US total solar eclipse – the most photographed event of all time?

Official blog of the Met Office news team

Today, the path of a total solar eclipse will move across continental USA, an event predicted to be the most photographed of all time. The eclipse occurs as the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, casting a 70-mile wide shadow and moving across the Earth’s surface at an average speed of 1,651 mph. It will take the shadow a total of 90 minutes to travel across from Oregon to South Carolina, moving over an area home to 12.5 million people. Outside this path of totality, the entirety of North America will still witness an impressive partial solar eclipse; resulting in the most widely viewed solar eclipse since the invention of smart phones. It is this fact that has led experts to predict today’s eclipse to be the most photographed event of all time, dependent on the weather.

The yellow line shows the eclipse’s path of totality

Unfortunately, the…

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Norway embarks on mission improbable

As long as stupid people are willing to pay, expect only stupid solutions

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By Paul Homewood

Jillian Ambrose is away with the fairies again!

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By Jillian Ambrose

The stench of tons of compressed waste is something you get used to. High above the warehouse floor, tightly packed bales of British rubbish are stacked and waiting to be burned, across the North Sea from the homes in Bristol and Birmingham that produced them.

In a modern plant wedged between pine and granite on the edge of Oslo, Nordic power company Fortum is using British rubbish to generate electricity and warmth for a nearby district-heating project. This energy- from-waste plant alone incinerates 45 tons of rubbish at 850 degrees Celsius every hour.

“It’s the smell of money,” laughs Pal Mikkelsen, the plant’s director.

For years Norway has charged British cities to take their waste while creating a valuable source of heat and energy on the side. Now it has plans to create a third source…

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The Little Ice Age And Medieval Warming In South Africa

3° C higher during the Medieval Warm Period and 1°C cooler during the Little Ice Age. Don’t tell Mann 😉

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By Paul Homewood

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http://ruby.fgcu.edu/courses/twimberley/envirophilo/tyson.pdf

While researching the last article on monsoons, I came across this paper about the Little Ice Age in South Africa.

Below is the Abstract:

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The climate industry likes to pretend that the Little Ice Age was just a local event in Europe, but studies like this one give the lie to that.

Interestingly this Tyson study also includes graphs of historical temperature trends in other parts of the world, for comparison. They all clearly show the MWP and Little Ice Age, although the peaks and troughs don’t always match.

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India’s 50-year dry spell reversed with strengthening monsoons over past 15 years: Study

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By Paul Homewood

The climate mafia often claim that global warming leads to worse droughts.

A new study has found that the reverse is the case as far as India is concerned:

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New Delhi: The arrival of the monsoon season is a sign of respite from the dry spells in India and the past 15 years have witnessed the rains getting stronger.

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Fast, Dirty Natural Gas Plants Get Boost From Electric Cars

It’s like the dream in Wayne’s World – “if we build it, they will come”..until the lights go out of course and the nightmare starts

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By Paul Homewood

From Bloomberg:

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Britain’s goodbye to fossil-fuel cars by 2040 could boost the need for dirtier natural gas-powered stations.

The government’s goal to replace gasoline and diesel cars with those powered by electricity could see the construction of so-called open-cycle gas stations, said Carsten Poppinga, senior vice president of trading and origination at Statkraft AS, the Norwegian utility that operates hydro power plants and wind farms across the U.K.

Such units can keep the grid from buckling from the strain of people charging cars in peak demand periods. The catch? While the plants can start generating power almost instantly, they don’t recycle waste heat, making them emit more greenhouse gases per megawatt than the combined-cycle stations that comprise the largest share of the U.K.’s daily power output.

Britain may have no choice but to use the less environmentally friendly option, though. With little spare generation capacity, the nation…

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Jet stream brings cool and changeable start to August

Official blog of the Met Office news team

After an unsettled and cool end to July, August has continued in a similar vein. Many places have been showery and cool so far, with a southward-shifted jet stream to blame. This has directed areas of low pressure, which normally skirt to the north of the UK in summer, to instead move across the country.

In between spells of rain or showers brought by these low pressure systems, there have been some drier, brighter days and sunshine amounts have been close to normal. However, temperatures have been a little disappointing, with no locations recording a temperature in excess of 25 °C up to 15 August.

Provisional figures show mean temperatures have generally been below average for August by about 1 °C, but central southern England has seen the greatest differences compared to the 1981-2010 average. For south-east and central southern England the period 1-13 August 2017 has been the…

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