Watts Up With That?

From The Senate EPW Jim Inhofe Press Office, well worth your time to watch.

Dr. John Christy, Alabama’s State Climatologist, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing on global warming and stated:

“During the heat wave of late June and early July, high temperature extremes became newsworthy. Claims that there were thousands of records broken each day and that “this is what global warming looks like” got a lot of attention.

However, these headlines were not based on climate science. As shown in Figure 1.3 of my testimony it is scientifically more accurate to say that this is what Mother Nature looks like, since events even worse than these have happened in the past before greenhouse gases were increasing like they are today.

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  1. robert barclay says:

    The thing that is frustrating about this whole AGW argument is that it is so unecessary. AGW does not exist and cannot exist because surface tension blocks heat. It does NOT block radiation.
    If you fire a heat gun at the surface of water you will find that the water is very reluctant to accept heat. Cover the water with a floating object such as a metal baking tray and apply the same heat and the heat uptake is many times greater than the uncovered water. Science has always assumed that water obeys the second law of thermodynamics but nobody actually tests it. Get a heat gun and a bucket of water.

  2. Bill MacLean says:

    The reason for the heat gun behavior is that water has a huge Latent Heat of Vaporization. You are evaporating the surface and transporting 591 calories per gram into the air! A pan on the surface blocks the evaporation so the heat goes into the water, not the air.

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