Piers Corbyn criticizes Prof Stephen Hawking for backing #ClimateHoax 

Piers Corbyn comment on Prof Stephen Hawking reported interview ITV Morning show 20 March with PiersMorgan – for consideration by Prof Hawking and his team.

“Prof Hawking spoke alarmist delusional nonsense on so-called (ManMade) Climate Change and as a leading world scientist failed in his duty to support evidence-based scientific principles. Science shows CO2 levels are an EFFECT NOT A CAUSE of natural changes in climate. This is spelt out in the pdf:

http://bit.ly/2iIoMXN  

 “The FACT is there is no real-world evidence that CO2 levels drive temperatures but a million years of data shows the connection is the other way, namely that world sea temperatures control CO2 levels which ARE OBSERVED TO FOLLOW sea temperatures by some hundreds of years. The reason is basic Physics. The oceans which hold about 50x the CO2 of the atmosphere can hold a bit more when colder and less when warmer (just like warming a fizzy drink causes CO2 to come off). So (under Henry’s Law of gas-liquid solvent equilibrium) CO2 is driven from the sea to the air as temperatures rise – a process which happens with a delay of some hundreds of years due to slow ocean circulation. The rise in CO2 levels now are probably a delayed effect of the Medieval warm period

“The idea that CO2 is in any way driving temperatures in recent decades is also shown to be absurd by the fact that the natural cycles of temperature eg 22yrs60yrs are NOT present in CO2 which is supposedly, under the CO2 warmist theory, driving temperature changes. CO2 levels are just slowly rising without the fluctuations observed in temperature.

“It is also a FACT that the various extreme weather events in recent years are not evidence of causation by rising CO2 which is happening at the same time but actually evidence AGAINST the CO2 theory. The extremes, including temporary Arctic ice reductions at times are caused by the wild Jet stream (and associated ocean current circulations). These wild North-South variations in the Jet Stream are the opposite of the general poleward shifted Jet Stream of a generally warmed world predicted by the CO2 theory. In fact these wild JetStream patterns were predicted under my WeatherAction solar-activity – solar-wind ideas in 2008 and totally nothing to do with CO2.

“Prof Hawking and your team, please consider these points and if you have actual evidence that CO2 levels are a cause of climate changes rather than an effect then let me and the world know. If you cannot do that then cease being used by the globalization lobby to promote a delusional theory which is a key ideological pillar of de-industrialization of USA and Europe – and instead stand up for science.”

“On other points you made you must know it to be untrue that you would be unwelcome in the USA because you have criticisms of President Trump. Millions enter the USA who have different views to him. 

“It was also unhelpful of you, as a Labour voter, to sound critical of my brother when despite his forcing the govt to do many u-turns the Tory press denounce him every day beccause they fear the good he will bring to the UK as Prime Minister”.

“As a matter of common interest you and I had the same Physics teacher in different schools. Kieth Reynolds a superbly inspirational dedicated teacher first taught you then moved to my school, Adams’ Grammar school, Newport Shropshire where I learned a huge amount from him.”

– Piers Corbyn; Physics+theoretical Physics 1st class Imperial College London,  MSc Astrophysics Queen Mary College London.   

‘Snowmania’ in Zambia

h/t Argiris Diamantis

THE Zambia Meteorological Department says the recent hailstorm in some parts of Lusaka was due to a cool vertical atmosphere that did not support its melting into rain.
In a statement following Sunday’s heavy hailstorm, senior meteorological officer Victor Bupe said a cold front over the southeast coast of South Africa tilted towards the north, thereby interacting with the Congo air mass over the eastern half of Zambia.

“The fall of ice found a vertical atmosphere that could not support ice melting into rain,” said Bupe.

The Mast Online

‘Snowmania’ hits Lusaka after rare Winter Rains

Images showing some excited residents of Lusaka posing in what appears to be piles of Snow have flooded several social media platforms.

On Sunday evening, Lusaka and surrounding areas recorded heavy rains which turned a hailstorm, a rare occurrence in May.

The hailstorm saw piles of hailstones forming in several parts of the city and covered some busy streets to the amusement of some residents.

In some parts of Makeni area, residents from Children and elderly ones ran out in the chilly weather and posed for photos playing with the hailstones.

Others even started creating structures such as Snowman while others boasted that Lusaka has now started experiencing snow just like other cities in Europe and the Americas.

The hailstorm has now brought it with it low temperatures averaging 12 degrees Celsius from Monday.

The Meteorological Department last month warned that the coming Winter season will be one of the coldest ever recorded.

More pictures at Lusaka Times

Yup, the Guardian seed vault story was fear-mongering claptrap.

Ryan Maue sniffed something very wrong with the Guardian’s story. The Guardian don’t fact check when it comes to pushing their religious agenda. I wouldn’t be surprised if they publish a story that penises cause climate change.

…soaring temperatures in the Arctic at the end of the world’s hottest ever recorded yearled to melting and heavy rain, when light snow should have been falling. “It was not in our plans to think that the permafrost would not be there and that it would experience extreme weather like that,” said Hege Njaa Aschim, from the Norwegian government, which owns the vault.

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The vault’s managers are now waiting to see if the extreme heat of this winter was a one-off or will be repeated or even exceeded as climate change heats the planet. The end of 2016 saw average temperatures over 7C above normal on Spitsbergen, pushing the permafrost above melting point.

“The question is whether this is just happening now, or will it escalate?” said Aschim. The Svalbard archipelago, of which Spitsbergen is part, has warmed rapidly in recent decades, according to Ketil Isaksen, from Norway’s Meteorological Institute.

“The Arctic and especially Svalbard warms up faster than the rest of the world. The climate is changing dramatically and we are all amazed at how quickly it is going,” Isaksen told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet

It is of course total BS;

Instead we have true believers. You are not employed for your abilities but your conformity. 

Paul Homewood’s take

You read that right. We argued that climate change is “conceptually” caused by penises

h/t USteiner

From the Sad but True Department;

The androcentric scientific and meta-scientific evidence that the penis is the male reproductive organ is considered overwhelming and largely uncontroversial.

That’s how we began. We used this preposterous sentence to open a “paper” consisting of 3,000 words of utter nonsense posing as academic scholarship. Then a peer-reviewed academic journal in the social sciences accepted and published it.

This paper should never have been published.

The Climate Change aspect of this craziness is not unprecedented

But at least in this hoax paper the Social Science/Climate Change case is irrefutable 😜

You read that right. We argued that climate change is “conceptually” caused by penises. How do we defend that assertion?

If you’re having trouble understanding what any of that means, there are two important points to consider. First, we don’t understand it either. Nobody does. This problem should have rendered it unpublishable in all peer-reviewed, academic journals. Second, these examples are remarkably lucid compared to much of the rest of the paper.

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No one knows what any of this means because it is complete nonsense. Anyone claiming to is pretending. Full stop.

It gets worse. Not only is the text ridiculous, so are the references. Most of our references are quotations from papers and figures in the field that barely make sense in the context of the text.

Read the rest here

Update #1

It seems this story its travelling now with some deeply ironic defence;

More here

Update #2

SOKAL AFFAIR 2.0: PENIS ENVY: ADDRESSING ITS CRITICS

Unfortunately, it was taken entirely seriously and rated “outstanding” by peer-review. This has produced much criticism of Cogent Social Science and also of the state of discourse within gender studies. It has also produced some criticism of the hoax and five primary objections can be distinguished.

Continues…

Meteorologists explain The Scream

Image: 
Wikipedia

Was Edvard Munch seized by panic at the sight of “screaming clouds?”

I was walking along the street with two friends – and the sun set. Suddenly, the sky turned blood-red and I felt a shiver of sadness. A feeling of oppressive pain in my breast.“ This is how the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch described the state of feeling which he translated into his famous painting The Scream.

“I stopped in my tracks, leaned against a fence, because I felt tired to death. Above the blue-black fjord and the city, blood lay stretched out in tongues of fire. My friends proceeded ahead – and I found myself left behind, trembling with fear. And I felt that a mighty, endless scream was tearing through all of nature.”

Had Munch at that time in Oslo turned his insides out in his famous painting, as art theoreticians believe? Venting a fear of life, or of death? Was The Scream an image of the state of his soul? Or was there an external trigger for his work?

Indeed, there could have been such, meteorologists have been guessing for some time. Munch‘s Scream may have been inspired by the aspect of the sky, a gigantic cloud of ashes having spewed forth from the Krakatoa volcano in Indosia and having spread around the world in 1883, giving the sunlight a reddish cast for two years, or more. It is quite possible therefore that the painter may have seen this “blood in tongues of fire” appearing in the sky as a real phenomenon.

However, the eruption took place nine years before Munch is said to have painted The Scream. And something else did not fit quite right with a volcano-colored sky: Munch painted dramatic, red waves – but particles of ash at the borders with space are glowing as a solid, red film.

Meteorologists are now proposing a new explanation: it had been a special, rare kind of cloud which had colored the sky of Oslo in this way and produced such a deep impression on Munch. “Mother-of-pearl” clouds, which appear rarely and only in winter at high latitudes, at heights of 20km, resemble the sky-waves represented by Munch, according to a group of Norwegian scientists.

Image: 
Wikipedia

Munch’s panic can be best explained by mother-of-pearl clouds, Helene Muri from the University of Oslo explained at the annual conference of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) in Vienna, where she presented the results reached by a scientific team gathered around her colleague, Svein Fikke.

Read the rest at Q-Mag

1816: the year without a summer in London

Really good post. The diary extracts were gold. Thanks. 🙂

Wanstead Meteo

Tornadoes, earthquakes, heavy rainfall, abnormally low temperatures, pea-souper fogs and exploding meteors are phenomena that marked the Year Without a Summer around the world 200 years ago. But how did London fair?

1816 & 2015 monthly anomalies The monthly anomalies of the two years closely follow the same pattern between March and August

When extreme weather affects Britain, such as the floods plaguing northern England and Scotland, conditions in the capital are benign by comparison.

There is not a great deal written in the press about the weather in London in 1816. So, as ever, Luke Howard’s The Climate of London, is a primary reference point.

After a wild end to 1815 that was marked with snow and lightning 1816 started dry, cold and frosty. Though cold by today’s standards January 1816 was fairly average and much warmer than the previous two when the last Thames frost fair was held.

annual The highs and lows…

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Barents Sea Grows Ice in May

Certainly bears watching

Science Matters

Something surprising is happening with Arctic ice.  It is May and ice should be melting, but instead it is growing and in the unlikely place of Barents Sea.  The images above show the ice positions since April, and you can see on the left how ice refused to leave Newfoundland, and on the right how Barents is not backing down but increasing.

The graph below shows how in recent days 2017 NH ice extents have grown way above average, even including the exceptionally low amounts of ice in the Pacific, Bering in particular.

Much of the growth is due to Barents adding 85k m2 in the last 5 days to reach 572k km2, an extent last seen two weeks ago.

The graph below shows Arctic ice excluding the Pacific seas of Bering and Okhotsk.  This provides an even more dramatic view of this years ice extents.  Mid April Arctic ice was…

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