New Climate Tool (Part 2)

A short tutorial showing how to use some of my new software features to fact check climate claims made by the press.

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3 Responses to New Climate Tool (Part 2)

  1. Eli the Pit Bulldog says:

    Needs to be sent to all media, including National Weather Service offices

  2. johnbuk says:

    Fantastic Tony.
    Here in the UK we love reading the NYT description of how we are living on offal and how racist we all are. Sure beats a lot of the comedy shows the BBC is trying to ram down our throats.

  3. conrad ziefle says:

    I’ve been trying to use the RealClimateTool to study the hottest day ever in Livermore, California, Sept of this year, and the claim we “blew out all previous records ( 1 degree F, if that constitutes “blowing out”). So my first problem was that the graph appeared to not population with data. After fooling around, I found that if I used Fire Fox then the data would show up. Also, on a different computer, the data showed. So I’ll let the mystery remain and use the systems that work for me.
    Then I thought that it would be nice if I could download the data to a file, either txt or csv. I found in the help section, there are ways to do that. But when I tried, I only got a 1kb file, which includes a URL for a ftp address at NOAA. I think the program creates a custom file at NOAA, but I don’t have all the right protocols to grab it, so I’m stuck hand transferring the data to my Excel spreadsheet.
    Still, I learned some interesting things. First, at the time that the temperature record was set, it was set for one day. I don’t remember which, Sept 5th or 6th. However, the NOAA data shows the new record being 116F on both days. It almost looks like NOAA declared the day to end at the peak temperature time, so that they could declare two days at that temperature. It is highly unlikely that two days indeed had the same peak temperature. I’m assuming that the official temperature station is at the Lawrence Livermore Lab. Across town at the Livermore Airport the peak temperature was 113F on one day, and wasn’t that close to that on the other day. I know that the temperature can vary do to siting, etc. even across a little town like Livermore, but you would expect that if one site gave two identical temperatures, then the other site would at least have two temperatures that were close to each other, like 112 & 113. But it’s not that way.
    The second bit of odd information is that NOAA appears to allow authorized people to add or alter data. I assume that these are other scientists at universities etc, but still, how do they do quality control?
    Anyway, instruction on how to get the csv or a txt file of the data would be greatly appreciated.

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