IPCC says it is likely the world is hotter now than in the Medieval Climatic Optimum

I had a quick look at GreenFacts.org presentation of the latest Climate Change IPCC 2013 Update. In 2.1 they say about global temperatures – “They also have ….likely been the warmest in the last 1400 years even if the rate of warming over the last 15 years is smaller than the rate since the 1950s.” Likely is a 66 – 100% probability. So the IPCC re-annoints the “hockey-stick” graph of global temperatures despite the published destruction done to it.

Australian Antarctic bases Davis and Mawson beset by ice

The first map from the AAD gives an idea how far the Aurora Australis had to stand off Davis to fly helicopters – and we are only at the autumn equinox. Note too the current search area for debris ex MH370 is on that map.

The daily sitreps from the ship Aurora Australis – Webcams page – The Cryosphere Today source of satellite sea ice extent image –

Southern Hemisphere sea ice area looks healthy

Thai Air Force now say they detected an aircraft on radar 8 March 2014 that may have been MH370

You have to pinch yourself. Is this one of the most amazing revelations?
SMH says – Malaysia Airlines missing jet: Thailand gives radar data 10 days after plane lost – 19 March 2014
I wonder what IAATA will think of this entire shambles.
Thai air force spokesman Air Vice Marshal Montol Suchookorn said – “…Malaysia’s initial request for information in the early days of the search was not specific.”
Can anybody recall an example to rival this for non co-operation?

NOAA speaks with various maps to show February temperatures over the USA 48

I saw this issue at Anthony Watts which was from Joe D’Aleo – commenting on the less than stellar NOAA map. Which several commenters seemed to distrust.

Curiosity got me looking in NOAA for the original – which I did not find – but I found this map below which gives a more balanced view of February temperature anomalies if you examine it.

For example the orange warmest division is only plus 7.2 while there are several very cool divisions dark blue with anomalies as cool as minus 12. The USA 48 had a cool anomaly for Feb 2014. Can anybody explain why the Ranks map should be so different to the Anomalies map?

East Timor economic zone border dispute with Australia

A tangled issue now with allegations of spying and the ABC Four Corners show – Drawing the Line. In the transcript the word “trench” is not used and Alexander Downer says “continental shelf” once.
There are plenty of noisy GreenLeft groups in our media pushing the East Timor case for the border to be half way between the two countries. This map shows how various borders are at present – Australia’s Maritime Jurisdiction in the Timor Sea [PDF 39MB].

One factor that has long been considered in setting maritime borders is the submarine geology. In this case it is the destiny of East Timor to be very near the Timor Trench as this map shows. Whereas Australia has the broad continental shelf to claim – where the oil and gas deposits are.

The group Timor Sea Justice Campaign ignores submarine topography in their map.

NSW Govt backs clearing of “Invasive Native Species” for burning to generate electricity in the Cobar region

Fascinating article from The Land – page 1 and page 3 – I have had Cobar people telling me about this for months.

Is this the sort of scheme where you might expect to read about “carbon credits”?- I do not see that here – but there is another article to come. Has anybody got a view re these Cobar INS when burnt releasing heat equal to “…between brown and black coal.” Another point not clear is what happens to the ash. Is that trucked back to the source land to be added as soil carbon? Many vital details yet to emerge.
On another timber subject – turn to page 11 and there is an account of how the properties from crashed often ASX listed “managed investment schemes” MIS, to grow plantation timber – are hitting the land market. Near a $Billion worth. These huge disasters date from more than a decade ago. Where is that Beijing phone number.
Going back to 2006 or so I recall this news from Cobar as landholders disagreed with the NSW Govt over land clearing – this from December 2006.
Note Cobar has grid electricity through Essential Energy.

Western Australian Govt owned Water Corporation was wrong when in 2007 they said – “we can no longer rely on the rain”

This eye catching prediction encapsulated in this doomster chart from their full page press advert 7 July 2007 –

can be contrasted with actual rainfall since then. Plenty of rainfall to have avoided wasting $Billions on seawater desalination.

Update 39 years of Perth dam catchment rain index 1975-2013 – see links there to my letter to WA Minister and his reply.

Queensland cabinet Minister can not mention above average February 2014 rain over vast areas of his State

The strange media statement by Queensland Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – The Honourable John McVeigh – fits right into the rich tradition going back many years of strange statements on the subject of rain and drought made by Australian politicians and indeed water authorities who should know better. Some examples –
In 2008 – New South Wales Premier Rees says Tamworth was in drought but BoM maps say no drought near Tamworth
In 2007 – W.A. Govt propaganda takes water supply “post rain”
In 2007 – West Australian Premier talks utter nonsense about rainfall

BTW – note Queensland rain percentages of average for February 2014 – then ask yourself how The Honourable John McVeigh could sign off on his media release linked above.

BBC now spreading lies about Queensland drought

In the BBC article – Australia’s Queensland hit by record drought – they say “Queensland received little rain in February, which is normally the wettest month of the year, local officials say.”
Mad – here is BoM map showing percentage of average rain that fell in February. Make various BoM maps yourself.

Here is media release from Queensland Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry The Honourable John McVeigh Friday, 7th March, 2014 – “The largest area of Queensland ever drought declared”
Not a reliable guide to the rain that fell over Queensland last month. I commented a few days ago on this issue.