Sunday, December 10, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017

       BIGGER  PLANETS DEMAND  BETTER  CLIMATE  MODELS

NASA'S  Juno probe scanned this near IR false color  photo during its ninth orbit around Jupiter. The depth and detail is unprecedented.  At roughly ten miles per pixel,  the image shows shadows being cast on the lower cloud decks  by the grotesquely turbulent storms atop them. 

What it doesn't tell is the range and intensity of the physical conditions  it encompasses- the lowest depths of Jupiter's visible atmosphere experience  pressures higher  than the Earth's deepest oceans , and still deeper, but far from the gas giant's center, they surpass the temperature of the center of the earth.

Before long, a full pelt  Jovian climate model will  have to handle the hydrodynamics not just of cold gases but incandescent supercritical metallic hydrogen, and Lord knows what other pressure degenerate and metallically conductive  molecular species coexist with it in the ocean of  complexly alloyed supercritical fluids  convecting and swirling  in the depths below what this image reveals.  It took decades of effortto produce  the meerest speck of metallic hydrogen in a Harvard lab last year, and it only lasted for a few weeks before the diamond anvils compressing it to five million atmospheres exploded as a laser probed its optical properties.

Earthly climate modeling isn't easy, but the Jovian GCM builders have harder work in store- to understand the components of the atmosphere they are trying to model, their experimentalist colleagues must advance to even more daunting pressures and temperatures  in the lab.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

              THERE'S  MORE  THAN  ONE  RIVER  IN  AFRICA



MATT  WELCH  ON  A  FISCAL  PROBLEM  ARISING  
FROM  LONG  TERM  CLIMATE CHANGE
On September 6, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey (Irma and Maria had not yet hit), only three members of the House of Representatives—Justin Amash (R–Mich.), Andy Biggs (R–Ariz.), and Thomas Massie (R–Ky.)—voted against spending $8 billion on hurricane victims because the bill did not include offsetting cuts. That compares to the 179 Republicans and one Democrat who voted against a $60 billion aid package after Superstorm Sandy back in January 2013.



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

                                         BROKEN  ENGLISH

PIGIN SCIENCE  BLONG BLOGFELLA  IM  BUGGEREMAP FINIS

WILLIS  ESCHENBACH  WRITES:
"NOTE: It’s a holiday here in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands... So I thought I’d repost a piece that I wrote the last time I was in the Solomons, which was ... posted on  WattsUpWithThat, where I publish my scientific work.…"
Though I find his choice peculiar-- when I sailed through the New Hebrides I sent my work stateside to The Bulletin of the American Physical Society and JOSA, I can't resist adding a few Bislama Tok Pisin reviewers notes to Willis's tale of the South Pacific--







I got up at 3AM a couple of days ago, and about 31 hours later I landed in Gizo … in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands, surrounded by islands with mystical names like “Simbo”, “Ranongga”, and “Kolombangara”...

I swear, if you dropped me blindfolded into Gizo I’d know what country I was in just by the smell... composed of something like one-quarter human sweat, one-quarter garbage, one-quarter betel nut spit, and one-quarter the cheap black local tobacco smoked rolled up in standard printer paper … with a soupçon of human excrement thrown in for the occasional nosegay.
I love it. It smells like home... I also note, courtesy of the irrepressible climate scientist Willie Soon, that the new Miss Solomon, Emily Chan, has said that she’s going to raise her voice on climate change …Everyone speaks ... the common everyday lingua franca, which is Solomon Islands Pijin.  It makes do with a tiny vocabulary, so lots of words have to work overtime... Here’s an example from a billboard advertising that the local rice, “Solrice”, has gone back to its original processing and taste:
After while I developed Willis’s Rule of Rumors, which is that you need to divide all the numbers in a story about some other island by the square root of the distance to the island in miles, because rumors are a power function of distance. In the Solomon Islands...I wrote... a post called    In Which I Talk To The Thunderstorms
Thunderstorms are great majestic beasts. If you had never seen one or heard of one in your life, imagine your surprise if a lovely peaceful day suddenly clouded up. Then it started to rain. Then it was pelting down hail. Then a blinding bolt of lightning blew your ears off … you’d think the world had gone mad. 
[ ME  TINKIM LAPSE RATE BLONG INTERTROPICAL CONVERGENCE 
WILLIS HIM NO SAVVY VERIMAS
As you may know, I think that thunderstorms and other emergent phenomena (tornadoes, hurricanes, El Niño, East Pacific fair-weather gale) along with other phenomena act as a homeostatic regulator of the global temperature.


[ WILLIS HIM COME LONG SOLOMONS MEKEM HAUS 1987, BYEANBYE HE MEKEM TOK TOK ALLSAEM GRANDPA BLONG SIMPSONS: ]

 "... in addition to my day job I was playing keyboards in “Unisound”, the hottest, most sought-after rock band in the Solomon Islands.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

CAN  BITCOIN  WARMING  BEAT BACK THE ICE APOCALYPSE?

IT  TOOK  GRIST'  JUST  TWO  WEEKS TO PROGRESS
  FROM  WARNING  OF " DOOMSDAY GLACIERS"  
TO  EXPLAINING THAT  
BITCOIN  MEANS  THE  HEAT  DEATH  OF  THE  UNIVERSE:

INCOMPARABLY INNUMERATE  DOOMSDAY  COLUMNIST ERIC HOLTHAUS REPORTS:
" Today, each  bitcoin  transaction requires  the same  amount  of  energy used  to  power  nine homes  in  the U.S.  for  one  day.   And  miners are constantly  installing  more  and  faster computers. Already, the aggregate computing power of the bitcoin network isnearly 100,000 times larger than the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers combined.
The total energy use of this web of hardware is huge — an estimated 31 terawatt-hours per year. More than 150 individual countries in the world consume less energy annually. And that power-hungry network is currently increasing its energy use every day by about 450 gigawatt-hours, roughly the same amount of electricity the entire country of Haiti uses in a year.
That sort of electricity use is pulling energy from grids all over the world, where it could be charging electric vehicles and powering homes, to bitcoin-mining farms. In Venezuela, where rampant hyperinflation and subsidized electricity has led to a boom in bitcoin mining, rogue operations are now occasionally causing blackoutsacross the country. The world’s largest bitcoin mines are in China, where they siphon energy from huge hydroelectric dams, some of the cheapest sources of carbon-free energy in the world. One enterprising Tesla owner even attempted to rig up a mining operation in his car, to make use of free electricity at a public charging station.
In just a few months from now, at bitcoin’s current growth rate, the electricity demanded by the cryptocurrency network will start to outstrip what’s available, requiring new energy-generating plants. And with the climate conscious racing to replace fossil fuel-base plants with renewable energy sources, new stress on the grid means more facilities using dirty technologies. By July 2019, the bitcoin network will require more electricity than the entire United States currently uses. By February 2020, it will use as much electricity as the entire world does today."

REALLY ?  RUNNING  THE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING NUMBERS  REVEALS    
 BITCOIN MINING  ENERGY DEMAND  IS  <100  MEGAWATTS  GLOBALLY :
 A FEW  % OF THE OUTPUT OF ONE  MAJOR POWER STATION 

Monday, November 27, 2017

WHITE HOUSE  SCIENCE OFFICE TO BECOME  CAJUN CABARET

THE  LOSS  OF 11 OSTP  NOMINEES  IN A TRAGIC  CADDYING ACCIDENT AT  THE 18TH  HOLE QUICKSAND  HAZARD  ON  THE  TRUMP  NATIONAL GOLF  COURSE HAS COMPELLED THE ADMINISTRATION TO EMBRACE  THIS WUWT ANALYSIS:
OSTP WILL JOIN THE WHITE HOUSE MESS AS 
A  NEW  EXECUTIVE MANSION  ZYDECO  HOT SPOT

THE  LAISSEZ FAIRE BON TEMPS POULEZ CAFE'

QUALITY   CHICK-fil-A   PAN BFRIED  IN  ORGANIC  LOUISIANA  CRUDE OIL,  
SERVED  HOOTERS-STYLE  BY  A  BEVVY OF JUDGE MOORE  SURVIVORS  FROM  BILOXI & MOBILE 
FREE POPCORN SHRIMP  DURING  PRESIDENTIAL  PRESS  CONFERENCES



        WHAT COULD  BE  GREENER  THAN  A  FLYING EEL
                          THAT  BURNS  COD  LIVER  OIL ?

   Eel-aeroplane hybrid named Japan's best mascot

A half-aeroplane, half-eel creation has been named Japan's favourite mascot 

The city of Narita's Unari-kun polled a staggering 805,328 votes in the annual Yuru Chara Grand Prix to choose the country's top regional mascot, the Mainichi Daily News reports, 40,000 votes ahead of its nearest rival.
Unari-kun represents two things for which the city of Narita is famous - its airport, which serves as Tokyo's main international terminal, and unagi freshwater eels, a common ingredient in Japanese cuisine. 
The honour proved too much for Narita's deputy mayor Kenji Sekine, who was present at the event. "I'm close to tears," he said as he thanked the voting public.


              IT  DEPENDS  ON  THE  COLOR  OF  YOUR  IGLOO

WATTS  SIDEKICK COPS PLEA ON  2nd  LAW OF  THERMODYNAMICS
Eschenbach's belated ( it has taken more than a decade ) defection to the winning side in the thermodynamics wars may be related less to the Sky Dragon die off than advances in computer  graphics in undergraduate physics teaching  that have rendered the undeniable too obvious to deny: 


Unless you're a Watts fan who views the First Law as Fake News
and embaces Eschenbach's Law of Radiative Equilibrium:
" If there is a block of wood between you and a block of ice, if you remove the wood, you’ll get colder because you will be absorbing less radiation from the ice than you were from the wood. You no longer have the wood to shield you from the ice."

Sunday, November 26, 2017

       FOX  TV  LAUNCHES  NEW  CLIMATE  &  NATURE  CHANNEL

CATCH  SEAN  HANNITY'S   FLAMING  YULE LOG  &  UNHAPPY  SALAMANDER  CHRISTMAS   SPECIAL  


Friday, November 24, 2017

                  CO2  SCIENCE  RUNS  OUT  OF  STEAM

After decades spent collecting millions from Peabody Energy, ALEC, Southwest Coal and  The Heartland Institute-- they compiled  the  ill-fated  NIPCC  report,  the money supporting  two generations of Idsos  Pere et Fils,  has evporated, leaving them to face into a painful transition  from  professional PR hacks to amateur  conspiracy theorists: 

At the  the scientifically disinterested  blog of what has been styled "the von Trapp family of climate denial."  Sherwood B. Idso writes " we never discuss our funding. Why? Because we believe that ideas about the way the world of nature operates should stand or fall on their own merits, irrespective of the source of support for the person or organization that produces them ... "

But what about they say when they run out of science:

Easy Call

Posted by Jeff Id on June 17, 2017
America is not allowed to elect a conservative president of any form.  The deep state, fourth branch of government has declared that they now have critical mass to enforce their will upon us independently from our elected officials.  Liberal feeders have infected every branch of government, media and education to the point where even without any evidence, a conservative president will be impeached.  
There is zero evidence that Trump has done anything wrong, yet we are surrounded by openly visible liberal crimes that go un-prosecuted.  Comey leaking to get a fake prosecutor, Hillary selling the US for personal gain,  Obama fast and furious, Hillary’s dead ambassador to Lybia and the lies to cover it, instead we have fake prosecution recommended by deputy ag Rosenstein for Trump firing Comey, the very act that Rosenstein recommended in a public letter.  
Now we have a fake ‘public’ trial by partisan judges where every witness admitted that there is no evidence of wrongdoing.   A trial which hasn’t ended because now the prosecuting liberals have switched from the proven false ‘Russia stole the election’ charges to different FAKE charges of obstruction of justice.  Obstructing the investigation of the proven fake Russia stole the election charge by the way.
How does one obstruct justice regarding the non-investigation of a fake crime?
Only in America methinks.
Trump could order the investigation of something he was guilty of, stopped,  without being guilty of obstruction by the way, because he’s actually the boss.  He’s completely allowed to do that...13 LIBERAL lawyers. Hillary and Democrat donors, Investigating a president without even a potential crime.  YES they will make something up.  We don’t know what but LAWYERS lie for a living.  They twist fact into innuendo as a matter of duty.  
It seems Trump has little choice.  In his place, I would fire them all right now with the statement that it is in our country’s best interest that these idiots move on.  Muller, Rosenstein, and about 2500 other Obama swampmongers would leave right at this exact moment if I had the ability.   Trump gets the same result either way, prosecution, innuendo and nonsense.  Chuck them to the curb with extreme prejudice...

Flameout!

Posted by Jeff Id on June 6, 2017
[I’m self snipping this post – not because I disagree with it but because I can’t do anything about fake news so I might as well ignore it.]  I will say though, that I’m still pissed about it.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

                            DEEP  IN  THE  HEART  OF  TEXAS,
   WHERE  THE  WIND  COMES  WHISTLING  OFF  THE  PLAINS

 WAS IT AN 'UTTERLY NATURAL REFLEX RESPONSE  TO  WARMING'
or did God, the Vikings, and Sound Science conspire to  force the Right Honorable, but  thermodynamically challenged, Chairman of the  House Energy  and  Commerce Committee
 to take off his clothes to Tweet a selfie?
         OR  MAYBE  THE WIND TURBINES  MADE HIM DO IT :

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

                   I  HAVE A  BAD  FEELING  ABOUT  THIS

Two elongated  reddish objects of  > 100 meter Radius & >10 To 1 Axis Ratio  
The upper is  described  in the current issue of Nature:
Letter | Accelerated Article Preview
The lower was sunk  by the British Navy in the Denmark Strait 

A brief visit from a red and extremely elongated interstellar asteroid

WUWTs take on it matches the eccenticity of its hyperbolic orbit-

'Light-curve observations indicate that the object has an extreme oblong shape, with a 10:1 axis ratio and a mean radius of 102±4 m,'
'Since its discovery ‘Oumuamua has faded from view. The object’s rapidly increasing distance from the Earth and Sun now makes it too faint to be studied by even the largest telescopes.
“Needless to say, we dropped everything so we could quickly point the Gemini telescopes at this object immediately after its discovery,” said Gemini Director Laura Ferrarese who coordinated the Gemini South observations for Meech’s group.
“What we found was a rapidly rotating object, at least the size of a football field, that changed in brightness quite dramatically,” according to Meech. “This change in brightness hints that ‘Oumuamua could be more than 10 times longer than it is wide – something which has never been seen in our own Solar System,” according to Meech.

‘Oumuamua shares similarities with small objects in the outer Solar System, especially the distant worlds of the Kuiper Belt – a region of rocky, frigid worlds far beyond Neptune. “While study of ‘Oumuamua’s colors shows that this body shares characteristics with both Kuiper Belt objects and organic-rich comets and trojan asteroids,” says Meech, “its orbital path says it comes from far beyond.”

Monday, November 20, 2017

            PLIMER  JUMPS  THE SHARK  OVER  THE  VOLCANO  
                               UNDER  THE  GLACIER  AGAIN

BETTER TOSS ANOTHER GEOLOGIST ON THE BARBIE, MATE, 

Having  blown its frozen top in 1362,  and again in 1727, ice-covered Öræfajökull,  Iceland's largest active volcano, is rumbling once again. Media Watch notes that the last unpronounceable Icelandic volcano to spew ash and ground  planes all over northern Europe also turned the thoughts of  antipodean talk radio to the climate wars :

Talking to Australia's Coal Coast on 2BC Sydney, Jason Morrison said: ... this morning I'm driving to work and flicking around on the radio and I hear someone say, 'Isn't it amazing how much carbon pollution is going to be saved from getting into the atmosphere because all those planes won't be flying because the volcano's erupting... They're kidding aren't they? So I thought I'd try to get you some facts.— Radio 2GB, The Jason Morrison Drive Show, 19th April, 2010

Morrison, who's deeply sceptical about human-induced global warming, as for some facts from facts from Queensland mining geologist  Professor Ian Plimer, who's even more deeply sceptical.:


Prof. Ian Plimer: ... we humans only put out about three per cent of the annual emissions of carbon dioxide. The rest comes from all sorts of other things, including volcanoes.— Radio 2GB, The Jason Morrison Drive Show, 19th April, 2010

But volcanogist  expert Dr Fred Jourdan of Curtin University objected:

... it has been shown by the US Geological Survey that current emissions from volcanoes are being dwarfed by human emissions to a ratio of 1/130...— Response from Fred Jourdan (Prof. of Applied Geology, Curtin University of Technology), 28th April, 2010
The numbers talk- run them  and you'll find human greenhouse emissions run a hundred and thirty times greater in a given year than all the volcanoes on earth

But never  one to be upstaged  by a jumbo jet, Professor Plimer,  who is Australia's preeminent Creationist- basher,  went  on deliver a sermon of his own:

Prof. Ian Plimer: The very fact that we see this great plume of particles going into the atmosphere is telling us there's a huge amount of greenhouse gas being released from this volcano, unpronounceable volcano.— Radio 2GB, The Jason Morrison Drive Show, 19th April, 2010

At which Jason Morrison  harrumphed so much for all those warmists who think puny humans can have an effect on the world's climate:

Jason Morrison: ... and I just, I wonder what this does to all their theories?

Prof. Ian Plimer: It completely stuffs them, we know that.
— Radio 2GB, The Jason Morrison Drive Show, 19th April, 2010

Which inspired another Australian talking head to  chat up Plimer and opine:

Keva Gocher: The volcanic eruption would eclipse any carbon emissions released by man. Now that was one of the intriguing statements I recall geologist Ian Plimer making at his Monaro climate change conference organised last year by the local group Monaro farming systems.— ABC Radio Rural Report, South East NSW, 21st April, 2010

Prof. Ian Plimer: ... the human emission is very, very small. One single big volcano can actually completely change the whole carbon dioxide budget. We have to look at this in perspective.— ABC Radio Rural Report, South East NSW, 21st April, 2010

Really?  Dr Jourdan proceeded to do some actual research, and concluded:

The eruption in Iceland emitted a fairly small amount of CO2. In fact most recent estimates show that the flights that were grounded by the eruption would have emitted about twice as much CO2 as the volcano itself.— Response from Fred Jourdan (Prof. of Applied Geology, Curtin University of Technology), 30th April, 2010

At the time of Dr. Jourdan's writing, April, 2010:

from: http://gizmodo.com/5519809/eyjafjallajokull-daily-co2-output-utterly-dwarfed-by-european-aviation-industry

"European aviation industry's daily CO2 output completely dominates poor Eyjafjallajökull with a daily tally of 344,109 tons of CO2 per day. Compared to the volcano's 15,000 tons."

It rurns out  in the end that  at the height of the   Eyjafjallajökull  eruption,  the volcano puffed out  a scant 150,000 tonnes a day of  CO2--  Less  than half the emission of the  air  transport it grounded .

It also led to some television fireworks:




Friday, November 17, 2017

                CLIMATE  ART   SETS  NEW  AUCTION   RECORD


BIG COAL'S  BID  TO GIVE  THE  WHITE  HOUSE  A LOUCHE  LEONARDO
 TO  HAIL  TRUMP'S CLIMATE DIPLOMACY HAS BEEN GAZUMPED  
BY  THE GAS-FIRED SHEIKS WHO HAVE OPENED A BRANCH 
OF  THE LOUVRE  ON THE LEFT BANK OF THE PERSIAN GULF
THE  MORE  THAN  SLIGHTLY  REPAINTED  OLD MASTER IS ALREADY
ON ITS WAY 

 ARE  POLAR  BEAR  WRAPPING AND  BATTERIES  INCLUDED ?

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