Posts Tagged ‘WMO’

Extreme weather claims

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Source: http://rogerpielkejr.blogspot.com/2010/08/it-has-been-foretold.html

by Roger Pielke, Jr.

The World Meteorological Organization has issued he following statement:

Several regions of the world are currently coping with severe weather-related events: flash floods and widespread flooding in large parts of Asia and parts of Central Europe while other regions are also affected: by heatwave and drought in Russian Federation, mudslides in China and severe droughts in sub-Saharan Africa. While a longer time range is required to establish whether an individual event is attributable to climate change, the sequence of current events matches IPCC projections of more frequent and more intense extreme weather events due to global warming.

Even though the IPCC report can be parsed in many ways, I await the textual exegesis that supports the claim that the “sequence of current events matches IPCC predictions.”  This will be difficult given that the IPCC didn’t even make projections for 2010.  I welcome in the comments efforts to justify the claim by the WMO. (more…)

Russian Temps Turn Up Heat On Warmers

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Source:  Courtesy of IBD

A Russian think tank alleges that climate-change data obtained from that country have been cherry-picked to overstate a rise in temperatures. With Russia accounting for a large portion of the world’s land mass, incorrect data there could affect the analysis of global temperatures.

The Institute of Economic Analysis, an independent Moscow-based organization, issued the report Tuesday. It was titled, “How Warming Is Being Made: The Case of Russia.”

It alleged that England’s Hadley Centre for Climate Change and the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, the U.K.’s two top climate research outfits, had improperly selected climate data from Russia.

The Hadley Centre has issued a statement saying it was impossible for them to have tampered with the data. The same statement conceded possible flaws, but these were due to “the limited availability of Northern Hemisphere high latitude observations.” It further claimed that its data may actually have underestimated the warming trend in Russia. (more…)