Wednesday, November 21, 2018

40th Anniversary of "Turkeys Away"

This is the 40th anniversary of one of the best episodes of any television situation comedy -- ever: the "Turkeys Away" episode of WKRP in Cincinnati. 
Unfortunately, you can't just find the entire episode without commercials any more. But, you can see the entire episode in high quality video -- well worth your time -- by clicking here. If you are not familiar with WKRP it is about the lowest-rated radio station with a hapless manager and interesting characters. Its humor holds up well today. However, if you want to see only the best part, begin the episode and then advance to 16:35 (which will cause you to see a few more commercials) and stay till the end.

This will be the only posting for today or tomorrow, 
so let me wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!
In America, every day truly is something to be thankful for.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Global Warming: Is There Anything It Can't Do????

So now global warming is going to cause the end of the world.

This "new study" is the same old thing with ever more outrageous claims. For example, I have enlarged one of the figures that purports to show the effects of global warming.

Of course, this blog and many others have documented similar lists -- with links -- that have been on the internet for years.
All I can think of is that the holiday week crew at CBS News ("Is this the way the world ends?") is extremely gullible, or biased, or both.

Precipitation for Thanksgiving Holiday Period

Here is the NWS's precipitation amount forecast valid through 6pm CST Sunday evening.
Please note the two areas where more than seven inches are forecast in the mountains of California. In the burn areas this will cause mudslides.

STOP: Do Not Eat Romaine

Monday, November 19, 2018

Congratulations, Rams and Chiefs

Couldn't agree more/
Rams win 54-51. Highest scoring Monday Night game in history. Chiefs are the first team in NFL history to score 50 and loose.
And, I'll say goodnight with...

Caution: Influenza Risk Increasing

With people on airplanes and on the road this week, the risk of influenza is increasing. Here is the latest (9a Monday) influenza risk map from Ascel Bio. To check updated flu forecasts and Ascel's forecasts for other health conditions, go here.
The colors are the relative risk (for this time of year) and the dots represent the forecast number of cases. States like Missouri, Connecticut and North Dakota are at the most risk. So, it is time to begin to practice good hygiene with everyone getting together for the holidays.

This Describes Me Perfectly

Meteorologists, especially of my era, are over-educated in math. And, because I have a minor in engineering, I had to take engineering math I and II (which is beyond advanced calculus), vector analysis and four advanced statistics courses. Six months out of college, I had forgotten most of it. So, for all my meteorologist friends, this graph (from Twitter) is for you!

"The Disputes In Academia Are So Vicious Because the Stakes Are So Low"

A really bad joke I've heard others utter...
The full details of this tempest in a teapot are here.

This is About the Calmest Weather Map You Will Ever See

Other than the two areas of blue on the show shores of the Great Lakes, there are no precipitation-related storms anywhere in the United States. The grays are air pollution/stagnation warnings.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Rain in Forecast For California

This will -- finally -- give the heroic fire crews, emergency managers and the residents a desperately needed break.

Sunday Fun: I'd Say So!

Genuine description of a movie from "Turner Classic Movies:"  "While on leave in Italy, a young officer finds himself falling in love with the married daughter of his submarine's commander, stirring complications."

Saturday, November 17, 2018

This Is Perverted and Evil

There are no other words to describe this.
The best response to all of this is prayer.

"America's Permanent War Complex"

This is absolutely essential reading. President Trump campaigned to end this vicious cycle and he needs to follow up on that promise.

H/T: Fabius Maximus (Ed.)

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Smoke Thickens

San Francisco as (not) seen from Treasure Island this afternoon. 
This is due to the smoke from the wildfires.

Things will meteorologically improve next week.

The Smart Money Simply Doesn't Believe the Global Warming Gloom and Doom Forecasts

On numerous occasions, we have pointed out that the people shouting about global warming do not conform their actions to their words.
It isn't just Al Gore or Leonardo Di Caprio running around the world in private jets (the least carbon-efficient form of transportation) to make "we need to cut our carbon footprints" speeches. It isn't just the Maldives demanding money because it is being flooded by rising sea levels ("our nation is sinking") when in fact no flooding is occurring and the islands are enjoying a beachfront building boom.
Now, the hypocrisy seems to have moved closer to home. Jeff Bezos' Amazon moving announced this week it is constructing a new headquarters building in Queens. Mr. Bezos has spoken out about global warming on a number of occasions. For example...
But, if he genuinely believes the threat is so imminent and dangerous that it needs another $1 billion thrown at it, it is curious that he is building his new headquarters in an area that, according to Climate Central, is going to begin flooding in just two years.
Of course, Mr. Bezos and Amazon can choose to spend their money however they wish. But, it is curious that global warming is so serious that it is worth spending another billion dollars on yet they are building in an area what will begin global warming-related flooding in just two years. At first glance, it appears it is another case of global warming words not matching global warming actions.

H/T: WattsUpWithThat

An Immense Tragedy

63 deaths. Horrible.

What Is Wichita Like As a Place to Visit?

Just ask these travel writers from Australia.

Come and see us on your next vacation. You'll be amazed just as Julia and Richard.

Better still, look at the thousands of great jobs open at companies based in Wichita and south central Kansas and consider moving here. 

While This is For Kansas...

...I suspect these numbers are more or less applicable to the Great Plains and Midwest.
And, yes, slow down (a lot!) when ice and snow are falling.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Toilet Technology. Yes, Toilet Technology

Before I was allowed to invest in Ascel Bio, they required me to read two books on the topic of public health. I had no idea of the appalling (by today's standards) disease and other issues caused by (to put it delicately) improper treatment of sewage.

According to Bill Gates, more than half of the world uses inadequate sewage handling which causes millions of lives. So, I recommend reading his story of flying halfway around the world to look at a toilet.

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Horrific Toll of Northern California's "Camp" Fire

Why I Love Cheering For Wichita State

Read this.

Fun Fact About Snow

As of this morning, Wichita's 2.6" of snow since July 1 (when the "snow year" begins) is more than we had all of last winter.

ADDITION: This is the snowiest start to a winter season since 1951.

Fascinating: Odds of Dying By Activity

Did you know riding in a car is much more dangerous than playing football*?

Did you know bicycling is more dangerous that bungee jumping?

As fascinating graphic is here. And, a great way to keep your family healthy is here.

*And, people who play soccer and hockey have a higher rate of elderly dementia than football players.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

9:45am Sunday Snow Update

Here is the new snow forecast (this does not include the snow that has already fallen with this system or the snow that will fall from now until noon). The amounts are rounded.

Here is the radar from 9:30am.
Be careful driving.

100th Anniversary of the WWI Armistice

The Liberty Memorial lit up with poppies to
commemorate the WWI armistice.
(via Twitter - click to enlarge)
Did you know Veteran's Day used to be called Armistice Day? That is because November 11 is the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I? Today is the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

The United States' official World War I monument and memorial is the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City. It, and other buildings in downtown KC has been spectacularly lit to commemorate the end of the war. If you can get to KC to see the lighting and the amazing museum at the memorial, I urge you to do so.

Thank you to our veterans for their service to our nation. 

Our usual "Sunday Fun" feature will return next week.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Sneaky Snow Storm

click to enlarge
Until this morning, many were forecasting "no accumulation." However, the latest data and model output indicates to me that light accumulations will occur in the Low Plains.

This blend of model forecasts looks good to me. The amounts are rounded to the nearest inch.

In Colorado and New Mexico the snow will begin tonight. Elsewhere, the snow will begin Sunday except in Missouri when it will begin Sunday night.

80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

The Kristallnacht was the National Socialists (shortened to Nazi) first organized attack on the Jewish population of Germany. It was designed to appear to be a "spontaneous demonstration" as the result of the shooting of a diplomat on November 7. Many believe there was a more or less straight line from Kristallnacht to the Holocaust.

As we see Antifa and other violent extremist movements growing in the United States we must realize that if they continue to grow unchecked that, yes, it could happen here.

Below is from a series of tweets from Ms. Elisheva Avital (@ElishevaAvital) whose father had a photo album from WWII that was uncovered after his death two years ago. While I am reproducing them as best I can, I urge you to go to Twitter to see the originals. They will be a punch to your gut.

Thank you, Ms. Avital for your incredibly valuable tweets. 

California: Critical Fire Danger Continues

For the rest of today a serious fire danger continues.

The extreme danger returns to the Southland Sunday (arrow) in much the same area as yesterday.
It is impossible to over-emphasize the necessity of using extreme caution out-of-doors until this danger passes.

Some Thoughts on Reforming the Structure of the Catholic Church

While the catechism (the rules) of the Catholic Church are believed by Catholics to be divinely inspired and the way to attain Heaven, the structure of the Church itself is leading to scandal after scandal. Here are some important thoughts on reforming the Church.

Friday, November 9, 2018

California Fire Outlook for Next Seven Days

From Twitter, image sent at 3pm PST.

The latest fire satellite image from 3:12pm PST.

Here is the fire weather forecast for Saturday.

Here is the outlook for next week.
The most dangerous conditions are forecast for Southern California on Sunday and Tuesday.

This is the last update for today.