Sunday, August 03, 2008

Climate Cuttings #21

The ever-helpful Bishop Hill has rounded up another load of climate stories, including this gem...
Climate models were the flavour of the week. Professor Demetris Koutsoyiannis of the National Technical University of Athens published a paper in which he demonstrated that climate models have no predictive skill at regional levels, and there is no evidence that they work at larger scales either. This is a pity, as we are currently destroying our economies on the basis of the output of climate models. Meanwhile Lucia looked at weather noise as produced by climate models and started an assessment of how this compared to real weather. First results were for a model called EchoG, which produced weather with twice as much variability as what we observe around us. Not very realistic then.

The wheels on the AGW bus are falling off: long may it continue. Although one almost wishes that it would carry on if it keeps on producing hilarious fudges like this.
This is not snow.

In yet more evidence of dangerous heating of the planet....there was snow in Sydney, Australia. In a remarkable piece of spin, this was reclassified by the Bureau of Meterology as "soft hail".

Haha! That's a good one! Tell it again...


JuliaM said...

"In a remarkable piece of spin, this was reclassified by the Bureau of Meterology as "soft hail"."

Blimey! Can 'hot hail' be far behind...?

Anonymous said...

While I am thankful the AGW wheels are falling off, it really is soft hail. Not too long ago this stuff fell where am in South Wales. It's really odd.

That said, even though it is technically not snow, it's a pretty retarded article.

"It's given a very European feel to Roseville"


Anonymous said...

Oh, it's retarded because soft hail is also known as snow pellets; they're ice coated snowflakes, essentially.

This is most interesting.