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 Mar 3||222,759,287|
|California’s hockey-sticked temperature outliers||67||67|
|In defense of a scientist in the humble quest for truth||95||95|
|Believe It or Not There Are Plans for a 6th Assessment Report from the IPCC||59||59|
|Climate FAIL: Antarctic Sea Ice Did The Exact Opposite Of What Models Predicted||126||126|
|Lago Enriquillo Revisted||38||38|
|Cold weather: Snow on the beach, plus waterspouts near Los Angeles||92||92|
|Countdown to alarm||114||114|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Mar 2||222,604,592|
|Statement by Dr. Willie Soon||330||14|
|Quote of the week: former IPCC head Pachauri’s emails could be a whole new potboiler novel||157||4|
|Mann’s meme generator, from ‘false hockey sticks’ to ‘false pauses’||119||0|
|Statement from Heartland on the climate skeptic witch-hunt||113||0|
|Test at Tonopah solar project ignites hundreds of birds in mid-air||323||6|
|What is the Optimum Temperature with respect to human mortality?||142||2|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Mar 1||222,438,870|
|Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #170||18||0|
|Study: The sun has more impact on the climate in cool periods||328||3|
|Out on bail, IPCC’s Pachauri’s downward spiral continues: Resignation from the Indian Climate Council||167||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Feb 28||222,327,548|
|Housekeeping: Adobe Typekit is being flagged by Ghostery browser extension as a problem program||161||9|
|Cultural Tipping Point Reached – Hollywood has started mocking global warming||219||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Feb 27||222,214,397|
|Congessional Republicans push back against the climate witch-hunt||349||1|
|Faux outrage over Willie Soon’s disclosure? Joe Romm failed to disclose his political financial ties in a scientific paper||166||0|
|For The Love Of Models: A Global Warming Allegory||184||0|
|Global warming research: strong storms to become stronger, weak storms to become weaker||167||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Feb 26||222,085,787|
|Anatomy of a climate witch-hunt letter from U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva||209||0|
|On Steinman et al. (2015) – Michael Mann and Company Redefine Multidecadal Variability And Wind Up Illustrating Climate Model Failings||136||0|
|Greenpeace: The roots of Climate Smear||92||0|
|Giant red blob seen in the skies over the western USA||53||0|
|Eye roller: Global warming affects maple leaves, and the ponds they fall into||88||0|
|Swivel eyed lunacy – posted by Josh||118||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Feb 25||221,949,591|
|Almost 30 years after Hansen’s 1988 “alarm” on global warming, a claim of confirmation on CO2 forcing||518||0|
|GWPF Calls On Governments To Overhaul ‘Missionary’ IPCC||72||0|
|Roger Pielke, Jr. Being Investigated by Representative Grijalva for Presenting Inconvenient Data||238||0|
|Local sea level rose 4 inches in the Northeast US and Newfoundland, global warming not to blame||116||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Feb 24||221,799,763|
|The Peril of Great Causes||341||0|
|More bad news for warmists: EU ‘Backtracks’ On CO2 Targets In UN Accounting Fudge||89||0|
|Josh on Pachauri’s “hacked” emails and resignation||108||0|
|Non-Quote of the week – what the IPCC didn’t say about Pachauri’s looming sex scandal||95||0|
|UN IPCC climate head Rajendra Pachauri resigns amid sexual harassment allegations||209||0|
|Are Climate Modelers Scientists?||450||1|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Feb 23||221,637,098|
|Greenpeace enlists Justin Gillis & John Schwartz of the NY Times in Journalistic Terrorist Attack on Willie Soon – Miss Target, Hit Smithsonian Instead||366||0|
|Study finds massive climate change in North America before there was even an argument about it||90||0|
|Study: Climate skeptics and proponents score highest on climate science literacy…but are the most polarized||121||0|
|Inconvenient study: La Niña killed coral reefs 4100 years ago and lasted over two millennia||92||0|
|Smear campaign: “His judgment cometh and that right soon”||137||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Feb 22||221,493,176|
|Weekly climate and energy news roundup #169||31||0|
|The Disparity Between IPCC Science Reports, Summary For Policymakers and Reality, Requires a Political Science Solution||155||0|
|Great Lakes Ice Coverage In Striking Distance of a Record||152||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Feb 21||221,337,870|
|Weekend Open Thread||339||0|
|Eastern U.S. record breaking cold and snow as seen from space||257||0|
|Unsubstantiated Claim Over One Cyclone: Climate Change is “Expanding the Tropics”||125||0|
|The CERES Calculated Surface Datasets||121||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Feb 20||221,114,849|
|Friday Funny Bonus: East Coast Frozen Blizzard Edition||147||0|
|Friday Funny: Well if I was a ‘denier’ I guess I’d be on notice by Barack Obama||404||0|
|Believing In Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, And Climate Models||198||0|
|Canada: Climate Extremists a credible threat||137||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Feb 19||220,982,619|
|Cyclone Marcia: Climate crank wishing suffering on “deniers”||141||0|
|Twenty good reasons not to worry about polar bears and climate change||66||0|
|Data, Models, and the Australian ABC||66||0|
|Eye roller: Study finds climate change induced ‘extreme weather’ may dramatically reduce wheat production||121||0|
|4 of the 5 Great Lakes about to freeze over||228||0|
|Fawlty Towers and Ivory Towers||65||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 Feb 18||220,839,741|
|Can we stop the doom mongering?||391||0|
|Newspaper: U.N. IPCC chair Rajenda Pachauri faces sexual harassment charges – story then disappears from website||149||0|
|The UN Climate End Game||171||0|
|Jim Hansen’s 99% Surety on Global Warming Doesn’t Hold Up||157||0|
|BP: CO2 reduction efforts futile||65||0|
|TAO And TAO Again||159||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.