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  • Snow comes to L.A., with powder in Malibu, Pasadena, West Hollywood

    02/21/2019 3:31:38 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 21, 2019 | Hannah Fry
    Xazier Bias walked out of the Whole Food Market in Pasadena and saw another woman looking to the ground puzzled at the white stuff covering the sidewalk. The woman wasn’t sure exactly what she was looking at. But Bias, who is originally from the East Coast, quickly set her straight. It was snow. “People didn’t know what it was,” Bias said. “I was like, no, this is snow.” It was that kind of day in some parts of Southern California, which saw snow level plunge to extremely low levels, creating a winter wonderland, at least for a minutes. Snow fell...
  • EU agrees to cut greenhouse gas emissions from trucks

    02/19/2019 7:29:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 19, 2019 2:04 AM | Philip Blenkinsop
    The European Union agreed on Tuesday to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from new trucks and buses by 30 percent by a 2030 deadline as part of its commitment to cut its output of greenhouse gases. […] The EU currently has no limits on emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, unlike the United States, China, Japan and Canada. Trucks account for almost one quarter of the bloc’s transport-related emissions. […] Curbs on the transport sector, the only one in which emissions are still rising, aim to help the bloc meet its overall goal of reducing greenhouse gases by at least 40...
  • The Green New Fascist Deal

    02/17/2019 10:09:34 AM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 4 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 2-17-2019 | Mark Musser
    Today, environmentalism proffers anti-humanism, population control, ecological totalitarianism, and indigenous multicultural tribal racism that “The New Green Deal” is chock full of ...
  • Woman's profane reaction to brutal winter leaves news anchors chuckling -- [tr]

    02/15/2019 10:14:37 AM PST · by simpson96 · 25 replies
    AccuWeather.com ^ | 2/15/2019 | John Roach
    WGN Morning News in Chicago found the perfect interview subject to convey the feelings of area residents who are dealing with a historic stretch of 34 straight days in which precipitation has fallen -- even if they had to bleep her. The city’s streak easily surpasses the previous mark of 19 days, with records dating to 1871. In addition to all of the precipitation, the Chicago area has endured a lashing of Arctic air brought down by the polar vortex in recent weeks, a brutal cold snap that caused a rapid increase in ice coverage on the Great Lakes....
  • Major fixes for addressing traffic, sea level rise on Highway 37 identified

    02/13/2019 10:54:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The North Bay Business Journal ^ | February 11, 2019 | Matt Brown
    Imagine driving along a four-lane elevated causeway above the brackish San Pablo Bay, shaving more than an hour off the normal Highway 37 commute. Transportation planners have for years envisioned remaking the 20-mile route from Novato to Vallejo into the North Bay’s most important east-west corridor. Now, they are ready to act. Officials in Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties have been meeting for several years, pondering solutions to Highway 37’s notorious bottlenecks, where 45,000 cars per day stretch the normal 20-minute commute to as much as 100 minutes. They have also acknowledged that traffic improvements will be irrelevant without...
  • ‘Historic’ storm hurls huge waves and 191-mph winds at Hawaii; rare snow hits Maui

    02/11/2019 8:32:04 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 11, 2019 | Matthew Cappucci and Jason Samenow
    An extremely powerful winter storm is pulling away from Hawaii after unleashing damaging winds, massive waves, coastal flooding and snow in unusual places. The storm, which the National Weather Service office in Honolulu described as “historic,” began pounding the islands Friday. Hawaii News Now reported a 66-year-old California man died in the rough surf off northwest Maui on Friday. Forecasters “are calling this an unprecedented event and we concur that we rarely if ever have seen the combination of record high onshore waves, coupled with gale force winds,” said Sam Lemmo, administrator of Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources...
  • The question of sea level rise: It has been constant for centuries — and remains so today.

    02/11/2019 7:34:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/11/2019 | S. Fred Singer
    Sea level has risen about 400 feet since the last glacial maximum of ~18,000 years ago (see fig. below). Currently, sea level is rising at the rate of 1-2mm per year — and has been rising at that rate for the past several centuries. At that rate, S.L. will be about six inches higher by 2100 — a long way from Al Gore's 2006 estimate of a 20-foot rise. By choosing a short interval, 1910–1942, of certified warming, I can show the lack of any acceleration (see below).  SLR does not depend on ocean temperature — or CO2. Every one of the...
  • PGA Tour 2019: Pebble Beach Pro-Am Delayed By Weather (Phil Mickelson Leads by 3 Shots)

    02/10/2019 8:32:29 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 21 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | February 10, 2019 | Kyle Porter
    Just when you thought the weather at this year's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am [2019] couldn't get any worse, it got worse. A lot worse, actually. Wind and rain on Saturday turned to hail and ice on Sunday on the Monterey Peninsula, and the final round of the tournament was suspended at 1:53 p.m. ET on Sunday. This followed an hour-long delay to start the day for more inclement weather. The photos and videos that emerged from the event were pretty wild, too. It's one thing to get hail. It's another to get it at a PGA Tour event. And it's...
  • Scientists Have Reduced the Forecast of Sea Level Rise Seven Times Due to Melting of the Antarctic

    02/10/2019 3:07:18 PM PST · by Textide · 34 replies
    The Maritime Herald ^ | February 8, 2019 | SVILEN PETROV
    The destruction of the Antarctic ice sheet may not lead to such a catastrophic rise in the level of the oceans, as previously thought. In a new study, the authors calculated that instead of growing by a meter or more by 2100, a growth of 14-15 cm is likely, writes N + 1. At the same time, the melting of the ice of Greenland and Antarctica is not fully taken into account in modern climate models, as it will lead to even more destabilization of the regional climate. Both studies on this are published in the journal Nature. The melting...
  • Ski chief urged to quit over climate comment

    02/08/2019 7:00:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 8, 2019 | Eddie Pells
    A group of winter-sports athletes and the world’s biggest snowboard maker want the president of the International Ski Federation to resign after he spoke of “so-called climate change” and said he would rather deal with dictators than argue with environmentalists. The climate advocacy group Protect Our Winters sent an open letter Friday urging 75-year-old Gian-Franco Kasper to step aside. In an interview with the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, Kasper said “dictators can organize (big) events … without asking the people’s permission” and that “from the business side, I say: I just want to go to dictatorships; I do not want to...
  • Life Below Zero

    02/07/2019 7:22:38 PM PST · by daler · 14 replies
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    Like “Mars” on National Geographic TV, I’ve been DVR’ing “Life Below Zero”, and found it to be some great TV. Unfortunately, like “Mars”, I just watched an episode that propagandized “climate change” to the point that the Goebbels photo would apply. So disappointing.
  • The 1978–1997 warming trend is an artifact of imperfect instrumentation

    02/07/2019 8:05:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/07/2019 | S. Fred Singer
    Now we tackle, using newly available data, what may have caused the fictitious temperature trend in the latter decades of the 20th century. We first look at ocean data. There was a great shift, after 1980, in the way Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) were measured (see Goretzki and Kennedy et al. JGR 2011, Fig. 2), "Sources of SST data." Note the drastic changes between 1980 and 2000 as global floating drifter buoys geographic changes increasingly replaced opportunities for sampling SST with buckets. Data taken from floating drifter buoys increased from zero to 60% between 1980 and 2000. But such buoys...
  • Germany to fall short of 2020 climate goals: report

    02/06/2019 11:20:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.06.2019 | cmb/aw (AFP, dpa)
    Germany will likely fall well short of its targets for greenhouse gas reduction by 2020, a climate protection report released by the government on Wednesday concluded. While the main conclusion of the report was made public in November, the release of the 147-page report comes as the German government is renewing debate among itself and with industry leaders about the best courses of action to take to reduce its greenhouse emissions. […] The spokesman for Angela Merkel’s government, Steffen Seibert, said the government seconded the report’s emphasis that the 40 percent target must “be reached as quickly as possible.” Environment...
  • AAA: Cold weather can cut electric car range over 40 percent

    02/06/2019 10:36:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 84 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 7, 2019 | Tom Krisher
    Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used, a new study found. The study of five electric vehicles by AAA also found that high temperatures can cut into battery range, but not nearly as much as the cold. The range returns to normal in more comfortable temperatures. […] AAA tested the BMW i3s, Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf from the 2018 model year, and the 2017 Tesla Model S 75D and Volkswagen e-Golf. All have a range of at least 100 miles per charge. They were tested...
  • Earth's 5 warmest years on record have occurred since 2014

    02/06/2019 5:59:31 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 79 replies
    Axios ^ | February 6, 2019 | Andrew Freedman
    Last year was Earth's 4th-warmest year on record, coming in behind 2016, the planet's warmest recorded year, as well as 2015 and 2017, according to information released Wednesday by NOAA, NASA and the U.K. Met Office. Why it matters: The yearly rankings don't tell the whole story of long-term climate change, since natural variability can still push or pull an individual year up or down the rankings. However, the overall picture is growing starker with each passing year. Nine of the 10 warmest years on record since reliable data began in 1880 have occurred since 2005. At the same time,...
  • Punxsutawney Phil 2019: The Big Ugly Rat Is Wrong Again

    02/03/2019 12:16:32 AM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 51 replies
    Live Science ^ | February 2, 2019 | Remy Melina
    Phil does a shade poorer when you check his performance against actual weather outcomes since 1969, when the accuracy of weather records is less in question, said Tim Roche, a meteorologist at Weather Underground. From 1969 on, Phil's overall accuracy rate drops to about 36 percent...
  • The Day The Music Died: February 3rd 1959

    02/03/2019 12:43:22 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 89 replies
    The Rolling Stone ^ | February 3, 2018 & 2019 | Angie Martoccio
    Buddy Holly, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Richie Valens plummeted to their deaths as their plane crashed in the fields of Clear Lake, Iowa. Eleven years later, a singer-songwriter in Cold Springs, New York, poignantly wrote about the tragedy in the intro to his magnum opus “American Pie,” dubbing it “The Day the Music Died.” A 13-year-old paperboy at the time of the plane crash (“But February made me shiver/With every paper I’d deliver”), Don McLean was devastated over Holly’s death; he later said that the fallout from the event “created a sense of grief that lived inside of...
  • Snow traps thousands of cars on Italy motorway, 200 occupants rescued

    02/03/2019 7:21:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 2, 2019 1:19 PM | Giulio Piovaccari
    Thousands of vehicles were stuck in long queues caused by heavy snow on Italy’s A22 motorway on Saturday, and firefighters rescued 200 people who had been trapped for hours in cars and buses. Queues on the route connecting northeastern regions to Austria reached 16 km (9.94 miles), said a spokesperson for the firefighters of the autonomous province of Bolzano. He added it was hard to assess the number of vehicles involved, but they were in the “thousands”. …
  • Gen. Beauregard Lee sees shadow, predicts 6 more weeks of winter

    02/02/2019 6:08:48 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 15 replies
    WSB ^ | February 2, 2019 | Staff
    Punxsutawney Phil may be calling for an early spring, but Georgia's own groundhog had a difference of opinion Saturday morning. General Beauregard Lee saw his shadow as he emerged from his home at the Dauset Trails Nature Center, signaling that Georgia should be prepared for six more weeks of winter
  • Runners Brave Minnesota Polar Vortex for 135-Mile Ultramarathon

    02/02/2019 12:47:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Runner's World ^ | January 30, 2019 | Andrew Dawson
    You may be bundled up during the polar vortex that’s sweeping the nation, but for some outdoor enthusiasts, it was the perfect temperature for this year’s Arrowhead 135 ultramarathon. The a race is purposely held in late January or early February each year to line up with what they hope is the coldest temperatures of the year. It runs roughly 135 miles between International Falls, Minnesota, to Lake Vermillion in Minnesota along the arrowhead State Trail. This year, they were right on the money, as temperatures dropped as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit. “It’s supposed to be coupled with this...