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  • Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is back to save the world (from science deniers)

    04/20/2017 11:23:29 AM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies
    usatoday | April 20, 2018 | Carly Mallenbaum
    Linky only.
  • 22,000 Years of History Melted After Freezer Malfunction Heats Ancient Ice Cores

    04/18/2017 10:44:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies ^ | Apr 17 2017 | Ada Carr
    A freezer malfunction caused tens of thousands of years of history to melt away, posing a threat to the future of research into the Earth’s climatic history. The incident occurred at the University of Alberta and left a portion of the world’s largest collection of ice cores from the Canadian Arctic in puddles, the Guardian reported. Part of the freezer’s cooling system malfunctioned, causing it to try to “get itself back into action and, in the process, piped hot air back into the room,” Sharp told the New York Times. Roughly 13 percent of the archive was zapped by the...
  • What “permanent drought”? New all-time rainfall record set for California

    04/17/2017 11:42:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    warrs up with that? ^ | April 14, 2017 | Anthony Watts
    From the California Dept. of Water ResourcesNorthern Sierra Precipitation Sets Water Year Record Atmospheric Rivers Pushed Total to 89.7 Inches since October 1 SACRAMENTO – Never in nearly a century of Department of Water Resources (DWR) recordkeeping has so much precipitation fallen in the northern Sierra in a water year. DWR reported today that 89.7 inches of precipitation – rain and snowmelt – has been recorded by the eight weather stations it has monitored continuously since 1920 from Shasta Lake to the American River basin.Source:’s total surpassed the previous record of 88.5 inches recorded in the entirety of Water Year...
  • L A Times ... deceptively hides ... US massive reduction of reducction of emissions (truc)

    04/17/2017 11:15:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    warrs up with that? ^ | April 17, 2017 | Guest essay by Larry Hamlin
    An April 16, 2017 L A Times article entitled “Climate goal in peril” presents a graph which portrays US greenhouse gas emission reductions as falling short of Obama’s voluntary and unenforceable 2015 Paris agreement pledge.The L A Times article graph very selectively presents US greenhouse gas emissions data for years 2011 through 2015 along with a projection for year 2025 versus Obama’s Paris agreement voluntary goal for that year.The graph also shows the minimal role (5%) that California Governor Brown’s massively costly and bureaucratically intrusive (imposed on tens of millions of California citizens) SB 32 greenhouse gas reduction targets play...
  • White Easter: Sweden wakes up to snow and record low temperatures

    04/16/2017 4:44:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies ^ | 16 April 2017 07:55 CEST+02:00
    Easter Sunday got off to an unusually cold start across Sweden — with three weather records broken as some towns experienced their chilliest April night in decades. Southern Sweden saw unseasonably cold temperatures, with up to 10 cm of snow in northern Skĺne, Blekinge, Kronoberg, Halland and Kalmar. In Örebro, the mercury dropped to –14°C, making it the coldest April night since 1944, according to P4 Örebro. In Karlstad, Sweden’s meteorological institute SMHI said temperatures reached –9°C, meaning it was the coldest night of April since 1985. …
  • Alaska Volcano Erupts 36 Times in 4 Months, Triples in Size

    04/13/2017 11:29:36 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies ^ | Mar 22 2017 | Eric Chaney
    Bogoslof Island, located in the Bering Sea north of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, has nearly tripled in size due to pyroclastic fall and flow deposits. Pyroclastic flows are one of the most dangerous of volcanic phenomenon, according to the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Volcano Information Center. They are hurricanes of hot gasses and volcanic particles. No one is in particular danger from the ground flows on Bogoslof though. All of its exposed land is protected as part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Side by side comparisons highlight the rapid growth of the Alaskan island, located in the...
  • Bounce House Goes Airborne at Church Carnival, 5 Children Injured

    04/10/2017 2:51:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    KFOR ^ | APRIL 10, 2017 | Heather Holeman
    A wind gust sent an inflatable bounce house and slide sailing into the air over the weekend during a church carnival, injuring five children. Springwell Church invites the community to attend its free spring carnival each year, but this year the carnival ended in tears, with church members asking for prayer. Organizers say the inflatables were anchored with stakes and tethers, yet a strong wind gust was still able to rip them from the ground and shoot the bounce house up to 30 feet into the air, where it hit some power lines before tumbling to the ground. Witnesses reported...
  • A Brain-Invading Parasite Is Believed to Be Spreading Because of Climate Change

    04/08/2017 9:02:33 PM PDT · by Innovative · 54 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Apr. 8, 2017 | Rhett Jones
    Health officials in Hawaii have been warning residents not to touch snails or slugs with their bare hands because of an increase in cases of people coming into contact with a rare parasitic infection known as a rat lungworm. Experts are blaming its sudden spread across the United States on climate change and globalization.
  • Tornado threat for tomorrow for southeast and the Ohio Valley

    04/04/2017 6:26:54 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 73 replies
    An outbreak of severe thunderstorms is likely Wednesday across much of the Southeast, continuing northward along and west of the Appalachians into the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys. This will include supercell development with a risk for tornadoes, some of which will be strong and long-lived, particularly across the Southeast. Large to very large hail and damaging straight-line winds also appear likely.
  • Road Runner: Interstate 10 dust warning measures set to grow in 2017

    04/02/2017 11:09:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) ^ | March 5, 2017 | Murphy Woodhouse
    Imagine a dust storm, driven by monsoon downbursts, building near the Maricopa-Pinal county line. There are thousands of Interstate 10 motorists and hundreds of thousands of Phoenix exurb residents who would probably want to know about such a storm before the stinging, blinding wall of sand arrives. But does all of metro Phoenix need to get the alert? Likely not, but the National Weather Service’s Ken Waters told the dozens of attendees at the annual dust-storm workshop in Coolidge last week that that’s exactly what would happen with the existing cellphone warning system in place for dust events. “If I’m...
  • Current Weak Solar Cycle Could Reduce Global Temperatures By Half A Degree

    04/01/2017 10:34:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 49 replies
    warrs up with that? ^ | March 31, 2017 | Anthony Watts
    From ​the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)Sun’s impact on climate change quantified for first timeA solar flare captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory – click for much larger image For the first time, model calculations show a plausible way that fluctuations in solar activity could have a tangible impact on the climate. Studies funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation expect human-induced global warming to tail off slightly over the next few decades. A weaker sun could reduce temperatures by half a degree. There is human-induced climate change, and there are natural climate fluctuations. One important factor in the unchanging rise...
  • Storm chasers with Weather Channel ties killed in 2-vehicle crash...

    03/29/2017 7:27:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies ^ | 03/28/2017 | ELLYSA GONZALEZ
    Three storm chasers were killed in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Dickens County as a line of tornadic thunderstorms moved through the South Plains. News of the crash spread quickly through the weather monitoring community, prompting an outpouring of support for the chasers who were from out of state, including a statement from The Weather Channel. ... Investigators believe a black suburban was traveling northbound on FM 1081 when it disregarded a stop sign and collided with a black Jeep that was traveling west on FM 2794. “There were two drivers and one passenger in the two vehicles,” Gonzalez...
  • Oroville 27 March Update "A Day in the Life"

    03/28/2017 5:52:20 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    Blancolirio YouTube Channel ^ | March 27, 2017 | Juan Browne
    DWR just turned the main spillway off as the Reservoir Elevation reaches 836' (Mean Sea Level), the minimum level of the Main Spillway.
  • U.S. EIA: “Record Precipitation, Snowpack in California”

    03/27/2017 9:27:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    warrs up with that? ^ | March 22, 2017 | David Middleton
    Guest post by David MiddletonSource: U.S. Department of Agriculture Drought Monitor MARCH 22, 2017Record precipitation, snowpack in California expected to increase hydro generation in 2017 For the first time since 2011, California’s drought is significantly weakening—a result of one of the wettest winters on record. California has experienced record levels of precipitation this winter, and unlike last winter, cooler temperatures over the 2016–2017 winter season have enabled the precipitation to build up snowpack (the total accumulated snow and ice on the ground). High precipitation and snowpack levels, both of which supply hydroelectric generators throughout the year, suggest that hydroelectric...
  • Cheerios Is Giving Away 100 Million Wildflower Seeds to Help Honeybees

    03/16/2017 3:34:45 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 54 replies
    mentalfloss ^ | March 16, 2017 | Kate Horowitz
    Buzz the bee has disappeared from many cereal boxes across North America. The peppy mascot’s conspicuous absence is part of a campaign to raise awareness about the plight of real honeybees. To further spread the word, General Mills is giving away 100 million wildflower seeds.
  • The Nor'easter is HERE! What are you gonna do during the blizzard?

    03/14/2017 1:31:45 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 95 replies
    My living room window | 3/14/17 | Me, myself, & I
    This Nor'easter, named Stella, is coming on like a son of a gun! My sidewalks are already indistinguishable in height from the lawn on either side. I spent a lot of Monday preparing to be snowed in: moved up medical appointments to Monday morning, topped up the gas in my car, corrected deficiencies in food staples supplies (shelves were already conspicuously bare in many aisles), laid in a good supply of crickets for my lizards, studied weather reports, and checked on friends. How have you in the Northeast prepared for Stella? If you stay home, how are you going to...
  • Winter Storm Stella is going to slam New York City(snowpocalypse)

    03/13/2017 1:16:25 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 132 replies ^ | 03/13/20 | Yaron Steinbuch and Lia Eustachewich
    Get out now while you still have the chance! A blizzard warning has been issued for New York City and much of the tri-state area beginning at midnight Tuesday as Winter Storm Stella threatens to dump as much as 18 inches of snow. Whiteout conditions are expected to make travel extremely dangerous and power outages are likely amid crippling wind gusts of 20 to 40 mph, according to AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tom Kines. New Yorkers stockpile supplies as massive snowstorm looms. “Travel will be poor at best, if not impossible,” Kines told The Post on Monday. “If you have the...
  • Ugh (Euro Snowfall Forecast for upcoming East Coast Snowstorm)

    03/12/2017 2:25:08 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 71 replies
    Both the Euro and GFS are showing stonger storms in closer to the coast, so this could well become reality.
  • Nor’easter: March snowstorm targets Mid-Atlantic, Northeast

    03/11/2017 4:42:15 AM PST · by metmom · 101 replies
    The Weather Network ^ | March 10,2017 | Dalia Ibrahim
    Friday, March 10, 2017, 5:55 - Parts of the Northeast are primed for significant snow threats through midweek next week as Canadian Arctic air spills south. A clipper system is forecast to descend form the Canadian Prairies this weekend bringing light snow to the Upper Midwest. As the low interacts with the sub-tropical moisture in the Southeast, it will begin to significantly intensify Monday and Tuesday. Early models indicate areas north of Virginia could see the highest snowfall accumulations Monday through Wednesday, while areas farther south will see mostly rain. “The threat of heavy snow greatly increases for Pennsylvania, New...
  • A section of the San Andreas fault just above L.A. is long overdue for a major earthquake

    03/07/2017 8:23:10 AM PST · by TermLimitsforAll · 35 replies
    LA Times ^ | 03/07/2017 | Rong-Gong Lin II
    Southern California could be overdue for a major earthquake along the Grapevine north of Los Angeles, according to a sobering new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. The research found earthquakes happen there on average every 100 years. The last major temblor occurred 160 years ago, a catastrophic geological event that ruptured an astonishing 185 miles of the San Andreas fault. The land on either side of the fault has been pushing against the other at a rate of more than 1 inch a year since 1857, the researchers said, accumulating energy that will be suddenly released in a major...