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Jim Hunt
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Wade - See Suomi NPP: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/NPP/mission_overview/index.html and JPSS https://jointmission.gsfc.nasa.gov/jpss.html Note that the GOES series of satellites use a geostationary orbit at an altitude of ~35,800 km whereas Suomi NPP uses a sun synchronous orbit at an altitude of ~834 km. The two are not readily interchangeable!
Toggle Commented yesterday on PIOMAS May 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
The open water in the Nares Strait is about to be filled with the remains of the collapsing sea ice in the Lincoln Sea: http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/05/facts-about-the-arctic-in-may-2017/#May-12
Toggle Commented May 13, 2017 on PIOMAS May 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
Wayne - Bear in mind that air temperature increased from ~-30 to ~-16 over the course of April 11th. My take is that thermistors 1-3 (in columns 2-4) are in air, and 4-5 are in snow.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2017 on PIOMAS April 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
Another ice mass balance buoy has been installed in the Arctic, this time near the North Pole. Here is what buoy 2017B revealed shortly after deployment: Wayne in particular will be interested to note that the dotted lines at the left show maximum and minimum air temperature over the preceding 24 hour period. The thermistor 1 reading is now in column 2. At around -16 degrees Celsius things have warmed up considerably near the Pole recently.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2017 on PIOMAS April 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
In view of the current PIOMAS/CryoSat-2 debate it seems pertinent to point out that there are people out on the sea ice as we speak measuring the depth of snow cover near the North Pole: "The 2 Degrees North Pole Expedition" This from Bernice Notenboom: The sleds weigh over 80 kilos and new pains and aches show unexpectedly in places you don’t want them, like my back. On the odd break, I would get the notebook out, jot down the GPS position while Ann pokes into the snow and yells the various snow depths to me. The rest of the day we are doing cold management: toes we don’t feel anymore and need nurturing or placing your thumb between the fingers to warm them up inside your mitt, and worse letting your arm hang so the blood can race back to the extremities.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2017 on PIOMAS April 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
Thanks for the suggestion Wayne. When I find the time to "tweak my scripts" I'll try and add an extra indication of air temperature. I'm not sure that a disembodied "dot" will do the trick though. As more profiles are added things can get pretty cluttered. Maybe a dashed line to the air temp "dot"?
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2017 on Lowest maximum on record (again) at Arctic Sea Ice
Wayne - In the latest news from the Beaufort Sea, the thickness of the sea ice underneath ice mass balance buoy 2017A has just crept over 1 meter: Current Buoy Data (04/03/2017): Pos: 72.90 N, 147.10 W Air Temp: -25.88 C Air Pres: 1021.52 mb Snow depth : 9 cm Ice thickness : 102 cm Since Deployment (03/09/2017) Snow surface accumulation: 9 cm Ice bottom growth : 17 cm I'll have to tweak my scripts a bit. At 04:00 on April 3rd when the red temperature profile was recorded the buoy reckoned "air temperature" was -20 Celsius.
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2017 on Lowest maximum on record (again) at Arctic Sea Ice
I'll stick with feeding "climate science deniers" to the wolves, if it's all the same to you: http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/03/the-house-science-climate-model-show-trial/#Apr-1 The denialosphere is of course now spinning like crazy attempting to pin something, anything, on Michael Mann. Today is All Fools' Day, but this is no joke. What on Earth are Rep. Higgins and ex. Prof. Curry on about with all this “RICO” business?
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2017 on Praying polar bear at Arctic Sea Ice
Wayne - In the latest "Shock News!" from the calving face the "fake skeptics" at the Fail on Sunday have been forced to "correct" their recent "correction" to the most recent cherry sauce soaked porky pie to fall off the end of their production line: "Stale News? Mail on Sunday Corrects Yet Another David Rose “Porky Pie”"
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2017 on Lowest maximum on record (again) at Arctic Sea Ice
Bill/Wayne - There was a great example of the "contact sport" of ClimateBall™ played yesterday at the behest of the United States’ House Committee on Science, Space and Technology: "The House Science Climate Model Show Trial" There's over 2 hours of riveting video for the cognoscenti to analyse. Michael Mann seemed to be working from "Snow White's" playbook at times, and devoted several paragraphs of his written testimony to criticising the David and Judy Show in no uncertain terms. Lamar Smith didn't appear to be listening though. Lots of bluster but sadly no clamming up! He did however demote the Fail on Sunday to the substitute's bench, replacing them on the field with the Wall Street Journal.
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2017 on Lowest maximum on record (again) at Arctic Sea Ice
Bill - It seems the ex Admiral rather "liked" my alter ego's recent "tweet" of one of his punch lines: https://twitter.com/GreatWhiteCon/status/846988338645143553 "If you wait for 100% certainty on the battlefield you'll probably be dead"
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2017 on Lowest maximum on record (again) at Arctic Sea Ice
Fred seems to have done the trick! Or maybe it was the crossed fingers?
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2017 on Lowest maximum on record (again) at Arctic Sea Ice
Fingers crossed here in Soggy South West England Neven! Meanwhile, in the absence of the ASIF here is the news that I wished to report: "Should Climate Scientists Boycott Congressional Hearings?" According to retired Rear Admiral David Titley they should: It seems David wasn't too impressed by the hearing he got from Senator Ted Cruz concerning "Data or Dogma"!
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2017 on Lowest maximum on record (again) at Arctic Sea Ice
For the attention of the powers that be. The ASIF currently tells me: "Table './arcticse2/smf_messages' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed"
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2017 on Lowest maximum on record (again) at Arctic Sea Ice
Wayne - Perhaps we could package it into 140 character chunks and "Tweet" it to @POTUS? http://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,1858.msg106856.html#msg106856
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2017 on Lowest maximum on record (again) at Arctic Sea Ice
Wayne - My very good friend Alice F. has somehow managed to dig up some more dirt on David Rose: https://twitter.com/jim_hunt/status/844339885959983104 Do you suppose his toes are starting to feel a trifle toasty yet?
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2017 on Lowest maximum on record (again) at Arctic Sea Ice
Wayne - At the risk of drifting even further off topic, here is a very recent article on the very latest research into the troubled subject of science communication: "The Problem With Facts" These two forms of evidence paint a picture — a flattering one indeed — of individuals of high science curiosity. In this view, individuals who have an appetite to be surprised by scientific information — who find it pleasurable to discover that the world does not work as they expected — do not turn this feature of their personality off when they engage political information but rather indulge it in that setting as well, exposing themselves more readily to information that defies their expectations about facts on contested issues. The result is that these citizens, unlike their less curious counterparts, react more open mindedly and respond more uniformly across the political spectrum to the best available evidence.
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2017 on Lowest maximum on record (again) at Arctic Sea Ice
To be frank Wayne, "hope" is not in general a winning strategy. I think we also need to get our ClimateBall™ "marketing" sh1t together. Compare and contrast these slideshows of the "Scientific" versus the "Skeptical" approach: http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/03/is-arctic-ice-loss-driven-by-natural-swings/#Scientists You will note that the Daily Fail features prominently in one of them. Then read this: http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/03/that-deaf-dumb-and-blind-kid-sure-plays-a-mean-climateball/#comment-220045 Are you aware that in its current war on evidence driven policy making the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology quotes the likes of Delingpole, Rose and Curry?
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2017 on Lowest maximum on record (again) at Arctic Sea Ice
Wayne - Thank you for your kind words! The next step is to try and "persuade" the Fail on Sunday to "correct" some of the other porky pies in that article. By way of example: http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/02/climategate-2-episode-3-of-david-roses-epic-saga/#Feb-19 Then of course there's the two preceeding episodes of their long running fantasy fiction soap opera.
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2017 on Lowest maximum on record (again) at Arctic Sea Ice
Neven - FYI, my combined "Pacific periphery" area chart confirms the recent sudden drops on that side of the Arctic: http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/03/facts-about-the-arctic-in-march-2017/#comment-220053
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2017 on Lowest maximum on record (again) at Arctic Sea Ice
Thanks for the mention Neven, and I'm quietly confident that we're all now safe from being forced to eat crow filled humble pie! However I fear I have to report that the purveyors of cherry soaked porky pies are still hard at work in the darker corners of the cryodenialosphere. More on the assorted Arctic specific instances in due course, but this one is hot off the virtual presses in the basement of Great White Con Ivory Towers this very morning: http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/03/dont-panic-its-just-another-climategate-2-correction/ Last night the Mail Online web site... published an excuse for a “correction” to the egregious inaccuracy published on February 19th 2017 as part of David Rose’s self christened “Climategate 2” campaign in the Mail on Sunday.
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2017 on Lowest maximum on record (again) at Arctic Sea Ice
I think you're on the wrong thread Kris? See the March version: http://neven1.typepad.com/blog/2017/03/piomas-march-2017.html Personally I reckon the "melting season" has officially started, but Summer is still a few months away!
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2017 on PIOMAS February 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
"Snow White" has (confidently?) called the 2017 minimum maximum! http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/02/the-2017-arctic-sea-ice-maximum-extent/#Mar-18 For the NSIDC daily number that's 14.447 million square kilometers on March 5th:
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2017 on PIOMAS March 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
The Northern Sea Route seems to be opening up rather earlier than usual this year: http://GreatWhiteCon.info/resources/arctic-sea-ice-images/winter-201617-images/#Chukchi
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2017 on PIOMAS March 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
I was "brave" enough to call it weeks ago Jon! My second attempt: http://GreatWhiteCon.info/2017/02/the-2017-arctic-sea-ice-maximum-extent/#Mar-10
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2017 on PIOMAS March 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice