Over at Joe Romm’s blog ‘TP’, they’ve been working themselves up into a froth over Tropical Storm Sandy. So I offered some wisdom to
pour oil on troubled waters counter their drivel. It was a pretty innocuous comment I thought, but it has been censored anyway. Here are the before and after screenshots.
Odd really, since Joe has allowed ‘Trucker Mark’ to mention hurricane Hazel
Here is a record of a much more powerful late-season storm that hit the same general area of the US in mid-October of 1954, Hurricane Hazel, which was a strong Category III storm:
Must be that Joe doesn’t like the idea that the Moon’s spring tide was more of a factor than sea level rise in the Sandy flooding. Right on cue, Anthony Watts has just posted an article about JPL finally admitting the satellite altimetry data ain’t very good:
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Cracking post Anthony. John Daly was saying this 16 years ago. The error range was +/- 75mm at best. That’s twice the sea level rise since 1993. Signal lost in noise indeed. I don’t see how this new gizmo is going to recover those data though. Changes in orbits due to solar wind variation etc are not steady or regular in magnitude.
There is also the human factor:
“In 2003 the satellite altimetry record was mysteriously tilted upwards to imply a sudden sea level rise rate of 2.3mm per year. When I criticised this dishonest adjustment at a global warming conference in Moscow, a British member of the IPCC delegation admitted in public the reason for this new calibration: ‘We had to do so, otherwise there would be no trend.’”
-Nils -Axel Morner-
I hope JPL will be telling us a lot more about their methodology than the article reveals so far. Well done for flagging up this important measurement issue.
No worries about this one making it through moderation, WUWT is open for debate.