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Global Warming: A Sucker Born Every Minute

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What do they teach them? How to reset a thermostat?! Gee, there can't be any graft in this essential endeavor. 🙄 Speaking of "one born every minute," the cartoon is literally true.  You can read the details here . Remember, climate science cannot tell us what the optimum temperature is for earth. Really! Addition, 1pm Friday.  I received this from my alma mater a few minutes ago. Our Navy can no longer build ships but -- by golly -- the Department of Defense has prioritized socio-economic vulnerability to climate change. 🙄

5pm Update - High Risk of More Flash Flooding in Florida

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The area outlined in pink is where flash flooding is likely from now until sunset. Above is the radar as of 4:55p,    --- original (still valid) posting --- The purple area, which includes Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Naples has a high risk of of flash flooding again today. Remember: turn around, don't drown. The majority of flash flood fatalities occur in associated with someone attempting to cross a flooded area by foot or by car. 

5pm Update: Today's Tornado Risk

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Below is a map of severe thunderstorm watches that extend from Ann Arbor to western Kansas; for giant hail and winds of 70 mph or more.  In Kansas, 4" hail and wind gusts to 85 mph are forecast.  --- original posting, still valid --- The brown area has a significant risk of tornadoes.  The hatched area is where wind gusts of 75 mph or stronger are forecast to occur. The red area has an enhanced  risk and the yellow are has a significant risk. Remember: with winds this strong, power outages and tree damage is possible. 

New Photos Added to My Collection

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We've had more photos added to my stock photography collection . With the wheat harvest in progress, here are a couple of sample photos you may wish to consider.  You'll find a large variety of images at the above link.

8:20pm -- Florida Flood Update

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The Heaviest Rains Have Moved South of Miami. Below is the rainfall for the 12 hours ending at 8pm.  72-hour rainfalls are in excess of 20 inches in places! The update below was posted at 7:15pm Extreme flooding for parts of Miami-dade and Broward Counties.  This is a life-threatening situation.  6:35pm: Forecast is For More Heavy Rain Next Three Hours in the Area Outlined in Purple. The Heaviest Rains are Along and  South of Alligator Alley NWS assessment at 5pm: Below is the map of 12hr hour rainfall to 6pm. As much as 14 inches have fallen near the Dade-Broward border at the coast. Here is the latest flight information 7p. Many flights are cancelled. Among those that are not: At Ft. Lauderdale, among the flights that aren't cancelled, there is an average seven hour  delay.  Here is the radar from7pm. Torrential rains continue to fall.  Earlier Updates: The heavy rains continue to fall in southern Florida. Below are the rainfall amounts over the past three days ending at noon. So

7:06pm Update --Today's Tornado Risk

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Tornado Watch: Minnesota and Wisconsin This watch is in effect until 10pm CDT. In addition to "a couple of tornadoes," hail to 4 inches in diameter and wind gusts of 75 mph are forecast to occur.  --- original posting (still valid) --- There is a risk of tornadoes in the U.S. border area. This is a heavy recreational area.  The brown area of northeast Minnesota and adjacent areas of far northwest Wisconsin have a significant risk of tornadoes beginning in mid-afternoon.  This map is hail risk. Where you see hatching, hail larger than two inches in diameter is forecast to occur. The red area has an enhanced  risk. The yellow area has a significant risk.  If you live in the area, please make sure you monitor the weather in the region. If you know of people camping or boating in the area, please try to get hold of them to insure they monitor the weather. 

Faith and Climate: This is Extremely Unfortunate

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As Pope Francis didn't define "deniers," we have no idea to what/whom he was referring. Two of his primary climate advisors are (highly unfortunately) Al Gore and Naomi Oreskes, neither of whom are climate scientists. Oreskes is an atheist and I don't know Gore's current thinking regarding faith. Francis can and should get better advisors.  With the above said, please allow me to clear up a recent controversy on Twitter. When Pope Francis says these things they are not  infallible statements. We Catholics believe the Pope is infallible only in narrow circumstances which are, He must be talking about faith or morals. Science doesn't count.  He must be speaking Ex Cathedra , which is in his official capacity and through an official document such as an encyclical. This qualifies as neither. And, while on the subject, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe frequently uses her (alleged) Christianity to justify her, sometimes extreme, positions on global warming. I don't know why