slightly better 12 month predictions than tossing a coin.

The Met Office has shown it can predict the weather one year in advance with its new £97 million supercomputer.

Scientists believe they can now forecast with some accuracy the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) weather phenomenon in the Atlantic Ocean which largely governs the British winter.

The phenomenon forms because of low-pressure over Iceland and high pressure over the Azores in the Atlantic.

A large pressure difference brings increased westerly winds, cool summers and mild, rainy winters. In contrast when the difference is small there are fewer winds and Britain shivers in a big freeze during the winter months.

It was previously thought that the NAO was a chaotic…

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A reply to @HillaryClinton and @Algore on climate and weather

Watts Up With That?

While attending a rally with Al Gore in Florida today, weather became climate.

Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore campaign together at the Miami Dade College on Tuesday in Miami. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore campaign together at the Miami Dade College on Tuesday in Miami. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Here is the video (h/t to WUWT commenter Alan Robertson)

Hillary Clinton later made the statement on Twitter:

Followed by Al Gore saying:

“from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane in just 36 hours, that’s extremely unusual”

Maybe, as I don’t have stats on that, but Matthew only spent 6 hours as a category 5 storm, the record was the “Cuba” hurricane in 1932 with 78 hours as a Cat5.

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