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  • A Mild Winter May Be in Store for Much of U.S., NOAA says

    10/19/2018 11:22:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    States from the Pacific Northwest through the Northern Plains and into the Northeast are likely to see above-average temperatures, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center reported. No parts of the country are due to see a colder-than-normal winter. Meantime, drier-than-average conditions are expected for the Great Lakes and portions of the Northern Rockies and the Northern Plains. Those factors could mean less snow from the Mountain West to the Midwest, where lake-effect-snow season is right around the corner. Even so, it’s no time to ditch the shovels and heavy winter jackets, with NOAA warning that its forecast...
  • Get ready for a wet and warm winter: Forecasters say weak El Nińo will lead to 'unusually mild' [tr]

    10/18/2018 12:42:54 PM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    AP ^ | October 18, 2018 | Staff
    Winter looks wet and especially mild for much of the country, thanks to a weak El Nińo brewing, U.S. meteorologists said. The National Weather Service on Thursday predicted a warmer than normal winter for the northern and western three-quarters of the nation. The greatest chance for warmer than normal winter weather is in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Montana, northern Wyoming and western North Dakota.
  • Good News: Waffle House Food Truck Feeds Hurricane Victims

    10/18/2018 7:43:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    The diner chain has its food truck in Panama City and they’re giving out free, tasty food to residents and relief workers. The beloved Southern eatery is known for staying open and cutting prices during hurricanes and they’ve been feeding hungry folks there for days from their truck. Waffle House has been tweeting photos of people lined up at the food truck, along with their location for the day and the hashtag, "#ScatteredSmotheredandRecover.
  • Great nighttime images of USA here

    10/16/2018 7:12:31 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 30 replies
    NOAA ^ | Today | NOAA
    Great views of the continental US at night are at the link. Then choose the size image you want. Note North Dakota!
  • Ex-UN leader helps launch climate ‘adaptation’ initiative

    10/16/2018 8:46:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associatied Press ^ | Oct. 16, 2018 11:35 AM EDT | Mike Corder
    Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed for a sense of urgency Tuesday as he launched a new commission that aims to accelerate and expand ways the world can prepare for climate change. “Without urgent adaptation action, we risk undermining food, energy and water security for decades to come,” Ban told guests as the Global Commission on Adaptation got underway in The Hague. The commission’s mandate is to encourage the development of measures to manage the effects of climate change through technology, planning and investment. Ban is leading the group with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and World Bank CEO Kristalina...
  • Heavy snow blankets Colorado, Wyoming in early season storm

    10/14/2018 7:00:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 14, 2018 5:09 PM EDT
    Colorado and Wyoming residents woke up Sunday to find that an early season snowstorm had blanketed their homes and roadways with up to a foot (30 centimeters) of snow and sent temperatures plunging overnight. The storm caused crashes, snarled traffic and temporarily closed some major highways due to icy conditions. The heaviest snow fell in an area stretching from Boulder, Colorado, through Wyoming to Montana’s Beartooth Mountains. The National Weather Service reported snowfall measuring between 3 and 13 inches (8 to 33 centimeters) south of Sheridan, Wyoming, over the last 24 hours. About 3 inches (8 centimeters) of snow fell...
  • Quora query, Why do you and your religious principles support and defend President Trump?

    10/14/2018 5:57:16 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 53 replies
    Free Republic | Sun, 10/14/18 | daniel1212
    Been working on a response for a Quora query, You are a devout Bible-fundamental Jesus believer. Or devout Catholic or Mormon. Why do you and your religious principles support and defend President Trump? Otherwise, why wouldn't you? I only worked on what the alternative to Trump would mean so far. Any suggestions for this? "Devout Bible-fundamental Jesus believer" best fits evangelicals, and even considering the alternative from that overall perspective should suffice for now, as illustrated by this (imperfect) analogy: You are at a port along with many other people, trying to continue on a long journey to get to...
  • After Hurricane Michael, Florida skies turned purple. Here's Why

    10/11/2018 8:56:02 PM PDT · by blueplum · 22 replies
    C-Net ^ | 11 Oct 2018 | Gail Fashingbauer Cooper
    America the Beautiful sings of "purple mountain majesties," but after deadly Hurricane Michael passed through Florida's panhandle, it was the skies that turned an eerie purple.... Reporters and residents shared images of post-storm skies ranging from a light lavender to a deep violet, and it turns out there's a scientific explanation for the unusual hues.
  • Storm Chaser Brett Adair Forced to Abandon Truck During Hurricane Michael

    TERRIFYING: Two storm chasers got caught in the storm surge as Hurricane Michael roared ashore in the Florida panhandle and had to bail from the truck while they were live streaming their storm coverage. This is kind of long but if you want to see some what cat 4 / cat 5 devastation looks like, well this is a pretty good visual description. Insane video of storm chaser Brett Adair getting caught out by Hurricane Michael storm surge and having to abandon vehicle
  • See metal sheeting fly past CNN reporters

    10/10/2018 5:39:33 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    cnn ^ | 10/10/2018 | John Berman and Dianne Gallagher
    CNN's John Berman and Dianne Gallagher report from Panama City Beach, Florida,
  • Hurricane Michael is so bad that 18 Waffle Houses are closing (Waffle House Index = RED)

    10/10/2018 5:07:15 PM PDT · by dayglored · 22 replies
    N.Y. Post ^ | Oct 10, 2018 | Fox News
    Waffle House restaurants don’t close unless absolutely necessary — so the shuttering of 18 Florida locations ahead of Hurricane Michael speaks volumes about the severity of the storm.“We have closed these restaurants yesterday so our employees can be safe as Hurricane Michael comes on shore,” Waffle House spokesperson Pat Warner confirmed to Fox News.“We have staged people and resources outside of the strike zone to come into the area after the storm passes. We will assess the damage and begin to reopen the restaurants as soon as it is safe to do so.”Warner told USA Today he expected more to...
  • Truck buried under an avalanche in Peru

    A rockslide in the Andes mountains of Peru swept away a truck like its a toy. Thankfully no one was injured in the slide.
  • Terrifying climate change warning: 12 years until we’re doomed

    10/08/2018 11:00:28 AM PDT · by ETL · 77 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Oct 8, 2018 | Lia Eustachewich | New York Post
    Earth is on track to face devastating consequences of climate change – extreme drought, food shortages and deadly flooding – unless there’s an “unprecedented” effort made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, a new United Nations report warns. The planet’s surface has already warmed by 1 degree Celsius – or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit – and could see a catastrophic 1.5 C — 2.7 F — increase between 2030 and 2052, scientists say. “This is concerning because we know there are so many more problems if we exceed 1.5 degrees C global warming, including more heat waves and hot summers,...
  • The world has barely 10 years to get climate change under control, U.N. scientists say

    10/07/2018 10:01:33 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 58 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | October 7, 2018 | Chris Mooney, Brady Dennis
    The world stands on the brink of failure when it comes to holding global warming to moderate levels, and nations will need to take “unprecedented” actions to cut their carbon emissions over the next decade, according to a landmark report by the top scientific body studying climate change. With global emissions showing few signs of slowing and the United States — the world’s second-largest emitter of carbon dioxide — rolling back a suite of Obama-era climate measures, the prospects for meeting the most ambitious goals of the 2015 Paris agreement look increasingly slim. To avoid racing past warming of 1.5...
  • Harvard researchers expose the folly of wind power

    10/05/2018 7:47:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/05/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Those ugly, unreliable, heavily subsidized windmills that dot the landscape in increasing numbers not only kill millions of birds, but actually increase global warming, if you buy into the assumptions used by the warmist cult.  We have this on the authority of scientists bearing the imprimatur of prestigious universities.  From Technology Review, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: [A] new study by a pair of Harvard researchers finds that a high amount of wind power could mean more climate warming, at least regionally and in the immediate decades ahead.  The paper raises serious questions about just how much the United States or other nations should look to wind...
  • No free lunch for renewables: More wind power would warm US

    10/04/2018 9:14:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 04, 2018 9:25 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    Ramping up wind power in America would also dial up the nation’s temperatures, a new study out of Harvard found. While wind energy is widely celebrated as environmentally friendly, the researchers concluded that a dramatic, all-out expansion in the number of turbines could warm the country even more than climate change from burning coal and other fossil fuels, because of the way the spinning blades disturb the layers of warm and cold air in the atmosphere. Some parts of the central United States are already seeing nights that are up to 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) warmer because of...
  • Humans delayed the onset of the Sahara desert by 500 years

    10/01/2018 9:21:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 73 replies
    phys.org ^ | October 1, 2018 | University College London
    Credit: Chris Ford via Flickr ====================================================================== Humans did not accelerate the decline of the 'Green Sahara' and may have managed to hold back the onset of the Sahara desert by around 500 years, according to new research led by UCL. The study by a team of geographers and archaeologists from UCL and King's College London, published in Nature Communications, suggests that early pastoralists in North Africa combined detailed knowledge of the environment with newly domesticated species to deal with the long-term drying trend. It is thought that early pastoralists in North Africa developed intricate ways to efficiently manage sparse...
  • New research shows the world’s ice is doing something not seen before

    09/26/2018 6:13:40 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    MSN / Guardian ^ | September 26, 2018
    In this warming world, some parts of the planet are warming much faster than others. The warming is causing large ice bodies to start to melt and move rapidly, in some cases sliding into the ocean. This movement is the topic of a very new scientific study that was just published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. The Arctic is warming much faster than other parts of the planet and the ice there is showing the signs of rapid warming. This fact has serious consequences. First, melting ice can cause sea levels to rise and inundate coastal areas...
  • Hundreds of thousands without power in Ottawa after tornado hits [Canada]

    09/22/2018 10:16:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 22, 2018 2:18 PM | David Ljunggren
    Hundreds of thousands of people were stranded without power in and around the Canadian capital Ottawa on Saturday after a tornado touched down twice, destroying some houses and ripping the roofs off others. At the same time high winds also battered the region and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said it could be days before electricity was fully restored. At least six people were injured. “It’s in the top two or three traumatic events that have affected our city,” Watson told reporters. “It looks like something from a movie scene or a war scene.” The tornado hit on Friday evening, demolishing...
  • Landfall of Hurricane Florence From Space (International Space Station)

    09/17/2018 12:26:18 PM PDT · by ETL · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sept 14, 2018 | NASA
    Cameras outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Florence on Sept. 14 at 7:41 a.m. EDT minutes after the storm made landfall. NASA satellites track the storm: https://go.nasa.gov/2CEmDGQ Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina packing winds of 90 miles an hour. The National Hurricane Center said Florence is moving very slowly to the west at only 6 miles an hour, then is expected to turn to the southwest, increasing the threat for historic storm surge and catastrophic flooding to coastline areas and inland cities in North Carolina and South Carolina.