Books. Bikes. Boomsticks.
"What fresh hell is this?"
It's all that Global Warmeningishness....Sorry bout that...... what with the new wood stove last winter and all the cookouts with the kids this spring...... its all my fault: me and my ginormous carbon footprint.
It was 54ºF this morning at Casa del G.54º. On July 9th.I've turned on my AC once so far this summer. For half a day. Back in May...
Turning green over here.I understand that Madison, WI hit a chilly 48 last night.And JayG, no A/C yet this year?! Wish I had that problem.
http://www.lesjones.com/2009/07/08/katie-loves-woobies/"Twice is coincidence". Third time is either a charm or enemy action.
I wish someone would send some of that cool air this way. It's been upper 90 Degrees here in Georgia, as it is every July.
44 degrees in Daisy Hollow last night.We have not had a summer this year.
I wish I had a case of "Inconvenient Truth" to keep the fire pit stoked.
It's a disaster slowly unfolding, the climate I mean. So boring, let's enjoy fast paced disasters:http://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=ZW2qxFkcLM0
I've still got a coat in my truck. That's not a good sign in July.
Temps dropping every year since 1998, unless you're Dr. Hansen at NASA, cooking the books by using false data from weather stations in asphalt parking lots and next to the exaust chutes of drycleaners. Also, by taking temperatures on a small island surrounded by water (funny how that happens with islands) halfway to Chile and reporting them as inland temperatures from Antarctica. It's encouraging that, even with all the pressure from the media and Democrats, real scientists are starting to speak out. Obviously, the CO2 people are full of hot air (forgive me), and the sunspot folks are correct. Aren't you proud of me, I didn't say "spot on". 1870 to 1910, very cold (think Blizzard of '88, destruction of the U.S. cattle industry, and all those cowboys getting jobs on combine harvesters). 1910 to 1940, the hottest years on record in modern times. Interestingly, the warmest recorded summers were in the mid-thirties, near the end of the 30 year cycle. 1940 to 1970, again very cold (the snows really were deeper when I was a kid). The enourmous increase in manufacturing during WWII, followed by the even bigger increases during the post-war boom, were mostly fueled by coal fired smokestacks, and didn't even touch the temperature drops. Not to mention the fact that virtually every city in the northern hemisphere outside North America burned to the ground during WWII, and the oceans were covered with thousands of burning ships and billions of gallons of burning or sinking oil. 1970 to 2000 (O.K., 1998, but that's awfully close), quite hot again, with the hottest years peaking late,in the '90's. So we're a third of the way into the next cycle, with shorter summers, damper in some areas that don't need it, and drier in areas that do. Shorter summers means more fertilizer needed to compensate. Longer winters means for heating oil needed. Both require massive new investment in the oil industry, particularly new refineries (we haven't finished one in the U.S. since 1979). The cheap, easy fixes have mostly been used up. Improvements in auto mileage have hit the inverse square rule, with each "improvement" costing far more and producing far less. Most houses are quite well insulated, and farmers, more than anyone else, know the limits of inherent to the cost/benefits ratio of fertilizer increases. We need more oil, simple as that, and the left/loonies cooperative isn't going to give it to us. Invest in a wollen mill, you won't lose money.
Sorry for the typos. A tad sleepy.
What's Wooby?Here, near Hamburg, it's been rainy for the last few days. When the summer started I expected it to become pretty hot. Now it's rainy and mid-fifties. Unpredictable as usual.I do finite-element-analysis for a living. Anyone who seriously claims (s)he can precalculate the weather must have a) twice my IQ, b) access to a few supercomputers, and c) a whole lot of accumulated leave days, so (s)he can take a few months off while the calculation is running.
"1940 to 1970, again very cold (the snows really were deeper when I was a kid)."Yeah, jibes with my recollection as well. Lots of snow in NW Indy, enough to build snow forts in the front yard.Kind of like last winter and the winter before.
After last summer (fresh snow on the mountains June 26th) and last winter (the three weeks of -20 & -30's had me grumbling I moved to Alaska's coast for a reason), we finally got a hot sunny summer. (82 degrees one day! Alaskans living out in their campers because the houses were too hot!)The past few days have been hazy with forest fire smoke (we're working on that global warming. Or, not spending resources to fight fires that don't threaten people. Pick your rhetoric.) It's currently 57 and smoky.
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