More Proof WC Is Hopelessly Geeky


There’s more proof (if it was needed) that WC is hopelessly geeky. Randall Munroe’s excellent webcomic, XKCD, describes itself as “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.” He sometimes builds wonderful cartoons around arcane physics and chemistry principles. A recent example: Unless you know a little bit about interferometry, this cartoon will go completely over your…

Blue-gray areas were flooded during one or more of the Missoula Floods

One More Glacial Lake and Megafloods


Glacial Lake Ahtna dominated Alaska’s southcentral region during the Ice Age. Utah’s massive Lake Bonneville triggered the Bonneville Flood. But both Lake Ahtna and Lake Bonneville, stupdendous flood events themselves, were mere pikeminnows in comparison to the sturgeon that was Glacial Lake Missoula, which was not only a bigger flood event but happened as many as 80…

Humans, Hurricanes and Climate Change


WC is not a climatologist. You already knew that. But WC has read pretty widely in anthropogenic climate change. And it seems pretty clear that humankind is making tropical cyclones – hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons – worse, in at least four different ways. More Heat for a Heat Engine. Cyclones are heat engines. The mechanism…

About the 3% of Papers Denying AGW


Famously, some 97-98% of peer-reviewed climate science papers confirm the existence and impacts of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW). In at least three separate studies that arrive at that number. One of those studies involved review of almost 12,000 papers. By any measure, the overwhelming consensus among scientists is that the planet is warming dramatically and…