Monday, December 11, 2017

The Light Bulb (Finally) Illuminates

The light bulb illuminates: It finally occurred to someone in the global warming community that jetting off the Bali, Copenhagen, Cancun, Paris (all locations of recent climate conferences) and now New Orleans is not the best way to convince the rest of us to cut our "carbon footprints."

Would YOU Want to Tell Him He Cannot?!

H/t: Instapundit.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Holiday Gift Bulletin: "Warnings" Back in Stock at Amazon

At long last, Amazon has Warnings back in stock. 
As I understand it, they actually have six copies in their warehouse but, for some reason, are only displaying two on its web page.

If you are not familiar with Warnings, here is an unsolicited review:
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There are two options for purchasing.
  • To order from Amazon, click here.
  • To order from Watermark Books (5 copies in stock), click here
  • To purchase in-person at Watermark, their home page is here. Watermark is the leading book seller in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma. 
BTW: Watermark is a nationally-known bookseller based in Wichita. They bring many outstanding authors into Wichita on their book tours. Below are Dave Barry, Kathleen and myself when we was recently in town to promote Best. State. Ever. 
If you inclined to purchase your books from an independent bookseller, I highly recommend Watermark. They will take great care of your order. 

Photo of the Day

Meanwhile, the effects of the wildfires continues in California. Here is a summary.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Forecast Snow Amounts in the Northeast

Traveling, you'll want to check with your airline or ground transportation provider to see if they are on time or cancelled.

Below is the latest model forecast of snowfall. It does not forecast the snow accumulation (warm ground may melt some of the snow that falls).

Snow on the Ground as of 7am

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Two Areas of Concern in the South

Tornado Risk in Florida.
The area with brown tinting has a signifiant risk of tornadoes. This includes the Tampa and Orlando areas.

Heavy Snow.
The outlined area, which includes Birmingham and parts of the Atlanta Metro will have heavy snow at times. This will cause serious traffic difficulties.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Horrible Day in Southern California

This photo from the DrudgeReport shows what it looks like to be in Southern California today, even if you are not in a fire area.
As to the latest fire coverage, just go to AccuWeather.

1pm: Another update from AccuWeather, especially important if you are planning to travel to the Southland this weekend.

Beef Is Essential!

Since this is a science blog, I always want to publish about science when it is delicious.
Experts admitted surprise at the findings because so many other studies have linked red meat to physical health risks. 
The team made the link after a study of 1000 Australian women. 
Professor Felice Jacka, who led the research by Deakin University, Victoria, said: "We had originally thought that red meat might not be good for mental health but it turns out that it actually may be quite important. 
"When we looked at women consuming less than the recommended amount of red meat in our study, we found that they were twice as likely to have a diagnosed depressive or anxiety disorder as those consuming the recommended amount. 
"Even when we took into account the overall healthiness of the women's diets, as well as other factors such as their socioeconomic status, physical activity levels, smoking, weight and age, the relationship between low red meat intake and mental health remained.
The entire article is here. Hope you read it over a good hamburger.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Congratulations Wichita and Spirit Aerosystems!

737's being manufactured in Wichita
Spirit Aerosystems, based in Wichita, already the manufacturer of much of the Boeing 737 (9,723 built since 1966), large parts of the 787-Dreamliner, and many other airplanes announced a few minutes ago that they are expanding their facilities. They are going to add 1,000 new jobs and spend $1 billion on their expansion in our city. 

Tom Gentile, CEO of Spirit, said they had received bids from all over the world to locate this business. Mr. Gentile said they chose Wichita as it was the best location with the most qualified workers. 

Congratulations Wichita and Spirit. 

Worsening Forecast For Los Angeles, San Diego, and Southern California

This is the forecast for Thursday:
"Extreme" is the worst category. I fully expect additional fires today and especially tomorrow. The fires often start because high winds (forecast up to 70 mph in this case) down power lines. The sparks cause the fire.

Dr. Cliff Mass has an intriguing proposal to turn off power when forecasts of extreme fire conditions are in effect. Suggest reading his blog posting at the red link.

-- update --

Here is a forecast from the NWS Los Angeles with forecast winds for 4am Thursday PST.
This is an extraordinarily serious situation. It does make one wonder if turning off the electricity in the areas with the highest forecast winds for a few hours would be an effective mitigation measure as Dr. Mass suggests.

Hurricanes and Global Warming

Here is some wisdom on hurricanes and global warming from Bjorn Lomborg.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Extreme Fire Danger in Southern California Through Thursday

It is vital to observe fire-prevention safety rules through Thursday.

Drought Concerns

After a dry October and November in the central and intermountain United States, I am getting worried that a drought may be developing over the next couple of months.

Here is today's location of a large high pressure system along the West Coast.

And, here is the forecast for 15 days from now.

You'll note nothing much has changed except the high has gotten even larger and stronger. This means any large storms move east from the Pacific will be blocked from coming into the western half of the United States.

It is my experience that this is often a precursor of a drought. I'll be keeping an eye on the situation as December progresses.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Climate Change Expose´? Actually, No

This story tries to tie President Trump into global warming but it actually does the opposite. What this story does is demonstrate that weather extremes occur at all temperatures.

It also illustrates that crop failures are much less frequent with today's climate.

Friday, December 1, 2017

One of the Worst Hurricane Seasons, Ever

The 2017 hurricane season ended at 6pm yesterday evening. The preliminary damage estimates are $369,000,000,000 (more than 1/3rd of a trillion dollars).

Some have estimated that total fatalities exceed 1,700 because of so many indirect deaths in Puerto Rico.

Good riddance.

Cold Wave on the Way

For people near east of I-55, it will be the coldest air since last winter.
AccuWeather has details.