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.
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.
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.
However, WUWT Nation is full of people who've learned chemistry the fun way, from 1960's chemical sets to making their own rocket fuel. They (we!) hijacked the thread to reminisce about all the chemistry that society (and Homeland Security) frown upon today. Enjoy! BTW, the link goes to the first comment, if you want to read about depressing chemistry sets, you'll have to scroll up.
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.
|Daily summary||Total WUWT
views to date
|WUWT index page for 2015 Apr 18||228,030,676|
|The giant spider climate story which simply won’t die||35||35|
|Peak Oil Re-visited||231||231|
|Too Many Wild Cards in the Climate Game||116||116|
|Claim: Graduates shunning climate studies||186||186|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Apr 17||227,939,656|
|Claim: Rabbits will be impacted by climate change||167||126|
|Audubon Society: Climate Science or just Sticking Feathers on PIGs?||54||24|
|Ridiculous claim by Marco Tedesco: ‘Darkening of the Greenland Ice Sheet is projected to continue as a consequence of continued climate warming’||63||16|
|Friday funny – or not. Guardian and BBC go abhorrent on fossil fuel divestment||82||24|
|NYT: Developing world abandoning Obama’s green agenda, turning to China for help||165||30|
|Aussie Government gives $4 million to Bjørn Lomborg, to set up a “Consensus Centre” at Lewandowsky’s old university||167||17|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Apr 16||227,830,262|
|Angry Birds to raise Global Warming “awareness”||75||1|
|The Paris Paradigm: The What is your ‘Skeptic Score’?||175||9|
|Dr. Judith Curry’s Testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology Hearing on the President’s UN Climate Pledge||148||1|
|The Large Cliff Top Pueblos at Mesa Verde, Colorado and Treeflow Data from Lees Ferry, Arizona||40||8|
|Climate naysayers are giving climate skeptics a bad name||402||21|
|Claim: Global warming will affect your taste in music||112||1|
|Obama Expected to Bind US to CO2 Reduction at Paris Climate Meeting This Year||94||3|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Apr 15||227,713,118|
|Experts: Hurricane activity at 45 year low, USA major hurricane drought almost a decade||155||0|
|Strong evidence for ‘rapid climate change’ found in past millenia||243||0|
|U.S. House of Representatives Hearing on Obama’s UN Climate Pledge Today at 10AM Eastern||74||0|
|Former UN Climate Chief: Coal is Essential||74||0|
|March 2015 Global Surface (Land+Ocean) and Lower Troposphere Temperature Anomaly & Model-Data Difference Update||126||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Apr 14||227,598,792|
|Claim: Economic collapse will prevent catastrophic global warming||174||1|
|Abiotic methane discovered under the Arctic Ocean||200||1|
|Oh noes! Fishy modeling study says ‘Fish and Chips’ to disappear in the UK||147||1|
|Open Letter to U.S. Senators Ted Cruz, James Inhofe and Marco Rubio||390||1|
|Advection: The Forgotten Weather Factor||137||19|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Apr 13||227,479,704|
|How the climate change debate got hijacked by the ‘wrong standard-of-proof’||246||2|
|The Detection of Climate Regime Transitions in the Upper Colorado River Basin||46||0|
|Climate Craziness of the Week: ‘Fossil Fueled Tornado’||105||0|
|Carbon dioxide capture and storage ‘mooted’ by new study of risks||104||0|
|New video: Dr. Murry Salby – Control of Atmospheric CO2||508||14|
|Global Warming Protestors in the Snow||233||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Apr 12||227,356,885|
|The Obama climate monarchy||246||0|
|Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #176||7||0|
|Last 2 years running, The White House blamed extreme cold for the faltering economy||159||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Apr 11||227,263,447|
|Claim: Arctic and Antarctic will melt “in the next decade”||301||0|
|New rust based climate proxy even easier for Michael Mann to use upside down||86||0|
|Iceland: Global Warming brings New Opportunities||124||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Apr 10||227,170,766|
|New paper debunks the “Permafrost Bomb”||208||1|
|NOAA ENSO Model Now Forecasting a Supercalifragilistic El Niño for 2015/16 Season||123||0|
|India: We will build our own ITER Fusion Reactor||218||0|
|Calling all supporters of Dr. Willie Soon||363||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Apr 9||227,055,241|
|‘Warm blob’ in Pacific Ocean not caused by climate change, affects U.S. weather||129||0|
|Reply to ‘Anesthetic gases raise Earth’s temperature (a little) while you sleep’||69||0|
|New oil field near London, England – much larger than originally estimated||135||0|
|How to convince a climate skeptic he’s wrong||594||1|
|The trouble with Google defining ‘truth’||143||0|
|RSS Shows No Warming For 15 Years (Now Includes February Data)||175||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Apr 8||226,929,398|
|A new global warming threat: sleeping gas||120||0|
|A hilarious new use for those old AOL discs – carbon sequestration||98||0|
|Greenpeace storms Oil Rig||309||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Apr 7||226,813,921|
|UAH Global Temperature Report: March 2015 – down slightly||103||0|
|White House: Climate Change causes more Asthma||164||0|
|Has The Guardian’s Dana Nuccitelli ‘Rolling Stoned’ Christy & Spencer?||172||0|
|The Sun experiences seasonal changes, new research finds||197||0|
|Another call to arrest climate “deniers”||271||0|
|Claim: Western Canada to lose 70 percent of glaciers by 2100||171||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Apr 6||226,676,583|
|The Vancouver Sun’s Video Interview with Freeman Dyson||144||0|
|Monday mirthness – Gav calls it||40||0|
|El Niño or ñot, the Pause lengthens again||311||0|
|Earth Institute: “Japan should use nuclear power”||242||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Apr 5||226,547,819|
|Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #175||13||0|
|Perverse climate “morality”||141||0|
|A reply to Born: How to represent temperature feedbacks in a simple model||228||0|
|March 2015 ENSO Update – Will the 2014/15 El Niño Become the 2014/15/16 El Niño?||49||0|
|Agreeing to Disagree||396||0|
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
More of my text
quoted textMore 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
|pre ("preformatted" - use for monospace display)||<pre>These lines are bracketed<br>with <pre> and </pre>||
These lines are bracketed
|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>||
||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.|
The following commands appear to work only in replies to comments or in block quotes. There seems to be no explanation of why or how WordPress does this. I assume it's a bug, I assume they meant to prevent these commands from passing through at all. It may be that they let almost anything else through too. Oh my, these only work for me if I'm logged into my WordPress account (they don't work if I use my FaceBook account). It may be they work only because I have the ability to post new articles.
Bottom line: don't expect the following to work....
|u (underline)||This is <u>underlined</u> text||This is underlined text||Why, WordPress, why?|
|hr (horizontal rule)||<hr>This has hr commands before and after the text<hr>||
This has hr commands before and after the text
|There's no ending command. You're expected to use <hr /> commands.|
|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. On my browser they display large blue sans-serif text.|
|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
|Levels 4, 5, and 6 all seem to do the same thing. They display small black text, subsequent text is normal size and hence bigger. In a reply, the header is in a serif font, in a block quote, it's a sans serif font like the rest of the quote.|
|h5||<h5>Header size 5</h5>||
Header size 5
|h6||<h6>Header size 6</h6>||
Header size 6
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yaBNjTtCxd4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> </iframe>
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:
Nevertheless, there are very useful characters that are most reliably entered as HTML character entities:
|Type this||To get||Notes|
|<||<||Less than sign|
Left angle bracket
|°||°||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)|
|ñ||ñ||For La Niña & El Niño|
|±||±||Plus or minus|
| ||Like a space, with no special processing (i.e. word wrapping or multiple space discarding)|
|>||>||Greater than sign|
Right angle bracket
Generally not needed
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.
Contact Ric Werme or return to his home page.
Written 2009 Dec 5, last updated 2014 December 28.