• Great Lakes Ice Cover Reaches 88 Percent; Highest Levels Since 1994

    • Date: 24/02/14
    • Julie Kent, The Cleveland Leader

    In mid-February 2014, ice cover on the Great Lakes reached 88 percent, levels that have not been observed in 20 years.   Since 1973, the average maximum ice extend is just over 50 percent. It has surpassed 80 percent only five times over the course of the past four decades. The lowest average ice extent […]

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  • New Paper: Antarctic Glacier Melted Just As Fast 8000 Years Ago

    • Date: 21/02/14
    • Lewis Page, The Register

    Top boffins from the British Antarctic Survey say that the Pine Island Glacier – famous as a possible major cause of global-warming-powered sea level rises – was melting just as fast thousands of years ago as it is melting today. “This paper [just published] is part of a wide range of international scientific efforts to […]

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  • The Pacific And The Pause

    • Date: 14/02/14
    • Dr David Whitehouse

    Every few weeks along comes another explanation or contributing factor to the post-1997 global surface temperature pause. The list of factors is now a long one, which is curious considering that often the pause is dismissed as non-existent. We now have stratospheric water vapour variations, the Sun’s low activity, lack of wind in the Pacific, […]

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  • Standstill, What Standstill?

    • Date: 10/02/14
    • Dr David Whitehouse

    The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has released its assessment of the global surface temperature for 2013. It calculates its own global temperature based on HadCRUT4, NOAA and NASA. Unsurprisingly it shows that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest year with a temperature anomaly of 0.50 deg C above the 1961 – 90 average. “The […]

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  • Arctic Sea Ice Volume Increases By 50%

    • Date: 05/02/14
    • Reporting Climate Science

    Satellite data shows that Arctic sea ice was 50 per cent thicker in Autumn 2013 than it was in Autumn 2012, according to the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). Data from the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) CryoSat satellite which is equipped to measure the thickness of sea ice using radars shows that Arctic […]

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  • Solar Surprise: Big Sunspot Peak To Come?

    • Date: 04/02/14
    • Inform the Pundits blog

    Earth’s sun is full of unexpected surprises. Solar Cycle 24′s story has more plot twists than a daytime soap opera. Solar sunspot and magnetic flux activity way up in recent months Five months ago solar sunspot activity had plummeted to just 37 spots at the midpoint of solar max. Solar flux was nil. Cycle 24 […]

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  • Antarctic Sea Ice Extent On Track Of Hitting New Record

    • Date: 02/02/14
    • Sunshine Hours

    Antarctic Sea Ice Extent  is on track to have the highest minimum in the modern satellite era. Antarctic Sea Ice Extent as of Jan 30 2014 was 950,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean and 220,000 sq km above 2008. 950,000 sq km above normal is 26% above normal. Day 30 was the 13th daily record of the year. Full story

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  • UK Met Office: Global Temperature Standstill Continues

    • Date: 24/01/14
    • Dr David Whitehouse

    With none of the fanfare that accompanies their prediction of the global temperature for the forthcoming year the Met Office has quietly released the global temperature for 2013. It will come as no surprise after the 2013 temperatures released by NASA and NOAA that it shows the global temperature standstill – now at 17 years […]

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