Tagged: ENSO

Something for the weekend: boy child birth on the way, will get feet wet - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 09, 2014

Odds are shortening on the imminent arrival of an El Niño, as Peter Sinclair explores in his latest video for the Yale Climate & Media Forum (see also Climate Progress), and we can expect a wild ride. Meanwhile the ice continues to melt and the oceans rise: in Wellington and Christchurch they’re planning for 1 […] … Read More

Herald gives de Freitas platform to smear climate science - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker May 01, 2014

Climate change denier and Auckland University geographer Chris de Freitas seems to have fast access to the dialogue pages of the NZ Herald. His latest effort this week is a long ramble ostensibly around the possibility of an El Niño this year, but at its centre contains a nasty slur on the honesty of climate […] … Read More

Still warming after all these years (again) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 10, 2013

Spread this excellent new video from the talented team at Skeptical Science far and wide. It explains why the latest denialist trope — no warming for 16 years — is rubbish. Take out the impact of the three biggest factors driving natural variations in the global average temperature — volcanoes, the El Niño Southern Oscillation [...] … Read More

The big hydrological OE in New Zealand - Waiology

Waiology Aug 10, 2012

Guest post By Jasper Hoeve, visiting student from the University of Twente, Netherlands I am a third year Civil Engineering student at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. As part of our studies, we have to do an internship at a company relevant to our field. I thought this was a good excuse to travel to the other side of … Read More

McLean’s folly 2: the reckoning - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 12, 2012

Ten months ago, Aussie “sceptic” John McLean predicted that 2011 would be “the coolest year since 1956″. I pointed out at the time that this was nonsense, and so it has proven to be. I’ve taken the GISS global temperature figure for Jan – Nov 2011 (+0.51ºC compared to the 1951-80 average) and added it [...] … Read More

Shapes of things (2012 and all that) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 29, 2011

‘Tis the silly season, time for journalists with little real news to report to reflect on the year past and make predictions for the year to come. I don’t normally play that game because there are too many interesting things to write about on the climate beat, but this year I’m going to make an [...] … Read More

The Climate Show #20: the boys are back (on Tuvalu) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 20, 2011

Battling against rural broadband that resembled digital molasses (or the bunker oil being pumped out of the Rena), Gareth returns to NZ and joins Glenn Williams and John Cook to discuss drought in Tuvalu, the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), floods and sea level falls, ocean cooling (that isn’t), solar towers of power and much, [...] … Read More

Catch a fire (worst year since 1816) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 26, 2011

The extraordinary sequence of extreme weather events during the last 18 months is probably the worst run of natural disasters since 1816, when a huge volcanic eruption at Mt Tambora cooled the earth enough to cause the famous “year without a summer“, according to a powerful blog post by Weather Underground founder Jeff Masters. He [...] … Read More

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