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  1. Thought a thread discussing the current global air temperatures and predictions might be of some use. By predictions, perhaps the climatically near term (next 30 years or so) would be best. Anyway, to start off, the NOAA State of the Climate report has been released for May. Here are some of the details http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2013/5 I think it's quite interesting that we've managed the 3rd warmest May on record and 8th warmest year so far despite what are almost Nina conditions and plenty of cold spells around the northern hemisphere. Seems unlikely that we'll see a top 5 year with ENSO neutral/Nina conditions predicted to remain during the year. So what do people think? Will we see new record highs before the decade is out, perhaps during the next El Nino? Or pronounced cooling being felt due to the quiet sun? Or just continue posting top 15 years until a change arrives in the 2020s?
  2. Here is a link to the statement by Imperial College on Jo's retirement https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/191071/climate-champion-jo-haigh-retires-after/
  3. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/03/29/noaa-tweaks-their-poorly-performing-climate-forecast-system-model-to-remove-cold-bias/ That'll be a killer blow for those who post those apocalyptic Winter charts when it gets to Autumn.
  4. Two years ago, a few polls were posted about CO2 and climate sensitivity, and there were 26 or so responses. The old poll can be seen here. So I thought, seen as some time has passed, to post up the same questions and see how things have changed, if at all. Like last time, voting is set to private.
  5. I have been thinking about flood defence and have thought of a few ideas that could possibly be looked at more closely. Some of the most ridiculous ideas that people have come out with over the decades have been developed into projects and then inventions that are very useful today. Here are 2 flood easing systems I have thought of, they can be used separately or combined depending on the local geography of the land, they would be used together with general flood defence walls. 1 - Water absorbing sponges 2 - Drains in mountains What ideas do you have? Never scrap an idea to quickly, science is in need of new thinking, new ideas for now and the future. Our world's changing climate is in fast mode, it is changing patterns and swapping climates very quickly and intensely. Those that were not to sure before probably are now. We only need to look at the UK flood/storm events over the last few years to believe the change.
  6. Hello again! I started this thread to hear your personal opinions on each month of the year in terms of the weather and other environmental factors. Below are my opinions on each month: January - January is often a month of two halves for me. I think the first half is generally very miserable. The Christmas and New Year celebrations have ended and the daily routine of work and school restarts and generally the weather is quite dismal as the Atlantic train is still in full force. I also think daylight is a bit too short, but that get's better in the second half. The second half is much better, daylight is slightly longer and the Atlantic train weakens, meaning more in the way of proper wintry weather. February - February is the best winter month for me as it often promises the best chances of wintry weather. Darkness falls at around 17:00, which I think is perfect for winter and the relentless Atlantic train finally stops, meaning a much greater chance of snow and cold. March - March in my opinion is a very decent month. In years like 2013, it can be a lovely extension to winter and in years like 2012 and this year it can bring an early taste of late spring, or more impressively early summer, which considering some regard March as a winter month is really very remarkable. April - April is also a very pleasant month for me. It is the time when the sun is strengthening, daytime is now longer than night, and nature bursts into life and the clocks have sprung foward. It can again, also bring an early taste of summer. May - May is probably my second-favourite month because it can often be quite summery and days are now much longer than night. May can also promise the best weather in some years as the westerly usually haven't quite kicked into gear yet, June - June is often my favourite month. Days are very long and June is often the most summer-like month in the UK. (with the exception of 2012 of course) July - July is also a good month, but it is often when we get the "Return of the Westerlies" and it can often be quite cool and cloudy. However in years when July is dominated by a heat wave, I would say it replaces June in my preference list. August - August is ok, but it can often be ruined by westerly winds bringing rain and cloud. One thing it usually is good for though is torrential thunderstorms and is usually redeemed when the heavens open, along with the thunder and lightning. September - I often see September as the "calm before the storm" month as it can often be a lovely extension to summer, even though nights are longer than days at the end. In more recent years, I would say that September has been more summery than August. October - October can start off ok, but it usually turns sour very quickly especially as the Atlantic train kicks into gear. Only the Autumn leaves redeem it slightly. November - The worst month for me is November. It is a month dominated by the Atlantic's mild, wet and windy rubbish. The leaves have gone, the plants have died, the sky is grey... yeah, it's just depressing. December - A very decent month in my opinion. The festive season starts and the world generally feels closer together. Even though it often lacks wintry weather, the Christmas spirit makes it a lovely time of the year... along with the New Year's Eve parties. Well those are the months according to me. I'd like to hear what you think and of course, you don't have to go into as much detail as I have if you want.
  7. Just some general questions to gauge the opinions of CO2 in this forum. Voting is set to private.
  8. Some will already be aware of this, but I think it merits a separate thread. The University of Chicago is running an 8 week MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) for non-scientists about climate change. The direct link to the course is here: https://www.coursera.org/course/globalwarming This is a fabulous opportunity for absolutely anyone who has an interest in the subject, or doubts about the science, to learn the basics and understand how it all works. It is FREE. You don't have to buy anything. You can drop out if you want. You don't need any qualifications (though they suggest basic maths). It's a few hours effort a week. If, like me, you are a non-scientist who has personal opinions and ideas about AGW, or whatever, there is absolutely no reason for you not to sign up and learn. If you complete the course you get a certificate of achievement and a new-found confidence in all your discussions about the pros and cons of this important subject. I've already signed up. Who else?
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