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 Sep 29203,306,217
Is Bill McKibben @350 a liar, idiot, or both? 7272
Claim: Cause of California drought linked to climate change – not one mention of ENSO or El Niño 9090
Forget carbon footprints, the new alarmist sales pitch is carbon handprints 146146
Paper: Influence of solar cycles on climate change during the Maunder Minimum 149149
The new ploy of climate activistim: attacking financial institutions 6868
NY Climate Spin: Putting on a brave face 6565
WUWT index page for 2014 Sep 28203,140,354
Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #151 75
Insurance companies not seeing effects from posited ‘climate change’ spawned weather disasters 5221
My answer to the “why didn’t Watts ask a question?” brouhaha 25442
Climate Change and Extinction: What Is Natural? 12314
WUWT index page for 2014 Sep 27202,994,673
The Guardian criticises Peer Review – Open Review yields, with the help of bloggers, better discovery of scientific flaws 785
Slides from the Michael Mann lecture at Cabot Institute in Bristol 18348
The Merchants of Smear 1538
More criticism of the paper ‘Tornado Activity is Occurring Earlier in the Heart of “Tornado Alley”’ 290
WUWT index page for 2014 Sep 26202,799,300
Odd – Dept. of Homeland Security testing programs for climate change as ‘national threat’ 1375
Protect the poor – from climate change policies 1310
Friday Funny – Lewandowsky and Cook on the Arctic Sea Ice Bucket challenge, sans ALS 650
The Air Comes Out of the Climate Change Talks 1270
The de-evolution of climate activism 2000
Aussie Government Holds Firm against Climate Bullying 1091
Study finds global sea levels rose up to 5 meters per century at the end of the last 5 ice ages 524
WUWT index page for 2014 Sep 25202,649,811
The Collection of Evidence for a Lower Climate Sensitivity Continues to Grow – now up to 14 papers lower than IPCC 16214
350.org caught up in fossil fuel ‘divestment’ hypocrisy 660
The Josh ‘climate selfie’ – and livetooning the Michael Mann lecture at Bristol 240
Quote of the Week – models, climate sensitivity, the pause, and psychology 1400
New Research Finds Earth Even Less Sensitive To CO2 Than Previously Thought 801
Final Briefs filed in Mann libel case 870
The latest hand-wringing “myth-buster” video roundly debunked 24416
WUWT index page for 2014 Sep 24202,486,088
Significant new paper by Nic Lewis and Judith Curry lowers the range of climate sensitivity using data from IPCC AR5 1672
The color of the climate social movement – Zombie says ‘red’ 1560
Initial impressions of Michael Mann’s lecture in Bristol 1490
The ‘Black Tuesday’ of Climate Science 834
An Engineer’s Questions Regarding Holocene Climate Change 1322
Another green calls for “Deniers” to be jailed 2702
WUWT index page for 2014 Sep 23202,308,948
Fun diversion – How long until Antarctic ice touches South America? 1530
An extraordinary meeting of climate skeptics and climate scientists in Bath 1640
It’s time to stop the climate scare stories 1640
WUWT index page for 2014 Sep 22202,149,067
Sea Ice News Volume 5 #6 – Arctic sea ice extent turns the corner for 2014, new high sea ice record set in the Antarctic 2240
Surprising PNAS paper: CO2 emissions not the cause of U.S. West Coast warming 1150
Study: Fracked shale gas impacts have positive and negative benefits, but there’s no reason not to make it part of the energy mix 550
Claim: Arctic sea ice helps remove CO2 from the atmosphere 820
More Than 310 Thousand People with Skewed Priorities Flood New York 4250
WUWT index page for 2014 Sep 21201,976,711
Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #150 120
Salmon, Climate, And Accountability 970
‘Paid volunteers’ for the NYC climate march 2910
@CNN asks ‘Why worry about ISIS when the danger of Climate Change is so much more clear and imminent? ‘ 1050
If you want to play the all-weather-is-influenced-by-global-warming game, you are going to lose 590
WUWT index page for 2014 Sep 20201,824,612
Climate Craziness of the Week: White House fence jumper was “concerned that the atmosphere was collapsing” and wanted to alert the president 1100
A former White House science advisor speaks out about “settled science” 1571
‘The People’s Climate March’ – just another corporate multi-million-dollar fundraiser by 350.org and Avaaz 920
Royal Society In Trouble Over False Extinction Claim Paper 1250
My report on the Cook talk in Bristol – attendees are invited to leave their impressions 1810
WUWT index page for 2014 Sep 19201,696,255
Antarctic Sea Ice Extent sets new record, pierces 20 million square kilometer barrier 1690
Laki caused 1783 – could Iceland’s Bardarbunga Volcano trigger another ‘Year Without a Summer’? 1852
The Federalist: Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Science of Smug Condescension 2090
Statement from the Open Atmospheric Society on the paper ‘Peak tornado activity is occurring earlier in the heart of “Tornado Alley”‘ 890
Help launch ‘Tar Sands Messiah’- A film by Tim Moen 440
WUWT index page for 2014 Sep 18201,561,384
Climate.gov embraces the “cartoon science” of Mann and Marcott 1160
Claim: Fall foliage season may be later, but longer on a warmer Earth 710
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon blinks, responds to WUWT story 1660
Open Thread 2910
WUWT index page for 2014 Sep 17201,420,396
Claim: Global shift away from cars saves US$100 trillion, eliminates 1,700 MT of CO2 pollution 3320
Quote of the week: The link between ‘defending Michael Mann is defending climate science’ seems to have been broken 1610
Another benefit of climate change and increased CO2 – trees continue to grow at a faster rate 1020
Claim: Tornadoes occurring earlier in “Tornado Alley” 910
NCSE: Texas schoolbooks should stick to the climate dogma 1080
Sierra Club and Sierra Club Foundation Accused of Tax Law Violations 1040
WUWT index page for 2014 Sep 16201,259,470
Decrying “Wishful Science” on NPR(!) 1300
August 2014 Global Surface (Land+Ocean) and Lower Troposphere Temperature Anomaly Update 810
Obama’s Lonely Climate Summit – world leaders are staying home 3560
And then they came for The Holocene: New paper suggests “removing the Holocene Epoch from the geologic timescale” 2400
A new professional society for meteorology and climatology is announced 2160

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.