Friday, December 6, 2019

Hell, No! #2

Can't believe I'm saying that twice in one week.
This is a complete joke. Taking "unnecessary flights" is not a sin.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Jonathan Turley's Eloquent Impeachment Hearing Testimony Today

This is just amazing. Please spend just four minutes watching.

This melds nicely with comments made here in September.

A Man For All Seasons is one of the most powerful movies ever made. Here is the clip about which Professor Turley (a Democrat, by the way) referred.

See You in Topeka One Week From Today

Looking forward to seeing the members of the Kansas Society of Association Executives a week from today in Topeka. I'll be speaking at 1:30pm at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. 
See you there!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Mandatory Facial Recognition at Airports? Hell, NO!

The DHS has called it off due to the uproar. 

The Department of Homeland Security and the TSA continue to behave as if 1984 was a "how to" manual. The story is here.

As far as I am concerned, DHS and TSA need to be dissolved. Airport security should go back to being done by private contractors. There are a number of airports (San Francisco, Kansas City, Jackson Hole, and others) that have never had TSA screening.

Those two agencies have become too dangerous to our rights.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Cyber Monday - Cyber Books

Since today is Cyber Monday, I thought I'd make new readers aware that I have two ebooks.

The first is the ebook version of my book, Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather. The ebook contains some great photos we were not able to get into the hardcover version.

My second book, When the Sirens Were Silent, tells the heartbreaking story of the Joplin Tornado. Equally important, it explains how to protect yourself at home, at school or at the office when tornadoes threaten.
Hope you will check them out.

Dr. Judith Curry's Summary of the State of Global Warming Science

It is here. Well worth reading.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Sunday Fun: The "Re-Branding" of Global Warming

Big Climate making a mockery of science
Evidently, Big Climate's focus groups have not produced scary enough terms for some. So Ad Age has decided to lend a hand in needlessly scaring people. 
My single favorite sentence in the article is:
They both also use alliteration -- using the same letter or sound at the beginning of connected words -- a naming trick proven to enhance memorability.
A "trick"related to global warming? Obviously, the author has been talking to global warming extremist Michael Mann.

Anyway, the branding people came up with these new names for global warming:
"The earth will be uninhabitable -- an irreversible barren wasteland." That is so removed from reality and so absurd I don't have words to describe it.

The entire point of their renaming is to scare people so we will "take action."

The next time people tell you the global warming controversy is about science, you can laugh like the people in the photo: it is now about capturing power and money and little else.

ADDITION: What the global warming controversy is really about,
Nuclear power "only produces clean energy." Can't have that! [sarc] 

Kanter is a big-wig in global warming alarmist circles. His remarks reaffirm the global warming controversy is about power and money. These people are too dangerous to let anywhere near the seats of power. 

Sunday Travel Update

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Above are National Weather Service warnings and advisories as of 8am CST.

Here are AccuWeather's forecast snow accumulations. There will be an ice storm in parts of southwest Pennsylvania.

Composite radar at 8am.

And, in the West.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Small Business Saturday

Today is "small business Saturday." As a small businessman, I'd appreciate your support.
Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather is a highly reviewed and rated book that tells the uplifting story of the people who created America's unique storm warning system that saves thousands of lives each year.
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Today and Tonight's Weather Risks

The brown area is where there is a signifiant risk of tornadoes. Because of the heavy travel period, I have superimposed the interstate highways.

Here is a summary map of warnings across the country.
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And, the national radar composite as of 1:15pm CST.

Friday, November 29, 2019

NO Upward Trend in Hurricanes Or Tropical Storms

The 2019 North America hurricane season is over. The data is in. And, the data, combined with data from around the world, conclusively shows there is absolutely no upward trend, worldwide, in tropical storms or hurricanes.
Dr. Ryan Maue

Travel A Mess in the Western Half of the Nation

If you are traveling today in the western half of the nation, please check local weather forecasts. Here is a map of adverse conditions as of 8:30am today. Things pretty much okay in the East.
(Note: this will be the only travel advisory today)

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Gasp! World May Have Crossed Global Warming "Tipping Point"

Big Climate's latest focus group must have approvingly coughed up the "tipping point" furball because they are at it again. The item below was published Wednesday. It is the first time I've seen two of their focus-grouped terms (the other, 'climate emergency') in a single eight-world headline.
The number of tipped global warming tipping points over the last 40 years is likely well past 100 by now. The first was in 1989. It proclaimed "whole nations would be underwater" if the problem wasn't solved by 2000.
Last time we checked, the Maldives were doing just fine.

There have been dozens of tipping points ever since. I wrote this more than five years ago.
This headline was published Tuesday.
Multiple people on Twitter have speculated the timing of these and other headlines is not coincidental. They were supposed to subtly get you to talk about global warming over Thanksgiving dinner. Me? The only cooling I wanted was for the cranberry jelly.

I loved this headline, also via Twitter.
Babylon Bee
I intentionally waited to post this so as not to ruin anyone's dinner. Hope yours was great!

Happy Thanksgiving

Shelley, Mindy and I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.

We have many, many things about which to be thankful in our nation. One of them is all of the meteorologists who are working today -- and are away from their families -- to help keep you and your family safe with the storms crossing the nation.

It is well worth reading Sir Winston Churchill's World War II message on Thanksgiving. It is here.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

An Innovative Thanksgiving Travel Suggestion

Screen capture from ABC News of California Thanksgiving travelers.
It makes me think: Wouldn't it be easier for the people in the red cars (taillights) to visit the relatives of the drivers in white (headlights) and vice versa??

Have a safe drive and a great Thanksgiving.

7am Wednesday Thanksgiving Travel Update

Here is the forecast snowfall until midnight tonight.

And, for late travelers, here is the total snowfall from now through 11:59pm Thanksgiving evening.
And, to close our Thanksgiving weather coverage, I'd like to quote Hill Street Blues' Sgt. Phil Esterhaus:
Let's be very careful out there!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Radar at 6:45pm

The blue is the heavy snow from Kansas to northwest Wisconsin. Yellow counties are currently under tornado watches.

For additional coverage this evening, please follow me on Twitter @usweatherexpert. 

1:30pm Tuesday Travel Weather Update

Updated at 1:30pm CST.
Wildfires already in progress!
Scattered power outages likely.

Radar at 1:20pm.

-- Original Posting -- 
Hundreds of cars stuck in eastern Colorado. Serious power disruptions and wildfires are likely in the high wind warning areas.

Tornado Risk
The brown area has a significant tornado risk. 

Damaging Thunderstorm Winds
The yellow area has a significant risk of wind gusts of 60 mph or more. The red area has an enhanced risk. This is a significant danger for high profile vehicles. Power failures are possible.

Radar at 8:25am CST Tuesday

Monday, November 25, 2019

7pm Pre-Thanksgiving Travel Forecast

Before beginning, please let me remind you that I am focusing on the Central United States as there are plenty of blogs that focus on the East and West Coasts. That said, please keep be aware of high winds forecast for the southern Oregon and northern California coasts along with high winds in the eastern Great Lakes regions.

The days to which I refer are from midnight to midnight.

If you are flying Tuesday or Wednesday, don't eat a big meal. Turbulence is possible just about anywhere.

Current Radar as of 7pm CST

Currently In Effect
Snowfall, again, from midnight to midnight.
The heavy snow falling in eastern Colorado and the High Plains will have coated the roads by sunrise.

Peak Wind gusts through 11pm Wednesday.
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Power failures are possible in the deep orange areas and likely in the red areas. These high winds will also make driving quite hazardous, especially for high-profile vehicles.

Also, severe thunderstorms with brief tornadoes are possible in the yellow area. Also, if you are flying over this area, moderate to severe turbulence is possible near thunderstorms.


Peak winds until 11pm Wednesday night.
Please note the Midwest where power failures are likely. Below is a close-up of the region.
Again, be prepared for power failures and driving will be very hazardous in the dark orange and red areas!

Total Precipitation from Now Until 6pm Monday
Please keep up on changing weather conditions before you head for the airport or get on the road.