* Posts by Steve Briggs

4 posts • joined 22 Aug 2007

Global warming fingered as Superstorm Sandy supersizer

Steve Briggs

Had the storm been of the same magnitude as the famous "Long Island Express" hurricane of 1938, way more damage would have been seen. That hurricane moved northward at 70 mph vs. the slow meandering @ 30 mph of Sandy. Had it occurred at spring tide, it would have also caused more damage. If we continue to build in flood prone areas, we'll have more damage to structures when flood hit.

CAGW doesn't exist, at least like it's portrayed.

1. Urban heat islands exist, but that's land use, not global warming. Most of the meteorological sites fail quality tests for measurement. Rural sites show no significant temperature change, while urban sites show increasing temperatures.

2. The sea level is creeping up at ~3mm/yr, or falling, depending where you take the measurements. Sties with subsidence show greater rates of sea level rise - surprise.

3. The Arctic Ocean is melting more, but it's done so in the past too - see the early 20th Century. Mariners have sailed between the Atlantic and Pacific for centuries, and documented it in ships logs.

4. The Antarctic ice is increasing, and the icebergs breaking off are already floating before they break off - note glaciers retreat, not advance, as temperatures rise, so that's not the cause of the icebergs.

5. ENSO drives our climate strongly and the oscillations correlate well with our climate changes.

6. The Pacific Decadal Oscillation drives the Arctic Ocean melt, as does changes in the AMO, Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation.

7. None of the ARGO floats even remotely hint at the "missing heat" in the ocean.

8. It's been a lot warmer in the past 10,000 years than it is now - despite the attempts at using manipulated proxie graphs to try to show sudden change.

If you want to see the unmaniplulated data and make up your own mind, visit the dataset pages of WUWT. You don't have to read the blog, just use the data pages, they're on the lower righthand side of the column. Sea Ice, ENSO, TSI, etc. There, and with the raw data for inquiring minds. Some of the datasets are large, you might want to bone up on R for processing them.


Resistance is futile? Memristor RAM now cheap as chips

Steve Briggs

A ways to go? More like several continents away

The dimensions of the device make it a total non-starter 12500 x 12500 nm:??? WUWT?

I'd like to be hopeful, but that's going to require a lot of shrinkage to get to competitive.


Flash and the five-minute rule

Steve Briggs

Can you say ssstttttuuuutttttteeerrrrr - I knew you could!

Flash is wonderful for write-a-few, read-mostly apps. It's great for storing apps too large to be held in memory with the data they're processing. It is not a one size fits all solution.

Testing in Silicon Valley (not necessarily intended testing either) has shown that once the drive fills up and it's mandatory to erase a block to permit the next write to occur, the huge latency for erase-write causes a stuttering sensation to the user. Fast, slow, fast, slow, fast, fast, fast, slow, slow, throw monitor through wall.

The video on demand example is one of hundreds where the read-mostly scenario is violated.


The upshot, your mileage may very a lot - YMMVaL


Climate change: looking for a haystack, not a needle

Steve Briggs

Orbital precession - that's the ticket!

When all is said and done, the precession of the earth's axis has more effect and correlates better with Ice Ages, and Global Warming than anything else. Changes in Coriolis effect due to the tipping will affect ocean currents, winds aloft, and probably other weather control effects that we haven't discovered yet.

This has been known for at least 1 century.