January 2017 was third-warmest January on record

A map of the January 2017 LOTI

A map of the January 2017 LOTI (land-ocean temperature index) anomaly -Credit: NASA/GISS
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Online — January 2017 was the third warmest January in 137 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

Last month’s temperature was 0.20 °C cooler than the warmest,  January 2016. However, it was 0.92 °C warmer than the mean January temperature from 1951-1980.

Two of the three top January temperature anomalies have been during the past two years. Continue reading

Earth Networks Launches Sferic Product Line to Automate Weather-Influenced Decisions Across the Globe

Collaborative products enable organizations to access

By Filomena Martini

Sferic Maps is easy to use and is fully responsive for easy use on any device.GERMANTOWN, MD, USA  – (BUSINESS WIRE) –  Earth Networks has announced the launch of Sferic Maps and Sferic Mobile – advanced weather visualization, decision support and collaboration products designed to reduce risk and improve operations for organizations across weather-sensitive industries.

Vertical markets including energy, education, insurance and airport operations, as well as local, state, and federal governments now have the tools needed to automate decisions surrounding severe weather situations and communicate with their teams to prepare for disruptive events. Continue reading

Vaisala Ships First Units of SP-12 Solar Weather Station

Turn-key solar measurement solution

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SP-12 Solar Weather Station Installed (Click Image for Details)

Online — Vaisala has launched a new, ready-to-install solar weather station that provides all of the instrumentation required by solar project developers, operators and their engineering teams for best practice resource assessment and monitoring.

The SP-12 Solar Weather Station, available in multiple configurations, measures the full range of environmental parameters that affect solar project performance.

The SP-12 Solar Weather Station, mounted on a 2-meter tower and booms, combines industry-leading Kipp & Zonen pyranometers with Vaisala’s next-generation WXT536 multi-weather sensor, capable of measuring wind speed and direction, ambient temperature, humidity, pressure and rainfall. Continue reading

Lightning Kills Students in Zimbabwe

By Filomena Martini

lightning killsOnline — Lightning kills students often in many African countries.

Studies show that this is because of high lightning frequencies, unsafe lightning shelters and greater everyday exposure.

Most recently, a cloud-to-ground strike killed five students and injured 34 more in Zimbabwe. Continue reading

Estimating changes in global temperature since the pre-industrial period

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society: Abstract of Early Release Paper

Screen Shot AMS LogoOnline  —  Better defining (or altogether avoiding) the term ‘pre-industrial’ would aid interpretation of internationally agreed global temperature limits and estimation of the required constraints to avoid reaching those limits.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process agreed in Paris to limit global surface temperature rise to ‘well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels’. But what period is ‘pre-industrial’? Continue reading