Uncovered: decades-old government report showing climate data was bad, unfit for purpose

*Here is some really useful information on the Climate Change situation.*

Watts Up With That?

IPCC Knew from Start Climate Data Inadequate

Climate Monitoring Weather Station at the University of Arizona, Tucson, measuring temperature in the University parking lot if front of the Atmospheric Science Building. The station has since been closed. 2007 Photo by Warren Meyer

Guest opinion: Dr. Tim Ball

In 1999, the National Academy of Sciences, the research arm of the National Research Council, released a study expressing concern about the accuracy of the data used in the debate over climate change. They said there are,

“Deficiencies in the accuracy, quality and continuity of the records,” that “place serious limitations on the confidence that can be placed in the research results.”

The people who reached these conclusions and their affiliations at the time follows.

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  • THOMAS R. KARL (Chair), National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, North Carolina
  • ROBERT E. DICKINSON,University of Arizona, Tucson
  • MAURICE BLACKMON,National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
  • BERT BOLIN,University of Stockholm…

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January Morning

I don’t know what it is about January, but it seems to generate some of the more dramatic sunrises of the year. This was earlier in the current week.

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This reminds me of paintings I have seen and loved, dramatic, powerful, enlightening, uplifting.

Ice Mosaic

The normal high temperature in Chicago in January is around 32 F. Last week we had several days where temps ranged up into the 50’s. As a result the usually frozen solid surface of Lake Michigan yielded.

I think the resulting ice mosaic is kind of cool.

ice mosaic

The sun  had risen an hour or so earlier, but was hiding in the clouds. I saw this on my morning bike ride.

Chicago Lakefront Sculpture – Nautilus

Besides the wonderful sunrises, wildlife and skyline, Chicago has also dotted the lakefront with various forms of art. One of my favorites is Nautilus by Suzanne Horwitz. I have zero art education. As with music I just know what I like.

The sun really brings it to life

Here is Nautilus. I think it is magnificent. I see it every day. There is a feeling of strength about it that I love. It looks to me like it rose up out of the ground by its own power. It also looks like one of nature’ s perfect forms, like a cloud or a flower. It’s surface appears to be brushed aluminum. Lastly, unlike every other piece of sculpture on the lakefront, it doesn’t look manufactured, it strikes me as organic like it just burst through the ground right there.

Here is Nautilus from a distance.

Yesterday while riding by, I encountered a woman who seemed to be polishing it. I stopped and actually met Suzanne Horwitz, the artist, who was there putting on a coat of polish before Chicago’s winter struck with its snow, ice and rock salt.

She said she enjoyed coming down to the lakefront and hearing reactions to Nautilus. She named it Nautilus because there is a feeling of the sea about it.

The artist polishing Nautilus

Her bio says, “Horwitz’s sculpture won recognition at the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey. Her work is represented in the corporate collections of The Options Clearing Corporation in Chicago and Goldman Sachs in New York. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan.”

You can see more of her wonderful work at her website.

Enjoy!

Tony