Warmest Year Evah (Except For The Others!)

When the peak beings to slide, what will they have left to twitter on about


By Paul Homewood

The BBC gleefully reports on the annual “warmest year evah” circus.


Manmade climate change is now dwarfing the influence of natural trends on the climate, scientists say.

Last year was the second or third hottest year on record – after 2016 and on a par with 2015, the data shows.

But those two years were affected by El Niño – the natural phenomenon centred on the tropical Pacific Ocean which works to boost temperatures worldwide.

Take out this natural variability and 2017 would probably have been the warmest year yet, the researchers say.

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Thermometer in world’s coldest village breaks as temperatures plunge to -62C

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Claims that everywhere apart from the Eastern USA was warmer than ‘normal’ this winter turn out to be wide of the mark, in parts of Siberia at least.

The thermometer in a remote Siberian village known as the coldest inhabited place on earth has broken as temperatures plunged to near-record depths, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The public device, which was installed in Oymyakon as a tourist attraction, recorded -62C, before malfunctioning this week.

Meanwhile the Siberian Times reports that some locals had readings as low as -67C – in touching distance of the record -67.7C, which was logged in the village in February 1933.

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Claim: Birds of Prey Deliberately Setting Wildfires

Interesting and then some…

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Black Kite (Milvus migrans) Black Kite (Milvus migrans) – one of the species accused of setting fires. By Mayukhghose (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

So much for fire control – JoNova reports that raptors have been photographed congregating on the edge of large Australian bushfires, picking up burning sticks, and deliberately setting new spot fires in advance of the main blaze to flush out small mammals and other prey. This discovery potentially has profound implications for fire management in places like California.

Burn, Baby, Burn: Australian Birds Steal Fire to Smoke Out Prey

By Mindy Weisberger, Senior Writer | January 9, 2018 11:23am ET

Grassland fires that are deadly and devastating events for many kinds of wildlife are a boon to certain types of birds known as fire foragers. These opportunists prey on animals fleeing from a blaze, or scavenge the remains of creatures…

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Jet stream changes since 1960s linked to more extreme weather, say researchers

What at first sounds interesting hides some Mannian Frankenstein stitching;
The unprecedented character of the late twentieth century increase is independent of reconstruction scaling period (Supplementary Fig. 8), but we recognize that our NAJ reconstruction ends in 1978 and thus does not itself register the increase.
I’ll go back to reading Hubert Lamb 😂

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Wavy jet stream
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The team say they have found ‘a strong driver of climate extremes in Europe for the last 300 years’, which obviously pre-dates the Industrial Revolution and its ’emissions’ by a wide margin.

Increased fluctuations in the path of the North Atlantic jet stream since the 1960s coincide with more extreme weather events in Europe such as heat waves, droughts, wildfires and flooding, reports a University of Arizona-led team.

The research is the first reconstruction of historical changes in the North Atlantic jet stream prior to the 20th century, reports Phys.org.

By studying tree rings from trees in the British Isles and the northeastern Mediterranean, the team teased out those regions’ late summer weather going back almost 300 years—to 1725.

“We find that the position of the North Atlantic Jet in summer has been a strong driver of climate extremes in Europe for…

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Death of Philip Eden

Very sad news. Always found his columns and writing refreshing.


By Paul Homewood

h/t GreenSand

It is sad to report the passing away of Philip Eden, meteorologist and weather historian.

His weekly columns for the Sunday Telegraph were never less than interesting, in stark contrast to some of the weather reporting we get now from the likes of Peter Stanford.

In particular, Eden, despite being an ardent believer in global warming, regularly challenged the hyping of extreme weather events. He could usually be relied upon to explain that such events were just as bad in the past.

The Telegraph obituary sums him up neatly:

The full obituary can be read here.

He will be sadly missed.

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Alps hit by ‘once-in-a-generation’ snow storms

More than a metre (39in) of snow fell in parts on Monday alone. On Tuesday, a metre more is forecast. The avalanche risk is set at the rarely used maximum on a five-point scale. This is the highest it has been for almost 10 years.

BBC News For some perspective, Rhys Jagger commented over at weatheraction.com; The trapping in Zermatt is less to do with 1 metre of snow and more to do with the mild southerly winds which brought it, allied to the narrow steep sided valley from Visp up to Zermatt. The avalanche risk will mean trains and cars will not be safe. The storm just past is not unheard of – 1990 and 1999 saw bigger ones lasting longer. 1990 4 metres fell over five days, 1999 there was two metres snowfall at resort level. People just do not report that.

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Parts of the Alps have seen a return to 1978 weather conditions according to this report, with some places only accessible by helicopter.

Hundreds of roads across the Alps in France, Italy and Switzerland were closed, cutting off resorts and villages, after the kind of snowfall that only comes once every 30 years, as Euronews reports.

Tens of thousands of people have been stranded across the Alps after ‘once-in-a-generation’ weather dumped almost 2 meters of snow on some ski resorts in less than 48 hours.

Schools and nurseries have been closed and roads cut off after the Savoie department in France was placed on red alert – the highest warning for avalanches.

Tignes and Val d’Isere have been in lockdown with tourists and residents confined to the area.

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Scientists: Global warming is not causing harsh winter weather 

Such claims make no sense and are inconsistent with observations and the best science,” University of Washington climatologist Cliff Mass said of claims made by Mann and others. “The frequency of cold waves have decreased during the past fifty years, not increased. That alone shows that such claims are baseless.”

Carnival barker Michael Mann made other fundamental mistakes in attributing hurricane Harvey to Mann made climate change. He doesn’t understand basic meteorology, yet in the extremist MSM is held up as the Messiah (he’s not, he’s a very naughty boy).

As Ren comments Followers of anthropomorphic warming should seriously reflect .

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NASA temperature anomaly map (week to 2nd Jan. 2018)
As one university-based climatologist said: ‘Such claims make no sense’. The climate isn’t doing as predicted so far-fetched excuses are produced by climate alarm promoters.

Record snowfall, a “bomb cyclone” and cold Arctic air have once again stirred up the debate over global warming’s impact on winter weather, says Michael Bastasch at The Daily Caller.

Some climate scientists are pointing the finger at manmade global warming as a culprit behind recent wintry weather, but there’s not a lot of evidence or agreement that global warming is currently driving extreme cold and snow.

Penn State University climate scientist Michael Mann authored a blog post for the Climate Reality Project, former Vice President Al Gore’s group, claiming what’s happening is “precisely the sort of extreme winter weather we expect because of climate change.” Mann’s argument is that we can expect more “bomb…

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