Author Archives: Harold Ambler

About Harold Ambler

I am a lifelong environmentalist. I started my journalism career at The New Yorker, where I worked as a copy editor. Since then, my own work has appeared in The New York Daily News, The National Review Online, The Atlantic Wire, The Huffington Post, The Berkeley Daily Planet, The Providence Journal, Brown Alumni Monthly, The Narragansett Times, Rhode Island Monthly, and Providence Business News.

Pinball Blizzard

Saturday January 7 4:36 pm Update: Five days after the WeatherBell chat rooms and others around the U.S. were buzzing with rumors of a serious Nor’easter, the so-called Pinball Blizzard has actually materialized. The NWS office in Taunton and the … Continue reading

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Additional Winter Storm Names, As Needed

Most meteorologists not employed by the Weather Channel have continued some version of thinly veiled disdain for the winter storm naming process, although for the biggest storms the name has occasionally broken through. Continue reading

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You Might Live in New England

With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy … If you currently own between three and five snow shovels, you might live in New England. If there are half-empty bags of melt salt strewn around your home, you might live in New England. If … Continue reading

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The Day That Not a Single Snowflake Hit My House

On a day when I had already accepted that my location near Greenwich Cove in Rhode Island would not be favored for snow, I had nonetheless looked forward to the inevitable interludes of wet flakes mixing in here or there. … Continue reading

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UNISYS pulls down map showing dramatic ocean cooling

Many around the climate blogosphere have noted that UNISYS’ recent sea surface temperature anomalies were showing radically different values from various NOAA products. I decided to reach out to UNISYS directly to find out what might be behind the discrepancies, … Continue reading

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Antarctica’s sea ice sets all-time record for second day in row – how high can it go?

UPDATE as of 9/21/14, 9:58 am: When I posted this the headline the other day with the words “how high can it go” I didn’t imagine that we would see the ice flirt with the 17 million square kilometer threshold, but … Continue reading

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Were there Signs of Cooling? Yes, There Were

South Dakota’s earliest-ever recorded snowfall today is the kind of lovely weather morsel that both sides of the climate debate have been feasting on for decades. “It’s hot!” one side yells. “It’s cold!” the other side yells. “It’s getting hotter!” the warm … Continue reading

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White House desk made from ship used in Franklin search

With today’s announcement that one of the two ships used by Sir John Franklin in his ill-fated quest to navigate the Northwest Passage in 1845 has been located, more people may come to learn of a fascinating side story. That story has to do … Continue reading

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Antarctic sea ice hits second all-time record in a week

Antarctic sea ice has hit its second all-time record maximum this week. The new record is 2.112 million square kilometers above normal. Until the weekend just past, the previous record had been 1.840 million square kilometers above normal, a mark … Continue reading

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Antarctica sets new record for sea ice

The sea ice surrounding Antarctica, which, as I reported in “Don’t Sell Your Coat,” has been steadily increasing throughout the period of satellite measurement that began in 1979, has hit a new all-time record high for areal coverage. Continue reading

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