Ric Werme's Guide to
Watts Up With That

Anthony Watts' Watts Up With That? blog is hosted by Wordpress, a blog host that works best for bloggers who post a few articles each week. Anthony and his crew post several articles per day, and trying to hunt down old articles is a bit frustrating. There is a search mechanism, but that seems limited to keywords in the original article. You can also look at a day's posts, but that's an inefficient way to browse through old articles.

People making comments have no hints as to how to format them. There used to be the barest of hints below the comment box, but it was a poor list, even wrong in places, and no longer displays. See the bottom of this document for better guidance.

WUWT Navigation Bars

Every so often, please take a break from reading the recent posts and comments to check the two navigation bars.

The top bar (with labels from "Home" to "WUWT stuff" goes to permanent posts that are updated frequently, sometimes automatically, sometimes manually. The most important label is "Resource Pages". When you hover the cursor over it, a submenu appears listing the the various domains WUWT covers. The most popular of these is the Sea Ice Reference Page. Many readers like to follow the progression of Arctic sea ice extent each summer because of the frequent handwringing from Al Gore and the NSIDC about how soon we'll have an ice free Arctic. Given that we've only had good data for this since polar satellites started returning images of ice cover, no one can make authoritative predictions for the current season, let alone the next.

The right side nav bar is a potpourri of information and links to internal and external sites. The search box searches the content WUWT posts but not the comments. It's a good way to hunt down some post on a subject you remember reading about. Some links go to Anthony's business, Weather Shop (please buy stuff there!), some have current images of a subject and a link to more information. Anthony's lists of other blogs is unique in that he links to blogs that are major detractors of WUWT, most of which disparage WUWT but don't link to it.

Everything else is pretty much self explanatory. It changes frequently enough so a periodic check is worthwhile to see what's new and what you've forgotten about.

WUWT Tables of Contents

Two series of ToCs are available:

Monthly - This is good to check if you know approximately when something happened and want to look for relevant posts. Even better, this is a good way to see what else was happening then.

Categories - This is good to check if you are interested in particular topics. Even better, if you are looking for topics to be interested in, check out the list.

You can also use the right side nav bar to find the same information displayed as WordPress see fit. This includes some text at the beginning of each post. My pages only have the title, and everything is in a single web page. They both have their merits.

WUWT Classics

Here are some posts that deserve to used as reference works, not just as comment-du-jour. The real reference is usually elsewhere, but a lot of us heard it first here.

Guest poster Willis Eschenbach always comes up with fascinating posts. Even his autobiographical posts are remarkable. He's collected An Index to Willis's Writings up to May 2011 and deserves this special entry here.

Titles and Links for the Last Two Weeks

Information here (and in the monthly and category pages) is collected soon after midnight Pacific time (which is WUWT time, at least as far as dates go). The "Recent" column is the number of comments made yesterday and may be most useful for finding older posts that are still active for some reason. Sometimes those reasons are an interesting exchange of information and collaboration. Sometimes it's just two pig-headed bores who don't know when to stop. Sometimes you can't tell the difference!

Daily summary Total WUWT
views to date
WUWT index page for 2014 Aug 31198,503,655
Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #143 1212
Climate Cycles, Climate Mechanisms and Determining Accurate Dates 5353
National Geographic’s Warming Warning – 10 Years Later 6767
Arctic Ice and the AMO 3838
Does Antarctic Sea Ice Growth Negate Global Warming Theory? 107107
WUWT index page for 2014 Aug 30198,358,027
‘The Arctic sea ice spiral of death seems to have reversed’ 23467
Michael Mann’s special purpose Hockey Stick filter has been exposed 1109
Renewable Energy in perspective: Solar and Wind power 12459
Spectacular eruption of Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea 323
How not to do a solar power project – great moments in solar engineering 18940
WUWT index page for 2014 Aug 29198,224,239
Mystery of the sailing stones of Death Valley solved – ‘climate change’ immediately blamed for no good reason 1107
A psychologist’s scathing review of John Cook’s ‘97% consensus’ nonsensus paper 805
Younger Dryas climate event solved via nanodiamonds – it was a planetary impact event 30124
Chemistry parable – Sustainability: The Universal Solvent of Private Property Rights 885
Problems with Statistical Tests of Pre-1958 Atmospheric CO2 Concentration Data 1068
Friday Funny: Full text of IPeCaC’s 2020 report leaked! 1271
Climate craziness of the week: Man to live on melting iceberg for one year to highlight climate change 1740
WUWT index page for 2014 Aug 28198,064,349
The volcanic area near Bárðarbunga is erupting 623
Claim: Climate change puts endangered Devils Hole pupfish at risk of extinction 560
Study: Southwest may face ‘megadrought’ this century 1052
Global warming pioneer calls for CO2 to be taken from atmosphere and stored underground 1372
Quote of the week – reality is in the eye of the beholder 810
A Note on the 50-50 Attribution Argument between Judith Curry and Gavin Schmidt 1750
Bastardi: warm water brings potential for East Pacific hurricanes 401
WUWT index page for 2014 Aug 27197,859,296
Climate bozos keep popping up all over 630
LOL! Obama’s Climate Plan Spooks U.S. Democrats 810
Status report on changes to WUWT, with user poll 3068
Should we bomb Iceland’s Bárðarbunga volcano? 1230
Hey U.N. – show us your tipping points! 650
Global Warming ‘Pause’ Could Last For 30 Years 940
A Universally Acceptable and Economical Energy Source? 1460
WUWT index page for 2014 Aug 26197,721,756
King Obama strikes again – Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty 1731
Australian scientist calls for ‘heads to roll’ over adjusted temperature data 2221
Analysis: energy storage cannot solve the problem of intermittency of wind or solar power 800
Wow, we never saw this coming: ‘Trash burning worldwide significantly worsens air pollution’ 350
Burning Man Festival washed out due to ‘surprise rain’ 750
A single Android App takes down the National Weather Service Website 210
A Lead Author of IPCC AR5 Downplays Importance of Climate Models 2032
WUWT index page for 2014 Aug 25197,496,460
Hilarious! Sierra Club & 350.org ditch polar bears as climate mascot, try ‘cat videos’ for climate change instead 930
Letter: Cut the Costly Climate Chatter 440
ARCUS Sea-Ice predictions are in, includes WUWT’s contribution 243
The Atlantic is leaking methane – but researchers say there’s no cause for alarm 660
EPA: Ignore our previous statements on Ocean Acidification 840
Big Wind’s latest deceitful ad campaign 720
Tornado Intensity Index 310
WUWT index page for 2014 Aug 24197,496,460
Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup 30
Newest scam: donate money to help alleviate the fears of ‘scared scientists’ 1950
Changes coming to WUWT 3520
Surprise! Glaciers appearing in Scotland 1750
‘Missing heat’ in the Atlantic – It doesn’t work like that 4830
Learn R and statistics for free in a MOOC starting September 9 180
WUWT index page for 2014 Aug 23197,222,946
Icelandic Bárðarbunga volcanic eruption begins 1870
Australian Met Office Accused Of Manipulating Temperature Records 730
USHCN Monthly Temperature Adjustments 841
Midyear Prognosis For Records in 2014 (Now Includes June Data) 190
Cold summer: US daily record minimums outnumbering record maximums 3 to 1 in the last 30 days 1140
Hurricane Development Region Sea Surface Temperature Update – August 2014 210
WUWT index page for 2014 Aug 22197,104,764
The EU, Climate change, and the giant sucking sound 1741
Historic Variations in Arctic Sea Ice – Part Two 680
The Climate Sensitivity Dutch Auction 430
Antarctic sea ice has been above average for 1000 straight days 660
A new twist on an old grade school science project 2210
Life found below Antarctica’s ice sheet 630
WUWT index page for 2014 Aug 21197,016,597
Climate Craziness of the Week: Lowbrow science schtick for the Florida Governor 1030
Will the Next El Niño Bring an End to the Slowdown in Global Surface Warming? 850
Cause for ‘The Pause’ #38 – Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean 780
Weakest solar wind of the space age and the current “mini” solar maximum 1810
William Connolley demonstrates once again why Wikipedia is an untrustworthy reference source 1140
‘Climate scientists’ laid bare: ♫ Feeelings…nothing more than feelings ♬ 2350
Claim: study published in Nature shows that small variations in the climate system can result in dramatic temperature changes 610
WUWT index page for 2014 Aug 20196,896,936
Irish Famines, Politics, and Climate History 930
Bárðarbunga volcano getting ready to blow? 1000 Earthquakes felt as magma moves into ice covered caldera 1580
Ooops – According to NASA, ozone destroying CCl4 remains in atmosphere, and continues to be emitted 730
Nigerian climate scammers continue to bilk the climate clueless 420
UHI – worse than we thought 700
What’s wrong with climate activism and some climate scientists in one ugly nutshell 950
‘unexpected link between solar activity and climate change’ found in Greenland ice 1040
Crickets, it’s whats for dinner NoneNone
WUWT index page for 2014 Aug 19196,788,512
UK flooding tied to proximity of urbanization and population growth 590
Terraforming Mars may be less expensive than climate change mitigation 1450
Quote of the week – the numerology of “dialing in” climate science 1340
Excuse #31 for ‘the pause’ – El Niño and longer solar cycles 1550
Too late for Oregon’s coal terminal: Exporting US coal to Asia could drop emissions 21 percent 610
NOAA: Lots of land cover change in coastal areas seen 200
Revising the Sunspot Number 2650
WUWT index page for 2014 Aug 18196,682,245
A birds-eye view of the bird scorching Ivanpah solar electric power plant 1810
Pointless Ohio State study predicts the obvious with models – fish will die as streams dry out 820
Spot the portion of California drought caused by ‘climate change’ 830
Monday Mirthiness – spot the troll 1350
How the media mis-represents everyday science 420
A new low: Joe Romm of Climate Progress exploits the death of Robin Williams for climate propaganda 720

Formatting in comments

Neither WUWT nor WordPress provide much documentation for the HTML formatting permitted in comments. There are only a few commands that are useful, and a few more that are pretty much useless.

A typical HTML formatting command has start and end pieces and has general form of <name>text to be formatted</name>. A common mistake is to forget the ending. Until WordPress gets a preview function, we have to live with it.

N.B. WordPress handles some formatting very differently than web browsers do. A post of mine shows these and less useful commands in action at WUWT.

b (bold) This is <b>bold</b> text This is bold text Command strong does the same
i (italics) This is <i>italicized</i> text This is italicized text Command em (emphasize) does the same
a (anchor) See <a href=http://wermenh.com>My home page</a> See My home page A URL by itself (with a space on either side) is often adequate in WordPress, e.g. See http://wermenh.com
blockquote (indent text) My text
<blockquote>quoted text</blockquote>
More of my text
My text
quoted text
More of my text
Quoted text can be many paragraphs long. WordPress italicizes quoted text (and the <i> command enters normal text).
strike This is <strike>text with strike</strike> This is text with strike  
pre ("preformatted" - use for monospace display) <pre>These lines are bracketed<br>with &lt;pre> and &lt;/pre>
These lines are bracketed
with <pre> and </pre>
Preformatted text, generally done right. Use it when you have a table or something else that will look best in monospace. Each space is displayed, something that <code> (next) doesn't do.
code (use for monospace display) <code>Wordpress handles this very differently</code> Wordpress handles this very differently See http://wattsupwiththat.com/resources/#comment-65319 to see what this really does.
iframe <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yaBNjTtCxd4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Useful for including Youtube videos, see below.
h1 <h1>Header size 1</h1>

Header size 1

These are used for section headers in long web pages, so may not be all that useful or welcome on WUWT. And last I saw, I don't think they work.
h2 <h2>Header size 2</h2>

Header size 2

h3 <h3>Header size 3</h3>

Header size 3

h4 <h4>Header size 4</h4>

Header size 4

h5 <h5>Header size 5</h5>
Header size 5
h6 <h6>Header size 6</h6>
Header size 6

Youtube videos

Using the URL for a YouTube video creates a link like any other URL. However, YouTube accepts the HTML for "embedded" videos. From the YouTube page after the video finishes, click on the "embed" button and it will suggest HTML like:
<iframe width="560" height="315"
        frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>

You can change the size of the frame to display by selecting one in the "Video size" menu below, I suggest not copying the width and height attributes, WordPress should choose a large size.

Copy and paste the HTML into your comment and it WordPress will generate something like:

Special characters in comments

Those of us who remember acceptance of ASCII-68 (a specification released in 1968) are often not clever enough to figure out all the nuances of today's international character sets. Besides, most keyboards lack the keys for those characters, and that's the real problem. Even if you use a non-ASCII but useful character like ° (as in 23°C) some optical character recognition software or cut and paste operation is likely to change it to 23oC or worse, 230C.

Nevertheless, there are very useful characters that are most reliably entered as HTML character entities:

Type thisTo getNotes
&lt;<Less than sign
Left angle bracket
&deg;°Degree (Use with C and F, but not K (kelvins))

Superscripts (use 8304, 185, 178-179, 8308-8313 for digits 0-9)

Subscripts (use 8320-8329 for digits 0-9)
&pound;£British pound
&ntilde;ñFor La Niña & El Niño
&micro;µMu, micro
&plusmn;±Plus or minus
&ne;Not equals
&nbsp; Like a space, with no special processing (i.e. word wrapping or multiple space discarding)
&gt;>Greater than sign
Right angle bracket
Generally not needed

Linking to past comments

Each comment has a URL that links to the start of that comment. This is usually the best way to refer to comment a different post. The URL is "hidden" under the timestamp for that comment. While details vary with operating system and browser, the best way to copy it is to right click on the time stamp near the start of the comment, choose "Copy link location" from the pop-up menu, and paste it into the comment you're writing. You should see something like http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/07/15/central-park-in-ushcnv2-5-october-2012-magically-becomes-cooler-in-july-in-the-dust-bowl-years/#comment-1364445.

The "#<label>" at the end of the URL tells a browser where to start the page view. It reads the page from the Web, searches for the label and starts the page view there. As noted above, Wordpress will create a link for you, you don't need to add an <a> command around it.

Climate Audit Assistant

Another approach to dealing with this is a Firefox add-on that replaces the edit window with a better one that has buttons for formatting text. It's a two piece install, see the web page for details. It coexists okay with the "It's all Text" extension that lets you send the text in a text edit window to your regular editor.

Contact Ric Werme or return to his home page.

Written 2009 Dec 5, last updated 2014 April 24.