…now we’re vapourizing them in mid-air. Oh, is there anything Green Energy CAN’T DO?!!
Solar plant’s downside? Birds igniting in midair
Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays – “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.
Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one “streamer” every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator’s application to build a still-bigger version.
The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed. Estimates per year now range from a low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.
The deaths are “alarming. It’s hard to say whether that’s the location or the technology,” said Garry George, renewable-energy director for the California chapter of the Audubon Society.
“There needs to be some caution.“
Well, hell, you just change the facts
Prior to the year 2000, NASA showed US temperatures cooling since the 1930?s, and 1934 much warmer than 1998.
…Right after the year 2000, NASA and NOAA dramatically altered US climate history, making the past much colder and the present much warmer. The animation below shows how NASA cooled 1934 and warmed 1998, to make 1998 the hottest year in US history instead of 1934. This alteration turned a long term cooling trend since 1930 into a warming trend.
You know, it almost seems as though this is all about government control.
…but, actually READING the report, it turns out the little frozen BASTARD’S PULLED THIS TRICK BEFORE!!!
…The Wilkes Basin likely experienced a similar episode of massive ice discharge about 4.8 million to 3.5 million years ago, according to sediment remains in the area. That past discharge occurred during the Pliocene epoch when global climate was warmer than it is today, but similar to the climate projections for the end of the 21st century.
Forget meteorites: the “Great Dying” mass extinction event 252 million years ago may have been caused by farts
The physical environment can produce sudden shocks to the life of our planet through impacting space rocks, erupting volcanoes and other events. But sometimes life itself turns the tables and strikes a swift blow back to the environment. MIT researchers have identified a different culprit — one coming from biology rather than geology. They argue that the carbon disruption and, consequently, the end-Permian extinction were set off by a particular microorganism that evolved a new way to digest organic material into methane.
The end-Permian (or PT) extinction event occurred 252 million years ago. It is often called the Great Dying because around 90 percent of marine species disappeared in one fell swoop. Similar numbers died on land as well, producing a stark contrast between Permian rock layers beneath (or before) the extinction and the Triassic layers above. Extinctions are common throughout time, but for this one, the fossil record truly skipped a beat.
“The end-Permian is the greatest extinction event that we know of,” said Daniel Rothman, a geophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “The changes in the fossil record were obvious even to 19th Century geologists.”
Understanding the cause of this biological devastation requires understanding the geochemical clues that go along with it. Chief among these clues is a sudden swing in the balance of carbon isotopes stored in rocks from that same time period. If geologists can find what disrupted the carbon, they’ll likely know what killed off so much of the Earth’s life forms. Several theories have tried to explain the carbon perturbation as, for example, massive volcanism, or a drop in sea level, but none of these environmental causes have fully matched the data.
With this genetic innovation, these methane-producers, or methanogens, ran rampant across the ocean, overturning the carbon cycle. The resulting changes in ocean chemistry would have driven many species to extinction.
Based on my own experience after a particularly tasty curry, this is a theory I can believe.
(via Ace’s sidebar)
This is a Tuesday night shot of the brand new bridge over Escambia Bay that replaced the one Ivan blew away.
Miraculously, WE came out of it ~ in our low lying house ~ with nothing worse than a soggy garage and rattled nerves from a night of incessant thunder and lightening. I have NEVER in my life experienced anything like it. Just would NOT quit.
Folks in our neighborhood suffered terribly, though. A new military family who STILL had the UHaul from their move two days ago in front of their house had everything they owned baptised by half a foot of swamp water through the house. The new drainage system ~ put in after the 22 in. in one day event 3 years ago ~ may have solved a problem existing at the time, but the sure need to check out the water flow it’s creating.
Through, under and around someone’s house is not an optimal result of county “improvements”, I HATE to tell our district commissioner.
So, I’d say ~ conservatively ~ there’s at least 20+ houses in our little sub-division alone completely inundated, if not, like the poor folks above, damn near destroyed.
And we look GOOD compared to town and the rest of the county.
Seems like every other other one of our everyday roads and major arteries look like this:
Of course, in the middle of every disaster, a little levity emerges…
It was thundering again last night and now they’ve got storms forecast for the rest of today and Friday.
As we were already 18 inches above average when this hit and the schwamp behind us is filled to overflowing, I’m gonna have to wonder where any water is supposed to go.
Gerbil Warmening strikes again.
The damn-you-bush-it’s-so-warm-we’ll-never-see-snow-again non-Winter continues to take its toll
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews kept up their battle Monday to clear pathways for vessels hauling vital raw materials on the ice-clogged Great Lakes, where a shipping logjam forced a weeklong shutdown of the nation’s largest steel factory.
Traffic remained largely at a crawl after a winter that produced some of the heaviest ice on record across the five inland seas, where more than half the surface area remained solid this week. Icebreaking ships slogging across Lake Superior were still encountering ice layers 2 feet to 3 feet thick. In some areas, wind and wave action created walls of ice up to 14 feet high.
…Only three ships were able to haul coal on the lakes in March, their cargos combining for 102,000 tons – down 70 percent from the same month in 2013, he said. Coal trade was 54 percent below the long-term first-quarter average.
…The shipping season officially began two weeks ago with the opening of navigational locks on the St. Marys River connecting Lakes Superior and Huron, a bottleneck for vessels hauling iron ore and coal to manufacturers and electric power plants. But just one convoy of vessels – including two icebreakers and the two ships hauling iron ore – had traversed Superior with loads of freight.
If only they all converted to wind and solar, there would be flowers blooming and birds sweetly singing all the year round.
March 11th, 2012
We had our consensus then.
Just a sugar coating as the storm stayed well off the coast.
Man I hope this is the last of it for this year.
And a couple of inches of snow for Tuesday.
It’s March 24th.
I want to go back to New Orleans.
Upset at getting stuck in the
snow gorebal warmening, Tim has decided to take manners into his own hands…
Talk about your old man wandering off the proverbial porch…
Warren Buffett: Supposed Increase in Extreme Weather ‘Hasn’t Been True So Far’
Any climate alarmist will tell you that climate change is increasing extreme weather events, but liberal billionaire Warren Buffett easily destroyed that argument.
…Buffett said the supposed increase in extreme weather “hasn’t been true so far, Joe. We always think it’s cold. We always think it’s cold in Omaha. But, it was cold in Omaha 50 years ago.”
…Specifically, Buffett rejected claims that hurricanes have increased due to climate change, citing his experience in hurricane insurance. He said “we’ve been remarkably free of hurricanes in the United States in the last five years.”
He added “If you are writing hurricane insurance, it has been all profit.“
…In that same interview, Buffett rejected two other liberal talking points. He expressed concern over an increased minimum wage, agreeing with the Congressional Budget Office that wage hikes would kill jobs. He also expressed support for the Keystone XL pipeline, calling it “useful.”
While the commutertory aspects of the snow are somewhat odious I must admit it has been a lovely Winter with many a Currier and Ives vista out our front door.
And many a bottle of warmthifying red wine consumed inside.
So we’ve got another couple inches of Gorebal Warmening as of 4am, and more coming.
As an added bonus we might get a chance to an icy sleety rain for a few hours before another change back to rain.
Sort of like a white chocolate mousse with no calories.
what’s not to love?
Update: a snowy day here in Evil Capitalismia
I’m not sure what language this is in but it doesn’t sound good
THE DIGGING UPSTREAM DYNAMICS OVER THE CENTRAL PLAINS WILL RAPIDLY CATCH UP WITH THE SRN STREAM DYNAMICS TO POTENTIALLY PHASE OVER THE SERN PORTION OF THE COUNTRY. THIS WILL ALLOW A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN MOISTURE ADVECTION FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO AND ATLANTIC TO INTERACT WITH A DEVELOPING COASTAL LOW ALONG THE SOUTHEAST COAST… WHILE ONE OF THE MORE IMPRESSIVE CONFLUENT ZONES ALOFT KEEPS THE ARCTIC AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE ENTRENCHED OVER THE EAST. A TRUE BAROCLINIC LEAF PRECIP SHIELD WILL EVOLVE FEATURING MAJOR ICING FROM ATL TOWARD CAE THEN SHIFTING NORTH TOWARD RDU AND A VERY HEALTHY DEFORMATION ZONE OF BANDING SNOWFALL FROM NRN GA/SWRN NC/NWRN SC NEWRD TO SWRN/CENTRAL VA BEFORE REACHING THE DC/BALT/PHIL METRO AREAS. THE ICE
ACCUMULATIONS REMAIN MIND-BOGGLING IF NOT HISTORICAL WITH ADDITIONAL .50 TO 1 INCH AXIS FROM ATL/AHN/AGS TO CAE TO RDU AND 8 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW FROM AVL/GSP TO ROA/LYH/CHO AND JUST SOUTH OF IAD/DCA WITH A POSSIBLE FOOT NEAR SWRN NC/NWRN SC. WPC CONTINUEDTHE COMPROMISE OF THE GFS/ECMWF/UKMET WITH SUPPORT FROM THE SREF MEAN FOR THE BEGINNING OF A CLASSIC EAST COAST WINTER STORM.
THEN ON THURS… THE INTENSIFYING SURFACE LOW GOING THROUGH RAPID CYCLOGENESIS WILL TRACK FROM THE OUTER BANKS OF NC TO THE NEW ENGLAND COASTLINE. THIS WILL RESULT IN A WEALTH OF ATLANTIC MOISTURE SURGING INTO THE NRN MID-ATL STATES AND NORTHEAST FOR A NARROW BUT IMPRESSIVE AXIS OF HEAVY SNOWFALL. THE GUIDANCE IS ALL
UNANIMOUS IN A WELL-ESTABLISHED DEFORMATION AXIS/COMMA HEAD OF HEAVY SNOW BUT DIFFER ON THE EXACT CORRIDOR. WPC TOOK A MEAN APPROACH OR TAKING OUT THE SPECIFIC DETAILS AND RESOLUTION OF THE GUIDANCE FOR A HEAVY SNOW AXIS JUST WEST OF THE I95 CORRIDOR FROM DC/BALT AREA TO BOS AND CONTINUING UP INTO MAINE. THE EXACT
AMOUNTS ON THURS ARE STILL SOMEWHAT UNCERTAIN BUT A STRIPE OF 6 TO 12 INCHES WILL BE POTENTIALLY POSSIBLE FROM NERN PA/NWRN NJ THROUGH DOWN EAST MAINE.
I’d better get another case of wine…
So far this Winter we’ve gotten about 48″ of Gorebal Warmening.
Our average is around 15″.
Oh and perhaps another 8-12 due Thursday.
It’s been very lovely.
Sunday night we had a lovely 2 or so inches of fresh fluffy snow, and when I walked out yesterday morning at 4:30 or so to go to work there, prancing about in the pristine whiteness, were 8 deer who seemed rather put out that I would be so cheeky as to disturb their vixen-like dashing and dancing.
From the Extended Forecast page of the National Weather Service
…SENSIBLE WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS…
LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN/SNOW IN THE WEST WILL TRANSLATE EASTWARD
AND INCREASE IN COVERAGE AS THE SYSTEM DEVELOPS ALONG THE NORTHERN
GULF COAST SAT/D4 INTO THE SOUTHEAST SUN/D5. A WELL-DEFINED SYSTEM
SHOULD MOVE UP ALONG THE COAST AND THEN EXIT NORTHEASTWARD INTO
THE CANADIAN MARITIMES MON/D6 AND WELL INTO ATLANTIC CANADA BY
TUE/D7. PRECIPITATION COULD BE ROBUST… OR COULD BE NEXT TO
NOTHING…FOR SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND.
They get points for honesty.
…never mind LESS THAN A WEEK APART!!
…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH
.A POWERFUL COLD FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS THE REGION MONDAY AFTERNOON…BRINGING STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS AND SUBFREEZING
TEMPERATURES INTO THE AREA MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. A SERIES OF STRONG UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL THEN MOVE FROM WEST
TO EAST OVER THE WATCH AREA TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. WITH COLD AIR IN PLACE…MOST OF THE AREA CAN EXPECT A MIX OF FREEZING
RAIN AND SLEET THROUGHOUT THE DAY TUESDAY. THIS MIXED PRECIPITATION TYPE IS THEN EXPECTED TO TRANSITION TO ALL SNOW NORTH OF A LINE FROM
HATTIESBURG MISSISSIPPI TO ANDALUSIA ALABAMA TUESDAY EVENING…AND SOUTH OF THIS LINE ALL THE WAY TO THE COAST AFTER MIDNIGHT TUESDAY
NIGHT. THE TRACK OF THE UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE INDICATES THE HEAVIER PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS WILL BE SOUTHEAST OF A LINE FROM WIGGINS
MISSISSIPPI TO GREENVILLE ALABAMA…WHERE SIGNIFICANT HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE.
CHOCTAW-WASHINGTON-CLARKE-WILCOX-MONROE-CONECUH-BUTLER-CRENSHAW-ESCAMBIA-COVINGTON-UPPER MOBILE-UPPER BALDWIN-LOWER MOBILE-
LOWER BALDWIN-INLAND ESCAMBIA-COASTAL ESCAMBIA-INLAND SANTA ROSA-COASTAL SANTA ROSA-INLAND OKALOOSA-COASTAL OKALOOSA-WAYNE-PERRY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…BUTLER…LISMAN…SILAS…CHATOM…MILLRY…JACKSON…THOMASVILLE…GROVE HILL…CAMDEN…
PINE HILL…HOMEWOOD…MONROEVILLE…EVERGREEN…GREENVILLE…LUVERNE…BRANTLEY…ATMORE…BREWTON…EAST BREWTON…
ANDALUSIA…OPP…MOBILE…PRICHARD…SARALAND…BAY MINETTE…TILLMANS CORNER…THEODORE…DAPHNE…FAIRHOPE…FOLEY…
SPANISH FORT…CENTURY…FLOMATON…MOLINO…FERRY PASS…BRENT…WEST PENSACOLA…BELLVIEW…ENSLEY…MYRTLE GROVE…JAY…PACE…
MILTON…CRESTVIEW…WRIGHT…NICEVILLE…SEMINOLE…EGLIN AFB…WAYNESBORO…RICHTON…BEAUMONT…NEW AUGUSTA…LEAKESVILLE…
340 PM CST SUN JAN 26 2014
And here I thought the sleet this afternoon was going to have to suffice.
… Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 8 am CST Saturday…
The National Weather Service in Mobile has issued a Winter Weather
Advisory a mixture of light sleet… light freezing rain and light
snow… which is in effect until 8 am CST Saturday.
* Accumulation… little accumulation is expected over most of the
area but a few slick spots may occur on elevated surfaces such as
bridges and overpasses this evening.
* Impacts… elevated roadways including bridges and overpasses… as
well as exposed metal surfaces… may see minor accumulations this
Although no significant accumulation of sleet or snow is
expected… there is the possibility of some light accumulations
on sidewalks… grassy areas… as well as bridges and overpasses.
The main threat will be during the early evening hours.
Every three years or so, but I’ll take it.
Welcome to Florida!
Looks very lovely here on Wall Street.
And I refuse to use schtupid Weather Channel names.
“…Part of the reason that this week’s cold wave did not set any all-time or monthly cold records is that it is becoming increasingly difficult to do so in a warming climate…”
DR. Jeff Masters, WeatherUnderground Blog
You can’t win against the KoolAid.