Falling snow flakes are humbling. Not just because of their beauty, but also because of their gentle ability to completely paralyse a developed and overpopulated country with traffic jams, clogged railroad switches and closed runways. But although that (together with … Continue reading
Heard about Sunday’s big climate news? We are afraid it is actually twice as bad as most media reports suggest:
In climatology development of the average may differ substantially from the extremes – both as a characteristic of the normal distribution – and the possibility of skewness increases. On average the Dutch climate shows a clear warming trend – but … Continue reading
In the last two or three years high pressure blockades dominated the West European December months and many countries including the UK, the Netherlands and Germany could enjoy White Christmases. Christmas Day 2010: some lovely sunshine over a frozen and … Continue reading
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Conventional reading suggests glaciers and ice sheets are formed top-down, by the cumulative compaction of snowflakes. New research published in Science today shows there is a bottom-up component too – at least for the East Antarctic ice sheet.
In 2010 Greenland lost more surface ice mass than in any other year since modern observations began, researchers of City College New York reported on Friday.
Sedimentary structures encountered in South Australian rocks indicate that parts of the sea in which they were formed were open, and therefore unfrozen, during at least part of the Cryogenian, or ‘Snowball Earth’.
Short news, but relevant to a possible temperature record for 2010 and to spicing up the current UN climate negotiations in Cancún:
The sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is late to reach its yearly minimum. Daily satellite measurements show that after a small recovery with some net expanding, melting continued through the second half of September. Usually around this time of … Continue reading