Sea Level Rising NOT Flooding Pacific Islands

The Pacific nation of Tuvalu—long seen as a prime candidate to disappear as climate change forces up sea levels—is actually growing in size, new research shows.

A University of Auckland study examined changes in the geography of Tuvalu’s nine atolls and 101 reef islands between 1971 and 2014, using aerial photographs and satellite imagery.
It found eight of the atolls and almost three-quarters of the islands grew during the study period, lifting Tuvalu’s total land area by 2.9 percent, even though sea levels in the country rose at twice the global average.

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Posted in Analysis, Climate Change, Sea Level

Government Produced Global Warming

This is an example of how NOAA produces global warming, they just change the data to suit their political needs. Here is one example from Maine using NOAA’s own data.


This Maine data was captured in 2013. Note no warming trend.



After a major upgrade to the NOAA database, the warmest year was reduce by 5 degrees an assigned a middle of the pack position. Now we have an NOAA generated warming trend for Maine winters. See how the warming magic happens, just adjust the data. Make the past colder and the present warmer, and all of a sudden we have global warming.

See how easy it is to fool people on the left who refuse to look at the historical data, choosing instead to rely on appeals to authority arguments.  An authority that can adjust the data to fit the politics of the day.

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Longest Sea Level Measurement Shows NO Acceleration



The mean sea level (MSL) trend at Wismar, Germany is +1.43 mm/year with a 95% confidence interval of ±0.11 mm/year, based on monthly mean sea level data from 1866/1 to 2015/12.‡ That is equivalent to a change of 0.56 feet in 100 years. (R‑squared = 0.368)

The plot shows the monthly mean sea level without the regular seasonal fluctuations due to coastal ocean temperatures, salinities, winds, atmospheric pressures, and ocean currents. By default, the long-term linear trend is also shown, in red, along with its 95% confidence interval. The plotted values are relative to the most recent Mean Sea Level datum established by NOAA CO-OPS.

Go HERE and you can see sea level plots from around the world and the data shows no acceleration in rising due to CO2 emissions.

Here are some local plots



Posted in Climate Change, Sea Level | 1 Comment

NID Fake News? (2nd,Update 01-24-2018)

NID launches a fake news campaign in The Union to support the development of more water collection dams, pointing out that relying on the snowpack is no longer a reliable option due to anthropogenic climate change. The message is we need dams to collect rain to survive anthropogenic droughts.

Study shows warming temperatures shifting snow to rain across Sierra Nevada.

I am all for more dams as California is subject to long-term droughts due to natural variability which I have discussed in this blog post:

Who caused these droughts?  There was no danger of anthropogenic climate change during these droughts. Why do humans cause droughts now? Why not the same variability that caused these drought periods throughout the history of  California?


See my comment posted following the article in The Union.

Update 01-24-2018   The Union has removed my comments on this article questioning the validity of the climate models used in the study reported in the article.  I  have asked for the publisher and editor to explain the removal.  Stay Tuned, I will share the response in an update. (See 2nd Update)

2nd Update 01-24-2018  I received a nice reply from Brian Hamilton, the removal was an error and the comments are restored.

This was not an intentional action on our end (we are very careful not to remove comments, unless they violate our policies). We have had this occur on occasion recently and our IT folks are looking into what causes comments to drop off. I can assure you it had nothing to do with the content of your comments


Posted in California, Climate, Climate Change, Drought, Local, Local Media | 1 Comment

Heads/Hands Learning

In a comment at the Other Voices Column in The Union by George
Rebane, Greg Zaller wrote:

I just bought the video “Most Likely to Succeed” for our local library in the hope a public screening and discussion will result that generates some activism around getting our schools up to speed with the 21st century. Less talk, more do.

While watching the film trailer attached to the URL in Greg’s comment, I remembered an article I had written for the Nevada County Business News about Charles Litton’s views on education.

Early Entrepreneur, Litton Engineering Laboratory

An Education Vision for Our Community

Charles Litton’s vision of economic success in Nevada County included more than just own machine tools and tools for manufacturing vacuum tube business; he was also interested in growing a technically educated workforce in the whole county. It was in part was to full fill his own need for skilled technicians in his manufacturing business, but also to provide opportunities for the youth in the community to find good high paying jobs.

In a letter to Harold Weaver, President of Sierra College, he described a recommended course of study for technicians in the electronics field. He assumed that high school graduates interested in a career in electronics would be familiar with basic electricity, the fundamentals of circuits and measurements, and have an understanding of how to make qualitative measurements using instruments common to the field. In other words, they had graduated from high school electric shop.

“It would be of great advantage for the student to have built something, a piece of gear, radio receiver, vacuum tube voltmeter, etc., wrote Litton.

Litton made a distinction between education and training. Training was what high schools and the military provided, “Junior College”, or as Litton referred to it, a J.C. was about education. In his letter, Litton thought J.C. was the breaking point when learning started. In his view, a Graduate Technician would have the following academic and shop training: Science and Physics, Inorganic Chemistry, Math (algebra through differential and integral calculus), Mechanical Drawing, Wood and Plastic Shop, Molten Metal Shop, Machine Tool Shop, Electrical, and Electronics Laboratory. Upon graduation the student should be capable of designing one of the following according to Litton: Vacuum Tube Volt Meter, Cathode Ray Oscilloscope, Audio Oscillator, or limited range signal generator.

In Litton’s view, technical education needs a strong heads/hands connection. A connection that he learned in his four years at Lick-Wilmerding, a San Francisco private high school founded in 1895, that promotes the development of the head, heart, and hands of all attending students. Students are asked to imagine a project, designed it, and then finally created it in the school’s shops and labs. Litton encouraged Sierra College to adopt a similar approach.

In February of 1954 Litton wrote to the headmaster at Link-Wilmerding on the value of his education at the school:
“ . . . As I look back, it is easy to see that the head/hands program at Link-Wilmerding contributed a great deal more to my life’s work than did the subsequent university education . . .my four years at Link-Wilmerding were by far the most important in my educational life, and while there is no need to detract from my years at Stanford, which was of certain great value, the molding job was already done.”

Today Sierra College has a campus on Litton Hill in a way a monument to Litton’s emphasis on education and the long-term impact on the community’s economy. In his vision, a well-educated workforce would benefit his business and attract other business to the community.

In his August 1953 offer for the Memorial Hospital Litton wrote:

“It has long been my opinion that communities such as Grass Valley and Nevada City could greatly benefit from more diversification of industrial endeavor. Most such communities cannot provide opportunity for their younger citizens who might like to engage in the trades or professionally in scientific and electrical fields, and providing such an industry at this time – if successful – might well lead to other complimentary light industries following suit, thus providing more opportunities than we alone could hope for.“

For many years the local economy benefited from Litton’s vision. He was instrumental in bring Grass Valley Group to Nevada County, and over the years many companies with roots in GVG were spun off, and they prospered. Litton’s vision for a healthy technical educational institution for local youth was not as successful. Sixty years later we are still struggling. With the failure of education to produce the products that our local tech industry needs, the community might benefit from reviewing Charles Litton’s vision and a prescription for success. More heads/hand education in our schools, starting with high school and advance the concept in our local J.C.


Ellen and I recently toured the Curious Forge and discovered it has wood, metal, jewelry and electronic workshops, computers, 3D printers, and laser cutters. It could be a great partner in launching a heads/hands approach to education.  More details on our tour HERE. Link to the Curious Forge is HERE.


Posted in California, Education, Local, Local Media | 1 Comment

Does Climate Change Create More Extreme Weather, Part 1?

By Russ Steele

Hydrogeologist Steve Baker gives the weekly Water Report on KVMR our local progressive radio station at 89.5 FM and on the internet at He is claiming that anthropogenic climate change is causing “extreme weather”.

I find that disturbing as California hydrologist Baker should be aware of the long-term trends that have shaped the state’s hydrology, and that California has been subjected to extreme weather for centuries long before the advent anthropogenic global warming, re-labeled climate change, was a public concern. If he was a well-read hydrologist and had read the IPCC reports on climate change he would know that the current data on floods, drought, and tornadoes have similar historical records showing no indication of becoming more severe or frequent. The IPCC concludes:

“There continues to be a lack of evidence and thus low confidence regarding the sign of trend in the magnitude and/or frequency of floods on a global scale.”

“There is low confidence in observed trends in small spatial-scale phenomena such as tornadoes and hail.”

“There is low confidence in detection and attribution of changes in drought over global land areas since the mid-20th century.”

Let’s let the flood, drought and tornado data speak to the issue. I will post on each issue in a separate post. I am not a climatologist, so my job is to find the data collected and analyzed by qualified scientists and present it for your consideration. Stay Tuned!

Posted in Analysis, Climate Change, Weather | 1 Comment

Obama Administration Lied About Climate Change

From the DailyCaller


Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told The Wall Street Journal Monday that bureaucrats within former President Barack Obama’s administration spun scientific data to manipulate public opinion.

“What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin said, referring to elements within the Obama administration he said were responsible for manipulating climate data.

He pointed to a National Climate Assessment in 2014 showing hurricane activity has increased from 1980 as an illustration of how federal agencies fudged climate data. Koonin said the NCA’s assessment was technically incorrect.

“What they forgot to tell you, and you don’t know until you read all the way into the fine print is that it actually decreased in the decades before that,” he said.

Levin pointed to Koonin’s statement as yet more evidence that the Obama administration had let ideology trump the truth and outright “lied” to the American people.

“We were lied to. We were lied to in order to advance an ideology,” said the radio host.

The administration’s actions, he argued, were all part of its larger goal of promoting the ideals of “the socialist Left, the Marxist Left,” which seeks to tear down capitalism piece by piece and “nationalize economic decision making.” The global warming “myth,” said Levin, is one of the Left’s key tools in promoting that destructive ideology.

As White highlights in his report, Koonin explained that press officers working with key scientific agencies like the National Oceanic Administration (NOAA) and NASA, repeatedly crafted misleading reports on climate data. Though the UN’s Panel on Climate Change found that there “is limited evidence of changes in extremes associated with other climate variables since the mid-20th century” and that current data shows “no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century,” the administration presented a far different picture.

Here is the ACE Index, let the data speak for the truth:


Posted in Analysis, Climate Change, Weather