Sunday, August 7, 2022

Ban Slave Labor Solar Panels!!

Michael Shellenberger has a compelling column on how Democrats in Congress are so determined to subsidize wind and solar that they don't care about the plight of the Uyghurs held in slavery in China. His entire piece is here

Friday, August 5, 2022

$100 Million Hurricane

The Daily Mail has a fascinating story about the U.S.S. Central American which sunk in 1857. Of the 578 passengers and crew, 425 perished. The ship was also carrying nine tons of gold and other treasures putting its value (today's dollars) at $100 to $150 million. The full story is here

Thursday, August 4, 2022

4 People Hit By Lightning Near White House

Four people have life-threatening injuries due to being hit by a six-stroke lightning bolt that struck the ground in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House. 

There is a report the victims took shelter in a grove a trees -- a very unsafe location during lightning. 

CBS News had a camera rolling on the north lawn of the White House (which is the side of the White House that faces Lafayette Park). You can see the reflection of the flashes and instant sound of thunder. The lightning occurred at 6:49pm EDT.

UPDATE: Fox5DC has video of the actual lightning

The radar at 6:48pm is below.

The Capital Weather Gang is updating the story, here.

Update: Two of the victims have passed away.

Update 4:39pm Friday:

Past 30-Day Rainfall and Forecast

Because of data issues, I wasn't able to post this on the first as I intended. Regardless, here is the 30-day rainfall ending at 7am CDT this morning. The upper map is the rainfall amounts and the lower map is the departure from normal in inches. Below is the farm belt.

This year, the Southwest Monsoon rainfall is important and here it is.

UPDATE: Here is the latest Palmer Drought Index with data through July 29.
Brown is the driest. Dark blue represents the wettest conditions. 

And, here is the forecast rainfall until 7am CDT on August 11.

Below is the NWS/National Drought Center's estimate for the month of August. The white areas in the Southwest have been removed from the drought.

The green areas are forecast to be removed from the drought by the end of the month. The tan areas are forecasted to have significant drought improvement. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

The Voters of Kansas Have Spoken

The voters of Kansas have voted no on changing the state's constitution and so we are doomed to continue to be the abortion capital of the Midwest. 

I'm not particularly surprised that "no" won but I readily admit to be being shocked by the margin, As of 9:45pm, Yes received 37.7%, and No received 62.3%.

It is heartening that turnout records were broken for an August election so the voice of the people is clear. 

Final results: "No" received 58.8% of the vote.

Caring For the Least Among Us

The Bishop of Belleville, Illinois made an important announcement:

It seemed to fly under the radar of both secular and most Catholic media, but recently some heartening news came out of the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois, when Bishop Michael McGovern announced that he would be selling the 13-bedroom manor that has been the home of Belleville’s shepherds for over 150 years. In a splendid example of the Church putting its money where its mouth is, Bishop McGovern’s office said that selling the valuable property is meant to “generate resources that can be used for a maternity fund for expectant mothers as well as in support of Catholic education, youth ministry and evangelization.”

Throughout the post-Dodd period, there have been those that have accused Catholics of hypocrisy in the pro-life realm. That simply isn't correct and much of the criticism is simply in bad faith. So, I wanted to provide you with yet another example of Catholics trying to care for the least among us as Christ commanded. 

Please vote YES!! today.

Monday, August 1, 2022

Some Improvement in Southwest Drought

Rainfall Forecast for the Next Seven Days
The Southwest Monsoon has been unusually early and its rains unusually heavy so far this summer. And, that is helping with the drought. The above map is forecast rainfall amounts for the next week. 

Below is a map of the rainfall deviation from normal during the past two weeks. As you can seen amounts have been quite heavy. 
While these heavy monsoon rains will not help California much, they will help Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico through at least the next six to ten days.

Congratulations Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Kansas School of Osteopathic Medicine opens in Wichita today with its initial class of 91 students. We are very glad to have them!

Wichita also hosts a branch of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, so we will have two schools educating physicians in our community. 

Sunday, July 31, 2022

7-Day Ag Belt Rainfall

Above is the 3-day rainfall to noon in the southern farm belt a of noon.

Below is the 7-day rainfall for last week along with a departure from normal map (in inches).

Heavy rains fell from the Kansas Flint Hills to eastern Kentucky where catastrophic flooding caused 26 deaths. The moderate to heavy rain in the central High Plains was desperately needed. 

Returning to Kentucky, there is a serious risk of more heavy rain between now and 7am Monday in the area outlined in red. If you have friends or relatives there, please call and make sure they are aware of the threat.

Sunday Fun: The Last Time We Had Big Inflation

Back in the 1970's when we had huge inflation, many companies made television commercials to show how they were doing their part to keep prices down. So, for our Sunday fun, here are some inflation golden oldies. 

Saturday, July 30, 2022

At Least Twenty-Five Killed in Kentucky Flooding

The horror stories pertaining to the Kentucky flooding continue. The death toll is now 25 with the governor forecasting the death toll will continue to rise. NBC News reports that the flooding and landslides are so severe that rescue crews have not reached some areas.

There are 18,000 homes and businesses still without power. 

Here is a map of the rainfall over eastern Kentucky from Wednesday night. 

It is hard to understand why the death toll was so high as the event was reasonably well forecasted and telephones triggered by NWS flash flood warnings went off during the night
This is exactly the type of disaster for which we need a National Disaster Review Board. Otherwise, we are doomed to continue the loss of life and property in these situations. 

--- Monday Morning Update ---
Headline from Wall Street Journal:
As of Wednesday, August 3, the death toll has risen to 37.

New Movie: "Supercell"

A new movie is in post-production. It is called Supercell and it is along the lines of Twister. The rumors are that it will be released in November. If you are interested in learning more, go here

Friday, July 29, 2022

Novacoast is Moving its Headquarters to Wichita

Very pleased to report that Novacoast, an international cybersecurity company, is moving its corporate headquarters from Santa Barbara to Wichita. This will include 100 high-tech jobs. The details are here.

You may have heard last week that Panasonic is building a battery factory in Kansas that will bring 4,000 direct jobs plus another 3,500 jobs from suppliers and others. 

Wichita features a wonderful lifestyle at very low cost. Check us out! 

One Hour to Vote!

As frequent readers know, I am a strong advocate for voting YES!! in Kansas' special election pertaining to abortion. I make the non-religious case as to why this is right for Kansas, here.

Probably because I have been writing about it on the blog, I've gotten a few comments from readers. At least two have been concerned that this important vote was being held in an August primary election rather than the November general election. Well, based on the turnout when I voted today, that doesn't seem to be a problem. Wow! I have never waited for anywhere close to an hour before. 

While I hope most are voting YES, I want to salute the people of Kansas for coming out to vote in the primary and in the constitutional election. 

*One other thing: I've been asked who I would vote for on the Republican side for Attorney General? My vote was for Tony Mattivi. 

How Do Tornadoes Form?

Our friends at Survive-A-Storm Shelters asked me to answer the question, "How Do Tornadoes Form?" You'll find my answers, here.

There is still a lot we do not know about how every type of tornado (supercell, landspout, etc.) forms. But, we are making progress. Hope you enjoy reading. 

Thursday, July 28, 2022

U.S. Temperatures Are NOT Increasing

You may have seen yesterday's news reports about the sad state of the U.S.'s temperature measuring network. If you missed it, the story is here

As others have pointed out, NOAA runs a superb temperature and precipitation network that was designed to be state-of-the-art and highly accurate. But, we never hear about the data it produces. Why? It does not show warming! Its data is below and a link to the U.S. Climate Research Network (USCRN) is here
When NOAA pitched the USCRN it was based on the premise that it would measure the warming temperatures across the USA. Since there is no warming, its data has been pushed into the background. 

I guess one could call the lack of warming an "inconvenient truth."

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Do We Want Kansas to Be Primarily Known For Abortion?

NPR seems to think ending Kansas as an
abortion destination is a bad thing
Do we really want to continue to be the abortion capital of the Midwest!? Liberals from outside of Kansas (from where most of the money is coming) are playing us for chumps. 

There are excellent religious and theological arguments against abortion, but I haven't used any of them. Why? They aren't needed to encourage you to vote YES!!  

Kansas, by any measure, has economically lagged behind Texas, Oklahoma and other neighboring states. Companies do not want to move to abortion-intensive areas just like they do not wish to locate near strip clubs, meat packing or rending plants. 

One good way to start to turn economy around would be to put abortion back into the realm of Kansans and our representatives rather than an activist Kansas Supreme Court -- which has virtually no accountability -- and wants to expand abortion to the day before birth. 

Consider that Michigan, like Kansas, has a woman Democrat governor. Here is an excerpt from a news story from Monday:
We aren't seeing this vindictive treatment toward women who choose to keep their babies in Kansas -- yet -- because Gov. Kelly is running for a second term. If she wins reelection, everything in Kelly's history indicates we can expect this type of pro-abortion extremism here. She and her husband, according to media reports, made charitable donations to Planned Parenthood before she got into politics.

In return, Politico reports:
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • EMILY's List 
are national organizations behind Kelly and in favor of more abortion in Kansas. They are spending tens of millions of dollars!

If YES!! passes, abortion will still be legal in Kansas. There will still be care for ectopic pregnancies and other horrible medical situations. But "we the people" can put reasonable guardrails around it. If our legislators go too far in one direction or another, we can always vote them out of office. Can't do that with the courts. 

There is one additional favorable aspect to a YES!! vote and that is that it will demonstrate to the Kansas Supreme Court that its activism can backfire. I don't think they would have "found" a right to abortion in our state's constitution if they thought it would result in the people voting for an amendment that would overturn their decision. This is our opportunity to send them a message. 

Please vote YES!! on August 2. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Record Flooding in St. Louis

This map is 12-hour rainfall to 9am. The white areas are more than ten inches. Toward upper left is the 10+inch area near O'Fallon where Interstate 70 has been closed. 

This is the radar as of 9:21am. Rain continues to fall but not at the torrential rates that fell during the night. 

This is the worst flash flood situation in the St. Louis area I can remember over the last 40+ years.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Wow!!! My Book For $13.02!!

Via Amazon, there is a sale on new copies of my book for $13.02.
You can purchase a copy here

It is a great summer read. Please purchase a copy before they raise the price. 

Desperately Needed Rain Falls in Kansas

Below is the 5-day rainfall forecast from now until 7am Saturday. The three inches of rain forecast for southwest Kansas is desperately needed (see Palmer Drought info below). Updated map posted at 2:30p.
East of the Mississippi, the rain may be too much, too fast.
West of the Mississippi the rain is desperately needed. 

Below are the 24-hr and 48-hr rainfalls across Kansas ending at 10am.

Please note the different color scale on each map. 

Below is the Palmer Drought Index as of July 17.
Since the 17th, rains have been generous over far eastern Colorado and adjacent border areas of Kansas. Additional rain will improve rangeland conditions. 

People Are Catching On

The private jet crowd is finally getting called out for all of the misery it is causing. These are not well-intended but misguided people. The Bill Gates-Al Gore-John Kerry-Prince Harry crowd seem to enjoy making life miserable for the rest of us while they increase their wealth and influence with 'solutions' that will only make things worse. 

There are a couple of good articles on this topic here and here

Unless your congressional candidates this fall are talking about nuclear and, where possible, hydro power, they are not serious about fixing our greenhouse gas problems. Windmills and solar, while useful for certain specific tasks, are not what we need to level off the rate of carbon increase. 

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Congratulations Buck O'Neil

At long, long last, Buck O'Neil is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this afternoon. It is long, long  overdue!

If you are not familiar with Buck's amazing legacy, please click here

Finally, at long last.
And, his family. 

Tornado and Damaging Wind Threat Today

There is a tornado threat in New York. 

And, there is an enhanced threat of thunderstorm wind gusts of 60 mph or stronger in the red area and a significant threat in the yellow area.