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  • Confronting climate change in Trump country

    10/16/2017 1:27:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | October 16, 2017 | By Claire Galofaro
    ... Jefferson County, Texas, is among the low-lying coastal areas of America that could lose the most as the ice caps melt and the seas warm and rise. At the same time, it is more economically dependent on the petroleum industry and its emissions-spewing refineries than any other place in the U.S. Residents seemed to choose between the two last November, abandoning a four-decade-old pattern of voting Democratic in presidential elections to support Donald Trump. Then came Hurricane Harvey. Now some conservatives here are newly confronting some of the most polarizing questions in American political discourse: What role do humans...
  • Florida lost more than $45 million after tolls suspended during Hurricane Irma.

    10/10/2017 12:32:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Orlando Weekly ^ | September 23, 2017 | Jim Turner, the News Service of Florida
    More than $45 million in revenue is believed to have been lost when the state suspended highway toll collections to help speed evacuations and relief efforts for Hurricane Irma, Florida's Turnpike system estimates. However, the estimated $3 million-a-day impact is not expected to hinder operations of the system or ongoing work programs, “as impacts such as toll suspensions due to a hurricane are taken into consideration during the annual budgeting process,” turnpike spokesman Chad Huff said in an email Friday. Funding 404 full-time positions, the turnpike system is budgeted at $1.57 billion for the current fiscal year, which began July...
  • Sam Houston Tollway fully reopens after Harvey flooding, damage

    10/09/2017 11:00:32 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    KHOU ^ | September 11, 2017 | staff
    HOUSTON -- Good news for drivers heading into Monday morning: Sam Houston Tollway's main lanes are now fully open in both directions. That means tens of thousands of commuters can now get back to their regular routes. But with the good news comes some bad news: Harris County Tolls will start up again Tuesday at 4 a.m. on all toll roads except for the section of Sam Houston Tollway between Highway 59 and Highway 290. Tolls will be waived because some feeder roads are still closed. Fort Bend County Tolls resume Monday. The toll way opening is a few days...
  • Is 2017 Really the First Year since 1850 with Two Category-4 U.S. Landfall Hurricanes?

    10/06/2017 1:34:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | October 6, 2017 | Calvin Beisner
    Keeping up the (false) drumbeat that manmade global warming is causing more frequent and stronger hurricanes, lots of media outlets, following the spectacular Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, have proclaimed 2017 the first time in the 166 years of records in which two Category-4 hurricanes made landfall on the mainland United States in the same year.Among them were USA Today, PBS, Forbes, Fortune, Slate, The Daily Beast, Business Insider, New York Magazine,, and even Scientific American.  Like them, reported on September 10:Harvey and Irma both made a U.S. landfall as Category 4 hurricanes.Two Atlantic hurricanes of this intensity have never...
  • Tropical Storm Nate Likely To Form From System In Caribbean (Florida Panhandle?)

    10/04/2017 11:27:37 AM PDT · by blam · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-4-2017 | Travis Fedschun
    After a brief pause in tropical activity, another system formed Wednesday in the Caribbean and will likely become Tropical Storm Nate, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical Depression 16 is located about 210 miles south-southeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the border of Nicaragua and Honduras, the weather service said in its 11 a.m. ET advisory. The system has sustained winds of about 35 mph, moving northwest at 7 mph, and "is expected to become a tropical storm later today or tonight." Meteorologist Adam Klotz has more Video NOAA predicts most active hurricane season since 2010 "On the...

    10/04/2017 10:28:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | 10-04-2017 | Staff
  • Scientists 'able to CONTROL the weather using LASERS'

    09/28/2017 11:30:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies ^ | UPDATED: 14:43, Thu, Sep 28, 2017 | By Sean Martin
    SCIENTISTS have discovered a bizarre way to potentially control the weather using laser beams and could potentially beat the threat of droughts, it has been revealed. A six year drought in California was finally declared over this year but the threat for the south-western state as well as other locations in the world remains the same. But scientists may now be able to induce rain and lightning storms using high energy lasers in a breakthrough that could potentially eradicate droughts throughout the globe. The possibility of condensation, lightning and storms are ever present in the clouds and are containED through...
  • The 'slowdown' in global warming is OVER

    09/18/2017 11:23:57 AM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 56 replies ^ | 18 September 2017 | By Phoebe Weston For Mailonline
    The 'slowdown' in global warming is over, the Met Office has said. While the world remained at near-record levels of warmth in the early 2000s, analysis of rolling 15-year trends shows that the rate of warming slowed between 1999 and 2014, the experts confirmed. But a change in the natural pattern of warm and cool phases in Pacific Ocean surface temperatures, which have an impact on global temperatures, has brought the slowdown to an end.
  • Hurricane Maria Live Thread

    09/16/2017 5:47:46 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 774 replies
    NHC/NOAA ^ | 9/16/2017 | NHC/NOAA
    Hurricane Jose has been hanging around, waiting for attention in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Newcomer Maria threatens to impact the Caribbean Islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma, and brushed by Jose. Hurricane Jose threatens to brush or impact New England. Lee appears to be a fish storm at this time. Mash images for larger or more info! All info updates automatically Jose Maria > > Public Advisories Public Advisories Forecast Discussions Forecast Discussions
  • McCain Says He ‘Can’t Divine’ Why Some GOPers Deny Climate Change

    09/10/2017 5:05:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | September 10, 2017 | Esme Cribb
    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday said he can’t guess why some fellow Republicans deny the scientific consensus that climate change exists and is affected by human activity. “I don’t know because I can’t divine their motives,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “There is things happening with the climate in the world that is unprecedented,” he added. “We have to understand that the climate may be changing and we can take commonsense measures which will not harm the American people.” McCain also said an agreement President Donald Trump came to with Democrats for a short-term increase in...
  • Houston, We've Got A Problem. It's Called Global Warming.

    09/05/2017 6:13:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 109 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 5, 2017 | by Steven Salzberg
    Let's not dance around the issue: Hurricane Harvey was a direct consequence of global warming, which in turn is a direct consequence of human activities. It's ironic that Texas (and Houston in particular) has an economy that is dominated by on oil and fossil fuels. Burning these fuels is what got us in this mess. It's also ironic that Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is now at the front of the line asking for a federal government rescue package, is a scientifically illiterate climate change denier. Maybe with cooler temperatures, we'd have had a hurricane anyway–but it would have been...
  • Hurricane Irma’s path flattens, strengthens to 120 mph

    09/04/2017 6:06:13 AM PDT · by John W · 126 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | September 4, 2017 | Sonja Isger
    That curve to the north – and eventually out into the Atlantic – that everyone in South Florida was hoping to see Hurricane Irma take isn’t happening as quickly as earlier models had predicted. The National Hurricane Center’s 8 a.m. update Monday drives the storm’s path in a flatter, westbound path that puts it closer Cuba’s shores by early Saturday morning.
  • Climate change might be cause of record U.S. road deaths - study

    09/04/2017 8:11:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 31, 2017 | Sebastien Malo
    Climate change - not increased use of cell phones - might be to blame for an unusual spike in road deaths that hit the United States two years ago, said a study published on Thursday. The study said people might have used their vehicles more frequently to avoid increasingly bad weather - rising temperatures and heavier rainfall - resulting in an increased number of deaths on the road. The finding challenges a widespread notion that 2015's hike was the result of increased cell-phone usage by motorists. [Snip] Using mathematical models, the retired Yale University epidemiologist also found that for every...
  • If Hurricane Irma Becomes The Strongest Hurricane In History-Could Wipe Entire Cities Off The Map

    09/02/2017 6:17:03 PM PDT · by ReformedMedia · 154 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 09-02-2017 | Michael Snyder
    Meteorologists have been shocked at how rapidly Hurricane Irma has been strengthening, and they are already warning that if it hits the United States as a high-level category 5 storm the devastation would be absolutely unprecedented.  Of course, we are already dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and many experts are already telling us that the economic damage done by that storm will easily surpass any other disaster in all of U.S. history.  But there is a very real possibility that Hurricane Irma could be even worse.  According to the National Hurricane Center, at 5 PM on Friday Irma already...
  • President Trump arrives in Houston, meets with Harvey victims

    09/02/2017 11:11:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies ^ | 9/2/2017 | Heidi M. Przybyla
    resident Trump said the recovery from Hurricane Harvey would be "hopefully a quick process" after arriving in Texas on Saturday to tour massive damage caused by the Gulf Coast storm in Houston. Trump and his wife, Melania, visited a relief center and mingled with victims. The Trumps are also scheduled to join members of the Texas delegation before heading to Louisiana. "There’s a lot of water, but it’s moving out. Most importantly, the governor, the relationship with the governor, the mayor and everybody, it’s been fantastic," Trump told reporters while touring the relief center. "We’re signing a lot of documents...
  • Irma Becomes A Category 3 Hurricane Over The Eastern Atlantic

    08/31/2017 2:01:31 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 89 replies
    NHC ^ | Aug 31, 2017
    Hurricane Irma Advisory Number   6 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL112017 500 PM AST Thu Aug 31 2017 ...IRMA BECOMES A CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE OVER THE EASTERN ATLANTIC... SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST...2100 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...17.3N 34.8W ABOUT 720 MI...1160 KM W OF THE CABO VERDE ISLANDS ABOUT 1780 MI...2865 KM E OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...115 MPH...185 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...967 MB...28.56 INCHES   WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.   DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK ------------------------------ At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC),...
  • Tropical Storm Irma

    08/30/2017 6:57:00 AM PDT · by cll · 50 replies
    Tropical Storm Irma forms off the Cape Verde Islands with winds in excess of 45 MPH. The National Hurricane Center will begin issuing advisories on this storm beginning at 11:00 AM EDT. Source: Hurricane Center PR.
  • [FLASHBACK] McKinney: DoD shot 5,000 prisoners during Katrina

    08/29/2017 7:11:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 1, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    It wouldn’t be an election cycle without Cynthia McKinney’s lunacy, and fortunately she hasn’t shied away from providing it. Here, we watch as the Green Party’s endorsed presidential candidate accuses National Guard soldiers of committing 5,000 murders of prisoners in the wake of Hurricane Katrina: If you think that this is the kind of insanity one normally hears from Alex Jones, well … you’d be right. The conspiracy theorists on the Left and the Right tend to embrace each other at a certain point, just south of rationality. For these people, little points like evidence and common sense provide no...
  • “This event is … beyond anything experienced”: National Weather Service‘s ominous warning on Harvey

    08/27/2017 12:00:43 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 205 replies
    MSN VOX ^ | August 27, 2017
    Since Friday, the National Weather Service has described the impacts Hurricane (and now Tropical Storm) Harvey in superlatives, with forecasts stating the flooding would be “catastrophic” and “life threatening.” Now, nearly 50 inches of rain (4 feet!) are in the forecast as Harvey stalls over Houston, and the Weather Service is stretching to find the right way to describe the risk. They’re calling the situation “unprecedented.” Long-time weather journalists and meteorologists are saying this language is as dire as the National Weather Service gets. Rains could last through the week. Five are reported dead already. More deaths may come. This...
  • Texas coastal residents urged to leave in 'strongest possible terms' as Hurricane Harvey...

    08/24/2017 12:27:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 131 replies
    ABC ^ | Aug 24, 2017, 3:26 PM ET | JULIA JACOBO
    The National Hurricane Center has issued an advisory instructing Texas residents along the Gulf of Mexico coast to "rush" their storm preparations as Hurricane Harvey "rapidly" intensifies. All preparations for residents along the middle Texas coast should be completed today, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm is expected to make landfall around 1 a.m. Saturday. The coastal city of Corpus Christi has so far not implemented mandatory evacuations, but Mayor Joe McComb called for people to leave in the "strongest possible terms."