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 2017 Mar 27||307,245,639|
|Mitigation Math: Is Climate Activism Futile? (Judith Curry thinks so)||110||110|
|Another Manntastic claim: Extreme weather events linked to climate change impact on the jet stream||213||213|
|Scientific Breakthrough: Malaria Could be a Thing of the Past||92||92|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Mar 26||307,146,473|
|Claim: Earth’s Greatest Mass Extinction is a Warning to Us||106||76|
|Fear of Nuclear – Part 3||191||66|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Mar 25||307,068,718|
|Take-aways from the Washington, D.C. Heartland Climate Change Conference||235||27|
|California Auto Emissions Showdown||155||12|
|The futility of “Earth Hour” @earthhour||156||9|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Mar 24||306,992,045|
|More worrying than global warming – report on ‘extreme space weather’ shows risks to Earth||165||0|
|Effect of Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations on Early Human Societies||224||5|
|The Anthropocene: Scientists respond to criticisms of a new geological epoch||231||2|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Mar 23||306,895,094|
|What is it Like to Attend a Heartland Climate Conference?||86||1|
|Dean Swift’s foresight – Energy in the 21st century||77||0|
|Earth Hour supporters propose ‘Carbon Law’||268||0|
|State of the Climate 2016 – based exclusively on observations||265||4|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Mar 22||306,789,772|
|U.S. EIA: “Record Precipitation, Snowpack in California”||90||3|
|By the numbers: Lifetime Performance of World’s First Offshore Wind Farm||102||4|
|#ExxonKnew and Schneiderman get hoisted by their own petard||77||0|
|Oh noes! Last remnant of ancient North American ice sheet on track to vanish||194||0|
|Is there a Linux specialist in the house?||221||13|
|Watch out for the ‘Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health’||101||0|
|A Bureaucrat Says: “Market Argues Against Arctic Ocean Oil Development.” The Market Seems to Disagree.||21||0|
|The silver-tongued liars’ playbook for coal||70||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Mar 21||306,666,748|
|Climate Models Wipe out Life in Trappist-1 Solar System!!!||171||0|
|Science is making killer (tasting) tomatoes again||140||0|
|Good news! Study says the foundation of aquatic life can rapidly adapt to global warming||98||0|
|Government websites break their own rules to cater to ‘climate cult’||103||0|
|Claim: Climate Increases Diabetes Rates||192||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Mar 20||306,538,174|
|Lack of correlation between tornadoes and temperature increase in the USA||122||0|
|“No country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and just leave them there.”||189||0|
|Solar Slump: The Sun has been blank for two weeks straight||425||11|
|Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #263||24||0|
|Great News! “The fossil fuel industry’s invisible colonization of academia”||90||0|
|A serious climate opportunity||83||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Mar 19||306,335,429|
|Aussie Climate Scientist: Having a Baby is an “ethical entanglement”||193||0|
|The 300th Anniversary of the Great Colonial Snowcover of 1717||67||0|
|Scientists try to restore Pluto’s planet status||189||0|
|Solar Update March 2017 – still slumping||443||0|
|If only we had listened to climate scientists back in 1979…here’s what would have happened||122||0|
|Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Sux||304||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Mar 18||306,230,495|
|The social cost of carbon regulations hurt the poor, and ignore benefits||102||0|
|Response to the New York Times primer on climate change: ‘Short Answers to Hard Questions About Climate Change’||329||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Mar 17||306,148,168|
|Exergy and Power Plants||302||0|
|The G-20 Drops Climate Change From Communique||203||0|
|Study: Extensive ice cap once covered sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia||130||0|
|On the Reproducibility of the IPCC’s climate sensitivity||230||1|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Mar 16||306,039,444|
|Shocker: little known ‘Financial Stability Board’ has huge climate deceit||157||0|
|White House Budget Director: Climate Spending “a waste of your money”||160||0|
|Trump’s budget to “hammer climate programs” across the Federal government!!!||222||0|
|‘Scientists have to take to the streets’: Climate alarm goes past 11, now up to 12!||228||0|
|Obama’s $77 Billion climate funds stash found – will be gutted||111||0|
|Outwitting climate change with a plant ‘dimmer’?||23||0|
|Claim: China’s severe winter haze tied to effects of global climate change||103||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Mar 15||305,916,141|
|Green Policy Drama: Political Clash at a Federal News Conference||109||0|
|Discounting Away the Social Cost of Carbon: The Fast Lane to Undoing Obama’s Climate Regulations||183||0|
|South Australia – a Renewable State?||148||0|
|Study: why CO2 levels are lower during global cold periods||178||0|
|Surprising news about trend of America’s temperature and precipitation||133||0|
|Report: Trump Orders Massive UN Budget Cuts||282||0|
|WUWT index page for 2017 Mar 14||305,800,230|
|Study: Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling||112||0|
|Why did the buffalo cross the land bridge?||219||0|
|“Arctic ice loss driven by natural swings, not just mankind: study”||329||18|
|How Imminent is the RSS Pause? (Now Includes January and February Data)||276||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.