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The Climates They Are a-Changing, Courting Disaster Dept. 0

The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

“World’s Dumbest” . . . 0

. . . in not just a silly television show.

We live in a society of stupid.

The Climates They Are a-Changin’ 0

The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

Headline from yesterday’s local rag:

Hampton Roads sea level rise is accelerating, report says

The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

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.

The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

I went for a bicycle ride today.

In shorts and a tee shirt (yesterday, it was a sweat shirt).

In February.

Wednesday was in the 40s, and it’s back to the 40s tomorrow.

The prosecution rests.

The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

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.

So Much for Enjoying a Nice Quiet Snow Day 0

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.

Light Bloggery, Snow Day 0

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 . . . .

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Mt. Ararat Redux 0

Man typing a keyboard:

Via Job’s Anger.

Putting a Price Tag on Climate Change 0

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.

All the News that Fits 0

Time Magazine has a Koch problem.

How Stuff Works, TV Weather Dept. 0

Perfessor:  It's funny how those TV meteorologist love to report from the middle of a hurricane, but never from the middle of a forest fire.  Voice from television:  We're going live to Jim . . . You there, Jim?  How strong are the winds?  Jim:  Yeah, Dr. Gregg.  This hurricane is a big one.  The intensity is getting stronger by the minute, and we're really close to the eyewall.  On the Saffir-Simpson scale, it's a cat one, though it's starting to feel like a cat two to me . . . . Larry, our camera guy, had to lash himself to a concrete pylon.  Waitress, looking at television:  For Pete's sake, this isn't informative weather coverage.   It's weather porn.

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Gotterdammerung 0

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble 0

The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

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.

The Fire This Time, Reprise 0

Warning: Language.

And, in tangentially-related news . . . .

Waterlogged 0

Man to his right-wing friend:  Climatologists have warned us for years that this time would come.  Friend:  Yeah, Joe, I know, but now is not the time to talk about climate change. (Water rises in the bar where they are talking.)  Man:  So just when's the righ time for a discussion about climate change?  Friend:  About 20 years ago. (Water continues to rise.) Man:  Ah, so we finally agreed.  Friend:  Oh (glub), I wouldn't go that far.

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Stormy Weather 0

Eleven, eleven, can someone give me eleven?

Ophelia became a hurricane late Wednesday, the tenth in a row and tying a record set more than a century ago.

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.