Heartland Institute documents reveal strategy of attacks against climate science

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:15 PM GMT on February 17, 2012

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Documents illegally leaked from the Heartland Institute, one of the most active groups engaged in attacking the science of climate change, provide an unprecedented look into how these groups operate. The story was broken Tuesday by DeSmogBlog, a website dedicated to exposing false claims about climate change science. The documents reveal that donors to Heartland included oil billionaire Charles Koch, and Heartland has spent several million dollars over the past five years to undermine climate science. Tens of thousands of dollars are slated to go this year to well-known climate contrarians S.Fred Singer, Craig Idso, and Anthony Watts of the Watts Up With That? website. Naturally, the leaked documents have lit up the blogosphere, but none of the revelations are particularly surprising. The U.S. has a very successful and well-funded climate change denial industry, primarily funded by fossil fuel companies, that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past few decades on a PR campaign against climate change science. I made a lengthy post on the subject in 2009 called, The Manufactured Doubt industry and the hacked email controversy. I won't say more here, but getenergysmartnow.com has compiled a long list of blogs that have interesting posts on the Heartland Institute affair for those interested in following this story.



Eight books challenging the Manufactured Doubt industry
Important scientific findings should always be challenged with the goal of finding flaws and improving our scientific understanding. But there's nothing a scientist hates more than to see good science attacked and the reputations of good scientists smeared in name of protecting corporate profits or ideology. A number of scientists have fought back against the recent unfounded assaults on climate change science by publishing books calling attention to the Manufactured Doubt industry's tactics and goals. Anyone priding themselves on being a open-minded skeptic of human-caused global warming should challenge their skepticism by reading one of these works. I thought so highly of Unscientific America, Merchants of Doubt, and Climate Coverup, that I donated 50 copies of these books to undergraduates at the University of Michigan last year. Here's a short synopsis of eight books published in the past three years defending climate change science against the attacks of the Manufactured Doubt industry:

Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming, by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. If you're going to read one book on the attacks on climate science, this should probably be the one--Dr. Oreskes, a history professor at UC San Diego, was voted climate change communicator of the year in 2011. A review of Merchants of Doubt and a video of her defending her book against skeptics is at climateprogress.org, my favorite website for staying current on the politics of climate change. From the review: "Make the journey with them, and you’ll see renowned scientists abandon science, you’ll see environmentalism equated with communism, and you’ll discover the connection between the Cold War and climate denial. And for the most part, you’ll be entertained along the way."

Climate Cover-up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming, by desmogblog.com co-founders James Hoggan and Richard Littlemore. The main author, James Hoggan, owns a Canadian public relations firm, and is intimately familiar with how public relations campaigns work. It's another fascinating and very readable book.

Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future, by science writer Chris Mooney. He writes a blog focusing on science communication called the intersection. This is a fantastic book, and should be required reading for all college science majors.

Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand, by Haydn Washington and John Cook. John Cook writes for one of my favorite climate science blogs, skepticalscience.com, which focuses on debunking false skeptic claims about climate science. The book does a great job debunking all the classic climate change denial arguments.

Doubt is Their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health, by George Washington University epidemiologist David Michaels, who now heads the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). This meticulously-researched book has just one chapter on climate change, and focuses more on tobacco and hazardous chemicals. About the the tobacco industry's Manufactured Doubt campaigns, Michaels wrote: "the industry understood that the public is in no position to distinguish good science from bad. Create doubt, uncertainty, and confusion. Throw mud at the anti-smoking research under the assumption that some of it is bound to stick. And buy time, lots of it, in the bargain". The title of Michaels' book comes from a 1969 memo from a tobacco company executive: "Doubt is our product since it is the best means of competing with the 'body of fact' that exists in the minds of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy".

The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, by climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann. Dr. Mann is the originator of the much-debated "hockey stick" graph of global temperatures over the past 1,000 years, which looks like a hockey stick due to the sharp increase in temperatures in recent decades. This book just came out last week, and I hope to write a review on it this spring. Dr. Mann is one of the main contributors to my favorite web site for staying current on climate change research, realclimate.org. John Cook of skepticalscience.com wrote a review, calling it "an eye-opening account of the lengths the opponents of climate science will go to in their campaign to slander climate scientists and distract the public from the realities of human caused global warming."

Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America by Shawn Lawrence Otto. I haven't had a chance to read this one yet, but it looks interesting. A review by Katherine O’Konski of Climate Science Watch called the book "a fascinating look at the status of science in American society."

The Inquisition of Climate Science, by Dr. James Lawrence Powell, a geochemist with a distinguished career as a college teacher, college president, museum director, and author of books on earth science for general audiences. I haven't read it, but John Cook of skepticalscience.com wrote a review, calling it "a must-read for anyone who wishes to understand the full scope of the denial industry and their modern day persecution of climate science."

Have a great weekend, everyone! I'll be taking a few vacation days next week, and wunderground meteorologist Angela Fritz will probably be doing most of the blogging for me during the coming week.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting trunkmonkey:
I love weather discussions, I hate the Global warming rants!


AMEN!!!!!!I AGREE!!!!!
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Yeah we'll be getting some snow this Sunday.Wont be much though.Maybe like 3-4 inches.

Not much for you, but that's a whole winter's worth for me.(except this year there hasn't been a snowflake yet)
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Quoting sunlinepr:Telegraph

MOSCOW prepares military response for Iranian attack



So.

Who's side are they on?

Isn't this going to turn into some sort of multi faction free for all?

Unless we bribe the Russians and Chinese, "Hey, we'll give you most of the oil, just let us knock some heads around! No need to fight one another!"
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Also interesting to note is that the storm developed further south then forecast, which is why the severe weather threat for today has been trimmed for the extreme Gulf Coast. This increases the threat of severe weather from Jacksonville to Orlando tomorrow morning as the Low Pressure will not shove to the north like they always do. Could be a dangerous squall line busting through the Peninsula of Florida come Sunday morning.
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Big swirl in the NW...

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BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAKE CHARLES LA
909 AM CST SAT FEB 18 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAKE CHARLES HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
WEST CENTRAL LAFAYETTE PARISH IN SOUTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA...
SOUTH CENTRAL ACADIA PARISH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA...
NORTH CENTRAL VERMILION PARISH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA...
THIS INCLUDES KAPLAN...

* UNTIL 945 AM CST

* AT 905 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR WRIGHT...
MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
KAPLAN BY 915 AM CST...
INDIAN BAYOU AND MEAUX BY 920 AM CST...
RIDGE BY 925 AM CST...
MAURICE BY 930 AM CST...
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Expecting Tornado watches in the Gulf Coast today with the chance for Severe Weather tomorrow morning here in the Peninsula of Florida as a squall line starts to develop and move eastward... My bad, I'm off topic.
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Quoting TampaSpin:
RED ALERT....THE CLIMATE WILL ALWAYS CHANGE with or Without MAN! The ICE CAPS were melting before CARS were invented. Gotta run! Everyone have a great day and if you are in Tampa, get out to the RAYS Fan FEST today. Its gonna be a great Baseball Season in Tampa!


Red alert! You don't know what you're talking about! We've gone over this at least a dozen times! You refuse to examine the science and instead rely on hollow arguments that are easily debunked and are taken straight from the talking points of the deniosphere!

Have fun.
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470. wxmod
Quoting JupiterKen:


Citation please.


You can do your own research on these things with software available on the MODIS website. You can not see these formations on infrared satellite photos, only on visible ones. They are not cold high clouds made of ice.
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Quoting trunkmonkey:
I love weather discussions, I hate the Global warming rants!

This divides us as a nation, with under Saul Alinskys rules for radicals, That is the design.
Just look at all the division that's going on with our country!
Sound off for the division we see on our news on a daily basis.
I'll start off with the division of the Occupy 99%

If you lack the ability to keep up with intelligent scientific discussions; don't worry, I'm sure Anthony Watts will leave his door open for you. ;-)
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I love weather discussions, I hate the Global warming rants!

This divides us as a nation, with under Saul Alinskys rules for radicals, That is the design.
Just look at all the division that's going on with our country!
Sound off for the division we see on our news on a daily basis.
I'll start off with the division of the Occupy 99%
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Quoting TampaSpin:
RED ALERT....THE CLIMATE WILL ALWAYS CHANGE with or Without MAN! The ICE CAPS were melting before CARS were invented. Gotta run! Everyone have a great day and if you are in Tampa, get out to the RAYS Fan FEST today. Its gonna be a great Baseball Season in Tampa!

Wrong. It has been documented by thousands of climatologists around the globe that man's burning of fossils fuels over the past 200 years has caused Earth's climate to warm exponentially and at an alarming rate never seen before.

Sorry, but I bleed Yankees blue. ;-)
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Apparently Jeff Masters never got his memo... It's fake.

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/ 02/heartland-memo-looking-faker-by-the-minute/2532 76/

Koch contributed to HI for healthcare study, not climate science.

Talk about pure propaganda from Masters.
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Quoting NaplesFLBreeze:
washingtonian115....will you folks be in on some of the white stuff this weekend. I've been lurking several months before I joined and know you've been jonesin' for some SNOW!!!


If we do, we won't get much (DC-Baltimore area). The NAMS and GFS have been pushing the precip further south. Earlier in the week it had looked like a possible 4-8 inches. Now it looks more like 2-4 inches. NWS is saying it will be a little too warm for snow when it starts on Sunday, so it may be even less.

At this point I'll be happy if there's enough so that I don't see my grass. :P
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RED ALERT....THE CLIMATE WILL ALWAYS CHANGE with or Without MAN! The ICE CAPS were melting before CARS were invented. Gotta run! Everyone have a great day and if you are in Tampa, get out to the RAYS Fan FEST today. Its gonna be a great Baseball Season in Tampa!
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


You know what I heard? I heard if you believe the theory of gravity is full of malarkey, you'll suddenly fall off the Earth.

You can be as petulant as a 3 year old in a toy store, but that isn't going to stop the climate from changing. It's happening whether you want it to or not, and it impacts weather which amazingly is what this site is all about.

But hey, if it makes you feel more like a man/woman/whatever to thumb your nose at Dr. M, by all means ride off into the sunset. I'm sure you'll be missed. Oh, and say "hi" to everyone for us. :)

You stole the words right out of my mouth. Shame on you. ;-)
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Quoting HurrikanEB:
I've never actually seen the term "snow squall" paired with "dangerous," though I guess they are...
I just hope that it holds together over the Catskills enough to make it into the valley. And still be snow.



SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
850 AM EST SAT FEB 18 2012

...A DANGEROUS SNOW SQUALL WILL AFFECT BROOME...CHEMUNG...CHENANGO...
CORTLAND...EASTERN SCHUYLER...EXTREME NORTHWESTERN WAYNE...EXTREME
SOUTH CENTRAL ONEIDA...EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN SENECA...NORTHERN
BRADFORD...NORTHERN SUSQUEHANNA...OTSEGO...SOUTHEASTERN CAYUGA...
SOUTHEASTERN STEUBEN...SOUTHERN MADISON...SOUTHERN ONONDAGA...
TIOGA...TOMPKINS AND WEST CENTRAL DELAWARE COUNTIES...

* UNTIL 1015 AM EST.

* AT 844 AM EST...A DANGEROUS SNOW SQUALL WAS ALONG A LINE FROM 8
MILES SOUTHEAST OF SKANEATELES TO 11 MILES NORTH OF MANSFIELD...
MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

Dangerous meaning shock.
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Quoting mrmeval:
Jeff set up a website that provides weather and I was fine with that. Then the globalwarmingclimatechange started crawling in and I'm not supporting that.

I hear there's a massive change in the works for one of his competition that is politically neutral and will provide the same of superior service. But even if it doesn't meet my weather junky needs there are many other sources for this information.



You know what I heard? I heard if you believe the theory of gravity is full of malarkey, you'll suddenly fall off the Earth.

You can be as petulant as a 3 year old in a toy store, but that isn't going to stop the climate from changing. It's happening whether you want it to or not, and it impacts weather which amazingly is what this site is all about.

But hey, if it makes you feel more like a man/woman/whatever to thumb your nose at Dr. M, by all means ride off into the sunset. I'm sure you'll be missed. Oh, and say "hi" to everyone for us. :)
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Quoting HurrikanEB:
I've never actually seen the term "snow squall" paired with "dangerous," though I guess they are...
I just hope that it holds together long enough to make it into the valley. And still be snow.



SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
850 AM EST SAT FEB 18 2012

...A DANGEROUS SNOW SQUALL WILL AFFECT BROOME...CHEMUNG...CHENANGO...
CORTLAND...EASTERN SCHUYLER...EXTREME NORTHWESTERN WAYNE...EXTREME
SOUTH CENTRAL ONEIDA...EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN SENECA...NORTHERN
BRADFORD...NORTHERN SUSQUEHANNA...OTSEGO...SOUTHEASTERN CAYUGA...
SOUTHEASTERN STEUBEN...SOUTHERN MADISON...SOUTHERN ONONDAGA...
TIOGA...TOMPKINS AND WEST CENTRAL DELAWARE COUNTIES...

* UNTIL 1015 AM EST.

* AT 844 AM EST...A DANGEROUS SNOW SQUALL WAS ALONG A LINE FROM 8
MILES SOUTHEAST OF SKANEATELES TO 11 MILES NORTH OF MANSFIELD...
MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.


Thats pretty wild unless it is considered BLIZZARD conditions....HUM! Don't worry as some on here seem to think this is a NON EVENT with nothing severe. We shall see how the next 2 days unfold!
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Mardi Gras Looks
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I've never actually seen the term "snow squall" paired with "dangerous," though I guess they are...
I just hope that it holds together over the Catskills enough to make it into the valley. And still be snow.



SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
850 AM EST SAT FEB 18 2012

...A DANGEROUS SNOW SQUALL WILL AFFECT BROOME...CHEMUNG...CHENANGO...
CORTLAND...EASTERN SCHUYLER...EXTREME NORTHWESTERN WAYNE...EXTREME
SOUTH CENTRAL ONEIDA...EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN SENECA...NORTHERN
BRADFORD...NORTHERN SUSQUEHANNA...OTSEGO...SOUTHEASTERN CAYUGA...
SOUTHEASTERN STEUBEN...SOUTHERN MADISON...SOUTHERN ONONDAGA...
TIOGA...TOMPKINS AND WEST CENTRAL DELAWARE COUNTIES...

* UNTIL 1015 AM EST.

* AT 844 AM EST...A DANGEROUS SNOW SQUALL WAS ALONG A LINE FROM 8
MILES SOUTHEAST OF SKANEATELES TO 11 MILES NORTH OF MANSFIELD...
MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.
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Quoting NaplesFLBreeze:
washingtonian115....will you folks be in on some of the white stuff this weekend. I've been lurking several months before I joined and know you've been jonesin' for some SNOW!!!
Yeah we'll be getting some snow this Sunday.Wont be much though.Maybe like 3-4 inches.
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Quoting Seawall:


That should win the comment of the year award. It should be highlighted with yellow more so than the admin's colors are. It was just, well, it was just RIGHT.

I'm trying to remember when Jeff Master's blog turned into a climate blog... can't remember. I'm sure Dr. Masters can. I joined a LOONG time ago, for tropical weather.
Oh wait! It's NOT tropical season yet. My bad. In the Northern Hemisphere... but I bet it's tropical in the.... Southern Hemisphere? LOL Again, my bad.... Sorry 'bout that....

A long time ago in a faraway land, Jeff Masters was in a plane and reported data from the eye of a hurricance.. who would have guessed? LOL Now, that's weather. That was Wunderground. That's the company Masters founded. www.weatherunderground.

And, alas, we now have the blog that we have come to love as the former weather blog as a climate change blog. Hey, doesn't somebody else have a blog about that?? Ok, OK, my bad. There are no other blogs on the net about AGW. As a member that comes here daily to learn, I'm so surprised NOT not to find daily weather, or charts, or maps.

Quoting nymore:
Dr. Masters: While fossil fuel companies may or may not be the primary contributors to the denial industry as you put it. I see no evidence from the documents released that this is the case when it comes to the Heartland Institute. Contributions from the fossil fuel industry (companies) seem to be extremely small.



The notorious denialist argument, which is, virtually denying the truth. If you really believe AGW is made up, well then I'm assuming you're one of those who understands climate change and the anthropogenic effects of CO2 from the likes of WUWT? ;-)

It has been documented by NASA and thousands of climate scientists is that the globe is warming, and rapidly. And man is the primary contributors to the warming. Sure, we can buy into the never-ending propaganda of what Big Oil and the fossil fuel industry wants you to believe. I, on the other hand, choose to believe science, and the science backs the theory that greenhouse gases--resulting from our consumption of fossil fuels--are what is driving a warmer globe.

Secondly, Dr. Masters can post whatever he wants since he is the author of this blog. If you find fault or disenfranchised from this issue if any way, shape, or form, well, then--you are more than free to choose to blog about Jeremy Lin or fantasy football anywhere else on the website. Some of us actually care about the effects of a rapidly warming climate for the welfare of our children and grandchildren--and that warming is due to a large part of man's burning of fossil fuels.
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I think we'll see a lot of these today...

TORNADO WARNING
LAC001-023-053-113-181500-
/O.NEW.KLCH.TO.W.0028.120218T1437Z-120218T1500Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAKE CHARLES LA
837 AM CST SAT FEB 18 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAKE CHARLES HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHWESTERN ACADIA PARISH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA...
THIS INCLUDES...MERMENTAU...CROWLEY...
NORTHEASTERN CAMERON PARISH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA...
THIS INCLUDES KLONDIKE...
SOUTHEASTERN JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA...
THIS INCLUDES...LAKE ARTHUR...JENNINGS...
NORTHWESTERN VERMILION PARISH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA...

* UNTIL 900 AM CST

* AT 832 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 8 MILES WEST OF
LOWRY...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 80 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
JENNINGS AND KLONDIKE BY 845 AM CST...
MERMENTAU...EVANGELINE...MORSE AND RICEVILLE BY 850 AM CST...
EGAN...CROWLEY AND LYONS POINT BY 855 AM CST...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATES A TORNADO MAY FORM AT ANY
TIME. TAKE COVER NOW! ABANDON MOBILE HOMES AND VEHICLES. MOVE TO AN
INTERIOR ROOM OR HALLWAY ON THE LOWEST FLOOR AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 AM CST
SATURDAY MORNING FOR SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA AND SOUTHEAST TEXAS.

&&

PLEASE REPORT SEVERE WEATHER TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AT
337-477-5285 EXTENSION 1.

LAT...LON 3007 9295 3009 9292 3008 9290 3011 9290
3037 9255 3012 9225 2992 9283
TIME...MOT...LOC 1437Z 235DEG 71KT 3005 9280

$$

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The sky's have opened up!!! It's been pouring
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Quoting Seawall:


That should win the comment of the year award. It should be highlighted with yellow more so than the admin's colors are. It was just, well, it was just RIGHT.

I'm trying to remember when Jeff Master's blog turned into a climate blog... can't remember. I'm sure Dr. Masters can. I joined a LOONG time ago, for tropical weather.
Oh wait! It's NOT tropical season yet. My bad. In the Northern Hemisphere... but I bet it's tropical in the.... Southern Hemisphere? LOL Again, my bad.... Sorry 'bout that....

A long time ago in a faraway land, Jeff Masters was in a plane and reported data from the eye of a hurricance.. who would have guessed? LOL Now, that's weather. That was Wunderground. That's the company Masters founded. www.weatherunderground.

And, alas, we now have the blog that we have come to love as the former weather blog as a climate change blog. Hey, doesn't somebody else have a blog about that?? Ok, OK, my bad. There are no other blogs on the net about AGW. As a member that comes here daily to learn, I'm so surprised NOT not to find daily weather, or charts, or maps.


Being willfully ignorant of the affects climate change is having and will continue to have on weather shows a disdain for science that borders on the imbecilic.

Science isn't opinion. If you're willing to accept one part of the science (meteorology) and outright reject another (climatology), you either have a massive amount of cognitive dissonance or don't really understand the science. How can the physics of radiative transfer and atmospheric dynamics be correct in one case, but be wrong in another? How can the same physics yield two different answers for the exact same situation? That is the dichotomy you subscribe to when accepting the science of chemistry, meteorology, etc. but rejecting climatology, which is built upon those well established branches of science.

Now you're absolutely free to swallow the load of crap the spews forth for groups like the Heartland Institute or sites like CA and WUWT. It's a free country after all, and we don't have laws against being greedy and/or stupid. But this is Dr. M's blog. He can do what he pleases with it. If he wants to write post about painting rainbows and unicorns on the Hurricane Hunter aircraft because he thinks it will improve morale, then he can. If you don't like it, or can't stand having facts get in the way of your perception of reality, then by all means go somewhere else.
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Quoting TampaSpin:


Twin Tornado's near Lake Charles....TAKE COVER

Drought buster??
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washingtonian115....will you folks be in on some of the white stuff this weekend. I've been lurking several months before I joined and know you've been jonesin' for some SNOW!!!
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Now let my chest nuts roast.......

HAHA!!
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Twin Tornado's near Lake Charles....TAKE COVER
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Does this look like a normal typical system?
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Now let my chest nuts roast.......
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TORNADO WARNING
LAC023-181430-
/O.NEW.KLCH.TO.W.0027.120218T1401Z-120218T1430Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAKE CHARLES LA
801 AM CST SAT FEB 18 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAKE CHARLES HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
CENTRAL CAMERON PARISH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA...
THIS INCLUDES CAMERON AND HOLLY BEACH...

* UNTIL 830 AM CST

* AT 759 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR HOLLY
BEACH...MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
CAMERON BY 820 AM CST...
CREOLE BY 830 AM CST...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATES A TORNADO MAY FORM AT ANY
TIME. TAKE COVER NOW! ABANDON MOBILE HOMES AND VEHICLES. MOVE TO AN
INTERIOR ROOM OR HALLWAY ON THE LOWEST FLOOR AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 AM CST
SATURDAY MORNING FOR SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA AND SOUTHEAST TEXAS.

&&

PLEASE REPORT SEVERE WEATHER TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AT
337-477-5285 EXTENSION 1.

LAT...LON 2977 9323 2977 9331 2975 9335 2976 9351
2975 9360 2987 9360 2989 9334 2985 9334
2984 9328 2986 9325 2990 9324 2991 9307
2974 9306
TIME...MOT...LOC 1401Z 268DEG 32KT 2979 9349

$$

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Quoting HondosGirl:

Morning! Cloudy and quiet so far --- maybe heat won't build too much here in the Panhandle, prior to the arrival.


Yeah........Nice cooler overcast at the moment north of Tallahassee would be nice to keep it that way. Looking like later tonight for the passage for us in the Big Bend of Florida.
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Quoting weathermanwannabe:
Morning. Nasty looking squall line forming just before the Gulf coast of Texas and about to affect Houston...That will be heading towards LA this morning.....Probably goona see some very severe storms with day time heating today.

Morning! Cloudy and quiet so far --- maybe heat won't build too much here in the Panhandle, prior to the arrival.
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Again, I post was farce NOAA is, their hydrology chart for droughts.
I believe the ground water levels for southeast Texas are near normal, several lakes and rivers have exceeded their banks in the last few weeks, reserviors are near capacity.
There are flood watches and warnings for southeast Texas today and tomorrow.
Yet the Drought Monitor has them in an EXTREME drought conditions.
AS posted before, I watched this Drought monitor and monitored there data for central Florida several years ago and found their data extremely flawed.
Now I've watched Southeast Texas since last September, and I've found the same pattern.
I love the internet, you can get data on lakes rivers, streams, in a local area, as well as larger areas.
It seems to me there is a doom and gloom agenda for some of these government agencies, with delayed data, or incomplete data.
When it comes down to the bottom line I don't trust my government.

The same can be said for unemployment stats.
Says 8.3% when the true values are at 15%+ unemployment.
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Good Morning, from NWS NOLA/Baton Rouge:

SRH AT NEW ORLEANS COULD BE ON THE ORDER OF 600 M2/S2 AS 850JET REALLY GETS GOING AROUND TO NEAR 50 KTS AT 21Z. THIS COMPARED TO SRH OF 250 M2/S2. SO THERE WILL BE QUITE A GRADIENT IN INTENSITY FROM COASTAL
TO WELL INLAND LOCATIONS TODAY.
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Morning. Nasty looking squall line forming just before the Gulf coast of Texas and about to affect Houston...That will be heading towards LA this morning.....Probably goona see some very severe storms with day time heating today.
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:


The first step in overcoming something is to admit it.



I am a "weather weenie".
I too, am, and always will be a Weather Weenie......Dam i,m proud.
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Quoting ChillinInTheKeys:
"Solar Tornadoes Dance Across Sun's Surface in NASA Video."

Link


Awesome link Chillin. Thank you for posting it.
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Jeff set up a website that provides weather and I was fine with that. Then the globalwarmingclimatechange started crawling in and I'm not supporting that.

I hear there's a massive change in the works for one of his competition that is politically neutral and will provide the same of superior service. But even if it doesn't meet my weather junky needs there are many other sources for this information.

Quoting Seawall:


That should win the comment of the year award. It should be highlighted with yellow more so than the admin's colors are. It was just, well, it was just RIGHT.

I'm trying to remember when Jeff Master's blog turned into a climate blog... can't remember. I'm sure Dr. Masters can. I joined a LOONG time ago, for tropical weather.
Oh wait! It's NOT tropical season yet. My bad. In the Northern Hemisphere... but I bet it's tropical in the.... Southern Hemisphere? LOL Again, my bad.... Sorry 'bout that....

A long time ago in a faraway land, Jeff Masters was in a plane and reported data from the eye of a hurricance.. who would have guessed? LOL Now, that's weather. That was Wunderground. That's the company Masters founded. www.weatherunderground.

And, alas, we now have the blog that we have come to love as the former weather blog as a climate change blog. Hey, doesn't somebody else have a blog about that?? Ok, OK, my bad. There are no other blogs on the net about AGW. As a member that comes here daily to learn, I'm so surprised NOT not to find daily weather, or charts, or maps.
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"Solar Tornadoes Dance Across Sun's Surface in NASA Video."

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It appears the slight risk area for today got a little smaller nad further south again...
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Sounds like a rough morning in eastern TX... Reports of trees down in Montgomery County
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good morning folks, 66 and foggy here this morning,20% rain chance they say, i think a lil more than that looking at the sky right now, well have a great day everyone
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Quoting wxmod:


According to infrared imagery these things you are calling jet contrails are sitting right at sea level. And they are 10 to 25 miles wide and a thousand miles long. Pay attention. Your world is changing.


Citation please.
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 27
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
450 AM CST SAT FEB 18 2012

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA
SOUTHEAST TEXAS
COASTAL WATERS

EFFECTIVE THIS SATURDAY MORNING FROM 450 AM UNTIL 900 AM CST.

HAIL TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70
MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 60
STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 35 MILES NORTH OF PORT
ARTHUR TEXAS TO 25 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF PALACIOS TEXAS. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU7).

REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE
FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY
DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

DISCUSSION...A LINE OF INTENSE THUNDERSTORMS HAS DEVELOPED
ALONG/AHEAD OF SURFACE COLD FRONT SURGING EASTWARD ACROSS SOUTHEAST
TX. THE SURFACE AIR MASS AHEAD OF THE STORMS IS ONLY MARGINALLY
UNSTABLE AT BEST. HOWEVER...INCREASING MESOSCALE ORGANIZATION OF
THE LINE SUGGESTS SOME POTENTIAL OF DAMAGING WIND GUSTS REACHING THE
SURFACE. OTHERWISE...HAIL WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE IN THE STRONGER
CELLS.

AVIATION...A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT
TO 1.5 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 60
KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 450. MEAN STORM
MOTION VECTOR 25040.


...HART
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