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 Aug 31||243,046,077|
|Study: Wind farms offer diminishing returns as they grow more widespread||94||94|
|The Epistemology of Explaining Climate Forecasting so an 8 Year Old Can Understand it||140||140|
|Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #194||5||5|
|The artificial tree: the “green” replacement for real trees?||40||40|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Aug 30||242,937,177|
|Climate issues we need to address||72||30|
|Shades of Lewandowsky and Cook: When psychological science isn’t so sciency||140||38|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Aug 29||242,844,343|
|President Obama forced to defend Arctic Drilling Decision||145||30|
|Where Is the Top Of The Atmosphere (TOA)?||189||49|
|The Hood Robin Syndrome||245||36|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Aug 28||242,759,520|
|How fast is the Earth warming?||292||29|
|A detailed review of the book: ‘A Disgrace to the Profession’, by Mark Steyn||257||28|
|Friday Funny Bonus: blinkered @greenpeace activists can’t tell the difference between steam and CO2||116||1|
|On NASA’s recent sea level claim: “Science Isn’t Broken” (Except when it is)||82||5|
|Friday funny – Stern words||48||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Aug 27||242,649,951|
|Throwback Thursday #5 – failed global warming driven hurricane predictions 10 years after Katrina||117||0|
|Claim: Climate change is affecting the dirt (but only in Europe)||123||1|
|Ten years after Katrina: let’s learn from those predictions of more & bigger hurricanes||50||4|
|Wednesday wit – Josh on yet more wasted Green||47||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Aug 26||242,537,322|
|Naomi Klein: “we need to be very careful raising expectations over Paris”||167||0|
|TEX-86 proxy for past ocean temperature reconstructions challenged, possible 21°C error||83||0|
|The ‘Cult’ of Climate Change (née Global Warming)||210||5|
|Climate Models Fail: Global Ocean Heat Content (Based on TOA Energy Imbalance)||153||0|
|Obama: $12 billion new federal loan guarantees for renewables||120||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Aug 25||242,419,804|
|Obvious science: NASA finds vegetation essential for limiting city warming effects||137||0|
|Tuesday titter – Carbon trading by Josh||36||0|
|If only Lewandowsky, Cook, Nuccitelli, Hayhoe and others could learn from their OWN mistakes…||132||1|
|Two Cape Verde lows following path of hurricane Danny may develop into tropical storms||29||0|
|13 year study claims severe weather is causing longer power outages, but not more of them||84||0|
|Stockholm Environment Institute: Carbon credits undercut climate change action||59||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Aug 24||242,309,214|
|As predicted: Alarmists blame “global warming” for mystery lights in the sky||74||0|
|The easy solution to the looming monster methane apocalypse||48||0|
|Hurricane expert: 10 years after Katrina, North Atlantic hurricane activity well below normal||53||0|
|Collusion exposed between Governors, White House, and Tom Steyer’s climate advocacy groups||172||0|
|Wrong Again, Again||111||0|
|Lags and Leads||105||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Aug 23||242,192,082|
|Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #193||11||0|
|Will BBC really fire the Met Office ?||164||2|
|Sunday sketch – BBC splits from the Met Office||75||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Aug 22||242,096,976|
|Realities Of Climate Change, Politics And Public Knowledge.||139||0|
|Meet the Climate Survivalists: the new Consumer Demographic||65||0|
|Climate Crisis, Inc.||71||0|
|Apple and Google Pour Billions Down a Green Drain||225||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Aug 21||242,019,490|
|Claim: Global warming makes frost damage worse||160||0|
|Claim: For trout fishermen, climate change will mean more driving time, less angling||128||0|
|Europe hit by one of the worst droughts since 2003||92||0|
|Dueling press releases – one says GHG’s ’caused’ end of last ice age, other says ‘lead factor’||206||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Aug 20||241,921,103|
|Throwback Thursday #4 – IPCC’s Pachauri says ‘2012 will be too late’ to stop climate change||55||0|
|Power plant to blow steam rings to announce carbon footprint||71||0|
|Claim: You need science fiction to make sense of climate change||187||0|
|Better late than never: Danny is first Atlantic hurricane of the season||46||0|
|‘Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change’ suggests we are going to hell in a handbasket, links climate to Nepal earthquake||104||0|
|Spin Cycle: EPA Deflates Climate Impacts, Inflates Significance||119||0|
|Ridiculous claim from Columbia University: ‘Warming climate is deepening California drought ‘||134||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Aug 19||241,797,110|
|Peer review is broken – Springer announces 64 papers retracted due to fake reviews||144||0|
|Claim: China has emitted 15% less CO2 than previously estimated||96||0|
|How Does The IPCC Explain the Severe Storms Of History?||110||0|
|Climate Craziness of the Week: James Hansen is using children to sue US government over climate||173||0|
|The ‘Arctic Methane Emergency’ appears canceled due to methane eating bacteria||117||0|
|Is The Signal Detectable?||135||0|
|The Missing ~ 11-Year Signal||251||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Aug 18||241,677,168|
|EPA’s gross negligence at Gold King Mine includes disappearing 191 incident photos from their website||124||2|
|Tuesday Tantrums, I get hate mail||245||0|
|The next big worry: Claim of major U.S. aquifers contaminated by Uranium – but is it really a problem to health?||91||0|
|Claim: A pioneer “frontier mentality” causes climate denial||329||0|
|Cooling and Warming, Clouds and Thunderstorms||136||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
N.B. this is 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.