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 Apr 7182,570,216
Climate Change as an omnipotent political force 2323
Climate Forecasting for the 21st Century 3030
NASA on ‘the big chill’ this winter: ‘In some places temperatures were 40°F colder than average’ 5656
Kilimanjaro glaciers just won’t die – ‘nowhere near extinction’ 5656
UAH Global Temperature Update for March, 2014 – status quo 2020
IPCC WGII report relies on exaggerated climate model results 4141
Putting Human-Caused Warming in Proper Perspective 8181
WUWT index page for 2014 Apr 6182,456,067
Eruptions and Ocean Heat Content 7465
Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup 94
Going totalitarian on Tol 9423
El Niño Residuals Cause the C-Shaped Warming Pattern in the Pacific 8315
WUWT index page for 2014 Apr 5182,368,019
What Defines A Scientist? 30927
No global warming for 17 years 8 months 17418
An intriguing mystery – and a very speculative theory 16721
What is to be done? 800
WUWT index page for 2014 Apr 4182,278,738
Elements of the 1997 Super El Niño seem to be repeating now in the Western Pacific 1241
Journal takes Lewandowsky and his supporters to task on ‘threats’ over retracted ‘Recursive Fury’ paper. 1572
Climate Craziness of the Week: Peer reviewed paper says it’s OK to manipulate data, exaggerate climate claims 1192
Duke Neukom’s Secret Sauce 1150
Friday Funny: Common Sense and Climate Change 600
My complaint letter regarding the Lewandowsky affair 984
WUWT index page for 2014 Apr 3182,169,576
Nature fights poison with carbon dioxide 350
Neukom’s Science By Proxy 480
A stunning revelation from a UWA Vice Chancellor Paul Johnson over access to Lewandowsky’s poll data 1892
‘Nobody Really Knows What’s Happening With Climate Change. They’re Just Guessing’ 440
July 1912 GISS Anomaly (-0.47) Was Warmer Than January 2007 GISS Anomaly (+0.94) – (Now Includes February Data) 400
Sea Ice News – Volume 5 Number 1 – multiyear ice on the rise 1122
WUWT index page for 2014 Apr 2182,048,022
An Inconvenient Sequel- more climate Gore from Hollywood ? 1001
Low brow PR antics from ‘Skeptical Science’ disguised as an April Fools joke 480
Why models can’t predict climate accurately 1871
AMO, NAO, and Correlation 630
The big list of failed climate predictions 1190
What the IPCC left out: the benefits of global warming 400
Quote of the week, McKibben calls for a ‘climate strike’ while an MSNBC poll goes horribly wrong 1940
WUWT index page for 2014 Apr 1181,881,923
Lewandowsky’s Peer Reviewer Makes Things Up 1280
Global Warming, er, Climate Change is omnipotent – it has now destroyed April Fools Day 870
It’s official – Chicago experienced the coldest four months ever on record 1530
Simulation in the ‘Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy’ provides new insight into best arrangement of wind turbines on large installations 1040
LA Times Tony Barboza gets caught fear mongering the IPCC report, becomes first victim of facts that don’t agree with claims 870
Claim: NSIDC, NASA Say Arctic Melt Season Lengthening, Ocean Rapidly Warming 1200
More scare stories: Warming Climate May Spread Drying to a Third of Earth, Says Study 1360
WUWT index page for 2014 Mar 31181,734,927
‘Behind the scenes’ of the new IPCC report with Stanford scientists 1810
Despite IPCC doom report, this dataset of datasets shows no warming this millennium 1690
Finding a common ground – a conversation with Dr. James Hansen on nuclear power 1771
Josh on the cloud of uncertainty, er, certainty over the IPCC WG II report 380
Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup 90
An attorney asks: Are Climate Skeptics Legally Liable for Criminal Negligence? 1680
WUWT index page for 2014 Mar 30181,596,836
The IPCC WGII report is out – now the screaming begins anew 1480
Father of the ‘Gaia hypothesis’ James Lovelock: environmentalism has become a religion 540
2014 Bloggies awards and “Climate Duplicitist of the Year”, the award goes to… 1040
A timed for IPCC report claim: Meeting climate targets may require reducing meat and dairy consumption 890
HATE WEEK on the Climate Certainty Channel™ 2090
WUWT index page for 2014 Mar 29181,499,160
Before you read the upcoming IPCC report, note this 900
For ‘Earth Hour’ tonight, turn on your lights to celebrate the elevation of the human condition from darkness 2010
Lewandowsky co-author Mike Marriott, serial climate goof, strikes again 210
When Did Anthropogenic Global Warming Begin? 1950
WUWT index page for 2014 Mar 28181,408,922
Sea Water Level, Fresh Water Tilted 1060
Lewandowsky’s UWA cohorts answer on data access is essentially ‘no, and hell no’ 530
Matt Ridley’s new article in the WSJ – a dose of pragmatism about revelations from the new IPCC report 1490
Now even Australia’s ABC is asking questions about the new IPCC report and why Dr. Richard Tol asked his name to be removed from it 1020
IPCC admission from new report: ‘no evidence climate change has led to even a single species becoming extinct’ 730
Latest admission from NSIDC on forecasting sea ice extent is a far cry from ‘Arctic death spriral’ 590
Watch the snowy and cold winter in the USA as time-lapse 120
WUWT index page for 2014 Mar 27181,306,939
More fun with ‘Coloring Reality’ and University of Maine’s CLIMATE REANALYZER™ 640
Voting is open closed: ‘Climate Duplicitist of the Year’ award 1220
Climate Alarm 470
Ninth International Conference on Climate Change 760
Maybe the IPCC’s Modelers Should Try to Simulate Earth’s Oceans 360
Coloring Reality with Climate Division Ranks 730
WUWT index page for 2014 Mar 26181,200,099
Coldest U.S. winter in a century 1350
With ENSO, chaos rules, models drool 610
‘Warming Interrruptus’ – Causes for The Pause 1080
Marginal Parasitic Loss Rates 2770
The Sierra Club might be surprised to learn that some of these emissions aren’t soot 640
Stunning new first images available from NASA-JAXA Global Rain and Snowfall Satellite 220
When will climate feedbacks fully function? Not for millennia 1560
WUWT index page for 2014 Mar 25181,083,714
Oh Noes! Salamanders shrinking due to climate change 990
Study: Many US weather stations show cooling, maximum temperatures flat 840
Massive Nor’easter bigger than Hurricane Sandy expected to bring winds, snow, cold blast to Northeast for late March 830
Quote of the week – the Lewgate fussbluster 520
IPCC Working Group II unleashed while documents leaked 360
Ooops! Much-touted 2006 Polar Bear survey used by ESA to list them as ‘threatened’ …now invalidated 940
Arctic Sea Ice Appears to Have Reached Maximum And Other Ice Observations 800

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
&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 13.