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Austin’s March For Science (UPDATED)

I Have Arrived Upon my arrival at the Texas Capitol on Saturday morning, I snapped a rare selfie to document my appearance at the event. (Copyright © 2017 by Wil C. Fry.) On Earth Day 2017, I attended the March For Science in Austin, Texas — the closest of about 600 worldwide satellite marches (the[…]

What Is The ‘Most Important Problem’ In The U.S.?

Government spying on its own citizens is seen by some as an important issue (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Americans disagree with each other on almost everything, it seems. We can’t even agree on which issues are most important. A Gallup survey just before the inauguration revealed that there is no stand-out issue[…]

We Need To Stop Disagreeing On Facts And Start Arguing Solutions

Oddly, too many arguments between the left and right in our country have shifted into arguments about whether facts are true. Evolution is real! — No it’s not! Climate change is real! — No it’s not! Racial bias in policing! — Doesn’t exist! Guns are dangerous! — Second Amendment! Tax the wealthy! — Taxation is[…]

UPDATE: August 2016: Warmest Month Ever Recorded

Instead of continuing to fill my blog’s database with new entries, I’m just going to update this old one. Annual global temperatures; each line indicates a year, spanning 1880-2016 Click here to see it full size (NASA/Gavin Schmidt) NASA’s global temperature average dataset was released a couple of days ago; it shows that August 2016[…]

May 2016: Warmest On Record

2016 is set to outpace previous years Click here to see it full size (Image source: Climate Central) Another month, another record for global temperatures. This is not going away any time soon. May 2016 was the warmest May on record, the latest in a string of many record-breaking months. “So far this year every[…]

April 2016: Warmest On Record

Click here to see it full size Do these posts sound repetitive yet? Repetitive enough that you just skim past them? That’s fine. I’m not writing for you; I’m posting for that hypothetical one person who might still be on the fence about all this, who wonders about it. Most people won’t change their opinions[…]

March 2016: Warmest Ever

A small pool of water in an otherwise arid climate. Llano County, Texas. (Copyright © 2015 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   According to data just released by NASA, March 2016 was the hottest March on record, breaking the record set just last year (or March 2010, depending on which dataset one uses).[…]

February 2016: Warmest On Record

February temperatures in Killeen, Texas, over the past seven years (Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry.) Not only was February 2016 the warmest February on record, but it was the most abnormally warm of any month on record, according to both NASA and a European climate group. “Averaging over twelve-month periods, which further smooths[…]

Dear People Of The Future

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Published on: 2016.03.02

Dear future humans (or whatever sentient earthlings call themselves in your time): Hello from 2016! Congratulations on still existing. I assume you’re thankful that the generation before mine didn’t launch the thousands of ICBMs they built. Naturally, I wonder what advances you’ve made, and whether only the richest and most powerful among you enjoy them[…]

January 2016: Warmest On Record

See full size image Source: NASA “January 2016 was not only Earth’s warmest January on record, but also featured the largest warm departure from average for any month, according to two separate analyses released this week.” Source: The Weather Channel “Scientists confirmed Wednesday that last month was the warmest January since records began, continuing a[…]

November 2015: Warmest On Record

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Published on: 2015.12.15

So the Earth isn’t warming, you say? It’s been on “hiatus”, you say? November 2015 was the warmest November on record. It’s now all but certain that 2015 will eclipse 2014 as the warmest year on record. And this is while we continue to pump 40 billion tons of CO₂ into the atmosphere every year,[…]

October 2015: Warmest On Record

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Published on: 2015.11.18

Notes Around The World Click to view larger (Image courtesy of NOAA) According to the NOAA, October 2015 was not only the warmest October on record, globally, but the “greatest above-average departure from average for any month”. The previous record was set in October 2014. Additionally, the January-October average is the highest on record, surpassing[…]

September 2015: Warmest On Record

So, September 2015 was keeping up with the Joneses, going into the record books as the warmest September on record. Further, 2015’s January through September was the hottest January through September of any year on record, leading several to predict that 2015 will break 2014’s mark as the warmest year ever recorded. (To clarify, for[…]

August 2015: Hottest Ever (Or Very Close)

NASA’s climate data (text file) shows August 2015 as the second-warmest August on record, very close to 2014’s record (with 2011 in third place). According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, August 2015 was the hottest August on record, with 2014 in second place, followed by 1998. (Their numbers are different because they’re using different data[…]

Choosing The Wrong Thing To Get Angry About: Denali Edition

Denali National Park, Alaska (Copyright © 2009 by A.Z. Fry.) I suppose I really wasn’t surprised that some folks got angry over the “renaming” of Mount McKinley to Denali. Despite the mountain having been called Denali for thousands of years, a prospector renamed it “McKinley” in 1896, after a man who wasn’t even president yet.[…]

July 2015: Warmest On Record

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Published on: 2015.08.14

According to both NASA (here) and the Japan Meteorological Agency (here), July 2015 was the warmest ever recorded, globally. Discover Magazine says it’s likely that 2015 will break last year’s new record of warmest year. According to Accuweather, three previous Julys were very close: 2011, 2009 and 1998. The first seven months of 2015 are[…]

June 2015: Hottest June Ever

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Published on: 2015.07.26

Another in a string of record-breaking months for global temperature averages, June 2015 is officially the warmest June on record, according to the NOAA. It’s true if you only count land temperatures, or if you only count ocean temperatures, or if you add them together. The previous record holder was June 2014. Combined averages for[…]

The Pope: A Sea Change For Global Warming?

Industry on the sea, Corpus Christi, Texas (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   Pardon the pun in the headline — because sea levels are rising measurably — but I was encouraged to read about Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s (formally known as Pope Francis) recent 188-page encyclical on the environment. Read it[…]

May 2015: Second-Warmest On Record (TIE)

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Published on: 2015.06.16

Last month tied May 2012 for the second-warmest May of all time (behind May 2014). In case you’re keeping score, last year was the warmest year on record. This year, January, February, April, and May have each taken second place — and March was the warmest March ever. Combined, that means 2015 is already on[…]

April 2015: Second-Warmest Ever

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Published on: 2015.05.14

Here’s a direct link to NASA’s data set. April 2015’s global mean surface temperature was 0.75°C higher than the long-term average. Only April 2010 was warmer. The data also shows that the four-month period to start this year (January through April) was the hottest four-month beginning of any year on record. The past 12 months[…]

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