Around the web — 11/17/09

Sarah Palin — I am a conservative and Republican, but I am no fan of Sarah Palin. I groaned when McCain selected her for his running mate, as it completely took away the “experience” argument against Obama. Rod Dreher (Crunchy Con) has a good review of Going Rogue.

Senators as cartographersNational Geographic has state maps drawn by U.S. Senators (HT: The Map Room).

Warm-blooded dinosaurs — This has been debated for thirty some years, but Earth Magazine reports on further evidence for warm-bloodedness.

More high highs than low lows — Global warming skeptics regularly report whenever there is a record low temperature somewhere. “Thirty-two below in Bismarck, North Dakota; sure seems like global warming…” The National Science Foundation reports that record highs in the U.S. in the 2000s have been twice as common as record lows (HT: Geology News)

Volcanoes galore — Many people are not aware that there is a volcano erupting somewhere all the time. The Volcanism Blog posts updates on many of these.

Grace and Peace

One thought on “Around the web — 11/17/09

  1. WebMonk

    On the global warming topic you posted, there are a couple issues that I haven’t seen reported about the study you reference. The increase in the ratio of warm records to cool records is a bit more complicated than the graphs suggest.

    One, the number of warm records haven’t increased (in fact they’re declining slightly) – it’s the number of low records that have decreased. The highs aren’t getting any higher (they’re getting less frequent), the “increase” shown in the graph is because the lows are dropping even faster.

    I also saw another person recreate the same graph as what you showed here, but going back 130 years. In the 1910s, 30s, and 40s there were WAY more warm records set than there were records set in the 1990s and 2000s.

    As far as I can tell, that particular study is doing a bit of statistical slight of hand. Not false, but not giving a very accurate picture, either.


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