Weather or Not category archive
Headline from yesterday’s local rag:
Look at the weather widget, over there —-> on the sidebar.
This is not right.
I fully expect that, within a century or two . . .. oh, never mind. Nobody cares.
I went for a bicycle ride today.
In shorts and a tee shirt (yesterday, it was a sweat shirt).
Wednesday was in the 40s, and it’s back to the 40s tomorrow.
The prosecution rests.
It’s over 70 degrees today–in February (you know, the coldest month of the year) in a mid-Atlantic state.
A week ago, it was in the 20s and 30s.
This is not right.
The power went out at about 5:45 a. m. and remained out for more than 12 hours. Fortunately, the house has a little gas fireplace thingy that kept us from freezing mercilessly, as nobody was going anywhere. There was about a foot of snow, with high winds and high drifts. You can click the NOAA link on the sidebar for details.
According to the power company’s “Outage” page, over 300,000 customers (households and businesses in Southeastern Virginia) were without power, over 10% of them in my city.
I have nothing but respect for the power company staff who worked outside in those conditions so I can be warm.
Normal insanity will resume tomorrow or the next day. Right now, I’m going to enjoy the marvel of central heat.
It’s snowing as I write this and I plan to enjoy the snow tomorrow, when this will post, as I am writing it last night so I don’t have to worry about it today. (Let’s Do the Time Warp Again and all that.)
We are supposed to be hit hard, at least as folks in these parts measure it. They don’t know from two-foot snows . . . .
Robert Thorson, a geologist, reports that, even as oil and coal tycoons deny that the climates they are a-changing, the insurance industry is taking action. Naturally, it’s an action that will fix nothing and cost the insured, because it’s all about paying for the risk, not about fixing anything.
Moody’s has already been considering the growing risks of sea level rise and flooding into account in rating coastal properties, particularly those created on filled-in wetlands. It’s now going to do the same regarding government-issued bonds (emphasis added; more at the link).
Within the last decade, the owners of Connecticut coastal properties have been kicked in the shins by rising insurance premiums. Now, the state and municipal governments with jurisdiction over those lands are being kicked by Moody’s Investors Service. This credit rating agency, arguably our nation’s most respected, has put coastal states and municipalities on notice that Moody’s credit ratings for state and municipal bonds will hereafter be tied to coastal preparedness.
The fiscally conservative and hazards aware part of me is loving this news because it proclaims an obvious truth that we geologists have taught for a half-century. Easy come, easy go. Lowlands created easily by shallow fill will be the first to go under. We’re talking about our national mall in Washington, D.C., much of the Bay Area in San Francisco, the Florida coastal strip, New York, Boston and countless other cities with large areas of low-lying fill within city limits.
It’s the last full week of October and I’m running the freaking air conditioner, for Pete’s sake.
When I was a young ‘un, back in the olden days, the trees would have already have lost their leaves and I’d be wearing winter coats by now.
We are doomed.
Eleven, eleven, can someone give me eleven?
Located in the central Atlantic about 760 miles southwest of the Azores, the hurricane poses no threat to land and would probably be unremarkable if not for its place in the record books. The last time a hurricane season produced 10 consecutive storms was in 1893, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach, when tracking hurricanes largely relied on ships and barometric readings.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson deplores the influence of ignorance in our society.
At The Daily Banter, Bob Cesca looks at America’s response to climate change and despairs. A snippet:
Along those lines, it’s difficult to resist the instinct to feel utterly hopeless and cynical. We’re in it now, and a frustrating lack of political will mixed with public apathy or outright denial has completely stymied what should’ve otherwise happened years ago: an effort of the magnitude of the Apollo program to find affordable, clean, renewable energy sources while rapidly killing off entrenched yet archaic polluters. But we’re not a prevention nation. We’re a self-indulgent one. We’d rather continue our bad habits while finding ways to ease the side effects.
For example, rather than eating right and exercising, while supporting efforts to improve our food supply, we’d rather pop a few Lipitor to reduce our cholesterol, or a Nexium to reduce the acid reflux.